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Opposition calls for polls boycott ignored in Bahrain

Many voters living in areas considered opposition strongholds in Bahrain ignored boycott calls again as they cast their ballots in the second round of polls yesterday (November 29), a report said. They headed to 12 polling station

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Second round of voting begins in Bahrain

Thousands of Bahrainis and expatriates will go to the polls again today for the second round of voting in parliament and municipal council elections, a report said. Voting will take place in 34 constituencies nationwide where parl

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US jobless rate hits six-year low

US employers ramped up hiring in September and the jobless rate fell to a six-year low, bolstering bets the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in mid-2015. Friday's report on employment is the most significant gauge of t

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Bahrain’s poll code violators warned of action

Anyone trying to interfere with or scupper elections in November will face severe consequences, a top Bahraini government official has warned. In a media briefing held at Isa Cultural Centre yesterday, Justice, Islamic Affairs and

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Reminders of Syrian war on the dinner table

As Syria approaches a surreal presidential election in the midst of civil war, the capital has avoided the worst of the conflict but reminders are increasingly coming out of the water taps and appearing on the dinner table, to the dismay of Dama

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Mubarak-era leaders banned from contesting elections

An Egyptian court on Tuesday banned the leaders of former president Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party from running in any coming elections, the court judge said. Judge Karim Hazem did not specify the number, names or t

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28 killed in attack on political rally in Iraq

A series of explosions killed 28 people and wounded more than 40 at a political organisation's rally in Iraq on Friday, police and medical sources said. The militant group Asaib Ahl Haq (League of the Righteous) was presenting

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India's opposition could clinch election win

India's main opposition party of prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi and its allies are set to emerge as the biggest group in an election beginning on Monday, heralding the end of a 10-year reign of the ruling party, two opinion polls sh

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Afghanistan runs out of ballot papers amid record turnout

Afghanistan's landmark election on Saturday was marred by a shortage of ballot papers that left many voters still queueing to cast their vote with polling due to close, as the organisers appeared unprepared for a high turnout.

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Afghan polls begin under shadow of violence

Voting began on Saturday in Afghanistan's presidential election, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country was tipped into chaos by the fall of the hardline Islamist Taliban regime in 2001. Talib

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