Iran votes in first elections since landmark nuclear deal

Iranians across the Islamic Republic voted Friday in the country’s first election since its landmark nuclear deal with world powers, deciding whether to further empower its moderate president or side with hard-liners long suspicious of the West. The election for Iran’s parliament and a clerical body known as the Assembly of Experts hinges on both the policies of President Hassan […]

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Congress poised to end where it started

NEW: President Barack Obama signed the deadline extension early Friday morning Senate could vote on spending bill Friday, but have until Saturday before next deadline Congress narrowly averted another shutdown Thursday night, 14 months after the last one What’s new is that now Democrats don’t need their President Washington (CNN) — This Congress is going out just the way it […]

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Hillary Clinton Calls for a Women’s ‘Movement’ Ahead of Elections

“These issues have to be in the life blood of this election and any election” Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday called for a women’s “movement” on economic issues ahead of the midterm elections. “These issues have to be in the life blood of this election and any election,” the presumed 2016 Democratic front-runner said. “We need people […]

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Taliban Order Fighters To Disrupt Afghan Elections

Presidential elections are scheduled to take place in April The Afghan Taliban issued a warning on Monday against anyone taking part in the upcoming presidential elections on April 5, ordering their fighters to “use all force” to disrupt the polling. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said in a statement that the group is telling clerics across the country […]

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Gunfire Paves Bloody Way To Thai Elections

Gunmen opened fire on pro-government demonstrators in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, wounding at least six people and ratcheting up tensions just one day before Sunday’s key national elections. Around eight gunmen emerged from a crowd of anti-government protestors who are seeking to derail a national vote, CNN reports, firing on police and pro-government citizens for about half an hour. The Thai […]

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Germany’s Elections: Merkel, Europe’s Most Important Leader, Faces a Complex Challenge

Europe is quiet. You might not have noticed as European governments maintain a flurry of diplomacy over Syria, but the big discussions over Europe’s future — about how to return to prosperity, save the euro, whether to move into a closer embrace or break away — all these existential questions have been put on hold. This isn’t because Europe’s crisis is over. Although […]

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A Familiar Party Returns to Rule Japan, Promising a Fresh Start. Don’t Hold Your Breath

They’re back. For nearly the entire post–World War II era, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has ruled Japan, its blend of export-led economics and lavish public-works spending spawning both the nation’s economic boom and then protracted financial contraction. Now, after a three-year interlude in which the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) betrayed its mandate to breathe fresh air into the […]

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Voting for Beer? Odd Election-Related Marketing Promotions

What do coffee, cookies, beer, airline flights, and organic tea have to do with the upcoming presidential election? Nothing whatsoever, really. But nowadays any major event—even one that’s potentially alienating, like the 2012 elections—is viewed as a fresh opportunity for marketers to push their products. Remember Michael Jordan’s famous line about how “Republicans buy shoes too,” offered as an explanation […]

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