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3 Lithuanian lawmakers guilty of financial fraud

Three Lithuanian legislators from a populist coalition party were found guilty of massive financial fraud in a case prosecutors investigated over seven years, with two lawmakers receiving prison sentences, a court announced Friday. Full story

Norway's island shooting survivors run for parliament

OSLO (Reuters) - On a sunny day in Oslo, Vegard Groeslie Wennesland, a survivor of the shooting at the Labour Party's youth camp on Utoeya island, gives out roses and discusses politics with shoppers. Full story

Poll shows strong shift to Australian PM Rudd, new ministry named

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd rewarded backers who helped him reclaim power from Julia Gillard with places in the new ministry he announced on Monday, while a new poll showed a strong bounce for his Labor Party before national elections. Full story

Australian PM Gillard survives leadership showdown

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stared down a leadership crisis on Thursday and ensured she will lead the government into a September 14 election after she called a surprise leadership vote over her chief rival Kevin Rudd. Full story

Australian PM agrees to hold leadership vote on Thursday

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's ruling Labor Party will hold a special meeting to vote on leadership later on Thursday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard told Parliament on Thursday. Full story

Malta's Labour Party wins national election

VALLETTA (Reuters) - Malta's Labour Party won a national election, returning to power after 15 years in opposition. Full story

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Wayne Swan, who also serves as treasurer and is his center-left Labor Party government's ranking finance minister, says the "cranks and crazies that have taken over the Republican Party" are the greatest threat to the U.S. economy. Watch an excerpt of his speech.

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