Elections 2021: Polling stations close on a day that could have big implications for Labour and future of the UK

Polling stations have closed on an election day that could have profound implications for the future of the United Kingdom and the Labour Party. Dubbed Super Thursday, the polls closed at 10pm in the largest test of political opinion outside a general election in nearly 50 years. The future of

Kuwaiti opposition make gains in first parliamentary vote under new emir

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Opposition candidates made gains in a parliamentary vote in Kuwait in which two thirds of MPs lost their seats and no women were elected, a result which analysts said could hamper government reform efforts to address a severe liquidity crunch.FILE PHOTO: Kuwait’s new Emir Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah

Biden to outline pitch to keep jobs in the United States in Michigan swing

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will propose taxing companies that move U.S. jobs overseas in a visit on Wednesday to the battleground state of Michigan, home to the American auto industry. Biden and his rival, President Donald Trump, are ramping up travel in the final eight-week

US Elections: Who is Republican candidate Donald Trump?

The businessman turned reality star, who shocked the world with his 2016 presidential win, is seeking a second term. Donald Trump, a 74-year-old real estate mogul and former reality TV star who had never held public office until he was elected president of the United States in 2016, will vie

Mali police fire gunshots and tear gas to disperse protesters

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Police in Mali on Friday fired gunshots and tear gas to try to dislodge protesters demanding the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from occupying the state broadcasting house and parliament, according to a Reuters witness. Two sources said at least one person was killed outside the

Long lines, voting machine problems fuel probes in U.S. state of Georgia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voters encountered long lines and problems with voting machines on Tuesday during a chaotic day of in-person balloting in Georgia, the latest state to struggle to conduct elections amid the health worries of the coronavirus pandemic. State Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for the problems, and

Republican-led U.S. Senate probe to hear first testimony on Trump-Russia investigation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A main figure in an investigation of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign’s contacts with Russia is due to testify on Wednesday in a politically charged U.S. Senate probe led by a Republican ally of President Donald Trump. The first Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in an inquiry that

Burundi heads to poll amidst health and violence concerns

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Burundi holds on Wednesday its first competitive presidential election since a civil war erupted in 1993, despite simmering political violence and the new coronavirus pandemic. President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose government has repeatedly been accused of rights abuses, will step down after 15 years. His ruling CNDD-FDD party

Israel's Gantz angers supporters with move toward unity government

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel appeared headed on Friday for a unity government after opposition leader Benny Gantz moved toward an agreement with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, disappointing voters who had hoped to bring down the right-wing premier. Gantz was elected parliamentary speaker on Thursday with support from Netanyahu’s Likud

Sorry, no kissing of babies: How the coronavirus has changed elections

SINGAPORE – From virtual campaigns to elbow bumps and nods, the coronavirus pandemic is proving a headache for election organisers and politicians. Polls are by definition a mass public gathering and politicians are by profession forced to be all embracing during campaigning, from handshakes and hugs to kissing babies. But