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Top elected Republican survives challenge in US

US House Speaker Paul Ryan beat back a challenge in the Wisconsin Republican primaries on Tuesday, winning a race in which presidential hopeful Donald Trump had praised his populist rival. In a year full of US presidential race firsts, and with incumbent lawmakers under tough scrutiny, a loss by Ryan would have further jolted the rattled US political establishment as it eyes a White House election … [Read more...]

House Speaker Ryan easily wins primary: media

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan handily won a primary election for his congressional seat on Tuesday, a contest overshadowed by presidential candidate Donald Trump's brief refusal last week to endorse his fellow Republican. Ryan, who ran unsuccessfully for vice president in 2012, had roughly 84 percent of the vote compared with … [Read more...]

House Speaker Paul Ryan wins GOP nomination to run again

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan rejected the idea that his easy win Tuesday over a longshot Republican primary challenger praised by Donald Trump spells danger for Trump's presidential prospects in the swing state of Wisconsin. … [Read more...]

More than half of British women sexually harassed at work: survey

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than half of British women have been sexually harassed at work, according to a survey published on Wednesday, but almost 80 percent said they did not report the incident to their employer. Young women between 18 and 24 fared worse than other age groups, with two-thirds experiencing workplace sexual harassment, according to the report by the … [Read more...]

Florida says four new locally transmitted Zika cases, Congress must act on funds

(Reuters) - Florida has four new cases of people likely infected with Zika through mosquito bites in Miami, Governor Rick Scott said on Tuesday, as he urged Congress to reconvene and approve additional money to combat the virus. … [Read more...]

In Miami, Clinton to call on Congress to act on Zika virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton will call on Congress to return to Washington and pass emergency funding for the Zika response during a visit to a Miami neighborhood dealing with the first U.S. outbreak of the disease. … [Read more...]

House Speaker Paul Ryan faces primary test after belated Trump endorsement

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan faces a primary for his congressional seat on Tuesday in a race overshadowed by presidential candidate Donald Trump's brief refusal last week to endorse his fellow Republican. Ryan, who ran unsuccessfully for vice president in 2012, is predicted to easily beat challenger Paul Nehlen by 66 points in … [Read more...]

Indian politician hangs himself from ceiling fan

The former chief minister of a remote Indian region disputed with China was found dead and hanging from a ceiling fan on Tuesday, police and officials said, after a court ruled last month that his appointment had been illegal. The Supreme Court ruling dealt a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitions of expanding in the northeast, where his Bharatiya Janata Party scored its first state … [Read more...]

Paul Ryan hopes to avert primary surprise after Trump tweak

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to fend off a challenge from a previously unknown Republican challenger who won praise from Donald Trump. … [Read more...]

After hesitant Trump endorsement, Ryan faces primary test

House Speaker Paul Ryan faces a Republican primary challenge Tuesday in his home state of Wisconsin — a race thrust into the national spotlight due to presidential hopeful Donald Trump's lukewarm, and belated, endorsement of the incumbent. Eleanor Powell, who teaches political science at the University of Wisconsin, cautioned that a "low-turnout, early August primary" was tough to … [Read more...]

Ex-rival sues Illinois House speaker for ‘dirty’ election tactics

A vanquished challenger to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against the longtime Democratic leader, accusing him of using dirty tactics to beat him in a March primary election. Chicago Democrat Jason Gonzales accused Madigan of defaming him and crowding the primary with "phony" candidates to dilute his opposition. “Madigan won because he engaged in dirty, … [Read more...]

Obama’s Last Attempt at Immigration Reform

Immigration reform was supposed to be part of Obama’s legacy. His executive actions on immigration aimed to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, but were eventually blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court. With a Republican-controlled Congress, legislation appears out of reach. So the administration is taking a new approach by expanding its assistance to Central American … [Read more...]

South Africa’s Maimane sees ‘non-racial’ era after vote wins

By Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's main opposition leader proclaimed the dawn of an era of 'non-racial' politics envisioned by the late Nelson Mandela on Monday, saying a bid by the African National Congress to highlight divisions at last week's local elections had backfired. Mmusi Maimane, whose leadership of the Democratic Alliance (DA) since last year has … [Read more...]

No to Trump: Philippine lawmaker seeks to ban U.S. presidential candidate

A Philippine lawmaker is seeking to permanently ban U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump from visiting the Southeast Asian nation after the billionaire called it one of the "terrorist nations." Trump has no major business in the Philippines, but developer Century Properties Group Inc is building a $150-million Trump Tower, a high-rise residential building under license from … [Read more...]

Local veterans share their war stories for Library of Congress project

In a conference room at the Hilton Chicago on Sunday, the stories of some local veterans were immortalized. … [Read more...]

Bentley, former Congresswoman from Maryland, dies at 92

Helen Delich Bentley, a former journalist and a U.S. Republican congresswoman from Maryland who gained global attention by smashing Japanese goods to protest Tokyo's trade policies, died over the weekend at the age of 92, officials said. Bentley upset a longtime Democratic congressman to win a U.S. House of Representatives seat in 1984, a year in which Ronald Reagan's landslide victory in the … [Read more...]

South African’s ANC suffers worst election since taking power

By James Macharia JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The African National Congress lost its grip on local government in Tshwane, home of the South African capital Pretoria, as results on Saturday gave the opposition Democratic Alliance a second big win in the ANC's worst election since the end of apartheid. The results of Wednesday's voting have reshaped the political landscape in South Africa, … [Read more...]

Yemen’s Hadi launches military operation east of Sanaa, peace talks end

Forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi launched a new offensive east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday, the military command said, after United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait ended without an agreement. The offensive, which is backed by air strikes from a Saudi-led coalition, came as the Iran-allied Houthis and the party of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced a … [Read more...]