By Michel Rose | PARIS PARIS After Donald Trump's shock win in the United States, French pollsters and pundits are now warning that surprises should not be ruled out in France's presidential election next year because of an untested primary system and a fragmented political field. With poll after poll showing far-right leader Marine Le Pen emerging as one of the top two candidates in the first round but losing the second-round run-off, commentators have presented ex-prime minister Alain Juppe's victory as almost guaranteed.Incumbent Francois Hollande, who has yet to confirm his candidacy, is the most unpopular president in history, polls show no other leftist candidate has much of a chance, and former conservative leader Nicolas Sarkozy is also widely unpopular.That would leave the way to the Elysee Palace wide open for Juppe, a moderate conservative seen as a safe pair of hands. Or so the story goes in the French media."Many people are acting as if Alain Juppe will for certain be the next president.
By Denis Pinchuk | MOSCOW MOSCOW Russia is ready to do its part to fully restore ties with Washington following the election of businessman Donald Trump as the next U.S. President, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.Trump stunned the world by defeating heavily favoured rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's presidential election, ending eight years of Democratic rule and sending the United States on a new, uncertain path.Among those uncertainties will be the Trump administration's future relations with Russia
By Angus MacSwan | LONDON LONDON World leaders reacted to Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election with offers to work with him tinged with anxiety over how he would deal with a host of problems, from the Middle East to an assertive Russia.Several authoritarian and right-wing leaders commended the billionaire businessman and reality TV star who against the odds won the leadership of the world's most powerful country.Trump, who has no previous political or military experience, sent conciliatory signals after his upset of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, pledging to seek common ground, not conflict, with the United States' allies.During his election campaign, Trump expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, questioned central tenets of the NATO military alliance and suggested Japan and South Korea should develop nuclear weapons to shoulder their own defence burden.Putin was among the first to send congratulations after Trump declared victory.Ties between Washington and Moscow have become strained over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and allegations of Russian cyber attacks featured in the U.S. election campaign."We heard the campaign statements of the future U.S
By Amanda Becker and Emily Stephenson | PITTSBURGH/SARASOTA PITTSBURGH/SARASOTA Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump crisscrossed the United States on Monday, racing to sway undecided voters and to get their supporters to vote in a tight presidential contest that opinion polls show narrowly favoring Clinton.With only one day left before Election Day, the Clinton campaign was boosted by Sunday's unexpected announcement by FBI Director James Comey that the agency stood by its July decision not to press any criminal charges in an investigation of Clinton's email practices.The latest opinion polls showed former Secretary of State Clinton ahead. A Fox News poll showed her leading Trump, a wealthy New York real estate developer, by 4 percentage points among likely voters. Clinton also held a 4-point lead in an ABC/Washington Post poll and a CBS news poll released on Monday.
WASHINGTON Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a 4-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in a four-way White House race, according to an opinion poll released by Fox News on Monday.Clinton had 48 percent support in the poll of likely voters in Tuesday's election against Trump's 44 percent, Fox News said. Clinton had had a 2-point edge in the previous Fox News poll released on Friday. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by David Alexander)
By Luciana Lopez | MIAMI MIAMI The man answering a volunteer's knock on the door in the Kendall section of Miami-Dade County on Saturday was emphatic: Not only would he vote but “esperamos que la presidenta gane" - Spanish for "we hope Madam President wins."Volunteers across Florida made a last-minute push to get voters to the polls this weekend with early voting ending on Sunday ahead of Election Day on Tuesday, pitting Republican Donald Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton, or "la presidenta," as the man at the door called her.Latino voters like the man in Kendall and elsewhere could have an outsized influence in Tuesday's election. Early voting data may portend a jump in the number of Hispanic voters this year, especially in the key swing states of Florida and Nevada.Clinton has polled much stronger among Latino voters nationwide, suggesting she would benefit more from a surge in early voting in those two states, voting experts say.
By Bill Trott | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON Supercharging the bluster, hyperbole and media mastery that made him one of the world's best-known businessmen, Donald Trump upended U.S. democratic traditions on a 17-month quest he hopes will lead to the White House.
WASHINGTON Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a four-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the final NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released on Sunday.The NBC-Wall Street Journal poll showed Clinton leading Trump by 44 percent to 40 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson was at 6 percent and Green Party Candidate Jill Stein had 2 percent.Clinton's lead shrank from 11 points over Trump the last time the poll was conducted in mid-October, before the FBI said it was reviewing new emails in its investigation of the former secretary of state
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied that the Russian government was the source of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's emails that were published this year, a media report said on Thursday.
By Emily Stephenson and Amanda Becker | CONCORD, N.C./WINTERVILLE, N.C. CONCORD, N.C./WINTERVILLE, N.C. Hillary Clinton's supporters nervously eyed opinion polls showing the Democrat with a tenuous lead over Republican rival Donald Trump on Thursday as the White House candidates raced through vital battleground states in a late search for votes.The race for the Oval Office has tightened significantly in the past week, as several swing states that Trump must win shifted from favouring Clinton to toss-ups, according to the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project.The project, a survey of about 15,000 people every week in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., found the two candidates were now tied in Florida and North Carolina and that Clinton’s lead in Michigan had narrowed so much the state was too close to call.
MOSCOW Amnesty International, a strong critic of Russia's bombing campaign in Syria, will be able to return to its office in Moscow after being evicted for alleged non-payment of rent,Russia's state human rights council said on Thursday.Staff at Amnesty's Moscow office had told Reuters on Wednesday that they arrived at work to find the locks had been changed, official seals placed over the doors and the electricity cut off.The Moscow city government, from which Amnesty leased the premises in the Russian capital's centre, said the group was behind on the rent. Amnesty said it had documents to prove it was up to date with payments.
WASHINGTON Republican Donald Trump wants his campaign finance chairman, Steven Mnuchin, to be his Treasury secretary if he wins next week's U.S. presidential election, Fox Business Network reported on Thursday, citing sources.Mnuchin, a former partner at Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) who also founded and runs the hedge fund company Dune Capital Management LP, joined Trump's campaign in May as his chief fundraiser.Fox Business Network, citing unnamed sources from inside the Trump campaign, said the New York businessman has told his team he wants Mnuchin to lead the U.S. Treasury Department if he wins the Nov.
WASHINGTON Donald Trump wants his presidential campaign finance chairman, Steven Mnuchin, to serve as his Treasury secretary if he wins the U.S. presidency, Fox Business Network reported on Thursday, citing sources.Mnuchin, a former partner at Goldman Sachs Group Inc who also founded the hedge fund company Dune Capital Management LP, joined the Republican presidential nominee's campaign in May as his chief fundraiser.Fox Business Network, citing unnamed sources from inside the Trump campaign, said the New York businessman has told his team he wants Mnuchin to lead the U.S.
By Harriet McLeod | CHARLESTON, S.C. CHARLESTON, S.C. A South Carolina prosecutor accused a white former police officer on Thursday of staging a crime scene where he had just shot dead an unarmed black motorist, by moving a Taser closer to the handcuffed dead body so he could claim the victim had taken the stun gun.Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, 34, is on trial for murder over the shooting death of Walter Scott, 50
WASHINGTON Democrat Hillary Clinton maintained her narrow lead over Republican rival Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race just days ahead of the Nov.
By Roberta Rampton and Mark Hosenball | DADE CITY, Fla.,/WASHINGTON DADE CITY, Fla.,/WASHINGTON A top aide to Hillary Clinton urged the FBI on Tuesday to disclose what it knows about any ties between Donald Trump and Russia, accusing the agency of unfairly publicizing its inquiry into Clinton's email practices while staying quiet about the Republican presidential nominee.The FBI opened a preliminary inquiry in recent months into allegations that Trump or his associates might have had questionable dealings with Russian people or businesses, but found no evidence to warrant opening a full investigation, according to sources familiar with the matter. The agency has not publicly discussed the probe.A week before Election Day, the Clinton campaign is trying to contain damage from an announcement by FBI Director James Comey on Friday that his agency was looking into new emails that might relate to Clinton's use of a private server while she was secretary of state.Trump and other Republicans seized on Comey's announcement, which did not indicate any wrongdoing by Clinton, to intensify criticism of the Democratic candidate
By Roberta Rampton | WHITE PLAINS, New York WHITE PLAINS, New York Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign ratcheted up the pressure on FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, saying that if he released inconclusive information about the Democratic candidate, he can do the same for her Republican rival.A week before Election Day, the Clinton campaign was working to contain damage from Comey's announcement on Friday of new emails that might pertain to a previously completed investigation into Clinton's use of a private server while she was secretary of state.Republican Donald Trump seized on the revelation, which indicated no wrongdoing on Clinton's part, intensifying his criticism of a rival he has long dubbed "Crooked Hillary" and welcoming a slight improvement for him in a new ABC/Washington Post poll on Tuesday.Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook questioned why the Federal Bureau of Investigation's director had not released any information about its investigation into Russia's role in the U.S.
By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland | DAYTONA BEACH, Fla./GOLDEN, Colo. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla./GOLDEN, Colo
By Maurice Tamman | NEW YORK NEW YORK With 11 days to go before the U.S. presidential election, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump by 15 percentage points among early voters surveyed in the past two weeks, according to the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project.Though data is not available for all early voting states, Clinton enjoys an edge in swing states such as Ohio and Arizona and in Republican Party strongholds such as Georgia and Texas.An estimated 19 million Americans have voted so far in the election, according to the University of Florida’s United States Election Project, accounting for as much as 20 percent of the electorate.Overall, Clinton remained on track to win a majority of votes in the Electoral College, the Reuters/Ipsos survey showed.Having so many ballots locked down before the Nov. 8 election is good news for the Clinton campaign.
WASHINGTON Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump welcomed news on Friday that the FBI would investigate additional emails it found related to Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to determine whether they contain classified information."I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and the Department of Justice are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made,” Trump told a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.