British PM May expected to announce date of her departure

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected on Friday to announce the date of her departure, triggering a contest that will bring a new leader to power who is likely to push for a more decisive Brexit divorce deal. After a crisis-riven premiership of almost three years, May is due to meet the chairman of the powerful […]

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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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UK government says it will introduce Brexit bill as soon as possible

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government will introduce the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill to parliament as soon as possible in order to give lawmakers time to scrutinize it, the leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom said on Thursday. The government has said parliament will hold its first debate and vote on the bill, which will enact Prime Minister […]

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Putin says he senses Trump genuinely wants to repair U.S.- Russia ties

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday that he sensed that U.S. President Donald Trump genuinely wanted to repair battered relations between Russia and the United States. Putin, speaking ahead of talks with Pompeo, also said that Russia had never interfered in U.S. elections and that he and Pompeo had something […]

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Fight to replace PM May complicating Brexit talks: Labour's McDonnell

LONDON (Reuters) – The battle among leading Conservatives to replace Theresa May as prime minister threatens to derail talks with the opposition Labour Party and the bid to find a Brexit compromise, Labour’s John McDonnell said. May, who has offered to quit if lawmakers accept her Brexit deal, opened cross-party talks with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party more than a month […]

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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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Palestinian-Mexican American politician running for US Congress

US should focus on rebuilding battered communities instead of waging wars abroad, Ammar Campa-Najjar says. A candidate for the US Congress in the state of California is hoping to become its first Latino-Arab American member by capturing a district that has voted Republican for the past 30 years. Ammar Campa-Najjar, a 29–year–old former field campaign director for President Barack Obama, White […]

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Pakistan names former judge as caretaker prime minister

Ex-chief justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, who will take over on June 1, is responsible for Pakistan’s upcoming general election. Islamabad, Pakistan – The Pakistani government and opposition named former chief justice Nasir-ul-Mulk the country’s caretaker prime minister, ending weeks of political wrangling and giving the former judge the responsibility of holding a general election by the end of July. Mulk, 68, served as […]

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Spain's Sanchez weighs options after election win, outlook murky

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s ruling Socialists were weighing options for forming a new government on Monday after they won a national election but fell short of a majority in a deeply fragmented parliament that could spell prolonged political uncertainty. Playing down talk of possible coalition options, Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo said the Socialists would try to govern alone, while […]

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