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Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim gestures as he leaves a hospital where he is receiving treatment, ahead of an audience with Malaysia's King, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 16, 2018.

Malaysia’s jailed leader-in-waiting has been released from custody and given a full royal pardon

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will step aside and hand power to Anwar Ibrahim around the administration's mid-term. Anwar was convicted of sodomy and sentenced to five years jail in a politically-motivated charge but the leader was pardoned by Malaysia's king on Wednesday.
Mahathir Mohamad, chairman of 'Pakatan Harapan' (The Alliance of Hope), during a press conference following the 14th general election on May 10, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Malaysia’s new prime minister will no longer step aside for jailed colleague and expects to soon lay charges against his allegedly corrupt prede...

Mahathir had previously said he would step aside for Anwar Ibrahim once he was released from jail and elected into parliament. He now says he will stay on as prime minister for "one to two years." Mahathir is also expecting charges related to the 1MDB scandal to be laid against Najib Razak shortly.
Ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The ousted Malaysian government pressured Air Asia to cancel 120 flights to stop people voting in a historic election

Air Asia's CEO Tony Fernandes claims the airline was pressured to cancel flights carrying 26,000 extra voters to last week's election. The government was also criticized for holding the election on a Wednesday and sending postal ballots late in an attempt to suppress voter turnout.
People line up to enter the train station as they travel back to their hometowns to vote, as an advertising screen shows Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak at KLIA central ahead of the 14th general election on May 8, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

An army of volunteers who mobilized on Facebook raced around the world to hand-carry Malaysian election votes to the ballot box

One Facebook page called GE14: Postal Voters Discussion has more than 3,000 members helping Malaysian voters meet up with "runners" who can carry their votes on planes and in cars to the ballot box. Despite controversies, it illustrated how Facebook can be used to promote democracy.

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader has pledged to rid the country of Chinese investment

China is the nation's largest source of investment but Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said if he wins the presidency in the upcoming election, he would "call the Chinese and tell them the deals they signed are unacceptable and they should return to their country."

Ruble falls more than 3.5% on US sanctions

The Russian Ruble was down more than 3.50% Monday morning.
President Rodrigo Duterte.

Cambridge Analytica’s parent company claimed it invented the tough guy image that got Rodrigo Duterte elected

Cambridge Analytica's disgraced CEO Alexander Nix said the firm could win elections for "fundamentally flawed" candidates using the right strategies.
Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends rally in support of his candidacy to the 2018 presidential race, in Porto Alegre

Brazil’s top court rejected a convicted ex-president’s petition to avoid jail time while he seeks reelection

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had planned to run in the country's October elections, with polls showing he would likely win.
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi greets Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Egypt could follow China’s lead and keep the current president in power for longer than the original term limit

Supporters of Egypt's president say they were inspired by China, which recently abolished presidential term limits to keep Xi Jinping in power indefinitely.
Ludmila Sklyarevskaya, who denied voting multiple times, casting a ballot at polling station number 215 (L) and casting a ballot at polling station number 216, in Ust-Djeguta.

Reuters photographed 17 Russians voting multiple times in the presidential election — check out the crazy photos

Many of them were state employees who showed up in groups and in mini buses bearing the names of state-provided services.