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Nicaragua’s Ortega wins third straight term, wife is vice-president

Managua, Nicaragua | AFP | Nicaragua’s leftist President Daniel Ortega has won a third straight term, with his colorful wife Rosario Murillo as vice president, near-final results showed Monday, after an election condemned by the opposition and the United States. With 99.8 percent of ballots counted, the 70-year-old former Marxist …

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China replaces finance minister Lou Jiwei

Shanghai, China | AFP | China Monday replaced finance minister Lou Jiwei, state media reported, with some analysts predicting more fiscal stimulus in the world’s second-largest economy. Lou was relieved of his duties and replaced by 59-year-old Xiao Jie, the deputy secretary-general of the State Council, or cabinet, Xinhua news …

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Defying term limit, Honduran president to run in 2017

Tegucigalpa, Honduras | AFP |  Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said Sunday he will seek re-election in 2017, reigniting debate on a single-term limit that has deeply divided the country and led to a previous president’s ouster. “I am going to be the next president of Honduras,” Hernandez said triumphantly …

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FBI lifts Clinton email cloud as US election looms

Washington, United States | AFP | The FBI on Sunday lifted the threat that Hillary Clinton might face charges over her private email server — another campaign bombshell just 36 hours before her White House showdown with Donald Trump. The Democrat’s camp welcomed the news that FBI Director James Comey …

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No change to FBI advice not to charge Clinton over email

Washington, United States | AFP |  The FBI’s review of new emails did not uncover any wrongdoing by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the bureau has not changed its July recommendation not to charge her, Director James Comey told lawmakers Sunday. Since late October, when Comey dropped a bombshell …

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FBI adds to Election 2016 twists and turns

No change to FBI advice not to charge Clinton over emails Washington, United States | AFP | The 2016 presidential campaign has been a roller coaster ride with twists and turns that left voters alternately elated, distraught and sometimes flatout flummoxed. And another one came on Sunday, when FBI Director …

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Trump rushed off stage by secret service in false gun scare

Reno, United States | AFP | White House Republican candidate Donald Trump was bundled off stage by security officers Saturday after a false gun scare during a campaign appearance. The US Secret Service, which provides security for presidential candidates, later said someone in the crowd had shouted “gun” but that …

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Vatican: Failure in Venezuela talks could lead to ‘bloodshed’

Buenos Aires, Argentina | AFP |  If upcoming Vatican-backed talks between Venezuela’s bitterly antagonistic government and opposition fail, the result could well be “bloodshed,” a papal envoy warned Saturday. “If one delegation or the other ends the dialogue, it’s not the pope but the Venezuelan people who will lose, because …

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