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Cambridge Analytica parent firm SCL Elections fined over data refusal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cambridge Analytica boasted that it had collected thousands of data points on millions of US voters Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL Elections Ltd has been fined £15,000 plus costs for failing to hand over the personal data of a US citizen. The case was brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), after a complaint filed by Prof David Carroll, who is a US citizen. He was one of millions of people whose personal information was harvested from a variety of sources by the company.…

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Bangladesh elections: Security on high alert ahead of polls

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Sheikh Hasina has ruled Bangladesh as prime minister since 2009 Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is seeking her third consecutive term in a general election on Sunday, in which more than 100m people are expected to vote. Security forces are on high alert ahead of the poll, with some 600,000 security personnel deployed across the nation. More than a dozen people have been killed in clashes between supporters of rival political parties. Ms Hasina is expected to win, while her main rival is in jail…

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Taiwan same-sex vote: Polls open in elections

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWang Tien-ming and Ho Hsiang have been together for 33 years Taiwan is voting in a referendum on whether to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage. The top court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage, giving parliament two years to amend laws or pass new ones. But surveys last week suggest the country will vote against the change. The issue is one of 10 voters are being asked to consider, including one inflaming tensions with China: how they…

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Mid-term elections 2018: Florida orders recount of votes

Image copyright EPA Image caption Demonstrators had earlier gathered outside Florida’s elections office to demand a recount Florida has ordered a machine recount of votes for state governor and senator following Tuesday’s closely fought mid-term elections, officials say. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said that as unofficial results in both races had fallen within a margin of 0.5%, a recount was required by law. The two ballots are among the most important yet to be decided. US President Donald Trump responded to the news by accusing Democrats of trying…

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Mid-term elections 2018: Trump offers bipartisanship with caveat

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump hopes for “beautiful bi-partisan situation” US President Donald Trump has said he is ready to work with Democrats after they won control of the House of Representatives in mid-term elections. But during a testy news conference, he vowed to adopt a “warlike posture” if Democrats investigated him. The Republican president also clashed repeatedly with reporters at the White House, ordering them to be quiet. Top Democrat Nancy Pelosi offered to work with Mr Trump, but pledged due oversight of his administration.…

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Mid-term elections 2018 Do celebrities really influence voters?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rihanna, Beyonce and Taylor Swift all put their star power behind candidates Whenever an election comes around, there are always celebrities who throw their support behind their favoured candidates and hope their fans will follow their lead at the ballot box. In Tuesday’s US mid-term elections, however, many of the high-profile stars who had publicly supported candidates were left disappointed. So how much is a celebrity endorsement actually worth? Beyonce‘s last-minute backing for Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke, who also had the support of…

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Mid-term elections: Trump hails ‘Big Victory’ despite House losses

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe story of election night in two minutes President Donald Trump has hailed a “Big Victory” in US mid-term elections which saw Democrats seize of the House of Representatives but Republicans consolidate their grip on the Senate. The Democratic majority in the lower chamber will be in a position to block Mr Trump’s legislative programme. But controlling the Senate ensures Mr Trump can still make key appointments. The vote was seen as a referendum on the president, even though he is not…

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Mid-term elections 2018: Trump’s Republicans hold on to Senate

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch live: BBC News US mid-term elections special President Donald Trump’s Republicans are projected to retain control of the US Senate in the mid-term elections. But Democrats are on course to win the House of Representatives, which would deal a blow to the president’s agenda. Republicans held on to the upper chamber with key victories in Indiana, Texas and North Dakota. Mr Trump is not up for re-election until 2020, but Tuesday’s vote was seen as a referendum on a polarising president.…

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US midterm elections: A guide to everything you need to know

President Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot, but the results will be a referendum on the polarizing US leader, his policies and the Republican politicians who have tied their fortunes to his. President Trump could have more power or less in Washington by the end of Election Day. The elections are on November 6, but lots of people will have already voted by then because early voting is a thing in the US, where about 40% of ballots were cast before Election Day in 2016. Here’s everything you need to…

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Mid-term elections 2018: Hour-by-hour guide to results

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHang on, what ARE the US “mid-terms”? Millions in the US and across the world will be following the election results as they come in. There are hundreds of races – which ones are worth keeping an eye on? Americans go to the polls on Tuesday to elect 35 senators and all 435 members of the House of Representatives, as well as 36 state governors and countless state officials. It is a crucial election for President Donald Trump, as his Republican Party…

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