Politics

Elections 2021: Labour in touching distance of Welsh Parliament majority, new poll says

Labour is within touching distance of an overall majority in the Welsh Parliament, a new poll for Sky News reveals. Labour and the Tories have both made gains since the last time the Welsh Parliament was up for election, at the expense of UKIP, the nationalists and Liberal Democrats, according to a new poll by […]

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Cameroon holds first ever regional elections, separatists vow disruption

YAOUNDE (REUTERS) – Cameroon holds its first ever regional election on Sunday (Dec 6), which the government says hands more power to the provinces but opponents fear only maintains President Paul Biya’s long hold on power. Mr Biya hopes the vote will appease critics who say he has long neglected the Central African country’s 10 […]

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Islamist threat keeps 300,000 voters from Burkina polls

OUAGADOUGOU (AFP) – Hundreds of thousands of voters in Burkina Faso were unable to cast ballots in Sunday’s (Nov 22) general election due to security threats, officials said, as the West African nation grapples with a growing Islamist insurgency. An undisclosed number of troops were deployed for the presidential and parliamentary polls, which are widely […]

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Book shows Trump betrayed Americans by downplaying virus: Biden says

WARREN, Mich. (Reuters) – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of betraying the American people on Wednesday, saying he knowingly lied about the deadliness of the novel coronavirus in what amounted to a “dereliction” of his duty. According to newly released recordings of interviews done in February for a book by journalist […]

Business

Taiwan opposition pushes pork referendum, could threaten U.S. trade deal

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s main opposition party the Kuomintang (KMT) began a push on Sunday for a referendum to block the easing of restrictions on U.S. pork imports, which if passed could threaten a long-mooted free trade deal with Taipei’s key ally Washington. President Tsai Ing-wen announced last month that the government would from Jan. […]

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Mali's neighbours tell junta to transfer power to transitional government

ABUJA (Reuters) – Mali’s West African neighbours on Friday told the military junta which seized control 10 days ago that it must transfer power to a civilian-led transitional government immediately and hold elections within a year. In exchange, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) committed to gradually lifting sanctions as the coup leaders […]

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Belarus opposition urges EU not to recognise election ahead of summit

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarusian presidential challenger Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya urged European Union leaders on Wednesday not to recognise what she called fraudulent election results, saying longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko had lost all legitimacy. Tsikhanouskaya was speaking from exile in neighbouring Lithuania before an emergency EU summit, due to be held by video conference, to discuss the […]

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US elections: Progressive Democrats Tlaib and Bush win primaries

Cori Bush, a Black Lives Matter activist, and Rashida Tlaib, member of the new progressive ‘Squad’ in the US House, win. Progressive Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives scored victories in primary elections in the United States on Tuesday. Cori Bush, a Black Lives Matter activist, defeated longtime member of the Democratic establishment, US […]

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France's Macron takes drubbing in local elections, Greens surge

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party faced a drubbing on Sunday in municipal elections, while the Greens surged into power in several big cities. In a rare bright spot for Macron, his prime minister, Edouard Philippe, won his bid to become mayor of the northern port city of Le Havre. That could […]

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West African bloc urges Mali to re-run disputed elections amid mass protests

BAMAKO (Reuters) – West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Saturday called on Mali to re-run some of its contested local elections and convene a government of national unity after anti-government protests swept the capital Bamako. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Friday for the second time in a month to demand […]