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UN Security Council warns against holding Iraqi Kurd vote

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:04 AM

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

Iraqi Kurds gather in the street flying Kurdish flags as they urge people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 13, 2017. Photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

New Zealand heads for 'down to the wire' polls

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Conservative Prime Minister Bill English faces a challenge from charismatic young rival Jacinda Ardern

EARLY VOTING. A woman casts her vote for the 2017 general election in Wellington on September 21, 2017. Marty Melville/AFP

FAST FACTS: How Germany's complex electoral system works

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Things are not so simple under Germany's complex election system

'FOR THE GERMAN PEOPLE' The German national flag is pictured next to the main entrance to the Reichstag building, seat of the German lower house of Parliament Bundestag in Berlin on September 19, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Tunisia postpones first post-revolt municipal polls

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:53 AM

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

POLL CHIEF. The Acting President of the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE), Anouar Ben Hassine, gives a speech during a meeting in the capital Tunis with all political parties to decide on the date of the next municipal elections on September 18, 2017. Fethi Belaid/AFP

Supreme court steps in to block Iraq Kurd independence vote

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:15 PM

(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

Kurdish flags and a flag bearing the portrait of the president of Iraq's Kurdistan region hang above stalls near the citadel in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 13, 2017. Safin Hamed/AFP

Catalonia to launch campaign for independence referendum

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:41 PM

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

REFERENDUM. A group of tourists sit in a terrace in front of a graffitti depicting a Catalan pro-independece flag 'Estelada' on September 13, 2017, in Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Spain prosecutors threaten to arrest Catalan pro-referendum mayors

Sep 13, 2017 - 9:46 PM

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

Anger as Singapore gets first female president without a vote

Sep 13, 2017 - 1:14 PM

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

MADAME PRESIDENT. In this file photo, former parliamentary speaker Halimah Yacob (R), named as the country's new president, waves to supporters with her husband Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee as they arrive at the nomination centre in Singapore on September 13, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Norway's PM claims victory in close election

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:47 AM

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

Norway`s Prime Minister Erna Solberg cast her ballot flanked by her husband Sindre Finnes (L) at a polling station in Bergen during general election on September 11, 2017. NTB Scanpix / Marit Hommedal / AFP

'Election thriller' gets underway in Norway

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:40 PM

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

Norway's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Erna Solberg, (C) greets youth at an election campaign event in Oslo, on September 7, 2017. NTB Scanpix / Heiko Junge/AFP

Hillary Clinton on 2016 loss: 'It hurts a lot'

Sep 11, 2017 - 1:00 AM

Ahead of the release of her campaign memoir the defeated US presidential bet also says she is done with being a candidate

Former Secretary of State and former Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton delivers remarks while being honored during the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds Celebration at the Newseum November 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Spain to charge Catalan leaders over independence vote

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:23 PM

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

MARIANO RAJOY. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy leaves after a press conference at La Moncloa palace in Madrid on September 7, 2017. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Merkel ahead as Schulz fails to land sucker punch in key debate

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:41 AM

UPDATED Polls following the 90 minute showdown give Merkel the clear edge over Schulz

Journalists watch a televised debate between German Chancellor and leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party and candidate for Chancellor at a television studio in Berlin on September 3, 2017. John Macdougall/AFP

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Aug 24, 2017 - 3:29 PM

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'No mood for change', one month before Germany vote

Aug 24, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Will German Chancellor Angela Merkel secure a 4th term?

This file photo taken on October 24, 2016 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of the Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) at the start of a leadership meeting at the party's headquarter in Berlin. Odd Andersen/AFP

'Back up, you creep:' Clinton raps Trump in new book

Aug 24, 2017 - 9:20 AM

He was literally breathing down my neck My skin crawled writes Hillary Clinton in her upcoming book describing the October 2016 presidential debate at Washington University in St Louis

In this file photo, former US Secretary of State and WOV Honoree Hillary Clinton speaks onstage at the Ms. Foundation for Women 2017 Gloria Awards Gala & After Party at Capitale on May 3, 2017 in New York City. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for The Foundation for Women/AFP

Erdogan slams German rebukes over election 'interference'

Aug 20, 2017 - 9:49 AM

The latest spat between Ankara and Berlin risks propelling a months long crisis in ties between two NATO allies with deep historic links to a new level ahead of Germany s general election on September 24

This handout picture released by Turkish President's Press Office on August 19, 2017, shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivering a speech as he attends a meeting of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Denizli. Turkish Presidential Press Office / AFP

Kenya's Odinga calls strike as he mulls options

Aug 14, 2017 - 10:25 AM

Kenya s opposition leader Raila Odinga urges his supporters to stay home from work Monday August 14 to mourn those killed in protests over what he claims was a rigged election while he mulls his next move

A portrait of embattled Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga is carried by a crowd waiting for his arrival in Nairobi, on August 13, 2017 in Mathare, a neighborhood of the capital. Marco Longari/AFP

Pressure mounts on Kenya opposition to quell deadly protests

Aug 13, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Kenya s defeated opposition faces mounting calls at home and abroad to calm their supporters

UNREST. A man runs away from Kenyan security forces patrolling in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi on August 12, 2017, following overnight protests against the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta by opposition supporters. Simon Maina/AFP

Jittery Kenya awaits final election results after disputed poll

Aug 10, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The east African nation keenly aware of post poll violence a decade ago that left 1 100 dead in on a knife edge after a day of isolated protests in opposition strongholds

POST-POLL VIOLENCE. Protesters set up a burning barricade using tyres in Kibera slum in Nairobi on August 9, 2017, during protests against Kenya's national election results. Tony Karumba/AFP

Kenyatta leads Kenya election results as opposition cries foul

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:01 AM

UPDATED The allegation by Uhuru Kenyatta s main challenger Raila Odinga set the stage for a protracted and possibly violent dispute over the results of Tuesday s August 8 election

CRUCIAL COUNT. Electoral Commission officials count ballots at a polling station in Nairobi on August 8, 2017. Tony Karumba/AFP

Australia plans postal vote on gay marriage

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:07 PM

Australia will hold a voluntary postal vote on whether to legalize gay marriage if parliament rejects plans for a plebiscite on the contentious issue Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says

EQUAL RIGHTS. Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Kenyans flock to vote in high-stakes elections

Aug 08, 2017 - 1:43 PM

UPDATED From first time voters to those bent with age from urbanites to ethnic Samburu warriors thousands descend upon polling stations long before dawn to cast their ballots

Kenyans wait in line to cast their ballot in the general elections at a polling station in Kisumu on August 8, 2017. Fredrik Lerneryd/AFP

Calls for peace on eve of tense Kenya election

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta gives a televised election eve speech aimed at easing tensions after a final campaign week marred by rigging accusations leveled by his bitter rival Raila Odinga

PREPARED. Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials make a sweep of electoral material August 7, 2017 at a holding centre in Kagio before their distribution to the polling stations a day before Kenya goes to the general election. Simon Maina/AFP

Angry Pence denies eye on 2020 U.S. presidential bid

Aug 07, 2017 - 1:10 AM

US Vice President Mike Pence slams a New York Times article on a supposed shadow campaign for 2020 calling it disgraceful and offensive

PENCE. US Vice President Mike Pence says new US-Japan talks could lead to trade deal. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Kenya on a knife edge ahead of high-stakes elections

Aug 06, 2017 - 10:03 AM

The August 8 election is seen as a crucial test of Kenya s progress since a disputed poll a decade ago led to two months of politically motivated ethnic clashes

POSTERS EVERYWHERE. A man looks at his phone as he sits at a bus stop decorated with election campaign posters of Kenya's National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition leader and presidential candidate Raila Odinga in Nairobi on August 2, 2017. Simon Maina/AFP

Maduro denies 'enemy' charge of rigging Venezuela vote

Aug 03, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Maduro faces mounting accusations of trampling on democracy in Venezuela with Sunday s controversial election for an all powerful Constituent Assembly

MEETING SUPPORTERS. Handout picture released by the Venezuelan presidency showing President Nicolas Maduro (L) talking during a meeting with constitutionalists in Caracas on August 2, 2017. Venezuela President's office/Handout/AFP

Kagame set for sweeping victory in Rwanda election

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:49 AM

The 59 year old leader faces two little known candidates who were given only 3 weeks to campaign against the incumbent who has kept a tight hold on power since his rebel army ended the 1994 genocide

CROWD DRAWER. Incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame (L) greets a crowd of supporters as he arrives for a campaign rally on July 31, 2017 in Gakenke ahead of August 4 presidential election. Marco Longari/AFP

Venezuela braces for new protests after deadly vote

Jul 31, 2017 - 2:09 PM

3rd UPDATE Opponents of embattled President Nicolas Maduro vow another day of nationwide marches defying an intensifying crackdown on protests that have left more than 120 people dead in 4 months

CLAIMING VICTORY. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro celebrates the results of the 'Constituent Assembly,' in Caracas, on July 31, 2017. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Opposition cries foul as Senegal holds tense vote

Jul 31, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The vote to elect a new parliament is seen as a test run for President Macky Sall ahead of a 2019 presidential election and follows a campaign marred by violence

A man casts his ballot in Senegal's legislative election, on July 30, 2017 in Dakar. Seyllou/AFP

Venezuela vote triggers deadly 'war' in the streets

Jul 30, 2017 - 9:15 PM

UPDATED At least 9 people are killed as protesters attacked polling stations and barricaded streets around the country

Venezuelans search for their names on a list at a polling station in Caracas on July 30, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Maduro holds Venezuela vote, defying protests, international scorn

Jul 30, 2017 - 8:05 AM

UPDATED Surveys by the Datanalisis polling firm show more than 70 of Venezuelans opposed the idea of the new assembly – and 80 reject Maduro s leadership

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a national flag during the closing of the campaign to elect a Constituent Assembly that would rewrite the constitution, in Caracas on July 27, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

India votes for next president from lowest Dalit caste

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Indian lawmakers vote to pick the country s president who is certain to come from the lowest Dalit caste

This file photo taken on June 23, 2017 shows Ram Nath Kovind (L) as he leaves an National Democratic Alliance meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and top Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani (C) in New Delhi. Stringer/AFP

Venezuela opposition hails poll as blow to Maduro

Jul 17, 2017 - 9:22 AM

UPDATED Meanwhile a 61 year old woman is killed and 3 other people wounded when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on people lined up to vote in Caracas

People cast their votes at a polling station in Caracas on July 16, 2017 during an opposition-organized vote to measure public support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution. Juan Barreto/AFP

Merkel in German campaign kick-off pledges full employment

Jul 03, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Merkel presents a program she said was focused on bolstering Germany s economic strength and social cohesion

PARTY PLATFORM. German Chancellor and head of the Christian Democrats party, Angela Merkel (L) and Horst Seehofer, leader of Bavarian sister Party CSU, present their parties' electoral programs for the September 24 parliamentary election during a press conference on July 3, 2017 in Berlin. John MacDougall/AFP

Japan PM Abe stung by huge loss in Tokyo assembly vote

Jul 03, 2017 - 11:38 AM

UPDATED The polls seen as a bellwether for national political sentiment come as Abe is buffeted by a series of setbacks and scandals that have driven down his popularity

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) speaks to the media upon arrival at his official residence in Tokyo on July 3, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tokyo votes in local polls with national consequences

Jul 02, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Governor Yuriko Koike is hoping her coalition can beat the local arm of Shinzo Abe s ruling Liberal Democratic Party LDP which holds a majority in the 127 seat Tokyo assembly

CHOOSING THEIR LEADERS. Voters cast their ballots for Tokyo metropolitan assembly election at a polling station in Tokyo on July 2, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Scottish leader rules out new independence vote for now

Jun 28, 2017 - 7:31 AM

Sturgeon says she will reset the timetable for holding a referendum by spring 2019 when Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union

NO INDYREF2. Scotland's First Minister and Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon reacts as she sits in the chamber at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on June 27, 2017. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Trump rides high after Republican election win

Jun 22, 2017 - 11:10 AM

The president seizes on the result of a closely watched special election in Georgia as a vote of confidence

TALKING TO SUPPORTERS. US President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on June 21, 2017, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Republican wins Georgia election, blow to anti-Trump effort

Jun 21, 2017 - 10:26 AM

UPDATED Republican Karen Handel wins a fierce closely watched special congressional election in Georgia US media project salvaging a seat in traditional conservative territory

WINNER. Georgia's 6th Congressional district Republican candidate Karen Handel addresses supporters gathered at Hyatt Regency at Villa Christina on June 20, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images/AFP

Democrat eyes anti-Trump upset in high-stakes Georgia race

Jun 20, 2017 - 2:37 PM

UPDATED Republicans are facing a sobering reminder of their president s poor approval ratings as 30 year old centrist Democrat Jon Ossoff a filmmaker and onetime political assistant clings to the narrowest of leads

CHALLENGER. Jon Ossoff in a file photo. Photo courtesy Ossoff's Twitter account

France's Macron wins strong majority for reform

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:57 AM

3rd UPDATE The new body will be nearly 6 years younger on average have a record 223 women lawmakers and will be strikingly less politically experienced

FRANCE'S PARLIAMENT. This file photo taken on July 26, 2016 shows the National Assembly's Palais Bourbon in Paris illuminated in the French flag colors in tribute to the victims of the attack in the Normandy city of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Macron eyes next stage in revolution in parliament vote

Jun 18, 2017 - 8:19 PM

The main concern for observers and critics is the likely absence of any political counterweight to Macron

HIS CHOICE. A man casts his ballot as he votes at a polling station in the 14th arrondissement in Paris, during the second round of the French parliamentary elections on June 18, 2017. Benjamin Cremel/AFP

Puerto Ricans back full U.S. statehood but vote marred by abstentions

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:11 AM

Despite the low level of participation Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello vowed after casting his vote for full annexation by the United States to defend internationally the result

AGAINST REFERENDUM. A man carries a Puerto Rican flag during a protest against the referendum for Puerto Rico political status in San Juan, on June 11, 2017. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

France's Macron heads for crushing parliamentary majority

Jun 12, 2017 - 7:52 AM

UPDATED But the vote was marked by record low turnout of 49 possibly reflecting fatalism among Macron s opponents in the face of his seemingly unstoppable advance experts said

VOTING. French President Emmanuel Macron (C) casts his ballot next to his wife Brigitte Macron (L) at a polling station during the first round of the French legislative elections in Le Touquet, on June 11, 2017. Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool/AFP

It's complicated: Puerto Ricans vote on knotty U.S. relationship

Jun 11, 2017 - 2:09 PM

US state independence or status quo: Puerto Ricans will mull their political future in a non binding referendum many have vowed to boycott

A VOTE FORWARD? A rides his bicycle in front of a wall covered with campaign posters promoting Puerto Rico's statehood in San Juan, on June 9, 2017. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Macron looks to cement mandate as French elect new parliament

Jun 11, 2017 - 11:23 AM

3rd UPDATE To achieve ambitious labor economic and social reforms French President Emmanuel Macron needs a clear majority in parliament

CHOICES. A teenager walks by election posters ahead of the first round of the upcoming legislative elections in Paris on June 9, 2017. Christophe Archambault/AFP

Macron's party in driver's seat before French parliament election

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:46 PM

With Macron s party siphoning off support from the traditional political forces of left and right the elections could radically re draw France s political map

REPUBLIC ON THE MOVE. French Minister of Territorial Cohesion Richard Ferrand (C) delivers a speech during a campaign meeting for the 90 La Republique en Marche (REM) party candidates in the Ile-de-France region, May 23, 2017, in Aubervilliers, near Paris. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP

Spain's Catalonia announces October independence vote

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Speaking in Barcelona Carles Puigdemont said the question would be: Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic?

NEW BID. Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont (C) speaks flanked by Catalan parliament president Carme Forcadell (L) and Catalan regional vice-president Oriol Junqueras (R), to announce the October independence referendum on independence, at the Palau de La Generalitat in Barcelona on June 9, 2017. Lluis Gene/AFP

Shock election results leave UK in political limbo

Jun 09, 2017 - 1:04 PM

UPDATED British Prime Minister Theresa May faces pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom

DEFEAT. British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Conservative Party HQ in central London, on June 9, 2017, hours after the polls closed in the British general election. Ben Stanstall/AFP