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.
The cry spreads through the Beijing crowd at 11:30 pm, as the first clicks from the army's AK-47s ring out into the darkness. On the Avenue of Eternal Peace, the wide street running north of Tiananmen Square, one protester refuses to believe it. A tricycle cuts through the throngs of protesters. Day and night, Chinese citizens from all walks of life imagined a different future -- one that was not dictated by the Communist Party.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tea party favorite Chris McDaniel and six-term Sen. Thad Cochran dueled inconclusively at close quarters in Mississippi's primary election Tuesday night, an epic struggle in a party deeply divided along ideological lines. GOP governors in South Dakota, Alabama and Iowa all coasted to renomination.
The US Republican establishment suffered an embarrassing political setback Tuesday courtesy of a Tea Party challenger, who battled a long-time Senate incumbent to a draw in a Mississippi race with national implications. Seven other states also held primaries in one of the biggest vote nights of the 2014 campaign season ahead of November's congressional mid-term elections in which Republicans are aiming to take back the Senate from President Barack Obama's Democrats. But all eyes were on Mississippi, where the Tea Party movement poured outside funding into its best chance to oust an establishment Republican Senate incumbent. The conservative movement that promotes small government and lower taxes has had a rough 2014 campaign season, mostly failing to oust mainstream Republicans including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
China on Wednesday imposed smothering security in central Beijing on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, a bloody watershed in history that remains taboo in the communist nation. Counting down to the anniversary, the United States demanded the release of scores of people detained in the run-up, as the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong prepared for an annual candlelit vigil that this year is expected to draw as many as 200,000 attendees. Tourists and vendors went about the vast public square at the heart of Beijing, but uniformed and plainclothes officers were stationed at every corner and checking the ID cards of passers-by. One Australian woman said she was prevented from visiting the Forbidden City, where China's emperors lived, as she was not carrying her passport -- not normally a requirement for tourists entering the historic site.
South Koreans voted Wednesday in local elections seen as a spot referendum on President Park Geun-Hye's handling of the April ferry disaster that killed about 300 people, mostly schoolchildren. Although these problems have roots stretching back decades, Park and her ruling conservative Saenuri Party have become a default focus for much of the public grief and anti-establishment anger. Among voters in Seoul, that choice was clearly uppermost in many people's minds. An older voter said she had chosen all Saenuri candidates as a show of support for Park Geun-Hye.