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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Broken UK politics means Scotland needs to choose its own path: SNP's Sturgeon

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s parliamentary system is broken and as a result Scotland needs to make its own choice over its future, Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday. “The last three years have shown, beyond any doubt, that for Scotland the Westminster (UK parliament) system is broken,” Sturgeon, who is also Scotland’s First Minister, told her […]

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French police clash with yellow vests protesters in Strasbourg

PARIS (Reuters) – French police fired tear gas to push back protesters who tried to march toward the European Parliament building in the eastern city of Strasbourg on the 25th consecutive weekend of protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies. The so-called ‘yellow vests’ protesters were back on the streets across France two days after Macron outlined policy proposals including tax […]

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Indian PM votes in general election, calls for national security

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Millions of Indians are voting in the third and largest phase of a staggered general election on Tuesday, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi who cast his ballot in his home state of Gujarat and again underlined the need to combat “terrorism”. In all, 188 million Indians are eligible to vote in 117 constituencies during the day, […]

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Sudan protesters demand civilian rule, military council says ready to comply

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan’s main protest group on Sunday demanded the immediate handover of power to a civilian transitional government, saying it would keep up the street demonstrations which ousted former President Omar al-Bashir last week to achieve its aims. The Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA) called for the establishment of a transitional council which would be protected by the armed […]

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