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Mid-term elections: Democrats win House in setback for Trump

Mid-term elections: Democrats win House in setback for Trump

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The Democrats have taken control of the US House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump.A Democratic majority in the lower chamber for the first time in eight years will restrict his ability to steer his programme through Congress.But Mr Trump's Republicans are set to strengthen their grip on the Senate.Tuesday's vote was seen as a referendum on a polarising president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020.The election confirms a historical trend for the party that is not in the White House to make gains in the mid-terms. Media playback is unsupported on your device House Democratic leader Nan...
Mid-term elections 2018: Trump makes final bid for votes

Mid-term elections 2018: Trump makes final bid for votes

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US President Donald Trump has made a last bid for voters to back the Republican party on the eve of a nationwide election that is seen as a referendum on his presidency."Everything we have achieved is at stake tomorrow," he said during a blitz of three final rallies.The mid-term elections come half way through his four years in office, and will determine how effectively he can govern for the next two years.Voter turnout is expected to be high. At stake are 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of 100 seats in the Senate - the two bodies that make up Congress. Governors are also being chosen in 36 out of 50 states. All you need to know ahead of mid-terms Your simple guide to the US mid-terms In recent days, the presiden...
Mid-term elections 2018: Race rows mire campaign homestretch

Mid-term elections 2018: Race rows mire campaign homestretch

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Race-baiting allegations have mired the homestretch of the US mid-term elections, turning it into one of the ugliest campaigns in recent times.US networks have withdrawn President Donald Trump's ad about a cop-killing illegal immigrant.Meanwhile, racist automated calls targeted prominent African-American candidates in Florida and Georgia.Control of Congress is up for grabs in Tuesday's poll, which is being seen as a referendum on Mr Trump.His ability to govern in the final two years of his term will hinge upon the outcome.Americans are voting for all 435 seats in the House, and 35 of the 100 Senate seats. All you need to know ahead of mid-terms Your simple guide to the US mid-terms The Republican president - who has been holdin...
16 killed in Mother's Day marches across Nicaragua as calls for new elections grow

16 killed in Mother's Day marches across Nicaragua as calls for new elections grow

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MANAGUA, May 31 (UPI) -- At least 16 people died during protest marches on Nicaragua's Mother's Day in several cities across the country hours after business leaders called for new elections. Organizers planned the marches, called "Mothers of April," to protest the more than 70 people allegedly killed by police and pro-government gangs during protests in April against President Daniel Ortega's plan to raise social security taxes and cut benefits, human rights advocates said. That plan was shelved, but the protests grew into a movement against state violence and Ortega himself. Wednesday's marches were a continuation of these protests -- but resulted in more deaths as demonstrators came under attack by armed gunmen. The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights -- also identified as CENIDH using...
Rival Libyan leaders agree to set elections for December

Rival Libyan leaders agree to set elections for December

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May 29 (UPI) -- Representatives of 20 countries met in Paris Tuesday where four rival Libyan leaders agreed to set parliamentary and presidential elections for December. At the meeting were leaders from Libya's neighboring countries, regional and European powers, the United States and international organizations. Electoral laws for the election will be adopted this summer. The elections were set for Dec. 10. "We reaffirm the existence and the need for a constitutional basis to organize an election and the need for everyone to work hand-in-hand to make sure the elections are a success," Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said at a news conference Tuesday. Al-Sarraj said he called the meeting to try and end the civil war in Libya. The country was divided in 2011 after a NATO-backed revo...