As the elections get underway in the world's biggest democracy, much of the rural population doubts that their lives will change too much.
The Maldives' presidential election has been dubbed a "referendum on freedom." As China gains more political influence across the archepelago, India wants an electoral setback for "pro-Beijing" President Yameen.
Narendra Modi has been accused of involvement in a "clear case of corruption" over the 2016 Rafale fighter jet deal. He has faced repeated questions over inflated prices paid for the French aircraft.
The dramatic stabbing of firebrand right-wing politician Jair Bolsonaro was caught on video and shared on social media. The politician survived, but was seriously injured and underwent surgery.
A Pakistani court has ordered the release of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter on bail, suspending an accountability court's corruption sentences. This could pose a political challenge to PM Imran Khan.
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