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Voter turnout in U.S. hits 20-year low in 2016

Updated: Nov 12, 2016 07:02 IST      
Voter turnout in U.S. hits 20-year low in 2016

Washington D.C. [United States], Nov. 12 (ANI): The voter turnout in the United States has fallen to nearly its lowest point in two decades this year.

As the ballots are still being tabulated by the election officials, the 126 million votes which have already been calculated accounts for 55% of voting age citizens cast ballots this year, reports the CNN.

The turnout has been the lowest in a presidential election given that it was 53.5% in 1996.

The turnout figures will change as outstanding ballots -- such as provisional ballots and those with write-ins are seen by election officials.

For reaching a turnout of 2008 in which nearly 64% of voting age citizens casted a vote, it would take another 18.7 million votes.

Early results in some of the key states have indicated that more voters have voted this year than in 2012, despite the fact that overall turnout was low.

Nearly 9.4 million votes were cast this year in Florida whereas it was 8.5 million in 2012.

In North Carolina, it was about 138,000 more votes than in 2012.

It would take several more weeks to get full measures of turnout. (ANI)

Pakistan becomes full signatory of 'Washington Accord'

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 22:51 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan], June 22 (ANI): Pakistan on Wednesday became a full signatory of the Washington Accord that facilitates mobility of engineering graduates and professionals at the international level.

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Trump asks why Obama admin didn't stop Russia from meddling

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 21:47 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 22 (ANI): As U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday decried allegations of Russia collusion "a big hoax," he sardonically questioned why the Obama administration did not stop Moscow from election meddling as it happened under the previous regime.

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Drone strikes violate Pakistan's sovereignty: Nafees Zakaria

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 21:20 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], June 22 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Thursday said that drone strikes are against Pakistan's sovereignty.

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Rawalpindi [Pakistan], June 22 (ANI): Alleged Indian spy and former Indian Naval Officer Kulbushan Jadhav has forwarded a mercy petition to Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa against his death sentence awarded by a military court on charges of espionage, the Pakistan armed forces information wing has claimed.

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Rawalpindi [Pakistan], June 22 (ANI): Alleged Indian spy and former Indian naval Officer Kulbushan Jadhav has forwarded a mercy petition to Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa against his death sentence awarded by a military court on charges of espionage, the Pakistan armed forces information wing has claimed.

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New Delhi [India], June 22 (ANI): India and Australia will soon ink a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the textiles, clothing and fashion sectors between the Indian Ministry of Textiles and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

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New Delhi [India], June 22 (ANI): The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday gave its approval for signing an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy between Ministry of AYUSH the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine of Sri Lanka.

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New Delhi [India], June 22 (ANI): WikiLeaks on Thursday released documents disclosing information about United States' Intelligence service Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) 'Brutal Kangaroo' programme, which allows it to remotely and covertly gain access to closed computer networks or a single air-gapped device.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], June 22 (ANI): Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has said that terrorist "safe havens" are inside, not outside, Afghanistan.

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Congressional Black Caucus declines Trump's invitation

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 15:07 IST     

New York [U.S.], June 22 (ANI) :The Congressional Black Caucus has declined an invitation for a follow-up meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, terming his administration's policies and proposals as detrimental to all black Americans and their constituencies.

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24 killed in Car Bomb attack at New Kabul Bank in Afghanistan

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 14:31 IST     

Kabul [Afghanistan], June 22 (ANI): As many as 24 people were killed and 60 others wounded when the militants launched a suicide attack on New Kabul Bank branch in Lashkargah, capital of Helmand province on Thursday. The intense fighting is still going on between the security forces and militants.

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Suicide attack at New Kabul Bank in Afghanistan's Helmand

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 13:50 IST     

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Australia to resume bombing of ISIS targets in Syria

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 13:30 IST     

London [U.K], June22 (ANI): Australia will resume air combat missions against Islamic State targets in Syria after the Australian Defence Force lifted a temporary suspension initially sparked by Russian threats to shoot down coalition planes.

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Gulf crisis: Turkey sends First shipment of aid to Qatar

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 12:26 IST     

Ankara [Turkey], June 22 (ANI):Turkish economic minister Nihat Zeybekci said that the first Turkish ship carrying aid to Qatar has departed in a bid to break the embargo imposed on Doha by a number of Gulf countries.

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Destroying Daesh would not end problems, says Barzani

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 12:20 IST     

Kurd [Iran] June 22, (ANI) : The President of the Northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), Masoud Barzani, has saidon Wednesday that destroying the Daesh group would not end problem and urged to address the causes that led to the emergence of the jihadist group.

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Imran condemns Sharif's govt to hinder JIT's investigation

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 12:20 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], June 22 (ANI): Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has expressed his concerns over Pakistan's ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-N's (PML-N) efforts to hinder fair accountability in the Joint Investigation Team's (JIT) probe into the money laundering charges against Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's family.

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Tokyo [Japan], June 22 (ANI): In a first ministerial level visit in almost 14 years, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is in Japan for a state visit who has described Japan as Ankara's major economic partner in the Asia-Pacific area.

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New York [U.S.] , June 22 (ANI) :Expressing concern over recent increase of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan that has brought underlying political tensions to the surface, India has raised some significant questions.

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Mosul mosque destruction means ISIS admitting defeat: Iraq PM

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 08:54 IST     

Mosul [Iraq], June 22 (ANI):Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said that the ISIS act of destroying the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri amounts to "an official announcement that they have admitted their defeat" in the eight-month-old battle of Mosul.

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