No-confidence vote fails
Greece’s conservative-socialist coalition government survived a no-confidence motion tabled by the main opposition Radical Left Coalition party early today, following an often heated three-day parliamentary debate. The motion fell well short of the 151 votes needed to pass, with 124 lawmakers voting in favor and 153 against, Parliament speaker Evangelos Meimarakis announced after the roll-call vote was completed. One socialist lawmaker voted in favor of the motion and was promptly expelled from her party’s parliamentary group.
A new start with Turkey
Officials from Iraq and Turkey have pledged to end the diplomatic tensions plaguing the two neighbors. In a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart, Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Sunday the tension “has ended and we have started a new page.” Turkey’s Ahmet Davutoglu started a two-day visit Sunday to Iraq to meet with senior Iraqi officials. Ties between the two countries strained in early 2012 when Iraq’s former Sunni vice president took refuge in Turkey following accusations by the Shiite-led government that he was running death squads. Turkey rejected Baghdad’s request to hand over him, despite the fact he was tried and convicted in absentia.
Government official killed
Iran’s official news agency is reporting that a gunman has shot and killed a deputy industry minister. The report Sunday by IRNA said Safdar Rahmatabadi was shot twice in the head and chest in an eastern neighborhood of Tehran. The report quoted police as saying they believed the deputy minister was shot by someone traveling with him in his car. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
4 die in small plane crash
Four people, all believed to be U.S. citizens, died Sunday in a small plane crash off the Bahamas’ northernmost island, police said. Police Superintendent Stephen Dean said the single-engine plane, possibly on a sightseeing tour, crashed in waters a few miles off Grand Bahama island.
Compiled from wire reports.