Attacks threaten to undermine Afghan vote

Mar 30, 2014

Attacks threaten to undermine Afghan vote

Taliban militants attacked the main Afghan election commission’s headquarters in Kabul on Saturday, the latest in a series of audacious assaults threatening to scare voters away just a week before Afghans go to the polls. It was the third attack in Kabul in five ...

In Turkey's elections, all eyes on Premier Erdogan

| Mar 29, 2014

In Turkey's elections, all eyes on Premier Erdogan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been ensnared in a corruption scandal that toppled four Cabinet ministers. He has provoked outrage at home and abroad with an attempt to block Twitter and YouTube. His incessant us-against-them rhetoric and conspiracy theories have alienated allies. ...

Fraud fears grow over Afghan ballot

Mar 29, 2014

Fraud fears grow over Afghan ballot

by Kim Gamel

When Afghans select their new president next month, it will largely be up to tens of thousands of Afghan poll watchers to catch signs of ballot box stuffing and other vote-rigging that tarnished Hamid Karzai’s reelection five years ago. The international observer mission is ...

Ukraine's Tymoshenko to run for president

Mar 28, 2014

Ukraine's Tymoshenko to run for president

Yulia Tymoshenko, one of Ukraine’s most polarizing political figures, announced Thursday that she will run in the country’s May 25 presidential election. A former prime minister who was released from prison last month following the overthrow of her longtime rival, President Viktor Yanukovych, Tymoshenko ...

Egypt army chief says he will run for president

Mar 27, 2014

Egypt army chief says he will run for president

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the Egyptian military chief who last summer removed the elected Islamist president, announced Wednesday that he will run for president in elections expected next month, putting him on an apparent track to lead a nation beleaguered by ongoing turmoil and violence, a ...

Shetland 'Vikings' seek autonomy from Scotland

Mar 24, 2014

Shetland 'Vikings' seek autonomy from Scotland

In the late winter dusk, hundreds of Vikings are marching down to the beach, bearing flaming torches. Their studded leather breastplates glint in the firelight as they roar and sing. The scene would have struck terror into the hearts of Dark Age Britons — ...

Euroskeptics slam EU over Crimea

Mar 23, 2014

Euroskeptics slam EU over Crimea

If Russia has occupied and annexed Crimea, it’s the European Union’s fault for offering closer ties with Ukraine, according to Euroskeptic parties of the far left and nationalist right. European governments and mainstream politicians may have united in condemnation of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ...