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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 …

Boys unleash a long shot for president: Bailey D. Dog

Thursday, August 27, 2015

By Kori Rumore and Jonathon Berlin Chicago Tribune (TNS) CHICAGO — Running for president is so easy, even a dog can do it. Or at least the dog’s name can appear on the Federal Election Commission’s list of nearly 800 potential candidates for president. Candidate ID P60009883, also …

Obama sheds summer curse, may face daunting fall

Sunday, August 23, 2015

EDGARTOWN — President Barack Obama may have finally shed his summer curse — just in time for a daunting fall. After a string of sunny seasons gripped by controversy, crises and plummeting popularity, the summer of 2015 has …

Trump calls for respect after Boston attack on Mexican man

Friday, August 21, 2015

BOSTON — Donald Trump on Friday denounced a violent attack against a homeless Hispanic man in Boston whose attacker told police he was inspired, in part, by Trump’s rhetoric that people in the country illegally should be deported. …

Advocates push measure mandating humane treatment of farm animals

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON — Animal advocates launched a campaign Wednesday to put before Massachusetts voters a proposal that would prohibit raising certain farm animals in small cages and crates and would effectively ban the sale of eggs, pork and veal from animals kept in such tight spaces, wherever they are …

No clear choice among Democrats for unions

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LAS VEGAS — The choice facing labor unions in the Democratic presidential race boils down to hearts or heads — Bernie Sanders, who embraces their forceful opposition to a big trade deal, or Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is …

Tribe’s controversial casino plan fails to get majority vote

Sunday, August 16, 2015

BOSTON — A referendum which would have halted efforts by members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe to bring electronic, bingo-style games to an unfinished tribal community center on Martha’s Vineyard failed to win a two-thirds majority vote on Sunday. Tribal chairman Tobias Vanderhoop said the vote was 110-110 …

Pro-Bush Super PAC plans $10M TV ad buy

Sunday, August 16, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — The heavily funded super PAC backing Republican Jeb Bush will spend at least $10 million on television time in the earliest voting presidential primary states, the first salvo in a massive TV ad campaign …

Trump: Deport illegal immigrants’ children

Sunday, August 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants more than a wall to keep out immigrants living in the country illegally. He also wants to end “birthright citizenship” for their children, he said Sunday. And he would rescind …

Kerry calls for democracy as US flag is raised in Cuba

Friday, August 14, 2015

HAVANA — Jubilant crowds waved American flags and chanted “Long live the United States!” as the Stars and Stripes rose over the newly reopened U.S. Embassy in Cuba on Friday after a half-century of often-hostile relations. Secretary of …

AP EXCLUSIVE: Top secret Clinton emails include drone talk

Friday, August 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — Neither of the two emails sent to Hillary Rodham Clinton now labeled by intelligence agencies as “top secret” contained information that would jump out to experts as particularly sensitive, according to several government officials. One included …