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April 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Former mujahedin leaders, communists and a member of Afghanistan's royal family have formed a political group that aims to curtail President Hamid Karzai's power. The National Front is led by former President Burhanuddin Rabbani and includes members of Karzai's administration. The group advocates increased power for parliament and direct elections for 34 provincial governors now appointed by Karzai, Rabbani said.
August 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Sen. Joe Lieberman, who relaunched his campaign as an independent after losing the Democratic primary, has enough voter signatures to secure a spot on the November ballot, the secretary of the state announced Wednesday. Lieberman far exceeded the 7,500 signatures necessary to be certified as a third-party candidate, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said. His name will appear on the general election ballot under a newly created party, Connecticut for Lieberman.
August 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Just days after the state auditor jumped the Republican ship, state Democrats nominated her to run as their candidate for auditor in November. "I appreciate the Democratic Party's support," State Auditor Kate Witek told the Grand Island Independent. She said her switch was about good government, not just keeping her job. Witek, 51, switched parties Wednesday, criticizing the Republican Party for what she called a lack of interest in solving the state's problems.
June 5, 2006 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
An old cause received a new twist last week when several veteran political operatives launched an Internet campaign to create a competitor to the two major parties that have dominated U.S. politics for 150 years. The effort, dubbed Unity08, aims to enlist millions of Americans for an online primary to nominate a centrist, third-party ticket for the 2008 presidential race.
March 14, 2006 | From Reuters
Russians fell out of love with Cuba when the Soviet Union imploded. Cuba now hopes to win them back with rum cocktails, fine cigars and a little help from Papa Hemingway. Cuban cigar and rum exporters plan to open a Floridita bar in May on the Arbat, Moscow's busy pedestrian street, modeled on American author Ernest Hemingway's favorite drinking haunt in Havana.
January 9, 2006 | From Associated Press
Mexico's little-known New Alliance Party on Sunday tapped as its candidate for the presidential election in July a congressman who recently broke with a party that ruled Mexico for 71 straight years. Roberto Campa quit the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in November amid the fallout from a political dispute between the party's presidential candidate, Roberto Madrazo, and its then-No. 2 official, Elba Esther Gordillo.
December 27, 2005 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will soon undergo a medical procedure meant to mend a tiny hole in his heart that may have contributed to his minor stroke this month, his doctors announced Monday. The doctors described the planned catheterization procedure as the most common method of treating such a heart condition, which they said was a birth defect of a type that occurs in up to 25% of the population.
November 25, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Ariel Sharon's fledgling political party officially registered itself under the name Forward, ending three days of indecision since the prime minister quit his hard-line Likud Party. Sharon and his supporters had also been weighing National Responsibility and Hope as possible names, but apparently decided that Forward better lent itself to election sloganeering. Sharon left Likud to shake off the constraints of party rebels and proceed in negotiations with the Palestinians.
October 12, 2005 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
Blaine Kern Sr. is "Mr. Mardi Gras." The artist-turned-multimillionaire businessman, noted for about half a century of float building for the city's signature event, has even copyrighted the celebratory name. But in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that threatens to downscale, if not cancel, the parade, it's not clear how much the nickname will mean this year.
April 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
Ruling Basque nationalists pushing for more autonomy from Spain won a regional election Sunday but fell short of a majority as candidates backed by a banned pro-independence party drew unexpectedly high support. The wealthy region in northern Spain has had broad self-rule for 25 years, and incumbent Basque President Juan Jose Ibarretxe was seeking voter support to pressure Madrid to negotiate on his plan for autonomy bordering on independence.
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