When Louis XIV’s stern finance minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert died, the king thanked the lord and never replaced him.
Algeria’s government approved the ending of a 19-year-old state of emergency, after protests similar to those that ousted presidents in Egypt and Tunisia.
Iraq signed an initial agreement to import 25 million cubic meters of natural gas a day from Iran for power stations, Mosaab Serri, a spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, said.
Following is the text of the mission statement from the International Monetary Fund visit to Italy:
Lebanon’s legislators failed for the fifth time to elect a successor to President Michel Suleiman, three days before his term ends, placing the country on the brink of what one lawmaker called “a major vacuum.”