Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada

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“Nasty wo­man” has the edge: Vot­ing in the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion has al­ready started in some states, and the data sug­gests that Hil­lary Clin­ton has got off to a good start. With nine mil­lion votes cast, about 300,000 more reg­is­tered Democrats have voted than Repub­li­cans, and there has been a surge in the num­ber of women and His­panic peo­ple vot­ing early in the key swing states of Florida and North Carolina. Both groups heav­ily favour Clin­ton (pic­tured). Don­ald Trump caused out­rage at last week’s fi­nal TV de­bate in Las Ve­gas by re­fus­ing to con­firm that he would ac­cept the elec­tion re­sult, if de­feated. He con­tin­ues to claim that the elec­tion is rigged by me­dia bias and elec­toral fraud ( see page 17), and this week added “phony polls” – which put him well be­hind – to his list. He also pro­voked anger, as well as mock­ery, for re­fer­ring to his op­po­nent as a “nasty wo­man”. “Get this, Don­ald,” said Demo­cratic sen­a­tor El­iz­a­beth War­ren at a Clin­ton rally: “Nasty women are tough, nasty women are smart, and nasty women vote.” On Tues­day, Trump said that Clin­ton’s pol­icy on Syria would ig­nite World War III. She has long backed the en­force­ment of a no-fly zone.

Arc­a­haie, Haiti

Mass jail break: Some 174 pris­on­ers es­caped dur­ing a mass break­out from a prison in western Haiti last Satur­day. The in­mates at­tacked their guards af­ter they had been re­leased from a crammed hold­ing pen to bathe, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials. They broke into a se­cure area, stole at least five ri­fles and ex­changed gun­fire with po­lice as they es­caped. Two guards and three in­mates are re­ported to have been killed. The in­mates at Arc­a­haie do not wear prison uni­forms, mak­ing it eas­ier for those at large to blend into the or­di­nary pop­u­la­tion. How­ever, of­fi­cials said ten of the con­victs had so far been re­cap­tured. Jus­tice min­is­ter Camille Ju­nior Edouard said that the al­leged mas­ter­mind of the mass es­cape, con­victed kid­nap­per Yvener Care­lus, was among them.

Cara­cas, Venezuela

Maduro’s “self-coup”: Elec­toral au­thor­i­ties in Venezuela – closely aligned with the rul­ing So­cial­ist Party of Pres­i­dent Ni­colás Maduro – have abruptly sus­pended the op­po­si­tion’s at­tempt to hold a re­call ref­er­en­dum in or­der to vote out the un­pop­u­lar leader. The de­ci­sion has led to re­newed street protests and wide­spread ac­cu­sa­tions, in­clud­ing from Maduro’s fel­low left-wingers, that he has in ef­fect staged an au­thor­i­tar­ian au­to­golpe (“self-coup”) against the peo­ple. On Mon­day, the be­lea­guered pres­i­dent (pic­tured), who is blamed for the eco­nomic catas­tro­phe fac­ing the coun­try, agreed – at a meet­ing with the Pope in Rome – to be­gin a process of “na­tional di­a­logue”.

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