Three in four Americans say US should support Ukraine despite Russian threats, Reuters/Ipsos poll shows

WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Nearly three-quarters of Americans say that the United States should continue to support Ukraine, despite Russian threats that it could use nuclear weapons to protect its territory, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Wednesday . The polling suggested continuing backing for President Joe Biden’s provision of weapons systems, … Read more

Russia wants secret UN vote on move to condemn ‘annexation’ of Ukraine regions

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Russia is lobbying for a secret ballot instead of a public vote when the 193-member UN General Assembly next week considers whether to condemn Moscow’s move to annex four partially occupied regions in Ukraine after staging what it called referendums. Ukraine and allies have denounced the votes in Donetsk, … Read more

Biden, doctors say new abortion laws have chilling impact

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden and top White House officials announced new guidelines and grants to protect abortion and contraception rights on Tuesday, and said women’s rights have already been curtailed since the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade 100 days ago. Speaking at a meeting of the reproductive rights task … Read more

US Supreme Court leans toward Alabama in voting rights fight

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court’s conservative justices on Tuesday appeared sympathetic toward Alabama in the state’s defense of a Republican-drawn electoral map faulted by judges for diluting the clout of Black voters in a major case that could further undermine a landmark federal voting rights law. In spirited oral arguments lasting … Read more

Oath Keeper leader spoke of ‘civil war’ ahead of Jan. 6 Capitol attack-US prosecutors

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Prosecutors on Monday urged a jury to convict Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four others for their roles in storming the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, alleging they plotted to do whatever it took to prevent the transfer of presidential power. “They concocted a plan for an armed … Read more

Markets cheer Bolsonaro’s strong showing in Brazil vote

SAO PAULO, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Stronger-than-expected support for President Jair Bolsonaro in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election was cheered by financial markets on Monday, as the race went to an Oct. 30 runoff. Brazil’s real was up around 3% against the dollar, while Brazil’s Bovespa index (.BVSP) rose 3%. Bolsonaro’s leftist challenger, … Read more

Brazil election enters runoff as Bolsonaro dashes Lula’s hope of quick win

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The second round of Brazil’s presidential campaign kicked off Monday after right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro outperformed polling and robbed leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of an outright victory in the first round of voting . The unexpectedly strong showing by Bolsonaro on Sunday dashed hopes for … Read more

Peace envoy steps in to try to ensure functioning government after Bosnians vote

Bosnia votes amid political crisis International peace overseer imposes changes to election law ‘Crucial for destiny of this country there will be no blockades,’ he says SARAJEVO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Bosnia’s polls closed on Sunday after voters turned out to choose the country’s new collective presidency and lawmakers at national, regional and local levels, … Read more

Latvia to remain Russia’s critical as prime minister wins election

RIGA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The centre-right New Unity party of Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins won Saturday’s election, according to provisional results, with its 19% of the vote putting him in a position to head another coalition government. The results – with 96% of districts counted – mean Latvia should remain a leading voice … Read more

Russia’s Ukraine invasion is backdrop to election in Latvia

VILNIUS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Latvians were voting on Saturday in a parliamentary election, with opinion polls predicting that Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins’s centre-right New Unity party will win the most votes, enabling him to continue his coalition with the conservative National Alliance . A victory for Karins could widen a growing rift between the … Read more