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December 13, 2017
Nepal's Communist parties poised for election landslide
Kathmandu (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Nepal's Communist parties were headed Monday for a landslide win in elections seen as a turning point after two decades of conflict, political instability and disaster that have crippled the Himalayan country. The landmark elections for national and provincial parliaments capped Nepal's 11-year transition from monarchy to federal democracy after a brutal civil war. Many hope they will usher in a much-needed period of stability in the impoverished country, which has cycled through 10 prime minist ... read more

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Billionaire Guo Wengui, who is seeking asylum in the United States after accusing officials in his native China of corruption, wants "a change of the regime" in Beijing and the introduction of democracy in the world's most populous country. ... more
Mauritania activists released after executions protest
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Joshua Wong leads 'anti-authoritarian' march in Hong Kong
Around 1,000 people marched through Hong Kong Sunday, led by some of the city's high-profile democracy campaigners including Joshua Wong, in what they billed an "anti-authoritarian" protest. ... more
Merkel woes deepen as farm minister flouts orders
German Chancellor Angela Merkel rapped her agriculture minister Tuesday for violating the government line in approving a controversial weedkiller at a key EU meeting, sparking a political storm and angering European allies. ... more
E.Guinea court confirms ruling party's landslide election win
Equatorial Guinea's constitutional court has confirmed the results of this month's elections in which the ruling party secured a landslide victory with 92 percent of the vote. ... more
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Sacked Catalan leader freed on bail in Belgium
Catalonia's sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers were released with conditions in Belgium on Sunday after turning themselves in to face a Spanish warrant for their arrest. ... more

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In Belgium for 'safety', axed Catalan leader summoned to Spain court
Spain's top criminal court summoned Catalonia's axed separatist leader for questioning, hours after he appeared in Brussels insisting he remained the "legitimate president" of a region now under direct rule from Madrid. ... more
Russians also used Instagram for disinformation campaign
The Russian-led effort to spread misinformation and sow discord ahead of the 2016 US election also used the social network Instagram, parent company Facebook acknowledged in Congress on Wednesday. ... more
In Belgium for 'safety', axed Catalan leader summoned to Spain court
Spain's top criminal court on Tuesday summoned Catalonia's axed separatist leader for questioning, hours after he appeared in Brussels insisting he remained the "legitimate president" of a region now under direct rule from Madrid. ... more
Don't treat us as heroes says bailed Hong Kong activist Wong
Ten weeks in jail has had an effect on Joshua Wong; he is pensive, reflective and thinner. It is an experience that has forced him to weigh up the cost of being the most recognised face of Hong Kong's democracy campaign. ... more
Facebook eyes revealing political ad backers; Kremlin says Twitter biased
Facebook said Friday it would take steps to deliver on a promise to reveal backers of political advertisements to boost transparency in the wake of criticism of the social network's role in the 2016 US election. ... more
Wong joins Hong Kong protest day after release on bail
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was back out protesting Wednesday, a day after his release from prison on bail for his role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement. ... more
Jailed Hong Kong pro-democracy activists released on bail
Jailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were released on bail Tuesday pending an appeal against sentences handed down for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests. ... more
US lawmakers move to regulate online political ads
US lawmakers Thursday unveiled legislation to require disclosure of the source of many online political ads, a move aimed at preventing a recurrence of Russian social media manipulation in the 2016 election. ... more

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on track for a landslide win in Japan's upcoming election, the latest survey suggested Monday, as a new party founded by Tokyo's popular governor loses momentum. ... more
'Jack Bauer', 'Japanese Macron': Colourful candidates in Japan vote
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Netanyahu, Israeli police face off over graft probe
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli police faced off in a rare public dispute Sunday over an intensifying graft probe that has led to speculation over whether he will eventually be forced from office. ... more
Tennis: Heartbroken Nadal 'wants to cry' over Catalan vote
Spain's world number one Rafael Nadal said on Monday he was stunned and felt like crying following a banned independence referendum in Catalonia and a police crackdown. ... more
Facebook beefing up team to thwart election manipulation
Facebook on Monday said it will hire more than 1,000 people to thwart deceptive ads crafted to knock elections off course. ... more
Puerto Rico's new migration to Florida could turn state Democratic
Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico looks likely to trigger a major wave of migration to Florida, which could push the politically important US state to the Democratic side, analysts said Sunday. ... more
Hong Kong democracy rally marks China national day
Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday to mark China's national day with a pro-democracy rally, and voice growing fears that the city's liberties are under threat from Beijing. ... more
Social media and democracy: optimism fades as fears rise
Just a few years ago, Facebook and Twitter were hailed as tools for democracy activists, enabling movements like the Arab Spring to flourish. ... more
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