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Indonesia election mired in claims of foreign hacking and ‘ghost’ voters

Fears of Chinese influence and ‘Russian propaganda’ dog last weeks of campaigning before vote in April WT24 Desk Voter lists have become the latest battleground in the run-up to elections in the world’s third-largest democracy, with claims of infiltration by Chinese and Russian hackers and millions of “ghost voters” being added, The Guardian reports. Last week – a month before ...

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Christchurch attack: Jacinda Ardern says cabinet has agreed ‘in principle’ gun reform

New Zealand prime minister says government ‘completely unified’ but delays announcement of ban on semi-automatics WT24 Desk Jacinda Ardern has said her cabinet is “completely unified” in reforming gun legislation in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack but emerged from a meeting with ministers without concrete proposals to change firearms laws, The Guardian reports. The New Zealand prime minister had been ...

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Brexit: McVey backing for May’s deal raises hopes for approval

Former minister’s stance hints last week’s votes may have shifted terrain in parliament WT24 Desk The former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, who resigned in protest against the prime minister’s Brexit deal, has confirmed she now plans to vote for it this week, raising hopes that it could yet be approved, The Guardian reports. Theresa May’s deal was rejected by ...

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Tories tell MEPs to consider election run if Brexit deal fails

Party’s leader in European parliament says it must be prepared to field candidates WT24 Desk The Conservative party has contacted all its MEPs to ask them to consider running for election in May if the prime minister’s Brexit deal is defeated on Tuesday, The Guardian reports. Ashley Fox, the party’s leader in the European parliament, contacted MEPs to ask them to ...

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Violence weapon of weak, Rahul Gandhi’s double attack on CPI, RSS-BJP in Kerala

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched a scathing attack on both the CPI(M) and the RSS-BJP in Kerala, saying they both used violence whereas the Congress stood by non-violence. WT24 Desk Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched a scathing attack on both the CPI(M) and the RSS-BJP in Kerala, saying they both used violence whereas the Congress stood ...

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Strike if move to hike gas prices not scrapped

Threaten BD Left parties WT24 Desk Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Berc) held its public hearing on proposals for raising gas prices for the third consecutive day on Wednesday as left-leaning parties threatened to go for action programmes like hartal if the government does backtrack on its move, Agencies report. On the third day of the public hearing, state-owned Bakhrabad and ...

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North Korea election sees 99.99% turnout: State media

This year’s turnout fell a tiny fraction short of 100 percent as those “abroad or working in oceans” were unable to take part, the North’s official KCNA news agency reported. WT24 Desk Turnout in nuclear-armed North Korea’s single-candidate elections hit 99.99 percent this year, state media said Tuesday — up from a seemingly unimprovable 99.97 percent the last time they ...

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People’s unity essential to ensure functional democracy

Says Dr. Kamal WT24 Desk Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Monday said people’s unity is a must for ensuring a functional democracy and removing all irregularities from the country, Agencies report. “There’re representatives of some political parties here, and all are talking about consolidating the unity further. We can fulfill the desires of the country’s 16 crore people ...

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Joe Biden tops 2020 Iowa Democratic presidential poll ahead of Sanders

Des Moines Register poll puts former vice-president on 27% of likely Democratic caucus-goers, Sanders on 25% WT24 Desk The former US vice-president Joe Biden has topped a poll of Iowa voters on Saturday that also showed Senator Bernie Sanders gaining momentum against him in the number two spot, AP reports. Biden, who has not announced whether he is running in the ...

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London mayor Sadiq Khan named UK Politician of the Year

Khan, 48, whose grandparents were born in India and parents migrated from Pakistan to the UK, was named ‘Politician of the Year’ at an awards ceremony held in the UK’s House of Commons complex. WT24 Desk London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been named the Politician of the Year at an annual awards ceremony held in the UK’s House of Commons ...

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