Myanmar presidential vote set for March 17 as transition talks drag on

By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Aung Hla Tun NAYPYITAW/YANGON, Feb 8 : Myanmar’s parliament will begin its election of the new president on March 17, cutting very close to an April 1 deadline, suggesting talks between Aung San Suu Kyi’s victorious party and the military are likely to take longer than planned. But a top […]

Trump: ‘Tinge’ of sadness over losing Iowa

By Emily Flitter MILFORD, New Hampshire, Feb 3 : Donald Trump, the New York businessman seeking the Republican US presidential nomination, said on Tuesday he felt “a tinge” of disappointment after losing to Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses. Cruz bested Trump with 28 per cent of caucus-goers’ pledges on Monday compared to […]

Trump, Cruz tamp down expectations for uncertain Iowa vote

By Steve Holland and James Oliphant DES MOINES, Iowa/COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa, Feb 1 : Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz battled to persuade their supporters to turn out and tried to lower expectations on how well they will do in the first US presidential nominating contest in Iowa today. Iowa will set the tone in […]

Clinton’s ‘girl power’ push wins over women in their 30s, not 20s

By Amanda Becker DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb 1 : If Hillary Clinton pulls off a victory in her close race for the Democratic presidential nomination with Bernie Sanders, she will have women like Joan Pinnell to thank. Pinnell, a 32-year-old Chicagoan and former volunteer for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, has been knocking on doors in […]

Sanders, citing email controversy, questions Clinton’s electability

By Alana Wise WASHINGTON, Jan 31 : US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders today took a jab at rival Hillary Clinton’s electability, pointing to the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server as evidence of potential damage to the front-runner’s campaign. “In terms of what people are going to get slapped with, look […]

Trump takes calculated risk with decision to skip debate

By Steve Holland and John Whitesides DES MOINES, Jan 28 : Donald Trump has figured out how to make the buzz around a today night debate of Republican presidential candidates all about him: by vowing to skip it. But the billionaire’s move, days before Iowa holds the first nominating contest of the 2016 election, is […]