- Iran body reverses ban on 1,500 election candidate Updated: Feb-06-16 6:36 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's constitutional watchdog, the hard-line Guardian Council, reversed a ban on 1,500 candidates who had registered to run in Feb. 26 parliamentary elections, state media reported on Saturday.
- Italian Parliament backs Rome's bid for 2024 Olympics Updated: Feb-02-16 4:12 pm
ROME - The Italian Parliament voted on Tuesday to back Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games
- Myanmar house begins new session dominated by Suu Kyi party Updated: Feb-01-16 9:24 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - For a generation and more, they were the persistent, often persecuted opposition. On Monday, Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party took a momentous step toward becoming Myanmar's government.
- Suu Kyi's party names choices to lead Myanmar parliament Updated: Jan-28-16 5:48 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - The pro-democracy party in Myanmar led by Aung San Suu Kyi announced ethnically diverse choices Thursday for leadership of the legislature as it prepares to take over the government from a military-backed party after parliament convenes Monday.
- Spain: PM defends party despite new corruption arrests Updated: Jan-27-16 9:34 am
MADRID - Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Wednesday he sees no reason why the arrest of 24 people in a new corruption scandal affecting his conservative Popular Party should damage his efforts to form a new government following last month's inconclusive elections.
- PM says Singapore will allow more opposition lawmakers Updated: Jan-27-16 9:22 am
SINGAPORE - Singapore's prime minister on Wednesday announced constitutional amendments that would result in more opposition politicians in Parliament, long dominated by his ruling People's Action Party.
- Grandson of Iran's Islamic Republic founder barred from poll Updated: Jan-26-16 7:18 am
TEHRAN, Iran - The grandson of the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic has been barred from running for a top clerical body, his family said Tuesday, as the country prepares for crucial elections next month.
- Kerry hails Cambodia development, expresses rights concerns Updated: Jan-26-16 3:01 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday welcomed Cambodia's booming economic growth but also expressed concerns about the Southeast Asian nation's human rights record.
- 15,000 protest in Moldova to demand an early election Updated: Jan-24-16 1:08 pm
CHISINAU, Moldova - More than 15,000 people held an anti-government protest Sunday in the Moldovan capital to demand an early election in the impoverished Eastern European nation.
- Anti-Islam Dutch lawmaker gains support amid migrant crisis Updated: Jan-23-16 12:06 pm
SPIJKENISSE, Netherlands - The Dutch debate on asylum-seekers has come to this: Firebrand lawmaker Geert Wilders handing out self-defense sprays to women fearful of what he describes as "Islamic testosterone bombs" in the wake of the New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Cologne.
- Croatian parliament approves new government Updated: Jan-22-16 6:45 pm
ZAGREB, Croatia - Croatia's parliament has approved a new center-right government led by Canada-educated financial expert Tihomir Oreskovic, ending more than two months of political deadlock after an inconclusive general election.
- Moldova: 3,000 protest, call for early elections Updated: Jan-22-16 11:41 am
CHISINAU, Moldova - Some 3,000 people protested in the Moldovan capital Friday for a third day running calling for early elections, better governance and demanding an end to widespread corruption.
- Kazakhstan moves up parliamentary election to March 20 Updated: Jan-20-16 11:26 am
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - Kazakhstan has called an early election for parliament, moving up the vote to March 20 instead of waiting until next year.
- 2 Iranian poets, facing lashings and prison, escape country Updated: Jan-18-16 9:32 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Two Iranian poets who face lashings and prison sentences have fled Iran, one of the writers said Monday, a rare escape for local artists and activists ensnared in an ongoing crackdown on expression in the country.
- Afghan official: Delayed elections set for Oct. 15 Updated: Jan-18-16 6:58 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan will hold parliamentary and district council elections, originally scheduled for last June, on Oct. 15, an Afghan official said Monday.
- Macedonian PM launches formal resignation process Updated: Jan-15-16 9:45 am
SKOPJE, Macedonia - Macedonia's prime minister has submitted his resignation to the speaker of Parliament, launching the procedure that should see him replaced by a caretaker until early elections April 24.