Kazakhstan heads to the polls amid opposition boycott

Ruling Nur Otan party, promising political reform, expected to score a big win in the oil-rich Central Asian nation. Voters headed to parliamentary polls in Kazakhstan on Sunday with the ruling party expected to score a big win and the oil-rich country’s

Polls open in critical Kyrgyzstan vote

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – Voters are casting their ballots on Sunday in arguably one of the most polarising elections since this Central Asian nation’s independence from the Soviet Union. Amid a freezing winter breeze, people will choose not only its next president but

Pope Francis warns of violence in CAR after disputed polls

Pope calls on all sides to reject hatred and hold talks as opposition calls for cancellation of last month’s vote. Pope Francis has urged the people of the Central African Republic to refrain from violence after the deeply troubled country staged disputed

Polls open in Central African Republic under threat of violence

Polls have opened in the Central African Republic (CAR) to choose a new president and parliament amid fears of escalating violence as the government tries to hold off a rebel advance on the capital, Bangui. Armed groups hostile to President Faustin-Archange Touadera,

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