Parliamentary elections

Global citizens movement Avaaz display life-sized Zuckerberg cutouts near the EU Commission to protest against fake Facebook accounts spreading disinformation on the platform, in Brussels, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. European Union lawmakers plan to press Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday about data protection standards at the internet giant at a hearing focused on a scandal over the alleged misuse of the personal information of millions of people. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
May 22, 2018 - 12:35 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's meeting with European Union officials (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is apologizing for the internet giant's failure to prevent some of the internet tools it has developed from being misused. During a testimony...
Read More
In this photo taken on Thursday, March 1, 2018, Giuseppe Conte smiles during a meeting in Rome. Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the eurosceptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League indicated a 54-year-old law professor with no political experience as their candidate for premier. Neither 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio nor League leader Matteo Salvini named Giuseppe Conte in brief remarks to reporters after leaving a closed-door meeting with President Sergio Mattarella in what could be final consultations before forming a government 11 weeks after elections left Italy with a hung parliament. But, in a breach of protocol, Di Maio identified Conte to reporters outside the Quirinale presidential palace and posted his name on the movement’s popular block. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 21, 2018 - 4:28 pm
ROME (AP) — Giuseppe Conte, a bureaucracy-allergic law professor, is hardly a household name in Italy. Yet the 53-year-old academic is the candidate two rival political leaders have chosen to head what they hope will be the country's first populist government. Say the name "Conte" and the one who...
Read More
FILE - In this May 14, 2018, file photo, followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, seen in the poster, celebrate in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq. Fourteen years after Muqtada al-Sadr’s militias fought and killed American troops who had invaded Iraq, the United States is preparing to work hand in hand with the charismatic Shiite cleric and his movement. Following an upset Iraqi election, the U.S. is hoping to find common cause with al-Sadr in curtailing Iran’s influence. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
May 17, 2018 - 5:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen years after Muqtada al-Sadr's militias fought American troops, the United States is preparing to work hand in hand with the charismatic Shiite cleric and his movement, hoping to find common cause in curtailing Iran's influence in the wake of an upset Iraqi election. Like...
Read More
Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim, left, arrive with his wife Wan Azizah, right, at a rally in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Anwar has been freed from custody after receiving a pardon from the king, paving the way for a political comeback following his alliance's stunning election victory. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
May 17, 2018 - 4:47 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pardoned Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday that decades-old affirmative action policies for the country's Malay majority must be discarded in favor of a new program to help the poor regardless of race. In an interview with The Associated Press, the prime...
Read More
FILE - in this Dec. 29, 2015 file photo, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr speaks during a press conference in Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Sadr, who led punishing attacks on American forces after the 2003 U.S.-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein, appears set to secure the most significant victory of his political career with a strong showing in the May 12 parliamentary election. Al-Sadr gained popularity as a nationalist voice campaigning against corruption and against Iran’s influence in the country. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)
May 14, 2018 - 1:44 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — In the years following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the young cleric Moqtada al-Sadr burst onto the scene as a renegade champion of poorer Shiites, leading militant fighters who carried out deadly attacks on American forces and were notorious for sectarian killings against...
Read More
Separatist lawmaker Quim Torra, candidate for regional president, walks to deliver a speech during a parliamentary vote session in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, May 14, 2018. Catalonia's lawmakers are meeting to end more than six months of leadership vacuum by voting in a fervent separatist as the new chief of the restive region, setting the scene for a new confrontation with Spain. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
May 14, 2018 - 12:48 pm
MADRID (AP) — Lawmakers in Catalonia elected a fervent separatist as the new chief of the restive region Monday, ending a leadership vacuum of more than six months and setting the scene for more confrontations with the Spanish government. Quim Torra, a former corporate lawyer who went on to lead a...
Read More
Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, seen in the posters, celebrate in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, early Monday, May 14, 2018. Iraq's electoral commission announces influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is the current front-runner in national elections with official results in from just over half of the country's provinces. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
May 14, 2018 - 8:52 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Widespread disillusionment with Iraq's current political class appears to have helped the political coalition of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr become the early front-runner in national elections marked by record low turnout. Partial returns of the 2018 vote — the first...
Read More
Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, seen in the posters, celebrate after the preliminary results of the parliamentary elections are announced, in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, early Monday, May 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
May 13, 2018 - 7:17 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — The political coalition of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took an early lead in Iraq's national elections in partial returns announced late Sunday by the Iraqi electoral commission. An alliance of candidates linked to Iraq's powerful Shiite paramilitary groups was in...
Read More
An Iraqi woman prepares to cast her vote in the country's parliamentary elections in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Polls opened across Iraq on Saturday in the first national election since the declaration of victory over the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
May 12, 2018 - 3:20 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Polls have closed across Iraq Saturday evening in the first national election since the country declared victory over the Islamic State group. The vote — the fourth since the 2003 U.S.-led toppling of Saddam Hussein — was marked by reports of low turnout and irregularities. Results...
Read More
FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, April 12, 2018, Forza Italia party's leader Silvio Berlusconi addresses journalists at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome. According to Milan daily newspaper Corriere della Sera reporting Saturday May 12, 2018, a court in Milan has ruled that 81-year old former premier Silvio Berlusconi can run for office again, 5-years after a tax fraud conviction. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, FILE)
May 12, 2018 - 9:19 am
ROME (AP) — A court in Italy has ruled that former three-time Premier Silvio Berlusconi is eligible to run for office again, nearly five years after a tax fraud conviction forced him to surrender his Senate seat and prevented him from being a candidate in national elections. Milan daily newspaper...
Read More