• 3rd phase of India's national elections' voting begins

      3rd phase of India's national elections' voting begins

      Indians are voting in the third phase of the general elections with campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party and the opposition marred by bitter accusations and acrimony. The voting for 117 parliamentary seats in 13 states and two Union Territories on Tuesday means polls are half done for 543 seats in the lower house of Parliament.

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    • North Macedonia presidential vote heads to runoff

      North Macedonia presidential vote heads to runoff

      Macedonia’s pro-Western candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, and his main rival Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova emerged tied in the first round of presidential vote dominated by deep divisions over a change of the country’s name to North Macedonia under a deal with Greece. Results on the State Election Commission website based on 98% of the votes counted showed Pendarovski got 42.7% of the votes, while Siljanovska-Davkova had 42.5% of the votes.

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    • US will sanction all countries importing Iranian oil

      US will sanction all countries importing Iranian oil

      In a move intended to further ramp up pressure on Iran by strangling the revenue it gets from oil exports, The US State Department is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from US sanctions if they continue to import oil from the Islamic country. The plans to not renew sanctions waivers for the five countries when they expire on 2 May are expected to be announced today by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The other countries no longer exempt would be China and India.

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    • Comedian wins presidency in Ukraine

      Comedian wins presidency in Ukraine

      Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Monday after near final results showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had dramatically up-ended the status quo and won the country’s presidential election by a landslide. The emphatic victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion of Ukrainian identity.

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    • Blasts rock churches, hotels in Sri Lanka; multiple fatalities reported

      Blasts rock churches, hotels in Sri Lanka; multiple fatalities reported

      Six nearly simultaneous explosions struck three churches and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, killing nearly 156 people and injuring many more, according to police and hospital sources. Multiple fatalities - including 35 foreigners - resulted among worshipers and hotel guests, a police official said, adding that at least two of the church blasts were believed to have been a coordinated attack carried out by suicide bombers.

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    • Ukrainian presidential candidates trade insults in rowdy stadium debate

      Ukrainian presidential candidates trade insults in rowdy stadium debate

      The two men vying to be Ukraine’s next president traded insults in a raucous debate on Friday in front of thousands of supporters before an election that could put a comedian with no political experience in charge of a country at war. The debate, held in a hulking football stadium, was one of the last opportunities for incumbent President Petro Poroshenko to try to overhaul a significant lead in the opinion polls enjoyed by his challenger Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comic.

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    • Country name dispute haunts Macedonian presidential election

      Country name dispute haunts Macedonian presidential election

      Macedonians vote in a presidential election on Sunday shaping up as an unofficial referendum on the hotly disputed change of the country’s name to North Macedonia under a deal with Greece. The country held an actual referendum on the issue last year but it was invalidated due to insufficient turnout. Skopje’s parliament later ratified the accord, which opened the door to Macedonian membership of the EU and NATO.

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