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Putin signs treaty to add Crimea to map of Russia

People rally in support of Crimea joining Russia, with banners and portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reading "We are together," in Red Square in Moscow, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. With a sweep of his pen, President Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia on Tuesday, describing the move as correcting past injustice and responding to what he called Western encroachment upon Russia's vital interests.  AP

In a gilded Kremlin hall used by czars, Vladimir Putin redrew Russia’s borders Tuesday by declaring the Crimean Peninsula part of the motherland — provoking a surge of emotion among Russians who lament the loss of empire and denunciations from Western leaders who called Putin a threat to the world.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Most UP Diliman faculty back August opening

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Most teachers on the University of the Philippines (UP) campus in Diliman, Quezon City want classes to start in August instead of June, according to the results of a referendum conducted last month by the University Registrar.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Crimeans wary of future after secession vote

Pro-Russian people celebrate in Lenin Square, in Simferopol, Ukraine, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Fireworks exploded and Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The United States and Europe condemned the ballot as illegal and destabilizing and were expected to slap sanctions against Russia for it. AP

Crimeans woke up to an uncertain future on Monday after a referendum that raises the prospect of months-long economic turmoil and a legal vacuum ahead of a planned merger with Russia.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

EU mulling next steps against Russia over Ukraine

Pro-Russian people celebrate in the central square in Sevastopol, Ukraine, early Monday, March 17, 2014. Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The United States and Europe condemned the ballot as illegal and destabilizing and were expected to slap sanctions against Russia for it. AP

The European Union on Sunday condemned the referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea as illegal and is taking steps to increase sanctions against Russia over what many believe is a planned annexation of the bordering peninsula.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Crimea votes to join Russia amid Western outrage

A woman holds a ballot before voting at a polling station in Simferopol, Ukraine, on Sunday, March 16, 2014. Residents of Ukraine's Crimea region are voting in a contentious referendum on whether to split off and seek annexation by Russia.  AP PHOTO/IVAN SEKRETAREV

Crimeans voted overwhelmingly Sunday in favor of joining former political master Russia as tensions soared in the east of the splintered ex-Soviet nation amid the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Crimea holds referendum to split from Ukraine

Pro-Russian demonstrators hold large copies of United Nations documents on the right to self-determination outside the regional parliament building in Simferopol, Ukraine, Sunday, March 16, 2014.  AP

Crimeans voted Sunday in a unique referendum on breaking away from Ukraine to join Russia that has precipitated a Cold War-style security crisis on Europe’s eastern frontier.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Croatians vote against same-sex marriage

Voters walk to a polling station in Pula, western Croatia, Sunday Dec. 1, 2013. Croatians voted in a referendum  on Sunday to ban gay marriages in the country. AP

A majority of Croatians voted in a referendum Sunday to ban gay marriages in what is a major victory for the Catholic Church-backed conservatives in the European Union’s newest nation.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Taiwan lawmakers brawl over nuclear plant bill

Ruling and opposition lawmakers fight on the legislature floor in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and thrown water at each other ahead of an expected vote authorizing a referendum on whether to go ahead with the construction of a fourth power plant. Friday’s fracas pitted the pro-referendum forces of President Ma Ying-jeou’s ruling Nationalist Party against strongly anti-nuclear forces affiliated with the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Taiwanese lawmakers have exchanged punches and thrown water at each other ahead of an expected vote authorizing a referendum on whether to go ahead with the construction of a fourth power plant.

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Egyptians vote on disputed constitution

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi  AP

Egyptians are voting in the second and final phase of a referendum on an Islamist-backed constitution that has divided their nation.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Washington gay marriage referendum qualifies for ballot

Petitions for Referendum 74 , which would provide a public vote on gay marriage, wait to be counted Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. Washington's gay marriage law was blocked from taking effect as opponents filed more than 200,000 signatures for the referendum, which would put it to a public vote in November. Preserve Marriage Washington submitted the signatures just a day before the state was to begin allowing same-sex marriages. State officials will review the filings over the next week to determine whether the proposed referendum will qualify for a public vote, though the numbers suggest the measure will make the ballot easily. AP/Elaine Thompson

A referendum on gay marriage in Washington state has qualified for the ballot. The secretary of state’s office announced Tuesday that Referendum 74 passed the signature-verification process that has been taking place since last week.

Posted: June 13th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Sabotage reports mar power co-op’s referendum

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Missing names and ballots, and other issues marred the first rounds of a referendum to decide Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative’s (Daneco) bid to become a full-fledged entity.

Posted: May 8th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Seoul mayor says he will resign immediately

SEOUL–Seoul mayor Oh Se-Hoon said Friday he would resign immediately, holding himself responsible for a failed referendum on free school meals. “I’ll resign immediately in order to minimize political controversy and administrative vacuum,” Oh said at a press conference broadcast live across the country. His resignation came after voters this week rejected his attempt to [...]

Posted: August 26th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Supreme Court: No referendum at Hacienda Luisita

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The Supreme Court has clarified that it did not order a “referendum” among farmworker-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita when it revoked the stock distribution plan of the sprawling sugar plantation owned by relatives of President Benigno Aquino III. Jose Midas Marquez, Supreme Court administrator and spokesperson, said that contrary to initial interpretations, the high court’s July [...]

Posted: August 15th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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