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Voting closes in Comoros referendum on increasing president's powers

Moroni - Counting began on Monday in a politically explosive referendum in Comoros that could change the constitution and allow President Azali Assoumani to rule beyond 2021, his current term limit.

Comoros heads into violence-tarred referendum on constitution

Moroni - Voters in the Comoros go to the polls on Monday for a politically explosive referendum overshadowed by a clampdown and an attempted assassination just days before the vote.

Northern Ireland under pressure after historic abortion vote

Dublin - Pressure mounted on Sunday for British-ruled Northern Ireland to liberalise its strict abortion laws after a historic referendum in the neighbouring Republic of Ireland overturned its ban.

Abortion stigma is gone, says Irish PM after vote

London - Ireland on Saturday voted to erase the stigma and burden of shame from hundreds of thousands of women who secretly had abortions, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.

Ireland overturns abortion ban in landslide vote

Dublin - Ireland voted by a landslide to ditch its strict abortion laws in a landmark referendum that Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said had finally lifted decades of stigma and shame.

Ireland set to repeal abortion ban by a landslide

Dublin - Ireland looks set to "make history" by liberalising some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said as votes in the hard-fought referendum were counted Saturday.

Ireland tipped to repeal abortion ban by a landslide

Dublin - Ireland voted overwhelmingly to liberalise some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe on Friday, according to exit polls in a historic referendum in the traditionally Catholic country.

Final campaign push before bitter Irish abortion vote

Dublin - Activists made a final push for votes Thursday on the eve of a historic referendum on Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion, which has divided the staunchly Catholic nation.

Campaign for Ireland abortion referendum turns testy

Dublin - Posters for and against abortion are plastered all across Ireland as the campaign ahead of a historic referendum Friday in this mainly Catholic nation turns increasingly testy in its final days.

Irish PM criticises anti-abortion campaign

Dublin - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Tuesday denounced the pro-life lobby for using images of people with Down Syndrome in the build-up to the May 25 referendum on abortion laws.

Ireland's abortion referendum campaigns ramp up

Dublin - Pro- and anti-abortion activists in Ireland are hitting the streets and social networks to mobilise a divided electorate with less than a fortnight to go until a referendum on the thorny issue.

Irish anti-abortion activists rally ahead of referendum

Dublin - Thousands gathered in Dublin on Saturday for the final major pro-life rally ahead of Ireland's referendum on whether it should liberalise its tight abortion laws.

Irish campaigners in abortion referendum vie for online impact

Dublin - Leading Irish actors have urged voters in a video posted online Sunday to legalise abortion in the country, as campaigning intensifies ahead of a referendum later this month on the issue.

Belize sets date for vote on Guatemala border dispute

Guatemala City - Belize has set a date in April next year for a referendum on whether to send a long-running border dispute with neighboring Guatemala to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

New push for referendum on final Brexit deal

London - A new cross-party campaign for a referendum on Britain's EU departure deal was to launch on Sunday, insisting the British public -- and not just politicians -- should be given a say.

Dutch govt backs MPs in nixing referendum law

Den Haag - The Dutch government Friday defended a decision by the ruling coalition to vote in favour of scrapping a controversial referendum law -- which in 2016 saw voters reject a EU-Ukraine pact.

Ireland to hold abortion referendum in May

Dublin - Ireland will hold a referendum at the end of May on liberalising its restrictive abortion laws, a highly sensitive issue in the traditionally devoutly Catholic country.

Ireland to hold abortion referendum at end of May: PM

Dublin - Ireland will hold a referendum on liberalising its restrictive abortion laws at the end of May, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced Monday.

Don't dream it's over: EU's Brexit message to Britain

Brussels - A sudden flurry of suggestions by the EU that Brexit could be reversed has sparked questions about the bloc's motives and even accusations of a secret plot to keep Britain in the European Union.

Brexit backer Farage moots second EU referendum

London - Leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage suggested Thursday that Britain hold a second referendum on EU membership which he claims would silence those who are against leaving the bloc, but the proposed new vote is getting support from pro-EU politicians....

Netanyahu: world should take care of Kurds' future

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said Israel had "great sympathy" for Kurdish aspirations and that the world should concern itself with their wellbeing.

Italian regions vote on autonomy: what's at stake?

Milan - The regions of Lombardy and Veneto vote Sunday in referendums on greater autonomy within Italy against the backdrop of the crisis created by Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.- Why the votes and what are they about?

Venice wants its money back, not independence

Venice - Venice is living up to its reputation of self-reliance.In the one-time city-state that was known as The Most Serene Republic of Venice, almost everyone seems to be planning to vote for greater autonomy in Sunday's consultative referendum.

Key players in Catalan independence crisis

Madrid - Catalonia's government has threatened to declare independence after the region voted in an outlawed referendum.

Restive Catalonia, a strategic region for Spain

Madrid - Catalonia, whose leader may declare independence on Tuesday, is one of the most strategic regions of Spain, the eurozone's fourth largest economy.

Brazil's south holds Catalan-inspired independence poll

S - Brazil's three southernmost states held an informal referendum-style vote on independence for the region Saturday, taking inspiration from the turbulence in Spain's Catalonia.

Brazil's south holds Catalan-inspired independence poll

S - Brazil's three southernmost states held an informal referendum-style vote on independence for the region Saturday, taking inspiration from the turbulence in Spain's Catalonia.

Erdogan says Turkey will 'soon' close borders with Iraqi Kurdistan

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday warned that Turkey would "soon" close its border crossing with Iraqi Kurdistan and airspace after the disputed referendum on independence.

Key dates in Catalonia's push for independence

Madrid - Spain is facing its worst political crisis in decades as Catalan threatens to declare independence following a chaotic referendum branded illegal by the central government in Madrid.Here are the key dates in the wealthy region's independence drive.

Spain rejects mediation calls as Catalans plan to declare independence

Barcelona - Spain's government has defiantly rejected calls for mediation over Catalonia's push for independence as the two factions headed towards another showdown.
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A photo of same-sex couple Mima Simic and Marta Sisak is seen in their home in Zagreb.  Croats voted...
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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Canadian Tamils taking part in the Dec. 19, 2009 national referendum.
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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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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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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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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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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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