EU parliament elects youngest ever president

Ms Metsola, 43, has a record of being anti-abortion, but has billed herself as pro-LGBT rights.

The Maltese national takes over the role from David Sassoli, 65, who died last week after a serious illness.

She is one of three women in the top EU jobs, along with the heads of the European Commission and Central Bank.

But taking questions from journalists on Tuesday, she was asked more than once about her views on women's reproductive rights.

President calls for Vanuatu Mobile Force to be separate from police

Obed Moses Tallis made the call to amend the Police Act at the opening of parliament.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reports the president said it's important a proper security force was formed to strengthen the security of the country.

The police commissioner's background as either a police officer or Vanuatu Mobile Force officer had contributed to tension between the two forces in the past.

Mr Tallis wants the law changed to allow the Vanuatu Mobile Force to become full-time military soldiers.


Russia election: Putin to run again for president

He made the announcement in a speech to workers at a car factory in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod.

"I will put forward my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian federation," he said.

Mr Putin has been in power since 2000, either as president or prime minister. If he wins the March election, he will be eligible to serve until 2024.

Russian TV journalist Ksenia Sobchak has already said she will stand in the election but opinion polls suggest Mr Putin will win easily.

Pastor elected 9th President of Vanuatu

Moses tallied 39 votes in the fourth round of voting by electoral college members in Parliament Chambers today.

Former prime minister Maxime Carlot Korman received 17 votes.

Fifty-seven of the 58-member electoral college was present for the process.

Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman was absent and had officially notified the Chief Justice and Returning Officer, Vincent Lunabek.

There was one invalid vote, which had 2 sheets of paper in the envelope.

The new President will be sworn in shortly.

3rd round of election of Vanuatu President

The electoral college which comprises 52 Members of Parliament and 6 provincial chairs was unable to elect a candidate in the second round of voting this morning.

Chief Justice Vincent Lunabek ordered that voting resume at 4pm (local time) today.

Of the 16 candidates, Tallis Obed Moses, a long-serving pastor of the Presbyterian Church, dominated the second vote, garnering 27 of the 52 votes.

Former prime minister, Maxime Carlot Korman, who had led after Monday's first vote, was second this morning with 14.


Turkey rallies row: Germany and Netherlands harden stance

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany and the Netherlands of "Nazism" after officials blocked rallies there.

Dutch PM Mark Rutte called his comments "unacceptable", while Germany's foreign minister said he hoped Turkey would "return to its senses".

Denmark's leader has also postponed a planned meeting with Mr Erdogan.

Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said he was concerned that "democratic principles are under great pressure" in Turkey.

Hilda Heine elected Marshalls president

She secured 24 votes in the 33-member legislature.

Her election comes a day after a no confidence motion removed Casten Nemra, who had been sworn in last week.

Ms Heine has been the education minister and is the founder of Women United Together Marshall Islands.

Fate of President Baldwin hinges on outcome of court ruling

Former opposition MPs have not only been preparing for the election but are also looking at what next.

While they are keeping their fingers crossed for the outcome of the constitutional court decision on the dissolution of parliament, discussions also overshadow how they would help, as they termed, “restore the integrity of the president’s office”, if the court decision falls in their favor.

Vanuatu president quashes latest pardon talk

The president had earlier said he would not consider any pardons until after the MPs had finished their appeal process.

That happened on Monday and our correspondent reports that there are stories circulating in Port Vila that Fr Lonsdale is planning a pardon.

The chairman of the Port Vila Town Council of Chiefs and a member of the chiefs body, the Malfatumauri, Chief Isaac Worwor, says they met with the president and have been reassured.

President Baldwin dissolves Vanuatu parliament


At about 4pm today, President Baldwin unilaterally used his prerogative power to dissolve the 10th legislature of the Republic of Vanuatu giving reasons of “being unable to resolve the political crises by government and opposition.