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Belarusian army soldiers leave voting cabins at a polling station during presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Belarus voters set to give Lukashenko fifth term

Sunday, October 11, 2015

MINSK, Belarus — President Alexander Lukashenko was expected to win a fifth term in Sunday’s election with ease, but he said anything much less than 80 percent of the vote would be a sign that his support was slipping. The authoritarian leader faced no serious competition in the election, which was boycotted by the opposition. Even before polls opened in …

Communist party chief to lead Nepal

Sunday, October 11, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s parliament elected Communist party leader Khadga Prasad Oli the new prime minister Sunday, thrusting him into the center of daunting challenges, from ethnic protests over the new constitution that has also upset vital neighbor India to rebuilding from April’s devastating earthquake. Oli received 338 votes from the 597-member …

Trade deal, Keystone open Clinton to flip-flop charges

Thursday, October 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Martin O’Malley was blunt when he learned Hillary Rodham Clinton had announced her opposition to a Pacific Rim trade deal. “Wow, that’s a reversal,” he told reporters minutes after Clinton announced her shift. The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is just the latest in a long line of issues that Clinton has shifted her views on in recent weeks, giving Democratic rivals …

Secret Service employees tried to discredit lawmaker probing agency

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Scores of U.S. Secret Service employees improperly accessed the decade-old, unsuccessful job application of a congressman who was investigating scandals inside the agency, a new government report said Wednesday. An assistant director suggested leaking embarrassing information …

Boehner warns against GOP’s ‘false prophets’

Sunday, September 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner warned Sunday against “false prophets” in his own party making unrealistic promises, saying his resignation had averted a government shutdown this week but not the GOP’s broader battle over how to wield …

Catalan secessionists win big vote

Sunday, September 27, 2015

BARCELONA, Spain — Pro-secession parties pushing for Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region to break away and form a new Mediterranean nation won a landmark vote Sunday by capturing a regional parliamentary majority, setting up a possible showdown over independence …

Obama issues new China sanctions threat over cybertheft

Friday, September 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Somber against a backdrop of grand pageantry, President Barack Obama laid out a fresh threat of sanctions against China for alleged cybercrimes on Friday, even as he and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached an agreement not …

Clinton: ‘I oppose’ Keystone XL pipeline

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she opposes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, breaking her long-standing silence over a project assailed by environmentalists as a threat to the planet’s climate. The Democratic presidential candidate …

Hillary Rodham Clinton tries to rally unsure Democrats with partisan message in NH

Saturday, September 19, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton attempted to rally thousands of influential New Hampshire Democrats on Saturday with a fiercely partisan message, as she struggled to regain her footing in the primary contest. Calling viewers of the three-hour …

Fiorina looking to capitalize on another strong debate

Thursday, September 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina finds herself in a position to build on a strong debate performance for the second time in six weeks, enjoying glowing reviews for demonstrating a command of policy details while taking …

GOP leaders seek to avert shutdown over Planned Parenthood

Thursday, September 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders scrambled on Thursday to head off a politically damaging government shutdown in two weeks over rebellious conservatives’ demand that any stopgap spending bill block federal funds for Planned Parenthood. Leadership sought an outlet for GOP lawmakers’ outrage after this summer’s release of videos …

Substantive discussion quiets bickering over Trump at GOP debate

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Along with the back-and-forth bickering over Donald Trump, the Republican presidential contest took a substantive and serious turn in Wednesday’s prime-time debate, with candidates wrangling over immigration, gay marriage and foreign affairs. The policy …

At-large City Council, School Committee candidates face challengers in Easthampton Nov. 3 election

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Voters at the Nov. 3 city election will decide contested at-large City Council and School Committee races. Meantime, Mayor Karen L. Cadieux of 11 Deerfield Drive will not face a challenger in her bid for a second term. Voters will have their pick of five candidates …