Spain’s Sánchez considers establishing center-left coalition

Europe 04/26/19, 02:18

Spain's prime minister says he's open to a coalition with an anti-austerity party, hinting for the first time at a possible center-left governing alliance after Sunday's national election.In an interview published Friday by El Pais newspaper, Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez says "it isn't a problem" for the far-left United We ...

Egypt voters approve referendum extending president’s rule

World 04/23/19, 13:09

Voters in Egypt approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030, election officials said Tuesday, a move that critics fear will cement his authoritarian rule eight years after a pro-democracy uprising.El-Sissi led the military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president amid mass protests ...

Voting begins in 3rd phase of India’s national elections

World 04/22/19, 20:58

Indians are voting in the third phase of the general elections with campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party and the opposition marred by bitter accusations and acrimony.The voting for 117 parliamentary seats in 13 states and two Union Territories on Tuesday means polls are half done for ...

India’s millions of young voters can swing national election

World 04/18/19, 04:41

Young Indians could play a crucial role in the ongoing general election in the world's largest democracy.With nearly two-thirds of India's population below 35, and more than 15 million first-time voters aged 18 and 19, young men and women have the power to swing the national vote in any direction.Ambitious, ...

Mass graves from Franco era become Spanish election issue

Europe 04/18/19, 03:33

When archaeologists in Spain unearthed layers of human bones from a mass grave last year, the remains of one body emerged draped in a shirt that had the letters "MG" embroidered on it in red.The initials spoke volumes to Daniel Galán.They sparked hope he would be able to provide a ...

India stops release of biopic on PM Modi ahead of polls

Entertainment 04/10/19, 04:39

Indian election authorities have stopped the release of a Bollywood biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi with national elections scheduled to begin on Thursday.The Election Commission accepted arguments from the Congress party and other opposition parties that the release of the film, "PM Narendra Modi," would give an unfair advantage ...

India’s central bank cuts lending rate to 6%

Business 04/04/19, 06:20

India's central bank cut its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 6% on Thursday, moving to prop up economic growth ahead of a national election next week.The interest rate is what the federal bank charges on lending to commercial banks.Lower interest rates help borrowers, though ...

Experts warn of cyber threats ahead of Israel’s election

World 04/04/19, 01:20

As Israel prepares to hold a national election next week, experts say it is vulnerable to the kind of foreign hacks and cyber campaigns that have disrupted the political process in other countries.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says there is "no country better prepared" to combat election interference. But despite Israel's ...

Italy’s Salvini vows to change Europe after regional win

Europe 03/25/19, 05:01

Italy's center-right, led by Matteo Salvini's League, has wrested control of the small southern region of Basilicata from the center-left Democratic Party that ran the regional government for nearly a quarter of a century.Salvini on Monday touted the victory, saying that the League had tripled the number of votes in ...

Rally in Barcelona against new Spanish far-right party

Europe 03/23/19, 15:27

Several hundred people have marched in Barcelona to protest the emergence of a far-right party in Spain ahead of next month's national elections.The protesters gathered Saturday behind a banner that read "Stop Vox, for a world without racism and fascism" in reference to the upstart Vox party. Others carried handmade ...

Algerians protest, urging President Bouteflika, 82, to quit

Europe 03/22/19, 08:39

Thousands of Algerians are demonstrating in the major cities of the oil-rich North African country, demanding the resignation of ailing, 82-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.The number of protesters was much smaller than predicted by organizers, however, as rain appeared to dampen attendance on the fifth straight Friday since nationwide anti-Bouteflika protests ...

Pakistan standoff helps India’s Modi shift focus from jobs

World 03/14/19, 23:23

A standoff with nuclear rival Pakistan appears to have given Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a boost ahead of national elections set to begin in April.After a suicide bombing killed 40 soldiers in Indian-controlled Kashmir, India's air force launched a strike on an alleged terrorist training camp inside Pakistan.The crisis ...

7-phased voting for India’s national election in April, May

World 03/10/19, 08:04

India's Election Commission announced Sunday that the upcoming national election will be held in seven phases in April and May, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party seeks a second term.About 900 million people are eligible to vote in a staggered process that allows the government to deploy tens ...

Estonians head to polls with populist party seen rising

Europe 03/03/19, 02:21

Estonians have started voting in a parliamentary election in the small Baltic nation in a ballot where Prime Minister Juri Ratas and his Center Party are pitted against the center-right opposition Reform Party and where populists are seen making inroads.Sunday's vote in the NATO and the European Union member of ...

Estonians kick off online voting for March election

Europe 02/21/19, 13:16

Balloting has started for next month's general election in Estonia, an online voting pioneer, amid tight protective measures a day after Microsoft warned that hackers linked to Russia had allegedly targeted democratic institutions in Europe.Kristi Kirsberg, media adviser to Estonia's electoral committee, said Thursday that the Baltic country — the ...

South Africa leader in national speech looks toward election

World 02/07/19, 12:45

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation address said Thursday the country had begun to recover from "a period of uncertainty and a loss of confidence and trust" under his scandal-ridden successor.His speech to parliament comes three months before national elections that are seen by many ...

Israel’s Netanyahu takes aim at media in webcast

World 02/03/19, 09:58

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced the launch of a new weekly webcast to "get rid of the fake from the news" ahead of national elections in April. In a video shared on social media Saturday, Netanyahu told a host that the webcast will "only cover the reality, and I ...

Bangladesh deploys soldiers ahead of next Sunday’s elections

World 12/24/18, 05:49

Thousands of army soldiers are being deployed across Bangladesh to provide security and help conduct national elections next Sunday.The deployment began early Monday and the soldiers will be on duty until Jan. 2, the military's public relations office said.The soldiers are setting up camps in 389 areas and navy personnel ...

Facebook shuts down fake Bangladesh news sites ahead of vote

World 12/20/18, 07:31

Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections, an official from the social media platform said ThursdayThe sites — nine Facebook pages designed to mimic legitimate news outlets, as well as six fake personal accounts spreading anti-opposition ...

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s party loses key state elections

World 12/12/18, 02:04

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party has suffered an embarrassing defeat in three state elections in its Hindu stronghold just months before national elections.According to results announced by the Election Commission on Wednesday, the opposition Congress party was a clear winner in Chhattisgarh state, and fell one seat ...

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