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Ex-Pakistani PM Sharif strikes confident note in vote marred by rival's imprisonment

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed confidence his party would win national elections on Thursday, a vote that has been marred by violence, deep political tensions and the imprisonment of a popular contender.

A day before the election, at least 30 were killed in bombings at political offices, and sporadic attacks on Thursday appeared aimed at disrupting the balloting, including one that killed five police officers in a country beset by surging militancy. The violence, political feuding and a seemingly intractable economic crisis have left many voters disillusioned and raised questions about whether a new government can bring more stability to the troubled Western ally.

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Russian election officials reject antiwar politician's bid to oppose Putin in next month's vote

Antiwar politician Boris Nadezhdin was rejected Thursday as a candidate in next month's presidential balloting by Russian election authorities, a strong signal from the Kremlin that it would tolerate no public opposition to the invasion of Ukraine.

The move by the Central Election Commission provides an even smoother path for President Vladimir Putin to win a fifth term in power. He faces only token opposition from pro-Kremlin candidates in the March 15-17 vote and is all but certain to win, given his tight control of Russia's political system.

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Xi, Putin think US wants to 'contain' Russia and China

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin believe the United States is trying to "contain" their two countries, the Kremlin said Thursday after a call between the leaders.

"The two leaders realise that the US is practically implementing a policy of dual containment: both Russia and China," Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said in comments after the call.

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How US 'squad' is fighting back against pro-Israel PACs with record fundraising

They were warned that criticism of Israel's conduct during its war on Hamas in Gaza could cost them politically. But in the four months since Israel's blistering offensive was ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack, progressives in Congress who have called for a ceasefire are seeing record fundraising dollars as they fight to remain in office.

Members of the "squad" — a group of liberals in the House — are being singled out by pro-Israel PACs like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, better known as AIPAC. The groups have pledged or plan to spend tens of millions of dollars to try to defeat them in Democratic primaries and the general election this year, turning the otherwise safely Democratic districts into election battlegrounds.

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Pakistan's election: Who's running, what's the mood and will anything change?

Pakistan's 127 million voters get to elect a new parliament on Thursday. The elections are the twelfth in the country's 76-year history, which has been marred by economic crises, military takeovers and martial law, militancy, political upheavals and wars with India.

Forty-four political parties are vying for a share of the 266 seats that are up for grabs in the National Assembly, or the lower house of parliament, with an additional 70 seats reserved for women and minorities.

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Prince Harry arrives in London as King Charles III is diagnosed with cancer

King Charles III's cancer was caught early and the monarch will "crack on" with his constitutional duties, Britain's prime minister said Tuesday, as Prince Harry flew in from California for a rare visit with his father.

Royal officials announced Monday that the 75-year-old king has been diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer and is receiving treatment as an outpatient.

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Bombings in Pakistan kill at least 29 day before parliamentary elections

Bombs ripped through two separate political offices in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 29 people and wounding more than two dozen, officials said, the day before the country was set to elect a new parliament.

The attacks in Baluchistan province — home to a low-level insurgency and various militants groups — raised concerns for the election in the troubled Western ally, where many voters are already disillusioned by political feuding and a seemingly intractable economic crisis.

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Russia attacks Ukraine as EU's top diplomat visits Kyiv

Russia fired cruise and ballistic missiles and Shahed-type drones at six regions across Ukraine on Wednesday morning, authorities reported, killing at least five civilians and injuring almost 40 others, including a pregnant woman.

The attacks hit at least three major cities, including the capital Kyiv, where the European Union's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, was discussing military aid and financial support for Ukraine. He said he started his day in an air raid shelter, calling it part of Ukraine's "daily reality" after almost two years of war.

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Boba tea, burgers and beer: Biden goes small to win big in November

President Joe Biden is going small to try to win big in November.

With 10 months to go until Election Day, the Democratic incumbent is all in on minimalist events — visits to a boba tea store, a family's kitchen and a barbershop, for example — rather than big rallies.

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Succession order to British throne as King Charles III is treated for cancer

As King Charles III receives treatment for cancer, he remains Britain's monarch and head of state. This is the order of succession to the throne:

1. Prince William, the eldest son of Charles and the late Princess Diana. He is known as Prince of Wales and is married to Kate, Princess of Wales. Their three children follow him in the line of succession.

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