Mali talks end with no decision on transitional government

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Talks between West African mediators and Mali’s military coup leaders ended on Monday after three days of discussions without any decision on the make-up of a transitional government, a junta spokesman said. West Africa’s regional bloc dispatched negotiators to Mali at the weekend in a bid to reverse President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s removal from power last week.

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Mali's opposition rejects West African leaders' plan to end deadlock

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali’s opposition coalition on Tuesday formally rejected a plan proposed by West African leaders for ending a political crisis, raising the prospect of more mass anti-government demonstrations in the coming weeks. Tens of thousands of people answered opposition calls for protests in early June over contested local elections, perceived government corruption and incompetence. Police killings of protesters

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Putin appeals to Russians' core values as vote on extending term looms

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin appealed to what he termed Russians’ core values on Friday, the country’s national day, as he sought to rally support for a vote on constitutional reforms that could potentially keep him in office until 2036. The plebiscite will run from June 25-July 1 and, if approved, includes a change that would allow 67-year-old Putin,

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Poland has 14 days to announce new presidential vote date: electoral commission

WARSAW (Reuters) – The head of Poland’s electoral commission said on Sunday that the speaker of parliament had 14 days to declare the date of a new presidential election. Poland had been due to hold a presidential election on Sunday and, while the vote was not officially cancelled or postponed, the electoral commission had said on Thursday it could not

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Kharkiv's pro-Russian protesters still mistrustful of Kiev

Some in Kharkiv see Ukrainian government as ‘illegitimate’ and will not vote in Sunday’s presidential elections. Kharkiv, Ukraine – There has long been a sense of separation in Ukraine, with the east closer to Russia and the west having more affinity with Europe.  In Kharkiv, that split deepened five years ago. As Kiev celebrated the overthrow of the country’s pro-Russian President Viktor

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Slovak opposition party OLANO takes wide lead in election: exit poll

BRATISLAVA – Slovak opposition movement Ordinary People (OLANO) took a strong lead in the EU country’s parliamentary election, an exit poll released by TV Markiza showed on Saturday. The poll was in line with forecasts that voters in the central European country were poised to oust the ruling center-left Smer party, which has dominated Slovakia’s political landscape for more than

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Former Austrian far-right leader Strache runs again with splinter group

VIENNA (Reuters) – The disgraced former leader of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO), Heinz-Christian Strache, said on Wednesday he is running for office with a splinter party, a fresh blow to the FPO after Strache was ensnared in a sting that forced it out of government. The FPO expelled Strache in December after its support collapsed in September’s parliamentary election

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'Dozens killed' in Nigeria poll violence, counting under way

Delayed presidential poll marred by violence as voting stations and counting centres come under attack. Abuja, Nigeria – The violence during Nigeria’s delayed presidential and legislative polls has claimed at least 27 lives and injured several others, an NGO closely following the election said. On Sunday, the Election Network group said the outbreak of violence was “worrying” and the authorities had been warned about the

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