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Polling stations re-open in Nigeria after voting extension

Lagos - Voters unable to cast their ballot because of technical problems in Nigeria's general election returned to the polls on Sunday, as the main parties traded blows over the use of the technology.

Turkey PM denies rift with Erdogan, calls for presidential system

Istanbul - Turkey should adopt a presidential system, the country's Prime Minister has declared, refuting claims that he and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were at loggerheads over the idea.

Ahead of poll, aging Uzbek leader puts regime before family

Bichkek - Lambasted in the West over his human rights record, Uzbekistan's strongman Islam Karimov looks certain to extend his 25-year grip on power at a poll Sunday despite a bitter feud inside his own family.

Guinea govt urges dialogue after opposition protest call

Conakry - The government of Ebola-hit Guinea urged a dialogue after the three main opposition leaders called for renewed protests against President Alpha Conde over upcoming elections.

Guinea opposition leaders call for fresh protests

Paris - The leaders of the three main Guinean opposition parties met in Paris Tuesday and called for renewed protests against President Alpha Conde, who they claimed has "lost all legitimacy".

Triumphant Netanyahu comes under U.S. pressure

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, fresh from a sweeping election victory Wednesday, quickly came under pressure from Washington to step back from hardline campaign promises over the conflict with the Palestinians.

France's far-right sparks hope and fear ahead of election

Noyon - "She's my queen!" gushes Patricia, waiting for the arrival of Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front."Marine represents everything the people of France want. I don't know what to say –- she's wonderful, magnificent.

After years of delays, Haiti at last sets election dates

Port-au-prince - The Haitian government said Sunday it would hold elections later this year, a significant step that follows years of uncertainty about the fragile Caribbean nation's democratic process.

Obama weighs in on Clinton email controversy

Washington - President Barack Obama cautiously threw his weight behind his former top diplomat Hillary Clinton, as she battles a fallout over her use of a private email account while heading the State Department.

Tajikistan parliamentary voting sullied by pressure on opponents

Dushanbe - The ruling People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan (PDPT) is expected to sweep parliamentary voting Sunday in the former Soviet republic in polling tainted by complaints of pressure from opposition parties.

Kazakhstan president calls early elections

Astana - Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday set early elections for April 26 in a move that will almost certainly see the septuagenarian leader re-elected for another term in the energy-rich state."In the interests of the people...

Blasts hit two Nigeria bus stations, at least 27 dead

Kano - Two blasts rocked bus stations in embattled northern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people, as violence continues to rage less than five weeks ahead of general elections.

India PM's party mauled in Delhi state election

New Delhi - India's Narendra Modi on Tuesday suffered his first major election setback since becoming prime minister last May, as anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal won a landslide victory in Delhi state polls.

India PM's party rejects election defeat forecast in Delhi polls

New Delhi - Narendra Modi's party staunchly denied Sunday that India's prime minister was facing his first election defeat since storming to power last year, even though exit polls tipped an anti-corruption campaigner to win New Delhi's state polls.

'Anarchist' bids to halt Modi juggernaut in Delhi polls

New Delhi - Voters went to the polls in India's capital Saturday, with firebrand former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal looking to complete a surprise comeback and deliver the first major blow to Narendra Modi's premiership.

Nigeria on edge over Boko Haram, blast after presidential rally

Kano - A suspected suicide bombing rocked a presidential campaign rally in northeast Nigeria on Monday, as the country braced for fresh Boko Haram attacks before polling in just under two weeks time.

Hard-left Podemos rises with stark portrait of divided Spain

Madrid - Less than a week after the victory of its hard-left ally Syriza in Greece, Spain's Podemos party launched an election-heavy year by assembling more than 100,000 supporters for a rally in Madrid.

Shock state election rout piles pressure on Australian PM

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday his government had "lessons to learn" from a state election rout in Queensland, amid growing leadership questions after his unpopular move to knight Britain's Prince Philip.

Haiti urges UN to keep troops in country

Port-au-prince - The Haitian government urged the United Nations Security Council against cutting its troop presence ahead of crucial elections.

Chinese become targets in DR Congo anti-government riots

Kinshasa - Clashes between Democratic Republic of Congo police and political protestors that left some 40 people dead last week also revealed the level of hostility towards the Chinese in the capital Kinshasa.

Italy's president Napolitano resigns kicking off election

Rome - Italy's veteran President Giorgio Napolitano resigned Wednesday, setting the stage for the election of a new head of state, a thorny process which could prove a political headache for Matteo Renzi's government.

Sirisena sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president

Colombo - Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as Sri Lankan president Friday after a shock victory over veteran strongman Mahinda Rajapakse in an election dominated by charges of corruption and growing authoritarianism.

Tense wait for results after close Sri Lanka election

Colombo - Sri Lankans faced a tense wait Friday for the result of a bitterly contested election that pitted South Asia's longest-serving leader against a former minister who has become a symbol of resentment over corruption.

Sri Lanka votes in tightest election in decades

Colombo - Sri Lankans turned out in large numbers Thursday, shrugging off some reports of intimidation to vote in the island's tightest election in decades as President Mahinda Rajapakse battles for survival.

Sri Lanka monitors fear voter intimidation before election

Colombo - International observers said Sunday they had received complaints of voter intimidation before this week's Sri Lankan presidential election, in which the incumbent faces a tough battle to win an unprecedented third term.

Bangladesh bans protests, locks opposition leader in office

Dhaka - Bangladesh police banned all protests in the capital from Sunday and locked main opposition leader Khaleda Zia in her office in Dhaka as clashes broke out before the first anniversary of an election her party boycotted.

Violence escalates ahead of Sri Lanka polls: Officials

Colombo - Campaign-related violence escalated across Sri Lanka ahead of next week's elections as President Mahinda Rajapakse fights an unexpectedly tough battle to remain in power, poll monitors and police said Saturday.

Netanyahu re-elected head of Israel's ruling Likud

Telavi - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won another term as leader of the ruling rightwing Likud ahead of a snap election, the faction said Thursday, easily defeating his lone hard-right challenger.

Sri Lanka president pledges fresh war crimes probe

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president, under pressure from his main opponent in upcoming elections, on Tuesday promised a judicial inquiry into allegations that his troops killed thousands of Tamil civilians at the end of the civil war.

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.
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