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Afghan election workers must prepare for September poll: US

Kabul - Election officials in Afghanistan should do more to ensure delayed presidential polls can take place in September, the US embassy in Kabul said Thursday.

Britain's Trump? Farage surges on Brexit discontent

London - Polls show his Brexit Party easily winning next week's European Parliament polls and edging ahead of Theresa May's Conservatives in a UK general election.

Varoufakis running European election campaign — in Berlin

Berlin - At the height of the Greek debt crisis, he crossed swords with German nemesis Wolfgang Schaeuble, who demanded drastic austerity in return for financial aid.

Rival rallies grip Bangkok as election crunch time looms

Bangkok - Parties for and against Thailand's junta rallied across Bangkok Friday, as election fever grips the country ahead of the first poll in eight years.

Thai junta shoots down proposal to slash defence spending

Bangkok - Thailand's junta defended its $7 billion defence budget and annual draft on Monday after political opponents proposed slashing military spending by 10 percent and ending conscription after elections.

Poland's new progressive party springs into strong third place

Warsaw - A new progressive political party in Poland led by an openly gay politician scored a strong third place in an opinion poll published on Monday, suggesting it could challenge the governing right-wing party's majority.

Army-aligned party buoyed amid Thai political turmoil

Bangkok - Opponents of the Shinawatra political clan campaigned triumphantly in the Thai capital on Sunday, after a weekend of high political drama when a Thai princess' bid to be premier provoked a rare royal rebuke.

Openly gay Polish politican launches progressive 'Spring' party

Warsaw - Poland's first openly gay politician on Sunday launched "Spring", a progressive political party aimed at challenging the EU country's governing right-wing party accused by critics and the EU of passing reforms that threaten the rule of law.

Thai junta lifts ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections

Bangkok - Thailand's junta on Tuesday lifted a four-year ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections, prompting Thaksin Shinawatra -- the exiled billionaire who sits at the heart of the kingdom's political rupture -- to hail a "new hope" for the nation....

Poland's nationalists on top in regional polls, but losing urban vote

Warsaw - Poland's governing nationalists came out on top in regional elections Sunday, but were losing to opposition centrists in mayoral races in large cities including the capital Warsaw, exit polls showed.

Spain's Socialists face first poll test in December

Madrid - Spain's ruling Socialists face their first electoral test since taking power in June after the leader of Andalusia on Monday called snap regional elections for December.

Dodik: Bosnian Serb co-president of a nation he despised

Sarajevo - From a West-backed moderate to the torch-bearer of Bosnian Serb nationalism, Milorad Dodik is a veteran of political transformations.On Sunday he took another sharp turn: he became co-president of a country he has branded a "failed concept".

Nationalist Dodik claims Serb seat in Bosnia presidency election

Sarajevo - Nationalist Milorad Dodik took the lead in a vote for the Serb seat of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, as a country splintered along ethnic lines awaits final results due out later Monday.

In ethnically split Bosnia, 'others' are on the outside

Sarajevo - In a country where political power is formally shared by three ethnic groups, Bosnians who identify as "ostali" -- or "others" -- are second-class citizens.

In Bosnia, elections test country's lingering fault lines

Sarajevo - As Bosnia heads towards elections Sunday, candidates are ramping up nationalist rhetoric, testing the seams of a country still struggling to unite a quarter-century after it was torn apart by war.

Yameen resists freeing Maldives political prisoners: opposition

Colombo - Outgoing Maldivian strongman Abdulla Yameen is delaying freeing high-profile political prisoners despite calls by his successor for their release, the opposition said Wednesday.

Brazil's Lula launches Supreme Court appeal in bid to save candidacy

Bras - Lawyers for Brazil's jailed former leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva filed a Supreme Court appeal Wednesday in a bid to get his presidential candidacy back on track.

Openly gay Polish mayor launches 'pro-democracy' movement

Warsaw - An openly gay Polish mayor launched what he termed a "pro-democratic" political movement on Tuesday aimed at challenging the EU country's governing right-wing party accused by critics and the EU of passing reforms that threaten the rule of law.

Bolton says US to help Ukraine counter Russian vote 'meddling'

Kiev - The United States is ready to help Ukraine counter any "interference" by Russia in its 2019 presidential election, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Friday during his visit to Kiev.

Hackers at convention aim to make voting systems more secure

Las Vegas - At the hacking convention Def Con, a number of tests will be run to see how secure voting machines are. The exercise aims to identify potential security flaws in technology ahead of the November U.S. elections.

Mali President Keita to face Cisse in repeat of 2013 run-off vote

Bamako - Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will face opposition figure Soumaila Cisse in a run-off vote on August 12 after neither secured more than 50 percent in the first round of the presidential election, an official said late Thursday.

Mali election second round between incumbent and opposition chief: official

Bamako - Incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will face opposition figure Soumaila Cisse in the second round of Mali's presidential election on August 12, an official announced on Thursday.In Sunday's first round Keita won 41.

Op-Ed: Has Doug Ford turned into Canada's very own Donald Trump?

Toronto - If the political climate in Ontario wasn't so darned serious - it would be almost laughable. Premier Doug Ford has become Canada's very own version of Donald Trump, using his power to halt some elections, and many feel he has stepped over the line.

EU observers voice concern over Pakistan election process

Islamabad - The EU expressed concern over a "notable lack in equality of opportunity" in Pakistan's election, which was "not as good" as the country's previous vote, according to observers who presented a preliminary assessment in Islamabad Friday.

Bane of Pakistani politicians: young voters with smartphones

Islamabad - The crowd of young Pakistanis, many armed with smartphones, surround the politician's car and begin streaming live footage of something extraordinary: angry voters asking their elected representatives what they have done for them lately.

Pakistan ex-PM Sharif heads home to face jail before polls

Lahore - Pakistan authorities locked down parts of Lahore Friday for the return from London of former premier Nawaz Sharif, who faces possible arrest and a 10-year prison sentence ahead of already tense elections his party insists are being rigged.

AI will be used to spot fake news in Mexican election

Mexico - In the post-Trump era of politics, fake news stories are hampering the democratic process and affecting voter choices. To partly address this in relation to the Mexican presidential elections, an AI-powered search tool is being used.

Pakistan's younger Sharif launches election campaign

Karachi - The younger brother of Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif launched his party's election campaign Tuesday with vows to deliver massive infrastructure projects to boost the nation's economy.

UN Security Council backs Libya elections, without specifying date

New York - The UN Security Council on Wednesday endorsed a French-backed plan for general elections in Libya by the end of the year.

Pakistan appoints former chief justice as caretaker PM

Islamabad - Pakistan's ruling and opposition parties on Monday announced the appointment of a former Supreme Court chief justice as caretaker prime minister.
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