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Stories with subject: Parliamentary elections
  • Timeline of landmarks in Ireland's changing attitude to gays story has photos
    Updated: May-23-15 12:36 pm

    DUBLIN - Gays in Ireland lived in the shadows for decades, lest they face ridicule, assault or even prison in Victorian times. Saturday's referendum result to legalize gay marriage represents a stunning triumph for gay rights activists following decades of struggle to gain greater rights and respect.

  • Spanish political renegade poses threat to dominant parties 
    Updated: May-21-15 5:43 am

    BARCELONA, Spain - Nearly a decade ago, Albert Rivera caused a stir in Spanish local politics by posing nude in campaign posters. These days, he sports Hugo Boss suits but his campaign on the national stage is no less eye-catching: His upstart Ciudadanos Party is cutting into support for the ruling conservatives, threatening to bust open Spain's traditional two-party system.

  • 1 dead in Burundi unrest; leader delays parliamentary vote story has photos
    Updated: May-20-15 5:14 pm

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi - Burundi police fired live bullets, tear gas and tossed a grenade Wednesday to disperse hundreds of protesters angry over the president's bid for a third term in office. One soldier died while trying to stop the police barrage, a captain said.

  • Turmoil in UK's Labour Party after election loss story has photos
    Updated: May-18-15 12:17 pm

    LONDON - Britain's opposition Labour Party is struggling to regain its balance after suffering one of its worst election results in modern times. Shocked by the extent of the loss, leaders are trying to figure out how to rebuild the party and regain the public's trust.

  • Guyana swears in new president who ended foes' 23-year rule 
    Updated: May-16-15 4:29 pm

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana - A retired army general was sworn in Saturday as Guyana's new president after his multi-ethnic opposition coalition won the South American country's general elections and ended a 23-year reign by the People's Progressive Party.

  • Cameron considers more powers for Scotland - but not fiscal story has photos
    Updated: May-15-15 10:40 am

    LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he would consider handing over more power to Scotland, but stopped short of agreeing to demands from Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to grant the territory full fiscal autonomy.

  • 'Cult' warning: UKIP rift opens with attack on Nigel Farage story has photos
    Updated: May-14-15 10:49 am

    LONDON - All is not well in the anti-immigrant UK Independence Party headed by Nigel Farage, whose leadership was questioned Thursday after an election loss kept him out of the British Parliament.

  • Ethiopia: Opposition claims harassment ahead of elections 
    Updated: May-13-15 11:04 am

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopian opposition groups are accusing the government of harassing their members and carrying out illegal detentions ahead of the May 24 elections.

  • Guyana opposition vote count shows victory over ruling party story has photos
    Updated: May-12-15 8:04 pm

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana - An opposition coalition challenging the governing party and the racial politics that have long dominated in Guyana said Tuesday it appeared to have won national elections, though official results had not been released.

  • Blogger, 16, exposes limits on free speech in Singapore story has photos
    Updated: May-11-15 4:55 am

    SINGAPORE - A government crackdown on a teen video blogger and independent news and opinion website has focused attention on free speech limits, and perhaps the next election, in this cosmopolitan but famously strict city-state.

  • Turkish coup leader, former president, Evren dies at 97 
    Updated: May-10-15 12:41 am

    ANKARA, Turkey - Kenan Evren, the general who led Turkey's 1980 military coup that ended years of street-clashes between rival left- and right-wing militias and but also unleashed a wave of arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings died on Saturday. He was 97.

  • UK election leaves Cameron at helm of a disunited kingdom 
    Updated: May-09-15 11:47 am

    LONDON - Standing outside 10 Downing Street the day after his unexpected election victory, Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to govern for "one nation, one United Kingdom." That will be easier said than done, as competing brands of nationalism threaten to pull the country apart.

  • Unexpected triumph means Cameron can govern UK on his own story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-08-15 5:02 pm

    LONDON - After years of sharing power, David Cameron pulled off an unexpected election triumph that gave the Conservative prime minister a second term with an outright majority Friday and dealt a stinging defeat to his three main rivals.

  • Polls apart: Pre-election surveys failed to foresee Tory win 
    Updated: May-08-15 7:35 am

    LONDON - Britain's pollsters offered confident predictions of a hung Parliament throughout the election campaign. Friday's results proved them consistently wrong.

  • The Latest: Markets happy at clear result; fear referendum story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-08-15 4:29 am

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  • Election day becomes political drama in 'The Vote' story has photos
    Updated: May-07-15 7:16 pm

    LONDON - Election campaigns are full of drama. So are election results. The bit in between, though? That's just people in polling booths, marking Xs on pieces of paper.

  • Dueling elections: a look at Israeli, UK electoral systems story has photos
    Updated: May-07-15 1:52 pm

    JERUSALEM - If the polls are to be believed, Thursday's British election may produce a "hung parliament," where no political party holds an absolute majority. That's cause for angst in a place where tradition, fair play and a system that inflates majorities have generally sorted out who is the next prime minister by last call at the pub.

  • Some key terms in Britain election campaign 
    Updated: May-07-15 5:34 am

    LONDON - Britain's unpredictable election is steeped in the rich - and sometimes confusing - lexicon of parliamentary democracy. Some key terms:

  • A look at leading figures in the tight British election story has photos
    Updated: May-07-15 12:11 am

    LONDON - Britain's general election is on Thursday, and polls suggest the race between Labour and the Conservatives is too close to call. Here's a look at the leading figures in the campaign:

  • Once the kingmaker, Britain's Clegg faces election debacle story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 7:40 am

    SHEFFIELD, England - At Britain's last election campaign, he was hailed as the most popular party leader since Winston Churchill, an unexpected star who upstaged the two dominant parties. Some even wondered whether he was the "British Obama."

  • Primary colors: Britain chooses artist to chronicle election 
    Updated: Apr-26-15 5:38 am

    LONDON - In this era of Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and selfies, Britain's Parliament has taken a step back to the 1700s, choosing an artist armed with pencil and paper to offer insight into the general election campaign.