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Rousseff gains on Neves ahead of Sunday runoff BRASILIA: President Dilma Rousseff has gained 1 percentage point on her rival Aecio Neves ahead of an Oct. 26 runoff to Brazil's presidential election, a new poll showed on Wednesday.The leftist incumbent has 47 percent of voter support, according to the survey by polling firm Datafolha, up from 46 percent in the previous poll published on Monday. Support for Neves was unchanged at 43 percent.While Rousseff has widened her numerical lead to four percentage points, the difference between them is just within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.Excluding undecided voters, spoiled and blank survey responses, Rousseff has 52 percent against 48 percent for Neves, the poll showed, the same result as in Monday's poll.Copyright Reuters, 2014


Faulty airbags warning expanded to 6.1mn US cars: NHTSA WASHINGTON: The US highway safety regulator, NHTSA, expanded its warning on Tuesday about faulty airbags made by Japanese auto-part maker Takata to 6.1 million vehicles in the United States."The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags," it said in a statement."Over six million vehicles are involved in these recalls, ...

South Korea urges North to release other detainees SEOUL: South Korea on Wednesday welcomed North Korea's release of a US citizen, but immediately urged it to free two other American detainees and a South Korean missionary who was arrested on espionage charges.Jeffrey Fowle, who was detained in April after apparently leaving a Bible in the bathroom of a nightclub in the North, flew out of Pyongyang on a Pentagon plane on Tuesday."Our government welcomes Fowle's release," a South Korean foreign ministry official said."We ...

China to send orbiter to moon and back: report BEIJING: China will launch its latest lunar orbiter in the coming days, state media said Wednesday, in its first attempt to send a spacecraft around the moon and back to Earth.The spacecraft, which has not been named, will launch between Friday and Sunday, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.It is China's first lunar module capable of returning to Earth, which will require withstanding the high temperatures that develop when a probe re-enters the terrestrial atmosphere.It ...

Freed Vietnam dissident arrives in US, vows fight LOS ANGELES: A leading Vietnamese dissident freed by Hanoi was mobbed by supporters late Tuesday as he arrived in the United States, vowing to fight for democracy and other detainees in his home country. Nguyen Van Hai, one of Vietnam's most prominent bloggers, was freed two years after he was sentenced to 12 years in jail by a court in southern Vietnam on charges of "anti-state propaganda.""This is a result of the victory of democratic ...

Mexican soldiers allegedly executed 12 surrendered suspects MEXICO CITY: Mexican soldiers executed at least a dozen people who surrendered after a gunfight in June between troops and suspected criminals, a government human rights official said Tuesday.The extrajudicial killings accounted for most of the 22 deaths recorded from the incident, which occurred in the central town of Tlatlaya on June 30, said Raul Plascencia, head of the National Human Rights Commission.The execution toll was higher than the one given by the government, which ...

Canada raises 'terrorism' alert after soldier killed OTTAWA: Canada raised its national "terrorism" alert on Tuesday, officials said, after a soldier run over by a suspected militant died in hospital. The alert level was raised from low to medium after authorities said a man they believed to be "radicalized" struck two officers with his car Monday, but authorities said the heightened alert was not "the result of a specific threat.""This level means that intelligence has indicated that an individual or group within ...


 



 
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