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Source: The Guradian

Facebook takes down far-right groups days before Spanish election

Today 02:25 GMT

Facebook has taken down several networks that were spreading far-right content to nearly 1.7 million people in Spain, days before national elections that are expected to see a surge in support for the far-right Vox party.

However, unlike its decision earlier this month to ban British far-right groups in a crackdown on hate organisations, Facebook said it had not taken down the Spanish pages because of their content, or for “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” – the network’s sanitised term for manufacturing and spreading fake news.

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Source: Fox News

Strzok-Page texts suggested using post-election briefing to gather information on Trump team

Today 02:25 GMT

Text messages between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page indicate they discussed using briefings to the Trump team after the 2016 election to identify people they could "develop for potential relationships," track lines of questioning and "assess" changes in "demeanor" – language one GOP lawmaker called “more evidence” of irregular conduct in the original Russia probe.

FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE: INTERNAL FBI TEXT MESSAGES REVEAL DOJ CONCERNS OVER 'BIAS' IN KEY WARRANT TO SURVEIL TRUMP AIDE. Barr was criticized by Democrats for testifying earlier this month that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign – an apparent reference to a well-documented surveillance warrant against Trump adviser Carter Page, among other incidents. Barr stressed that the question for him, as the DOJ reviews the conduct of the original investigation, is whether that "surveillance” was justified and based on solid intelligence.

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Source: Global News

No guarantee of decision on Trans Mountain pipeline before federal election: Sohi

Today 02:25 GMT

The federal government can’t guarantee it will have a decision on the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion prior to the next election, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said.

Despite the deadline, Sohi wouldn’t guarantee a decision would come before the next federal election expected this fall. “What I can commit to is that we will follow the process, we will continue to engage Indigenous communities in a meaningful two-way dialogue to ensure that our constitutional obligation is met.”

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Source: Reuters

Sri Lanka's crisis of leadership opens space for nationalist...

Today 02:24 GMT

Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother, then the defense secretary, crushed Tamil Tiger separatists with such ferocity ten years ago that Western powers sought war crime trials against them and greeted their defeat in elections later with barely concealed glee.

Sri Lanka, a country of 21 million, has been a tinder box of sectarian and ethnic tensions, first between the Sinhalese Buddhist majority and minority Tamil groups and in recent years between the Sinhalese and the Muslims.

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Source: Fox News

Hillary Clinton op-ed: Don't rush to impeachment, it could backfire

Thursday 23:40 GMT

Hillary Clinton cautioned House Democrats on Wednesday against immediately launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump following the release of Special Counsel Robert Muller’s report this month, urging Democrats to widen their platforms to a more “sensible agenda” for the upcoming elections. The former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic nominee called the ultimatum presented by Democrats - “immediate impeachment or nothing” - a “false choice” in an op-ed published in The Washington Post.

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Source: CTV

Green Party's history-making success in P.E.I. can go national, leader says

Thursday 12:39 GMT

After making history by leading his party to official Opposition status in P.E.I.’s provincial election Tuesday night, Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker believes his party’s success can be matched on the federal level in October.

The 56-year-old leader acknowledged that the dynamics are “entirely different” in a federal election compared to a provincial race in Canada’s smallest province, but he said federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s leadership and the quality of the candidates should give them a good chance. “I think there’s no reason… that the Green Party couldn’t emulate what we have done today on the national scale in October,” he said.

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Source: The Guradian

'It's clear we won': Istanbul's new mayor keen to start work

Tuesday 09:54 GMT

I just want you to work alongside me so we can do the best possible job for the people who elected us,” the new mayor told several hundred employees, some of whom leaned over balconies and took out phones to film the speech.

It was for Istanbul’s new mayor, Ekrem ?mamo?lu, who last month delivered one of the biggest challenges to Erdo?an’s grip on the country in years. Local elections on 31 March proved to be an unexpected watershed moment in Turkish politics, as usually run-of-the-mill races for mayors and neighbourhood administrators became a referendum on Erdo?an’s handling of the faltering economy.

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Source: DW

How Volodymyr Zelenskiy beat Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine

Wednesday 10:50 GMT

At the presidential public debate — which was held, at Zelenskiy's suggestion, in Kyiv's Olympic stadium — he told Poroshenko: "I am not your opponent; I am your judgment."

Zelenskiy scored highest in the Russian-speaking regions in southern and eastern Ukraine, which previously voted for candidates who campaigned for a closer relationship with Russia. One of the most important tests of his presidency will be what kind of attitude Zelenskiy adopts toward Russia.

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Source: CTV

Tories take early lead in P.E.I. election race

Wednesday 20:56 GMT

Prince Edward Island's Progressive Conservatives took an early lead over their rivals as the ballots were counted at the end of a campaign that was defined by what appeared to be a surging Green party.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan. Peter Bevan-Baker, leader of the Green party, votes in the Prince Edward Island provincial election in Bonshaw, P.E.I. on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan. NDP Leader Joe Byrne, left to right, Progressive Conservative Leader Dennis King, Green Leader Peter Bevan-Baker and Liberal Leader Wade MacLauchlan pose for a photo at the provincial leaders debate at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside, P.E.I. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

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Source: The Guradian

Prince Edward Island elevates Green party to opposition in Canadian first

Thursday 02:23 GMT

A Green party will form the official opposition for the first time in Canadian history, following a closely watched election in the province of Prince Edward Island.

“Islanders responded … by granting us a record number of seats – by far the most seats ever by a Green party in Canada,” said Bevan-Baker, later adding: “My god, I love this island.” A Scottish-born dentist, Bevan-Baker ran on a fiscally conservative but socially progressive platform in the agriculture-rich province that is on the front lines of a changing climate.

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Source: The Guradian

Rachel Johnson and Gavin Esler to stand for Change UK

Wednesday 10:50 GMT

Rachel Johnson, the sister of former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, and the broadcast journalist Gavin Esler – who said Brexit was based on “cheating and lies” and was sick of the likes of Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg selling “snake oil” – will both stand.

The Independent Group has announced its candidates for next month’s European elections after receiving more than 3,700 applications.

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Source: CTV

P.E.I. Tories win minority government, with Green opposition

Thursday 00:34 GMT

Voters in P.E.I. have shed their century-old embrace of the Island's two-party system, electing a Tory minority government and handing the upstart Green party official Opposition status for the first time.

The Greens had led in opinion polls since August, prompting speculation they could be poised to form Canada's first Green government. Still, their strong showing on election night proved to be a breakthrough for a party that did not hold a seat in the legislature until 2015.

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Source: The Guradian

Japanese city gets its first ever female politician

Wednesday 06:04 GMT

Misuzu Ikeda has struck a rare blow for Japanese women in politics by becoming the first female candidate to be elected to the local assembly in the southern city of Tarumizu.

The election marked the first time a female candidate had stood for a Tarumizu seat for 20 years, and the first time two women had run for the legislature. Noting that she was the first assemblywoman in the city’s 61-year history, the former tax office employee promised to work towards a society “where residents feel cared about”, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

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Source: DW

Spain prepares for third general election in four years

Wednesday 18:10 GMT

As Spain prepares to hold its third general election in four years, the first of two televised debates among the leading candidates was held on Monday, with the second going ahead on Wednesday evening.

After the first televised debate among the candidates, Spain's current prime minister, Pedro Sanchez is still holding a 30% share in opinion polls. But he is unlikely to be an outright winner.

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Source: Global News

Prince Edward Island voters say ‘no’ to electoral reform referendum by slim majority

Thursday 02:23 GMT

A slim majority of voters in Prince Edward Island have rejected a switch to a proportional representation electoral system, though it remains unclear how the province’s new government will respond.

Voters in the general election were asked to answer the question: “Should Prince Edward Island change its voting system to a mixed member proportional voting system?” All parties had accepted that whichever side won more than 50 per cent of the votes cast in at least 17 of the 27 ridings would be declared the victor.


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