Israel rejects UN settler vote, announces diplomatic retaliation

Israel rejects UN settler vote, announces diplomatic retaliation

Israel lashed out at US President Barack Obama over a UN Security Council resolution passed Friday demanding it halt settlements in Palestinian territory, while vowing it would not abide by it. “Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not abide by its terms,” a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office […]

UN Security Council demands end to Israeli settlements after US abstains from vote

UN Security Council demands end to Israeli settlements after US abstains from vote

After the United States abstained from voting, the UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution demanding Israel stop building settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, a reversal of the usual US practice of protecting Israel. The resolution was put forward at the 15-member council for a vote on Friday by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and […]

Clinton’s lead in the popular vote surpasses 2 million

Clinton’s lead in the popular vote surpasses 2 million

Hillary Clinton is now more than two million votes ahead of President-elect Donald Trump in the popular vote count for the US presidential elections, a tally compiled by the Cook Political Report showed Wednesday. The Democratic candidate’s 1.5 percent lead in the popular vote makes no difference to the outcome of the November 8 election, […]

Sarkozy pins hopes on ‘Trump effect’ ahead of crucial right-wing vote

Sarkozy pins hopes on ‘Trump effect’ ahead of crucial right-wing vote

Donald Trump’s surprise victory last week has injected new confidence into the faltering campaign of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, ahead of Sunday’s primaries to choose a conservative candidate for the 2017 French presidential election. Two polls published Monday showed that former conservative prime minister Alain Juppé, who is seen as a “safe pair of […]

Trump’s get-out-the-vote effort ‘not even close’ to Clinton’s, experts say

Trump’s get-out-the-vote effort ‘not even close’ to Clinton’s, experts say

With only two days to go before the US presidential elections, candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are polling just a few points apart in key states. But observers and activists say Trump’s weak ground game may cost him the election. National polls give a snapshot of how people are planning to vote at a […]

Rajoy returned as PM in confidence vote, ending Spain’s political crisis

Rajoy returned as PM in confidence vote, ending Spain’s political crisis

Spain’s parliament voted Saturday to approve acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s bid to form a new minority government, putting an end to the country’s 10-month political deadlock. Rajoy, leader of the conservative Popular Party, won a second term as prime minister with a 170-111 vote and 68 abstentions. During the vote, hundreds of anti -Popular […]

Iceland’s Pirate Party set to make gains in parliamentary vote

Iceland’s Pirate Party set to make gains in parliamentary vote

Iceland holds parliamentary elections on Saturday, with polls showing the opposition led by the anti-establishment Pirate Party could topple the current centre-right ruling coalition. Icelanders’ faith in their political and financial establishment was shaken after the 2008 financial crisis and further eroded this year when several senior government figures were named in the Panama Papers. […]

Farmers’ party claims surprise victory in Lithuania vote

Farmers’ party claims surprise victory in Lithuania vote

Lithuanians fed up with low wages and a labour exodus voted for major changes in Sunday’s general election, handing victory to a farmers’ party that previously held just one seat in parliament. The centrist Lithuanian Peasants and Green Union party (LGPU) won 54 seats in the 141-member parliament, while the conservative Homeland Union took 31 […]

DR Congo political crisis deepens as presidential vote postponed

DR Congo political crisis deepens as presidential vote postponed

A ruling by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s top court approving an electoral commission request to postpone the country’s presidential election by 18 months has compounded fears President Joseph Kabila may try to extend his rule for a third term. The constitutional court ruled in favour of the electoral commission on Monday, which filed a […]

Israel suspends cooperation with UNESCO after Jerusalem vote

Israel suspends cooperation with UNESCO after Jerusalem vote

Israel suspended cooperation with UNESCO on Friday after the UN cultural organisation adopted two resolutions on annexed east Jerusalem ahead of a final vote next week. In a letter sent to UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, Education Minister Naftali Bennett accused the body of ignoring “thousands of years of Jewish ties to Jerusalem” and aiding […]

Venezuela’s election authority rules out 2016 recall vote for Maduro

Venezuela’s election authority rules out 2016 recall vote for Maduro

Venezuela’s electoral authority on Wednesday ruled out a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro this year, all but dashing opposition hopes to oust him at the ballot box. The National Electoral Council declared in a statement after meeting with the opposition and the government that “the event could be held in the middle of the […]

Gabon opposition leader files vote fraud complaint with court

Gabon opposition leader files vote fraud complaint with court

Gabonese opposition leader Jean Ping on Thursday filed a vote fraud complaint to the country’s highest court following days of deadly clashes over the country’s disputed presidential elections. Results last week showed incumbent president Ali Bongo beat the veteran diplomat Ping by fewer than 6,000 votes in the August 27 poll. Bongo has rejected accusations […]

Brazil’s Rousseff braces for final impeachment vote

Brazil’s Rousseff braces for final impeachment vote

Brazilian senators engaged in marathon debate Tuesday on the eve of voting on whether to strip Dilma Rousseff of the presidency and end 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America’s biggest country. Lawyers on both sides of the impeachment trial dividing Brazil made impassioned closing arguments, followed by final speeches from senators. The vote […]

Brazil’s Rousseff set to learn fate in final impeachment vote

Brazil’s Rousseff set to learn fate in final impeachment vote

Brazilian senators engaged in marathon debate Tuesday on the eve of voting on whether to strip Dilma Rousseff of the presidency and end 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America’s biggest country. Lawyers on both sides of the impeachment trial dividing Brazil made impassioned closing arguments, followed by final speeches from senators. The vote […]

Campaign unrest tests stability as Zambians vote in general election

Campaign unrest tests stability as Zambians vote in general election

Zambians went to the polls on Thursday shaken by an election campaign of “unprecedented” violence that could threaten the country’s relative stability and its democratic record. Just 18 months after President Edgar Lungu narrowly won office in a snap election, he and his main rival Hakainde Hichilema face off again in a field of nine […]

Venezuela clears presidential recall vote hurdle, but no date set

Venezuela clears presidential recall vote hurdle, but no date set

Venezuela’s opposition gathered enough signatures to proceed with efforts to call a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro, electoral authorities said Monday, without setting a date for the next step. The head of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, told a press conference Maduro’s opponents had cleared the threshold of 200,000 valid signatures on […]

Britain sees first signs of slowing economy in wake of Brexit vote

Britain sees first signs of slowing economy in wake of Brexit vote

Britain’s economy was battered by the Brexit vote last month and faced a “dramatic deterioration” in activity as orders dried up and business investments were canned, key data showed Friday. The grim news — the first indication of economic contraction since Britain’s shock EU exit vote — was revealed at the end of a week […]

Extraordinary bid to block Brexit revealed: EU Commission staffer writes to ALL MPs demanding they overturn historic vote to leave

Extraordinary bid to block Brexit revealed: EU Commission staffer writes to ALL MPs demanding they overturn historic vote to leave

An extraordinary attempt to block Britain leaving the EU has been revealed after a European Commission staff member sent a letter to all MPs demanding they vote to prevent Brexit. Tory MP Henry Smith highlighted the missive – sent from a British citizen working for the EU in Brussels – and has sent a copy […]

Australians vote in cliffhanger election

Australians vote in cliffhanger election

Polls closed in Australia’s most populous states where Saturday’s national elections are expected to be won or lost, with the outcome between conservative leader Malcolm Turnbull and Labor challenger Bill Shorten too close to call. After an eight-week campaign, a pre-election Newspoll of 4,135 people published in The Australian newspaper showed Turnbull’s Liberal/National coalition 50.5 […]

US Democrats stage House sit-in to force vote on gun control

US Democrats stage House sit-in to force vote on gun control

Talks intensified in the US Senate on Wednesday on compromise legislation to stop gun sales to people on some terrorism watch lists, as Democrats shut down the House of Representatives to protest their chamber’s lack of action. Several dozen US House Democrats pushing for action on gun control protested on the floor of the House, […]

On eve of Brexit vote, rival camps race to win over undecideds

On eve of Brexit vote, rival camps race to win over undecideds

British Prime Minister David Cameron and his eurosceptic opponents made final appeals Wednesday for undecided voters on the eve of a referendum on EU membership as polls showed the “Remain” and “Leave” camps too close to call. A victory for the “Leave” camp could unleash turmoil on the financial markets, and foreign exchange bureaus have […]

Tory peer ‘anti-democratic’ EU Referendum tweet blasted for claiming Brexit vote ‘overruled MPs’

Tory peer ‘anti-democratic’ EU Referendum tweet blasted for claiming Brexit vote ‘overruled MPs’

As a storm of protest intensified, Pensions Minister Baroness Ros Altman the unelected peer issued a grovelling apology on social media A Tory peer sparked outrage after telling voters that backing Brexit “overrules your own MPs”. Pensions Minister Baroness Ros Altman said most MPs supported remaining in the EU, signalling the public should follow their […]

Ex-banker has edge in tight Peru presidential vote

Ex-banker has edge in tight Peru presidential vote

  Peru’s presidential vote headed for a photo finish Sunday in a race between the daughter of an ex-president jailed for massacres and a former Wall Street banker. Vote counts by two major pollsters after ballots closed indicated former financier and ex-minister Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was on top. But the race was still too close […]