Court's AT&T-Time Warner ruling 'clearly erroneous': US gov't

Court's AT&T-Time Warner ruling 'clearly erroneous': US gov'tThe US Justice Department attacked Monday a court ruling that allowed June’s $85 billion mega-merger between AT&T and Time Warner to go forward, saying a federal judge had relied on faulty economics. The June decision by US District Judge Richard Leon had dealt a stinging defeat to the Justice Department and handed a total victory to the companies. “The court agreed that Time Warner enjoyed bargaining leverage before the merger but it illogically and erroneously concluded that Time Warner will have no increased leverage post-merger because blackouts are ‘infeasible’ so Time Warner cannot credibly threaten them,” the brief said.

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As questions swirl over a potential Trump interview, a judge's ruling casts doubt on efforts to successfully challenge the legality of Mueller's appointment

As President Donald Trump’s legal team continued its will-he-or-won’t-he dance this week on a sit-down interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, a federal judge in Washington issued a tome on why Mueller’s appointment was rock-solid in the first place.

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Zimbabwe elections: One dead as opposition protest ruling Zanu-PF parliamentary victory

Zimbabwe elections: One dead as opposition protest ruling Zanu-PF parliamentary victoryClashes broke out among angry supporters of Zimbawe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa on Wednesday after official election results showed a ruling party victory in parliament. One man was shot dead, according to AFP , after the Zimbabwean army opened fire in central Harare on Wednesday as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the election. The man died after being shot in the stomach, an AFP photographer said, confirming that he died at the scene. Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu PF party won the majority of seats in parliament after sweeping rural constituencies by huge margins, official results showed on Wednesday, setting the stage for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory. Protesters tore down a billboard with an image of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his campaign slogan: “The voice of the people is the voice of God.” Opposition supporters also marched to and from the gates of a compound where the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has been announcing results. Police padlocked the main gate. The opposition alleges the vote was rigged. Results of the presidential race have not yet been announced and the electoral commission says it will update on that “sometime tomorrow.” Quite serious violence In Harare These guys say they’re angry at a stolen election. The presidential results have yet to be announced.— Roland Oliphant (@RolandOliphant) August 1, 2018 Presidential results are due to be announced, with Mr Chamisa’s supporters insisting they will occupy the streets of Harare if their candidate does not win. Mr Chamisa has already claimed victory and accused the electoral commission of fixing results to favour Mr Mnangagwa. Riot police equipped with water cannon looked on as several hundred MDC supporters gathered outside Mr Chamisa’s MDC party headquarters in central Harare and electoral commission where results were being announced. Tererai Obey Sithole, a 26 year old MDC member, told The Telegraph: “We are not going to accept any result that is against the victory of Nelson Chamisa.” “We already have the results. Mr Chamisa won with 60 per cent plus. We are going to stay on the streets until ZEC announces the correct result.” MDC supporters burn an election banner with the face of Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa Credit: Reuters “They have stolen the election,” says 78-year-old Iddah Hanyani. “I want my vote back.” The European Union observer mission said on Wednesday “a truly level playing field was not achieved” in the election. The EU mission pointed out the “misuse of state resources, instances of coercion and intimidation, partisan behavior by traditional leaders and overt bias in state media” but says Monday’s election was largely peaceful in a break from the past. Zimbabwean anti riot police officers close the entrance to the Rainbow Towers where the election’s results were announced Credit: AFP The assessments of Western and other observers, many who returned to Zimbabwe after being barred for nearly two decades, are crucial in the possible lifting of international sanctions on this southern African nation. The EU mission says this is a preliminary statement and more is expected on how the election results are handled and announced.  Africa’s tarnished jewel: how four decades of Robert Mugabe left Zimbabwe’s economy reeling Parliamentary results early on Wednesday showed Mr Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF party cruising to a big majority after picking up 109 seats against 41 for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Another 58 seats are yet to be declared. The House of Assembly of Parliament has 210 seats and Zanu PF would need to win 30 more to have a two-thirds majority that would allow it to change the constitution at will. Profile | Emmerson Mnangagwa The trend in the parliamentary election was expected to continue when results for the president are announced. The MDC won in most urban centres, where it enjoys majority support. The MDC accused the election commission on Tuesday of deliberately delaying results of this week’s vote to favour the ruling party, reporting irregularities in the first poll since the removal of Robert Mugabe in a bloodless November coup. Election observers from southern African nations on Wednesday commended Zimbabwe for a peaceful, orderly election, though they also identified some shortcomings in how it was conducted. The Southern African Development Community said Zimbabweans had the “opportunity to exercise their constitutional right,” and applauded the government for allowing more international observers for Monday’s vote. Urging protesters to refrain from violence, the group aslo referred to criticism of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for the late release of the voters’ roll, as well as bias toward the ruling party by state media and traditional leaders.

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Cambodia's ruling party claims victory in election condemned as 'neither free nor fair'

  1. Cambodia’s ruling party claims victory in election condemned as ‘neither free nor fair’  CNN
  2. Cambodia dismisses poll criticism, opposition laments ‘death of democracy’  Reuters
  3. Cambodia election: Ruling party claims landslide in vote with no main opposition  BBC News
  4. Cambodia’s main opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court  Reuters
  5. Boycott Cambodia’s elections and Hun Sen’s regime  Washington Post
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Zimbabwe's Mugabe Emerges, Rejects Ruling Party in Election

  1. Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Emerges, Rejects Ruling Party in Election  U.S. News & World Report
  2. Zimbabwe’s Mugabe backs opposition on eve of election  Reuters
  3. Zimbabwe rallies one last time before historic election  Herald-Whig
  4. Zimbabwe’s rival parties may have to govern together  The Guardian
  5. As Zimbabwe Prepares to Vote, Robert Mugabe Resurfaces With a Message  New York Times
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