Search on for Brexit consensus after May's crushing defeat

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May was trying to forge consensus in parliament on a Brexit divorce agreement on Wednesday after the crushing defeat of her own deal left Britain’s exit from the European Union in disarray 10 weeks before it is due to leave. May was widely expected to see off an attempt by the opposition Labour Party […]

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Modi's party wants expansionary economic policy ahead of India election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party is in favor of an expansionary economic policy and does not consider the government’s plan to keep the fiscal deficit to 3.3 percent of GDP as “sacrosanct”, a party spokesman told Reuters. Ahead of a general election that must be held by May and after a string of losses […]

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Exclusive: Facebook brings stricter ads rules to countries with big 2019 votes

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months. As the largest social media service in nearly every big country, Facebook since 2016 has become a means […]

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Southern African bloc calls for recount of Congo's contested election

DAKAR (Reuters) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) suggested on Sunday that Democratic Republic of Congo recount votes from a contested Dec. 30 presidential election that the runner-up says was rigged and which has sparked isolated violence across the country. “A recount would provide necessary reassurance to both winners and losers,” the SADC statement said. Source: Read Full Article

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Catholic Church rejects Congo vote result, loser decries 'coup'

KINSHASA (Reuters) – The Catholic Church rejected the official result of Congo’s presidential election on Thursday and the loser denounced a “coup”, dashing hopes that the country could stage the first uncontested transfer of power in its 59 years of independence. Electoral officials proclaimed opposition figure Felix Tshisekedi the victor of the election to replace Joseph Kabila who has ruled […]

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India sets jobs quota for less well-off, critics see pre-vote ploy

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s parliament passed a landmark bill on Wednesday reserving 10 percent of government jobs for people outside high income brackets, a move criticized by some as a pre-election gimmick amid high unemployment. Joblessness in the world’s second most populous country shot up to a 15-month high last month, data from an independent think-tank showed, underlining the […]

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Congo election results delayed past Sunday deadline

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Preliminary results from Democratic Republic of Congo’s tumultuous presidential election will be delayed past Sunday’s deadline, the head of the election commission told Reuters. The commission, known as CENI, had received only 47 percent of vote tally sheets as of Saturday, said its president, Corneille Nangaa, and it was not yet clear when the results would be […]

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Exclusive: For Bangladesh PM, authoritarian tag is "badge of honor", son says on poll eve

DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina considers being called authoritarian by the western media a “badge of honor”, the leader’s son told Reuters on the eve of a national election on Sunday. Hasina, who is widely expected to win a third straight term in office, has been hailed domestically for fast economic growth in the past decade and […]

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Masked youths attack Bangladeshi journalists covering election campaign

DHAKA (Reuters) – Around two dozen masked youths attacked a group of Bangladeshi reporters with hockey sticks and batons, injuring about 10 of them, when they were resting at a hotel after covering an election rally, the journalists said on Tuesday. The incident, which occurred late on Monday in the town of Nawabgonj about 40 km (25 miles) from the […]

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