Campaigning in Britain’s most unpredictable election in a generation entered its final day with the two main parties level in most polls and neither on track to command a majority in the parliament of the world’s fifth largest economy.
Despite five weeks of campaigning, neither Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party nor Ed Miliband’s opposition Labour has a clear lead, teeing up a potentially messy and uncertain outcome after Thursday’s vote.
The stakes are high because of a rare confluence of factors which mean Britain’s future in the European Union, as well as its national cohesion, could hinge on the result.
Cameron has promised to hold a referendum on whether to stay in or quit the EU if he returns to power. And polls suggest Scottish nationalists could emerge as the third largest party, despite losing a plebiscite last year on whether Scotland should break away from the United Kingdom.
A hard-to-believe political earthquake shook the heartland of Canada’s oil industry on Tuesday night.
The “Texas of Canada,” oil-producing Alberta, elected a new provincial government of the socialist-leaning New Democratic Party in a landslide. The party captured about 53 seats in the 87-member Alberta Legislature; its highest previous total was 16.
The dominant, arrogant Progressive Conservative party was routed after 43 consecutive years in power. It has been reduced to third-party status in the Legislature.
The Alberta election will have a major impact on pipeline politics, and pipeline battles, across North America.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was racing against the clock Wednesday to put together a governing coalition or else face an almost unimaginable scenario by which he would be forced out of office.
Netanyahu was holding furious consultations with the hawkish Jewish Home Party in order to secure a narrow 61-seat majority in the 120-seat parliament. If he fails by the end of the day, President Reuven Rivlin must appoint someone else the task of forming a coalition.
After Netanyahu’s Likud Party won March 17 elections with 30 seats, it seemed he would have a relatively easy time forming a coalition.
SpaceX is set to conduct a test of the launch abort system it will use on its Dragon astronaut capsule.
A test vehicle will be fired from the ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to show how a crewship would be flung clear of a rocket in an emergency.
Thrusters integrated into the capsule should push the vessel into the air, before parachutes then bring it softly down into the Atlantic about 2km away.
SpaceX expects to start launching astronauts in 2017.
A Delaware judge is considering Duke Energy’s request for a six-month halt of a shareholder lawsuit prompted by a massive coal ash spill in North Carolina while the company tries to resolve related lawsuits and finalize a $102 million settlement of a federal criminal investigation.
After hearing arguments Tuesday, Vice Chancellor John Noble of Delaware’s chancery court, which specializes in business disputes, declined to rule immediately. He said he would await the outcome of a hearing in North Carolina next week in the U.S. Department of Justice criminal case, which involves nine alleged misdemeanor violations of the Clean Water Act from the 2014 spill.
“We hope and expect that the DOJ matter will be resolved soon,” said Kenneth Nachbar, an attorney for Duke Energy.
U.S. officials said separately that investigators did not know whether the group was opportunistically claiming credit when it had little or no direct or indirect involvement.
One U.S. official said investigators believed it was possible, if not likely, that IS played an “inspirational” rather than “operational” role in the attack.
That would mean the shooters may have immersed themselves in items posted online by IS and other groups like al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula intended to incite violence but that the group played no role in directing an attack on the Texas event.
U.S. investigators were going through the shooters’ computers and communications devices, officials said.
The U.K. Independence Party has suspended a candidate in Britain’s election after he said he would shoot his Conservative opponent.
Robert Blay was recorded by an undercover reporter saying of Conservative candidate Ranil Jayawardena that he would “put a bullet between his eyes” if Jayawardena became prime minister
The Daily Mirror ran footage of Blay making the comments and saying Jayawardena, who has Sri Lankan heritage, was “not British enough to be in our Parliament.”
The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 4525 tried a controlled descent on the previous flight that morning to Barcelona before the plane crashed into a mountainside in March on its way back to Germany, French air accident investigators said in a new report released Wednesday.
Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz repeatedly set the plane into a descent, then brought it back up again on a flight on the same A320 jet from Duesseldorf to Barcelona, the BEA investigation agency said in the report.
The report said the pilot appeared to have left the cockpit during that flight as well.
Cockpit data shows that he put the plane into descent mode five times in a four and half-minute period during the Duesseldorf-Barcelona leg.
On Tuesday, Azam Soofi of Overland Park struggled to make sense of it all.
“We are grieving,” he said, standing at the threshold of his home on 158th Place.
His son, Nadir Soofi, was dead. Police had identified him, along with Elton Simpson, both of Phoenix, as the two gunmen who on Sunday, firing assault rifles, tried to enter an event in Texas where cartoonists were taking part in a contest that featured drawings of the Prophet Muhammad. Both Soofi and Simpson were stopped, killed by police.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact New Jersey’s ban on counseling intended to change the sexual orientation of gay children.
The court declined to hear a challenge to the law, meaning that a September ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the ban is the final word on the matter.
The appeals court said the ban, which Republican Governor Chris Christie signed into law in August 2013, did not violate the free speech or religious rights of counselors offering “gay conversion therapy” to convert homosexual minors into heterosexuals.
The panel also said the plaintiffs, who included licensed therapists and a Christian counseling group, lacked standing to pursue claims on behalf of their minor clients.