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TV pundit Rebelo de Sousa wins Portuguese presidential poll

Lisbon - Law professor and TV pundit Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, 67, was the clear winner Sunday in Portugal's presidential election, taking 52 percent of the vote.

Anti-base Okinawa candidate loses key mayoral poll: media

Toukyo - A candidate backed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed victory in a mayoral election in Okinawa on Sunday, beating an opponent of a planned new US military base there.

Supreme Court to review Obama orders on immigrant deportations

Washington - The US Supreme Court said it will review whether President Barack Obama has the authority to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

Sanders continues momentum leading up to Feb. 1 Iowa caucus

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) raised $1 million during Sunday's debate, and $3.1 million in the days leading up the debate.

Election woes to take toll on Pacquaio's training for next fight

The upcoming national elections in the Philippines could take its toll on Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao's schedule as he embarks on two full months of training for his April 9 fight against Timothy Bradley.

Congo to hold early presidential elections on March 20

Brazzaville - The Republic of Congo will hold early presidential elections in March, authorities said, after a new constitution removed barriers to President Denis Sassou Nguesso extending his rule.

Venezuela's embattled president says vote 'irregularities' probed

Caracas - Embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who lost control of Venezuela's National Assembly in polls earlier this month, said that fraud had marred the vote, which was being investigated.

Taiwan presidential frontrunner vows to seek peaceful China ties

Taipei - The frontrunner for Taiwan's 2016 presidential election, opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen, on Friday pledged that if elected she would seek peaceful ties with mainland China while maintaining democracy on the island.

Piggy bank power kicks off Taiwan election

Taipei - Tsai Ing-wen, widely tipped to become Taiwan's next president, kicked off a one-month election campaign Sunday, with supporters bringing donations in piggy banks to a rally held by her opposition party.

The four key players in Spain's general election

Madrid - For the first time in modern Spanish history, four party leaders are vying for votes in Sunday's election -- not just the usual Socialists and Conservatives -- after the emergence of brand new political forces.

UK MP fires employee for taking sick leave

Telford - Controversial Conservative UK MP, Lucy Allan is back in the news cycle again — this time for allegedly firing an employee for taking an extended sick leave.

Spain's no-frills, austere PM seeks re-election

Madrid - Straight-laced and sedate, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has turned his perceived dullness into a political strength, positioning himself as a safe pair of hands who saved the country from economic collapse."Do I look as boring as some say?

The four key players in Spain's general elections

Madrid - For the first time in modern Spanish history, four main party leaders are vying for the vote in general elections Sunday -- not just the usual Socialists and Conservatives -- after the emergence of brand new political forces.

Teen punches Spanish PM in face, breaks his glasses

Madrid - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy suffered a scare Wednesday when a 17-year-old youth punched him in the face during a campaign appearance in his northwestern fiefdom of Galicia, breaking his glasses.

Sarah Palin's 'crush' on France NF deputy Marion Maréchal-Le Pen

Washington - Sarah Palin has confessed to having a "political crush" on far right French politician Marion Marechal-Le Pen, whom she likened to Joan of Arc.

Spain ruling party ahead but short of majority: polls

Madrid - Spain's ruling Popular Party is tipped to win the largest share of the vote in Sunday's general election but still fall short of a majority, meaning it would have to form alliances, final polls showed Monday.

French far-right tipped to triumph in post-attacks regional vote

Paris - France's far-right National Front (FN) appears to be on course for an historic breakthrough in regional elections this weekend, with the country still traumatised by last month's Paris terror attacks.

Frontline Ukraine port votes in delayed local poll

Mariupol - Voters in the east Ukrainian government-held port of Mariupol on Sunday cast their ballots in a delayed local elections after an earlier poll was scrapped in the strategic frontline city.

Modi concedes defeat in key India state election

Patna - Narendra Modi conceded defeat on Sunday in a key election in Bihar, one of India's poorest and largest states, in a major blow for the prime minister who fronted a no-holds barred campaign.

Carson surges to fore in U.S. Republican race: Polls

Washington - Step aside, Donald Trump. The brash billionaire must now share frontrunner status in the US Republican presidential nominations battle with retired neurosurgeon and fellow political outsider Ben Carson, fresh polling showed Wednesday.

Election violence kills 11 in Pakistan: Officials

Karachi - An armed clash between supporters of rival political parties left at least 11 people dead during local government elections in Southern Pakistan on Saturday, officials said.

International media call on Turkish president to protect journalists

Paris - More than 50 international media organisations have written to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressing deep concern about worsening conditions for journalists ahead of elections on Sunday.

Poland's conservatives nominate Beata Szydlo for PM

Varsovia - Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) conservatives on Tuesday confirmed party vice-president Beata Szydlo as their candidate for prime minister, after the party won a landslide victory in the weekend's general election.

Ivory Coast heads to the polls as Ouattara hopes to seal peace

Abidjan - Ivory Coast heads into presidential elections on Sunday with the incumbent Alassane Ouattara, campaigning on restoring stability, widely tipped for re-election.

In race for White House, guns no longer a taboo

Washington - In the race for the White House, the hot button issue of guns is no longer a taboo, despite its potential to backfire at the ballot box.

Suu Kyi urges action on illegal use of religion in campaign

Yangon - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday urged the government to take action against people using religion to stir tensions as campaigning intensifies for landmark polls next month.

Alberta remains largely blue after federal election Special

Edmonton - The "orange wave" that shook Alberta following the provincial election in May did not translate into an increase in federal NDP seats.

How social media influenced the 2015 Canadian election

With Canada's impressively long 78-day election campaign culminating tonight with the final day of voting, Digital Journal examines how social media played a role in the campaigns launched by the Liberals, Tories and the New Democrats.

Canadians appear poised to oust Conservative Harper

Ottawa - Canadians appeared set to end nine years of Stephen Harper's Conservative rule Monday and elect a Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau, the son of a charismatic former prime minister.

Canadians appear poised to oust Harper in historic vote

Ottawa - Canadians appear set to end nine years of Stephen Harper's Conservative rule at the ballot box Monday and elect a Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau.
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