UK says would cut tariffs, no checks on Irish border in no-deal Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Wednesday it would eliminate import tariffs on a wide range of goods and avoid a so-called hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The government announced the moves, which it said would be temporary, ahead of a vote by lawmakers later on Wednesday on whether Britain should […]

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Nigerian elections have 'systemic failings', need serious reform: EU

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s elections need serious reform after being marred by violence, systemic failings and low turnout, the European Union observer mission said on Monday. The EU commented after elections last Saturday for governors in 29 of 36 states, and two weeks after a presidential vote in which Muhammadu Buhari won a second term at the helm of Africa’s […]

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India to go to polls from April 11; tension with Pakistan seen boosting Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will hold a general election in seven stages starting on April 11, the election commission said on Sunday, in what will be the world’s biggest democratic exercise with Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to benefit from tensions with Pakistan. About 900 million citizens will be eligible to vote, 15 million of them aged between 18 […]

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Factbox: Votes, boats and elephants: India's colossal election by the numbers

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is expected to hold a general election starting next month in the world’s largest democratic exercise, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a second straight term. The country of 1.3 billion people typically holds elections in multiple phases to ensure security across polling stations. Here are some facts and figures. MILLIONS OF VOTERS More than […]

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Denmark's left-wing bloc could oust coalition government: poll

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Denmark’s left-wing opposition bloc led by Social Democratic leader Mette Frederiksen stands to oust the current right-wing coalition in parliament, a poll showed on Monday, ahead of a general election that must be held by June. The Voxmeter survey showed that support has fallen for the populist, anti-immigrant Danish People’s Party (DF) that supports the coalition government […]

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Comedian takes center stage in Ukraine's presidential race

KIEV (Reuters) – In a popular Ukrainian TV series, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy plays a president who is scrupulously honest and outwits crooked lawmakers and shadowy businessmen who try to stand in his way. Zelenskiy’s character in the show “Servant of the People” is loved by Ukrainians fed up with how their country has been governed since independence in 1991. Now […]

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France's Macron says Britain would have to justify delaying Brexit

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that the European Union would only agree to extend the Brexit deadline beyond March 29 if Britain justified a delay with a clear objective and new choices. The United Kingdom is due to leave in 30 days but Prime Minister Theresa May has so far failed to get parliament to […]

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Senegal president's camp claims re-election victory but opposition cries foul

DAKAR/FATICK, Senegal (Reuters) – Senegal President Macky Sall’s team claimed he won re-election in the first-round of voting on Sunday, but the opposition said preliminary election results showed a run-off was unavoidable. Sall, whom rights groups have criticized for squeezing out rivals, was favored to win after boosting economic growth in his first term, but he had to win a […]

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U.S. slaps travel curbs on DR Congo election officials for abuses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday imposed travel restrictions on five top officials from Democratic Republic of Congo, including the heads of the country’s electoral body and constitutional court, accusing them of corruption during the presidential elections. Friday’s surprise announcement comes nearly a month after the United States welcomed the constitutional court’s ruling that opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi […]

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