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Madhya Pradesh: India election results show nail-biting contest

Madhya Pradesh: India election results show nail-biting contest

World
Preliminary election results in the central state of Madhya Pradesh show a nail-biting contest between India's ruling BJP and the opposition Congress.The results show a late comeback for the BJP in the state after early results put Congress well ahead.However, Congress is leading in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, which were previous BJP strongholds.Correspondents say the polls will boost the opposition ahead of general elections due in 2019. A shot in the arm for the opposition?Soutik Biswas, BBC News, DelhiThis is the last round of state polls before general elections, which will be held in the next few months.The Congress's vastly improved performance in the thre...
Facebook's election 'war room' takes aim at fake information

Facebook's election 'war room' takes aim at fake information

Technology
In an otherwise innocuous part of Facebook's expansive Silicon Valley campus, a locked door bears a taped-on sign that reads "War Room." Behind the door lies a nerve center the social network has set up to combat fake accounts and bogus news stories ahead of upcoming elections. Inside the room are dozens of employees staring intently at their monitors while data streams across giant dashboards. On the walls are posters of the sort Facebook frequently uses to caution or exhort its employees. One reads, "Nothing at Facebook is somebody else's problem." That motto might strike some as ironic, given that the war room was created to counter threats that almost no one at the company, least of all CEO Mark Zuckerberg, took seriously just two years ago — and which the company's critics now...
Swedish election: Main blocs neck and neck as nationalists gain

Swedish election: Main blocs neck and neck as nationalists gain

World
The Swedish general election has left the two main political blocs almost tied, with the anti-immigration party making gains on its previous results.With nearly all ballots counted, the governing centre-left coalition is marginally ahead of its centre-right Alliance rivals, with around 40% each.The nationalist Sweden Democrats (SD) have won about 18% of the vote, up from 12.9% in the previous election.A protracted battle to form a working coalition now looks certain.Is Europe seeing a nationalist surge?Both of the main blocs have refused to govern with the SD, although its leader said he was prepared to talk with all other parties."We will increase our seats in parliament and we will gain huge influence over what happens in Swed...
President Mnangagwa 'humbled' to win Zimbabwe election

President Mnangagwa 'humbled' to win Zimbabwe election

World
Incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa has won Zimbabwe's disputed presidential poll, according to the country's electoral commission. With all 10 provinces declared, the current president and Zanu-PF leader gained 2.46 million votes (50.8%) against 2.15 million (44.3%) for opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.The election is the first since dictator Robert Mugabe resigned last year following a coup, ending 30 years of leadership.Both sides in the election had claimed victory before the official announcement, with the aftermath of polling day on Monday marred by deadly protests and clashes that have left six people dead and 14 injured. Thank you Zimbabwe!I am humbled to be elected President of the Second Republic of Zimbabwe.Though we may have been divided at ...
US accuses Russia of 'pervasive' election meddling

US accuses Russia of 'pervasive' election meddling

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device US national security chiefs have lined up to warn American democracy is in the "crosshairs" of foreign adversaries for elections in 2018 and 2020.Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said: "We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to weaken and divide the US."Mr Coats said the efforts were less robust so far than in 2016, and did not appear directed at a single party.The Kremlin denies US claims it meddled in its last presidential election.US National Security Adviser John Bolton, FBI Director Chris Wray, National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also spoke at Thursday's White House news conference.Mr Coats said Russia ...