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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 »

Polls open in tense Thai national election

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to cast her ballot for the general election at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. AP.

Thailand’s tense national election got underway Sunday with protesters forcing the closure of several polling stations in the capital amid fears of more bloodshed a day after gun battles in Bangkok left seven people wounded.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

LP candidates top barangay heads’ polls


The ruling Liberal Party (LP) drew first blood in the positioning for the 2016 national elections by consolidating control of the 42,026-strong Association of Barangay Captains (ABC).

Posted: January 20th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Madagascar to vote for new president

Madagascans wave the national flag during celebrations of the 50 years of independence in Antananarivo on June 26 2010. The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar feted 50 years of independence mired in political and economic crisis and without an elected president or a new constitution. For the first time many residents have not hung the national flag from their windows, an indication of how deeply the country is divided in the run up to the celebration of independence from France. AFP

Madagascans vote for a new president and parliament Friday in run-off polls aimed at pulling the island out of the political and economic doldrums and restoring democracy.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »