Merkel says she would now seek exploratory talks on an alliance with two smaller parties, the pro-business Free Democrats and the ecologist Greens
The bill consolidating the versions of the Senate and the House — seeking to move the polls to May 2018 – will be sent for President Duterte's signature
(UPDATED) The prime minister did not give a date for the election but it will reportedly be on October 22
(3rd UPDATE) The non-binding vote on the Kurds' long-cherished dream of independence, initiated by veteran leader Massud Barzani, has angered not only the federal government but also neighboring Turkey and Iran
Maverick MP Winston Peters emerges as kingmaker after Bill English's conservative National Party and the Jacinda Ardern-led Labour both fail to win an outright majority
AfD will now send dozens of lawmakers to the Bundestag opposition benches, giving them a platform to spread their views, including challenging Germany's culture of atonement over World War II and the massacre of 6 million Jews and others in the Holocaust
(UPDATED) In a bombshell for the German establishment, the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) captures around 13% of the vote, catapulting it to become the country's third biggest political force
Voting begins at 0600 GMT in Europe's biggest economy and exit polls are announced at 1600 GMT, with few expecting surprises given Merkel's double-digit poll lead
'Basta ano, dalawa nag-text sa 'kin ng congratulations. 'Di ko na sasabihin [kung sino],' says Commission on Elections chair Andres Bautista
The campaign has been the most volatile in recent memory, with momentum swinging from Prime Minister Bill English to Jacinda Ardern and then back again
The 15-member council says the planned referendum could hinder efforts to help refugees return home and weaken the military campaign against the Islamic State group
The Commission on Elections is considering two options – either to reuse the ballots dated October 23, 2017 for the May 2018 elections or to use stickers to cover the old dates
Conservative Prime Minister Bill English faces a challenge from charismatic young rival Jacinda Ardern
The New York Times and Washington Post report that Robert Mueller recently asked the White House for records and communications covering 13 specific areas, particularly key actions by Trump since he became president in January
Here are 7 instances where the number 7 figured in the life (and post-death) of the former president and dictator
Only minority Senator Risa Hontiveros opposes the measure, saying it is 'motivated only by the President's desire to have full control over the barangays'
'I believe in the goodness, the goodwill, and the good sense of the Filipino people,' says the wife of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista
(UPDATED) Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista maintains that resigning and taking a leave of absence 'are options that are always available'
Things are not so simple under Germany's complex election system
(UPDATED) The complainants fail to indicate they have personal knowledge of their allegations against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista
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'We need our president to speak directly to us and tell us the truth,' says actor Morgan Freeman
President Rodrigo Duterte says he has sent this message to the House of Representatives through Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez
Will the impeachment complaint against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista pass the House panel's scrutiny?
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Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says even if the House committee on justice deems the impeachment complaint not sufficient in form, House rules allow this to be 'rectified at any time'
This is to 'give the public more time to prepare' for the October 23 polls in case it wouldn't be postponed, says the Commission on Elections
US investigators wiretapped Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, under secret court order before and after the 2016 US presidential elections, CNN reports
The long-delayed poll has been seen as the final stage in Tunisia's transition to democracy following its uprising which sparked the Arab Spring revolutions
(UPDATED) Iraq's supreme court orders the suspension of a September 25 referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, to examine whether such a poll would be constitutional
(UPDATED) The Ombudsman joins the list of government agencies investigating the wealth of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, after his estranged wife claimed he amassed P1 billion
The campaign kickoff will occur at 8:00 pm 1800 GMT at a 10 000 seat capacity bullring in the port of Tarragona attended by Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and representatives of Catalonia s main separatist parties and associations
UPDATED Ferdinand Marcos Jr s lawyer George Garcia says this does not mean they are abandoning their accusations of electoral fraud against Vice President Leni Robredo which he said can be proven through a ballot recount
Meanwhile the filing of certificates of candidacy for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan bets will be from September 23 to 30
The prosecutors office orders the mayors who agreed to help stage the vote to be summoned to court as official suspects and if they do not appear to order their arrest according to a copy of the ruling
UPDATED Halimah Yacob a former speaker of parliament did not have to face an election for the largely ceremonial post originally due this month after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria
Her Conservative Party along with its anti immigration junior coalition partner the Progress Party and two other center right allies is on track to win a slender majority of 89 of the 169 seats in parliament
The Senate committee report states that incumbent barangay officials inclusion in the President s drug list is a sufficient reason to appoint OICs
Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg s coalition and the opposition led by Labour s Jonas Gahr Store are neck and neck in the latest opinion polls
The Senate s counterpart measure suggests a different date October 2018
Ahead of the release of her campaign memoir the defeated US presidential bet also says she is done with being a candidate
In her campaign chronicle What Happened set for release on September 12 the veteran Democrat acknowledges her own role in her defeat writing: It was my campaign Those were my decisions
I answered every question posed by the committee until both sides had exhausted their lines of questioning Trump Jr says in a statement posted on Twitter
Criminal charges are being prepared against the leaders of the Catalan parliament as well as officials in the regional government who prepared the referendum decree general prosecutor Jose Manuel Maza tells reporters
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UPDATED Lawyer Victor Rodriguez says the latest SC decision on the electoral protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo will not stop them from exposing the many sins of Smartmatic
The poll body cites threats to the safety of voters in Mindanao which President Rodrigo Duterte placed under martial law due to clashes in Marawi City