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In Florida, all eyes on Puerto Rican voters after Maria

In Florida, all eyes on Puerto Rican voters after Maria

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Javier Gonzalez has joined a human tide of more than 130,000 U.S. citizens arriving in Florida since Hurricane Maria wrecked Puerto Rico, grateful for a place to start over but resenting how their island has been treated since the disaster. More than a million Puerto Ricans — about 5 percent of Florida's population — already call the state home, and given the outrage many feel over President Donald Trump's handling of the storm, political observers say this voting bloc could loosen the Republican Party's hold on this battleground state. Gonzalez, 38, saw the storm destroy the restaurant he opened with his father five years ago. Without power or reliable water, he became violently ill from food poisoning for three weeks. Finally, he packed his bags, determined to make his future in Miami i
Austrian voters concerned about immigration, Islam

Austrian voters concerned about immigration, Islam

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Wrapping up a bruising political campaign season, Austrian political parties were counting down to an election Sunday that could turn the country to the right amid voter concerns over immigration and Islam. The vote is coming a year ahead of schedule after squabbles led to the breakup last spring of the coalition government of the Social Democrats and the People's Party. A total of 16 parties are vying for 183 seats in the national parliament and will be chosen by Austria's 6.4 million eligible voters. But less than a dozen parties have a chance of getting seats. The People's Party, which has shifted from centrist to right-wing positions, is leading in the pre-vote polls after an image make-over by its leader, 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz. Austria's traditionally right-wing, anti-migrant Fr...
Catalan referendum: Clashes as voters defy Madrid

Catalan referendum: Clashes as voters defy Madrid

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceCatalonia's independence referendum has begun in chaotic fashion, with clashes occurring as police attempt to prevent the vote from taking place.The Spanish government has pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country's constitutional court.Police officers are preventing people from voting, and seizing ballot papers and boxes at polling stations.In the regional capital Barcelona, witnesses said police had fired rubber bullets during pro-referendum protests.Thirty-eight people have been injured, most of them lightly, say Catalan emergency services.Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has condemned the "unjustifiable violence" of the Spanish state.How is the day unfolding?The ballot papers contain just one question: "Do you want Catal...