MADRID (AP) — A far-right party is making political waves in Spain by advocating looser gun control laws and recruiting retired military officers as candidates in a parliamentary election next...
Finland’s center-right government resigns
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila's center-right government resigned Friday after the governing coalition failed to agree on and push through a planned social and...
BEIRUT (AP) — A top U.S. State Department official visiting Lebanon said Tuesday that the new government in Beirut needs to make tough decisions as it tackles widespread corruption and a crumbling...
Polish leader says adopting euro is not the priority
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish government's priority is not to adopt the common European currency, the euro, but to raise people's earnings to Western European levels, the prime minister said...
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Tiny Estonia has become the latest European country with a political landscape reshaped by a populist party promising national survival in an age of globalism, a...
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The Latest on Estonia's general election (all times local):
Preliminary results from Estonia's parliamentary election show a center-right party that...
Moldova set for coalition discussions after election
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — No party secured a majority in Moldova parliamentary elections, near final results showed Monday, a development that leaves the former Soviet republic in limbo between...
Early results: No party secures majority in Moldova ballot
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Near-final results from Sunday's parliamentary elections in Moldova showed no party secured a majority, a result that could leave the former Soviet republic in limbo...
Moldova parliamentary ballot: what’s at stake?
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — More than three million Moldovans are eligible to vote in parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine. They will...
Russian opens money laundering probe involving Moldova
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Interior Ministry says that it has launched a money laundering probe involving the influential leader of Moldova's Democratic Party, just two days before parliamentary...
AP interview: Moldova president says country needs Russia
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's president said Thursday the former Soviet republic needs good relations with Russia, amid uncertainty about the future of the European Union.
Microsoft detects hacking targeting Europe democracy groups
LONDON (AP) — A hacking group has targeted European democratic institutions including think tanks and non-profit groups ahead of highly anticipated EU parliamentary elections in May, Microsoft...
Libyans, to varying degrees, celebrate 2011 uprising
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyans on Sunday celebrated the eighth anniversary of their 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi, with a varying intensity of festivities underscoring the split between the country's east and west.
Afghanistan probes election commissions after firings
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's attorney general has launched an investigation into allegations that the Independent Election Commission and a separate complaints commission misused their authority during last year's parliamentary elections.
The October elections were marred by chaos, and the full results have yet to be announced. The government announced the investigation on Wednesday, a day after it fired the 12 members of both commissions and barred them from leaving the country.
Thai princess’ political bid sunk by her brother, the king
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's chaotic politics took two astonishing turns Friday when the sister of the king made a historic bid to become prime minister, only to have him shut down her effort as "inappropriate" because it violated tradition and the constitution, which keep the monarchy from getting involved in politics.
Lebanon factions form government, ending nine-month deadlock
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese political factions agreed Thursday to form a new government, breaking a nine-month deadlock that only deepened the country' economic woes.
Rival political groups had been locked in disagreement over the make-up of a new government since May, after the country's first parliamentary elections in nine years.
EU urges internet giants to work harder fighting fake news
LONDON (AP) — European Union authorities warned leading tech companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter on Tuesday that they need to work harder to combat fake news ahead of upcoming bloc-wide parliamentary elections.
The EU's executive commissioners said that while the U.S. internet giants have made some progress, they need to pick up the pace of their work fighting disinformation and if their efforts are unsatisfactory, they could face regulation.
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The Latest: Withdrawals, violence mar Bangladesh vote
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The Latest on parliamentary elections in Bangladesh (all times local):
A general election marred by violence in Bangladesh is drawing criticism of a vote seen as a referendum on what the opposition calls Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's increasingly authoritarian tendencies.
Opposition alliance leader Kamal Hossain is calling Sunday's vote "farcical," and vows rejection of results.
Bangladesh opposition leader expects victory if vote is fair
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — When the founding leader of Bangladesh, father of current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was assassinated in 1975 after helping achieve independence from Pakistan, then-Foreign Minister Kamal Hossain abandoned a state visit in Europe to rush to her side.
Now Hossain, 82, is helming a popular opposition against Hasina that aims to prevent his former Awami League party from maintaining its hold on Bangladesh in Sunday's parliamentary elections.
Fears of intimidation, violence as Bangladesh set to vote
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — As Bangladeshis get set to vote in Sunday's parliamentary elections, there are fears that violence and intimidation could keep many away from the polls, including two opposition candidates who said police had barricaded them inside their homes.
Under the decade-long leadership of Sheikh Hasina, whose ruling party hopes to retain power in the elections, Bangladesh's economy has grown by more than 6 percent annually, lifting millions out of extreme poverty.
Palestinian president to dissolve parliament, Hamas irate
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged on Saturday to implement a court ruling and dissolve the parliament controlled by his rival Hamas movement, triggering warnings of chaos from the Islamic militant group.
Abbas' announcement is the latest in a series of bitter splits and rivalries between his Fatah party and Hamas, which began in 2007 when Hamas routed his forces and took over Gaza, keeping his rule limited to parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Swedish intelligence saw no foreign election meddling
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's domestic intelligence agency says foreign powers didn't carry out any comprehensive campaign to influence the Swedish parliamentary elections three months ago.
SAPO head Klas Friberg says, however, that "foreign power exerts influence on Sweden in the long term."
Report: Iran sentences 3 rights lawyers to prison
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has sentenced two human rights lawyers to six years in prison and a third to 13 years, newspapers reported Tuesday.
The Arman daily said Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi and Arash Keikhosravi were sentenced to five years in prison for taking part in an "illegal gathering" and one year for "propaganda" against the ruling system. It says they can appeal the verdict.
Moldova election campaign starts, some fear Russia influence
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's parliamentary election campaign began Monday amid concerns that Russia is seeking to influence the results in the former Soviet republic.
Citizens will vote on Feb. 24 ballot for the 101-seat legislature that is currently controlled by a broadly pro-European coalition.
Armenia premier’s bloc winning vote, early returns show
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Early returns from Armenia's snap parliamentary election Sunday show the country's new prime minister's bloc with a commanding lead — an outcome that would help further consolidate his power.
The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian took office in May after spearheading massive protests that forced his predecessor to step down. Pashinian has pushed for early vote to win control of a parliament that was dominated by his political foes.
Armenians set to cast ballots in snap parliamentary vote
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenians are set to vote in a snap parliamentary election this Sunday that is expected to cement the rule of the new prime minister who spearheaded the massive protests earlier this year that forced the resignation of his predecessor.
The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian, who took office in May, pushed for the elections in a bid to win control of a parliament that was dominated by his political foes.
Libya to vote on new constitution before February
BANGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The chairman of Libya's elections commission said Thursday that the beleaguered North African nation will hold a referendum on a new constitution before the end of February.
The announcement by Emad Al-Sayeh signals a small step toward restoring unity and political stability after years of chaos that followed the 2011 uprising. But authorities have yet to agree on a date or mechanism for presidential or parliamentary elections, and the security situation remains volatile.
Pakistan PM promises whistleblower law to combat corruption
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's recently elected prime minister says his government will introduce a new law that will reward whistleblowers who help authorities identify corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and private citizens who stash money in Pakistan and in foreign banks.
Imran Khan made his remarks Thursday as he completed his first 100 days in office after July's parliamentary elections.
EU blocks aid to Moldova over democratic concerns
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — The European Union will suspend 100 million euros ($114 million) of aid to Moldova over concerns about its democracy and the slow pace of reforms in the former Soviet republic.
Peter Michalko, head of the EU delegation in Moldova, said Tuesday the funds would be frozen partly due to a June mayoral election in the capital that was invalidated.
Defense chief’s resignation pushes Israel toward election
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister on Wednesday abruptly resigned to protest a new cease-fire with Hamas militants in Gaza, throwing the government into turmoil and pushing the country toward an early election.
Avigdor Lieberman's decision was ostensibly a show of anger over Tuesday's informal truce with Israel's Hamas enemies. But in many ways, it was the opening round of a new political campaign.
Lebanese premier accuses Hezbollah of blocking government
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister-designate on Tuesday accused Hezbollah of hindering the formation of a new government six months after parliamentary elections were held, a reflection of growing tensions amid serious concerns over the country's faltering economy.
Bahrain arrests man for tweets critical of upcoming election
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's state-run news agency says prosecutors have detained and charged a man for tweets critical of the country's upcoming parliamentary elections.
A government agency tasked with monitoring the internet informed prosecutors that the man, who was not publicly identified, had posted tweets dissuading voters from participation in the Nov. 24 elections. The Bahrain News Agency reported Tuesday the tweets sought to "hamper the democratic process."
UN says way forward in volatile Libya is National Conference
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Conflict-wracked Libya is caught in a destructive cycle "fueled by personal ambition and the nation's stolen wealth" — and the way forward begins with a National Conference in early 2019, the U.N. envoy said Thursday.
Utah mayor’s widow: ‘Fitting’ his body in US on Election Day
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Delaware (AP) — The grief-stricken widow of a Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan paid tribute to her husband on Election Day by urging Americans to get out and vote and carry on his legacy in fighting for democracy.
The body of North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor was returned to American solo after the Army National Guard major was shot to death last weekend by an Afghan commando he was training.
Polish ruling party chief puts best face on election results
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's populist ruling party on Tuesday hailed its showing in local elections as an "all-out victory" despite the party's failure to win mayoral races in any of Poland's large cities.
In an apparent face-saving measure, Jaroslaw Kaczynski said "our victory is not subject to the slightest doubt" and called the results a good sign for his Law and Justice party in next year's parliamentary elections.
UN documents civilian casualties during recent election
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A United Nations report released Tuesday found that 56 civilians were killed and 379 others wounded in attacks during Afghanistan's recent parliamentary election.
Fifty-two civilians were killed and 339 others were wounded in election day violence, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan report said. The rest were killed or wounded in the days that followed when delayed polling took place in some provinces.
IS claims suicide bombing near Kabul election office, 1 dead
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing targeting the Afghan election commission's office in Kabul on Monday killed a police officer and wounded five people, the police said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest surrounding Afghanistan's embattled parliamentary election process.
Afghans vote in south Kandahar’s delayed elections
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Security was tight throughout southern Kandahar on Saturday as voters waited hours in line to cast their ballots in parliamentary elections that were delayed in the province by one week after an attack by an elite guard killed two top government officials, including a powerful provincial police chief.
Vote count begins after chaotic Afghan elections
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities have begun counting votes after chaotic parliamentary elections marred by violence, technical glitches and unprecedented delays, the election commission said Monday.
Center-left party to rule Bhutan after elections victory
NEW DELHI (AP) — The center-left Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa party has won the most seats in Parliamentary elections in Bhutan, a South Asian country in the eastern Himalayan mountain range with a population of around 800,000 people.
The Election Commission of Bhutan says the party had won 30 National Assembly seats and the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa party had secured 17 seats in Oct. 18 elections.
The commission says that turnout was about 71 percent with about 313,000 eligible voters casting a ballot.
Exit poll: Polish populists lead local votes, support down
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The governing populist party, which has repeatedly clashed with European Union institutions, was the top vote winner in local elections Sunday, according to an exit poll, but it was headed to lower support than it got in Poland's 2015 parliamentary elections.
Afghans vote for 2nd day amid violence, technical issues
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's second day of parliamentary elections marred by violence and delays caused by technical issues came to a close as a roadside bomb on Sunday brought the death toll over the past two days to over 50, including several children.
Kurdish party behind referendum wins regional polls in Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi Kurdish party behind last year's ill-fated independence referendum has won the most seats in parliamentary elections held in the autonomous Kurdish region, authorities said Sunday.
The elections commission says the Kurdistan Democratic Party won 45 seats, 12 short of an outright majority in the 111-seat body.
The Latest: Amid violence, Afghan elections draw to a close
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on Afghanistan's parliamentary elections, which were extended into a second day after technical issues led to hours of delays at voting stations (all times local):
The Independent Elections Commission chairman has announced the end of two days of parliamentary elections across the country.
Abdul Badi Sayat congratulated voters for turning out, saying that around 4 million people cast their votes at some 4576 polling centers.
Violence, confusion surround Afghan parliamentary elections
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in eight years suffered from violence and chaos Saturday, with a multitude of attacks killing at least 36 people, key election workers failing to show up and many polling stations staying open hours later than scheduled to handle long lines of voters.
The Latest: Suicide blast kills 3 at Afghan polling station
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on parliamentary elections in Afghanistan (all times local):
Police say a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a polling station in a school in the northern Kabul neighborhood of Khair Khana, the first major attack in Saturday's parliamentary elections. A doctor treating the wounded said three people were killed and six wounded.
US commander confident in ability of Afghan security forces
WASHINGTON (AP) — The assassination of Afghan leaders in Kandahar province won't lessen U.S. support for the war in Afghanistan or deter local security forces in the fight against the Taliban, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East said Saturday.
Gen. Joseph Votel said the U.S. was "pretty confident that the Afghans will be able to maintain the situation down" in Kandahar.