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Bachmann likely to hang on by a thread after tight re-election race

Polls give Tea Party favourite narrow lead over Democratic challenger in Minnesota, Jim Graves The Tea Party darling and failed contender for the Republican nomination Michele Bachmann has said she is “humbled” to have been re-elected to Congress as projections showed her on course to narrowly defeat her Democratic challenger in Minnesota…

MSNBC hosts mock Karl Rove’s on-air Ohio freakout

Republican operative and dark money overlord Karl Rove’s moment of on-air discombobulation did not go unnoticed at Fox News’s rival network MSNBC. A few of the liberal network’s hosts took a moment to relish the spectacle of the man once known as “Bush’s brain” attempting to willfully disconnect from reality…

France adopts marriage equality plan despite opposition

France’s Socialist government Wednesday adopted a draft bill to authorise gay marriage and adoption despite opposition from the Roman Catholic Church and others. “This is an important step towards the equality of rights,” said Minister of Family Affairs Dominique Bertinnoti. President Francois Hollande, who had made the issue a key…

Work resumes at key Libyan oil refinery

A Libyan oil executive said on Wednesday work is gradually resuming at a strategic refinery in the western town of Zawiyah, following a disruptive protest by former rebels seeking medical treatment. “All refinery workers have returned to their posts today,” said Imed bin Kura, acting director of the Zawiyah Oil…

European stocks climb after Obama win

European stock markets and the euro climbed on Wednesday as traders reacted to US President Barack Obama’s convincing re-election and looked ahead to a key Greek vote on austerity. In early deals, London’s FTSE 100 index of top companies edged up 0.10 percent to 5,889.98 points, Frankfurt’s DAX 30 added…

The Philippines’ mortician to the stars

Before dictator Ferdinand Marcos and a host of other famous Philippine figures met their Maker, they met Frank Malabed. An assassinated democracy hero, a soft-porn star, high-profile socialites and political statesmen are others to have been sent to the afterlife by the country’s most prominent — and arguably passionate —…

California rejects GM food label plan

California voters rejected on Tuesday a proposal to force food companies to label products containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients, officials said, based on a majority of votes. California rejected the so-called Prop 37 — which would have been a first for a US state — with 54 percent against and…

Egypt’s Morsi hopes Obama win boosts ‘friendship’

Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday hailed his US counterpart Barack Obama re-election and said he hoped it would strengthen the “friendship” between their two countries. Morsi hoped for a “strengthening of the friendship between the two countries to serve their common interests, namely justice, freedom and peace,” in…

Palestinian president welcomes Obama win

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday congratulated US President Barack Obama on his re-election and called on him to pursue Middle East peace efforts. Abbas “congratulated US President Barak Obama on his re-election as US president for a second term,” said a statement carried by official news agency WAFA. “The…

London’s US expats stage all-night election party

US expatriates in London on Wednesday bedded in for all-night parties fueled by homely refreshments as they nervously awaited the results of the presidential election. Guests at the US embassy in the British capital donned red, white and blue party hats and pin badges of candidates Barack Obama and Mitt…

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