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Local vote 'slap' a bad omen for divided French left

Paris - A crushing defeat at the hands of his old rival Nicolas Sarkozy is a bad omen for President Francois Hollande two years ahead of a presidential election, analysts said Monday, with the far-right also growing in power.

Uzbek strongman re-elected in landslide, OSCE dubious

Tashkent - Uzbek strongman Islam Karimov cruised to a new five-year term Monday after facing a minimal challenge, prompting withering criticism from Western observers.

'Stark choice' in UK election, Cameron warns as campaign begins

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron warned voters they faced a "stark choice" in May's tight election as he kicked off campaigning Monday after a ceremonial visit to Queen Elizabeth II.

Nigeria awaits tense poll results as leaders warn of rigging

Abuja - Nigerians on Monday awaited the first results of a closely fought general election, with protests over the conduct of the vote and a warning of manipulation of the count heightening fears of poll-related violence.

Britain election kicks off with parties neck and neck

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron will on Monday ask Queen Elizabeth II to dissolve parliament, kicking off formal campaigning for one of the most unpredictable elections in decades.

French right deals major blow to ruling Socialists in local elections

Paris - France's ruling Socialists took a drubbing in run-off local polls on Sunday that saw major gains for former president Nicolas Sarkozy and the far-right ahead of 2017 presidential elections.

Thousands call for vote re-run in Nigeria's Rivers state

Port Harcourt - Thousands of supporters of Nigeria's main opposition party on Sunday demonstrated in the oil-rich state of Rivers, calling for the cancellation of elections locally because of alleged irregularities.

Sarkozy, Le Pen expect boost from French local polls

Paris - France's ruling Socialists looked set for a drubbing in run-off local polls on Sunday that were expected to boost the prospects of former president Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen.

Polling stations re-open in Nigeria after voting extension

Lagos - Voters unable to cast their ballot because of technical problems in Nigeria's general election returned to the polls on Sunday, as the main parties traded blows over the use of the technology.

For Britain's poorest, food aid becomes a way of life

Camborne - Clutching a bag of pasta, canned pears and beef, David Kirk leaves a food bank in one of Britain's poorest corners -- his sixth visit in a few weeks.

Sarkozy, Le Pen expect boost from French local polls

Paris - France's ruling Socialists look set for a drubbing in local polls Sunday that are expected to deliver a boost for former president Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen.

Uzbekistan president set for win in predictable poll

Tashkent - Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov looked certain to claim victory in presidential polls Sunday after all three of the 77-year-old's challengers endorsed his bid to extend his 25-year-rule.

Nigeria in tense vote count after second day of polling

Abuja - Nigeria counted ballots in a closely fought general election Sunday after failures in controversial new technology pushed voting into a second day, with President Goodluck Jonathan facing a stiff challenge from ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.

23 'beheaded' in NE Nigeria on eve of election: Lawmaker, nurse

Kano - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen beheaded 23 people and set fire to homes in Buratai, northeast Nigeria, on the eve of Saturday's general elections, a federal lawmaker representing the area told AFP.

Nigerian president quits voting station after tech glitch

- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan turned up Saturday to accredit himself and his wife Patience for his re-election bid but problems with new voting technology forced to him to temporarily abandon his plans.

Nigeria votes in tight presidential election

Wuse - Nigerians headed to the polls on Saturday to elect a new president in a knife-edge vote against a backdrop of security fears but new technology delayed the process, affecting even the outgoing president.

Nigeria claims key Boko Haram success on eve of polling

Abuja - Nigeria on Friday announced the recapture of Boko Haram's headquarters, on the eve of a knife-edge vote at which President Goodluck Jonathan is eyeing re-election against a stiff opposition challenge.

Nigeria's Jonathan calls for peaceful vote

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday urged Nigerians to turn out in force to vote in this weekend's presidential election, calling for calm in the face of rising tensions and fears of violence.

Nigeria wraps up presidential election campaign

Abuja - Campaigning has wound to a close in Nigeria's presidential elections, with the two leading candidates delivering their final messages to supporters before the crunch vote.

Cameron, Miliband open UK election campaign with TV grilling

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron and his main election rival Ed Miliband faced a prime time television grilling, kicking off a tight race for the May 7 election.

Ted Cruz: Tea Party agitator aims for White House

Washington - Once reviled by fellow Republicans as a "wacko bird" for leading the US government to a 2013 shutdown, resurgent Senator Ted Cruz has turned his Constitution-above-all conservatism into a Tea Party quest for the White House.

Ted Cruz, heavy on faith, launches White House bid

Ultra-conservative Republican US Senator Ted Cruz launched his White House quest on Monday, invoking his abiding faith in God as he effectively kick-started the 2016 presidential race.

France's conservatives, far-right lead local polls

Paris - The French right was celebrating on Monday after local elections saw a conservative alliance and the far-right National Front triumph over the ruling Socialists in a key test ahead of the 2017 presidential poll.

Spain's Podemos fails to break two-party hold in key Andalusia vote

Seville - Spain's anti-austerity Podemos party took third place in a regional vote in Andalusia seen as a crucial test for the political newcomer ahead of the country's most unpredictable general election in decades.With 99.

France's National Front eyes gains in local polls

Paris - France's National Front, one of the most powerful far right parties in Europe, was expecting significant gains against President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists in local elections on Sunday.

Spain's school dropout zone Andalusia votes for jobs

Spain - Daniel, Alejandro and Adrian had never had a real job before, but a few days before an election in their Andalusian home region one landed in each of their laps as if by magic.

Spain parties joust in Andalusia warm-up vote

Seville - A regional vote on Sunday in Andalusia, one of the poorest parts of Spain, will be a key test ahead of the country's most unpredictable general election in decades.

Russia offers UN resolution on election talks with Ukraine rebels

New York - Russia proposed a UN Security Council draft resolution Thursday asking Kiev to "immediately start consultations" with pro-Russian separatists on elections within their eastern Ukraine strongholds.

Obama says US to 're-assess' options after Netanyahu win

Washington - President Barack Obama on Thursday warned Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu that Washington will "re-assess" its policies after the prime minister's election win called into question crucial US diplomatic cover for Israel at the UN.

Netanyahu denies abandoning two-state solution

Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday denied making a U-turn by saying he would never agree to the creation of a Palestinian state, arguing that the conditions were not yet ripe.
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Canadian Tamils taking part in the Dec. 19, 2009 national referendum.
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Tamils taking part in the December 19, 2009 national referendum.
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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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A woman sits in a polling room in Baghdad, waiting for voters.
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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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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.
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.
Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
Darlene Jacobs
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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