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Romanian president-elect: Deep change coming

  BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — An ethnic German mayor who defeated the prime minister in a runoff to become president of Romania said Monday his victory signals stronger relations with the West and greater stability for Eastern Europe. Thousands of Romanians celebrated the surprise victory of Klaus Iohannis over Victor Ponta, which the mayor of [...]

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Romanian PM takes on mayor in presidential runoff

  BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s presidential runoff sees Prime Minister Victor Ponta facing off against Klaus Iohannis, the ethnic German mayor of the Transylvanian city of Sibiu. Ponta, a former prosecutor, led Iohannis by 10 points in the first-round voting on Nov. 2, and polls indicate Ponta is likely to win, despite corruption probes [...]

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Ukrainian breakaway regions hold criticized vote

  DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of separatist-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine voted Sunday to elect legislators and executives in polls that have been staunchly denounced by the international community. Voting in the main rebel city of Donetsk proceeded in the presence of gunmen inside three polling stations visited by the AP. Alexander Zakharchenko, whose [...]

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Russia backs Ukrainians separatists’ election

  DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia gave its backing Monday to a contentious election held by separatists in eastern Ukraine, setting the stage for renewed diplomatic tensions with the West. The Foreign Ministry in Moscow said Sunday’s vote in Donetsk and Luhansk gave elected representatives the authority to restore stability in regions unsettled by an [...]

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Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections. The once friendly terrain of New York, California, Obama’s native state of Hawaii and adopted state [...]

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Ukraine’s key election fails to spark enthusiasm

  KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Gazing across the Maidan square, Evelina Martirosyan recalls how euphoric she was as she joined protests that changed Ukraine’s history. Since the revolution this year that toppled a despised president, her dreams of a better future have been blunted by war and near economic collapse. Parliamentary elections on Sunday promise [...]

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Darth Vader hopes force with him in Ukraine polls

  KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — One candidate in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections hopes to bring voters to the dark side: Darth Alekseyevich Vader. Dressed in full Star Wars regalia, Vader prowls the streets of Kiev atop his black campaign van wooing voters with promises to turn Ukraine into a “galactic empire.” So serious is he about [...]

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Botswana votes as president seeks second term

  GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — People in Botswana voted Friday in schools, churches and military tents in an election in which the ruling party faces growing opposition to its decades-old dominance in the southern African nation. Long lines of voters waited to cast their ballots. They were barred from wearing clothing with party symbols or [...]

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Senate candidates in Kan. seek to bolster support

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A high-profile endorsement in hand in the unlikeliest of battleground states, veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts sought to bolster support in Kansas’ rural west, where he needs to win big to fend off independent challenger Greg Orman. Roberts, who’s defending his seat against charges that he’s lost touch with Kansans, added [...]

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GOP’s Gillespie ditches ads in Senate race in Va.

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ed Gillespie has one of the sharpest political instincts of any of the Republicans’ recruits for Senate races this year. But that and a thick Rolodex of GOP donors haven’t helped him close a massive campaign cash deficit against incumbent Virginia Sen. Mark Warner. Warner has a 4-to-1 advantage in [...]

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Mozambique elections: Voting begins peacefully

  MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Voting in Mozambique’s national election began peacefully Wednesday. The election comes just months after a peace accord between the ruling Frelimo party and the opposition, Renamo, ended nearly two years of sporadic fighting in the north of the country. The two political parties were once guerrilla movements, fighting each other [...]

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