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US calls for ‘competitive’ Hong Kong polls

Tents set up by pro-democracy protesters are seen at an occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty district in Hong Kong Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

The United States Wednesday gave its strongest backing yet to protesters in Hong Kong calling for “competitive” 2017 elections, but came under fire for muting its support for fear of angering China.

Posted: December 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Aquino administration satisfaction rating picks up — SWS

Benigno Aquino

More Filipinos have expressed satisfaction in the performance of the President Benigno Aquino III’s administration, the latest Social Weather Stations poll showed.

Posted: November 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Brazil’s ‘Bin Laden’ arrested for campaigning at polls


A candidate running for the Amazonia state assembly in northern Brazil under the monicker Osama Bin Laden was detained during Sunday’s vote for illegal campaigning outside the local polls, electoral officials said.

Posted: October 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Russians see country as feared, envied abroad – poll

Russian President Vladimir Putin.  AP

Almost half of Russians believe their country inspires either fear or envy abroad, according to a new poll, with a third citing military might as being crucial to its international standing.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pollsters need freedom, says SWS head

SWS president Mahar Mangahas: Freedom

Social Weather Stations (SWS) president Mahar Mangahas said that beyond the need for resources and technical expertise, researchers doing opinion polls and social surveys need freedom most of all in order to thrive.

Posted: May 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »