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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.

UK PM Cameron lays out demands for Britain to stay in EU

London - Prime Minister David Cameron warned Tuesday that Britain could leave the EU if it does not get the reforms it wants before a "once-in-a-generation" referendum to settle its troubled relationship with Europe.

Cameron to unveil Britain's EU demands ahead of exit vote

London - Prime Minister David Cameron is to outline demands for changes to Britain's European Union membership on Tuesday, ahead of a referendum on whether to remain in the bloc.

UK to lay cards on the table over EU referendum

London - After months without a breakthrough, David Cameron will finally give more details on Tuesday of what reforms he wants for Britain to stay in the European Union before a looming referendum.

More than 90% vote to allow Congo leader's bid to extend rule

Brazzaville - More than 90 percent of people voting in a controversial referendum in the Republic of Congo approved a bid by President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his 31-year stay in office, according to official results announced on Tuesday.A total of 92.

Congo to vote on extending veteran leader's rule as opposition vows fightback

Brazzaville - The opposition in oil-rich Congo Tuesday vowed a fight to the finish after the government called an October referendum on allowing veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso to run for a controversial third term.

Britain's Cameron to address EU parliament on referendum

Brussels - British Prime Minister David Cameron has accepted an invitation to address a special session of the European Parliament on his planned referendum on EU membership, a leading MEP said Thursday.

Denmark to hold referendum on Europol in December

Copenhage - Denmark will hold a referendum December 3 on whether to keep its opt-out to the EU's justice and home affairs rules, it said Friday.

Anti-EU UKIP unveils rally plans for 'Brexit' campaign

London - The leader of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) on Thursday unveiled plans for hundreds of rallies from September to campaign for a "No" vote in the EU membership referendum.

New Scottish independence vote 'inevitable' says ex-leader

London - Former Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond said Sunday that another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom was "inevitable" because of policies pursued by Prime Minister David Cameron's government in London.

Britain may vote on EU membership in 2016: Report

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron intends to hold a referendum on the country's membership of the European Union around June of 2016, the Independent on Sunday reported.

British PM wants EU employment law exemption: Reports

London - Prime Minister David Cameron is seeking a British exemption from European Union employment laws as part of his push to gain more autonomy from Brussels, newspapers said Saturday.

Australian heads to Greece to help crying pensioner in photo

Sydney - An Australian touched by an image of a pensioner sobbing outside a Greek bank said Wednesday he was flying over to Europe to support the man financially after discovering he was a family friend.
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Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the US Depart...
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. in March.
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Protest in Madrid, Spain for a referendum on monarchy or republic
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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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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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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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Canadian Tamils taking part in the Dec. 19, 2009 national referendum.
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File photo of a poster for the initiative requesting a yes vote "1:12, together for fair wages" attached to a lamp post in Eclepens, western Switzerland. The sign reads : "Wages : stop to excesses. 1:12 Yes November 24"
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Protest in Madrid, Spain for a referendum on monarchy or republic
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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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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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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 pa...
Egyptian President Mursi has come under fire from the opposition due to the referendum, which has passed by majority vote.
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