Analysts say South Korea's relatively quick and effective handling of the coronavirus epidemic was a boon for the incumbent government ahead of the vote, largely seen as a referendum on its performance.
Accusations of biological aggression is distracting the region from working together to defeat Covid-19.
Several opposition parties had called for the long-delayed parliamentary election to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen 18 people test positive since the country's first case was diagnosed earlier this week.
French foreign policy failures in Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Syria have greatly diminished its role in the Middle East.
Newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa can now appoint a caretaker government, dissolve Parliament next March and force new elections, or wait until next August when Parliament’s term ends.
Nothing is certain in Tunisia's presidential election, only the second since the 'Arab Spring'.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is riding high on US President Donald Trump's unflinching support, taking aggressive strides to make a strong impression on the conservative voter base.
Talks between Pedro Sanchez's Socialists and Podemos have proved difficult and tensions between the two parties have reached a new high, with both camps suggesting talks were all but dead amid mutual reproach.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's former economic advisor has rubbished India's claim to the fastest growing economy in the world - but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Polling stations open at 8 am (0600 GMT) and close at 8 pm, followed immediately by two exit polls. The focus will be on challenges in the Nordic country's welfare model and on two new far-right anti-immigrant parties.
Three opinion polls in recent weeks show the ANC's support ranging between 51 and 61 percent, compared with the 62 percent it won in 2014.
India's strikes on Pakistan were expected to bring a boon for the Modi government ahead of the general election in the country. Has it worked out that way?
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