Politics

UK Labour chief challenges May to debate as race tightens

LONDON—Britain’s main opposition leader castigated Prime Minister Theresa May for refusing to debate him on live television Wednesday, as narrowing opinion polls injected drama into the country’s election campaign. In a last-minute change of plan, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn joined a multiparty debate organized by the BBC in Cambridge. May has refused to do …

Feds to introduce legislation banning private cash for access fundraisers

OTTAWA—The federal government is poised to introduce legislation today that will put an end to exclusive, private fundraisers featuring cabinet ministers, party leaders and leadership contenders. The ruling Liberals have already adopted new rules requiring that all fundraisers featuring ministers be advertised in advance, conducted in publicly available places and open to the media. The …

After a tight race, governing Liberals win Nova Scotia election

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia voters gave Premier Stephen McNeil a second shot at governing on Tuesday, handing his Liberals an election victory after a term marked by two balanced budgets, labour strife and a rising chorus of complaints about an overburdened health-care system. It wasn’t immediately clear if McNeil would preside over a second majority government — …

Nova Scotia election: Aboriginal candidate’s historic bid falls short

HALIFAX—A Nova Scotia man has lost his historic bid to become the first Mi’kmaq elected to the provincial legislature. NDP candidate Trevor Sanipass came in a strong third in Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank. Before polls closed, Sanipass told The Canadian Press that the excitement around his candidacy extended well beyond his riding, with aboriginal people around …

News analysis: Macron, Putin attempt to reshape relations despite disagreements: experts

PARIS, May 31 — Despite real and persistent disagreements, Monday’s meeting between the French and Russian presidents has marked the reopening of firm and pragmatic dialogue between Paris and Moscow after an era of distrust in recent years, analysts said. Even as thorny issues such as Crimea, Ukraine and Syria were discussed by Emmanuel Macron …

S. Korean President intends to ‘Make Breakthrough’ in cooperation with Russia

MOSCOW, May 31 — South Korea’s ambassador to Russia Park Ro-byug said that South Korean President Moon Jae-in is aware of the importance of relations with Russia and plans to make a breakthrough in cooperation between the two countries. South Korean President Moon Jae-in is aware of the importance of relations with Russia and plans …

Turkey not to open Incirlik to German officials unless “positive steps” seen: FM

ANKARA, May 31 — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday that Turkey will not open its Incirlik air base to German lawmakers who want to meet German soldiers stationed there unless Germany takes “positive steps.” “It is not possible to open the Incirlik base for visit, but we might reconsider the decision in the …

NDP gets Green support to form minority government in British Columbia

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s New Democrat and Green party leaders shook hands Monday in the legislature on a deal to pave the way for the formation of a new minority government, but Premier Christy Clark signalled she wasn’t ready to immediately release her grip on power. NDP Leader John Horgan and Andrew Weaver of the …

The ball is in B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s court, political scientists say

VANCOUVER –All eyes are on Premier Christy Clark after Monday’s announcement that British Columbia’s New Democrats have reached an agreement with the Green party to form a minority government, experts say. NDP Leader John Horgan and Andrew Weaver of the Greens appeared outside the legislative chamber in Victoria to share the news. They said details …

Senators, nat’l security officials tackle martial law in closed-door meeting

MANILA— The Senate and some national security officials on Monday met in a close-door meeting to discuss Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and National Security adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. attended the Senate plenary session at …

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