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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. ©REUTERS
Russia angers West by backing rebel polls as EU uphold sanctions

Russia announced it will recognise separatist polls in Ukraine next weekend, sparking an angry reaction from Washington and Kiev's newly elected pro-Western leaders.

Russia angers West by backing rebel polls as EU uphold sanctions
Pro-West, nationalist parties win Ukraine vote: exit polls
Pro-West, nationalist parties win Ukraine vote: exit polls

Pro-Western and nationalist parties scored a crushing victory in Ukraine's snap parliamentary polls, which were boycotted by pro-Russian rebels.

Pro-West, nationalist parties win Ukraine vote: exit polls
Fear and loathing as Ukraine's frontline city votes
Fear and loathing as Ukraine's frontline city votes

Ukraine's parliamentary polls was meant to help bring a shattered nation together, but the frontline city of Mariupol is in no mood for reconciliation.

Fear and loathing as Ukraine's frontline city votes
Mozambicans pick president in test for long-ruling Frelimo
Mozambicans pick president in test for long-ruling Frelimo

Mozambique heads to the polls a tough test for Frelimo, the party that has ruled the resource-rich country since independence in 1975.

Mozambicans pick president in test for long-ruling Frelimo
Hollande hits all-time low in new opinion poll
Hollande hits all-time low in new opinion poll

Confidence in embattled French President Francois Hollande has plunged to a new all-time low of 13 percent.

Hollande hits all-time low in new opinion poll
Electoral assistants count ballots at a polling station after the last day of civil referendum held by the Occupy Central organisers in Hong Kong. ©Reuters/Tyrone Siu
China slams Hong Kong democracy poll despite 800,000 votes

Organisers urged Hong Kong's government to take seriously an unofficial referendum on democratic reform after nearly 800,000 people voted in the Chinese city, but state media in Beijing dismissed the ballot as unpatriotic.

China slams Hong Kong democracy poll despite 800,000 votes
Egypt votes in poll seen giving Sisi landslide victory
Egypt votes in poll seen giving Sisi landslide victory

The ex-army chief who ousted Egypt's first democratically elected leader and crushed his Islamist movement was set for a landslide presidential election win on Tuesday, the final day of voting.

Egypt votes in poll seen giving Sisi landslide victory
Airport in east Ukraine's Donetsk shut after rebel raid
Airport in east Ukraine's Donetsk shut after rebel raid

The main airport in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk shut down on Monday after being raided by dozens of armed separatists who vowed to keep up their resistance a day after presidential polls.

Airport in east Ukraine's Donetsk shut after rebel raid
Final phase of India election as Modi fights for seat
Final phase of India election as Modi fights for seat

Voters headed to the polls Monday in the final phase of India's marathon election, with hardliner Narendra Modi expected to lead his Hindu nationalists to victory after 10 years of Congress party rule.

Final phase of India election as Modi fights for seat
Iraqi forces cast ballots ahead of election
Iraqi forces cast ballots ahead of election

Security personnel cast their ballots nationwide Monday ahead of Iraq's first election since US troops withdrew, amid attacks on voting centres and fears the country is slipping into all-out conflict.

Iraqi forces cast ballots ahead of election
Six killed as India heads back to the polls
Six killed as India heads back to the polls

The latest stage of India's massive five-week election was marred by bloody violence Thursday, with a landmine triggered by Maoist insurgents killing at least five policemen in an insurgency-hit eastern state.

Six killed as India heads back to the polls
70 wounded as anti-vote Algerian youths, police clash
70 wounded as anti-vote Algerian youths, police clash

Clashes in Algeria's restive Kabylie region between security forces and youths opposed to Thursday's presidential election wounded around 70 people, local sources said.

70 wounded as anti-vote Algerian youths, police clash
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Americans confuse Ukraine and Kazakhstan on world map

Most Americans do not know how to locate Ukraine on the world map, while at the same time support use of U.S. military forces in the country.

Americans confuse Ukraine and Kazakhstan on world map
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
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Almaty residents prefer spending Nauryz at home or outdoors

Most of Almaty residents intend to spend Nauryz holiday at home with their families or enjoying the spring outdoors.

Almaty residents prefer spending Nauryz at home or outdoors
Colombia vote seen as referendum on rebel peace talks
Colombia vote seen as referendum on rebel peace talks

Colombians went to the polls on Sunday to elect new legislators, in a vote seen as a referendum on peace talks with leftist guerrillas and a bellwether for May's presidential election.

Colombia vote seen as referendum on rebel peace talks
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Most popular gifts for Women's Day in Kazakhstan

A list of the most popular gifts for March 8 -- the International Women's Day -- in Kazakhstan has been made.

Most popular gifts for Women's Day in Kazakhstan
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Fireworks but no joy as Latvia joins eurozone

Fireworks will light up the skies above Riga when Latvia adopts the euro on January 1, but on the ground the feeling will be far from festive among those fearing the impact of the switch.

Fireworks but no joy as Latvia joins eurozone
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Quarter of polled Kazakhstan residents disappointed with job selection

The poll involved 2.7 thousand employees in Kazakhstan and showed that most of the respondents felt themselves out of place.

Quarter of polled Kazakhstan residents disappointed with job selection
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68 percent manipulate employers in Kazakhstan

The poll that covered 2.4 thousand people showed that 68 percent of respondents had manipulated their employers at least once.

68 percent manipulate employers in Kazakhstan