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Nazarbayev won a reported 97.7% of the vote -- a numerical landslide that rivals those seen in the world’s most anti-democratic republics. Asia-Pacific,Kazakhstan,Nursultan Nazarbayev,Natalie Shure

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Some think the early polls will emphasize the futility of the electoral process, and usher in instability.

Brazilians gather to protest against President Dilma Rousseff and her ruling coalition, in São Paulo's central Avenida Paulista business boulevard, on 12 April, 2015. Some protesters called for her impeachment, others voiced concern over corruption and the economy.

Demonstrators shouting "Out with Dilma" gathered in over 100 cities in the second major protest this year.

BJP President Amit Shah in Delhi. (India Today Group/Getty)

The BJP-PDP coalition is an unusual step for a region still plagued by sectarian violence.

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The divisive Jean-Marie will not be a candidate in regional elections.

 this handout provided by the Israeli Government Press Office, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) delivers a statement to the press on April 3, 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel. Netanyahu delivered a speech discussing a pending nuclear deal with Iran.

The Israeli prime minister said he would press American lawmakers not to give Tehran "a free path to the bomb."

An Iranian man looks at newspapers displayed outside a kiosk in the capital Tehran on November 25, 2014, a day after Iran and world powers announced that talks on a comprehensive nuclear agreement had been inconclusive.

Bipartisan efforts will go ahead despite White House warnings that they risked derailing nuclear talks.