Talking Points Memo

Sweden Faces Uncertainty After Close Election Due To Far-Right Party Boost

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden woke Monday to the prospect of weeks of political uncertainty after the country’s two rival blocs failed to secure a clear governing majority in elections that saw a boost for a far-right party amid growing discontent with large-scale immigration. With most of the ballots counted, the governing center-left bloc had a […]

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China Vows Retaliation If Trump Escalates Tariff Battle

BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday promised retaliation if U.S. President Donald Trump escalates their tariff battle, raising the risk Beijing might target operations of American companies as it runs out of imports for penalties. The threat came after Trump said Friday he was considering extending penalties to an additional $267 billion of Chinese products […]

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Brazil’s Far-Right Presidential Candidate Stabbed During Campaign Event

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Jair Bolsonaro, a leading presidential candidate in Brazil, was stabbed during a campaign event on Thursday, though officials and his son said the injury was not life-threatening. Numerous videos on social media showed Bolsonaro, whose far-right platform includes cracking down on crime in Latin America’s largest nation, being stabbed with […]

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India Decriminalizes Homosexuality; Strikes Down Colonial-Era Law

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s supreme court on Thursday struck down a colonial-era law that made gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would “pave the way for a better future.” The 1861 law, a relic of Victorian England that hung on […]

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UK Charges Two Russians Over Nerve Agent Poisoning Of Ex-Spy

LONDON (AP) — British officials announced Wednesday that they have charged two alleged Russian military intelligence agents with the nerve agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury — though they held out little hope of being able to bring them to justice. The Crown Prosecution Service […]

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Trump Revisits Wargames With South Korea As North Korea Talks Stall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said that there’s no reason to spend a lot of money on military wargames with South Korea, but he warned he could “instantly” relaunch the exercises again and they would be “far bigger than ever before.” Trump made the comment Wednesday in a series of tweets that primarily took […]

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London Mayor Critics Get The OK To Fly A Trump Baby Blimp-Inspired Balloon

LONDON (AP) — Critics of London Mayor Sadiq Khan have been given permission to fly a giant balloon over London that depicts him dressed in a bikini. Organizer Yanny Bruere has raised more than 58,000 pounds ($75,000) through the Crowdfunder website for the 29-foot (8.8-meter) blimp as part of a campaign to oust Khan from […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan Vows US Boycott, But Diplomats Resume Talks

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s president appeared to escalate a dispute with the United States that has helped foment a Turkish currency crisis, claiming Tuesday that his country will boycott U.S.-made electronic goods. Behind the scenes, however, diplomats resumed contact to ease tensions. Addressing a conference of his ruling party faithful in the capital, Recep […]

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Crash Outside Parliament In London Treated As Terrorism

LONDON (AP) — A car crashed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament in London Tuesday and police arrested a man on suspicion of terrorism, heightening tensions in a city that has seen a string-of vehicle-based terror attacks. Two people were taken to local hospitals, but authorities said the injuries aren’t believed to […]

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