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Iraq’s Next PM? Ahmed Chalabi, Chief Peddler of False WMDs, Meets U.S. Officials as Maliki Falters

The New York Times revealed the U.S. ambassador in Iraq, Robert Beecroft, and the State Department’s top official in Iraq, Brett McGurk, recently met with the controversial Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi, who has been described as a potential candidate to replace al-Maliki. Chalabi is the former head of the Iraqi National Congress, a CIA-funded Iraqi exile group that strongly pushed for the 2003 U.S. invasion. The INC helped drum up pre-war claims that Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction and had links to al-Qaeda. The group provided bogus intelligence to the Bush administration, U.S. lawmakers and journalists.

Tensions mount over Afghan vote, protest held in Kabul

Protesters gathered in the Afghan capital Saturday in support of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah's accusation of vote fraud, and his call for the organizers to stop counting the ballots from the run-off election held a week ago.

Sisi enthroned, Morsi jailed

The outcome of the election in Egypt hasn’t surprised anyone. General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, former chief of mukhabarat (intelligence) and defence minister, has taken over as Egypt’s president.

Israeli president, PM congratulate president-elect El-Sisi

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Egypt`s president-elect, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, via a phone call on Friday, according to El-Sisi`s official Facebook page.

Syria slams EU over presidential elections' remarks

Syria's Foreign Ministry on Saturday slammed as "flagrant violation" the European Union's statement on the Syrian presidential elections, in which the EU described the vote as "illegitimate".

Hezbollah: Syria vote proves no solution without Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's re-election this week proves that any solution to the country's conflict "begins and ends" with the embattled leader, Lebanon's Hezbollah chief said on Friday.

Celebratory gunfire as Assad wins election by ‘landslide’

Celebratory gunfire rang out in Syria and Lebanon Wednesday after President Bashar Assad was declared the winner of Tuesday’s presidential election in a landslide, capturing 88.7 percent of the vote.

Forming coalition government with opposition in Syria after polls possible

It is possible that a coalition government with the opposition may be formed in Syria after presidential elections, presidential special envoy for the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Tuesday.

The West’s Weaponization of Democracy: Elections Pushed Ahead in Ukraine, Obstructed in Syria, So Mass Murder Can Continue

Early polls began for Syria’s presidential election, as the country begins turning the tide against foreign-backed terrorists and restoring order throughout much of the country. It was impossible for the Western media to cover up tens of thousands of Syrians around the world queuing up in impressive numbers to cast their votes in support of both President Bashar al-Assad and other candidates participating in the election. Despite eagerness to vote, the US, UK, EU, and others have decided to condemn the elections and even go as far as obstructing overseas polling.

Greeks live in 'nightmare' amid job drought, withheld pay

Greece's main opposition party, critical of the EU's austerity policies, went thundering to the top of recent elections. Large numbers of unemployed people are looking to the political left for change.

Grecian Earn: Greeks live in 'nightmare' amid job drought, withheld pay

74 killed in post-election wave of Iraq attacks

A post-election wave of attacks across Iraq, including car bombings in Baghdad and a northern city, killed at least 74 people, officials said.

‘Political earthquake’: Eurosceptics surge in EU elections

The European parliamentary elections have drawn to a close bringing major gains for both Eurosceptic and Far Right movements. The results have dealt a blow to governments, with the French PM even calling the result "a political earthquake.”

Catalonia separatist party wins EU vote in Spain

Catalonia’s pro-independence party has won Spain’s European Parliamentary elections as the ruling party loses ground in the vote across the country.

Poroshenko has tough road ahead after winning Ukrainian election

According to exit polls Ukraine has elected a new president, Pyotr Poroshenko. A billionaire, called 'Chocolate King' because of his candy company, although he also has media assets. His fortune is estimated at around 1.6 billion dollars.

'Poroshenko has tough road ahead after winning Ukrainian election'

Ukraine's Chocolate King still leading in president polls after 25.85% of votes counted

Ukrainian presidential nominee Petro Poroshenko is leading with 54.08% of votes after the country’s Central Election Committee (CEC) had counted 25.85% of votes.

The Chocolate King Who Would Be President

Ukraine just had a revolution to oust sleazy oligarchs. Why is it about to elect one as its leader?

UKIP riding high on results of local elections

With almost all the results from Thursday's local council elections across England declared, UKIP has exceeded expectations by gaining 184 seats. Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, described his party as putting in a solid performance across the country although he acknowledged it was weaker in London. 

Russian journalists being banned entry to Ukraine to cover presidential election

A range of Russian news journalists from different outlets, including RT’s Spanish and Arabic news crews, accredited to cover the upcoming presidential election in Ukraine on May 25, were denied to entry to the country without explanation.

Kiev’s plans to hold national poll May 25 are phony act - Russian Foreign Minister

"These statements appear to be especially cynical against amid Kiev’s ongoing army operation against its own people”, the ministry said.

Iraqi people vote despite threats from militants

Iraqis have gone to polling stations across the country to vote for a new parliament despite threats from al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Hollande humbled after drubbing in French elections

The French president Francois Hollande has addressed the nation after a humiliating round of local elections which saw his Socialist Party trounced by the centre-right UMP party on the weekend. VoR's Brendan Cole spoke to the Paris-based political commentator Gérard Carreyrou.

Libya unravels despite elections

Despite attempts by the Libyan government to steady the troubled country on the path to democracy, signs of malaise are everywhere.

EU ministers link GM crops approval to future elections

Leading EU agricultural nations remain steadfast in their battle against GM crops. Dozen national European ministers warn against approving GM maize and forebode protest voting during the next EU parliamentary elections in May.

Tokyo residents vote to choose new governor

Voters in Tokyo have gone to the polls to elect a new governor in a race widely seen as a popular verdict on the use of nuclear power.

Selling Candidates: It's all about marketing - Ex-Obama CTO

Elections have always been a spectacle in the US and no expense is spared to get candidates elected. And as Obama's campaign team demonstrated, modern technologies and social media are the latest weapons in the battle for an edge. How are these new tools changing the way we elect candidates and exercise democracy? How can they be harnessed to keep those we elect accountable?

Harper Reed, the former CTO for the Obama 2012 campaign, discusses these issues.

Selling Candidates:  It's all about marketing - Ex-Obama CTO

Euro-skeptic Farage tops poll ahead of elections

The UK Independence Party has managed to win over the hearts of the majority of the British public - that's according to a recent poll.

UKIP Hooray! Euro-skeptic Farage tops poll ahead of elections

Bangladeshis head to polls amid violence

At least eleven people have been killed in clashes between police and opposition supporters who set up to 100 polling stations on fire in a bid to disrupt general elections that threaten to deepen the crisis in the South Asian nation.

Bangladeshis head to polls amid violence

UKIP to win European Parliament elections

A Tory MP in the Britain says the UK Independence Party (UKIP) will win the European Parliament elections, pushing the Conservatives to an “embarrassing” third place.

Bangladesh deploys army ahead of Jan elections

Tens of thousands of troops are being deployed across Bangladesh to try to prevent potential political violence ahead of next month’s elections.


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