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South Korea’s opposition party sweeps to victory in key mayoral races

South Korea’s opposition party sweeps to victory in key mayoral races

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SEOUL, April 7 (UPI) -- South Korea's ruling Democratic Party was severely beaten at the polls as its mayoral candidates in the two largest cities, Seoul and Busan, lost by-elections widely seen as a bellwether for next year's presidential race. The Democratic Party's candidate in the capital city of Seoul, Park Young-sun, was defeated by her People Power Party opponent Oh Se-hoon on Wednesday by a margin of 57.5% to 39%, according to final results released by the National Election Commission. Advertisement Oh was mayor of Seoul from 2006 until 2011, when he resigned over a failed effort to restrict the city's free school lunch program. In Busan, a city of 3.5 million people, the PPP candidate Park Heong-joon beat the Democratic Party's Kim Young-choon 63% to 34%. For voters, the mayoral...
Merkel’s party suffers historic defeats as Germans react to handling of COVID crisis

Merkel’s party suffers historic defeats as Germans react to handling of COVID crisis

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has suffered historic defeats in regional elections as voters reacted to her handling of the COVID-19 crisis.The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lost out to the Greens in the southwest automotive hub of Baden-Wuerttemberg and to the left-leaning Social Democrats (SPD) in neighbouring Rhineland-Palatinate. Mrs Merkel has been in power since 2005 and will not be standing again at the federal elections in September following four consecutive national election victories. Image: Christian Baldauf, the top CDU candidate in Rhineland-Palatinate, reacted as results came in The record defeats in the regional elections, only held in the two wealthy southern states and seen as a bellwether for September, ...
Rangers probe follows break up of Glasgow house party by police

Rangers probe follows break up of Glasgow house party by police

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Rangers have launched an internal investigation after police broke up a party in Glasgow in the early hours of Sunday morning.Covid-19 lockdown restrictions mean no indoor mixing of households is allowed in Scotland under normal circumstances.The Scottish Premiership club issued a short statement on Twitter."Rangers are aware of an alleged incident which is subject to an internal investigation," the Scottish Premiership leaders said. "We will make no further comment."A Police Scotland spokesman said: "We received a report of a gathering at a property in Hayburn Lane, Glasgow, around 1.10am on Sunday, 14 February."Officers attended and those in attendance left. Ten people were issued with fixed penalty notices for breaching coronavirus regulations."It is not clear if any Rangers players wer...
Estonia’s PM resigns over corruption scandal in his party

Estonia’s PM resigns over corruption scandal in his party

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Estonia’s prime minister has resigned over a corruption scandal in his Center Party that led to key party officials resigning overnightByThe Associated PressJanuary 13, 2021, 10:07 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleHELSINKI -- Estonia’s prime minister has resigned over a corruption scandal in his Center Party that led to key party officials resigning overnight, and talks began Wednesday among political parties about forming a new ruling coalition.The move automatically prompts the resignation of Estonia's three-party coalition government but does not automatically mean a new election.Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said early Wednesday on his Facebook page that he would step down as “the suspicion expressed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office .... does not m
South Africa v England: Tour party return two ‘unconfirmed positive’ Covid tests

South Africa v England: Tour party return two ‘unconfirmed positive’ Covid tests

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Two unnamed members of the England tour party in South Africa have returned "unconfirmed positive tests" for coronavirus.The tourists were tested on Saturday after two members of staff from the hotel where they are staying tested positive.Sunday's rearranged opening one-day international in Paarl was called off 30 minutes before the 08:00 GMT start.England players and staff are self-isolating in their hotel rooms.The opening game of the three-match series on Friday was postponed after a South Africa player tested positive for coronavirus.The South Africa squad were tested again on Friday evening and all returned negative results.A decision on the final two matches of the series - due to take place in Cape Town on Monday and Wednesday - will be made once the England test results have been r...