- Opinion polls predict tight race, fractured Parliament Updated: Aug-30-15 5:47 pm
ATHENS, Greece - Several opinion polls released over the weekend, 3 weeks ahead of Greece's snap election, show a tight race and no overall majority in a Parliament even more fractured than the previous one.
- Egypt announces parliamentary vote for October, November Updated: Aug-30-15 3:14 pm
CAIRO - Egypt on Sunday announced that long-awaited parliamentary elections will take place in October and November, a hoped-for step toward democracy amid a harsh crackdown on dissent.
- Lebanon parliament chief promises talks on political impasse Updated: Aug-30-15 1:14 pm
BEIRUT - Lebanon's parliament speaker on Sunday promised high-level talks to try to find a way out of long-running political gridlock that sparked large anti-government protests, including this weekend.
- Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside Updated: Aug-28-15 5:26 pm
BEIRUT - To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.
- Turkish President Erdogan approves interim government Updated: Aug-28-15 3:19 pm
ANKARA, Turkey - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved an interim government that will lead Turkey into a new election in November, paving the way for two legislators from Turkey's pro-Kurdish party to take up ministerial posts for the first time.
- Portuguese judges block surveillance law to fight terror Updated: Aug-28-15 6:01 am
LISBON, Portugal - Portugal's Constitutional Court has disallowed legislation that would have given intelligence agencies access to private communications metadata.
- Singapore to hold election Sept. 11 in test of ruling party Updated: Aug-25-15 6:34 am
SINGAPORE - Singapore will hold a general election on Sept. 11, the government announced Tuesday, in what is expected to be a tight contest for the ruling party that has dominated politics in the city-state for 50 years but is now facing growing disaffection among citizens.
- Greek election looms as parties struggle to form government Updated: Aug-21-15 2:10 pm
ATHENS, Greece - Greece's main opposition party launched efforts to form a new government Friday following Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' resignation, but made no progress in what appears a doomed task - which will pave the way for another potentially destabilizing election.
- What Greece's new elections mean for the bailout Updated: Aug-21-15 11:58 am
ATHENS, Greece - Greece's prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has resigned and called new elections - just as the country was starting to tap its new bailout package.
- Sri Lanka's prime minister defeats ex-president in elections Updated: Aug-18-15 11:22 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's prime minister defeated the country's former strongman in parliamentary elections, according to results released Tuesday, blocking a key step of his bid to return to power seven months after he lost the presidency.
- Myanmar's military-backed ruling party forces out chairman Updated: Aug-13-15 2:31 pm
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - In a power play ahead of general elections, Myanmar's military-backed ruling party announced the ouster Thursday of its politically popular chairman hours after security forces seized the party headquarters, preventing some members from leaving.
- Sri Lanka's ex-strongman in tough battle for return to power Updated: Aug-08-15 1:44 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Mahinda Rajapaksa, once poised to be Sri Lanka's president for life, is a desperate man these days. At stake is not just his own political future, but that of an entire dynasty and a network of supporters he founded at every level.
- Turkey, Kurd rebels gear up for return to all-out conflict Updated: Aug-03-15 12:38 pm
LICE, Turkey - The military helicopters swooped in over the Kurdish heartland and dropped white incendiary powder on a raging brush fire - igniting a massive conflagration that raced through the mountains, devouring orchards and livestock. For Kurds living in nearby Lice, the recent Turkish operation brought back memories of the traumatic days in the 1990s when the army twice burned the town to the ground.
- Analysis: US-Turkey deal on Syria a big gamble Updated: Aug-03-15 9:06 am
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are both taking a big gamble as they agree to work together against the Islamic State group militants in Syria.
- US, Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visit Updated: Aug-02-15 8:31 pm
CAIRO - Despite persistent human rights concerns, the United States on Sunday resumed formal security talks with Egypt that were last held six years ago and kept on hiatus until now amid political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring.