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  • Togo president ahead in weekend vote: partial results

    Togo's incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe appeared set for a third term, with partial results from a weekend poll giving him a strong lead, according to election commission figures issued Monday. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) said Gnassingbe had won 62 percent of the vote,…

    AFP
  • Firebrand, survivor face off in UK's wildest election race

    BRADFORD, England (AP) — Naz Shah is running for Parliament, but she is hardly a typical British politician. She grew up in poverty in a Pakistani-immigrant family, fled a teenage forced marriage and campaigned to free her mother, imprisoned for murder after poisoning an abusive partner.

    Associated Press
  • Soccer-Suriname promise to vote for Van Praag in FIFA election

    By Brian Homewood BERNE, April 26 (Reuters) - Suriname have pledged to support Michael van Praag in next month's FIFA presidential election, becoming the first national association to publicly promise their vote to the Dutchman. "I am delighted that John Krishnadath, the president of the Suriname…

    Reuters
  • UK's Labour rules out informal deal with Scots nationalists after UK election

    The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party on Sunday ruled out any informal deal with Scottish nationalists after a May 7 election if his party fails to win an overall majority, something he has previously declined to do. Miliband had already ruled out a formal coalition with the Scottish…

    Reuters
  • Portugal coalition partners to field joint list in upcoming polls

    Leaders of the two parties in Portugal's centre-right coalition government on Saturday announced they would field a single list of candidates to contest this year's parliamentary elections. "This alliance is strong because it can already show the Portuguese how much work has been done," Prime…

    AFP
  • Kasich Weighs Odds, Money in Possible Presidential Run

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich elaborated on his possible presidential run Sunday, saying that he'll decide based on his fundraising outlook and odds of success.

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Alaska is big. Alaska.org wants to show you exactly how big.

    Did you know Alaska is big? The Alaska tourism promotion site Alaska.org is particularly invested in spreading the message that Alaska is big, bigness being a key tourist attraction to the state.

    Vox.com
  • Cameron in election own goal over favourite football team

    Prime Minister David Cameron, fighting to keep power at a general election in two weeks, was left red-faced Saturday after getting the name of his favourite football team wrong. Cameron said he supported West Ham United during a speech, despite previously insisting he was a fan of fellow Premier…

    AFP
  • Kazakh voters had only limited choice in election: OSCE

    Voters in Kazakhstan's early presidential election had only limited choice due to a lack of a genuine opposition and restrictions on freedom of expression, Europe's main security body, the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe, said on Monday. President Nursultan Nazarbayev, in power…

    Reuters
  • Primary colors: Britain chooses artist to chronicle election

    LONDON (AP) — In this era of Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and selfies, Britain's Parliament has taken a step back to the 1700s, choosing an artist armed with pencil and paper to offer insight into the general election campaign.

    Associated Press
  • South Korea's Park accepts PM's resignation in illegal funds scandal

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye accepted the resignation on Monday of her prime minister, who had offered to step down over an allegation that he took illegal funds from a businessman who committed suicide in a scandal that threatens to weaken Park. Park, whose…

    Reuters
  • Just four new female mayors defy Japan's 'womenomics'

    Local elections in Japan produced just four female mayors of the 222 positions up for grabs, results showed Monday, underlining the challenges for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pledge to put women in 30 percent of senior roles by 2020. Nationwide there was an increase by one in the total number of…

    AFP
  • Portugal's ruling coalition agrees election alliance

    By Andrei Khalip LISBON (Reuters) - The leaders of the two parties in Portugal's center-right ruling coalition agreed on Saturday to come up with a single list of candidates in an autumn general election to take on the opposition Socialists, who lead in opinion polls. In the previous election in…

    Reuters
  • Guinea's opposition calls new protests

    Guinea's opposition has called for renewed protests over the country's disputed election timetable in a show of defiance after days of deadly clashes between activists and security forces. The coalition of main opposition parties issued a statement late Saturday saying it was planning "another…

    AFP
  • House rebels blame GOP leaders for falling contributions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As he began his first re-election run in early 2013, tea party Rep. Thomas Massie had no trouble raising money from business interests.

    Associated Press
  • When Will Marijuana Be Legalized Nationwide? Americans' Surprising Answer

    Public opinion suggests that a growing number of Americans would approve of legalizing marijuana. But how long could it take for the U.S. government to actually make sweeping changes to the current marijuana ...

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  • Thai parties receive charter for review, unable to debate it

    By Aukkarapon Niyomyat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's draft constitution went to political parties for review on Monday, but there's a catch - they are forbidden by the junta from meeting to debate the charter. The National Reform Council (NRC) completed a week-long debate on the charter on Sunday,…

    Reuters
  • Burundi president re-election bid lost opportunity: US

    "We regret this significant missed opportunity, but the hard work of building democratic practices and institutions must continue," acting State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, accusing the ruling party of disregarding the term-limit provisions of the Arusha Accords. Burundi only emerged…

    AFP