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Democrat Kamala Harris ends 2020 White House bid

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:12 AM

The exit of Senator Kamala Harris leaves 15 candidates in the battle to see who challenges President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election

ENDING THE WHITE HOUSE BID. In this file photo taken on October 10, 2019 Democratic presidential hopeful California Senator Kamala Harris speaks during a town hall devoted to LGBTQ issues hosted by CNN and the Human rights Campaign Foundation at The Novo in Los Angeles. File photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

Rajapaksas eye comeback in Sri Lanka presidential election

Nov 16, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, brother of political heavyweight Mahinda Rajapaksa, may be elected into office

Sri Lankan voters queue up to cast their ballots at a polling station during the country's presidential election in Colombo on November 16, 2019. - Sri Lankans began voting on November 16 in a tightly fought presidential election where former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa's family is seeking a return to power after five years. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Sri Lanka's Rajapakse clan steps up new bid for power

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Gotabhaya Rajapakse is frontrunner in the campaign for the November 16 election, even though his bid is widely seen as a front to get Mahinda back into power

ELECTIONS. Gotabhaya Rajapakse (R), the former secretary to the ministry of defense and brother of Sri Lanka's opposition leader and former president Mahinda Rajapakse (L), waves to supporters in Colombo on October 7, 2019, after filing his nomination papers to contest the upcoming presidential election. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Taliban threaten Afghan presidential elections

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Many observers think the poll will be postponed again – it has already been pushed back twice this year – to create space for a peace deal to be finalized between the US and the Taliban

AFGHAN ELECTIONS. A local residents pushes a wheelbarrow past a billboard with a poster of Afghan presidential candidate and incumbent President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani (C) is seen during the first day of the presidential election campaign in Kabul on July 28,2019. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Indonesian leader Jokowi, rival Prabowo hold reconciliation meeting

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Jokowi says he initiated a meeting with his two-time presidential challenger on an MRT train because he knew Subianto had never used the new system

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (R) speaks with former general Prabowo Subianto (L) on the newly-inaugurated Mass Railway Transport (MRT) system in Jakarta on July 13, 2019, as they meet for the first time since the April 17 general election. Defeated Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on July 13 declared a long-overdue congratulation to the incumbent president Joko Widodo for his re-election victory in the highly divisive political contest. SAGARA / AFP

Handpicked successor sweeps Kazakhstan vote criticized by monitor

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:27 PM

No vote in Kazakhstan has ever been recognized as fully democratic by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which sent more than 300 observers to monitor this election

VICTORY. Kazakh president-elect Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks to the media during a press at Ak Orda Presidential Palace in Nur-Sultan on June 10, 2019. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

Comedian poised to take over presidency in Ukraine vote

Apr 21, 2019 - 3:35 PM

(UPDATED) Volodymyr Zelensky has tapped into widespread frustration over graft, poverty and a conflict with separatists that has claimed some 13,000 lives

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. Ukrainian comic actor, showman and presidential frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky surrounded by cameramen and photographers plays table tennis with a journalist ahead of the provisional results at the headquarter in Kiev on March 31, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov / AFP

[ANALYSIS] How Congress can and will follow up on a redacted Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Here are some of the ways the US House of Representatives will likely follow up with more investigation

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Trump says Russia probe head acted honorably, but warns of retaliation

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:04 AM

President Donald Trump, who feels vindicated by the dropping of collusion allegations, says he will favor publication of the wider Mueller report

MUELLER REPORT. This file photo shows US President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House January 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Kremlin denies meddling in U.S. vote after Mueller probe

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) Moscow calls reports of Russian interference 'malicious slander,' while analysts say the conclusions of the probe are unlikely to improve bilateral ties

'BASELESS.' Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attend the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) leaders summit in Astana on October 16, 2015. Photo by Sergei Guneev/Ria Novosti/AFP

Afghanistan presidential election delayed to September 28

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The Independent Election Commission says the vote has faced 'numerous problems and challenges...therefore holding the elections based on the timelines previously announced is not possible'

DELAY. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announces that the Afghanistan presidential election will be delayed until September 28. Image from IEC's Twitter account

Senegal's Sall wins re-election in first round

Feb 25, 2019 - 10:43 AM

The Prime Minister of Senegal says incumbent President Macky Sall won the first round of elections

Incumbent President Macky Sall shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting his vote for Senegal's presidential elections in a ballot box at a polling station in Fatick on February 24, 2019. Senegal is voting in an election that incumbent President Macky Sall looks confident to win in the first round after his main challengers were banned from running in the West African country's ballot. His two biggest rivals -- popular former Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall and Karim Wade, the son of the previous president -- were disqualified after corruption convictions in trials questioned by rights groups.  SEYLLOU / AFP

Nigeria panel confirms elections will take place on February 23

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:37 PM

'There won't be another postponement. The commission does not envisage there will be a postponement of the election scheduled for 9th March,' the Independent National Electoral Commission says

ELECTIONS. Rickshaws emblazoned with campaign posters bearing images of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party election candidate Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Peter Obi stand on a road in Abuja on February 19, 2019, ahead of rescheduled general elections. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Exiled Yanukovych slams Poroshenko ahead of Ukraine vote

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych warns that Petro Poroshenko winning a second term in office would have 'unpredictable consequences' for Ukraine

Obama protege Julian Castro set to join 2020 race

Jan 12, 2019 - 3:06 PM

The Obama-era housing secretary would become the most high-profile Democrat to date to officially enter the 2020 presidential race

OBAMA PROTEGE. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2016, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro addresses the North American Building Trades Union National Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

'Worse every day': Afghans expect 2019 to be even deadlier

Dec 30, 2018 - 12:34 PM

Ordinary Afghans say they feel increasingly despondent about the future as the Taliban and ISIS carry out almost daily attacks

BURIAL. Afghan Shiite mourners and relatives attend a burial ceremony for the 35 victims of a suicide attack in a Shiite mosque in Gardez of Paktia province on August 4, 2018. Photo by Farid Zahir/AFP

Volatile DR Congo braces for troubled election

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:05 PM

If all goes well, one will be sworn in on January 18 – the very first time that the DRC will have achieved a peaceful transition of power since gaining independence in 1960

ELECTIONS. Supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo joint opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu sing and dance as they wait for him to address the crowd after his arrival in Kinshasa to launch his campaign on November 21, 2018. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Afghan election organizers mull delaying presidential vote

Dec 27, 2018 - 2:47 PM

The country's Independent Election Commission says a delay in schedule is eyed to avoid problems which occurred during its October parliamentary election

ELECTIONS. Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling center for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

Trump sends written responses to special counsel Mueller

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Trump also confirms that the written answers to questions sent in by Special Counsel Robert Mueller have been completed

RESPONSE. US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Madagascar goes to the polls to pick next president

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Nearly 10 million voters are eligible to cast ballots for one of 36 candidates who, as well as the 3 front-runners, include two ex-prime ministers, pastors and a rock star

MADAGASCAR ELECTIONS. Electoral posters are seen at a bus stop in Antananarivo, on November 6, 2018, on the eve of in the first round of the presidential elections. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Far-right candidate leads as Brazil heads to polls

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Facing far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro is leftist candidate Fernando Haddad, a former Sao Paulo mayor who is standing in for jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

WHO WILL WIN? This combination of file pictures created on October 08, 2018 shows Brazilian presidential candidates Jair Bolsonaro (L) (PSL) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 18, 2018 and Fernando Haddad (PT) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 04, 2018. Photos by Miguel Schincariol and Daniel Ramalho/AFP

Brazil is choosing a new president: here's what you need to know

Oct 06, 2018 - 12:07 PM

Brazil's most polarizing presidential candidate is known for his offensive remarks against women, gays, and Brazil's mostly black poor

Brazilian deputy Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference he called to announce his intention to run for the Brazilian presidency in the October 2018 presidential election, at a hotel in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2017. A controversial politician and former army paratrooper, Bolsonaro called himself the "patriot" Brazil needs, adding he is the answer to Brazil's rampant corruption, crime and economic malaise. He won more votes than any other congressman from Rio de Janeiro state in the last general elections in 2014 and polls currently show him tied in second place for the presidency, behind leftist former two term president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. / AFP PHOTO / Apu Gomes

Knife attack set to boost Bolsonaro's Brazil presidential bid

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Right-wing Brazilian election front-runner Jair Bolsonaro leads the presidential race against jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after surviving a knife attack by an activist

epa04149938 Legislator Jair Bolsonaro, who supports the dictatorship, participates in a session held at Chamber of Legislators in Brasilia, Brazil, 01 April 2014. Brazilian Chamber of Legislators abruptly stoped the session in rejection of the 50 year anniversary of the military coup at the moment that Bolsonaro wanted to start his speech. Members of Parliament jeered at him and turned their backs in way of protest. EPA/FERNANDO BIZERRA JR.

Ex-warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba's presidential candidacy 'inadmissible'

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission rejects Jean-Pierre Bemba's candidacy on the basis of his previous war crime convictions by the International Criminal Court

GUILTY. Supporters of former rebel and vice president Jean Pierre Bemba show his pictures in Kinshasa 26 October 2006. Photo by Lionel Healing / AFP

The week in photos: August 11-17, 2018

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

In this photo taken on August 11, 2018, Indian people watch a 'Wall of Death' show at a fair in the outskirts of Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. / AFP PHOTO / HIMANSHU SHARMA

Stormy Daniels lawyer wants to run vs Trump in 2020

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:58 AM

The lawyer of adult film star Stormy Daniels says he would 'hit harder' if he campaigns against Donald Trump when the US presidential comes

DANIELS AND TRUMP. This combination of pictures created on March 25, 2018 shows file photos of adult film actress Stormy Daniels and US President Donald Trump. Photos by Ethan Miller, Olivier Douliery/AFP

Counting under way after Mali's violence-marred poll

Jul 31, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Candidates and authorities praise the first round of voting on Sunday, July 29, relieved that the violence caused no casualties

ELECTIONS. Malians watch newspapers in a street of Bamako on July 30, 2018 a day after conutry's presidential election. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Ex-lawyer says Trump knew of 2016 meeting with Russians – report

Jul 27, 2018 - 11:35 AM

According to CNN and NBC, Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen claims he was present when Donald Jr told his father about the Russians' offer to meet, and Trump approved it

COHEN. This file photo taken on December 16, 2016 shows attorney Michael Cohen as he arrives at Trump Tower for meetings with US President Donald Trump in New York. File photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP

The week in photos: June 23-29, 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:30 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People take part in the annual 2018 New York City Pride Parade on June 24, 2018 as they make their way down 7th Avenue in New York. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

FACT CHECK: No results yet in ongoing 2016 VP election recount

May 31, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Due to the confidential nature of the recount process, claims of vote counts should be taken with a grain of salt, unless backed up by official, verifiable sources or documents

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A tale of two stinks

May 12, 2018 - 1:00 PM

As it happens, Topacio is our link between two stinks – the one surrounding the Tulfos now and the one exploded in 2005 by Gloria Arroyo, former president and now Deputy Speaker and seemingly an eternal Topacio client

Robredo, Marcos to PET: No intention to violate gag order on VP protest

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:36 PM

Both camps argue that they were only responding to each other's 'misleading' claims and statements regarding the recount

VP PROTEST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr is questioning the victory of Vice President Leni Robredo in the 2016 elections. Photo of Marcos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler, photo of Robredo from OVP

FACT CHECK: No ‘dead voters’ for Robredo in Negros Occidental town

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:05 PM

A blog post claiming poll fraud in Salvador Benedicto town has got the wrong vote counts. Then the Comelec and Namfrel officials deny ever making the statements attributed to them.

Comey memos show Trump's obsession with Russia probe

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Trump 'said he was trying to run the country and the cloud of this Russia business was making that difficult,' FBI director James Comey writes in a memo on a conversation they had on March 30, 2017

Cambridge Analytica’s parent firm claims it won 2010 election for PH president

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:34 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Butch Abad, the campaign manager of former president Benigno Aquino III, denies any involvement with Strategic Communication Laboratories and says its claims may be 'total fabrication'

Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino and his former Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad. File photo from Malacañang

Trump breaks silence, claims no knowledge of porn star payment

Apr 06, 2018 - 9:23 AM

After weeks of dodging questions about the alleged tryst, US President Donald Trump offers a flat 'no' when asked if he knew about the payment made in the final weeks of the 2016 election

CONTROVERSIAL PAIR. This combination file pictures created on February 14, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, and adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels on January 27, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandel Ngan and Ethan Miller/AFP

Vote count row delays Sierra Leone presidential race result

Apr 03, 2018 - 3:34 PM

'Final results are expected within 72 hours,' says Albert Massaquoi, external relations officer at the National Electoral Commission

ELECTIONS. Men look at results of Sierra Leone run-off presidential election on April 1, 2018 ouside the polling staion in Freetown. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Sierra Leone court halts preparations for presidential run-off

Mar 24, 2018 - 10:31 PM

The order stops the National Electoral Commission from working until 'the hearing and determination' of the High Court

Trump congratulates Putin, summit on cards

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Although a spy attack has topped global headlines for weeks, it did not come up during the leaders' conversation, according to both the Kremlin and White House

REELECTION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Cambridge Analytica denies data misuse amid UK regulator probe

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The British data analysis company, hired by the 2016 Trump campaign, says the source of the accusations – which it calls 'a former contractor' – is 'misrepresenting himself and the company'

DATA BREACH SCANDAL. In this file photo, CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

Facebook rocked by data privacy scandal as investigations loom

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar and Republican John Kennedy call for Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to appear before Congress, along with the CEOs of Google and Twitter

SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT. In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. File Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

U.S. hits Russia with sanctions for election meddling

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:07 AM

The move comes despite US President Donald Trump's repeated denial that Russia tried to tilt the election in his favor, fearing it could call his victory over Hillary Clinton into question

ELECTION MEDDLING. In this file photo, then Republican president-elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

PET resets VP protest ballot recount to April 2

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr say they were informed of the new schedule in a meeting with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

ORAL ARGUMENTS. The Supreme Court resumes hearing oral arguments on the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Wednesday, September 7. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House panel finds 'no evidence' of Trump-Russia election collusion

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:38 AM

(UPDATED) The panel concurs with the judgment of US spy chiefs from January 2017 on the Russian interference, except with respect to President Vladimir Putin's alleged preference for candidate Donald Trump

'NO EVIDENCE.' A US House panel says they 'found no evidence of collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russians. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Sotto’s 2016 poll fraud claim affects Duterte down to councilors – Robredo

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says questioning the integrity of the 2016 elections also means questioning the victory of all winning candidates

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo visits San Felipe, Zambales on March 1, 2018. Photo by OVP

Trump vows to 'counteract' any Russia election meddling

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:42 AM

'The Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever.... But certainly there was meddling and probably from other countries and maybe other individuals,' says US President Donald Trump

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 28, 2017.  File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Lula risks jail in coming weeks after Brazil court ruling

Mar 07, 2018 - 10:53 AM

The decision by the Superior Court of Justice adds a new layer of uncertainty to the campaign for Brazil's October presidential election, in which former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is the current frontrunner

Putin promises 'victories' for Russia at star-studded rally

Mar 03, 2018 - 8:46 PM

It is the first rally in an otherwise lackluster campaign for Putin ahead of a March 18 election

CAMPAIGN. Presidential candidate President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during a rally to support his candidature in the upcoming presidential election at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 3, 2018. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Venezuela presidential election pushed back to May

Mar 02, 2018 - 9:44 AM

'It is proposed that the elections for president be held simultaneously' with elections for regional legislatures

ELECTIONS. A person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas on July 10, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Moscow calls US vote meddling claims 'blabber', 'fantasies'

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:21 PM

(2nd UPDATE) 'So as long as we don't see facts, everything else is blabber,' says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Cambodian counterpart in Moscow on October 3, 2016.  File photo by Natalia Kolesnikova /AFP