Coalition partner attacks Merkel over ‘feeble’ re-election bid
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners on Monday accused her of running out of ideas and accelerating Europe’s decline after the conservative leader announced she would stand for a fourth term in next year’s parliamentary election. The center-left Social Democrats (SPD), junior partner to Merkel’s conservatives in their ruling “grand coalition”, accused the chancellor of a “pretty feeble performance” in announcing her candidacy on Sunday evening. By saying she will seek a fourth term, Merkel has effectively fired the starting gun on campaigning for the election in September next year, though she must govern with the SPD until then.
PoliticsIBTimesHillary Clinton Could Win The Popular Vote In A Massive Landslide
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s popular vote victory continued to grow Monday as millions of ballots remained uncounted, according to the latest ballot tally published by the Cook Political Report. The first female major-party nominee has secured nearly 2 million more votes than her opponent, billionaire Donald Trump, despite an Electoral College vote in his favor. Trump managed to secure well over the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the presidency, but Clinton appears to have soundly won the popular vote by an ever-expanding margin.
U.S.AFPRio: 11 dead, vast police sweep in notorious slum
Police in Rio launched a vast operation Sunday in the City of God slum, where seven youths were found killed a day after four police officers died when their helicopter crashed nearby. The security chief for the state of Rio, Roberto Sa, described the huge public safety operation, which includes an armored vehicle, as being open-ended.