TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — President Barack Obama will stand shoulder to shoulder with Baltic leaders Wednesday in a show of solidarity with NATO allies who fear they could be the next target of Russia's aggression.
France's former first lady Wednesday broke her silence over the tempestuous end of her relationship with President Francois Hollande, detailing her horrified reaction to the news he was having an affair. In a kiss-and-tell memoir written in secret and due to be published Thursday, Valerie Trierweiler spills the beans on her relationship with Hollande and the painful and sudden break-up in January after a magazine revealed his sensational affair with actress Julie Gayet. "Everything I write is true," she says on the cover of the book, called "Thank You For This Moment", which is set to do little to improve the image of Hollande, already France's least popular president in history according to opinion polls. "The information on Julie Gayet is the top headline in the dailies...I crack up.
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked two veteran lawmakers with friendly ties to China for top party posts on Wednesday in an apparent signal of hope for a thaw in chilly ties with Beijing and a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The change in executives in Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is part of a broad leadership rejig, including a cabinet reshuffle, aimed at strengthening party unity and polishing Abe's image 20 months after he surged back to office. In a move welcomed by Tokyo stock market players, Abe drafted Yasuhisa Shiozaki, 63, a proponent of an overhaul of Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), to head the ministry of labor, health and welfare, which oversees GPIF.