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Congresswoman-elect kidnapped in Mexico: official

An incoming member of Mexico's Congress was kidnapped at gunpoint Tuesday, an official said, the latest violent episode surrounding the July 1 elections, the bloodiest in the country's history.

Bane of Pakistani politicians: young voters with smartphones

The crowd of young Pakistanis, many armed with smartphones, surround the politician's car and begin streaming live footage of something extraordinary: angry voters asking their elected representatives what they have done for them lately.

Zubiri to politikos: Stop talking about ‘no-el’

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri appealed to his fellow politikos to stop talking about the possibility of holding off the 2019 polls in light of the bid to amend the Constitution to shift to federalism.

Malaysia suspends multi-billion dollar China-backed deals

Malaysia said Thursday it has suspended three major China-backed projects worth billions of dollars, the latest big-ticket items to be axed by the new government as it reviews deals signed by ousted prime minister Najib Razak.

Malaysia approves ‘fake news’ law despite outcry

Malaysia's government Monday pushed a law through parliament that makes "fake news" punishable by a maximum six-year jail term despite an outcry from critics worried it will be used to stifle dissent before elections.

Putin promises minimum wage hike ahead of election

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is seeking to win a fourth term in the Kremlin in March elections, pledged Wednesday to raise the minimum wage this year, benefitting some four million people.