Ireland set to end abortion ban in landslide vote: exit polls

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The people of Ireland are set to liberalize some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws by a landslide, two exit polls from a referendum showed on Friday, as voters demanded change in what two decades ago was one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries. An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI exit poll suggested that voters in the once deeply Catholic nation had backed change by 68 percent to 32 percent. An RTE/Behaviour & Attitudes survey put the margin at 69 percent to 31 percent. If confirmed, the outcome…

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U.S. ‘maximum pressure’ on North Korea faces test with summit in limbo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. efforts to sustain and possibly intensify its “maximum pressure” campaign on North Korea are entering a perilous phase as a potential breakdown in diplomacy with Pyongyang raises fears that China may loosen its enforcement of international sanctions. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump look on as he welcomes South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque /File Photo With the fate of a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim…

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U.S. reaches deal to keep China’s ZTE in business: congressional aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration told lawmakers the U.S. government has reached a deal to put Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp back in business, a senior congressional aide said on Friday. As with a similar announcement earlier in the week, the proposed deal ran into immediate resistance in Congress, where Democrats and Trump’s fellow Republicans accused him of bending to pressure from Beijing to ease up on a company that allegedly poses a significant risk to U.S. national security. ZTE was banned in April from buying U.S. technology components…

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Trump eases firing of federal workers, cracks down on unions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Friday signed three executive orders designed to make it easier to fire federal government workers and to crack down on the unions that represent them, drawing immediate criticism from a group representing federal employees. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the commissioning and graduation ceremony for U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2018 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Administration officials said the orders would give government agencies greater ability to remove employees with “poor”…

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Irish voters set to liberalize abortion laws in landslide: exit poll

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The people of Ireland are set to liberalize some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws by a landslide, an exit poll showed on Friday, as voters demanded change in what two decades ago was one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries. The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI exit poll suggested that voters in the once deeply Catholic nation had backed a referendum by a margin of 68 percent to 32 percent. A second exit poll was due to be published by 2230 GMT. Turnout could be one of…

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Two thirds vote to change Irish abortion laws

The first exit poll on Ireland’s abortion referendum says 68% of voters want to change the law . Thirty-two percent of voters oppose amending the constitution and opening up access to abortion, according to a poll by the Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI. The poll surveyed 4,000 voters at 160 polling station in every constituency in Ireland. The official result is due tomorrow and – if similar to the exit poll – would be a landslide victory. Sky’s senior Ireland correspondent David Blevins said it was a wider margin that many people…

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Irish PM Leo Varadkar ‘quietly confident’

Ireland’s prime minister says he is “quietly confident” the country has voted to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who called the referendum, was among the first to cast his ballot when polling stations opened. He said: “I always get a little buzz from voting. It always feels like democracy in action. :: Ireland’s abortion dilemma: A nation divided Image: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was up early to cast his vote in Dublin “I’m not taking anything for granted of course, but quietly confident there’s been a good…

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‘We got you’: Weinstein accusers relieved, elated at rape charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Women in Hollywood expressed relief, hope and vindication on Friday as movie producer Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape after decades of alleged sexual misconduct. FILE PHOTO: Actor Rose McGowan addresses the audience during the opening session of the three-day Women’s Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., October 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook Weinstein was met by dozens of photographers and camera crews as he walked into a New York City police station to be charged with two counts of rape and one count of…

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Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson speaks to Kiev’s Vitali Klitschko after fans’ flights cancelled

Liverpool’s mayor held talks with the mayor of Kiev, former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, in an attempt to fly football fans out to the Champions League final. Joe Anderson’s move came as nearly 700 Liverpool supporters face missing the match against Real Madrid, after operator Worldchoice Sports cancelled three flights due to insufficient landing spots at Ukraine’s Boryspil Airport. Mr Anderson has since had to break the news that it is “really not looking good” as he has been unable to find a crew for a back-up plane.…

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‘You do right by us and our children,’ inquiry head told

The head of the Grenfell Tower inquiry has been urged by a bereaved family member to “do right by us and do right by our children”. Claudia Davis, the former partner of Steve Power, who died on the 15th floor, paid tribute to her “first love” on the fifth day of the inquiry. Appearing frustrated, she made an impromptu statement at the end of the prepared tribute. Pointing at Sir Martin Moore-Bick, head of the inquiry, she said: “Sir Martin, Theresa May and the rest of the government… You do…

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