Belgian king accepts resignation of government

Belgium's King Albert II has accepted the resignation of the government, opening the way for negotiations to form a new coalition. The king's decision ends three days of closed-door negotiations that began last week when the government of Prime Minister Yves Leterme offered to step down. The offer followed allegations from the highest court that the government sought to interfere in a court case on the bailout of the troubled Fortis bank. It is likely the leading political parties will now seek to broker a coalition without immediately calling for new elections.