- Associated Press - Thursday, June 24, 2010


Australia gets first female premier

CANBERRA | Australia’s ruling Labor Party ousted Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Thursday in a sudden, stunning revolt that also delivered the country its first female leader.

Mr. Rudd’s deputy, Julia Gillard, was elected leader in an uncontested vote about 12 hours after she surprised many colleagues by challenging a prime minister who until recently had been among the country’s most popular.

Many foreign policies, including Australia’s 1,500-strong military contribution to the war in Afghanistan, are not likely to change under Miss Gillard.


President hopes arrest cripples terrorist cell

JAKARTA | Indonesia’s president said he hopes the arrest of the country’s most-wanted terrorism suspect will help cripple a network accused of plotting several high-profile assassinations and a Mumbai-style attack targeting foreigners at luxury hotels.

However, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, reportedly a target of the plot, urged people to remain vigilant and report all suspicious movements.

The suspect, Abdullah Sunata, was led away in handcuffs with two aides, one of them a purported expert bomb maker, after raids on their hideout in Central Java province Wednesday.


Blast kills associate in minister’s office

ATHENS | Greek Public Order Minister Mihalis Chrisohoidis says a bomb attack inside his ministry has killed one of his close associates.

Officials said the bomb, disguised as a gift, exploded on the seventh floor of the ministry, near Mr. Chrisohoidis’ office, on Thursday night. The minister was inside the building at the time but he was not harmed.


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