South Korea Park's presidential powers suspended; PM takes over as acting leader
SEOUL South Korean President Park Geun-hye's powers were suspended at 7:03 p.m. on Friday (1003 GMT) after parliament voted to impeach her, her office said.
ROME Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti tendered his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday, the president's office said, paving the way for national elections in February.
Napolitano is expected to dissolve parliament in the next few days and has already indicated that the most likely date for the election is February 24.
He will begin consultations with political leaders on Saturday to discuss the next steps, the statement said, and in the meantime he asked Monti to continue in a caretaker capacity.
Monti handed in his resignation during a brief meeting at the president's palace, shortly after parliament approved his government's 2013 budget.
(Reporting by Gavin Jones; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
SEOUL South Korea will step up cooperation with allies to respond to North Korea's nuclear threat, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said on Friday in his first speech after parliament impeached President Park Geun-hye.
ALEPPO/BEIRUT Syrian government forces pressed an offensive in Aleppo on Thursday night and into Friday with ground fighting and air strikes, Reuters witnesses, rebels and a monitoring group said, part of a push to retake all of the city's besieged rebel-held east.