Politics

Conservatives win victory in Australian election

By Sat, Sep 07, 2013 7:56PM UTC Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott holds up an ironman towel at a polling station before he casts his vote at Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club in Sydney, Australia, Saturday. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s conservative opposition has swept to power in a national election and ended six years of Labor Party rule. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd conceded defeat Saturday. The conservative Liberal Party-led coalition managed to win over a disenchanted public by promising to end a hated tax on

Aussie Labor lawmakers say party has lost election

By Sat, Sep 07, 2013 6:41PM UTC Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott holds up an ironman towel at a polling station before he casts his vote at Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club in Sydney, Australia, Saturday. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two senior lawmakers in Australia’s ruling Labor Party said their party had lost the national election Saturday, backing analysts and exit polls, and signaling a sweeping victory for the conservative opposition was all but certain. A victory for the Liberal Party-led coalition would come despite an

Indonesian corruption trial sniffs at SBY’s door

By Sat, Sep 07, 2013 3:16PM UTC Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Pic: AP.

Beef scandal figure claims a presidential “friend” is connected to bribery, reports Asia Sentinel Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has found himself ensnared personally in a major scandal involving quotas on beef imports to the country. Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq, the former chairman of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), has already

Aussies flock to the polls… because they have to

By Sat, Sep 07, 2013 2:44PM UTC A voter drops a ballot at a polling booth at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Saturday. Pic: AP.

SYDNEY (AP) — Australians on Saturday were facing an election choice of two relatively unpopular and uninspiring leaders. But they were flocking to the polls, nonetheless — because, by law, they have to. More than 14.7 million of Australia’s population of 23 million are enrolled to vote in Saturday’s election,

Cambodian opposition rally pushes for poll probe

By Sat, Sep 07, 2013 2:37PM UTC Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, center, arrives at today's rally in Phnom Penh. Pic: AP.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Nearly 20,000 opposition supporters gathered Saturday in Cambodia’s capital to cheer their leaders’ demands for an investigation into alleged election irregularities, just a day before the victory of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party is to be ratified. Final results from the vote six weeks

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