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League wins landslide victory in Italian regional election – POLITICO

Election in Umbria delivers major blow to Italy’s governing coalition. ROME — After half a century of left-wing rule, the central Italian region of Umbria voted for a regional government spearheaded by Matteo Salvini’s far-right League. Donatella Tesei of the League, backed by the far-right Brothers of Italy and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza …

Putin’s star is fading – POLITICO

With Moscow city council vote, Russia’s liberal opposition scored a major victory. For democracy activists in Russia, the real victory this week isn’t that Vladimir Putin’s party performed so poorly in Sunday’s Moscow city council election. That’s just a consequence of a far more important change in the country: the shattering …

Putin Foe Alexei Navalny Hospitalized With Allergic Reaction : NPR

Four days after being arrested by Russian authorities, Alexei Navalny, a longtime critic of President Vladimir Putin, has been hospitalized with what his spokeswoman has described as an “allergic reaction.” Navalny, one of the most prominent leaders of Russia’s opposition movement, was arrested after calling for protests on Saturday against …

Thailand to fully lift ban on political activities by December

POLITICAL activities will no longer be banned in Thailand by December following four years of strict military rule, ahead of the kingdom’s general election next year. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said made the major announcement on Tuesday, reversing a strict ban imposed since the 2014 military coup that removed the …