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New York- The US presidential election may turn out to be one of the world’s biggest un-popularity contests. Nearly half of American voters who support either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump for the White House said they would mainly be trying to block the other side from winning, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday. The results reflect a deepening ideological divide in the US, where people are becoming increasingly fearful of the opposing party, a feeling worsened by the likely matchup between the New York real estate tycoon and the former first lady, said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “This phenomenon is called negative partisanship,” Sabato said. “If we were trying to maximise the effect, we couldn’t have found better nominees than Trump and Clinton.” Trump has won passionate supporters and vitriolic detractors for his blunt talk and hardline proposals, including his call for a ban on Muslims entering the US, his vow to force Mexico to pay for a border wall, and his promise to renegotiate international trade deals. Former Secretary of State Clinton’s appeal to voters seeking continuity with President Barack Obama’s policies, has won her a decisive lead in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, but finds strong opponents among those disillusioned by what they see as lack of progress during Obama’s tenure. The poll asked likely voters about the primary motivation driving their support of either Trump or Clinton heading into the general election on November 8. About 47 per cent of Trump supporters said they backed him primarily because they don’t want Clinton to win. Another 43 per cent said their primary motivation was a liking for Trump’s political positions, while 6 per cent said they liked him personally. Similar responses prevailed among Clinton supporters. About 46 per cent said they would vote for her mostly because they don’t want to see a Trump presidency, while 40 per cent said they agreed with her political positions, and 11 per cent said they liked her personally. The April 29-May 5 poll included 469 likely Trump voters and 599 likely Clinton voters. It has a credibility interval of 5 percentage points. To be sure, voters’ opinions could change over the next several months. Candidates will be feted at party conventions, will square off in a series of national debates, and will be targeted by millions of dollars worth of advertisements. But the negative atmosphere is likely to reign, says Alan Abramowitz, an Emory University professor who has studied the rise of negative partisanship in America. Both campaigns probably will decide their best strategy is to work even harder to vilify each other, he said. “It’s going to get very, very negative,” he...
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Indianapolis- Donald Trump today became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee after a decisive win in Indiana that forced his nearest rival Ted Cruz to quit the race and the controversial billionaire was poised to clash with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the November polls. Clinton, however, suffered an upset defeat at the hands of Bernie Sanders in Indiana but the outcome was unlikely to slow the 68-year-old former secretary of state's march to the Democratic nomination. By becoming the presumptive nominee, Trump, who joined politics only last year, has scripted history as he is now on course to be the first standard-bearer of the party since Dwight D Eisenhower, a five-star general and the commander of Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, who had not served in an elected office. Cruz tried everything to pull off a last-ditch win in Indiana, including the unusual move of selecting Carly Fiorina as his running mate even though he was not the nominee. He also forged a pact with John Kasich that would allow him to focus on Indiana while the Ohio governor would devote his time to later states. But none of the moves worked, it noted. Trump won 51 of the 57 delegates at stake in Indiana and now has 1,047 delegates in his kitty. He is just short of 190 delegates. Cruz, who has engaged in a nasty war of words with Trump, announced his decision to drop out of the race. Trump, however, still faces opposition from Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has less than 200 delegates. Kasich has made it clear that he is not dropping out of the race. "Ted Cruz is one hell of a competitor. He is an amazing guy. He has got an amazing future. He is one tough competitor," Trump said. In his speech, Trump talked about uniting the party and focusing on trade and economic issues. On the Democratic side, with 98 per cent of the votes counted, Sanders eked out a win after getting 52.5 per cent votes to Clinton's 47.5 per cent. While Sanders won 43 delegates, Clinton got 37....
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Washington- Eyeing to become the first woman president of the US, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has said if elected to the White House, half of her Cabinet would comprise women. "I am going to have a cabinet that looks like America, and 50 per cent of America is women, right?" Clinton said during a MSNBC town hall last night on the eve of the crucial East Coast primaries in five states - Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Her remarks comes a day after her campaign manager John Podesta said that he would like to see Indian-American Neera Tanden in Clinton's Cabinet. Tanden had worked for Clinton for more than 14 years and currently is head of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a think-tank which has made its own mark at the national and international level under her leadership. In July, Clinton is likely to be the first woman to be nominated as a presidential candidate by a major political party. The former secretary of state, who as the First Lady had said that women's rights are human rights, has made women policies a central part of her campaign. "I've devoted a lot of my public life to advocating for women's rights being human rights, and making the case that we have to do everything we can, through laws, regulations, culture, to change the still-existing stereotypes that hold women back," Clinton said during the MSNBC town hall. "I think it's also really important to recognise that we have made progress but we are still a long way from where we need to be. I know that if you look at pay, for example, equal pay is still a problem, and it's a problem that gets worse as you get older," she said. "So young women coming right into the workforce often are paid pretty close to equal, if not actually equally. But within a few years there begins to be a disparity. And it's hard to explain all of the difference because people claim, well, women make different choices and therefore they have a different kind of work life because of those choices but that does not explain all of it," she added.Clinton said she wants to really make a big, big push on equal pay for women. "This has to finally be accomplished. I believe that if we start early and we are absolutely determined we can make a big change there. I want to make a big push for early childhood education because we can talk all we want about our schools," she...
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Rome- Texas Sen Ted Cruz blasted rival Donald Trump in a radio interview, accusing the Republican front-runner of being a bully, inciting violence and using dirty tricks to intimidate voters and delegates, as Trump continued to rail against a nominating system he says is crooked and rigged. Using some of the harshest rhetoric of the campaign to date, Cruz said his billionaire rival is a bad businessman who has been surrounded by sycophants his entire career. “Donald’s whole pitch is he’s a great businessman,” Cruz said in a wide-ranging interview on the Glenn Beck radio show, adding that given how Trump runs his campaign, “it appears he can’t run a lemonade stand.” The comments came as both campaigns work tirelessly behind the scenes to secure delegates who will back them at the Republican Party convention this summer in Cleveland. So far, Trump has appeared badly outmaneuvered by a better-organized Cruz operation, prompting the real estate mogul to rail against the Republican electoral system, claiming that the will of the voters is being denied. “Our Republican system is absolutely rigged. It’s a phony deal,” said Trump at a rally in a packed airport hangar in Rome, New York, on Tuesday evening, where his speech was dominated by foot-stomping over the primary process. He pointed to Colorado, where he said the delegate-selection system was set up by “crooked politicians” to make sure an outsider like him could never win. “These are dirty tricksters,” he said, placing the blame on the Republican National Committee. “They should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this kind of crap to happen,” he added, saying that both Republicans and Democrats have set up “phony rules and regulations” that makes it “impossible for a guy that wins to win.” He went further a few hours later during a CNN town hall in New York City, suggesting the RNC was actively working to defeat him. “The RNC doesn’t like this happening. They don’t like that I’m putting up my own money because it means they don’t have any control over me,” Trump said, arguing that the deck is “stacked against me by the...
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Milwaukee- Republican Ted Cruz easily won the Wisconsin presidential primary on Tuesday, dealing a blow to front-runner Donald Trump’s hopes of amassing enough delegates for the party’s nomination and boosting chances of a rare contested convention. Cruz’s double-digit win over Trump was a breakthrough for Republican Party forces battling to block the controversial New York billionaire, and it raised the prospect of a prolonged nomination fight that could last to the July convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders also won in Wisconsin, gaining momentum in his fight against front-runner Hillary Clinton and trimming her commanding lead in delegates. Trump entered the night with 737 convention delegates to Cruz’s 481, leaving him 500 delegates short of the 1,237 needed to become the party’s nominee in the November 8 election. Cruz said the result in Wisconsin showed the party was beginning to rally behind him, but he acknowledged the growing possibility that the fight could go all the way to the convention. “Either before Cleveland, or at the convention in Cleveland, together we will win a majority of the delegates and together we will beat Hillary Clinton in November,” Cruz told cheering supporters in Milwaukee. “We’re winning because we’re uniting the Republican Party.” Cruz, a conservative US senator from Texas, was aided in Wisconsin by Republican Governor Scott Walker, who dropped his own presidential bid in September, and by a barrage of ads from Super PACS - independent funding groups - backed by party establishment figures worried that Trump will lead Republicans to a broad defeat in November. Trump’s campaign released a blistering statement saying Cruz had been propped up “by countless millions of dollars of false advertising” from anti-Trump Super PACs. “Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet — he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump,” the Trump campaign statement said. The Wisconsin primary capped a difficult week for Trump, who was forced to backtrack after saying women who have abortions should face punishment if the procedure is outlawed, and who voiced support for his campaign manager after he was charged with misdemeanor assault for grabbing a...
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Washington- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced several key initiatives taken by his government in the area of nuclear security and non-proliferation, including countering nuclear smuggling and deployment of technology to deter nuclear terrorism. The announcements were made by Modi during the second and final day of the Nuclear Security Summit. Informing the world leaders of measures taken by him, Modi said India would continue to accord a high national priority to nuclear security through strong institutional framework, independent regulatory agency and trained and specialised manpower. Further, India will support IAEA's central role in nuclear security by a further contribution of $1 million to the nuclear security fund. India will also join three 'gift baskets' for this summit in priority areas of countering nuclear smuggling, nuclear security contact group in Vienna, and sharing of best practices through Centres of Excellence such as India's own, he said. India will host a meeting of Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism in 2017....
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Washington- Separatist Sikhs protested near the venue of the Nuclear Security Summit here which was being attended by leaders from more than 50 countries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Organised by the New York-based Sikh for Justice (SFJ), separatist Sikhs protested against the alleged constitutional denial of the Sikh religion and human rights violations. "The Indian Constitution subjects Sikhs to Hindu laws; We will not allow religious persecution to continue and will pursue the right to self-determination for the Sikhs," alleged SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. "Sikhs have right to referendum and Indian government must abide by UN Convention on Civil and Political rights," he...
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The Hague- UN war crimes judges today acquitted radical Serb leader Vojislav Seselj on all nine charges of committing atrocities in the 1990s Balkans wars, in a surprise judgment which was swiftly denounced by Croatia. “The chamber by majority holds that the prosecution has not provided sufficient evidence to establish that the crimes were committed” by Seselj, Judge Jean-Claude Antonetti said at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). “Following the verdict, Vojislav Seselj is now a free man.” Seselj, 61, had faced nine charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity over his alleged ruthless quest to unite “all Serbian lands” in a “Greater Serbia”. Prosecutors had alleged he was behind the murder of many Croat, Muslim and other non-Serb civilians, as well as the forced deportation of “tens of thousands” from large areas of Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia and Serbia. But the judges found that although crimes were committed, Seselj had not had “hierarchial” responsibility for his paramilitary forces after they came under the control of the Serbian army and could not be held responsible for their crimes. They said the prosecution’s case was full of “confusion” and “ambiguities” and had failed to clarify the broader context in which events in Croatia and Bosnia took place. The prosecution had given “at best an interpretation that hides the way the events unfolded and at worst distorts them in relation to the evidence presented to the chamber,” Antonetti...
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