Elections

  • Finland's euro skeptics may come second in election: YLE forecast

    HELSINKI (Reuters) - The euro skeptic and anti-immigration Finns Party, formerly known as True Finns, may come second in Sunday's general election, according to an updated forecast by state broadcaster YLE. Based on 92.7 percent of votes, the opposition Centre Party won the election with 48 seats.…

    Reuters
  • Finnish opposition Centre seen winning election

    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. If the results were to be confirmed, Centre Party leader Juha Sipila, a 53-year-old IT millionaire and newcomer…

    AFP
  • Spain's latest political upstart rides high on message of moderation

    By Julien Toyer, Inmaculada Sanz and Carlos Ruano BARCELONA (Reuters) - Albert Rivera, the 35-year-old leader of upstart political party Ciudadanos, has become Spain’s best-rated politician by cutting through his country’s increasingly volatile politics with a simple message: moderation. Though it…

    Reuters
  • French far-right patriarch Le Pen leaves hospital

    The elderly founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has been discharged from hospital after a short stint for a heart problem, a source close to the former party leader said Sunday. The source said Le Pen was at home, without specifying when exactly he had been discharged…

    AFP
  • West Virginia's Joe Manchin says he'll run again for Senate

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said on Sunday that he will run for re-election in 2018 rather than make a return bid for governor next year, saying he believes he can have the greatest impact by staying in Washington.

    Associated Press
  • Clinton Patches Up Relations With Liberals During Beginning Of Campaign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — This time, Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to be on liberals' good side.As a presidential candidate in 2008, she opposed gay marriage, equivocated on granting driver's licenses to people who were living in the U.S. illegally and endured heavy criticism from rival Barack Obama over…

    Huffington Post
  • Soccer-Rivals claim Pakistan body election was not held

    The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) found itself mired in a messy power struggle over Friday's election of its largest regional body with a rival group claiming voting never took place. Sardar Naveed Haider has been elected to head the Punjab Football Association (PFA) until 2019, PFF president…

    Reuters
  • Burundi charges 65 protesters with rebellion

    Burundi has charged 65 protestors with rebellion after they were arrested during clashes with police while calling for the president not to seek re-election, a prosecutor said. Tensions are high with opposition parties concerned at incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza's expected bid for…

    AFP
  • India's enigmatic Gandhi fires up opposition at farmers rally

    By Nigam Prusty and Ratnajyoti Dutta NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Rahul Gandhi led a large farmers rally on Sunday that focused rural anger toward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies, in the first public appearance in months for the elusive scion of the country's most famous political family.…

    Reuters
  • S.Africa's main opposition party may get first black leader

    The charismatic black parliamentary leader of South Africa's Democratic Alliance (DA) on Saturday announced he would campaign for the leadership of the historically white opposition party. Born in the black township of Soweto, outside Africa's economic hub Johannesburg, Mmusi Maimane, 34, is seen…

    Reuters
  • GOP Presidential Contenders Face Off In New Hampshire

    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — The Republican Party's most ambitious stormed into New Hampshire on Friday for an early state showdown that highlighted the diversity, political challenges and sheer size of the GOP's 2016 presidential class.Nearly 20 Republican White House prospects were on the program for a…

    Huffington Post
  • Finnish opposition leader declares victory in election

    HELSINKI (AP) — Juha Sipila declared his opposition Center Party the winner of Finland's parliamentary election Sunday and will become the country's new prime minister at the head of a coalition government.

    Associated Press
  • Paul, Graham clash on foreign-policy on U.S. campaign trail

    By Andy Sullivan NASHUA, N.H. (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopefuls Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham took their debate over America's role in the world from the U.S. Senate floor to the campaign trail on Saturday in an early sign that foreign policy is likely to be a flash point in the 2016…

    Reuters
  • Fiorina says she'd neutralize Clinton's gender arguments

    Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the "gender card" in the 2016 presidential race. But to do so, Fiorina is taking ...

    Associated Press
  • Sen. Joe Manchin running for reelection to the Senate

    The West Virginia Democrat said on "Face the Nation" Sunday he will not run for West Virginia governor in 2016

    CBS News
  • Dissidents on the ballot in historic Cuba vote

    Cubans are voting in local elections Sunday featuring two opposition candidates who could become the island's first non-Communist elected officials in decades. Dissidents Hildebrando Chaviano, a 65-year old lawyer, and Yuniel Lopez, a 26-year old computer scientist, already have made history by…

    AFP
  • Indian farmers protest gov't plans to ease land acquisition

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of flag-waving farmers rallied in India's capital Sunday to protest a government plan to ease rules for obtaining land for industry and development projects.

    Associated Press
  • Campaign begins in Arizona to make recreational marijuana legal

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Advocates for legalizing marijuana launched a petition campaign in Phoenix on Friday seeking a ballot measure that could make Arizona the fifth U.S. state to allow possession, cultivation and consumption of small amounts of pot for recreational use. Supporters…

    Reuters