British lawmakers reject no-deal Brexit in any circumstance

LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers on Wednesday rejected leaving the European Union without a deal in any scenario, paving the way for a vote to delay Brexit to seek a way out of the country’s worst political crisis in generations. Lawmakers voted by 321 to 278 in favor of a motion that ruled out a potentially disorderly ‘no-deal’ Brexit under […]

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Talk to Pakistan, former Modi ally urges India amid Kashmir tension

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – India should talk to Pakistan and separatists in Kashmir to defuse tension raised by a suicide attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy that was claimed by Pakistan-based militants, a former chief minister of the state said. Mehbooba Mufti, who was chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir from early 2014 to June last year when Prime Minister […]

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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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Tens of thousands of Algerians protest against Bouteflika

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Algerians defied heavily deployed riot police on Friday and resumed mass protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika posing the biggest threat to his 20-year-old rule. Unusually, one of the most popular imams, or prayer leaders, in Algiers did not pray for the president as he does every Friday, and only wished the best for […]

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France monitoring Algeria protests, says up to people to decide future

PARIS (Reuters) – France is closely watching the anti-government protests in former colony Algeria, but it is for Algerians to decide their future, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of people have rallied in cities around Algeria in the largest protests since the 2011 Arab Spring, calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 82, not to stand […]

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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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Algeria's Bouteflika offers to leave within one year if re-elected

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, facing mass protests over his 20 years in power, will run in April’s elections with an offer to step down after a year if he is re-elected, his campaign manager said on Sunday. The announcement read out by Abdelghani Zaalane on Bouteflika’s behalf was aimed at appeasing those who had taken to the […]

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UK likely to be forced into Brexit delay if PM May's deal rejected: junior minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is likely to be forced into delaying its March 29 exit from the European Union if parliament rejects Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal later this month, junior justice minister Rory Stewart told Sky News on Sunday. May has promised to bring a revised deal back to parliament by March 12, and if lawmakers reject it they […]

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British PM May says deal within grasp, Brexit delay won't solve crisis

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May stepped up her warnings on Monday that delaying Brexit was no way to solve the impasse in parliament over Britain’s departure from the European Union, saying a timely exit was “within our grasp”. She said she wanted Brexit to happen as planned on March 29 and shrugged off expectations that she […]

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Nigeria's Buhari, Atiku make final pitches for support before delayed vote

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and his closest rival Atiku Abubakar made their final appeal for votes on the last day of campaigning on Thursday ahead of a presidential election on Saturday that was delayed by a week. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) delayed the vote in the early hours of last Saturday, citing logistical reasons, as […]

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