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Philippine President Duterte says he is retiring from politics

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte attends the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Summit in Singapore, November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo MANILA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday he was retiring from politics, a surprise move that fuelled speculation he was clearing the way for his daughter......

France’s Sarkozy likely to avoid jail despite new conviction

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Nicolas Sarkozy found guilty of illegal campaign financing Former president receives a one-year jail sentence Sarkozy is unlikely to spend time in prison PARIS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was handed a one-year prison sentence by a Paris court on Thursday after being found guilty of......

Panel probing U.S. Capitol riot issues subpoenas to Trump rally organizers

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WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol said on Wednesday it had issued subpoenas to organizers of events and rallies leading up to the attack on the seat of government, as it broadened its inquiry. The......

Mali could delay post-coup elections, interim PM says

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DAKAR, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Mali could push back presidential and legislative elections set for next February to avoid their validity being contested, its post-coup prime minister said. Mali’s progress back to democracy following the August 2020 overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is being closely monitored in a region......

Libya’s presidency seeks consensus on election law

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Mohamed al-Menfi, Head of the Presidential Council of Libya, talks to media after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, March 23, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo NEW YORK, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The head of Libya’s Presidency Council said on Saturday he would......

Taiwan opposition party’s new leader pledges renewed talks with China

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TAIPEI, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s main opposition party elected former leader Eric Chu as its chairman on Saturday with a pledge to renew stalled talks with China, which has ramped up military and political pressure against the island Beijing claims as its own territory. Chu, 60, a former mayor......

Draft report of Arizona’s contentious election audit confirms Biden’s win

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Sept 24 (Reuters) – A partisan review of the 2020 presidential election commissioned by Arizona Republicans has confirmed President Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the state’s most populous county, according to a draft report of the review’s findings. Maricopa County announced what it said were the main findings......

Trump allies Bannon, Meadows subpoenaed in Congress’ probe of Capitol riot

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WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol has subpoenaed four former members of Donald Trump’s administration, including Mark Meadows and Steve Bannon, the panel’s chairman said on Thursday. Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan......

Post Trump, U.S. Democrats offer bill to rein in presidential powers

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WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Democrats introduced legislation on Tuesday seeking to pull back powers from the presidency, part of an ongoing effort to rein in the White House in a rebuke to the administration of former Republican President Donald Trump. House leaders said the “Protecting......

Russian pro-Putin party wins majority after crackdown; foes cry foul

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Partial results suggest emphatic United Russia win Pre-vote crackdown crushed Kremlin critics Critics allege widespread fraud, authorities deny Watchdog recorded numerous violations MOSCOW, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Russia’s ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, retained its parliamentary majority after an election and a sweeping crackdown on its......

Boxer Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine president in 2022

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Philippine Senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao reads his briefing materials as he prepares for the Senate session in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines September 20, 2016. Picture taken September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro/File Photo Pacquiao accepts nomination of party allies Boxer vows to end government corruption MANILA, Sept......

Navalny allies accuse YouTube, Telegram of censorship in Russian election

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MOSCOW, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s allies accused YouTube and Telegram of censorship on Saturday after the video platform and messaging app restricted access to their anti-government voting recommendations for Russia’s parliamentary election. Navalny’s allies already accused Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google and Apple of buckling under Kremlin......

U.S. Capitol on high alert as pro-Trump demonstrators converge for rally

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A U.S. Capitol Police officer patrols the unscalable fence erected around the Capitol ahead of an expected rally Saturday in support of the Jan. 6 defendants in Washington, U.S. September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Hundreds of police officers were patrolling around the U.S. Capitol on......

Japan PM candidates differ on same-sex, women rights issues

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TOKYO, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Candidates to become Japan’s next prime minister all said they would have better policies to fight the pandemic and reduce the income gap during television debates on Friday, but they were split on diversity issues from same-sex marriage to married couples having separate surnames. Whoever......

Google, Apple remove Navalny app from stores as Russian elections begin

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The Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny’s Smart Voting app is seen on a phone, in Moscow, Russia September 16, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov MOSCOW, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) and Apple (AAPL.O) have removed jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s tactical voting app from their stores, his team said on......

California Governor Newsom defeats Republican recall effort

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 15 (Reuters) – California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday handily beat back a Republican campaign to oust him from office, sending a decisive message that voters in the deeply Democratic state supported his policies for tackling COVID-19, immigration and crime. Newsom, who won his first term in......

Belarus protest leader Kolesnikova sentenced to 11 years in jail

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KYIV, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass street protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last year, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Monday, the state-run Belta news agency and the Belarusian opposition reported. Kolesnikova, 39, was detained after ripping up her passport......

El Salvador top court opens door to president’s re-election, U.S. protests

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New Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele speaks after receiving the presidential sash during a swearing-in ceremony in San Salvador, El Salvador June 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SAN SALVADOR, Sept 4 (Reuters) – El Salvador’s top court has ruled that the country’s president can serve two consecutive terms, opening the door for......

Japan PM Suga to back vaccine minister Kono to succeed him

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TOKYO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Japan’s outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will back the popular minister in charge of the nation’s vaccination rollout, Taro Kono, to succeed him, Nippon News Network reported on Saturday. Political manoeuvring was heating up among potential candidates and ruling party grandees on Saturday, a day......

As COVID surges, more Florida school districts revolt against governor’s mask ban

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TAVARES, Fla., Sept 3 (Reuters) – In a scene replayed across the United States, angry parents and activists streamed into a meeting of the Florida’s Lake County school board on Thursday where it considered whether to mandate mask-wearing for students and staff due to COVID. Some opponents of the mask......

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