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Democrat victories in state elections yesterday in Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania are a sign that the party’s messaging, particularly around abortion rights, is resonating with voters.To see important ads, turn off your ad blocker! Article continued below:
The wins are a major boon for Biden’s bid for reelection next year, as his party for a second time during his term in the White House bucked historical trends by fending off anticipated Republican surges in mid-cycle elections.
By embracing Hamas and denouncing Israeli bombardments, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is tapping into growing anger in Malaysia over the war in Gaza.
But as Philip Heijmans and Niluksi Koswanage show, his moves to stoke anti-Israel sentiment are also intended to endear him to the nation’s Malay majority at a time when his coalition is being challenged by a pro-Islamic opposition.
An Indonesian presidential contender is facing a growing backlash over his decision to choose President Joko Widodo’s son as his running mate, with the latest opinion poll showing him slipping to second place after six months of being the leading candidate.
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto’s drop in support suggests voters are becoming uncomfortable with what’s seen as the president’s attempts to establish a political dynasty.
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War, geopolitical tension and inflation were among the risks political and business leaders identified at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore today.
But there were also glimmers of optimism that some of the tensions gripping the globe could abate. “Pragmatism is surfacing,” Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia’s minister of investment, said of the increasing exchanges between the US and China.
Biden will hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Nov. 15 on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco, Kyodo News reported.
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Israel said its troops have entered the “heart” of Gaza’s main city, as they continue their operation to destroy Hamas.
Israel describes Gaza City as the “center of gravity” of Hamas’s operations and is determined to end the militant group’s rule over the strip following its Oct. 7 attack on southern Israeli communities, which killed around 1,400 people.
The European Union’s executive arm will recommend formally opening membership talks with Ukraine and Moldova and proceeding to the next steps in the accession process once they complete a series of reforms.
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Portugal’s Antonio Costa unexpectedly quit after eight years as prime minister after revelations about an investigation into possible government corruption involving lithium and hydrogen projects.
German authorities classified the Alternative for Germany in the state of Saxony-Anhalt as right-wing extremist, the second regional branch of the party in the former communist east to be categorized as such.
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The third Republican presidential debate in Miami tonight will be watched for the interaction between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley, a former United Nations ambassador and governor of South Carolina.
She has been drawing closer to displacing him in national polls as ex-President Donald Trump’s top challenger. Yet time is running out: Trump remains far ahead of both of them in surveys, and the first votes will be cast, at the Iowa caucuses, in January.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina will also participate.
The debate topics will likely include the Israel-Hamas war and whether to continue to provide assistance to Ukraine as it battles Russian invaders — and what to make of Republican defeats in yesterday’s off-year elections.
Trump plans to hold a rally near Miami, in Hialeah, at the same time as the debate.
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