Greece votes with Europe austerity on the line

Greece voted Sunday in a crucial general election that could bring the radical Syriza party to power and present the strongest challenge yet to austerity policies for struggling European Union nations.

Greece braces for 'turning point' election

Japan early on Sunday strongly criticised a recording purporting to announce the execution of a Japanese citizen held by Islamic State militants and demanded the immediate release of another captive depicted as appearing on the image.

It's Srini's call to decide on his future: BCCI on SC ruling
It's Srini's call to decide on his future: BCCI on SC ruling

The BCCI top brass on Thursday remained tightlipped about the Board's future course of action after the Supreme Court's barred its sidelined President N Srinivasan from contesting any election on grounds of conflict of interest.

Srinivasan keeps mum post-Supreme Court verdict
Srinivasan keeps mum post-Supreme Court verdict

Sidelined BCCI president N. Srinivasan refused to comment following the Supreme Court's decision Thursday to bar him from contesting the election for the Indian cricket board's governing body presidency due to a "conflict of interest".

N Srinivasan cannot contest BCCI elections: Supreme Court
N Srinivasan cannot contest BCCI elections: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Thursday said sidelined BCCI president N. Srinivasan cannot contest election for the Indian cricket board's governing body presidency as long as he is involved in a "conflict of interest" situation as an owner of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Guyana president announces May polls to clear impasse

Guyana will hold general elections on May 11, President Donald Ramotar said on Tuesday, after the opposition refused to hold talks to end his two-month suspension of parliament.

Low voter turnout in Kanpur LC bypolls

The voter turnout for the Legislative Council by-election to Kanpur division graduates' constituency was low with the Kanpur division recording the lowest participation at 28 per cent.

Catalonia takes election gamble to keep independence drive alive

Catalonian leaders are hoping that a regional election in September will keep alive a fading independence drive and force the hand of Spain`s central government - but the move could also backfire. 

In Greece`s `city of despair` the young vote with their feet

Shivering in the cold in one of Greece`s poorest cities, 24-year-old Nikos stands outside a fast-food restaurant, handing out election leaflets ahead of next Sunday`s snap poll.

Burundi opposition leaders detained as polls loom

Burundi opposition leaders on Friday accused Bujumbura of eliminating rivals ahead of elections, after a senior opposition figure was jailed for bribery and another arrested for rebel links.

Italy presidential possible has cancer

Italy`s former foreign minister Emma Bonino revealed Thursday she has lung cancer, which is likely to take her out of the running for the post of Italian president.

Struggling Croatia holds tight presidential run-off

Croatians cast ballots today to elect a president in a tight run-off between incumbent centre-left Ivo Josipovic and conservative Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, both pledging to help kickstart the newest EU member's ailing economy.

High turnout for Sri Lanka`s tightest election in decades

Sri Lankans turned out in large numbers Thursday, shrugging off some reports of voter intimidation to vote in the island`s tightest election in decades as President Mahinda Rajapakse battles for survival.

Sri Lanka election chief probes army deployment claims

Sri Lanka`s election commission said Wednesday it is investigating claims that troops are being deployed in the Tamil-dominated north before a closely-fought presidential vote that has already been marred by violence.

Rajapaksa camp loses 25th lawmaker to opposition ahead of Lanka poll

 Just a week before the crucial presidential election in Sri Lanka, President Mahinda Rajapaksa suffered yet another blow with the defection of a deputy minister to the opposition, bringing to 25 the number of ruling party lawmakers who have switched allegiance.

UN chief urges peaceful Sri Lanka vote

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged the Sri Lankan government Monday to ensure next week`s elections are peaceful and that minorities are able to vote without fear.

Greece faces crucial vote that could trigger election

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras faces a vote in parliament on Monday that will decide whether the country goes to snap elections that could bring the leftwing Syriza party to power and derail an international bailout.

Muslim party quits in major blow to Sri Lanka leader

Sri Lanka`s President Mahinda Rajapakse suffered a setback to his re-election hopes Monday when a key minister and his minority Muslim party quit the coalition government.

Money in elections root cause of corruption: Ex-CEC Quraishi

Money generated from scams has begun to play a role in the polling process in India while the need for funds for election is the root cause of corruption, former chief election commissioner SY Quraishi said Saturday.

Nigeria downgrades growth forecast as election approaches

 Nigeria`s finance minister on Wednesday downgraded growth forecasts for 2015 and proposed a modest cut in spending as Africa`s top economy tries to respond to plummeting global crude prices.