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Syria’s Cabinet Reshuffled

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Syria's beleaguered President Bashar Assad has shaken up his cabinet and appointed new ministers to handle the economy, according to Syria’s state media.

The cabinet reshuffle comes as Syrians suffer shortages of essentials including fuel, electricity and food. As a result of these complaints, the state TV said there would be changes at the oil, finance and agriculture ministries.  

It's hard to see, given the continued fighting, how a change in ministers may make any real difference to the situation.

Significantly key security ministries remain unchanged.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Reshuffles Cabinet

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reshuffled his cabinet on Friday, just four months after taking office, in an effort to win bipartisan support for an unpopular sales tax hike.

Noda replaced five members of his cabinet, two of whom had been censured by the upper house over a series of gaffes.

Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa, who sparked outrage in Okinawa when he compared the planned relocation of a U.S. Marine base to rape, will be replaced by upper house lawmaker Naoki Tanaka.

Jin Matsubara replaces Consumer Affairs Minister Kenji Yamaoka, who was criticized for ties to dubious business groups and a gaffe comparing the collapse of the euro to the tsunami.

Noda also appointed former Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada as the deputy in charge of tax and social security reform, a move that could further divide the ruling Democratic Party of Japan.  Supporters of veteran powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa are weary of Okada, who led the push to suspend Ozawa’s party membership, following his indictment over a political funding scandal.

The cabinet overhaul comes as Noda looks to forge ahead with a bill to double Japan’s five percent sales tax in two stages, something that hasn’t been done since 1997.  The prime minister has said the tax hike is necessary to rein in a public debt that is now twice the $5 trillion economy.

But opposition lawmakers, who control the less powerful upper house of parliament, refused any discussion of the increase until the censured ministers were removed.

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Syria's Cabinet Resigns

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Amid the country's worst unrest in decades, the Syrian cabinet has resigned.    

The announcement came on state television and President Bashar Assad is said to have accepted the resignation. It's the latest concession by the government aimed at appeasing more than a week of growing mass protests. Assad is expected address the nation in the next 24 hours to announce he's lifting the emergency law and moving to annul other harsh restrictions on civil liberties and political freedoms.

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Yemeni President Fires Cabinet

GAMAL NOMAN/AFP/Getty Images(SANA'A, Yemen) -- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh reportedly fired his entire cabinet on Sunday amid social unrest throughout the country.

Protests have been taking place in Yemen for about two months with demonstrators calling for Saleh to step down from his presidential post. On Friday, Saleh declared a state of emergency as protesters and pro-government forces continued to engage in violent clashes. The days leading up to Sunday’s announcement have been deadly, with snipers opening fire and killing dozens of protesters during demonstrations in Taghyeer Square on Friday.

President Obama has condemned the violence in Yemen and called on Saleh, “to adhere to his public pledge to allow demonstrations to take place peacefully.”

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Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Dissolves Cabinet

Photo Courtesy - Pierre Verdy/AFP/ Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- In what some might call another "aftershock" from the earthquake of Egypt's political transition, the Palestinian Authority announced political changes Monday that call for the dissolution of its cabinet.

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad dissolved the Palestinian Authority's 16-member cabinet which many in the region saw as ineffective.  The step is widely being seen as a way to show better governance and appease the Palestinian public so they don't take to the streets in mass demonstrations.

Fayyad had been pushing for a cabinet change and events in Egypt helped him make it happen.  He has six weeks to form a new cabinet, and says he'll choose technocrats who can help build Palestinian institutions.

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Muslim British Cabinet Member Warns Against to Anti-Muslim Attitudes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Image(LONDON) -- The first Muslim woman to sit in the British cabinet is calling attention the social acceptability of discrimination against Muslims in Britain, reports say.

Sayeeda Warsi, who is Pakistani in origin, recently told BBC News, "It has seeped into our society in a way where it is acceptable around dinner to have these conversations where anti-Muslim hatred and bigotry is quite openly discussed."

Friday in a speech at the University of Leicester, Warsi was expected to speak out against anti-Muslim sentiments, blaming the media for "fueling misunderstanding with labels such as 'moderate' or 'extremist,'" reports the Gulf Daily News.

The British cabinet member is also calling for the Muslim community to speak out against Islamic extremism.  This issue has been a major concern for government officials since a homegrown suicide bombing killed 52 people in London in 2005.

In a recent display of responsiveness to Muslim discrimination, Britain refused to allow U.S. pastor Terry Jones into the country.  Jones incited controversy last year with threats to burn the Quran.

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