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Turkey: key dates of Erdogan's rule

Istanbul - Here are key dates in Turkey since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) -- on course to win Sunday's local elections -- took power in 2002.

Messy days ahead as Thai factions jostle to lead next government

Bangkok - Rival political camps jostled for position Tuesday, hoping to form a government after Thailand's first election since a coup -- a poll clouded by allegations of a bungled counting process that left voters perplexed about the outcome.

Indebted cutting-edge hospital in Comoros faces collapse

Ouani - The Bambao hospital, nestled in a tropical forest on Anjouan island in the Comoros, was meant to bring state-of-the-art medical care to the poor Indian Ocean nation.

Comoros police teargas opposition ahead of results

Moroni - Police fired teargas and rubber bullets Monday to disperse more than 100 opposition supporters as Comoros awaited the results of elections President Azali Assoumani is tipped to win, AFP correspondents saw.

Gandhi vows basic income for millions of India's poorest if PM

New Delhi - Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday vowed a "final assault on poverty" in India if elected prime minister in May, promising a minimum income for tens of millions of the country's poorest.

Thai military accused of 'rigged' election by former PM Thaksin

Bangkok - Thailand's military was accused Monday of rigging the country's first election since a 2014 coup, with former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his pro-democracy party complaining of "irregularities" in preliminary results.

Nigeria ruling party stages come-back in key state vote

Kano - Nigeria's ruling party on Sunday won the crucial state of Kano in key governorship elections, as the opposition denounced the result, following violence and intimidation that hit the re-run vote.

Outgoing Comoros leader Azali looks set to win new term

Moroni - Voters on the tiny archipelago of Comoros went to the polls on Sunday, with President Azali Assoumani widely expected to win a new term in an election that rivals say has been hijacked.

Thailand's turbulent political history

Bangkok - Violent demonstrations, multiple coups and a cryptic election eve message from the king.Thailand's unpredictable political history has few rivals. The country's election Sunday is the first since a 2014 coup.

Outgoing Comoros leader Azali looks set to win new term

Moroni - Polls opened Sunday in the tiny archipelago of Comoros, with President Azali Assoumani widely expected to win a new term in an election that rivals say has been hijacked.

Possible scenarios after Thailand's junta-backed election

Bangkok - A coup leader emerges as a civilian prime minister, pro-democracy forces unite to thwart the junta's ambitions, a stalemate or another putsch resets the political landscape -- Thailand's cliffhanger of an election Sunday could result in a number of out...

Thai junta party takes shock lead in first general election since 2014 coup

Bangkok - Thailand's ruling junta took an unexpected lead in the country's first election since a 2014 coup with more than 90 percent of ballots counted, election authorities said late Sunday, putting it on course to return to power at the expense of the kingdom...

State election result provides relief for struggling Australian government

Sydney - The centre-right government in New South Wales state won re-election at the weekend, providing a badly needed boost for conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison as he heads into a tough federal election.

Spain's crisis-hit Podemos launches election campaign

Madrid - Spain's radical left-wing Podemos party launched its campaign for next month's elections on Saturday with its leader apologising to supporters for infighting that threatens to destroy it.

Violence and intimidation marr re-run polls in Nigeria

Kano - Violence and voter intimidation once again marred polls in Nigeria Saturday, as voters tried to take part in re-run governorship and state elections already postponed once because of unrest.

Anti-corruption activist set to win Slovakia presidential run-off

Bratislava - A liberal environmental lawyer known for fighting graft is poised for a thumping victory in Slovakia's presidential run-off, polls showed Friday, amid a strong public backlash against the murder of a journalist probing high-level corruption.

Kamnan Style: Thai 'godfathers' resurgent as junta scrambles for seats

Chonburi - Itthipol Khunpleum grabs the mic, bounds onto the stage and flashes a winning smile as he works the crowd gathered for a final rally: "Chonburi... show me your hands!" he says to wild applause.But he need not have bothered.

Man of Zeal: 'Superman Bangkok' champions voting ahead of Thai poll

Bangkok - Dressed in a Superman suit with a red cape flowing behind him, a sweaty David Pfizenmaier jogs through Bangkok's standstill traffic and stops to unfurl a sign."If you love Thailand: Vote," it says, below the hashtag #supermanbangkok.

Pro-Kurdish party campaigns in shadow of Erdogan threats

Batman - Under daily attack from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and with dozens of its mayors in jail, Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party is fighting an uphill battle for this month's local elections.

Old foes, millennials stand in way of Thai junta polls victory

Chaiyaphum - Thailand holds its first election in eight years on Sunday under rules concocted by a junta to keep it in power, but with the appeal of both old foes and the new millennial vote posing an unpredictable challenge.

Hungary's Viktor Orban: populist fanning EU tensions

Budapest - Hungary's all-powerful premier Viktor Orban is the self-styled defender of Christian Europe against the "poison" of immigration, an admirer of "illiberal democracy" and a thorn in the European Union's side.

New Dutch populists surge in 'Rutte referendum'

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will lose his senate majority after upstart anti-EU populists surged in provincial elections just two days after a suspected terror attack in Utrecht.

Resigned Brussels expects Britain to vote in EU poll

Apo - Frustrated EU officials may insist London cannot postpone Brexit indefinitely without a plan, but they are resigned to Britain taking part in the European election in May and are making preparations.

Australian PM pushes G20 to tackle internet extremism

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called on world leaders to press technology firms to tackle the "ungoverned" space of extremist internet content in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack.

Franco-defending ex generals on Spanish election slate

Madrid - Two retired Spanish generals who signed a manifesto demanding respect for late dictator Francisco Franco will run as candidates for far-right party Vox in next month's general election, the party said Monday.

Cliffhanger election looms as record number of Thais turn out for early voting

Chaiyaphum - More than 2.2 million Thais turned out for early voting -- almost 90 percent of those registered -- for Thailand's hotly anticipated national election, as the junta's main opposition predicted a cliffhanger to the first poll in eight years.

Govt critic on track to become Slovakia's first woman president

Bratislava - Government critic Zuzana Caputova secured a huge first-round win over the ruling party candidate in Slovakia's weekend election, putting her one step closer to becoming the country's first female president.

Thailand's early voting kicks off with long queues

Bangkok - Hundreds of thousands of voters crowded into schools, parking lots and temples across Thailand on Sunday, eager to cast an early ballot a week before the country's first election in eight years.

Ukraine ready to take on Russian election hackers

Kiev - At the headquarters of Ukraine's SBU security service more than a dozen local and Western security experts watch a simulated foreign cyber attack on several big screens ahead of this month's presidential vote.

Vote banks and cash top-ups: Thai political loyalty up for grabs

Nakhon Ratchasima - In his final days as a "Red Shirt" rabble-rouser Suporn "Rambo Isaan" Attawong urged farmers to take up martial arts in defence of Thai democracy as a coup loomed.
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Canadian Tamils taking part in the Dec. 19  2009 national referendum.
Canadian Tamils taking part in the Dec. 19, 2009 national referendum.
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Patriotic Candidates of Tamil Eelam (PCTE) running in the May 2nd 2010 Canadian TGTE Election.
Patriotic Candidates of Tamil Eelam (PCTE) running in the May 2nd 2010 Canadian TGTE Election.
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Tamils taking part in the December 19, 2009 national referendum.
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Patriotic Candidates of Tamil Eelam (PCTE) running in the May 2nd 2010 Canadian TGTE Election.
Patriotic Candidates of Tamil Eelam (PCTE) running in the May 2nd 2010 Canadian TGTE Election.
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"A Portrait of America" curated by Ramses Granados continues its run at the Joy Wai Gallery in Chelsea, NYC.
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Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
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More than 11,000 Southern Baptist messengers vote in a presidential run-off between Bryant Wright and Ted Traylor during the June 15 afternoon session of the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention held in Orlando, Fla.
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Patriotic Candidates of Tamil Eelam (PCTE) running in the May 2nd 2010 Canadian TGTE Election.
Patriotic Candidates of Tamil Eelam (PCTE) running in the May 2nd 2010 Canadian TGTE Election.
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A woman sits in a polling room in Baghdad, waiting for voters.
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Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
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