Monday, May 27, 2019

World News Briefs -- May 27, 2019

DW: EU election: Surge for Greens and euroskeptics, losses for centrist blocs

Partial results show significant losses for the dominant conservative and center-left blocs, while the Greens, Liberals and euroskeptic parties made gains. The European Parliament is set for a new balance of power.

Millions of voters across the EU cast their ballots on the final day of voting for the European Parliament elections, in a poll that will shape the continent's politics for the next five years.

Preliminary results early Monday morning showed the grand coalition between the center-right European People's Party (EPP) and the center-left Socialist and Democrats (S&D) blocs will lose their majority in 751-seat legislature.

The results indicate the European Parliament will have a new balance of power, with the centrist Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), far-right euroskeptic parties and the Greens/European Free Alliance all making gains.

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Syrian forces pound rebel targets in the besieged northwest.

Iranian foreign minister: 'We will defend against any war efforts'.

Iraq vows to stand with Iran amid US-Iran tension.

Trump: 'We're not looking for regime change' in Iran.

Donald Trump says he backs Japan's efforts to talk with Iran.

Netanyahu invites leaders for coalition talks to avoid 'unnecessary elections'.

Israel protests: Thousands rally against Netanyahu immunity.


Trump in Japan: US president backs Abe-Kim talks.

Trump splits with Japanese host, saying he's not 'personally' bothered by North Korea missile tests.

Bolton: United States wants to restart N. Korea talks.

Nepal explosions kill four in capital Kathmandu. Nepal on high alert for general strike after explosions.

3 dead, 15 hurt in clash between Pashtun activists, Pakistani military.

Thai pro-military party closer to sealing ruling coalition.

India election 2019: Narendra Modi thanks voters for 'historic mandate'.

Rohingya massacre: Myanmar grants soldiers early release.


Libya's Haftar vows to fight until Tripoli 'militias' defeated.

Uganda accuses Rwandan military of 'violation of territory'.

Sudan military council chief ends UAE visit amid meddling warning.

Gunmen raid church in Burkina Faso, killing four.

Two candidates registered for Algeria's presidential election.

Lake Mai-Ndombe accident: 30 dead, 200 missing in DR Congo.

New South African president envisions end to poverty.

Ethiopia apologises for map that erases Somalia.


European elections 2019: Power blocs lose grip on parliament.

European Parliament election results, the main countries at a glance.

Brexit Party wins EU elections in UK, Conservatives fear wipe-out, centre parties lose ground continent-wide.

Sebastian Kurz, Austrian leader, faces removal in confidence vote. Austria's Sebastian Kurz faces no-confidence vote, right after EU poll success.

Lithuania: Banker Gitanas Nauseda wins presidential race.

No coalition in sight after fractured Belgium election.

Far-right League becomes Italy's largest party, after 5 Star’s support slumps in EU poll .

Greek PM Tsipras calls for early elections after EU vote drubbing. Greece's Tsipras to call snap elections after resounding defeat.


Rolling to a halt: Memorial Day Motorcycle rally ends 30-year tradition.

Democrats claim victory as Trump gets battered in court.

Top US commander warns Maduro 'mafia' poses threat beyond Venezuela.

Venezuela crisis: Delegates to meet for Norway peace talks.

Fighting between inmates at Brazil prison kills 15.

Brazil: Thousands of Jair Bolsonaro supporters take to the streets.

Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia denounce decision on Amazon domain.


French police arrest three over Lyon bomb attack.

Iraq sentences three French Islamic State group members to death.

Islamic State's foreign exiles receiving worst medical care in Syria's al-Hawl camp.

Somalia's frightening network of Islamist spies.


Donald Trump says US isn’t ready for China trade deal and ‘they probably wish they took what was on the table’.

Citibank, UBS, JP Morgan, Barclays and RBS sued for rigging currency exchange rates.

Fiat Chrysler and Renault pursue $35 billion merger to tackle car sector challenges.

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