Presidential race has turned increasingly ugly as the candidates scramble for undecided voters.
Resignations are setback for PM Shinzo Abe, who wants to bring more women into the top levels of government.
Venezuela, Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand and Spain awarded non-permanent seeats.
The prime minister's BJP Party is set to dominate key state elections thanks to intensive campaigning.
At least three were killed in attack by militants on politician's home.
The Algeria-mediated talks are aimed to calm long-standing tensions with Tuareg rebels in north.
With about 96% of the results in, the ANC has 62% of the vote, followed by the Democratic Alliance with 22%.
General Sanogo was arrested last fall in connection with the disappearance of dozens of soldiers.
Brazilian Socialist Party throws support behind President Dilma Rousseff's challenger.
The decision will come on October 15, even as Madrid insists a vote on independance would be illegal.
Incumbent Dilma Rousseff wins most votes, but will need to face rival Aecio Neves in a run-off.
Ruling made as Argentina refuses to obey an order to repay the debt it owes to two U.S. hedge funds.
P.M. Prayuth Chan-ocha announced contentious martial law to remain despite negative impact on tourism.
Officials signed a long-delayed security pact to allow troops to stay in the country after the end of the year.
Students boycotting classes to protest China's decision how Hong Kong's leader should be elected.
After months of deadlock, rival presidential candidates may be close to a power sharing deal.
Thousands turned out for the one-year anniversary of the killing of a rapper by a far-right party supporter.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls forestalled a rebellion within the Socialist government in a tight confidence vote.
Center-left party faces tough task of cobbling together majority without conceding to Sweden's fringe parties.
Wednesday marked the last day of campaigning as voters mulled whether to say "Yes" or "No".
Brussels condemned plans to build homes in East Jerusalem, echoing similar criticisms by the U.S.
Haider al-Abadi says he "totally" opposes Arab nations joining air strikes against Islamic State in his country.
Iran and six world powers will hold their first negotiating round since failing to meet July target date.
Human Rights Watch has denounced the killing of hundreds of pro-Morsi supporters last year.
Nobel Laureate Eric Maskin offers a spirited examination of the political process in the United States.
Goal is to galvanise member states to sign up to a comprehensive new global climate agreement.
During their call, the two leaders reportedly discussed the growing instability in Iraq and the crisis in Gaza.
The potential 2016 presidential candidate distanced herself from the president in a candid interview.