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Updated on February 21, 2009

Races Entering Complex Phase Over Delegates


The presidential campaign is entering a new phase as Democratic and Republican candidates move beyond state-by-state competition and into a potentially protracted scramble for delegates Congressional district by Congressional



McCain, Long a GOP Maverick, Is Gaining Mainstream Support

Is John McCain, the maverick flyboy of the Republican Party, becoming the candidate of the Republican establishment?


CHRONOLOGY-Kenya in crisis after disputed elections

Protests erupted in west Kenya and machete-wielding mobs faced off in the Rift Valley on Monday after dozens were killed in ethnic violence that complicated mediation efforts by former UN boss Kofi Annan.


Europe weighs sending monitors back to Gaza border

The EU is considering the possibility of sending its monitors back to Gaza's border with Egypt, provided there are assurances they will not be at risk in the Hamas-run territory, officials involved in the talks said on



Thailand Selects New Prime Minister

With the selection of Samak Sundaravej as prime minister on Monday, Thailand has completed a transition from military rule back to democracy.


Merkel Party's Edge Is Tiny in Crucial State

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party limped to an anemic victory in the hotly contested election in the state of Hesse on Sunday.


Snowstorms cause havoc in China

Bad weather in China is continuing to cause havoc for millions of people as the country battles the heaviest snowstorms in 50 years.



Sri Lanka says weekend death toll hits 79, most rebels

Sri Lankan troops killed 36 Tamil Tigers in the island's north, taking the death toll rom fierce fighting at teh weekend to 79, most of them rebels, the military said on Monday.



Timing of of India civil nuclear deal unclear-Areva head

The head of French nuclear firm Areva (CEPFi.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) said in a newspaper interview that French civil nuclear cooperation with India hinged on an international deal whose finalisation was still unclear.



Berlusconi Fills Political Void In Italy as He Vies for Power

Though the date for Italy's next elections has yet to be set, conservative opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi is already in full campaign mode, betting that it will only be a matter of months before he is swept back into power.


Eight shot dead in Beirut opposition protests

Eight Lebanese opposition supporters were shot dead in Beirut on Sunday in some of the worst street violence since Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war, raising tensions in a country gripped by political conflict.



Election Officials Bar Putin's Ex-Premier From Presidential Race

Former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov, a political opponent of President Vladimir Putin, was barred Sunday from running for president after the Central Election Commission said it had found tens of thousands of forged


Suharto's Legacy

Will history treat Suharto kindly? Many of his countrymen today do not. Last year, students protested in Jakarta over the government's decision not to prosecute him for corruption, even as the former Indonesian president lay on his


Aid worker's captors still unknown

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of an American aid worker who was snatched from her car on the outskirts of Kandahar Saturday morning, officials with her aid organization in Afghanistan said Sunday.



Archbishop of Greek Orthodox Church dies

Archbishop Christodoulos of the Greek Orthodox Church died Monday after a battle with cancer, church officials told CNN.


Field of Candidates Narrows for UN 'Super Envoy' to Afghanistan

By VOA News Veteran British diplomat Paddy Ashdown has withdrawn his name from consideration as the new United Nations envoy to Afghanistan.


Pakistani forces reclaim tunnel

Pakistani security forces Sunday regained control of a tunnel in northwest Pakistan after a bloody battle that left 24 militants dead, a military news release said.


Iraq's No. 1 problem

Bush may have to withdraw his support for Nouri Maliki if the prime minister continues to slow progress. By Bing West and Max Boot BAGHDAD -- Strolling down Airplane Road in the Dora district, it's clear what has happened in Iraq during the last year.



Much riding on Bhutto's husband

KARACHI, Pakistan - He is no one's idea of a Bhutto-not as polished, not as charismatic, not as eloquent as his late wife or her father.


Pakistan Army Secures Northern Road Tunnel, Kills 24 Militants

Pakistani soldiers secured a road tunnel seized by militants last week in the country's northwest, killing at least 24 gunmen, the military said in a statement.



Lego's Legacy Continues to be Built

For devotees, Monday sees the 50th anniversary of an event in Copenhagen that transformed toys and revolutionized childhood itself.








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