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Source: DW

Siemens and GE sign deals to provide electricity to Iraq

Today 18:10 GMT

Siemens and the Iraqi government said on Sunday that they had signed a memorandum of understanding on plans to supply electricity to the country.

The "roadmap proposes cost savings in billions of US dollars and generating additional electricity 24/7 for 23 million people," said a statement from Siemens. The deal includes the upgrading of existing electricity generating plants, and the building of new ones, especially in deprived areas.

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Source: Washington Post

House Democrats’ hope for wave election diminishes as Republicans rebound

Today 18:09 GMT

Democratic hopes for a wave election that would carry them to a significant House majority have been tempered in recent weeks amid a shifting political landscape and a torrent of hard-hitting attack ads from Republicans.

At stake is the fate of the Trump presidency — whether Democrats will gain the power to investigate his administration and thwart his agenda, or if emboldened Republicans will fulfill the president’s vision for the nation, from building a border wall to repeal of the Obama-era health-care law.

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Source: Global News

Former NDP MP Kennedy Stewart elected mayor of Vancouver

Today 18:09 GMT

During the campaign, the Vancouver District Labour Council (VDLC) endorsed Stewart and distributed thousands of flyers to Vancouver homes, urging voters to select him as mayor.

Ex-NPA Park Commissioner Erin Shum, housing supply advocate Adrian Crook, Wade Grant and Rob McDowell all finished with under two per cent of the vote.

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Source: Global News

A year away from election day and no-name Scheer is right behind celebrity Trudeau: Ipsos poll

Today 18:09 GMT

With one year until the 2019 federal election, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals lead Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives by a nose, according to the latest Ipsos poll provided exclusively to Global News.

By contrast, four in 10 of the Canadian adults surveyed by Ipsos could not name Scheer as the opposition leader and nearly half — 49 per cent — of those surveyed could not name Singh as NDP leader. Trudeau, an incumbent prime minister at the head of a majority government, is a global celebrity with wide name recognition in Canada.

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Source: Common Domain

Voting by blockchain could add new risks to our elections — including making it easier to buy votes

Today 18:09 GMT

Looking to modernize voting practices, speed waiting times at the polls, increase voter turnout and generally make voting more convenient, many government officials — and some companies hawking voting systems — are looking to an emerging technology called a “blockchain.”

Yet as scholars who have studied traditional and blockchain-based voting, we believe that while blockchains may help with some specific issues, they can’t fix the basic problems with internet voting.

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Source: Common Domain

UK petrol and diesel ban should be ‘brought forward’ to 2032

Today 18:09 GMT

Banning petrol and diesel car sales in the UK should be brought forward to 2032, according to a new report by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee.

The BEIS report noted how other countries “have already taken a substantial lead” in battery manufacturing, and that the UK needs to “better capitalise on industrial opportunities”.

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Source: CTV

One year to election: Trudeau Liberals gear up for tussles on climate, premiers

Today 18:10 GMT

As the one-year countdown to the next federal election on Oct. 21, 2019 starts ticking, Justin Trudeau's Liberals appear reasonably well positioned to win a second term.

A year is a lifetime in politics and the coming one promises to be particularly challenging for the Liberals, beset by a growing phalanx of hostile conservative premiers determined to put a spoke in Trudeau's pre-election wheel.

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Source: DW

Opinion: Hope for Afghanistan's democracy lies with voters

Today 18:10 GMT

Afghan voters have shown their democratic determination by voting in parliamentary elections at the risk of their lives.

Afghanistan's youngest voters only have a faint memory of the Taliban government — if at all — and they've grown up living in an unstable, yet definitely democratic country. Although the prospect of having a political say remains murky, it shows that democracy is working and gives hope for the future.

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Source: CBS News

China's propaganda machine takes aim at American soybean farmers

Today 17:14 GMT

China's propaganda machine has taken aim at American soybean farmers as part of its high-stakes trade war with the Trump administration.

Stanley Chao, a business consultant who has written a book called "Selling to China," said it's not entirely surprising that China would try to take its trade arguments directly to American farmers, whose crops have been hit by Beijing's retaliatory tariffs. Chao noted that when a Chinese dissident won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize — chosen by the Norwegian Nobel Committee and an embarrassment for Beijing — China responded by placing propaganda ads in Scandinavian newspapers.

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Source: The Guradian

Trump: Georgia Republican accused of voter purges would make 'great governor'

Today 16:19 GMT

Donald Trump on Saturday said Brian Kemp, a Republican accused of purging a huge number of voters from Georgia’s registration rolls, would make a “great governor” of the southern state.

Amid a flurry of tweets about the impending midterm elections, Trump tweeted that the Republican has “prepared for this very difficult and complex job for many years. Kemp is currently Georgia’s secretary of state, which means he is supervising an election in which he is a candidate.

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Source: The Guradian

'When a debt is paid, it's paid': Florida group pushes for voting rights

Today 12:39 GMT

It’s a group that encompasses 1.5 million people in the state, and the Fair Elections Center and the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition are leading the charge to give these people the right to vote.

We believe that folks from all walks of life support this and want to take this forward,” said Neil Volz, the political director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. An Upper West Side, New York City, apartment building took down the sign “Trump Place” this week after 70% of residents voted to scrap the president’s name.

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Source: The Guradian

Afghans go to polls amid violence and corruption claims

Saturday 15:25 GMT

Voters in Afghanistan are heading to the polls in parliamentary elections overshadowed by chaotic organisation and allegations of corruption, and violence that has forced a postponement of the vote in the southern province of Kandahar.

Due to the difficulty of collecting and collating results across Afghanistan, the overall results will not be known for at least two weeks.

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Source: DW

Poland's PiS nationalists face test in local election battles

Today 09:00 GMT

Though nationalist-conservative candidates and electoral alliances led by the ruling PiS enjoy overwhelming voter support across large swaths of the country, liberal opposition candidates enjoy advantages in Poland's major cities, such as Warsaw, Danzig, Krakow and Breslau.

A young law student from Bialystok is putting her faith in Jaki's challenger, the liberal Civic Platform (PO) politician Rafal Trzaskowski: "This election is the only chance liberals have to survive — here in the cities," she says.

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Source: Washington Post

In Georgia, governor’s race evokes old tensions over voting and race

Saturday 15:25 GMT

In the final weeks of the campaign, the closely contested race for Georgia governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp has curdled into an emotional battle over voting rights, with thousands of Georgians seeking help with their ballots and hours-long lines forming at early voting locations as anxiety mounts about whether every vote will count.

After news broke that 53,000 voter registration applications had been suspended across Georgia, the Rev. Ezekiel Holley headed straight to his local election office in rural Terrell County for the names of affected voters.

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Source: Reuters

Black 'lynching' ad illustrates race overtones, anger in U.S....

Saturday 15:25 GMT

A radio ad that aired this week in Arkansas in support of Republican U.S. Representative French Hill featured women with exaggerated and stereotyped African-American accents saying black voters should support Hill and Republicans because Democrats will lynch black men when “a white girl screams rape.” Hill’s campaign did not run the ad and condemned it as “outrageous.”

“We can’t afford to let white Democrats take us back to bad old days of race verdicts, life sentences and lynchings when a white girl screams rape.”. Bruce Bartlett, a senior policy adviser in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, called it “the most racist ad by a Republican I have ever come across.”


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