Elections

  • Former Belgian premier Leo Tindemans dies at 92

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Former Belgian Prime Minister Leo Tindemans, whose record support in European elections earned him the nickname "Mr. Europe", died on Friday at the age of 92. Tindemans was a Christian Democrat politician who led two Belgian governments in the 1970s. He resigned in 1978 after…

    Reuters
  • Germany warns Greece over reforms as radical left rises

    Germany's finance minister warned Greece that any new government must respect commitments made by its predecessor, as the country moved closer to early elections that EU officials fear would be won by a radical leftist party. Wolfgang Schaeuble spoke after German lawmakers last week backed plans to…

    AFP
  • Bernie Sanders will decide on a presidential run by March

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has long considered a 2016 presidential candidacy. On Friday, he told The Associated Press he'd decide by March.

    The Week (RSS)
  • Hall of Fame candidate breakdown: Lee Smith

    For the next several days, we at Eye On Baseball will be breaking down the cases of each candidate on the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot for 2015. Up now is Lee Smith ... Though the new rules on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot limit players to 10 years, Lee Smith has been grandfathered in under the…

    CBS Sports
  • Midwestern governors build credentials for 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One group of potential candidates for president probably won't be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. They'll be hunkered down in statehouses across the Midwest, pushing bills through their legislatures.

    Associated Press
  • Haiti leader names Evans Paul as new prime minister

    Port-au-Prince (AFP) - Haitian President Michel Martelly named veteran politician Evans Paul prime minister to lead a new government, as he seeks to defuse a crisis over long-delayed elections. Thursday's announcement followed the resignation of Laurent Lamothe from the post earlier this month in…

    AFP
  • Democrats optimistic on 2016 presidential chances

    ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House.

    Associated Press
  • Myanmar city to hold rare but 'flawed' polls

    Myanmar's main city is poised to go to the polls on Saturday for the first municipal vote in six decades, but observers warn the process is riddled with flaws and could cast a shadow over crucial 2015 general elections. For many the ballot in Yangon, home to more than five million people, will…

    AFP
  • Croatia's piano-playing president tipped to retain post

    Croatia's piano playing president Ivo Josipovic is tipped to lead the field when voters in the European Union's newest member vote on Sunday, as the country struggles with severe economic crisis. Josipovic, a popular politician and former law professor who won office on an anti-corruption ticket,…

    AFP
  • Tiananmen dissident delays bid to run for lawmaker in Taiwan

    A leading dissident who fled China after pro-democracy protests were crushed in 1989 said Friday he will postpone plans to stand for Taiwan's parliament by a year. Wuer Kaixi, who has been barred from the mainland since fleeing after the bloody Tiananmen crackdown and has been living in exile in…

    AFP
  • Bernie Sanders: I'll Decide On Presidential Run By March

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the debate to the left. "I don't want to do it…

    Huffington Post
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  • Ivory Coast's ex-first lady on trial

    The trial has begun in Ivory Coast of the ex-first lady, Simone Gbagbo, for her alleged role in post-election violence five years ago. The wife of former President Laurent Gbagbo has been charged along with 82 supporters of her husband. Mr Gbagbo is awaiting trial at the International Criminal…

    BBC News
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    Veteran Politician Evans Paul Nominated for Prime Minister of Haiti

    Former Port-au-Prince mayor and veteran politician Evans Paul was nominated as prime minister by President Michel Martelly on Thursday in the latest attempt to resolve a political crisis over long-delayed elections in Haiti. Paul, who rose to political prominence in the 1990s as an ally of…

    Wochit
  • Parties assess variables looking at 2016 map

    A look at some key factors as the 2016 presidential race begins to take shape:

    Associated Press
  • Can GOP shatter 'Obama coalition' in 2016?

    ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House.

    Associated Press
  • Haiti political veteran nominated as next prime minister

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A former mayor of Port-au-Prince and presidential candidate was nominated Thursday to be the next prime minister amid an ongoing standoff with parliament that has stalled legislative elections.

    Associated Press
  • Can UKIP build on its successes in 2014?

    It was the year the UK Independence Party made its long-awaited breakthrough in Westminster, but the party continues to divide opinion, even in its leader Nigel Farage's own backyard. "2014, for me, is certainly the year UKIP started to come of age," Mr Carswell told the BBC.

    BBC News