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Solis elected as Costa Rica's new president: official
Solis elected as Costa Rica's new president: official

Political centrist Luis Guillermo Solis was elected president of Costa Rica in a runoff vote Sunday, becoming the first third-party candidate to win in decades.

Solis elected as Costa Rica's new president: official
Japanese parliament passes controversial secrets law
Japanese parliament passes controversial secrets law

Japan's parliament on Friday adopted a law on protecting state secrets despite a public outcry, with strong opposition from the media and academics who fear it will infringe on the right to information and free expression.

Japanese parliament passes controversial secrets law
White House press secretary Jay Carney. ©Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
White House steps up bid to thwart new Iran sanctions

The White House warned Congress Tuesday that passing new sanctions on Iran -- even with a delayed launch date -- would give Tehran an excuse to undermine an interim nuclear deal.

White House steps up bid to thwart new Iran sanctions
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Swedish far right seeks to ban foreigners from begging

The far-right Sweden Democrats party on Wednesday proposed forbidding foreigners from begging in the country under penalty of jail time or expulsion.

Swedish far right seeks to ban foreigners from begging
New York ends Bloomberg era, elects liberal de Blasio as mayor
New York ends Bloomberg era, elects liberal de Blasio as mayor

Voters in New York picked Bill de Blasio to be the city's first Democratic mayor in a generation, in one of a handful of elections seen as having considerable national importance.

New York ends Bloomberg era, elects liberal de Blasio as mayor
Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. ©RIA NOVOSTI
First new political party formed in Turkmenistan in 20 years

A new political party was formed for the first time in Turkmenistan since the isolated ex-Soviet state won independence in 1991.

First new political party formed in Turkmenistan in 20 years

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