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  • Afghan presidential vote result to come Sunday

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's drawn-out presidential election may finally be coming to an end. Nearly six months after Afghans cast ballots in a first-round vote, the country's election commission on Saturday said it would announce final, audited results on Sunday from a two-man...

  • Scottish teens proud, passionate about voting

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — They arrived before polling stations even opened, dressed for the school day in striped ties and blazers, dress slacks and tartan skirts, book bags over their shoulders — and for the first time in British history, ballot cards in hand. Scotland's experiment of...

  • New Zealand prime minister wins 3rd term in office

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory Saturday in New Zealand's general election to return for a third term, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way his National Party has handled the economy. "This is a great night. This is a victory for...

  • Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a...

  • Scotland took long road to independence vote

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring — and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago. It's a fitting...

  • Boehner promises support to new Iraqi leader

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner on Friday promised Iraq's prime minister that the House will provide the new government in Baghdad the U.S. assistance necessary to defeat Islamic militants. In an unusual move, Haider al-Abadi wrote to Boehner earlier this week, promising to protect...

  • Tough road ahead for Iraq leader after govt formed

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, has a daunting task ahead of him: With the world watching, the Shiite politician must unify a deeply divided country against Sunni militants who have seized much of its territory. First, though, he must find officials to run the defense...

  • Past Libya parliament swears in new government

    CAIRO (AP) — Libya's former, Islamist-dominated parliament swore in a new government Saturday, a day before the country's recently elected parliament is due to swear in a new Cabinet. The two parallel assemblies, each loosely allied with rival militias battling in Tripoli and elsewhere, are...



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