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France: Friends with the Front?

BRUSSELS — With French Socialist President Francois Hollande’s approval ratings close to a record low of just 23 percent, you'd think France's main opposition group would find reason to be cheerful. Instead, mainstream conservatives have found themselves gloomily divided over how to defend their voter base against a growing threat from the hard-line National Front as the center-right prepares for its first major electoral test since its defeat by Hollande last year.

Georgians prepare for election amid worries about what will follow

TBILISI — Whatever happens in this country’s presidential election later this month, one matter is certain: the political landscape will change after the two clashing personalities that have recently defined it officially leave government.

Sri Lanka army accused of harassing, intimidating Tamil voters (PHOTOS)

"We learned that opposition candidates and their supporters, as well as voters at large, faced instances of intimidation and harassment," the Commonwealth Observer Mission to the elections wrote in its preliminary findings.

Germany’s first two black MPs join parliament

Voters also elected the first Muslim MP belonging to Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats: Cemile Giousouf.

Cambodian elections: Ain't no party but the ruling party

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — This surely is not what the United Nations had in mind when it helped resurrect Cambodia from decades of war in 1993.

German elections: Angie, where will it lead us from here?

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Sunday's elections in Germany were a stunning personal triumph for Angela Merkel. The chancellor’s demolition of the opposition was so complete that she came close to giving her center-right group an outright majority in 630-seat Bundestag, something no politician has achieved since Konrad Adenauer, the Federal Republic’s post-war rebuilder, in 1957.

Hillary Clinton: 'Pragmatic and realistic' about 2016 presidential run

In an interview with New York magazine, Hillary Rodham Clinton said she is "both pragmatic and realistic" as she weighs whether to run for president in 2016. The former secretary of state told the magazine, in an article posted online Sunday, that she is not in any hurry to make a decision.

Algeria's aging president goes rogue. Will it pay off?

ALGIERS — Just months ago, the word on the street in Algeria was that aging President Abdelaziz Bouteflika — seen rarely since he suffered a stroke in April — was dead. But in recent days, the 76-year-old leader has made a roaring comeback, shaking up key ministries in what opposition parties are calling a blatant power grab ahead of presidential elections next year.

Swaziland votes after king's democratic 'vision' during thunderstorm

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — It was a stormy night in Swaziland, a few weeks before general elections, and King Mswati III awoke with a thundering vision for his country’s political future. But “the more things change the more things stay the same in Swaziland,” said Zakhele Mabuza, an opposition group spokesman. 
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