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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 …

Clinton: No need to apologize for private email

Monday, September 7, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she does not need to apologize for using a private email account and server while at the State Department because “what I did was allowed.” In an interview with …

Sanders leads in New Hampshire, poll of Democrats finds

Monday, September 7, 2015

A poll released Sunday showed a significant boost for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, where the senator from Vermont now leads Hillary Rodham Clinton. The NBC/Marist poll has Sanders at 41 percent and Clinton at 32 percent, while Vice President Joe Biden - who is considering whether to …

Supporters let Trump defy political gravity

Monday, September 7, 2015

NORWOOD — Donald Trump insults and exaggerates. He dismisses the need for public policy ideas, gets confused about world affairs and sometimes says things that flat out aren’t true. And the cheers from his supporters only grow louder. …

Lessig raises $1M to trigger presidential run

Monday, September 7, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says his presidential exploratory committee has reached the $1-million benchmark he said would trigger a formal White House bid. The Democrat announced his fundraising total in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” Lessig says he’s running to address campaign finance …

In European Union and US, virulent immigration debate strains solidarity

Monday, September 7, 2015

NEW YORK — The United States and the European Union project themselves as models for the world when it comes to democracy and human rights. Yet a common issue — migration — is bitterly dividing each of them, …

Congress returns to unfinished business

Sunday, September 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress returns on Tuesday with a critical need for a characteristic rarely evident through a contentious spring and summer — cooperation between Republicans and President Barack Obama. Lawmakers face a weighty list of unfinished business and …

Nomination papers for elected office in Easthampton due Sept. 15; two contested races possible in Nov. 3 election

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With less than two weeks left before nomination papers for elected office are due, the possibility is shaping up for voters to decide at least two contested races on the ballot in November. Seventeen people have taken out papers for to run for seats on the …

Obama coming to Boston for Labor Day breakfast

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama will be coming to Boston for the annual Greater Boston Labor Council’s Labor Day breakfast on Monday. The White House announced Obama’s plans Tuesday. Rich Rogers, executive secretary-treasurer of the Greater Boston Labor Council, said the group is honored Obama will join its …

Experts: No criminal exposure for Clinton

Monday, August 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Experts in government secrecy law see almost no possibility of criminal action against Hillary Clinton or her top aides in connection with now-classified information sent over unsecure email while she was secretary of state, based on …

Warren, coy on whether to seek re-election, stockpiles cash

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is stockpiling campaign cash from liberal supporters across the country even though she hasn’t committed to a 2018 re-election bid. Warren has collected nearly $1.6 million in contributions in the first half …