Russia wants secret U.N. vote on move to condemn ‘annexation’ of Ukraine regions

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Russia is lobbying for a secret ballot instead of a public vote when the 193-member UN General Assembly next week considers whether to condemn Moscow’s move to annex four occupied regions in Ukraine after staging what it partially called referendums. Ukraine and allies have denounced the votes in Donetsk, … Read more

Biden, doctors say new abortion laws have chilling impact

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden and top White House officials announced new guidelines and grants to protect abortion and contraception rights on Tuesday, and said women’s rights have already been curtailed since the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade 100 days ago. Speaking at a meeting of the reproductive rights task … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court leans toward Alabama in voting rights fight

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court’s conservative justices on Tuesday appeared sympathetic toward Alabama in the state’s defense of a Republican-drawn electoral map faulted by judges for diluting the clout of Black voters in a major case that could further undermine a landmark federal voting rights law. In spirited oral arguments lasting … Read more

Markets open up after Bolsonaro’s strong showing in Brazil vote

SAO PAULO, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Stronger-than-expected support for Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro in the first round of the presidential election was cheered by financial markets on Monday, as expected by bankers and analysts after Sunday first round, as the race went to an Oct. 30 runoff. Bolsonaro’s leftist challenger, former President Luiz Inacio Lula … Read more

Brazil election enters runoff as Bolsonaro dashes Lula’s hope of quick win

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The second round of Brazil’s presidential campaign kicked off Monday after right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro outperformed polling and robbed leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of an outright victory in the first round of voting . The unexpectedly strong showing by Bolsonaro on Sunday dashed hopes for … Read more

Peace envoy steps in to try to ensure functioning government after Bosnians vote

Bosnia votes amid political crisis International peace overseer imposes changes to election law ‘Crucial for destiny of this country there will be no blockades,’ he says SARAJEVO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Bosnia’s polls closed on Sunday after voters turned out to choose the country’s new collective presidency and lawmakers at national, regional and local levels, … Read more

Lula may clinch Brazil election on Sunday, final polls show

BRASILIA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva holds a solid polling lead going into Sunday’s election against incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, with a chance of clinching the race in the first round, fresh surveys shown on Saturday. Brazil’s most polarized election in decades will decide whether to return to power … Read more

Latvia to remain Russia’s critic as prime minister wins election

RIGA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The centre-right New Unity party of Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins won Saturday’s election, according to provisional results, with its 19% of the vote putting him in a position to head another coalition government. The results – with 96% of districts counted – mean Latvia should remain a leading voice … Read more

Russia’s Ukraine invasion is backdrop to election in Latvia

VILNIUS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Latvians were voting on Saturday in a parliamentary election, with opinion polls predicting that Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins’s centre-right New Unity party will win the most votes, enabling him to continue his coalition with the conservative National Alliance . A victory for Karins could widen a growing rift between the … Read more

Putin to host Kremlin ceremony annexing parts of Ukraine

Russian annexation of four regions condemned worldwide Move is ‘dangerous escalation’ jeopardising peace -UN chief Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says for war to end Putin must be stopped Zelenksiy summons emergency meeting on security, defense Sept 30 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to host a Kremlin ceremony on Friday annexing four regions of Ukraine, … Read more