Nawaz Sharif was headed for a record third term as prime minister of Pakistan as unofficial results from a landmark election gave him the convincing win he sought to tackle a slumping economy and growing militancy.
Nawaz Sharif said his Pakistan Muslim League had won the most seats in a landmark election and would return to power, as state-run television and other media broadcast unofficial counts supporting his claim.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a power-transfer agreement with his opponents that was brokered by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, an initiative aimed at ending months of bloodshed.
Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh declined to sign an accord yesterday requiring him to give up power within 30 days, the third time Gulf-led transition efforts have failed to ease unrest in the country.
The death of North Korea’s Kim Jong Il, one of the world’s most repressive leaders, has produced a new moment of danger that binds the interests of both allies and adversaries of the nuclear-armed country.
The head of Egypt’s Islamist Nour party, whose bloc came second in parliamentary elections, said he doubts political groups will united behind calls for the ruling generals to cede power earlier than a June deadline.
China’s new leaders will this week consider plans to revamp the central government as part of efforts to streamline bureaucracy and boost an economy that’s recovering from the slowest growth in 13 years.
China’s services industries rebounded from the slowest expansion in at least 19 months, adding to manufacturing gains that indicate the world’s second-biggest economy is recovering from a seven-quarter slowdown.
From free hand pouches at Coach Inc. to discounts on flat-screen televisions at Gome Electrical Appliances Holding Ltd., retailers are dangling promotions to lure Chinese shoppers during next week’s Lunar New Year holiday.