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Trump leads Republicans, but Democrats thump him: Poll

Washington - Bombastic US billionaire Donald Trump handily leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, though Hillary Clinton and other Democrats trump him in head-to-head matchups, a poll said Thursday.

Niger to hold presidential election on February 21

Niamey - The first round of Niger's presidential election will be held on February 21 in 2016, the country's election commission said, with incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou set to seek a second term.

Most FN members want France's Le Pen stripped of status

Paris - An overwhelming 94 percent of France's National Front (FN) members have voted in favour of stripping ex-leader Jean-Marie Le Pen of his title of honorary president, the far-right party announced Wednesday.

Spain PM backs controversial ex-mayor to stand in Catalan polls

Barcelona - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday backed a former mayor whose comments have been called xenophobic as his party's top candidate for regional elections in independence-minded Catalonia.

Burundi presidential vote not credible: UN observers

New York - A United Nations observer mission said Monday that last week's presidential elections in Burundi were relatively peaceful but had not been "an inclusive, free and credible" vote.

Trump surge among Republican voters shows no sign of abating

Washington - Donald Trump's wild ride to the front of the Republican presidential field showed no signs of abating Sunday, with a new poll showing him with a big lead in a key early primary state.

Coming up Trumps in the White House race

New York - He hogs the headlines, has satirists in stitches and the Republican establishment tearing their hair out. Donald Trump has hijacked the race for the White House.

Russia bars coalition headed by protest leader from poll

Moscow - Russia on Friday barred a coalition co-led by top opposition activist Alexei Navalny from participating in a major regional poll, the party said on its website.

Burundi president wins controversial third term

Bujumbura - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza was Friday declared the outright winner of controversial elections, handing him a third consecutive term at the helm of the central African nation despite opposition protests and international condemnation.

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza wins third term

Bujumbura - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has won a predicted but controversial third consecutive term in office, according to official election results announced Friday.Nkurunziza won 69.

'I love Latinos,' says Trump at US-Mexico border

New York - Donald Trump toured the Texas-Mexico border on Thursday to condemn illegal immigration, declare his love for Latinos and to belittle rival White House candidate Hillary Clinton.

Incendiary Trump to visit U.S.-Mexico border

Washington - Real estate mogul Donald Trump takes his presidential campaign to the Mexico border Thursday, still riding high in polls despite remarks on immigrants that enraged Latinos and cost him millions in business contracts."I am going to the BORDER tomorrow.

Guatemala mayoral candidate, guards shot dead

Guatemala City - A mayoral candidate and his three body guards were gunned down in San Miguel Duenas, Guatemala, his party said Wednesday, the second member of the group killed in less than a week.

Burundi's Nkurunziza: ex-rebel who divided a nation

Bujumbura - A former sports teacher, ex-rebel, born-again Christian and football fanatic, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has divided the nation over his bid to secure a third term in office in elections Tuesday.

And Kasich makes 16... Republicans on U.S. campaign trail

Washington - The US presidential election in November 2016 has attracted a record number of candidates, with Ohio governor John Kasich to become the 16th Republican to enter the race for the White House on Tuesday.

Explosions and gunfire as Burundi polls open: Witnesses

Bujumbura - Gunfire and explosions were heard Tuesday in Burundi's capital Bujumbura shortly before polls opened in controversial elections with the president seeking re-election for a third consecutive term, witnesses said.

Violence as Burundi votes in controversial presidential poll

Bujumbura - Burundians voted Tuesday amid gunfire and grenade blasts, with President Pierre Nkurunziza widely expected to win a third term despite international condemnation and thousands of people fleeing feared violence.

Explosions, gunfire rock Burundi capital hours before presidential vote

Bujumbura - Explosions and gunfire were heard late Monday in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, hours before polls were due to open in a divisive presidential election, in which Pierre Nkurunziza's is seeking a controversial third term.

McCain takes high road as Trump attacks war record

Washington - John McCain said Monday that property mogul and White House hopeful Donald Trump should apologize to veterans after he dismissed the US senator's military record because he was taken prisoner.

Bitterly divided Burundi heads for elections

Bujumbura - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza appears set to win a controversial third consecutive term in elections on Tuesday, a hollow victory that will leave him ruling over a violently divided nation.

Trump heaps scorn on war hero record of 'loser' McCain

Washington - Donald Trump, known for his incendiary rhetoric on the 2016 campaign trail, lobbed his latest verbal grenade, dismissing the military record of Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war.

Crisis-hit Burundi leader promises 'five more years of peace'

Rohero - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Friday promised to deliver "five more years of peace" if he is re-elected next week, in the climax of a campaign marked by deadly street protests and an attempted coup.

Early Greek vote inevitable after Syriza mutiny: analysts

Atenas - Early elections are inevitable in Greece after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras suffered a mutiny by dozens of outraged government lawmakers as he pushed austerity reforms through parliament in order to win a new EU bailout, analysts said Thursday.

Greek minister sees early vote after bailout mutiny

Atenas - Greece will "quite likely" be forced to hold new elections as early as September, the interior minister said Thursday after a mutiny among government lawmakers over a new EU bailout for the country.

Uganda president leaves Burundi crisis talks without deal

Bujumbura - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni left crisis talks between Burundi's rival political factions without a deal, but last-ditch efforts following months of violence continued ahead of polls next week.

Catalan parties make election alliance for independence

Barcelona - Parties seeking independence for Catalonia have forged an alliance for September regional elections that they hope will boost their drive to break away from Spain, sources said Wednesday.

Union-busting Republican Walker joins crowded White House race

Washington - Wisconsin's union-busting Governor Scott Walker announced on Monday that he is joining the crowded field of Republicans jostling to be the party's presidential nominee, arguing he can sell his conservative record to mainstream America.

Burundi arrests rebels, seizes arms ahead of presidential poll

Bujumbura - Security forces in Burundi said Monday they have arrested around 100 suspected rebels and seized a number of weapons in a crackdown ahead of next week's presidential elections.

Clinton slams Republicans on Trump

Washington - US Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton slammed Republicans for not responding "immediately" to halt Donald Trump's divisive comments on Mexican immigrants, but stopped short of a full-out rebuke of the bombastic candidate.

Trump bluster sets provocative tone in 2016 race

Washington - Like a brush fire kicking up in America's southwest, the storm brought on by Donald Trump's political bombast threatens to scorch all it touches as Republicans brace for fallout from their rival's remarks.
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Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
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