news in focus july 2 2018 feature

From the Streets to the Rearview Mirror – This Is World News In Focus

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Mexico: A total of 133 politicians have been murdered since September in the run-up to the Mexico election on Sunday, according to a study.

Registration of candidates running for the election on July 1 began in September last year, and campaigning closed last Wednesday (June 27).

The study, conducted by a security consultant firm, Etellekt, finds that most of the victims were local politicians, who are often easy targets of drug cartels.

Last week, five members of the leftist poll-leader’s party were found dead in the southern state of Oaxaca.

The latest reported casualties of election violence happened on Friday (June 30) when a Mexican journalist, Jose Guadalupe Chan Dzib, was shot dead in a bar in the southern state of Quintana Roo.

Mexico has been hit by a wave of violence. Nearly 8,000 people have been murdered in the first three months of this year and nearly 30,000 people were murdered last year.

For more we go to France 24 English:

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Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was re-elected in the national elections on Sunday (June 24).

Erdoğan had won more than half of the national vote, while the opposition CHP party’s candidate, Muharrem İnce, slightly exceeded 30 percent.

The president survived a failed coup two years ago and declared a state of emergency.

He secured a popular mandate through a referendum last year, which gives him executive powers to issue decrees with the force of law, including appointing the cabinet, vice-presidents, and senior judges.

Erdoğan became Turkey’s Prime Minister in 2003.  He held office until 2014 when he became president.  The election victory will give Erdoğan another five years in office.

The AK party, which Erdoğan leads, together with its coalition partner, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), won a comfortable majority of 344 seats in the 600-seat assembly.

The main opposition alliance led by İnce won just 189 seats.

For more we go to PBS News Hour:

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Business: U.S. motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson announced on Monday (June 23) that it would move some manufacturing out of America to avoid European Union (EU) tariffs.

The EU imposed tariffs on US$3.3 billion in American imports as retaliation for U.S. steel and aluminum duties.

The tariff on imported bikes would be 31 percent, and may cost the motorcycle manufacturer as much as $100 million.

Harley’s European fans will have to pay $2,200 more for a new model.

But U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized Harley-Davidson’s decision and threatened it with a “big tax.”

Trump said in Twitter that the company is using “tariffs/trade war as an excuse” to hide previously announced plans to move jobs to Asia.

For more we go to CBS News:

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