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Afghans risk their lives to vote in delayed Kandahar poll

KABUL: Afghans risked their lives to vote in legislative elections in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, after the Taliban-claimed killing of a powerful police chief delayed the ballot by a week. An hour after voting was due to start, long queues of turbaned men could be seen outside still-shuttered polling centres in the deeply conservative Kandahar provincial capital, which was blanketed with heavy security in anticipation of militant attacks. More than half a million people are registered to vote in Kandahar province…

Germans are more scared of Trump than terrorism: Poll

BERLIN: In a survey conducted recently it was revealed that people in Germany are more worried about Donald Trump than terrorism, immigration or natural disasters. Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate accords have let the German citizens to feel this way along with the American President's hostility towards the Germans. The “Fears of Germans” survey showed 69% of respondents view the US president as their top concern. Immigration was the second-biggest concern, named by 63% of…

Bilawal may lose polls in Lyari, says Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar on Monday said it was quite possible that Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) lose election in Lyari. "A delegation in a meeting in Karachi apprised me that there was so much anguish against the PPP in Lyari that it isn't impossible that Bilawal lose his seat in the constituency," he said while talking to media in the metropolis. He, however, condemned the incident of hurling stones towards Bilawal's convoy. "This is not a good precedent. We believe that…

Erdogan leads partial count in pivotal Turkey poll

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on Sunday leading a tightly-contested presidential election in a partial count as he seeks a new mandate in the face of a revitalised opposition and weakening economy. Turkish voters had for the first time cast ballots for both president and parliament in the snap polls, with Erdogan looking for a first round knockout and an overall majority for his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to extend his 15-year grip on power. In the presidential poll, Erdogan has…

Most Americans don’t trust Facebook: poll

SAN FRANCISCO: Opinion polls published on Sunday in the United States and Germany cast doubt over the level of trust people have in Facebook over privacy, as the firm ran advertisements in British and U.S. newspapers apologising to users. Fewer than half of Americans trust Facebook to obey U.S. privacy laws, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday, while a survey published by Bild am Sonntag, Germany’s largest-selling Sunday paper, found 60 percent of Germans fear that Facebook and other social networks are…

Half of Britons support a second vote on Brexit, poll finds

LONDON: Half of Britons support a second vote on whether to leave the European Union and a majority think the government may be paying too much money to the EU to open the way to trade talks, according to a new opinion poll. The poll, published in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, found 50 percent of people supported another vote on the final terms of Britain’s exit deal, 34 percent rejected another referendum and 16 percent said they did not know. The newspaper said it was the first major opinion poll since last week’s…

Karachi ranked second most-dangerous megacity for women: poll

LONDON: Karachi, the most populous city of Pakistan, is ranked as second most dangerous megacity for women in the world, according to the first international experts’ poll on how females fare in the rising number of cities with over 10 million people. The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey asked experts in women’s issues in 19 megacities how well women are protected from sexual violence, from harmful cultural practices, and if they have access to good healthcare, finance and education. Cairo is declared s the world’s…

Poll shows most Americans want to keep racism-tainted statues

A new poll Thursday showed that most Americans favor leaving in place statues of Civil War figures associated with the defense of slavery, offering a measure of support for President Donald Trump's stance on the issue. Days after a violent rally by right-wing groups to protest removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that 62 percent felt the statues should remain as historical symbols. "Just 27 percent said they should go," said NPR.…

Trump losing public support: poll

WASHINGTON: Public support for President Donald Trump is dropping, a poll showed Sunday, as he faces multiple setbacks over his stalled agenda and efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. Nearly six months since he took office, Trump is facing a declining approval rating that has dropped from 42 percent in April to 36 percent, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll of 1,001 adults. Similarly, his disapproval rating has jumped five points to 58 percent. A total of 48 percent of respondents said they "disapprove…

‘Yes’ camp edging tight Turkey poll on Erdogan powers

ANKARA: The 'Yes' campaign to give Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expanded powers was ahead of its rival on Sunday in a bitterly-contested referendum that will determine Turkey's future destiny, initial results said. The 'Yes' campaign had won 52.1 percent of the vote while the 'No' campaign had mustered 47.9 percent, the election commission said in figures quoted by state news agency Anadolu, in an initial count based on 92 percent of the ballot boxes. In a nail-biting end to a frenetic campaign, the 'No'…