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Defeating corruption dominates Brazil debate

Bras - Less than two weeks before Brazil's presidential vote, corruption concerns dominate the campaign, amid allegations that leading politicians benefited from huge kickbacks on oil deals by state-owned energy giant Petrobras.

Brazil readies election thriller

Rio De Janeiro - A fiery plane crash that claimed the life of a popular politician has provided Brazil's presidential campaign with a dramatic plot twist worthy of a telenovela.And it may end with election of the country's first black president.

Squabbling as PM targets 'unfairness' left by Scottish vote

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted on Sunday that further devolution promised to Scotland could not leave England "overridden", as initial relief over the Scottish people's decision to reject independence gave way to squabbling over powers.

Brazil ex-leader Lula key to Rousseff re-election bid

Liberdade - Keen to secure his political legacy, former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is campaigning energetically for successor Dilma Rousseff as she struggles to win a second term.

Scotland fears loss of new powers in referendum hangover

Edinburgh - Having rejected independence and lost First Minister Alex Salmond, Scotland woke up to an unsettled future Saturday as fears grew that new powers promised by London will prove a disappointment.

PM John Key wins New Zealand election: TV networks

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has won a third term with a strong showing in Saturday's general election, according to projections by leading television networks.

Scottish leader quits, Queen urges unity

Edinburgh - Scottish leader Alex Salmond said he would resign after losing an independence referendum that left the United Kingdom intact, while Queen Elizabeth II called for "mutual respect" among Scots following a divisive campaign.

In tight Brazil race, candidates avoid moral quagmires

Rio De Janeiro - As the battle for Brazil's presidency heats up, the leading candidates -- determined not to scare voters away -- are steering clear of divisive social issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

Queen urges unity after Scotland rejects independence

Edinburgh - Scottish leader Alex Salmond said Friday he would resign after losing an independence referendum that left the United Kingdom intact, while Queen Elizabeth II called for "mutual respect" among Scots following a divisive campaign.

Salmond to resign after Scotland rejects independence

Edinburgh - Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond said Friday he would resign after losing a referendum that left the United Kingdom intact but opened a Pandora's box of demands for more autonomy across Britain.

Election-eve polls point to New Zealand cliffhanger

Wellington - New Zealand political leaders made their final pitch to voters on Friday as election-eve polls pointed to Prime Minister John Key scraping a win.

Tears and fears as Scottish independence bid defeated

Edinburgh - Supporters of Scottish independence reacted with bitter disappointment on Friday as their hopes of breaking away from Britain were dashed, with some breaking down in tears in the streets of Edinburgh.

Scotland rejects independence in historic referendum

Edinburgh - Scotland rejected independence on Friday in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but paved the way for a major transfer of powers away from London.

Scotland's next step? No independence but more powers

Edinburgh - Scotland may have rejected independence but will now be handed new powers by Britain which could amount to effective home rule -- though experts warn that agreeing these could be messy.

BBC: Scotland votes NO to independence

Scotland will say NO to independence, preserving the 307-year-union with England to form the four-country United Kingdom. BBC predicts a 55-45 win for the campaign committed to keeping Scotland part of the UK.

Nervy wait for Scots as early referendum results trickle in

Aberdeen - In counting centres, jam-packed pubs and living rooms across Scotland, voters were nervously waiting early Friday for the results of their historic vote on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom.

Scotland independence vote hangs in the balance

Edinburgh - Votes cast for and against Scotland's independence in a historic referendum were running virtually neck and neck, early results showed on Friday as the count continued, but leading "No" campaigners suggested that victory was in sight.

Counting begins in Scotland's historic independence vote

Edinburgh - Vote counting began late Thursday in an epic independence referendum that could break up the centuries-old United Kingdom and create Europe's newest state since the collapse of Yugoslavia.

Flags and tartan in Scottish independence leader's home village

Strichen - Flag-waving schoolchildren and tartan caps greeted Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond on Thursday as he voted in the remote farming village he calls home -- where the man who could be the father of independence is just "a nice bloke".

Fiji coup leader heads for historic poll victory

Suva - Coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama was Thursday on the verge of sweeping a historic vote to become Fiji's first elected leader in eight years, as international observers gave the ballot a stamp of approval.

Stay or go? Scotland votes on independence from Britain

Edinburgh - Scotland voted on Thursday in an epic independence referendum that could break up the centuries-old United Kingdom and create Europe's newest state since the collapse of Yugoslavia.

Fiji coup leader surges ahead in election count

Suva - Military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama was on course Thursday to win the South Pacific nation's first election since he staged a bloodless coup in 2006, official data showed.

Scotland braces for historic independence vote

Perth - The campaign for Scotland's independence referendum went down to the wire on the eve of a knife-edge vote on Thursday that will either see Scotland break away from the United Kingdom or gain sweeping new powers.

Fiji returns to democracy with trouble-free vote

Suva - Fijians flocked to vote on Wednesday in the South Pacific nation's first election since a 2006 coup, with officials declaring the poll trouble free and military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama saying he would win.

'No' narrowly leads as Scotland campaign enters final day

Edinburgh - New opinion polls indicated Scotland could narrowly reject independence as the rival campaigns battled into Wednesday, the final day before a historic vote that could split the United Kingdom.

Excitement, tension as Fiji returns to democracy

Suva - There was a mood of optimism tinged with apprehension at Suva's eerily quiet central market Tuesday ahead of the first election for eight years in Fiji -- a South Pacific island nation with a history of coups.

Lula mobbed in Rio, defends govt on Petrobras

Rio De Janeiro - Influential former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday rallied behind successor Dilma Rousseff as she chases re-election next month amid a corruption scandal and weak economy.

Leaders pledge powers in final push before Scottish vote

Aberdeen - The leaders of the three main British parties on Tuesday issued a joint pledge to give the Scottish parliament more powers if voters reject independence, in a final drive to stop the United Kingdom splitting.

Swedish tolerance tested by far-right election advance

Stockholm - Socially liberal Sweden joined other countries in Europe Monday with a sizeable far-right party, one opposed to the Nordic nation's generous refugee policies.

British PM warns Scots against vote for independence

Aberdeen - British Prime Minister David Cameron travelled to Scotland on Monday to urge Scots to vote against independence or face dire consequences in his most forceful speech yet ahead of this week's historic referendum.
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Canadian Tamils taking part in the Dec. 19, 2009 national referendum.
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Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
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Patriotic Candidates of Tamil Eelam (PCTE) running in the May 2nd 2010 Canadian TGTE Election.
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Patriotic Candidates of Tamil Eelam (PCTE) running in the May 2nd 2010 Canadian TGTE Election.
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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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Tamils taking part in the December 19, 2009 national referendum.
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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
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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.
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