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As Sweden Votes, the Far Right Gains Even in an Immigrant Bastion

FLEN, Sweden — The entrance to the small mosque is blocked by a gate. A window is badly cracked around a hole from a rock or a BB gun. A sliding metal security door has been painted with a swastika, Read more…


Brazil Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro Is Stabbed

RIO DE JANEIRO — Representative Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner in Brazil’s presidential election, was stabbed on Thursday afternoon during a campaign event in Minas Gerais State, the local news media reported, citing police officials. It was not immediately clear how Read more…


Sweden Was Long Seen as a ‘Moral Superpower.’ That May Be Changing.

STOCKHOLM — In a civic center in Rinkeby, a heavily immigrant district of northwest Stockholm, several hundred people gathered recently for a forum on Sweden’s coming election and the future of the country. The conversation, about the nature of Sweden’s Read more…


Ally of South Korean Leader Conspired to Rig Online Opinion, Inquiry Finds

SEOUL, South Korea — A close political ally of President Moon Jae-in of South Korea conspired with a team of online bloggers to illegally influence public opinion ahead of Mr. Moon’s election last year, a special counsel said Monday. The Read more…


Malcolm Turnbull, Australian Prime Minister, Survives Leadership Challenge. For Now.

SYDNEY, Australia — Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, survived a challenge to his leadership Tuesday, narrowly fending off a more conservative rival after growing speculation that he had lost the support of his party. Mr. Turnbull called for a vote Read more…


Imran Khan Takes Helm in Pakistan, a Nation Divided and in Debt

Imran Khan, the former cricket star turned firebrand politician, was sworn in as Pakistan’s prime minister on Saturday, taking control of a country facing a looming economic crisis as observers questioned whether he had the political acumen to govern a Read more…


Keïta Gets 2nd Term as Mali President With Runoff Victory

Ambroise Dakouo, an analyst from the Alliance to Rebuild African Governance, said that the low turnout during elections reflected disillusionment with the political establishment, consisting of a rotation of “the same elites” who are unaccountable to their constituents, the majority Read more…


President of Mali Gets 2nd Term With Victory in Runoff Vote

“Corruption is a very strong force,” Mr. Dakouo said. “People will be mobilized and elect someone, and right away they are disappointed.” “If you ask why people do not vote, they will say, ‘They are all the same,’” he added. Read more…


Indonesia’s Presidential Race Takes Shape, in Shadow of Hard-Line Islam

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s presidential election next year will be a rematch of the contentious 2014 contest, and analysts fear it will see a return of the smear campaigns and appeals to sectarian intolerance that marred that vote. On Friday, Read more…


Joseph Kabila, Congo Strongman, Will Step Down After 17 Years in Power

Protests urging Mr. Kabila to relinquish power have periodically rocked major cities like Kinshasa, the capital; Lubumbashi; and Kisangani. Several people died in protests at the start of this year. Congo, a vast and ethnically diverse nation, has never had Read more…