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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 …

Democrats block 2nd GOP vote on Iran deal

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

WASHINGTON — For the second time, Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a vote to move forward on a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal, protecting President Barack Obama’s key foreign policy initiative. The measure failed Tuesday to gain …

After 2 years, Australian PM Abbott ousted in party revolt

Monday, September 14, 2015

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister-designate Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday assured the country that his government remained strong despite an internal party revolt that made him the nation’s fourth leader in little more than two years and will …

GOP field still playing catch-up with Trump

Sunday, September 13, 2015

WASHINGTON — Gladiator season may have arrived in the fight for the Republican nomination. Three days before the next Republican presidential debate, signs abound that some rivals of billionaire developer Donald Trump are taking direct aim at his …

Baker urges action on solar, energy bills

Friday, September 11, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is pressing state lawmakers to take action on two of his energy priorities before the end of the year. Baker said one of the proposals would encourage Massachusetts utilities to enter into long-term contracts with renewable energy producers provided that the interests of …

House GOP probes Planned Parenthood

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — Opening long-awaited congressional hearings, a top Republican said Wednesday an investigation of Planned Parenthood was intended to protect taxpayers from the kind of “horrors” suggested by secretly recorded videos of group officials discussing the sale of …

Republicans scramble for way to block Iran deal

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — Debate on the Iran nuclear deal morphed into full-blown political spectacle Wednesday as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz held a rally to denounce it, Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a speech to praise it and congressional Republicans …

Pittsburgh crowd gives Biden encouragement

Monday, September 7, 2015

PITTSBURGH — Hearing chants of “run Joe, run,” Vice President Joe Biden marched in Pittsburgh’s annual Labor Day parade on Monday as speculation swirled about a potential late entry into the Democratic presidential campaign. The vice president donned …

Guatemalan election set for runoff

Monday, September 7, 2015

GUATEMALA CITY — A citizen revolt against Guatemala’s political establishment that helped oust former President Otto Perez Molina in the midst of a corruption scandal appears to have continued at the ballot box. Voters choosing a new president …

President reinforces union ties

Monday, September 7, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama made a Labor Day visit to Boston on Monday to reinforce ties with unions, fellow Democrats and the city he knew as a law student. Speaking at the annual union breakfast, Obama announced …

Obama urges paid sick leave

Monday, September 7, 2015

BOSTON — Courting unions on Labor Day, President Barack Obama denounced Republicans for a “constant attack on working Americans” and said he was using his executive power to force federal contractors to give paid sick leave to their …