Politics

Vote Recount Effort Races Forward Despite Trump Team Rejection

By Julia Harte and Steve Holland WASHINGTON, Nov 29 – Donald Trump’s transition team on Monday pushed back against an effort to recount Nov. 8’s presidential election votes, calling the effort “nonsense,” but offering no evidence to back a weekend Trump tweet alleging millions of illegal votes. With the clock winding down for voters and

[ Read More ]

Trump, Without Evidence, Says Illegal Voting Cost Him U.S. Popular Vote

By Roberta Rampton and Dustin Volz PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON, Nov 28  – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that he won the popular vote in the Nov. 8 election “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally”, though he provided no evidence of widespread voter fraud. The allegation by

[ Read More ]

Kuwaiti Opposition Win Big In Anti-Austerity Vote

By Sami Aboudi and Ahmed Hagagy KUWAIT, Nov 27  – Opposition candidates are estimated to have won around 20 seats out of 50 in Kuwaiti elections that saw most parliament members replaced, in a vote analysts said reflects anger at austerity measures to curb a budget deficit. The results of Saturday’s vote are likely to

[ Read More ]

Exiled Politician Tells His Pakistan Party He is Still Boss

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik LONDON, Nov 27 – His grip on the powerful Pakistani party he has run for decades under threat, maverick politician Altaf Hussain said from self-imposed exile that he was still in charge and foes within his party would be rejected by voters in a 2018 general election. The sweltering metropolis of Karachi

[ Read More ]

Clinton Team to Take Part in U.S. State Vote Recount, Trump Blasts Effort

By Ian Simpson and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON/WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov 27 – Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign will take part in a recount of Wisconsin votes in the U.S. presidential race, an effort Republican winner Donald Trump called “ridiculous” on Saturday. Wisconsin’s election board on Friday approved the recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill

[ Read More ]

Kuwaitis Vote in Austerity-Focused Poll, Energised by Opposition

By Sami Aboudi and Ahmed Hagagy KUWAIT, Nov 26 – Kuwaitis voted on Saturday in an election energised by the participation of opposition candidates for the first time since 2012 and focused on recent government austerity measures aimed at tackling the oil-rich nation’s deficit. The parliament of Western-allied Kuwait was due to run until July

[ Read More ]

U.N. Close to Sanctions Deal to Slash N. Korea Export Earnings -Diplomats

Nov 25 – The U.N. Security Council’s five veto powers are close to approving new sanctions on North Korea to cut the isolated state’s earnings from exports by more than a quarter, principally by targeting its coal exports to China, diplomats said on Friday. The U.S.-drafted resolution, in response to North Korea’s fifth nuclear test

[ Read More ]

Erdogan Warns Turkey Could Open Gates for Migrants if Pushed by EU

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, Nov 25 – President Tayyip Erdogan warned on Friday that Turkey could open its gates for migrants to Europe if pushed into a corner by the European Union, a day after European lawmakers voted for a temporary halt to EU membership talks with Ankara. Members of the European Parliament voted for

[ Read More ]

EU Lawmakers Urge Halt to Turkey EU Membership Talks

By Gilbert Reilhac STRASBOURG, Nov 24 – European Union lawmakers called on Thursday for a temporary halt to EU membership talks with Turkey because of Ankara’s “disproportionate” reaction to July’s failed coup, although EU governments are unlikely to take heed. Members of the European Parliament voted 479 to 37 in favour of a non-binding motion

[ Read More ]

Egyptian Activists Raise Alarm Over Expanding NGO Crackdown

By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, Nov 24 – An Egyptian bill regulating non-governmental organisations is so restrictive it effectively bans human rights work and makes it harder for charities to operate, activists and development workers say. The bill, passed by parliament last week but subject to a final vote, restricts NGO activity to developmental and social

[ Read More ]