Modi promises inclusive India after stunning election win

NEW DELHI/AYODHYA (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country on Thursday after a big election win, with his party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security. Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 300 of […]

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Malawians vote in tough election for President Mutharika

BLANTYRE/LILONGWE, Malawi (Reuters) – Malawians headed to polling stations on Tuesday for presidential and legislative elections seen as a tough test for President Peter Mutharika, who is facing challenges from the deputy president and a former pastor who heads the opposition. Malawi is heavily dependent on foreign aid and is frequently beset by droughts which threaten the lives of thousands […]

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India's Modi set to win election, exit polls show

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling alliance is likely to win a clear majority in parliament after a mammoth general election that ended on Sunday, most exit polls showed, a far better showing than expected in recent weeks. Modi faced criticism early on in the campaign for failing to create jobs for youth and for weak […]

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Modi’s jobs deficit: J&J’s largest India plant idle three years after completion

PENJERLA/NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – It was supposed to be Johnson & Johnson’s biggest manufacturing plant in India. It was to eventually employ at least 1,500 people and help bring development to a rural area near Hyderabad in southern India. Yet, three years after the U.S. healthcare company completed construction of production facilities for cosmetics and baby products on the […]

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At his first news conference in India, PM Modi declines questions

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in power for five years, attended his first news conference ever in India on Friday but took no questions, prompting taunts from journalists and from opposition parties seeking to oust him in an election that ends on Sunday. Modi, one of India’s most gifted political orators, has never addressed a news conference […]

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Australia's Labor opposition set for election victory: poll

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s opposition Labor party is on course to win power at this weekend’s national election, a widely watched poll showed on Thursday, as conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison fails to woo voters with his promise of economic stability. An Essential Poll for The Guardian newspaper showed Labor ahead of Morrison’s coalition government by a margin of 51.5-48.5 […]

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South Africa's ANC seeks to reverse sliding support in tough election

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The African National Congress faced its toughest electoral test on Wednesday as it sought to reverse a slide in support from voters frustrated by graft and racial inequalities a generation after it won power in South Africa’s first all-race poll. Queues built up at polling stations through the morning as South Africans started voting in parliamentary and […]

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Panama election hopefuls court poor in tale of two societies

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Panama elects a new president on Sunday who will inherit Latin America’s fastest-growing economy and rising pressure to reduce inequality in the financial hub that straddles two oceans. Promises to improve the lives of the rural and indigenous poor have dominated campaigning in the isthmus nation of 4 million people bisected by its famous shipping canal. […]

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Orban says EU conservatives must work with populists

ROME (Reuters) – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said the European Parliament’s main center-right group must forge an alliance with populist, nationalist groups after impending EU elections, receiving a swift rebuke from Germany’s conservative leader. Orban’s ruling Fidesz Party was suspended from the mainstream European People’s Party (EPP) in March over its record on respect for the rule of […]

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