Rul­ing Fine Gael resurges in polls

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Sup­port for Ire­land’s gov­ern­ing Fine Gael party surged in a poll on Satur­day as it over­took its near­est ri­vals and amassed an eight per­cent­age point lead days be­fore elect­ing a new leader and prime min­is­ter.

Fine Gael sup­port in­creased to 29 per­cent from 24 per­cent a month ago in the Sun­day Busi­ness Post/Red C poll, while fel­low cen­ter-right party Fianna Fail fell seven points to 21 per­cent. The left-wing Sinn Fein, the coun­try’s third big­gest party, also saw its sup­port slip to 15 per­cent from 18 per­cent.

Ir­ish pre­mier Enda Kenny an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion ear­lier this month, in part due to the party’s opin­ion poll strug­gles. At least 18 die in Tal­iban­claimed car bomb at­tack: At least 18 peo­ple, mostly civil­ians, were killed when a sui­cide car bomber tar­geted a con­voy of pro­vin­cial se­cu­rity forces in east­ern Afghanistan, an In­te­rior Min­istry of­fi­cial said. The tar­get of the bomber is be­lieved to have been a group of guards pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity for U.S. forces in Khost prov­ince, but most of the vic­tims in the at­tack were civil­ians. The Tal­iban has claimed credit for the at­tack. Filipinos wave white flags to try to ward off airstrikes: Philip­pine fighter air­craft un­leashed rocket fire against mil­i­tants, prompt­ing vil­lagers to hoist white flags to avoid be­ing tar­geted as the mil­i­tary turned to airstrikes to try to end the siege of a south­ern city by Is­lamic State group-al­lied mil­i­tants. The pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim city of Marawi, home to some 200,000 peo­ple, has been un­der siege since a failed army raid Tues­day on a sus­pected hide­out of ter­ror­ist Is­nilon Hapi­lon. He got away and fight­ers loyal to him took over parts of the city. Sri Lanka is doubt­ful in find­ing mud­slide sur­vivors: Sri Lanka’s mil­i­tary is say­ing that it is doubt­ful any miss­ing peo­ple will be found alive two days af­ter tor­rents of mud trig­gered by heavy rain cov­ered homes in south­ern and western parts of the coun­try, killing 100 peo­ple and leav­ing 99 oth­ers miss­ing. The Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Cen­ter said more than 27,000 peo­ple have been dis­placed by the land­slides. Mud­slides have be­come com­mon dur­ing the mon­soon sea­son in Sri Lanka, a trop­i­cal In­dian Ocean is­land na­tion, as land has been heav­ily de­for­ested to grow ex­port crops such as tea and rub­ber.

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