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  • Venezuelan President-elect Nicolas Maduro faces a difficult economic panorama of rising inflation and slowing growth, further complicated by his slim election victory that is being challenged by the opposition.

     

  • Kenyan police clashed on Sunday with a few dozen protesters angry at a court's confirmation of Uhuru Kenyatta as president-elect, but the unrest was minor compared with the nationwide bloodshed after the last disputed election.

     

  • Kenyan authorities were racing to gather final election results on Wednesday, with the partial count still giving the lead to a politician who faces charges in The Hague for ethnic killings following the 2007 vote.

     

  • ANALYSiS-U.S. REPUBLICANS START NEW CONGRESS BRUISED AND DIVIDED

    ANALYSiS-U.S. REPUBLICANS START NEW CONGRESS BRUISED AND DIVIDED

    In the wake of bruising fights in their own ranks over the "fiscal cliff" and aid for victims of superstorm Sandy - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives open a new Congress on Thursday more divided than ever.

     

  • Alliances forged by Kenya's main presidential contenders for elections in March are lining up a repeat of a largely ethnic-based contest for political power which exploded into bloodshed in the 2007 vote.

     

  • VENEZUELA'S CHAVEZ HAS 'FULL INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY' AFTER SURGERY

    VENEZUELA'S CHAVEZ HAS 'FULL INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY' AFTER SURGERY

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has recovered "full intellectual capacity" after a six-hour cancer operation in Cuba this week, an official said on Saturday, but offered few details on the socialist firebrand's physical condition.

     

  • There is a crazy family living at the White House, but it's not the Obamas. It's the Gilchrists, whose never-ending follies pulse and push upcoming TV comedy romp "1600 Penn."

     

  • VENEZUELA FURIOUS AT OBAMA'S COMMENTS ON AILING CHAVEZ

    VENEZUELA FURIOUS AT OBAMA'S COMMENTS ON AILING CHAVEZ

    Venezuela's government reacted with fury on Friday to U.S. President Barack Obama's criticism of ailing Hugo Chavez's "authoritarian" government at a time of national anxiety over his battle to recover from cancer surgery.

     

  • South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) holds an internal leadership election next week, with President Jacob Zuma favourite to win another term at the helm of the party.

     

  • High social and infrastructure spending have made Ecuador's President Rafael Correa the favorite to win a Feb. 17 election against a fractured opposition that is fielding seven candidates.

     

  • EGYPTIAN OPPOSITION TO SHUN MURSI'S NATIONAL DIALOGUE

    EGYPTIAN OPPOSITION TO SHUN MURSI'S NATIONAL DIALOGUE

    President Mohamed Mursi was expected to press ahead on Saturday with talks on ways to end Egypt's worst crisis since he took office even though the country's main opposition leaders have vowed to stay away.

     

  • Venezuela's opposition is petitioning President Hugo Chavez's government for a Christmas amnesty for more than 100 of his enemies in exile and jail.

     

  • GHANA EXTENDS VOTING TO SATURDAY AFTER TECHNICAL HITCH

    GHANA EXTENDS VOTING TO SATURDAY AFTER TECHNICAL HITCH

    Ghana extended voting in its presidential election into a second day, officials said on Friday, after a rash of technical problems prevented thousands of people in the West African state from casting their ballots on time.

     

  • The Council of Europe will hold a meeting later this month looking into FIFA's governance of world soccer with suspended Asian soccer boss Mohamed Bin Hammam among those scheduled to participate.

     

  • EGYPT'S MURSI MUST SCRAP 'DICTATORIAL' DECREE-ELBARADEI

    EGYPT'S MURSI MUST SCRAP "DICTATORIAL" DECREE-ELBARADEI

    Prominent opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said on Saturday there could be no dialogue with Egypt's president until he scrapped a "dictatorial" decree that he said gave the Islamist leader Mohamed Mursi the powers of a pharaoh.

     

  • FILLON CRIES FOUL ANEW IN FRENCH RIGHT LEADERSHIP BID

    FILLON CRIES FOUL ANEW IN FRENCH RIGHT LEADERSHIP BID

    Former French premier Francois Fillon contested results of his party's leadership race on Wednesday, plunging conservatives deeper into turmoil just hours after the winner said rival factions had been reconciled.

     

  • VOTE COUNT DRAGS ON IN FLORIDA, OBAMA HOLDS LEAD

    VOTE COUNT DRAGS ON IN FLORIDA, OBAMA HOLDS LEAD

    President Barack Obama held a narrow but apparently insurmountable lead in Florida's slow-moving presidential race on Thursday, putting him on track toward a clean sweep of the U.S. battleground states and a boost in his Electoral College vote total from Tuesday's election.

     

  • U.S. ELECTION OVER BUT FLORIDA STILL COUNTING VOTES

    U.S. ELECTION OVER BUT FLORIDA STILL COUNTING VOTES

    It was all over but the shouting in Florida on Wednesday, where the presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was still too close to call.

     

  • Millions of dollars were raised and spent, swing states reeled from endless political ads, and now that President Barack Obama has been re-elected, the soul searching begins.

     

  • OBAMA, BUOYED BY ELECTION WIN, FACES NEW BATTLES

    OBAMA, BUOYED BY ELECTION WIN, FACES NEW BATTLES

    President Barack Obama had little time to savor victory on Wednesday after voters gave him a second term in the White House where he faces urgent economic challenges, a looming fiscal showdown and a still-divided Congress able to block his every move.

     

  • U.S. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

    U.S. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

    Joe Biden spent 36 years in the U.S. Senate, twice ran unsuccessfully for president and has served the last four years as Barack Obama's vice president. His chatty, off-the-cuff nature led to some memorable gaffes.

     

  • Paul Ryan may have taken a punch. But Tuesday night was far from a definitive blow for Mitt Romney's hard-driving presidential running mate, a veteran of Congress who according to one admirer is "just getting started."

     

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