The world turned a skeptical eye toward Syria on Thursday after a truce cast relative calm over restive cities and towns previously pounded by government forces.
Myanmar has invited the United States and the European Union to send representatives to observe elections in April, according to officials in the region.
The former head of intelligence of Guinea Bissau was shot dead in the capital late Sunday, hours after the peaceful conclusion of the country's presidential elections.
Thousands of people in Moscow rallied for and against Vladimir Putin in separate rallies Monday after official election results showed the Russian prime minister handily winning back the presidency.
The foiled plot to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin just days before the presidential election is certain to strengthen his margin of victory at the polls on Sunday.
CNN's Zain Verjee looks at Vladimir Putin's latest suggestive campaign ad that emphasizes his alpha male persona.
The Myanmar government will "seriously consider" accepting observers from neighboring countries to monitor elections taking place in April, a regional organization said Tuesday.
Protesters rallied in Washington on Saturday to raise awareness of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo following contested elections there in November.
Democratic Republic of Congo security forces have killed more than 24 people and arbitrarily detained dozens more since President Joseph Kabila was announced the winner of the disputed president elections on December 9, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.
David Pottie, of the Carter Center, discusses the disputed results of elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Fareed Zakaria discusses the recent protests in Russia and the tough uphill climb they face to produce change in Moscow.
CNN's Phil Black reports on the large police presence on Moscow's streets and talks to protesters who are reorganizing.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin blamed the United States Thursday for encouraging opposition protests that have broken out since parliamentary elections Sunday.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a "full investigation" of irregularities in Sunday's parliamentary elections in which the party of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appears to have suffered a serious setback.
Putin's party suffers sharp losses. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports it's not politics as usual for united Russia.
Federal civil rights officials announced Monday they have sent election observers to locations in five states to keep an eye out for potential trouble at the polls Tuesday.
CNN's Ivan Watson meets the woman whose confrontation with a vendor helped launch Tunisia's revolution.
Tunisia was the first Arab country this year to overthrow its long-ruling dictator. And it now is the first country of the Arab Spring to hold an election, one that international observers are calling remarkably free and fair.
Voters in Belarus head to the polls Sunday to cast their ballots in presidential elections.
About 10 percent of votes cast in last month's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have been disqualified due to suspected fraud, a spokesman for the Independent Election Commission said Monday.
Polls closed Sunday in the poor but strategically important Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan as citizens turned out to elect a new parliament, after a year that has seen the president flee the country and ethnic riots that left hundreds dead.
An independent watchdog group says it has "serious concerns about the quality" of the Afghan parliamentary elections last weekend, citing "electoral violations and irregularities" and security problems that forced polling centers to close.
Many Afghans were denied the right to vote in parliamentary elections because the country is too dangerous and because of logistical failures, an independent election watchdog said Monday.
Congratulatory messages have been pouring in to Afghanistan after Saturday's parliamentary elections, with dignitaries commending voters' bravery for defying Taliban rocket and bomb attacks to cast their ballots.
CNN's Ivan Watson reports 2,500 candidates are competing in elections marred by violence and allegations of fraud.
Afghans voted in the fourth post-Taliban-era national election Saturday, though it was not without the violence promised by militants or myriad procedural challenges.
The president of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea pledged a series of reforms Monday, saying he wants to ensure peace, political stability and transparency in the central African nation, ranked among the world's most corrupt.
International observers Monday applauded the first free presidential election in Guinea in more than 50 years, saying it was democratic, inclusive and transparent.
Sudan's first multiparty elections in more than two decades fell short of international standards, the United States, United Kingdom and Norway said, echoing an earlier report by the Carter Center.
CNN's David McKenzie travels to Sudan to cover historic national elections.
Sudan's first multiparty elections in 24 years, which wrapped up earlier this week, fell short of international standards but should be recognized as an important step forward for the nation, observers said Saturday.
Counting was under way in Sudan on Friday, nearly a week after voters started casting ballots in the nation's first multiparty election in 24 years.
The United Nations on Tuesday applauded the decision by Sudan's National Election Commission to extend voting in the nation's multi-party elections by two days until Thursday.
CNN's David McKenzie talks to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter about the prospect for peace in Sudan.
Sudan is holding multi-party elections for the first time in more than two decades. CNN's David McKenzie reports.
As Sudan began its second day of voting on Monday in an historic election, problems in the vote emerged in some areas.
The European Union on Wednesday pulled its observers from Darfur ahead of elections in Sudan, an EU spokeswoman told CNN.
Ayad Allawi's Iraqiya coalition won the most seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, according to results issued Friday by Iraqi election officials.
In an exclusive interview with CNN's Matthew Chance, Ukraine President-elect Viktor Yanukovich talks of the future.
The final results from Ukraine's presidential election on Wednesday showed former Prime Minister Victor Yanukovich winning a close race, but an official declaration of a victor was still to come.
Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko refuses to concede defeat in Ukraine's presidential election and plans to demand a recount in some districts, officials from her party, Bloc Tymoshenko, said Tuesday.
The president of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea has been re-elected in a vote that human rights groups criticized as unfair.
CNN's Fareed Zakaria speaks with President Karzai who explains why he changed his mind about a runoff.
The main challenger to Afghan President Hamid Karzai Monday demanded the removal of the country's election chief and 200 other staffers of the election commission to ensure a fair runoff election.
The United States and France urged the Afghan president and his main rival to respect the results of an August election in order to ensure the country has a legitimate government.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday warned Western observers not to "delegitimize" the results of his country's presidential election, which has been marred by allegations of fraud.
Afghan presidential election results from five polling stations were declared invalid by the Electoral Complaints Commission on Thursday because of fraud.
Afghanistan's Electoral Complaints Commission on Tuesday ordered a partial recount of the ballots in the August 20 presidential election.
Heavy fraud leads to votes being thrown out in the Afghan presidential elections. CNN's Atia Abawi reports
Increasingly credible allegations of vote fraud were the topic of conversation Monday night for a meeting between U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, senior State Department officials said.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's campaign team claimed Friday he was on track for victory in the country's presidential election, while his close rival Abdullah Abdullah also said he was leading the vote.
Saad Hariri, the leader of Lebanon's Sunni-dominated "March 14 coalition," claimed victory hours after the polls closed in Sunday's crucial election.
Simmering ethnic and religious tensions in parts of Indonesia have yet to be adequately addressed, but none are expected to overshadow upcoming elections, a senior analyst said this week.
Sunday's presidential election in Macedonia was free of the violence which marred last year's parliamentary vote in the former Yugoslav republic, election observers said on Monday.
The humble mobile phone is driving a new revolution which some experts hope could bring fairer elections and democracy to some African states.
Protesters mob the ruling party headquarters alleging fraud in a poll on the sharing of the country's mineral wealth.
Calm returned to the Mongolian capital Thursday after a post-election political rally descended into violence.
With polls closed for a Zimbabwe runoff that opposition politicians and international observers call a sham, alleged torture victims who support former candidate Morgan Tsvangirai said Friday that they back his decision to pull out of the race.
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is pulling out of Friday's presidential runoff because of mounting violence
The former communist rebels known as Maoists emerged Sunday as early leaders in Nepal's historic elections for an assembly that could formally abolish a 240-year monarchy.
There are calls of fraud in Nepal's election of a constitutional assembly. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.
Nepal's elections on Thursday were hailed as a success by international observers, including a former U.S. president, despite violence that left two people dead -- including a candidate gunned down in front of a polling station.
President Filip Vujanovic won re-election by a landslide, election monitors said Monday, cementing Montenegro's westward economic and political course since breaking away from Serbia two years ago.
Anxiety was growing in Zimbabwe early Tuesday, three days after people in the African nation went to the polls to elect a new president and parliament.
Near-complete returns from Georgia's presidential election show pro-western President Mikheil Saakashvili winning a majority of the vote, the head of the former Soviet republic's electoral commission said Sunday.
Kenya has enjoyed a reputation as one of East Africa's most stable nations since achieving independence from the UK in 1963.
A pro-Kremlin youth movement said it will distribute fliers Monday accusing the United States of planning to incite "thieves and traitors" to rebel across Russia
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's party won every available seat in a new parliament on Sunday after a flawed vote that the opposition said turned the clock back to totalitarian Soviet rule.
Kazakhstan voted on Saturday in a parliamentary election that is bound to return a big majority for President Nursultan Nazarbayev's party and is seen as a test of the Central Asian state's democracy.
The Justice Department Monday announced it has dispatched an army of election observers and monitors across the country to polling places where it sees a potential for discrimination or other voting rights violations.
The Justice Department plans to dispatch more than 800 federal observers and monitors to 20 states to protect voting rights in potentially troubled polling locations, officials announced Tuesday.
European monitors and the United States have condemned the weekend presidential election in Belarus that saw President Alexander Lukashenko re-elected in a landslide, with the White House joining opposition calls for a new vote.
At least 15 people were killed and 46 others wounded Thursday when near-simultaneous car and suicide bombings struck a busy commercial district in central Baghdad, an official with the city's emergency police said.
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) has given up its entire arsenal of weapons after more than three decades of armed struggle against British rule, according to the disarmament monitor for Northern Ireland.
Ethiopian security forces held a number of opposition leaders under house arrest Thursday, a day after police and troops fired into crowds killing at least 22 people in the country's worst bloodshed in four years.
Polls have officially closed in Zimbabwe's parliamentary elections that were characterized by long lines at ballot stations and attacks by the U.S. and the European Union as being unfair.
Election officials declared Mahmoud Abbas the winner of the Palestinian Authority's presidential elections on Monday, positioning him to succeed Yasser Arafat in a new era that could lead to an independent Palestinian state.
Former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas declared victory in the Palestinian presidential election late Sunday after exit polls gave him a commanding lead over his rivals.
Palestinians go to the polls Sunday to elect a new president in what is promised to be the most transparent election in modern Arab history.
A leading European human rights watchdog has called on Ukraine's Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych to admit defeat as initial results showed his West-leaning rival Viktor Yushchenko winning the presidency.
Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko has said Ukraine will finally be free after declaring himself the winner of the rerun of fraud-filled presidential elections.
Ukraine's presidential rivals wrapped up their campaigns Friday as tension mounted ahead of Sunday's rerun election.
The two men vying to become president of Ukraine exchanged attacks in a bare-knuckled television debate, six days before they face new elections that will be watched closely in many parts of the world.
Ukraine's parliament has failed to approve changes to electoral laws that the opposition says were needed to prevent fraud in a rerun of a presidential election later this month.
In separate speeches Sunday, Ukraine's presidential rivals told thousands of their supporters that violence would only hurt their causes.
Ukraine's parliament has rejected the results of the country's presidential election and called for a new vote, nonbinding moves that indicate rising uneasiness with the standoff between the two candidates.
The presidential election is still a few days out, and already we're seeing dozens of legal battles and other disputes over election ballot minutiae.
The Justice Department is expected to announce Thursday where it plans to send about 1,000 federal election monitors charged with protecting the voting rights of citizens in the November 2 balloting.
Vote counting in Afghanistan's historic elections is almost finished, with incumbent President Hamid Karzai on course to win a simple majority.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to hold a strong lead in the nation's landmark elections amid accusations of voter fraud from a key rival.
There is no reason to nullify results from Saturday's presidential election in Afghanistan, despite voting irregularities that caused the opposition candidates to demand a new election, according to the head of an international group monitoring the process.
Afghanistan's first election was marred by controversy when all but one of the presidential candidates alleged voter fraud and vowed to discount the results.
Afghans have begun heading to the polls in the country's first direct democratic election, almost three years after the hard-line Taliban regime was ousted by a U.S.-led military campaign.
Check out the links below to hot political stories around the country this morning.
A team of international observers will monitor the presidential election in November, according to the U.S. State Department.
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