KABUL (AFP) - The Taleban on Monday vowed to target Afghanistan's presidential election, urging their fighters to attack polling staff, voters and security forces before the April 5 vote to choose a successor to Hamid Karzai.
MALE, Maldives (AFP) - The Supreme Court in the Maldives has sacked the elections chief and handed him a suspended jail term after he criticised judges during last year's chaotic contest to choose a president.
TOKYO (REUTERS) - There is a greater possibility of an El Nino weather pattern emerging this summer, Japan's weather bureau said on Monday, after previously forecasting a 50 per cent chance of the phenomenon that is often linked to heavy rainfall and droughts.
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's state media confirmed on Monday what was never in doubt - a 100 per cent, no-abstention poll victory for leader Kim Jong-Un in the country's stage-managed parliamentary election.
NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Indian politicians are expected to spend around US$5 billion (S$6.34 billion) on campaigning for elections next month - a sum second only to the most expensive US presidential campaign of all time - in a splurge that could give India's floundering economy a temporary boost.