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Rajoy breaks his silence on corruption scandal

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Photo: Reuters

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy yesterday fought back over allegations that he received undeclared payments from his ruling party, as he sunk deeper into a major corruption scandal.

Sunday, 3 February, 2013, 5:26am

Dynastic succession in Asian politics is no guarantee of success

Dynastic succession in Asian politics is no guarantee of success

To the extent that culture matters in politics, the recent spate of leadership changes in northeast Asia suggests that Asian societies are more tolerant - if not supportive - of dynastic succession. South Korea's recently elected president, Park Geun-hye, is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, who ruled the country from 1961 to 1979.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:57am 4 comments

Scandal-prone Silvio Berlusconi confirms new push to be Italian prime minister

Berlusconi speaks to the press at the AC Milan training grounds. Photo: AFP

Silvio Berlusconi yesterday ended weeks of speculation by announcing that he would run again for the job of prime minister, the post he was forced out of last year.

"I am running to win," the leader of the right-wing populist People of Freedom (PDL) party told journalists in Milanello, near the northern city of Milan.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:50am

India's parliament too petty to get the job done

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Photo: AP

In a subversion of its true function in a democracy, India's current parliament rarely passes laws. Instead, the government wields parliament as a weapon to stonewall the opposition, and the opposition uses it to extract concessions from the government by continually disrupting proceedings.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am

Who said it?

The task of protecting our Far Eastern territories from excessive expansion by bordering states remains in place

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's warning to China

Liberal studies trains students' way of thinking, while Chinese history deals with historical facts

Education chief Eddie Ng Hak-kim defends national education

15 Aug 2012 - 11:29pm

Who said it?

Japanese society cannot survive if we stop all nuclear reactors or keep them halted

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Afghanistan has entered into a critical transition period. China is a trustworthy neighbour and friend

President Hu Jintao's message to his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai (above)

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Bomb scare at Russian consulate closes road

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I'm an unbounded admirer of this prime minister

Bob Carr, Australia's new foreign minister, after his appointment by Prime Minister Julia Gillard

From my previous contacts with him I find Mr Donald Tsang a sincere person

Cardinal John Tong Hon, commenting on the chief executive's troubles

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

As an example, you can see the long lines that form outside public bathrooms in Central. Some parts of Central are already exploding

District councillor Cheng Lai-king, on the number of domestic helpers in the city on Sundays

Rudd can't win over his own party and Prime Minister Gillard can't win over the public ... neither can win the next election

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Zoo holds briefing on baby orang-utans

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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