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Italians vote on plan to restart nuclear power program

ROME — Italians began voting on Sunday in referendums on plans to return to nuclear power and on a law granting Silvio Berlusconi immunity in what is seen as a vital test for the embattled premier. The nuclear vote will be an important marker of popular opinion on atomic energy…

South Sudan results show 98.83% chose to secede

JUBA, Sudan (AFP) – Close to 99 percent of south Sudanese chose to secede from the north in a January 9-15 referendum, according to the first complete preliminary results published Sunday. Updated figures published on the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission’s website and accounting for 100 percent of ballots cast in…

Supreme Court lets DC gay marriage law stand

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a law authorizing gay marriage in Washington, DC rejecting a challenge from activists opposed to same-sex marriage. The top US court without comment turned down a petition from a group of residents seeking to put gay marriage to a city-wide…

South Sudan vote turnout ‘reaches 60% threshold’

JUBA, Sudan — South Sudan’s ruling party said Wednesday that the 60-percent turnout threshold required for a landmark independence vote to be valid has been reached after just three days of polling. The former rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement cited its own estimates for the achievement which has to be…

US could take Sudan off state terror list by July

WASHINGTON — Sudan could be removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism as early as July if Khartoum recognizes the results of the referendum on independence for the south, a US official said Tuesday. “Should the referendum be carried out successfully and the results are recognized by…

Clooney map project aims to shed light on Sudan

Hollywood heartthrob and human rights activist George Clooney launched a Google-powered mapping project on Wednesday aimed at preventing abuses in Sudan, where an independence referendum looms. “We want to let potential perpetrators of genocide and other war crimes know that we’re watching, the world is watching,” Clooney said, kicking off…

McCain hits ‘inexperienced’ Obama for vowing ‘don’t ask’ repeal

The military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which forces gay, lesbian and trans-gender members to hide their personal lives or face expulsion from the service “is working,” according to Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain. The Pentagon is expected to release a survey Tuesday that will say most of those…

As Californians go to polls, activists slam corporate ‘hijacking’ of democracy

The free-spending role of corporations in California’s electoral system has come under fire as the state prepares to vote on two referendum which opponents have condemned as a “hijacking” of democracy. Whether its a bid to legalize marijuana or ban same-sex marriage, single-issue referendum, known in California as ballot initiatives,…

Entire Fox panel: Massachusetts race a ‘referendum’ on health care

Conservative commentators insisted on Fox News Sunday that the special election to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts will prove Americans don’t want health care reform, regardless of who wins. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell began the “health care referendum” messaging in an interview with Brit Hume. “Massachusetts…

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