national elections

Algerians keep up pressure after president’s half-concession

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian students are protesting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s decision to delay presidential elections indefinitely. Bouteflika’s announcement Monday to withdrew his candidacy for a fifth term cheered his opponents. But on Tuesday, there was more skepticism over his decision to delay an April 18 election without setting a new date, which opponents say … Continue reading Algerians keep up pressure after president’s half-concession

The Latest: Trump to seek another $8.6 billion for wall

WASHINGTON(AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s budget proposal for the 2020 budget. (all times local): 4:20 p.m. President Donald Trump will be seeking $8.6 billion in his new budget to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall, setting up another showdown with lawmakers who have resisted giving him more money for his signature campaign promise. The … Continue reading The Latest: Trump to seek another $8.6 billion for wall

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

NEW DELHI (AP) — 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 … Continue reading 7-phased voting for India’s national election in April, May

House OKs election, ethics overhaul; Senate to slam door

WASHINGTON(AP)  — Newly empowered House Democrats approved a centerpiece of their agenda Friday, a sweeping plan to reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and strengthen ethics standards. But the leader of Republican-run Senate has pledged it will not come up for a vote and the White House issued a veto … Continue reading House OKs election, ethics overhaul; Senate to slam door

As 2020 nears, pressure grows to replace voting machines

ATLANTA (AP) — Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries, according to a report released Tuesday. State and local election officials in 31 states say they want to replace their voting equipment before the elections, but the vast majority said they don’t … Continue reading As 2020 nears, pressure grows to replace voting machines

Algeria’s Bouteflika due to submit candidacy amid protests

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s Constitutional Council has been placed under high security as President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s bid for a fifth term is due to be formally submitted. Sunday is the deadline to present candidacies for the April 18 presidential election. It is unclear whether the 82-year-old Bouteflika would do it in person. Tens of … Continue reading Algeria’s Bouteflika due to submit candidacy amid protests

5 years on, Malaysia open to proposals to resume MH370 hunt

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s transport minister said Sunday that the government is open to new proposals from U.S. technology firm Ocean Infinity or any other companies to resume the hunt for Flight 370, as families of passengers marked the fifth anniversary of the jet’s mysterious disappearance. Ocean Infinity mounted a “no cure, no … Continue reading 5 years on, Malaysia open to proposals to resume MH370 hunt

Estonians head to polls with populists seen making inroads

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — 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 … Continue reading Estonians head to polls with populists seen making inroads

Cohen threatened Trump’s schools not to share grades, scores

FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) The former personal lawyer for President Donald Trump says he threatened legal action against schools Trump attended if they released Trump’s grades or SAT scores. Michael Cohen said Trump instructed him to make the threats leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Cohen revealed details about the threats in testimony on … Continue reading Cohen threatened Trump’s schools not to share grades, scores

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is declared the winner of delayed election in Africa’s most populous country

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is declared the winner of delayed election in Africa’s most populous country. By Associated Press

Joe Biden: ‘Don’t be surprised’ if I run for president

Former Vice President Joe Biden strongly signaled Tuesday that he could soon launch a campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination. “I haven’t made the final decision,” he said, “but don’t be surprised.” During an appearance at the University of Delaware, Biden still gave himself room to decide against a run. But his comments offered the … Continue reading Joe Biden: ‘Don’t be surprised’ if I run for president

Key Sanders 2016 strategists won’t return for 2020 campaign

WASHINGTON / FEBRUARY 26, 2019 (STL.News) Three strategists who played key roles in Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign said Tuesday they will not join his 2020 White House bid, in the latest sign of how the campaign may look different this time around. Tad Devine, Julian Mulvey and Mark Longabaugh said they would not … Continue reading Key Sanders 2016 strategists won’t return for 2020 campaign

Russia’s ex-cyber security chief gets 22-year sentence

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow on Tuesday sentenced a senior Russian cyber intelligence official and an executive at a cybersecurity firm to lengthy prison sentences on treason charges. Moscow’s District Military Court, which has been hearing the top-secret case for nearly two years behind closed doors, sentenced Col. Sergei Mikhailov, former deputy head … Continue reading Russia’s ex-cyber security chief gets 22-year sentence

Ukraine’s ex-PM calls for president to be impeached

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s former prime minister has called for the president to be impeached over alleged high-level embezzlement amid an increasingly heated presidential race. Yulia Tymoshenko urged lawmakers Tuesday to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Petro Poroshenko following a media investigation detailing alleged embezzlement schemes in the nation’s military industries. Opinion polls have … Continue reading Ukraine’s ex-PM calls for president to be impeached

Nigerian president’s campaign says they have numbers to win

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari‘s campaign asserted Tuesday they have unofficial numbers showing he has won a second term in Africa’s largest democracy. Babatunde Fashola, campaign director for election monitoring and Cabinet minister for power and works, told The Associated Press in an interview that they were preparing “for … Continue reading Nigerian president’s campaign says they have numbers to win

Nigerians start another day of waiting on election results

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Radios and WhatsApp groups pinged to life on Tuesday as anxious Nigerians awaited a second day of state-by-state announcements of presidential election results in a race described as too close to call. President Muhammadu Buhari leads by more than 280,000 votes as he seeks a second term in Africa’s largest democracy, … Continue reading Nigerians start another day of waiting on election results

2020 Democratic hopefuls embrace new meaning of reparations

Several Democratic presidential candidates are embracing reparations for the descendants of slaves — but not in the traditional sense. Over the past week, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro spoke of the need for the U.S. government to reckon with and make … Continue reading 2020 Democratic hopefuls embrace new meaning of reparations

As Nigeria counts votes, observers criticize delays in poll

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s electoral commission on Monday began announcing official results from the country’s 36 states as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term, while observers criticized the weeklong delay in balloting that they said discouraged some voters from taking part. While African Union observers called the political climate “largely peaceful and conducive … Continue reading As Nigeria counts votes, observers criticize delays in poll

DAKAR, Senegal | Senegal president’s party say results show he won vote

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s prime minister claims that incumbent president Macky Sall has won re-election, though the opposition rejects the assertion and says the vote should go to a runoff. Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne, who is from the ruling party, told reporters late Sunday that his unofficial results show that Sall had … Continue reading DAKAR, Senegal | Senegal president’s party say results show he won vote

YOLA, Nigeria | The Latest: Nigerian police arrest 128 over vote offenses

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — The latest on Nigeria’s election (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Nigerian police say 128 people have been arrested for suspected election-related offenses, including ballot box-snatching, vote-trading and impersonation, while a “cache of explosives” was found. The police statement gives no further details about the explosives but says 38 “assorted weapons” also … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | The Latest: Nigerian police arrest 128 over vote offenses

CHISINAU, Moldova | Early results: no party secures majority in Moldova ballot

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Early results from Moldova’s parliamentary elections show no party has secured a majority, a result that could leave the former Soviet republic in limbo between pro-Western and pro-Russia forces. With about a fifth of Sunday’s votes counted, the broadly pro-Russia opposition Socialists have 31 percent, while the incumbent Democratic Party has … Continue reading CHISINAU, Moldova | Early results: no party secures majority in Moldova ballot

KANO, Nigeria | Some polling units still open in Nigeria, day after voting

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Some polling stations remained open across Nigeria Sunday as votes were being counted in most of the country following Saturday’s presidential election that is widely seen as a tight race between the president and a former vice president. Although voting was peaceful in most areas of Nigeria Saturday, there were a … Continue reading KANO, Nigeria | Some polling units still open in Nigeria, day after voting

YOLA, Nigeria | In Nigeria vote, armed vigilantes work to keep the peace

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of civilian volunteers who call themselves the Vigilante Group of Nigeria have banded together to try stem the violence from Islamic extremists and other bandits who have turned parts of Nigeria’s north into a war zone. The self-defence group, which works closely with local authorities, is believed to have made … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | In Nigeria vote, armed vigilantes work to keep the peace

YOLA, Nigeria | Nigeria counts votes as nation awaits election outcome

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Vote counting continued Sunday as Nigerians awaited the outcome of a presidential poll seen as a tight race between the president and a former vice president. Although voting was peaceful in most areas of Nigeria Saturday, there were a few outbreaks of violence in the vast West African country and many … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | Nigeria counts votes as nation awaits election outcome

MOSCOW | 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 elections in the former Soviet republic. Moldovans go to the polls Sunday in an election that pits the president’s Socialists’ Party against the Democratic Party and … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian opens money laundering probe involving Moldova

YOLA, Nigeria | In Nigeria, Boko Haram violence disenfranchises many voters

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Mariam Musa gestured with her hand toward her mouth, twisting her face as she told of her main problem: not enough to eat or drink. In the makeshift camp Nigerians who have fled Boko Haram violence, the 32-year-old widow says that the upcoming presidential vote isn’t a topic of conversation. That’s … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | In Nigeria, Boko Haram violence disenfranchises many voters

JOHANNESBURG | South African president to give State of Nation address

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was set to give his second State of the Nation address to parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, just months before national elections seen by many as a referendum on his ruling African National Congress party. Ramaphosa, who came to power a year ago after former President … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South African president to give State of Nation address

WARSAW, Poland | Poland’s ruling populists face setback in mayoral races

WARSAW, Poland— Poland’s populist ruling party has suffered a blow in the country’s mayoral races, with early results showing it failing to win control of any of the nation’s largest cities. Final results from Sunday’s local runoff elections are expected Monday afternoon. But unofficial results reported in Polish media already show that in 107 of … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Poland’s ruling populists face setback in mayoral races

SINGAPORE | Mattis: Afghan attack will not shake US commitment

SINGAPORE  — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday the killing of a powerful police chief in southern Afghanistan just two days before national elections is unlikely to fundamentally weaken the security situation. Mattis commented on the attack in Kandahar during a break in meetings at an Asian security conference in Singapore. Mattis called the … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Mattis: Afghan attack will not shake US commitment

KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt

KABUL, Afghanistan — A high-level meeting to lay out security plans for Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections had just concluded when an elite Afghan guard turned his gun Thursday on the departing delegation in an attack that killed the powerful Kandahar police chief but missed the top U.S. commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller. The … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt