MANAGUA, Nicaragua — After methodically choking off competition and dissent, President Daniel Ortega all but ensured his victory in a presidential contest on Sunday, signaling Nicaragua’s descent into autocratic rule. In his quest for a fourth consecutive term as the country’s president, Mr. Ortega detained all credible challengers who plannedContinue Reading

TOKYO — The Japan Communist Party is the oldest political party in the country. It’s the largest nonruling Communist party in the world. It’s harshly critical of China. And the Japanese authorities list it, along with ISIS and North Korea, as a threat to national security. To many in Japan,Continue Reading

People in Barbados and its government were “conscious that we are going not without concern on the part of some, but with absolute determination that at 55, we must know who we are, we must live who we are, we must be who we are,” she said. Dame Sandra PrunellaContinue Reading

Hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi won Iran’s presidential election on Saturday in a move that is expected to bolster the conservative legacy of the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The decision is not expected to derail ongoing negotiations aimed at restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal,Continue Reading

Employees of Iraq’s electoral commission count votes polled in the October 10 parliamentary elections in Baghdad’s Green Zone area. AFP A group of famous Shiite political parties has posed a formal challenge to the results of the Iraqi national elections. Former Prime Ministers Nouri Al Maliki and Haider Al Abadi,Continue Reading

BAGHDAD — Standing at a podium with an Iraqi flag by his side, the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr looked the part of a statesman as he read a postelection address. In the 18 years since he formed the Mahdi Army militia to battle occupying U.S. forces, the onetime firebrand has refinedContinue Reading

PARIS — He is the anti-immigration son of parents from Algeria. He styles himself as the great defender of France’s Christian civilization, though he himself is Jewish. He channels Donald J. Trump in an anti-establishment campaign. And he is now scrambling the battle lines before France’s presidential election in April.Continue Reading

BAGHDAD — Iraqis voted Sunday in parliamentary elections meant to herald sweeping change to a dysfunctional political system that has dragged the country through almost two decades of deprivation. A new electoral system made it easier this time for independent candidates to compete, but the vote was nonetheless expected toContinue Reading

“He succeeded in making migration one of the main issues of the election, but anti-immigrant talk wasn’t enough; he lost,” Otto Eibl, the head of the political science department at Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic’s second-most populous city, said in a telephone interview. The election, he added, didContinue Reading

LONDON — Britons are lining up for gas, staring at empty grocery shelves, paying higher taxes and worrying about spiraling prices as a grim winter approaches. But to visit the Conservative Party conference in Manchester this past week was to enter a kind of happy valley, where cabinet ministers danced,Continue Reading