- Ukrainian pilot returns home as unrivalled national hero Updated: May-25-16 12:03 pm
MOSCOW - When war broke out in eastern Ukraine, pilot Nadezhda Savchenko left her hometown to join the fight against Russia-backed separatists. Nearly two years after she was captured, then tried and convicted in Russia, she returned home to a rapturous welcome in Kiev.
- Macedonia constitutional court annuls parliament dissolution Updated: May-25-16 7:06 am
SKOPJE, Macedonia - Macedonia's constitutional court has ruled that a decision to dissolve parliament to pave the way for early general elections was unconstitutional, and has formally annulled the move.
- Hard-line cleric voted leader of Iran's Assembly of Experts Updated: May-24-16 8:24 am
TEHRAN, Iran - A hard-line Iranian cleric who has been in the country's power structure since its 1979 Islamic Revolution was chosen on Tuesday to lead the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body that picks the country's next supreme leader.
- Experts say divisive politician could win Australian seat Updated: May-24-16 2:25 am
CANBERRA, Australia - Right-wing firebrand politician Pauline Hanson, who opposes Muslim immigration, has a realistic chance of returning to Australia's Parliament in July elections, experts said Tuesday.
- Correction: Cyprus-Parliament-Elections story Updated: May-23-16 2:32 pm
NICOSIA, Cyprus - In one version of a story May 22 about parliamentary elections in Cyprus, The Associated Press erroneously switched the descriptions of northern and southern Cyprus.
- Vietnam votes for rubber-stamp assembly before Obama visit Updated: May-22-16 11:05 am
HANOI, Vietnam - Just hours before President Barack Obama's first visit to Vietnam, the country voted Sunday in once-every-five-year elections for a rubber-stamp parliament whose membership has already been largely determined by the Communist Party.
- UN Security Council visits Somalia to support upcoming polls Updated: May-19-16 12:09 pm
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Members of the U.N. Security Council are visiting Somalia to support the country's upcoming elections as well as its efforts to defeat an insurgency by Islamic extremists.
- Russian lawmakers back creation of national guard Updated: May-18-16 10:50 am
MOSCOW - Russian lawmakers on Wednesday gave tentative approval to forming a national guard, with some saying the Kremlin needs the new force as a tool against possible unrest.
- UN envoy warns that Hezbollah expansion can threaten Lebanon Updated: May-13-16 9:09 pm
- Spain: Bullfight tensions rise with new political landscape Updated: May-13-16 1:59 pm
MADRID - As matadors face half-ton bulls this month during Madrid's most important annual series of bullfights and Pamplona gears up for its chaotic July bull runs down cobblestoned streets, tensions are building between anti-bullfighting forces and the traditions' defenders, who have launched Spain's first pro-bullfight lobbying group.
- Australian opposition's PM pick helped oust 2 predecessors Updated: May-08-16 1:23 am
CANBERRA, Australia - Political powerbroker Bill Shorten played a key role in ousting two Australian prime ministers - both members of his own party and politicians he had once supported. That history of fickle loyalty may come back to haunt him as he seeks to lead the country.
- Australian leader Turnbull seeks to gain mandate in vote Updated: May-08-16 1:20 am
CANBERRA, Australia - Malcolm Turnbull is Australia's fifth prime minister in as many years, and after eight months in the top job, declining approval ratings suggest he has proved a disappointment to many voters.
- Australian prime minister makes July 2 election official Updated: May-08-16 12:46 am
CANBERRA, Australia - Australian prime minister says the governor-general has agreed to a July 2 election.
- Labour's Sadiq Khan elected 1st Muslim London mayor Updated: May-06-16 7:55 pm
LONDON - Sadiq Khan became London's first Muslim mayor Saturday, as voters rejected attempts to taint him with links to extremism and handed a decisive victory to the bus driver's son from south London.
- Irish Prime Minister Kenny re-elected after 70-day deadlock Updated: May-06-16 3:03 pm
DUBLIN - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny won narrow re-election Friday on his fourth try, ending 70 days of deadlock and forging a novel but fragile minority government containing independent voices.
- Scotland's independence party scores well but no majority Updated: May-06-16 11:43 am
GLASGOW, Scotland - The independence-minded Scottish National Party won a third consecutive term in government Friday but failed to secure an overall majority in the Scottish Parliament.
- Thousands claim vote rigging by Serbia's ruling populists Updated: Apr-30-16 10:27 am
BELGRADE, Serbia - Chanting "Thieves! Thieves!," thousands of opposition supporters protested Saturday in front of Serbia's state electoral commission over what their leaders said was widespread vote rigging by the ruling populists.
- Iran votes in parliamentary runoff as rare shooting wounds 4 Updated: Apr-29-16 12:05 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Iranians voted Friday in the country's parliamentary runoff elections, a key poll that will decide how much power allies of moderate President Hassan Rouhani will have in the next legislature after the landmark nuclear deal with world powers.
- Undercover squad may mean more covering up for Tehran women Updated: Apr-27-16 10:29 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Tehran resident Sousan Heidari has stopped letting her headscarf slip casually down over her neck and shoulders while driving in the Iranian capital. These days, the 22-year-old with a taste for bold makeup makes sure to pull it tightly over her dark hair, fearful of running afoul of a newly established undercover division of the morality police.
- New Slovak government wins confidence vote Updated: Apr-26-16 4:21 pm
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - The new Slovak government of Prime Minister Robert Fico has won a mandatory vote of confidence in Parliament
- AP Interview: Georgia prime minister vows course toward West Updated: Apr-25-16 4:22 pm
WASHINGTON - The prime minister of Georgia vowed that his country would continue moving on a pro-Western course and pledged to hold an honest parliamentary election this fall.