U.S. urges Sudan's military to step aside, make way for civilian-led transition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Thursday called on Sudan’s military to step aside and make way for a peaceful civilian-led transition, as protesters in Khartoum kept up demands for the country’s transitional military council to hand over power to civilians. “The will of the Sudanese people is clear: it is time to move toward a transitional government […]

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Indonesia's election: what you need to know

Indonesians voted in the world’s biggest single-day election across the sprawling equatorial archipelago on Wednesday following a six-month campaign to choose a new president and parliament. President Joko Widodo, a former furniture salesman who launched his political career as a small-city mayor, is standing for re-election in a contest with ex-general Prabowo Subianto, whom he narrowly defeated in 2014. The […]

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Mutual friends and borrowed cars: how Ukraine's would-be leader is linked to tycoon

KIEV (Reuters) – Volodymyr Zelenskiy, front runner to be the next Ukrainian president, has connections to one of the country’s wealthiest tycoons that are undermining his image as an insurgent who will sweep aside the powerful moneyed elite. Presenting himself as an anti-establishment outsider backed by spontaneous grass-roots support, Zelenskiy won the first round of voting last month, and opinion […]

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Appeals and recounts spark frustration as Istanbul vote count enters third week

ANKARA (Reuters) – Electoral officials ordered a second recount of votes in an east Istanbul district on Monday, after two weeks of appeals by President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party against results showing it had narrowly lost control of Turkey’s largest city. Repeated AKP challenges to the initial results have led to growing frustration among supporters of the main opposition CHP, […]

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Big numbers turn out for first day of India's giant election

MUZAFFARNAGAR, India (Reuters) – Indians turned out in big numbers to vote in the first phase of a mammoth general election on Thursday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a second term after campaigning on his national security record amid tensions with rival Pakistan. Reuters reporters saw long queues outside many polling stations. The Election Commission said voters were also […]

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Powerful Israeli religious parties may prevent needed budget restraint after election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties did well in Israel’s national election and will likely bring hefty demands for more government payouts to coalition talks, making it harder for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to rein in a growing budget deficit. Two religious parties, often political kingmakers in the past, were projected to win a combined 16 of 120 seats in […]

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India's Modi rides nationalist fervor ahead of election starting on Thursday

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s prime minister is rallying his nationalist base as the world’s biggest democracy begins a general election on Thursday, but it has become tighter than anticipated, thanks to dwindling incomes for farmers and scarce jobs. Polls predict Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) alliance will just win a parliamentary majority, a sharp drop from his commanding […]

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Israeli election: Far-right, pro-cannabis libertarian may be kingmaker

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – His political platform might be just a pipe dream – a heady mix of pot legalization and biblical temple reconstruction – but far-right candidate Moshe Feiglin could be a kingmaker in Israel’s election on Tuesday. Drawing support from alienated young voters, Feiglin’s new Zehut party has surged in the polls, which predict it could capture up to […]

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Thai police summon anti-junta politician on sedition charge after disputed election

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai police summoned a prominent anti-junta politician on Wednesday to answer a sedition complaint, a police document showed, a charge rising star Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit called politically motivated after a disputed election. The sedition complaint – the second criminal case opened against Thanathorn since he formed the Future Forward Party last year – dates back to 2015 and […]

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