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Colombia sets question for peace referendum

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree Tuesday setting out the question voters will answer in a decisive referendum on the government's historic peace deal with the FARC rebels.

Venezuela to sack officials who backed Maduro recall

Caracas - Venezuelan civil servants who signed a petition for a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro from power must be sacked within 48 hours, a top aide to the president said.

Venezuela opposition says protesters attacked at rally

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition said Wednesday supporters of President Nicolas Maduro attacked its protesters at a rally calling for a referendum on removing the leftist leader from power.

Venezuela opposition plots next moves against Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition steeled itself for a new battle in its campaign to remove President Nicolas Maduro in a referendum, vowing nationwide rallies to pressure the crisis-hit government.

Venezuela opposition plots next moves against Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition steeled itself for a new battle Tuesday as it advanced on its campaign to remove President Nicolas Maduro in a referendum, vowing nationwide rallies to pressure the crisis-hit government.

Anti-junta 'Red shirts' charged as Thai vote looms

Bangkok - Nineteen leaders of Thailand's pro-democracy "Red Shirt" movement were charged Tuesday with breaching a ban on political gatherings, as the junta clamps down before a referendum next weekend.

Seven months in Venezuela: timeline of crisis

Caracas - Venezuela's political crisis has steadily deepened with the opposition seeking a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro, who has declared a state of emergency.

Venezuela recall referendum drive: A quick guide

Caracas - Venezuelans seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro got a crucial ruling Monday allowing them to proceed with their efforts to remove him in a referendum -- though abundant obstacles remain.

Venezuela recall clears hurdle, but obstacles remain

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition got a green light Monday to proceed with efforts to remove President Nicolas Maduro in a referendum, but the crumpling oil giant still appeared far from holding a vote.

Venezuela recall clears hurdle, but no date for next step

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition gathered enough signatures to proceed with efforts to call a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro, electoral authorities said Monday, without setting a date for the next step.

Venezuela authorities to rule on referendum call

Caracas - Venezuelan electoral authorities are due to announce Monday whether they will let the opposition pursue its bid for a referendum on removing the crisis-hit country's President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Bosnia's Muslim leader warns Serb side over referendum

Sarajevo - A Muslim leader in Bosnia has warned that his Bosnian Serb counterpart is "playing with fire" by planning a controversial referendum on when the country's Serbs celebrate their national day.

Venezuela police block opposition march for recall vote

Caracas - Venezuelan police blocked a march Wednesday by opposition protesters demanding a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro, a prospect looking less likely as the leftist government digs in its heels.

Venezuela govt seeks to ban opposition over recall 'fraud'

Caracas - The Venezuelan government asked electoral authorities Tuesday to ban the opposition coalition seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro in a recall vote, accusing them of massive fraud.

Venezuela opposition demands key Maduro recall ruling

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition demanded a key ruling Tuesday on its push to organize a recall vote against President Nicolas Maduro, whose camp insisted there is "no way" he will face a referendum this year.

Colombian court backs referendum on peace deal with FARC rebels

Estanzuela - Colombia's constititutional court gave its approval for a popular referendum on a historic peace deal being negotiated with FARC rebels.

FARC peace deal success hangs on referendum: Colombia negotiator

Estanzuela - A peace deal being negotiated with FARC rebels will ultimately be determined by a referendum previously mooted by the Colombian government, the official leading negotiations with the insurgents said Monday.

UK minister Hunt suggests second referendum on EU break-up terms

London - British health minister Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday raised the possibility of holding a second referendum on the terms of Britain's departure from the European Union, but stressed Britain "must" leave the bloc.

Second Scottish independence vote 'on the table': Scotland leader

Edinburgh - Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Friday that a second independence vote was "on the table" after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

EU referendums: Europeans sometimes say 'No'

Brussels - Britain's referendum on whether to remain in the EU has taken place in a climate of growing euroscepticism across the bloc, and is just the latest of many EU plebiscites.

Erdogan suggests UK-style referendum on Turkey EU bid

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for the first time suggested Turkey could hold a referendum over whether to continue its long-stalled bid to join the European Union.

Brexit: Key facts on polling day

London - Britain votes on Thursday in a referendum on whether it should stay in or leave the European Union.Here is some key information about the vote, from the question on the ballot paper to when the results are likely to start coming in.

Maduro allies ask Venezuela high court to block recall for 'fraud'

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's allies on Monday asked the Supreme Court to block the opposition's effort to organize a recall vote against him, alleging fraud in the collection of signatures.

UK Brexit debate has echoes of 1975

London - It's a snapshot from another political era. Forty-one years ago, in Britain's last referendum on Europe, Margaret Thatcher hit the campaign trail clad in a woolly jumper emblazoned with a Union flag.

Georgia's rebel region to vote on joining Russia in 2017: Official

Moscow - Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia will hold a referendum on joining Russia next year, its president and parliament speaker said in a statement Thursday.

British entertainment stars back remaining in EU

As the U.K.'s big decision on June 23 creeps closer, a host of film, music and television personalities have come out in favor of the U.K. staying part of the European Union.

Recall referendum 'not viable': Venezuela's Maduro

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday that an opposition push to hold a recall referendum against him is "not viable" because of alleged false signatures on a petition.

Op-Ed: As Venezuela begins to melt down, Maduro blames U.S. for problems

Caracas - It is evident that Venezuela's President Nicholas Maduro is going to do anything, including locking the country down, to avoid a recall referendum that would kick him out of office.

Venezuela opposition presents signatures for Maduro recall

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition presented 1.85 million signatures to election authorities Monday calling for a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro, a spokesman said.

Venezuela opposition authorized to seek referendum against president

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's opponents advanced in their mission to drive him from office when electoral authorities gave them authorization to take initial steps seeking a recall referendum.
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A photo of same-sex couple Mima Simic and Marta Sisak is seen in their home in Zagreb. Croats voted overwhelmingly in favor of defining marriage in the constitution as a "union of man and woman" on December 1, 2013
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Egyptian President Mursi has come under fire from the opposition due to the referendum, which has passed by majority vote.
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Ballot boxes are brought for vote counting at the Emirates Sports Arena in Glasgow on September 18, 2014
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Same-sex couple Mima Simic and her girlfriend Marta Susak vote in a referendum in Zagreb December 1, 2013. Croats voted overwhelmingly in favor of defining marriage in the constitution as a "union of man and woman"
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Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann talks to media during a news conference on the 1:12 initiative in Bern November 24, 2013. Swiss voters rejected a proposal on Sunday to cap the salaries of top executives at 12 times that of a company's lowest wage, heeding warnings from industry leaders that the measure could harm the country's economy
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Canadian Tamils taking part in the Dec. 19, 2009 national referendum.
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Pro-union supporters celebrate as Scottish independence referendum results come in at a 'Better Together' event in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 19, 2014
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Same-sex couple Mima Simic and Marta Sisak kiss in Zagreb's downtown. Croats voted overwhelmingly in favor of defining marriage in the constitution as a "union of man and woman" on December 1, 2013
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