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Norway pushes Venezuela mediation effort

May 17, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The mediation bid comes after a months-long power struggle between opposition leader Juan Guaido and President Nicolas Maduro, amid sometimes deadly street clashes

MEDIATION. This file photo shows a view of a Venezuelan national flag reading S.O.S. during a rally with Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido upon his arrival in Caracas on March 4, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela peace talks in Oslo provide glimmer of hope

May 16, 2019 - 11:30 PM

It is the second time that such talks have been held in Oslo between Nicolas Maduro's regime and Juan Guaido's representatives, says Norway's NRK radio and television network

SHOWDOWN. A combination of file photos of Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (left) and President Nicolas Maduro. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Dynasty members, old names capture new districts in 2019

May 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Meanwhile, in two areas where there will be new districts after 2019, political dynasties and prominent politicians grab important local posts

Sudan protesters vow to press on after talks suspended

May 16, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The chief of Sudan's ruling military council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announces the talks have been suspended for 72 hours as security in Khartoum has deteriorated

SUDAN PROTESTS. Sudanese protesters are waving flags during a sit-in outside military headquarters after clashing with security forces in Khartoum on May 15, 2019. Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

Australian former PM Bob Hawke dead

May 16, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Never voted out by the public, which forgave him his faults, Bob Hawke won 4 elections on the run beginning in 1983, and only left office following a party room coup

BOB HAWKE. In this file photo taken on August 31, 2013, former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke and wife Blanche d'Alpuget arrive at the Brisbane Convention Centre in Brisbane. FIle photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

South African president vows to speed reforms after election win

May 15, 2019 - 9:14 PM

'We identified a number of reform issues that we needed to address, we are now going to do that with greater speed,' says South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

REFORMS. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018. File photo by Themba Hadebe/Pool/AFP

[OPINION] #PHVote 2019: Of upsets and surprises

May 14, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Where is the hope?

Vote buying complaint lodged vs ex-Zambales governor Ebdane

May 13, 2019 - 6:09 AM

Barangay chairman Noel Landero of Bato, Palauig accuses former governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr of violating the Omnibus Election Code

ALLEGATION OF VOTE BUYING. Zambales reelectionist Governor Jun Ebdane is accused of vote buying

[OPINYON] Pakibulong... sa mga wala pang iboboto

May 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Higit sa youth vote, ang pinakamahalagang magagawa isang araw bago ang eleksiyon ay youth campaign – kailangang padaluyin ang paghahangad sa pagbabago

Rights groups, family demand answers on missing Thai activists

May 11, 2019 - 5:42 PM

A Thailand deputy prime minister denies the missing activists are in government custody

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. This handout photo released and taken by Royal Thai Government on February 11, 2019 shows Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha presiding over a meeting at the Government House in Bangkok. Handout photo

Party switching: 'Perversion' of political system

May 11, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The party-switching culture, academics say, are unhealthy in a democracy. Proposed changes to the Constitution attempt to curb this.

Midterm exodus: When political butterflies switch party alliances

May 11, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Data analysis of recent elections shows that many local politicians usually jump to the party of the incumbent president during midterm elections

ANC wins closely-watched South Africa poll with absolute majority

May 11, 2019 - 12:49 AM

Seats in parliament are allocated based on vote share and the party with the most representatives selects the president, who will be sworn in on May 25

WIN. Supporters of the ruling party the African National Congress cheer as they arrive at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg to attend the ANC's final presidential election campaign rally on May 5, 2019. File photo by Marco Longari/AFP

China charges ex-Interpol chief with accepting bribes

May 10, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Meng Hongwei is among a growing group of Communist Party cadres caught in President Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign, which critics say has served as a way to remove the leader's political enemies

EX-INTERPOL CHIEF. This photo taken on July 4, 2017 shows Meng Hongwei, president of Interpol, delivering an addresses at the opening of the Interpol World Congress in Singapore. File photo by AFP

Duterte allies named dominant majority, minority parties

May 10, 2019 - 11:55 AM

'Kalokohan,' says Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan, adding that this decision is against democracy

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hands of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and other senatorial candidates at a campaign rally at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum in Batangas on April 17, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[EDITORIAL] #Animated: Si Bikoy at ang walong di dapat iboto

May 06, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Isang linggo na lang at eleksyon na. Gamitin natin ang balota upang tiyaking hindi makakapasok ang mga ito sa Senado.

[OPINION] The pols in our stars... and in SALNs too

May 04, 2019 - 5:00 PM

SALNs can also track political dynasties, not just politicians' wealth

10 of 14 Senate bets in winning circle come from political dynasties

May 04, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The 24-member Senate under the next Congress will be filled with members from political dynasties

Maduro exhorts Venezuela military to fight 'any coup plotter'

May 02, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Yes, we are in combat, keep morale high in this fight to disarm any traitor, any coup plotter,' says Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Voters oust criminal MP in UK first

May 02, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Fiona Onasanya loses her seat after voters in the city of Peterborough signed a recall petition triggered by her conviction for lying over a speeding offense

EJECTED. Fiona Onasanya loses her seat after voters in the city of Peterborough signed a recall petition. File photo from Onasanya's Facebook page

Istanbul police open probes over vote 'irregularities'

May 02, 2019 - 6:21 PM

More than 100 election officials have been summoned as part of the inquiries across 3 districts in Turkey's biggest city, according to state news agency Anadolu

ISTANBUL ELECTION. Supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party candidate Ekrem Imamoglu cheer after Turkish election officials officially confirmed his win as Istanbul mayor on April 17, 2019 as they wait outside Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality hall for Imamoglu's arrival for a handover ceremony. File photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

[OPINION] Comelec’s role in implementing ban on political dynasties

May 02, 2019 - 8:59 AM

If the SK Reform Act already defines ‘political dynasty,’ then it can be a basis for Comelec to rule on disqualification cases

Venezuela opposition leader calls for massive May Day protest

May 01, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says the opposition rally on May 1 will be 'the biggest in the history of Venezuela' as he presses his attempt to unseat the president

MAY DAY PROTEST. People walk past a burned bus in Caracas on May 1, 2019 after a day of violent clashes on the streets of the capital spurred by opposition leader Juan Guaido's call on the military to rise up against President Nicolas Maduro. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

How the world is reacting to Venezuela 'coup bid'

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Here are some initial reactions from world governments

'COUP BID.' Soldiers loyal to Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido take position in front of La Carlota base in Caracas on April 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Tensions flare between Sudan military rulers, protesters

Apr 30, 2019 - 8:48 PM

Demonstrators reinforce their barricades outside the army headquarters in Khartoum after the two sides differed in talks Monday, April 29

TENSION. Sudanese protesters wave a national flag as they sit atop a makeshift barricade during a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 30, 2019. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Venezuela says 'attempted coup' under way

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The US throws its full support behind Juan Guaido, with the White House calling on the military to protect the people and support the country's 'legitimate institutions'

OUST MADURO. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido (C) and high-profile opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez (L), who had been put under home arrest by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime, speak with members of the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas on April 30, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Kabul on lockdown as assembly discusses peace with the Taliban

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:01 PM

The loya jirga is being held as the US and Taliban are discussing a possible foreign troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in exchange for a permanent ceasefire and various Taliban pledges

LOYA JIRGA. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019, Afghan people attend the first day of the 'loya jirga' (grand assembly) in Kabul. File photo by STR/AFP

Algeria ex-PM questioned in widening probe into longtime elite

Apr 30, 2019 - 6:36 PM

He is the latest prominent figure to be caught up in the widening fraud probe launched by prosecutors since the ailing Abdelaziz Bouteflika was forced to step down in early April following weeks of mass protests

PROBE. In this file photo, then Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia speaks during an ordinary session of The National Rally for Democracy political party, in Zeralda near the capital Algiers on January 31, 2019. File photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Russian agent Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months

Apr 27, 2019 - 12:06 AM

The leader of a small Russian gun rights group, Maria Butina used her ties to the NRA firearms lobby to build a network of powerful Republican contacts

GUILTY PLEA. This August 17, 2018, photo courtesy of the Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff'€™s Office, shows Maria Butina's booking photograph when she was admitted into the Alexandria Detention Center in Alexandia. AFP PHOTO / Alexandria Sheriff'€™s Office

Sudan converge on army HQ for 'million-strong' protest

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:46 PM

The rally comes after Sudan's new military rulers and protest leaders agreed to set up a joint committee, to chart the way forward two weeks after the ouster of veteran president Omar al-Bashir

PROTEST. A Sudanese protester, draped in the national flag, stands on a hill overlooking fellow demonstrators as they gather for a "million-strong" march outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 25, 2019. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Singapore PM promotes heir apparent before power transfer

Apr 23, 2019 - 10:46 PM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, 57, will become deputy prime minister from May 1. He will retain his post as finance minister and act as premier in Lee's absence.

NEW POST. In this file photo, Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivers a keynote address at the 8th World Bank-Singapore infrastructure Finance Summit in Singapore on April 5, 2018. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Sara Duterte thinks of leaving Hugpong ng Pagbabago to head Davao City local party

Apr 21, 2019 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter wants to become president of Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, the Davao City party led by her older brother Paolo

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Peru ex-president Garcia dies after shooting himself

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:23 AM

'Dismayed by the death of ex-president Alan Garcia. I send my condolences to his family and loved ones,' says Peru's current President Martin Vizcarra

ALAN GARCIA. Former Peru president Alan Garcia died in hospital on April 17, 2019 after shooting himself at his home as police were about to arrest him in a graft investigation. File photo by CrisBouroncle/AFP

Six killed in Libya capital as diplomats debate ceasefire

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) Diplomats have long complained that Libyan peace efforts have been stymied by major power backing for the rival sides, with Haftar ally Russia quibbling over the proposed wording of the ceasefire demand

AFTERMATH. Libyans check a street in the capital Tripoli on April 17, 2019 in the aftermath of several rocket attacks the previous night. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Egypt MPs back constitution changes to extend Sisi rule – state media

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'The president's current term shall expire at the end of 6 years from the date of his election as president in 2018,' state media reports

Algeria top official quits as students keep up protest

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:21 PM

(UPDATED) The 70-year-old is one of the top figures targeted by demonstrators in mass rallies which prompted the departure of Abdelaziz Bouteflika this month

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2014, then Algerian Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz announces the results of the presidential election during a press conference in Algiers. File photo by Farouk Batiche/AFP

Khartoum erupts with joy as Bashir successor steps down

Apr 13, 2019 - 11:41 AM

Car horns sound on the streets as jubilant crowds stream out of their homes to cheer the departure of Ibn Ouf, considered a regime insider and close aide of Bashir.

PROTEST. A Sudanese anti-regime protester kisses a soldier on the head during protests on April 11, 2019 in the area around the army headquarters in Sudan's capital Khartoum. Photo by AFP

Algeria protests defy police to keep up pressure on regime

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:01 PM

The appointment of upper house speaker Abdelkader Bensalah as Algeria's first new president in 20 years has failed to meet the demands of demonstrators

MORE PROTESTS. Algerian protesters wave their national flag as they demonstrate during an an anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers on April 12, 2019. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Sudan new military rulers offer dialogue as protests rage

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Analysts say that Omar al-Bashir's overthrow in a palace coup has made the transition to democracy in Sudan a more distant prospect

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Sudanese protesters gather near the military headquarters in Khartoum as they continue to rally demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy one day after a military council took control of the country, on April 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

Sudan: Months of protests lead to the ousting of Bashir

Apr 11, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The uprising in Sudan started with protests in December over a hike in bread prices. Here's a timeline of events.

PROTESTS. Sudanese demonstrators gather in a street in central Khartoum on April 11, 2019, immediately after one of Africa's longest-serving presidents was toppled by the army. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Sudan army topples veteran leader Bashir, protestors vow more demos

Apr 11, 2019 - 8:14 PM

(UPDATED) Organizers of the protests, which first erupted in December, rejects the army's move and vows to keep up their campaign until the whole regime is swept aside

REMOVED FROM POWER. A grab from a live broadcast on Sudan TV shows Sudanese Defense Minister Ahmed Awad Ibnouf delivering a speech in Khartoum, announcing that President Omar al-Bashir was removed from power on April 11, 2019. AFP PHOTO/HO/SUDAN TV

Netanyahu looks to form right-wing government after victory

Apr 11, 2019 - 1:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) His main rival Benny Gantz concedes defeat on Wednesday night, April 10, and final official results are expected to be announced by Friday, April 12

VICTORY. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at his Likud Party headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10, 2019. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Erdogan's party to seek rerun of Istanbul election

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Officials at the Supreme Electoral Council will decide whether the ruling party has a case

RERUN. This file photo taken on March 31, 2019 shows ballots inside a polling box during the local elections at a polling station of Tuzla district in Istanbul. der way in several of Istanbul's 39 districts. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Lapin confirmed as Haiti's new prime minister

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:41 PM

The new administration that Jean-Michel Lapin must assemble with Haiti's President Jovenel Moise will face pressing problems such as the high cost of living and the insecurity that plagues the capital

NEW PRIME MINISTER. In this file photo, then acting Prime Minister of Haiti Jean Michel Lapin stands as the fanfare plays the presidential anthem on March 21, 2019 in Port au Prince. File photo by Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP

Rebels stage deadly pre-election attack on Indian political convoy

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:27 PM

(UPDATED) This strike, less than 48 hours before voting begins in India's national poll, delivers a jolt to security as authorities prepare to hold the biggest election in history

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Algeria lawmakers elect first new president in 20 years

Apr 09, 2019 - 7:01 PM

The election of Abdelkader Bensalah as interim president follows constitutional rules but goes against the demands of demonstrators, who have pushed for him and other top politicians to stand down

INTERIM PRESIDENT. Algerian speaker of the upper house of parliament, Abdelkader Bensalah, is pictured during a parliamentary session at the Palais des Nations in the Algerian capital Algiers on April 9, 2019, after lawmakers named him as interim president. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

New Kazakhstan president calls snap elections for June

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev says he had consulted with Nursultan Nazarbayev and other top officials before making the decision

SNAP ELECTIONS. In this file photo, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev takes the oath as Kazakh interim president during a ceremony in Astana on March 20, 2019. File photo by STR/AFP

[OPINION] Debates, discourse, and dissonance: Politics as a spectator sport

Apr 08, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Our opinions shape our action, as well as our inaction. Thus, if we treat our political beliefs and preferences as 'important but not that important,' they just might be.

Netanyahu, Gantz make final pitches before Israeli vote

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The general election in which Netanyahu is seeking to extend his already 13 years in office is expected to be close, with ex-military chief Benny Gantz posing a serious threat

RIVALS. This combination of pictures created on April 02, 2019 shows a file photo taken on April 01, 2019 of retired Israeli general Benny Gantz (L) and a file photo taken on March 10, 2019 of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photos by Jack Guez and Gali Tibbon/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan sees 'theft' in Istanbul vote results

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) The AKP demands a recount in Ankara and Istanbul, citing irregularities after tallies show the party is defeated in both cities in what would be a major setback in a decade and a half in power

AFTER ELECTIONS. This picture taken on April 4, 2019 shows a billboard depicting Turkey's main opposition party CHP mayor candidate Ekrem Imamoglu (R), that reads 'Thank you Istanbul. Ekrem Imamoglu - Istanbul metropolitan Mayor,' as another billboard of the Justice and Development Party portraying AKP's mayor candidate Binali Yildirim and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and reading 'Thank You Istanbul,' is seen in the background, in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP