Britain’s May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May will hail “a new sense of optimism” in Brexit talks on Monday, telling parliament Britain and the European Union should sign off on a deal at a summit this week “to move forwards together” to discuss future trade ties. May, weakened after losing her Conservatives’ parliamentary majority at…

Venezuela socialists winning local vote, Maduro joyous

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government was on course to sweep Venezuela’s nationwide mayoral elections on Sunday, deepening opposition disarray and strengthening his hand ahead of a likely 2018 re-election campaign. With three of the main opposition parties boycotting the polls, Maduro said the ruling Socialist Party took at least 90 percent of…

Catalan separatists to lose majority in tight election: poll

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Catalonia’s independence movement could suffer a serious setback in elections this month, according to a poll published on Sunday, which suggests separatist parties will narrowly fail to secure a majority in the regional parliament. The three parties which supported Catalonia’s frustrated push to split from Spain in October are seen as returning…

Catalan separatists to lose majority in tight election: poll

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Catalonia’s independence movement could suffer a serious setback in elections this month, according to a poll published on Sunday, which suggests separatist parties will narrowly fail to secure a majority in the regional parliament. The three parties which supported Catalonia’s frustrated push to split from Spain in October are seen as returning…