Shehbaz Sharif has been elected as Pakistan’s new prime minister

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Lawmakers in Pakistan’s National Assembly on Sunday elected Shehbaz Sharif as the country’s new prime minister for the second time, after allies of jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan shouted in protest in parliament over manipulation of last month’s elections. Khan is currently employed prison sentences in several cases and is barred … Read more

Senators warily allow F-16 sale to Turkey as part of NATO expansion agreement. ‘A deal’s a deal’

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. senators declined Thursday to block the treaty sale of F-16s to Turkey, despite expressing deep contempt for Turkey’s behavior as an ally. They held out at one unofficial bargain that Turks would get the fighter jets if they stopped blocking Sweden’s accession to NATO. “A deal is a deal,” said Sen. … Read more

Russia 2024 election: Date, how voting works, Putin’s challengers

The 2024 Russian presidential election is not expected to bring change to the Kremlin. With most opposition figures in prison or abroad and many independent media outlets blocked, the… The Kremlin maintains tight control over the country’s political system. The vote in March will almost certainly ensure that 71-year-old President Vladimir Putin will consolidate his … Read more

Belarus elections: Belarusians vote amid opposition calls for its boycott

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Polling stations opened Sunday in tightly controlled Belarus parliamentary and local elections that will strengthen the iron rule of the country’s authoritarian leader, despite calls for a boycott from the opposition, which dismissed the vote as a “pointless farce.” President Alexander Lukashenkowho has ruled Belarus with an iron fist for almost … Read more

Sweden and Hungary move to smooth over tensions ahead of vote on Sweden’s NATO accession

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Nearly two years after Sweden formally signed up to join NATO, its membership now depends on convincing one country — Viktor Orbán’s Hungary — to abandon its bid to join to formally ratify the military alliance. The Hungarian nationalist government postponed the vote on Swedish membership for more than eighteen months, … Read more

Israel-Hamas war: US vetoes UN resolution for Gaza cease-fire

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Tuesday vetoed an Arab-backed and widely supported U.N. resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas in the disputed Gaza Strip. free hostages kidnapped in Israel. The vote in the 15-member Security Council was 13 to 1, with Britain abstaining, reflecting strong … Read more

Hungary ready to approve Sweden’s NATO accession on Monday

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A vote in Hungary’s parliament on ratifying Sweden’s bid to join NATO could take place as early as Monday, according to a senior member of the country’s ruling Fidesz party. It would end more than 18 months of delays by the Nationalist government, which have frustrated Hungary’s allies. In a letter … Read more

Prabowo leads in unofficial presidential vote count

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto makes a gesture after casting his vote for the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections at a polling station in Bogor on February 14, 2024. Indonesians began voting for a new president on February 14, with Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto as the frontrunner. leads Southeast Asia’s largest economy despite concerns about … Read more

Indonesia election: Millions head to the polls to choose a new president

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian voters chose a new chairman Wednesday, as the world’s third-largest democracy strives to become a global economic powerhouse for a quarter of a century after shaking off a brutal dictatorship. The frontrunner, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, is the only candidate with ties to the Suharto era. He was commander of … Read more