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The Central Election Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan ©Turar Kazangapov
Cost of presidential election in Kazakhstan - 5 billion tenge

Minister of National Economy of Kazakhstan Yerbolat Dossayev said that the government envisioned spending 5 bln tenge on the presidential election next year.

Cost of presidential election in Kazakhstan - 5 billion tenge
Spain's Catalonia calls snap vote in fresh independence push
Spain's Catalonia calls snap vote in fresh independence push

Catalonia called a snap election for September centred on its independence bid, just two months after the wealthy region held a contested symbolic referendum.

Spain's Catalonia calls snap vote in fresh independence push
Japan kicks off election campaign in 'Abenomics referendum'
Japan kicks off election campaign in 'Abenomics referendum'

Official campaigning kicked off in Japan before a December 14 election which Prime Minister has described as a referendum on his faltering "Abenomics" growth blitz.

Japan kicks off election campaign in 'Abenomics referendum'
Spanish prosecutors to take legal action against Catalan president
Spanish prosecutors to take legal action against Catalan president

Spanish prosecutors said they will take legal action against Artur Mas after he went ahead with a symbolic independence referendum in defiance of a court injunction.

Spanish prosecutors to take legal action against Catalan president
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond. ©REUTERS
Scottish nationalists change leader after referendum defeat

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond will step down as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) at its annual conference.

Scottish nationalists change leader after referendum defeat
Catalonia leader shifts tack on independence vote
Catalonia leader shifts tack on independence vote

Catalonia's president Artur Mas said a snap election could be held to let the Spanish region vote on independence.

Catalonia leader shifts tack on independence vote
Cancellation of Catalonia referendum 'excellent news': Spain PM
Cancellation of Catalonia referendum 'excellent news': Spain PM

Spain's Prime Minister hailed the decision by Catalan leaders to call off a planned vote on independence as "excellent news.

Cancellation of Catalonia referendum 'excellent news': Spain PM
Britain's Hammond sees Scotland referendum as 'model' for Iraq
Britain's Hammond sees Scotland referendum as 'model' for Iraq

Britain's foreign secretary said in Baghdad he hoped Scotland's decision to remain in the United Kingdom would inspire Iraqis to remain united.

Britain's Hammond sees Scotland referendum as 'model' for Iraq
Spanish court suspends Catalonia independence vote
Spanish court suspends Catalonia independence vote

Spain's Constitutional Cour suspended an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November 9.

Spanish court suspends Catalonia independence vote
Scotland rejects independence in historic referendum
Scotland rejects independence in historic referendum

Scotland rejected independence in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact.

Scotland rejects independence in historic referendum
Scotland votes on independence from Britain
Scotland votes on independence from Britain

Scotland voted in an epic independence referendum that could break up the centuries-old United Kingdom and create Europe's newest state.

Scotland votes on independence from Britain
Scots grapple with referendum tug-of-war at Highland games
Scots grapple with referendum tug-of-war at Highland games

Bagpipe music, caber-tossing and tugs-of-war were on everyone's minds at the Braemar Highland games presided over by Queen Elizabeth II.

Scots grapple with referendum tug-of-war at Highland games
Support for Scottish independence growing: poll
Support for Scottish independence growing: poll

Support for Scottish independence is increasing ahead of a referendum, amid attempts by David Cameron to make the business case for retaining the union.

Support for Scottish independence growing: 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
Nursultan Nazarbayev at the briefing in the Hague. Photo courtesy of akorda.kz
Kazakhstan’s President comments on the situation in Ukraine

In the recent years the country’s leadership has been hesitating trying to choose between closer ties with the EU and ties with Russia, between participating in the CIS and staying away from the integration: Nazarbayev.

Kazakhstan’s President comments on the situation in Ukraine
Illustration by Tengrinews.kz
Ukraine concerned with Kazakhstan's acceptance of Crimean referendum

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine referred to Kazakhstan's acceptance of the referendum in Crimea as an unneighborly act.

Ukraine concerned with Kazakhstan's acceptance of Crimean referendum
Crude prices up after Crimea referendum
Crude prices up after Crimea referendum

Oil prices rose in Asia Monday on increased geopolitical tensions as the United States hinted at fresh sanctions against Moscow after Crimea voted in a referendum to break away from Ukraine and join Russia.

Crude prices up after Crimea referendum
The poster reads: What will we choose on March 16. Photo courtesy of vm.ru
95.5 percent in Crimea vote to secede from Ukraine

Crimea will formally apply to join Russia on Monday after voting to split from Ukraine as Europe prepared to hit Moscow with a wave of sanctions in the worst East-West stand-off since the Cold War.

95.5 percent in Crimea vote to secede from Ukraine
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
Cameron urges UK to unite to stop Scottish independence
Cameron urges UK to unite to stop Scottish independence

British Prime Minister David Cameron will urge people in all parts of the United Kingdom on Friday to try to persuade Scots to vote 'no' in their referendum on independence.

Cameron urges UK to unite to stop Scottish independence