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India: Varanasi Muslims veer towards AAP
9th May 2014

India: Varanasi Muslims veer towards AAP

By Prashant Jha   Varanasi, (Hindustan Times): The oldest city in the world was in a frenzy on Thursday. From early evening to nearly 9.30pm, from the BHU campus to the BJP headquarters 5km away, Narendra Modi’s road-show was thronged … Continued

India: 4 children, 2 women among 9 more bodies found, totoal Muslims killed now 32
3rd May 2014

India: 4 children, 2 women among 9 more bodies found, totoal Muslims killed now 32

[Security personnel at Narsingbari in Baksa district of Assam where some people were killed by militants on Friday] Digambar Patowary Guwahati, (Hindustan Times):  Nine more bodies were recovered in Baksa district in Assam on Saturday, taking the toll to 32 … Continued

Iraq counts votes after deadly election day
2nd May 2014

Iraq counts votes after deadly election day

AFP, Al-Akhbar: Vote counting was under way Thursday after Iraqis braved a wave of attacks to cast ballots in elections hailed by the United Nations and the US as a rebuke to jihadis. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he was … Continued

Iraq: Attacks target voting centers on election day
1st May 2014

Iraq: Attacks target voting centers on election day

  Iraqis defied a rash of attacks that killed seven people to vote Wednesday in the country’s first general election since US troops withdrew, with premier Nouri al-Maliki proclaiming “certain” victory. Fresh attacks were launched soon after polls opened on … Continued

Jammu & Kashmir: Police arrests more than 500 before elections in Indian-controlled Kashmir
29th Apr 2014

Jammu & Kashmir: Police arrests more than 500 before elections in Indian-controlled Kashmir

  SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, (Xinhua): More than 500 youth were arrested across Muslim majority areas of Indian-controlled Kashmir ahead of the fourth phase of Indian general elections, local police said. The massive crackdown on youth has been taken as part … Continued

Afghanistan heads for presidential runoff
27th Apr 2014

Afghanistan heads for presidential runoff

  KABUL, (Xinhua): Afghan presidential elections would go into the second round after the preliminary result showed Saturday that none of the candidates obtained an outright victory. “Dr. Abdullah Abdullah was ahead with 44.9 percent of the votes, followed by … Continued

Iraq: Deadly car bombs kills 31at political rally in Baghdad
26th Apr 2014

Iraq: Deadly car bombs kills 31at political rally in Baghdad

   [This image made from video shows a car bomb at the moment of impact] Two car bombs at an election rally in Baghdad for a political party killed at least 31 people Friday, officials said, just days before nationwide parliamentary … Continued

India: Stopping Modi key to voting in Bihar’s Muslim hub
20th Apr 2014

India: Stopping Modi key to voting in Bihar’s Muslim hub

  By Aditya Nath Jha/Anirban Guha Roy   Araria/Kishanganj, (Hinudstan Times):  Defeating Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, is the main concern of the Muslim population in Seemanchal region of eastern Bihar. An air-balloon in the shape of lotus … Continued

India: Lok Sabha elections: 25% votes cast in Assam till 10am
7th Apr 2014

India: Lok Sabha elections: 25% votes cast in Assam till 10am

    [Poll officials collect Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at a distribution center in Jorhat. (PTI Photo)]   New Delhi, (Hindustan Times & Agencies):  The battle for supremacy between BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi and Congress’ GenNext leader Rahul … Continued

EU: German Chancellor Merkel speaks tough on Russia sanctions
6th Apr 2014

EU: German Chancellor Merkel speaks tough on Russia sanctions

    Angela Merkel says the EU is ready to hit Russia with harsher sanctions should it further violate Ukrainian sovereignty. Her words come as her party begins its campaign for the European parliamentary elections.  Merkel used her speech to … Continued

5th Mar 2014

India votes in longest Lok Sabha polls on April 7

  New Delhi, (Hindustan Times): The Election Commission on Wednesday announced the schedule for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections saying they will be held in nine phases from April 7, 2014 to May 12, 2014. Chief election commissioner VS Sampath … Continued

4th Mar 2014

India: A 20-fold chance to win the Muslim vote in Uttar Pradesh

By Sunita Aron Lucknow, (Hindustan Times):  The “T-20 match” in Uttar Pradesh may just be as entertaining as cricket. At stake are 20 seats – to be decided by 20% of the electorate, the minorities – and in the fray … Continued

6th Jan 2014

Bangladesh ruling party glides to easy victory in unopposed election amid deaths

Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League have won an easy victory in national elections after opposition groups boycotted the polls. Violence gripped the country on election day, leaving at least 18 dead. Results from Sunday’s polls gave a … Continued

5th Jan 2014

Bangladesh goes to the polls amid protests, violence

Polls have opened across Bangladesh as sometimes deadly violence continues to plague the country. The major opposition parties are boycotting the elections and have called on voters to stay home. At least four people, including an election official, have died … Continued

28th Dec 2013

India: Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Delhi chief minister; keeps crucial home, power, finance ministries

New Delhi, (Hindustan Times): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal sought the help of commoners to root out corruption after he was sworn in as the seventh chief minister of Delhi at a packed Ramlila Maidan on Saturday. After … Continued

16th Dec 2013

Mali: Low turnout in second-round election

  Mali’s second round parliamentary election has ended with low voter turnout possibly due to attacks earlier in the week. Jihadists claimed responsibility for the killings in Kidal of two UN peacekeepers from Senegal.   Polling began slowly in Mali’s … Continued

16th Dec 2013

Chile: Bachelet returns to presidency with overwhelming win in run-off

Former President Michelle Bachelet has won the run-off election in Chile to make her return to power. She plans to launch ambitious reforms aimed at redressing steep income inequality. With 90 percent of the votes counted after Sunday’s poll, Bachelet … Continued

9th Dec 2013

Thailand: PM Yingluck Shinawatra pledges dissolution of parliament, elections

Thailand’s prime minister has appeared on television, saying she would dissolve parliament and hold elections “as soon as possible.” Yingluck Shinawatra was responding to prolonged protests from opposition supporters. Yingluck Shinawatra issued a televised address on Monday, as thousands of … Continued

8th Dec 2013

India’s extreme nationalist BJP party makes gains in state elections

India’s ruling Congress party has found itself sidelined in key regional elections seen as a test ahead of next year’s general election. The Hindu nationalist opposition has made big gains. Preliminary results showed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had … Continued

29th Nov 2013

Mali parliamentary elections inconclusive, headed for second round

  No party has won an absolute majority in Mali’s parliamentary elections, triggering a second round of voting. The polls were to mark Mali’s transition to democracy, but the low turnout has left many disappointed.  Provisional results released Wednesday show … Continued

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