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Kuwaitis Vote in Poll Boycotted by Opposition

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The polls have closed in a divisive Kuwaiti election held under a new electoral law that triggered an opposition boycott. Witnesses say turnout Saturday appeared lighter than usual in several districts. Voters were choosing candidates for all 50 of the Gulf emirate’s parliament seats. The opposition said the vote favors supporters of the Western-backed emir, […]

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Kuwaitis Vote in Poll Boycotted by Opposition

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Kuwaitis voted Saturday in a divisive parliamentary election held under a new electoral law that triggered an opposition boycott. Witnesses say turnout appeared lighter than usual in several districts. Voters were choosing candidates for all 50 of the Gulf emirate’s parliament seats. The opposition said the vote favors supporters of the Western-backed emir, Sheikh Sabah […]

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Nationalists Make Gains in Spain’s Catalonia

Posted November 26th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Nationalist parties in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia won local parliamentary elections Sunday, but failed to get a mandate for a referendum on independence. Official results show the majority of seats will go to nationalist parties, but the alliance of incumbent regional president and pro-independence candidate Artur Mas fell short of a majority in the […]

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Nationalists Win Parliamentary Election in Spain’s Catalonia

Posted November 25th, 2012 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Official results from local parliamentary elections in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia show the majority of seats will go to nationalist parties that favor independence from Spain. Returns from Sunday’s vote show the national alliance of incumbent regional president and pro-independence candidate Artur Mas fell short of a majority, taking just 50 seats in the […]

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Nationalists Take Election Lead in Spain’s Catalonia

Posted November 25th, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Exit polls from elections in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia show the majority of local parliamentary seats will go to nationalist parties that favor independence from Spain. Early returns from Sunday’s vote show the national alliance of incumbent regional president and pro-independence candidate Artur Mas has taken at least 48 seats in the 135-seat parliament, […]

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Spain’s Catalonia Holds Snap Election

Posted November 25th, 2012 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Polls have opened in Spain’s wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia to choose 135 regional parliamentary seats. The Sunday election is viewed as a possible referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain. Incumbent regional president and pro-independence candidate Artur Mas told members of his Convergence and Union Party last week that independence is within sight. If he […]

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Ukraine’s Parliament Calls for Partial Re-vote

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s parliament Tuesday called for a new election in five disputed districts as hundreds continue to rally in the capital Kyiv against alleged vote-rigging in favor of the ruling party. Lawmakers passed the unbinding resolution Tuesday at the recommendation of election authorities. Ukraine’s Central Election Commission said Monday that five single-seat constituencies failed to comply […]

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Ukraine Orders Partial Vote Re-run

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s outgoing parliament has ordered a partial re-run of voting in five disputed districts despite claims by the opposition that it won those seats. A nonbinding resolution was passed by parliament Tuesday after a call by the Central Election Commission declaring that the vote tally violated Ukrainian law and the country’s constitution. The opposition accuses […]

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Ukrainian Election Officials Call For Partial Vote Recount

Posted November 5th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Election officials in Ukraine have called for a recount of ballots cast in several districts during last month’s vote, after the opposition threatened to boycott the country’s new parliament over alleged vote-rigging. Some 2,000 protesters gathered outside the Central Election Commission building in Kyiv on Monday. Police clashed with protesters but there was no major […]

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Egypt’s Coptics Choose New Pope

Posted November 4th, 2012 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s Coptic Christian Church has chosen a new pope. Bishop Tawadros became the new head the church early Sunday when a blindfolded boy picked his name from a transparent container in a ceremony at Cairo’s Coptic Cathedral. Bishop Tawadros, who is 60 years old, succeeds Pope Shenouda the Third who died in March at the […]

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