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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.

Ghani hails Afghan election deal, vows to bring peace

Kabul - Afghan President-elect Ashraf Ghani congratulated the country Monday on what he called its first democratic transfer of power, but the former rival with whom he signed a power-sharing deal was absent from the celebrations.

US hails Afghan power deal, seeks quick security pact

Kabul - The United States has welcomed a power-sharing deal that saw former finance minister Ashraf Ghani declared Afghanistan's next president, and said it hopes a crucial security agreement will be signed within a week.

Ghani named next Afghan president, signs power-sharing deal

Kabul - Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan's next president on Sunday, hours after signing a power-sharing deal with his rival Abdullah Abdullah that ended a prolonged standoff over the disputed result.

Afghan presidential rivals set to ink 'unity government' deal

Kabul - Afghanistan's two rival presidential candidates are due to sign a power-sharing agreement Sunday, officials said, forming a potentially rocky coalition that will end a prolonged stand-off over the disputed election result.

Disputed Afghan election result to be announced Sunday

Kabul - The result of Afghanistan's disputed election will be declared on Sunday, officials said Saturday, as last-minute talks between the two rival candidates struggled to nail down a proposed power-sharing deal.

Disputed Afghan election result to be announced Sunday: official

Kabul - The result of Afghanistan's disputed election will be declared on Sunday, officials said Saturday, as last-minute talks between the two rival candidates continued on a proposed power-sharing deal.

Salmond to resign after Scotland rejects independence

Edinburgh - Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond said Friday he would resign after losing a referendum that left the United Kingdom intact but opened a Pandora's box of demands for more autonomy across Britain.

'Breakthrough' in Afghan election dispute: president spokesman

Kabul - Afghanistan's disputed presidential election inched towards a possible conclusion Monday with a senior government official hailing a "breakthrough" in talks between the two candidates, who both claim to have won the vote.

Fiji media blackout imposed ahead of election

Suva - Fiji imposed a strict media blackout Monday on coverage of the South Pacific nation's first elections since a 2006 military coup, warning journalists face up to five years jail if they do not comply.

From orphanage to power — The rise of Sweden's likely new leader

Stockholm - Sweden's likely new prime minister, Social Democrat leader Stefan Loefven, may have little experience in national politics but this consensus-seeking trade unionist has overcome bigger obstacles before.

Crack mayor Rob Ford drops out of Toronto race

Montreal - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who won global notoriety when he admitted smoking crack during a drunken binge, abandoned his re-election bid on Friday, after he was diagnosed with a stomach tumor.

New York governor wins spirited renomination battle

New York City - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had far more name recognition and many times more money for his primary campaign against political unknown Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Univ. law professor.

Afghan audit ends but election puzzle still unsolved

Kabul - A UN-supervised audit of votes cast in Afghanistan's disputed election was completed Friday, officials said, but the results will not be known for days as the contentious process of invalidating fraudulent ballots continues.

Afghan election result delayed again despite US pressure

Kabul - Afghanistan will not have a new president in time for a key NATO summit next week, officials said Thursday, as the country's prolonged election crisis lurched towards another damaging delay.

New Zealand PM brushes off dirty tricks row in TV debate

Wellington - Prime Minister John Key dismissed allegations of dirty tricks in the New Zealand election campaign as a "distraction" Thursday during his first televised debate with opposition leader Labour Party David Cunliffe.
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The AV (Alternative Voting) system took place in the UK during May 2011
The AV (Alternative Voting) system took place in the UK during May 2011
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A poster for the party of Ayad Allawi  the former interim prime minister  takes centre stage.
A poster for the party of Ayad Allawi, the former interim prime minister, takes centre stage.
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Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
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2009 protests against Manuel Zelaya in Honduras.
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This photo was taken on November 28, 2010. peacekeeper
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Counting the voting ballots in Birmingham, UK
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UKIP Leader Nigel Farage.
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage.
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U.S. Secretary of State poses with Aghani female politicians at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in 2011.
U.S. Secretary of State poses with Aghani female politicians at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in 2011.
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Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
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Honduras: National Party presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez is interviewed as foreign cor...
Honduras: National Party presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez is interviewed as foreign correspondents tour his campaign headquarters in Tegucigalpa November 21, 2013. Hernandez, vows a crackdown on drug violence that has made the country the world's murder capital
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The campaign advertisements on the streets of the Philippines
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A woman sits in a polling room in Baghdad, waiting for voters.
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Haiti election
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No Ford Nation anti-Ford campaign signs.
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A street scene from Lagos
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Yingluck Shinawatra, Thai politician, the leader of the Pheu Thai Party is the first female prime minister of Thailand.
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Don't be the guy on the sidelines! Choose your species...then get out and vote!
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Randall Terry's anti-Muslim TV Ad against Obama. — 'I can't vote for Obama again'
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