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UK minister says concerned about election interference after leak of documents linked to Russia

“LONDON (Reuters) – The leak of classified UK-U.S. trade documents online, tied to a previous Russian disinformation campaign, has all the hallmarks of an attempt to interfere in Britain’s upcoming election, a British minister said on Saturday” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The documents contain 451 pages detailing six meetings between U.S. and British officials to discuss trade and investment since July 2017.The government says there has been no successful attempt to meddle in British elections but critics said Johnson had sat on it because it might contain embarrassing…

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Deadline looming for Ohio’s county elections boards to complete new state security requirements for 2020

“Elections workers later were briefed on best practices and possible security vulnerabilities” writes Tobias Atobias Cleveland for cleveland.com. During a security briefing in Columbus on Friday, LaRose, a Republican, urged local elections officials to get working on the security directive his office issued last June.Adjutant General John Harris, who leads the Ohio National Guard, also addressed elections workers during the portion of Friday’s conference that was open to the media.LaRose’s office, which oversees state elections, set a Jan. 31 deadline to get everything done.Counties are required, among other things, to…

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Dollar heads for weekly decline as data and trade tensions weigh

“The yen has added 0.9% on the dollar this week and was steady at 108.72 yen per dollar on Friday” reports cnbc.com. Against a basket of currencies the dollar has dropped every day this week for a cumulative loss of almost 1%.On the trade front, U.S. President Donald Trump remained upbeat overnight and said talks are “moving right along”.”Markets are in a highly fragile condition at the moment,” said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney.The euro held on to overnight gains against the greenback to buy $1.1104,…

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German coalition collapse looms as CDU rejects SPD’s demands

“If the SPD abandons the government, Germany will either face new elections or the CDU will continue ruling as a minority government” writes Kate Connolly for theguardian.com. Many in the party believe that governing in Merkel’s shadow has contributed to its poor showings in regional and European elections this year.The prospect of early elections or a minority government in Germany has increased after leading politicians in the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) dismissed demands by the new leftwing leadership duo of their junior coalition partner to renegotiate the terms of their…

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How Many Elections Are Too Many?

“Put another way: How many elections are too many elections?” writes Yasmeen Serhan for theatlantic.com. But does holding back-to-back elections serve much purpose—especially when the issues voters are being asked to consider remain unchanged?. Early polling suggests that the results would scarcely differ from those of the first two elections.Repeat elections aren’t all that unusual. Source: theatlantic.com

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Hong Kong’s pro-democracy parties win hundreds of seats in local elections as the city pushes back against China

“Pro-democracy candidates in Hong Kong made huge gains on Monday following elections which saw a record number of voters turnout amid protests that have rocked the city for over six months” writes Rosie Perper for businessinsider.com. By 2 p.m. on Monday local time, pro-democracy politicians swept district council elections, reclaiming 17 out of 18 districts which were previously under pro-Beijing control, according to The South China Morning Post. Source: businessinsider.com

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Millions vote in Hong Kong elections

“Millions of voters are heading to polling stations in Hong Kong for the city’s district elections” reports news.com.au. The elections have been seen as a barometer of public support for the anti-Government protests which have paralysed parts of the territory over the past six months.Almost 50 per cent of registered voters have voted in the current election, trumping numbers at the last election four years ago. Source: news.com.au

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Markets News Stocks 

Asia stocks set to trade higher; Hong Kong elections watched

“Shares in Asia were set to trade higher at the open on Monday, as investors await market reaction to Hong Kong’s district council elections amid months of civil unrest in the city” writes Eustance Huang for cnbc.com. Futures pointed to a higher open for Japanese stocks.Investors will watch for market reaction to district council elections in Hong Kong, after pro-democracy candidates surged to a landslide victory following a record voter turnout, Reuters reported.Meanwhile, stocks in Australia edged higher in early trade, as the S&P/ASX 200 gained about 0.5%. Source: cnbc.com

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Massive voter turnout in Hong Kong local election propelled by protest movement

“A record 4.13 million people registered to vote for the elections, 440,000 more than the last district council elections in 2015” writes Staff Writer for latimes.com. Jay Wong had never voted in Hong Kong’s district council elections before, deeming the races too local to be worth the bother.All across Hong Kong, lines of voters snaked outside polling stations — a most unusual sight for an election that’s akin to city council races in the United States. Source: latimes.com

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