Trump-backed Senate candidate wins election after controversy in Mississippi

Mississippi Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democratic challenger Mike Espy in the state’s runoff Senate election on Tuesday night, according to reports. The Associated Press called the race with some 78 percent of precincts reporting and Hyde-Smith up 55.2 percent to 44.8 percent. Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate in April 2018 by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant after Sen. Thad Cochran […]

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UK ramps up no-deal Brexit warnings as May faces battle in parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government stepped up warnings on Wednesday that a “no-deal” Brexit would hammer the economy, but acknowledged that Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan, opposed by many of her own side, would also leave the economy worse off than staying in the EU. In a scenario resembling the agreement May has struck with other European Union leaders, national […]

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Gabon's Bongo headed to Morocco to continue recovery: wife

DAKAR (Reuters) – Gabon’s President Ali Bongo will leave Saudi Arabia, where he was hospitalized last month after suffering a stroke, to continue treatment in Morocco, his wife said on Tuesday. Bongo has not been seen in public since being admitted to hospital during a conference on Oct. 24. Gabon’s top court ruled earlier this month that the vice president […]

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe in Singapore for medical treatment, unable to walk

HARARE (Reuters) – Former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe has been receiving medical treatment in Singapore for the last two months and is no longer able to walk, though he should return home next week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Saturday. Mugabe, 94, who ruled the southern African nation for nearly four decades since independence from Britain in 1980, was forced […]

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UK PM May seeks business support for EU deal as she faces day of reckoning

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May will seek to win support from business leaders for her contentious draft European Union divorce deal on Monday as dissenters in her own party scrambled to trigger a leadership challenge. May has had a tumultuous few days since unveiling her deal on Wednesday last week, with several ministers, including her Brexit minister, […]

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Israeli coalition crisis eases, making early election less likely

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition crisis eased on Monday when a coalition partner backed off a demand to be given the defense ministry, making an early election less likely. Education Minister Naftali Bennett’s U-turn surprised many pundits, who had predicted the leader of the far-right Jewish Home party would opt to quit in protest. He said the […]

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DUP's Dodds says time to work for better Brexit deal

LONDON (Reuters) – It is time to work for a better Brexit deal which does not undermine the integrity of the United Kingdom, the deputy leader of the small Northern Irish party which props up Prime Minister Theresa May’s government said on Sunday. “I understand why some people fear a ‘no deal’ scenario. But the choice is between this very […]

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Fiji PM Frank Bainimarama re-elected for second term

Former military strongman and his FijiFirst party narrowly win general elections to stay in power in the island nation. Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will stay in power for a second consecutive term as he has narrowly won a general election that was delayed by intense storms. Bainimarama’s FijiFirst party won 50.2 percent of the vote to claim 27 of the […]

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To turn around, Trump needs a true populist agenda

The midterms suggest that President Trump needs to double down on populism, just not the sort that’s been his signature to this point. Trump is both too populist and not populist enough. His populism is largely, although not entirely, a matter of style — combative, lacerating, emotive, unpredictable and grandiose. This sensibility is a central part of Trump’s appeal. It […]

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Brexit divorce deal thrusts UK PM May into biggest crisis of premiership

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May was grappling with the biggest crisis of her premiership on Friday after a draft divorce deal with the European Union provoked the resignations of senior ministers and mutiny in her party. More than two years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU in a shock referendum, it is still unclear how, […]

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