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Sweden heads for minority left government, far right surges

Yahoo - DRC - 3 hours 32 min ago

By Niklas Pollard and Simon Johnson STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's centre-left Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven emerged as victor in Sunday's general election after a voter backlash against tax cuts and trimmed welfare by a centre-right government, but he fell short of a parliamentary majority. The Nordic region's biggest economy and one of the few star performers in Europe now faces a weak minority government with a possible political impasse as the anti-immigrant far right emerged as the third biggest party to hold the balance of power. Lofven's Social Democrats and two other opposition parties, the Greens and Left, garnered 43.7 percent of the vote, against 39.3 percent for Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's coalition. Now Sweden has answered that we need a change." A projection by the election authority showed that the three centre left parties - who have not as yet created a formal bloc - won 159 parliamentary seats, short of the 175 need for a majority.


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Swedish Social Democrat leader says ready to start building government after election win

Yahoo - DRC - 3 hours 32 min ago
The leader of Sweden's Social Democrats said he was ready to start the process of building a new government after the centre-left won an narrow victory in a general election on Sunday. Stefan Lofven said Sweden was facing major challenges after 8 years of centre-right rule with high unemployment and declining school results. We have thousands of people unemployed, We have school results that are declining more than in any other OECD country." "There is something that is breaking. Now Sweden has answered that we need a change.
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Ex-president Gbagbo's party withdraws from Ivory Coast poll body

Yahoo - DRC - 3 hours 52 min ago

The party of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo withdrew from the country's election commission on Sunday, setting back efforts to draw it into the political mainstream before a scheduled presidential election next year. Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) boycotted parliamentary polls in 2011 and local elections last year. Negotiations in recent months between President Alassane Ouattara's government and the FPI, however, had led to the party agreeing to participate in the elections commission, raising hopes it would take part in next year's poll.


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Many deaths as boat with African emigrants sinks off Libyan coast - Libya navy

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 9 min ago
A boat packed with up to 250 African emigrants trying to reach European shores sank on Sunday off the Libyan coast and most are feared dead, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said. Only 26 people have been rescued so far, navy spokesman Ayub Qassem told Reuters, adding that the boat had sunk near Tajoura, east of the capital Tripoli. "There are so many dead bodies floating in the sea," he said, adding that the under-equipped coast guard had few resources to search for survivors. Human traffickers are exploiting the political chaos and lack of security that has blighted Libya since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an uprising in 2011.
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Soccer-Milan win 5-4 thriller as Inter blast seven

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 10 min ago

AC Milan clung on to beat Parma 5-4 away in Serie A on Sunday despite an dreadful defensive display which included Mattia De Sciglio scoring an extraordinary own goal from near the halfway line late in the match. Goalkeeper Diego Lopez injured himself in a vain attempt to stop the ball and had to hobble through injury time with Milan having already made three substitutions. Inter Milan had a much more straightforward time as they routed hapless Sassuolo 7-0 for the second season in a row with Argentine striker Mauro Icardi grabbing a hat-trick and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo scoring twice. Mateo Kovacic and Fredy Guarin were also on target.


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Swedish PM Reinfeldt concedes defeat in Swedish election, centre-left win

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 29 min ago
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt conceded defeat on Sunday after a narrow victory by the centre-left over an Alliance government that has governed Sweden for eight years. "The centre-left has more seats (in parliament) than the Alliance," Reinfeldt told party supporters. "So tomorrow I am going to hand in mine and my government's resignation." Reinfeldt said he would step down as leader of the Moderates, the largest party in the Alliance but which saw its support drop sharply in the election, in the spring. ...
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Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood calls for Scottish independence

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 31 min ago
By Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's grand dame of fashion Vivienne Westwood on Sunday urged Scotland to vote for independence ahead of a historic referendum next week that could see it break away from the United Kingdom. The designer, who is as famous for her political views as her bold fashions, said that she did not believe there was any democracy left in England and encouraged Scotland to end the 307-year union. "It would be absolutely great if there is a 'yes' vote ... ...
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With eye on China, Modi's India to develop disputed border region

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 43 min ago
By Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has eased restrictions on building roads and military facilities along its disputed border with China, as the new government seeks to close the gap on its neighbour's superior transport network and take a stronger stance on Beijing. Indian environment minister Prakash Javadekar told Reuters he had relaxed environmental rules within 100 km (62 miles) of the contested border in remote Arunachal Pradesh in order to speed up construction of some 6,000 km of roads. The move, which also allows for the construction of army stations, arms depots, schools and hospitals in the sparsely populated Himalayan region, was announced days before Chinese President Xi Jinping visits India on Sept. 17-18. India's shift is consistent with expectations that Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who swept to power in elections four months ago, would take a tougher line on territorial disputes with neighbouring countries.
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Pakistan Protests: Tahirul Qadri Launches 'Go Nawaz Go' Campaign on Currency Bills

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 47 min ago

As the Pakistan protests continue, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif refusing to step down, one of the main opposition party, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has launched a 'Go Nawaz Go' campaign on currency bills.


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Reform paralysis, slow progress cloud Shanghai free trade zone project

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 49 min ago

By Michelle Chen HONG KONG (Reuters) - A disappointing first year for Shanghai's much-hyped free-trade zone, seen as a pet project of Premier Li Keqiang and billed as a reform laboratory, raises questions about China's commitment to opening up its markets as it wrestles with a slowing economy. The 29 square kilometre zone on the outskirts of China's commercial capital - hailed as Beijing's boldest reform in decades - was meant to test changes such as currency liberalisation, market-determined interest rates and free trade. "There has been some progress in the Shanghai free trade zone, but the progress is much slower than the market had expected, especially in the financial market sector," said Zhu Haibin, chief China economist at JP Morgan in Hong Kong.


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Centre-left to win 160 seats, short of house majority in Swedish vote-projection

Yahoo - DRC - 4 hours 58 min ago
Sweden's three party centre-left opposition held a lead over the governing centre-right coalition in the Nordic country's general election but fell short of an absolute majority, a projection after most districts had been counted showed on Sunday. The opposition of Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party would win 160 seats in the 349-seat parliament an SVT projection based on the nearly 5,000 of the just under 6,000 districts counted, while Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's centre-right coalition would win 142 seats. A coalition needs 175 seats to form a majority government. In a effort to leave the Sweden Democrats without influence, Reinfeldt has pledged to let the centre-left bloc form a government if it is larger than his Alliance.
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North Korea sentences U.S. citizen Matthew Miller to six years hard labour

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 59 sec ago

By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea sentenced U.S. Miller joins Kenneth Bae to become the second American currently serving a hard labour sentence in North Korea. A third, Jeffrey Fowle, is awaiting trial. "He committed acts hostile to the DPRK while entering the territory of the DPRK under the guise of a tourist last April," the short statement said.


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'The Imitation Game' takes top prize at Toronto film fest

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 17 min ago

By Leah Schnurr TORONTO (Reuters) - "The Imitation Game," a biopic about British mathematician and World War Two code-breaker Alan Turing, won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. The film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, took the Groslch People's Choice award for best film at the 39th edition of the festival. Accepting the award on behalf of director Morten Tyldum, Elevation Pictures' Noah Segal said simply, "Yummy, delicious," a reference to an audience member who had declared the same about Cumberbatch during a question-and-answer session following the film's screening during the festival. The award, which is chosen by audience members and has in the past gone to Oscar best picture winners such as "Slumdog Millionaire," and last year's "12 Years a Slave," will likely ramp up the buzz around the film.


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Van Gaal hails first win as 'new start'

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 20 min ago

Before Europe's top domestic leagues were interrupted by players jetting off around the world to play for their countries, Manchester United's supposed new dawn under Louis van Gaal was obscured by dark clouds. Two points from three very winnable league games and a humiliating Capital One Cup defeat by third tier Milton Keynes Dons had punctured all the optimism gleaned from an impressive pre-season. On Sunday, at the fifth time of asking and after some serious cash-splashing at the end of the transfer window, Van Gaal could finally celebrate a win. His side crushed Queens Park Rangers 4-0 with the kind of football the Old Trafford faithful have been spoiled with over the past couple of decades.


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PM: We Will 'Hunt Down' David Haines' Killers

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 21 min ago

David Cameron has vowed that Britain will "hunt down" those responsible for the murder of British aid worker David Haines and bring them to justice.


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Sweden left heads for election victory, short of majority

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 45 min ago
By Johan Sennero and Johan Ahlander STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's centre-left opposition headed for an election victory on Sunday but fell short of a parliamentary majority, the first election projection showed, as voters backed increased spending on job schemes, schools and hospitals after eight years of tax cuts and trimmed welfare under the centre-right Alliance. Three centre-left opposition parties garnered 43.7 percent of the vote, against 39.1 percent for Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's government coalition. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats won 13.0 percent in the poll and may hold the balance of power as the third biggest party in parliament. If projections are born out by official results, negotiations to form a government could be hard and protracted.
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Falcao and the deadline day signings make their mark

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 49 min ago

By Ian Chadband LONDON (Reuters) - The deadline day boys led by Radamel Falcao and Danny Welbeck came, saw and largely conquered, their weekend Premier League debuts bringing fresh vibrancy, new energy and rekindled hope to the clubs who have invested so lavishly in them. Nowhere was the tonic of fresh blood so obviously felt than at a reenergised Old Trafford. When Falcao finally emerged in the 67th minute to thunderous cheers with Manchester United, inspired by their record signing Angel di Maria and Dutch deadline day capture Daley Blind, already cruising at 4-0 up against Queens Park Rangers, it felt like the dreaming was beginning all over again in the old theatre.


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Flamboyant Contador downs Froome this time

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 51 min ago
By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - While other riders, including his great rival Chris Froome, use some races to fine-tune their condition or set themselves more modest objectives, Alberto Contador always has only victory in mind when he pins a bib on his jersey. Six years ago, Contador rode - and won - the Giro d'Italia and the Tour of Spain because his then Astana team had been left out of the Tour de France because of their doping past. In 2012, the Vuelta was his comeback grand Tour as he was forced to miss the Tour de France because of a doping ban after he failed a test for a banned anabolic on the previous edition. This year, Contador's chances of winning the Tour de France for the third time were ruined on the 10th stage when he sustained a hairline fracture in his shinbone as he crashed at high speed in a descent.
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Crowd warm to Falcao in brief United debut

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 55 min ago

By Steve Tongue LONDON (Reuters) - They cheered him to the Old Trafford rafters just for warming up on the touchline, then roared their approval when he finally made it onto the pitch as a Manchester United player in the 67th minute of Sunday's 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers. All that was missing from Radamel Falcao's debut in English football was a goal, but the crowd of more than 75,000 went away convinced that it will not be long in coming. United supporters love a goal scorer as much as any other set of fans, and a flamboyant one more than most. I would like to be a United legend," he told Sky Sports before the game.


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Germany's eurosceptic AfD surges to win seats in two states

Yahoo - DRC - 5 hours 59 min ago

By Erik Kirschbaum and Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party surged to win more than 10 percent of the vote in two states on Sunday in a growing challenge to Chancellor Angela Merkel as her new right-wing rival makes further inroads into her power base. Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) could also suffer an ominous loss of power in the state of Thuringia if the hardline Left party can persuade the Social Democrats (SPD) to switch allegiances and elect Germany's first Left state premier. The AfD, which was founded in early 2013 to oppose euro zone bailouts, surpassed all forecasts to win 10.2 percent of the vote in Thuringia and 11.9 percent in Brandenburg, according to projections broadcast on German television late on Sunday.


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