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Hong Kong votes in first major poll since pro-democracy protests

Voting is due to start in the first major elections in Hong Kong since pro-democracy protests in 2014. The main parties competing are divided by their stances on the territory’s relationship with Beijing. Voters will choose 35 lawmakers based on geographical constituencies and 35 people to represent selected trades. The city has partial democracy and not everybody can vote for ...

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Tunisia parliament votes to sack PM Habib Essid

Tunisia’s parliament has passed a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Habib Essid, effectively dismissing the government of the US-trained economist. A total of 188 MPs voted to sack Mr Essid, with only three supporting him. Mr Essid, who has been in office less than two years, has faced criticism for what his opponents say is his failure to ...

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'How to emigrate' – searches spike on Google after Britain votes to leave EU

As it became increasingly clear that the Britain had voted to leave the European Union, a number of search terms saw huge spikes in use on Google, illustrating a high level of pessimism among UK residents unhappy with the result. Twitter user John Brennan noticed an uplift in the number of people searching for “How to emigrate”: Quite a spike in ...

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EU referendum: Brexit sparks calls for other EU votes

The UK’s vote to leave the EU has sparked demands from far-right parties for referendums in other member states. France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen tweeted “Victory for freedom” and said the French must now also have the right to choose. Dutch anti-immigration politician, Geert Wilders, said the Netherlands now deserved a “Nexit” vote. The UK on Thursday voted ...

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Britain Votes to Leave European Union

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage. Photo: AP The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, shocking the country’s political establishment and sending the British pound to its lowest point since 1985, The Wall Street Journal reports. http://gawker.com/never-mind-the… The hard-fought campaign leading up to the vote pitted centrist politicians, who argued for the stability and economic benefits of remaining in ...

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Mark Zuckerberg Votes To Keep Peter Thiel On Facebook Board 

Image: AP Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has decided to keep venture capitalist Peter Thiel on the company’s board of directors. Zuckerberg’s decision comes after weeks of controversy over whether it was appropriate for billionaire Thiel, who recently admitted to secretly funding a campaign of third-party lawsuits to bankrupt Gawker Media, Gizmodo’s parent company, to remain on the board of a ...

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Divided Senate Votes Down Gun Control Measures

Senator Chris Murphy at a press conference Monday evening. Photo: AP On Monday, the U.S. Senate rejected four gun control proposals introduced in the wake of last week’s deadly Orlando shooting, voting roughly along party lines against two measures sponsored by Democrats and two competing measures sponsored by Republicans, The Guardian reports. “I’m mortified by today’s vote, but I’m not ...

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Senate Votes to Require Women to Register for the Draft After January 1, 2018

The Senate has approved a defense budget that would also require women to register for the draft. The new rules would apply to any woman who turns 18 on or after January 1, 2018. The key opponents to drafting women were conservative Republicans, including your old friend, botched Madam Tussauds exhibit Ted Cruz. This one has been brewing for a ...

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Postal votes to decide Austria election

Postal ballots will decide Austria’s presidential election after polling station results from Sunday’s vote gave the far-right candidate a slender lead. Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party was slightly ahead of his rival, Alexander Van der Bellen, the interior ministry said on Sunday. If elected, Mr Hofer would be the first far-right head of state in the EU. A key ...

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Austria votes in close-fought election

The European Union could see its first far-right president if Norbert Hofer wins the second, run-off round of the Austrian election. The Freedom Party candidate faces an independent, Alexander Van der Bellen, who has the backing of the Greens. Mr Hofer topped the first vote but fell well short of an outright majority. For the first time since World War ...

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