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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.

Italians vote on oil and gas as scandal ups pressure on Renzi

Rome - Italians were voting in a referendum Sunday on oil and gas drilling concessions which brings to a peak a heated debate fraught with risk for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and fuelled by anger over a government corruption scandal.

High-stakes oil and gas vote has Italy in a tizz

Ravenna - An offshore platform a stone's throw from Dante's beach on Italy's Adriatic coast has become the focus of a politically charged national referendum on the country's oil and gas drilling concessions.

Op-Ed: Should the UK leave the EU?

On June 23 the people of the United Kingdom vote in a referendum on whether or not the country should remain in the European Union. It is a major decision with far-reaching consequences.

Sudan's Darfur votes in referendum boycotted by rebels

Khartoum - Sudan's conflict-hit Darfur region starts voting Monday on whether to unify its five states, a long-standing demand of rebels seeking greater autonomy, but ongoing instability means insurgents are boycotting the referendum.

Ukraine president confident Dutch voters won't reject EU pact

Washington - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko expressed confidence Friday that Dutch voters next week will not reject his country's cooperation deal with the European Union.

Sudan's Bashir starts Darfur tour ahead of states referendum

Thabit - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir started a tour of Darfur on Friday ahead of a referendum on whether to keep the conflict-torn western area as five states or to create one united region.

Sudan's Bashir starts Darfur tour ahead of states referendum

Thabit - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir started a tour of Darfur on Friday ahead of a referendum on whether to keep the conflict-torn western area as five states or to create one united region.

Senegal holds vote on sweeping constitutional change

Dakar - Senegal holds a referendum Sunday on sweeping constitutional reforms, including cutting the presidential term from seven to five years.Why is it controversial and what will the result mean for the country?

Hungary announces referendum on EU migrant quota

Budapest - Hungary will hold a referendum on whether to accept mandatory EU quotas for migrants, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Wednesday, protesting that Brussels has no right to "redraw Europe's cultural and religious identity.

What if? The uncharted waters of 'Brexit'

London - A British exit from the European Union would leave the country in uncharted territory, no country having ever travelled that road, which spells freedom to eurosceptics but doom to the pro-Europe camp.

Santos says referendum will be held on peace deal regardless of FARC

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday said a referendum would be held on a possible peace deal with Marxist FARC fighters, whether the rebels want a vote or not.The FARC and the government have said they aim to sign a peace deal by March 23.

Cameron fights for his place in history with EU vote

London - Prime Minister David Cameron is playing a high-stakes game which will decide his place in political history with negotiations aimed at preventing Britain from leaving the EU in a looming referendum, experts say.

Iraq Kurd leader: 'Time has come' for statehood referendum

Baghdad - Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani has declared that the "time has come" for the country's Kurds to hold a referendum on statehood, a move likely to raise tensions with Baghdad.

Cameron to meet Juncker Friday over Brexit negotiations

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron will meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Friday, cancelling a previously scheduled visit to Sweden and Denmark, his office said.

Scottish leader Sturgeon warns against June EU referendum

London - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned Sunday it would be a mistake to hold Britain's European Union membership referendum in June.

New poll shows widening support for UK to leave EU

London - A new opinion poll published Sunday showed the number of Britons wanting to leave the European Union rising in the wake of the Paris terror attacks and Cologne assaults.

What's good for Britain is good for Europe: Cameron in Germany

Kreuth - British Prime Minister David Cameron Thursday won support from German Chancellor Angela Merkel for EU reforms to protect European welfare systems, arguing that what is good for Britain is also good for Europe.

UK's Cameron appeals to Germany to help avoid 'Brexit'

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday appealed to Germany to help him achieve the European Union reforms he needs to persuade Britons to remain in the 28-nation bloc.

Final voting confirms winner in New Zealand flag referendum

Wellington - A flag with a silver fern on a black-and-blue background was confirmed Tuesday as New Zealand's preferred option if the country decides to replace its current standard that features Britain's Union Jack.

Thousands protest in Armenia after disputed referendum

Yerevan - Some 4,000 people rallied in Armenia's capital Yerevan on Monday to protest against constitutional reforms to curb presidential powers adopted in a controversial referendum."Take to the streets, be part of a revolution!

Armenia holds referendum on divisive constitutional reforms

Yerevan - Armenians on Sunday voted in a referendum on constitutional reforms which the opposition claims are aimed at keeping the ex-Soviet nation's President Serzh Sarkisian in power.

Danish soul-searching as voters snub more EU integration

Copenhagen - A Danish 'No' in a referendum on adopting EU rules on cross-frontier policing shows a growing chasm between the public and the establishment in the 28-member bloc, politicians and commentators said Friday.

'Clear no' in Danish vote on EU justice rules: PM

Copenhagen - Danes rejected in a referendum Thursday a government proposal to deepen the EU member's participation in the bloc's justice cooperation, Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said."It is a clear no...

'No' side wins Danish vote on EU justice rules

Copenhagen - Eurosceptic EU member Denmark voted in a referendum Thursday to reject a government proposal to adopt the bloc's justice rules, amid concerns over handing more power to Brussels.The 'No' side received 53.

Paris attacks, migrants in focus as Denmark holds EU referendum

Copenhagen - EU member Denmark voted Thursday in a referendum on adopting the union's justice rules, with the Paris terror attacks and immigration both major issues in the campaign.

Britain's EU exit campaigners stuck in a squabble

London - 'Leave' campaigners in Britain's EU membership referendum battle are struggling to get themselves organised, with two rival groups squabbling over a war chest and populist figurehead Nigel Farage stuck in the middle.

New Zealand votes in flag referendum

Wellington - New Zealanders began voting Friday to select a potential new flag, part of a controversial push for the South Pacific country to drop Britain's Union Jack from its national banner.

Merkel 'reasonably confident' of deal to avert 'Brexit'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she was "reasonably confident" that a deal could be found with London to avert the possibility of Britain leaving the European Union.
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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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Canadian Tamils taking part in the Dec. 19, 2009 national referendum.
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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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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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