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Syria votes Monday in a parliamentary election restricted to residents of government-held areas that the exiled opposition has dubbed "absurd"

Syrians Prepare For 'Predetermined' Election

It will be the fourth election to Syria's largely rubber-stamp parliament since civil war erupted in 2011. As in the previous ones, President Bashar al-Assad's Baath party, in power since 1963, is expected to secure most of the 250 seats.

Biden Under Pressure From Hollywood's Wealthy Donors

US President Joe Biden leaves after speaking at a press conference at the close of the NATO summit in Washington
Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings, Walt Disney's granddaughter Abigail and Hollywood mega agent Ari Emanuel, whose brother Rahm served as Barack Obama's chief of staff -- said they would not be financing Biden citing concerns over his age.

French Left Blasts Macron, Demands Keys To Govt

France's new National Assembly: seats by political party
No single force won Sunday's second-round vote outright, though a broad alliance of Socialists, Communists, Greens and the hard-left France Unbowed (LFI) won the most seats, with 193 in the 577-strong National Assembly.
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Official results showed Yuriko Koike secured a third term as governor of Tokyo

Tokyo Governor Koike Sweeps To Third Term

The outcome from Sunday's vote is also a relief to unpopular Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which backed Koike despite her not being a member.
Saeed Jalili (L) and Massoud Pezeshkian (R) face off on Friday in Iran's presidential election following record-low turnout in the first round

Polls Open In Iran Presidential Election Runoff

Polls opened Friday for Iran's runoff presidential election, the interior ministry said, pitting reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian against ultraconservative Saeed Jalili in the race to succeed Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a May helicopter crash.
Kamala Harris, 59, is the first woman, the first Black person and the first person of Asian origin -- her mother was from India -- to hold the job that puts her a heartbeat from the presidency

VP Harris Does High-wire Act As Biden Wobbles

Biden's dismal performance in last week's debate with Donald Trump has triggered panic in much of the Democratic Party as people question whether Biden is physically and mentally able to beat Trump and serve another four years.
The election victory of Geert Wilders sent shockwaves through the country

New Dutch PM Sworn In With Mission To Curb Asylum

Dutch King Willem-Alexander swore in former spy chief Dick Schoof as new prime minister Tuesday, at the head of a right-wing coalition cabinet with a mission to implement the country's "strictest-ever" immigration policy.
Des opposants à l'ex-président américain Donald Trump manifestent devant la Cour suprême des Etats-Unis, à Washington, le 25 avril 2024

US Supreme Court Ruling On Trump Immunity Looms

Even if the ruling is likely to reject Trump's claim he should enjoy absolute immunity, the decision will be key in whether his trial for conspiring to overturn his 2020 election loss can go ahead before this year's election, in which he is the Republican candidate.
The election risks being a new disaster for Macron

French Parties In Final Push For Votes Ahead Of Crunch Poll

The official campaigning period will end at midnight followed by a day off on Saturday, during which political activity is forbidden ahead of voting Sunday. Another week of campaigning will then lead up to the decisive second round on July 7.
Donald Trump has said he would be happy to "use the military" to deport millions of undocumented migrants

Trump's Plan For The Presidency, In His Own Words

Mass expulsions? The 78-year-old, known for his unfinished border wall project, has said he would be happy to "use the military" as part of the effort and would open detention camps to process targets for expulsion.
An Alireza Zakani supporter at a rally for the candidate in Tehran

Iran Picks New President At Turbulent Time

Iranians vote on Friday to elect a new president from six candidates, including a lone reformist who hopes he can challenge the dominance of conservatives in the Islamic republic.
FDP Finance Minister Christian Lindner (L), Greens Economy Minister Robert Habeck (C) and Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) of the SPD are locked in a budget dispute

Germany's Coalition In Impasse Over 2025 Budget

Chancellor Olaf Scholz's Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the liberal FDP, who came to power in 2021, have until July 3, the end of the current parliamentary term, to reach a compromise.

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