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Togo votes for a new president

Lom - Togo votes for a new president on Saturday, with the incumbent Faure Gnassingbe seeking a third term in office to extend his family's grip on power into a second half-century.

Kazakh elections Sunday set to extend Nazarbayev's rule

Astana - Citizens in energy-rich Kazakhstan will head to the polls Sunday for early elections almost certain to extend the quarter-century rule of incumbent 74-year-old President Nursultan Nazarbayev by another five years.

Disengaged or disillusioned: Millions opt out of UK vote

Manchester - Inside the Paradise Mini-Mart, older residents of Manchester's notorious Moss Side district are taking a young man to task for his refusal to vote in next month's British election.

Leaders stick to script in 'dreadful' British election campaign

London - Just a dozen pupils and a few journalists were allowed to witness British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to a London school this week.

Clinton, Rubio lead in 2016 US election poll

Washington - Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio are early frontrunners to become the next president of the United States, according to a well-regarded poll released Thursday.

Protester killed as Guinea police and opposition clash

Conakry - Security forces in Guinea killed a protester and wounded four others, witnesses said, as opposition supporters clashed with police at anti-government rallies in its largest towns and cities.

Britain's swing seats fed up with election onslaught

London - People living in Britain's key swing constituencies have suffered blizzards of leaflets and armies of political canvassers vying for their vote ahead of a knife-edge election on May 7.

British PM under fire over rise in food bank users

London - Britain's opposition centre-left Labour urged Prime Minister David Cameron to address low pay on Wednesday after a charity revealed more than one million people were reliant on food banks in the past year.

Finland's eurosceptic party wants part in new govt

Helsinki - Finland's right-wing eurosceptic Finns Party said Tuesday that it was determined to be part of the new government for the first time, regardless of the make up of the coalition.

Turkey's Kurdish party vows to be 'sultan' Erdogan's nightmare

Istanbul - Turkey's main Kurdish party on Tuesday launched their manifesto for June 7 legislative polls, saying it would be a "sultan's nightmare" for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Finland's prime minister-elect says ready to negotiate with all parties

Helsinki - Finland's prime minister-elect Juha Sipila said Monday he was open for negotiations with all political parties including the right-wing eurosceptic Finns Party which is seeking to enter government for the first time. "I can't see any problem.

Eyeing power, SNP launches British election manifesto

Edinburgh - The pro-independence Scottish National Party offered a "hand of friendship" Monday to voters across Britain, offering reassurance about the key role it could play in government after May's tight election.

Turkey PM mocked for 'printing error' omission of peace process

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu drew ridicule Monday after blaming a printing error for the absence of any mention of the peace process with Kurdish rebels in his party's manifesto for June 7 elections.

Elections loom: Haiti's year of living dangerously

Port-au-prince - After three years of delayed polls and simmering political unrest, Haiti's rusty electoral machinery is finally grinding into gear.

Two opposition candidates defeated in Cuba vote

Havana - Two Cuban opposition candidates failed to become the island's first non-Communist elected officials in decades.

Opposition Centre wins Finnish vote, eurosceptic party second: final results

Helsinki - Finland's opposition Centre Party won Sunday's general election, ousting Prime Minister Alexander Stubb's left-right coalition after a campaign dominated by the country's economic woes, final results showed.

DR Congo must guarantee 'space' for opposition ahead of vote: UN

Kinshasa - The United Nations on Sunday called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to respect its citizens' civil liberties as the political climate has turned tense ahead of key elections next year.

Turkey opposition leader promises 'first-class democracy'

Ankara - Turkey's main opposition leader pledged on Sunday to introduce a "first-class democracy" and eradicate poverty as he announced a election manifesto ahead of the June legislative poll. "You have my word.

Opposition Centre wins Finnish election, ousts PM Stubb

Helsinki - Finland's opposition Centre Party won Sunday's general election, ousting Prime Minister Alexander Stubb's left-right coalition after a campaign dominated by the country's economic woes.

Finnish opposition Centre seen winning election

Helsinki - Finland's opposition Centre Party came out on top in Sunday's general election, far ahead of the parties in Prime Minister Alexander Stubb's left-right coalition, partial results showed.

Finns vote, expected to oust government

Helsinki - Finns voted on Sunday in an election expected to usher the opposition Centre Party into government amid voter discontent over conservative Prime Minister Alexander Stubb's failure to pull Finland out of a three-year economic slump.

Turkish Cypriot leader ahead after first round of vote

Nicosia - Incumbent Dervis Eroglu will face off against independent Mustafa Akinci in a second round of voting for the Turkish Cypriot leadership after a close first round, official figures showed Sunday.

Bloodbath of the leaders at UK general election?

London - The knives are already being sharpened for the leaders of Britain's political parties, several of whom could see their careers brought to a brutal end if they fail to deliver at the May 7 election.

Finland goes to the polls, change of government expected

Helsinki - Finns began voting on Sunday in legislative elections expected to oust the left-right government after a campaign that has focused heavily on how to lift Finland out of a three-year economic slump.

Reagan still Republicans' reference point for White House seekers

Washington - Barack Obama is weak and Ronald Reagan exuded power, Republicans say. But while conservative White House hopefuls revere the 1980s president as a foreign-policy icon, oversimplifying Reaganism may mask nuances of his diplomacy.

Isolated north Cyprus counts on Turkey for economic survival

Nicosia - Recognised only by Ankara, the tiny Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus heads to the polls on Sunday with its economy suffering from international isolation and surviving mainly thanks to Turkey's largesse.

Eurosceptic Timo Soini has sights set on government

Helsinki - Timo Soini, the head of the right-wing eurosceptic Finns Party, hopes his common-man charisma will finally bring him to the halls of power in Finland's general election on Sunday.

IT millionaire Siplia hopes to take business savvy to PM's office

Helsinki - Juha Sipila, widely expected to become Finland's next prime minister after Sunday's general election, is a softspoken 53-year-old IT entrepreneur who has risen rapidly through party ranks.

Finnish PM Stubb, a star whose lustre has faded

Helsinki - Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has long been one of Finland's most popular and dynamic politicians but voters are expected to punish him in Sunday's election for failing to revive a slumping economy.

British newspaper baron gifts anti-EU UKIP £1 million

London - British media baron Richard Desmond gifted the anti-European Union UK Independence Party £1 million ($1.5 million, 1.4 million euros) weeks from one of the tightest elections in decades, his newspaper announced Friday.
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Tamils taking part in the December 19, 2009 national referendum.
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Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
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Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
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Canadian Tamils taking part in the Dec. 19, 2009 national referendum.
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