Newark-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Following its stunning victory in the European elections, Britain's anti-EU party is targeting a first parliamentary seat, starting with Thursday's by-election in central England. The prospect of a UKIP victory in the market town of Newark is sowing panic among the main parties, particularly Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, who have held the seat since 2001. The Tories fear their voter base is being eroded by the eurosceptic and anti-immigration rhetoric of the United Kingdom Independence Party and its charismatic leader Nigel Farage. It is the fourth time in less than a year that Cameron has visited the Nottinghamshire town to support Robert Jenrick, the 32-year-old Conservative candidate.
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Californians headed to the polls on Tuesday for a primary election highlighting rifts in the state's dominant Democratic party, as incumbent labor-backed candidates fought reformers positioning themselves to take on unions in several races. The poll to choose candidates for governor, secretary of state and numerous legislative and congressional offices, was the kickoff to what may be a long and politically bloody election season for Democrats, as the state's open primary system allows the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, to square off against each other in November, and in many cases both will be Democrats. "It’s going to be like scorpions in a bottle," said political analyst David Mark, editor of Politix, a Palo Alto- based website. In Los Angeles, 18 candidates were certified to run for the seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Henry Waxman, including former City Council member and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, State Senator Ted Lieu and New Age inspirational author Marianne Williamson.
Last year saw a record 20 million foreign tourists visiting the country, as fears of a Greek exit from the euro receded. Greeks desperately need the cash injections brought by tourists looking for sunshine and to spend their holidays visiting ancient monuments. So a bumper year for tourists would be welcome. In 2014, every indication shows that we are going to break this record," Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told a tourism conference last month.