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Spain establishment 'panics' as support for upstart party surges

Madrid - Spain's conservative ruling party and the opposition Socialists are in panic mode as a surge in support for upstart Podemos shows little signs of abating ahead of elections next year.

Abe pledges Japan constitution rewrite after election win

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he would work to convince voters of the need to revise Japan's pacifist constitution the day after scoring a thumping election victory.

Japan's Abe re-elected in low-turnout polls

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won comfortable re-election Sunday in a snap poll he had billed as a referendum on his economic policies, but a record low voter turnout threatened to cloud any mandate.

Abe re-elected easily despite low turnout in Japan polls

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won comfortable re-election Sunday in a snap poll he had billed as a referendum on his economic policies after early success faded into a recession.

Japan heads to polls with Abe on course to retain power

Toukyo - Japan was voting Sunday in a snap general election which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has billed as a referendum on his economic policies after the success of his first two years faded and the country slumped into recession.

Thousands of protestors flood Polish opposition demo

Warsaw - Tens of thousands of Polish opposition supporters marched in the capital Warsaw on Saturday to denounce alleged irregularities in last month's local elections.

Japan's Abe set to win powerful majority: poll

Toukyo - Japan's ruling coalition headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to sweep elections this weekend, retaining its unassailable two-thirds majority and crushing a divided and demoralised opposition, polls showed Thursday.

Female suicide bombers kill four at busy Nigeria market

Kano - Two female suicide bombers killed at least four people at a busy market in northern Nigeria's largest city Kano on Wednesday, less than two weeks after a horrific attack at the city's central mosque.

Militants launch deadly raid on Kashmir army camp

Militants hurling grenades stormed an army camp in Indian Kashmir on Friday, killing 11 troops and police in a day of violence in the Muslim-majority state where local elections are being held.

Indian Kashmir votes with Modi eyeing power

Ganderbal - Indian Kashmir headed to the polls Tuesday under tight security, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party eyeing power for the first time in the tense and disputed Muslim-majority state.

Sri Lanka ruling party in purge ahead of snap polls

Colombo - Sri Lanka's ruling party was set for a purge Saturday after a senior minister declared he was challenging President Mahinda Rajapakse in snap elections called for January.

Monks' party quits Sri Lanka government ahead of polls

Colombo - Sri Lanka's main party of Buddhist monks announced Tuesday it was quitting President Mahinda Rajapakse's government in protest at his failure to loosen his grip on power before a re-election bid.

Op-Ed: Mile High City re-elects Colorado governor

Denver - Perhaps no state demonstrates how the nation ignored the facts in handing power back to the GOP more than Colorado. Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper won by pushing his party.

U.S. Republicans eye Senate control in close midterm vote

Washington - Americans voted Tuesday in key midterm elections expected to hand control of the Senate to Republicans, an outcome that would dash Barack Obama's hopes for a productive final two years at the White House.

In separatist Ukraine town, war snatches home and life

Donetsk - Nadezhda Ivanovna had plenty of lucky escapes during four months of shelling against her Donetsk neighbourhood. But on Saturday, Ukraine's war finally closed in, with a shell destroying her house and killing her seven pigs.

Toronto's Ford era is over; John Tory elected mayor

Toronto - Toronto decided to elect long-time politician John Tory to lead the city. Tory took 40 percent of the votes, with Doug Ford (Rob Ford's brother) finished second and Olivia Chow in third.

Uruguay vote headed for runoff: exit polls

Montevideo - Leftist former president Tabare Vazquez and his center-right rival Luis Lacalle Pou will head into a November 30 runoff after Sunday's presidential vote failed to give a clear winner, exit polls showed.

Botswana votes as ruling party faces invigorated opposition

- Polls opened Friday in Botswana's general elections where the ruling party faces a stern test against an invigorated opposition in a country known as one of Africa's most stable democracies.

Veteran Sudan leader Bashir to run for re-election: adviser

Khartoum - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir -- in power since a 1989 coup -- will stand for re-election in 2015 after being retained as leader of the ruling party on Tuesday, an adviser said.

Sri Lanka heads for snap presidential poll in January

Colombo - Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election in January -- almost two years ahead of schedule -- with Mahinda Rajapakse seeking a third term, the information minister said Monday.An early election had been widely expected.

Indonesian president gets rock star welcome at inauguration

Jakarta - Joko Widodo, Indonesia's first president from outside the political and military elite, got a rock-star welcome from a cheering crowd at a celebration marking his inauguration Monday but takes power facing challenges to enact an ambitious reform agenda...

Indonesia to inaugurate first president without ties to ex-dictator

Jakarta - Joko Widodo will cap a remarkable rise from an upbringing in a riverside slum when he is sworn in as Indonesia's president Monday, but takes power amid doubts about his ability to enact much-needed reforms.

Rousseff falls ill after tense Brazil debate

Liberdade - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff fell ill at the end of a tense and at times bitter televised debate Thursday with challenger Aecio Neves.

Mozambique opposition Renamo rejects election results

Maputo - Mozambique's main opposition party Renamo on Thursday claimed victory in the country's election, rejecting official tallies that appeared to show the ruling Frelimo party on course for a landslide victory.

Brazil presidential candidate Neves frontrunner on change promise

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian presidential hopeful Aecio Neves on Thursday insisted his proposals would transform the country, while lambasting the ruling party embroiled in deepening allegations of corruption involving state-owned oil giant Petrobras.

Op-Ed: Why Manny Pacquiao and known celebrities will win in next polls

Manila - Despite the perceived negative effects of the ongoing probe involving celebrities turned politicians on their future political plans, it appears that more movie and television personalities will still be elected in the 2016 national elections.

Ukraine truce in tatters as election season kicks off

Kiev - Ukraine's tenuous truce and troop withdrawal deal lay in tatters on Tuesday after the deadliest wave of attacks by pro-Russian insurgents in more than a month killed nine government soldiers.

New Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks

Kabul - Ashraf Ghani, a one-time US-based academic, was sworn in as new president of Afghanistan on Monday and used his inaugural speech to call for Taliban insurgents to join peace talks after 13 years of war.

Afghan 'free spirit' Ashraf Ghani becomes president

Kabul - Ashraf Ghani is an intellectual high-achiever with a famous temper who proudly describes himself as a "free spirit". Now he must prove himself to be a unifying leader who can tackle Afghanistan's vast problems.

Afghanistan to inaugurate new president as conflict rages on

Kabul - Afghanistan will host a grand presidential inauguration on Monday, with former US-based academic Ashraf Ghani taking power as NATO troops end their 13-year war without defeating the fierce Taliban insurgency.
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