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Spain budget failure puts snap election on the cards

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Spain’s PM Pedro Sánchez failed to get his budget through – which could prompt early elections Spain’s Socialist government is widely expected to call a snap general election after failing to get its budget through parliament. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s bill failed after parties from the Catalonia region refused to support it. Their requests for discussions about the region’s right to self-determination had been refused. Mr Sánchez, who came to power in June, will announce his decision after a cabinet meeting on Friday. The government’s…

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Newspaper headlines: Online ‘crackdown’ and election prediction

Newspaper headlines: Online ‘crackdown’ and election prediction By BBC News Staff Image caption The i leads on calls for a “crackdown” on tech giants as part of the “battle against fake news”. A new regulator for online platforms to ensure they root out false reports is among the recommendations in a government review into the future of the UK news industry. Image caption The Telegraph’s front page also reports on calls for more regulation of social media companies. The paper says the NSPCC wants to see criminal sanctions and unlimited…

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As Indian election looms, Facebook steps up fact-checks

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is expanding its fact-checking network in India to curb the spread of misinformation as the world’s largest democracy prepares for a general election that must be held by May, the U.S.-based social media giant said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration “We are committed to fighting the spread of false news on Facebook, especially ahead of the 2019 General Election campaign season,” Manish…

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Facebook expanding fact-checking in India before election

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration MUMBAI (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Monday it is expanding its fact-checking network in India ahead of the country’s general election due by May, taking another step to quell the spread of misinformation in its biggest market by users. Facebook has added five new partners including the India Today Group, a leading local media house, to its fact-checker network taking the total number…

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Nigeria election 2019: How ‘godfathers’ influence politics

Image caption Godswill Akpabio may determine who wins elections in the oil-rich state of Akwa Ibom “Godfathers” in Nigerian politics don’t usually run for office themselves, but many believe they are the ones who decide the election winners and losers. With campaigning well under way for general elections on 16 February, these are the men – and they invariably are men – who pull the strings behind the scenes. They are political sponsors, who use money and influence to win support for their preferred candidates. Their “godsons”, it is believed,…

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Exclusive: Ukraine says it sees surge in cyber attacks targeting election

KIEV (Reuters) – Hackers likely controlled by Russia are stepping up efforts to disrupt Ukraine’s presidential election in March with cyber attacks on electoral servers and personal computers of election staff, the head of Ukraine’s cyber police said on Friday. Ukrainian Cyber Police Chief Serhiy Demedyuk speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kiev, Ukraine November 2, 2017. Picture taken November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko Serhiy Demedyuk told Reuters the attackers were using virus-infected greeting cards, shopping invitations, offers for software updates and other malicious “phishing” material intended to steal…

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DR Congo court upholds election result

The constitutional court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected an appeal by opposition presidential contender Martin Fayulu, upholding victory of another opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi. The court said Mr Fayulu had failed to prove that the election commission had announced false results. Mr Fayulu’s supporters had argued that Mr Tshisekedi made a power-sharing deal with outgoing President Joseph Kabila. Mr Tshisekedi’s team denies this. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can…

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Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn demands election to ‘break deadlock’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has stepped up calls for a general election “at the earliest opportunity” to “break the deadlock” over Brexit. In a speech, he said a new government would have a fresh mandate to negotiate a better withdrawal deal with the EU. He told Theresa May: “If you are so confident in your deal, call that election, and let the people decide.” The Conservatives said Labour did not have a plan for Brexit and were “playing politics”. Labour will vote against Theresa May’s withdrawal deal on Tuesday and…

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News Daily: Jaguar Land Rover job losses and Corbyn’s election call

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Image copyright Getty Images Jaguar Land Rover to cut thousands of UK jobs Vehicle manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover will announce later that it is cutting up to 5,000 jobs from its UK workforce, amid what industry insiders are calling a “perfect storm” for the company. A slump in Chinese sales and diesel sales, as well as concerns about UK competitiveness after Brexit, are behind the decision, according to BBC business editor Simon Jack. The redundancies are part of a…

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Brexit: General election ‘answer to deadlock’

Image copyright AFP A general election is the most democratic way of breaking the Brexit deadlock, Jeremy Corbyn is to argue. The Labour leader will tell activists in Yorkshire that only a government with a “renewed mandate” will get public support for a withdrawal deal. His party will oppose Theresa May’s deal next week, and push for a vote of no confidence if it is rejected by MPs. The PM is considering trying to win over some Labour MPs to the deal by offering extra protection to workers. Mrs May,…

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