Elections

Afghan girls hold flags during a campaign rally for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Herat, Afghanistan. The writing on the flags reads, "number 1," which refers to Abdullah's number on ballot papers. Eight Afghan presidential candidates are campaigning for the third presidential election. Elections will take place on April 5, 2014.

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Girls wave flags at a campaign rally for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, in Herat. The flags read “number 1 , Abdullah’s number on ballot papers. Eight candidates are campaigning for the country’s third presidential election, to be held on April 5.

TOPSHOTS An Afghan girl holds a mannequi...TOPSHOTS An Afghan girl holds a mannequin as she and her playmates look on in the old part of the northwestern city of Herat on March 31, 2014. Presidential candidates have been holding election rallies across the country for the the upcoming presidential elections on April 5, to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai, who was barred constitutionally from seeking a third term. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRIBEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan children play in the old part of the northwestern city of Herat. Presidential candidates have been holding rallies across the country for the upcoming presidential elections on April 5, to choose a successor to President Hamid KarzaiRead more

Supporters of Afghan presidential candid...Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai listen to his campaign address during a political rally in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on March 31, 2014. Afghans will go to the polls on April 5 to choose a new President.

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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai listen to his campaign address during a political rally in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Monday. Afghans will go to the polls on April 5 to choose a new President. Read more

A worker holds a roll of flags of India's ruling Congress party after dying in the colours at a flag manufacturing factory ahead of the 2014 general elections in Ahmedabad...A worker holds a roll of flags of India's ruling Congress party after dying in the colours at a flag manufacturing factory ahead of the 2014 general elections in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad March 25, 2014. India will hold a general election in April and May. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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A worker holds a roll of flags of India’s ruling Congress party after dyeing them at a flag manufacturing factory ahead of the 2014 general elections in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. Read more

Congress party supporters accompany a party nominee to file nomination papers for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Jammu, India, Thursday, March 20, 2014. India will hold national elections from April 7 to May 12, kicking off a vote that many observers see as the most important election in more than 30 years in the world's largest democracy.

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Congress party supporters accompany a party nominee to file nomination papers for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Jammu, India. India will hold national elections from April 7 to May 12, kicking off a vote that many observers see as the most important election in more than 30 years in the world’s largest democracy.

Afghan women line up to have their picture taken to register for the upcoming presidential elections in a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Last minute registration of voters continues despite the fact that more than 21 million voter registration cards have been issued while only roughly 12 million Afghans are eligible to vote. The discrepancy is the result of repeated registrations since the first round of elections in Afghanistan in 2004. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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Women in Afghanistan line up to have their picture taken at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan to register for presidential elections. Last-minute registration of voters continues despite more than 21 million voter registration cards having been issued while only roughly 12 million Afghans are eligible to vote. The discrepancy is the result of repeated registrations since the first round of elections in Afghanistan in 2004. Read more

A woman hangs a red blanket out of her window in Belgrade on March 14, 2014. Serbs will vote in snap polls on March 16 with the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) tipped to capitalize on a wave of public support after opening membership talks with the European Union. Some 6.7 million voters will elect new deputies for the 250-seat parliament in early legislative elections called by the SNS after Brussels opened accession talks with the Balkan country on January 21.

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A woman hangs a red blanket out of her window in Belgrade, Serbia. Serbs will vote in snap polls on Sunday with the ruling Serbian Progressive party tipped to capitalise on a wave of public support after opening membership talks with the EU

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah throw shredded paper on his head as they welcome him during a campaign rally in Deh Sabz district on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Eleven Afghan presidential candidates are campaigning in the presidential election scheduled for April.

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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah throw shredded paper on his head as they welcome him during a campaign rally in Deh Sabz district on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Eleven Afghan presidential candidates are campaigning in the presidential election scheduled for April.

Riot policemen stand guard outside the Army Club where the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra held her cabinet meeting in Bangkok December 10, 2013. Yingluck pleaded on Tuesday for anti-government demonstrators to clear the streets and support a snap election, but defiant protest leaders called for her to step down within 24 hours.

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In Thailand, riot police stand guard outside the Army Club where Yingluck Shinawatra, prime minister, held her cabinet meeting in Bangkok. Ms Yingluck pleaded on Tuesday for anti-government demonstrators to clear the streets and support a snap election

Voters line up to show their voter ID cards at a polling station in Seelampur, east Delhi, India. State assembly elections were held in the Indian capital, regarded as a test for general elections scheduled for 2014.

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People show their voter ID cards at a polling station in Seelampur, east Delhi, India. State assembly elections were held in the Indian capital, regarded as a test for general elections scheduled for 2014.