Las Vegas, Nevada
“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.
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.
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”.