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Assad sworn in again, vows to retake all areas

Bashar Al-Assad was sworn in on Wednesday as Syria's president for a new term, after an election his opponents dismiss as a sham but his supporters say proves that a rebellion to unseat him has failed after three years of war.

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Bahrain elections to use automated voting machines

Automated voting machines could be used for the first time in Bahrain during national elections later this year, it has emerged.   Officials hope they would speed up the process when people cast their ballots in

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Landslide win for Assad in election

President Bashar Al-Assad has secured a landslide victory in a wartime election that was condemned as a sham by his opponents but demonstrated his tenacious hold on power after three years of brutal civil war. Parliamentary speake

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Modi sworn-in; speaks of 'glorious future'

Narendra Modi was sworn in as India's prime minister in an elaborate ceremony at New Delhi's resplendent presidential palace on Monday, after a sweeping election victory that ended two terms of rule by the Congress party.

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Twitter to take India election innovations global

Social networking company Twitter is planning to replicate parts of its India election strategy across countries that go to polls this year, after it emerged as a key tool for politicians and media companies during the world's largest democr

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Facebook to roll out 'I'm a Voter' feature worldwide

When Americans voted to renew President Barack Obama's lease on the White House in November 2012, more than 9 million citizens took to Facebook to click the "I'm a Voter" button, showing their online friends that they had cast

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Strong showing by Maliki in election

Prime Minister Nouri Maliki won the largest share of Iraqi parliamentary seats in last month's national elections, dealing a blow to Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish rivals who opposed his serving a third term. Preliminary resul

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Egypt could tap global bond market after polls

Egypt could tap global bond markets after presidential elections this month, but should the country be in dire need, it could seek aid from its wealthy Gulf neighbours, finance minister Hany Kadiri Dimian said. Political turmoil f

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Business hopes Modi can defuse India's jobs time bomb

When Narendra Modi talks about creating jobs in labour-intensive manufacturing, textile entrepreneur Sudhir Dhingra hopes the Indian opposition leader means business. Dhingra, who employs 30,000 workers in more than 20 factories a

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Maliki faces struggle to secure third term as Iraqi PM

A casual wave to fellow diners in a Baghdad restaurant in 2008 sealed Nouri Al-Maliki's reputation as the man who restored a degree of normality to a city that civil war had nearly destroyed. Now he has gone out again among th

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