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Battle for 250,000 votes is joined in the 51st state of America they call Britain – Americas – World – The Independent

James Cusick joins the Democrat volunteers campaigning to mobilise the expat vote For John McCain’s 2008 London fundraiser it was the plush Spencer House in St James, once the home of Princess Diana’s ancestors. Four years on from Mr McCain’s defeat, the Republicans’ latest attempt to recapture the White House …

BBC News – Thai court rejects petitions against constitutional change

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has rejected allegations that government plans to amend the constitution are an attempt to overthrow the monarchy. The court dismissed opposition petitions arguing the changes would undermine Thailand’s revered monarchy. Lawmakers from the ruling Pheu Thai party see the constitution as undemocratic because it was created after …

8 gay activists arrested in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian police have broken up attempts to hold two gay rights rallies in St. Petersburg, which this spring adopted a law against spreading “homosexual propaganda.” Three rally organizers were arrested Saturday at a park in Russia’s second city, and five others were detained at a …

BBC News – Police crackdown on Mumbai bars

Hundreds of people turned out in Mumbai last weekend to protest against a series of police raids on bars and clubs. Many believe it’s a concerted attempt by authorities to restrict dancing and drinking in India’s most cosmopolitan city. In a break from the monsoon rains, a group has gathered …