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Trump sweeps five US state primaries
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US election 2016: Donald Trump sweeps five US states



   
   

       


   

                                                                                                   

           

   
Media captionDecoding the speeches - what did we learn from the winners and losers?

Donald Trump has won presidential primaries in all five US states that voted on Tuesday, while Hillary Clinton triumphed in four out of five.

Mr Trump called himself the Republican "presumptive nominee" after victories in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

The results bring him closer to the number of delegates he needs before the party's national convention in July.

For the Democrats, Mrs Clinton was denied a clean sweep by Bernie Sanders.

The Vermont senator won in Rhode Island and vowed to fight to the end of the primaries process.

Speaking at the Philadelphia Convention Center after securing the four other states, Mrs Clinton said her campaign was setting "bold, progressive goals" to improve lives in the US.

"We believe in the goodness of our people and the greatness of our nation," she said.

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Full results state by state


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

After his sweep of the five states, Mr Trump said of the battle for the Republican nomination: "It's over. As far as I'm concerned, it's over."

He told supporters in New York he would not moderate his policies if elected president.

He said: "You know I went to the best schools. I'm like a very smart person. I'm going to represent our country with dignity and very well.

"But I don't really want to change my personality. You know, it got me here."


Analysis: Anthony Zurcher, BBC North America reporter

There's winning, and then there's WINNING.

Donald Trump's night is shaping up to be the latter, as he steamrolled his opposition in all five mid-Atlantic states.

This campaign season has been punctuated with a series of theories about how and why Mr Trump's presidential ambitions would eventually be thwarted. The latest was that he'd never be able to win more than 50% of the vote as the field narrows. It appears likely that he'll easily surpass that mark across the board and claim the lion's share of the delegates at stake.

During a primary night speech that took place before the polls even closed, Texas Senator Ted Cruz promised that his campaign was now heading to "more favourable terrain". He's setting up a firewall in Indiana, but there's a Trump-fuelled conflagration heading his way.

The New Yorker still has work to do to clinch the Republican nomination, but after his latest performance, such a prospect seems increasingly likely.

Trump and Clinton deliver decisive blows


After their victories, Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton turned their fire on each other.

Mr Trump said his Democratic rival's only advantage in the presidential race was being a woman.

"Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5% of the vote," he said.

Mrs Clinton hit back at his accusation that she was playing the "woman card".

"Well, if fighting for women's healthcare and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in," she told cheering supporters in Philadelphia.


           

   
Media captionDonald Trump pledged to "beat the system"

Rivals' pact

Mr Trump's rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, have already shifted their attention to forthcoming states.

As part of a new campaigning pact, Mr Kasich will give Mr Cruz a "clear path" to tackle Mr Trump in Indiana on Tuesday, with Mr Cruz reciprocating for Mr Kasich in the Oregon and New Mexico primaries.

Mr Trump has condemned their pact as a sign of weakness and desperation, and another sign of the Republican party colluding against him.

Neither Mr Kasich nor Mr Cruz has a chance of securing the Republican nomination outright. The hope of a contested convention this July in Cleveland is keeping them in the race.

This scenario would see party delegates - Republican officials and activists - choose the nominee.


           

   
Media captionHillary Clinton said "we have to be both dreamers and doers" to improve the country

Analysts believe that Indiana, with its 57 delegates, will be crucial if Mr Trump's rivals are to stop him securing the 1,237 he needs to win outright.

Opinion polls suggest Mr Trump has 39% support there, Mr Cruz 33% and Mr Kasich 19%.

Mr Cruz told supporters in Indiana on Tuesday night they could look forward to some success as the race moved to more conservative states.

His event was held at a basketball court where some scenes were filmed for the 1986 film Hoosiers, about a small-town high school basketball team that wins the state championship.

The Texas senator attempted to recreate a scene from the film but was mocked on social media for referring to a basketball "ring" rather than a "hoop".


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Bernie Sanders has vowed to remain in the Democratic contest until the end
               

           

Meanwhile, speaking in Huntington, West Virginia, after the vote, Bernie Sanders vowed to fight to the end of the nomination process, saying he would attract broad support in November's election.

"The reason that we are generating this enthusiasm is because we are doing something very unusual in contemporary politics. We are telling the truth," he said.

But he admitted to Associated Press he had a "very narrow path and we're going to have to win some big victories".


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

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« Reply #113 on: April 28, 2016, 01:11:04 AM »
Now is this in the hands of the American public or is this in the hands of God ?


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« Reply #115 on: April 30, 2016, 01:00:13 AM »
Labour 'will get grip on anti-Semitism'

Labour will get a grip on anti-Semitism, says Tom Watson



   
   

       
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Media captionJeremy Corbyn tells John Pienaar: There is no crisis

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has said the party will "get a grip" on anti-Semitism following the suspension of Ken Livingstone on Thursday.

Labour was considering changes to its rules to send "a clear signal" of its "zero tolerance" towards anti-Semitism.

Mr Livingstone was suspended after claiming Hitler supported Zionism "before he went mad",

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham said allegations must be dealt with "much more speedily in the future".

He told BBC One's Question Time on Thursday that he did not think the party was anti-Semitic but added:  "These allegations, when they are surfacing, have not been dealt with properly and quickly enough"

What's the difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism?

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But Mr Watson told BBC Radio 4's Today programme Mr Corbyn did "act swiftly" to suspend his ally of 40 years, Mr Livingstone.

He said Mr Livingstone's comments were "vile" adding: "To link Hitler and Zionism in the way he did must have been designed to create offence." But he said it was for Labour's ruling National Executive Committee to decide whether to expel him from the party.

In the meantime he said he and Mr Corbyn had been looking at whether "Labour's own structures" needed changing "to make sure that we send a very clear signal to people in our party that we will have a zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism".

It could include potential candidates and whether rules are robust enough, and widening Jan Royall's Commission into anti-Semitism on campus.

"Do we need to change our rules to explicitly rule out racism and specifically include anti-Semitism in that?," he said.

"We are going to deal with this. We will take a zero tolerance to anti-Semitism."

Former London mayor Mr Livingstone was suspended by the party, a day after MP Naz Shah was suspended over comments on Facebook.

The row exploded on Thursday after a radio interview that Mr Livingstone did with BBC Radio London, defending Ms Shah, the party's MP for Bradford West.

In it he said:  "When Hitler won his election in 1932 his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews."

He was later confronted outside the BBC's Millbank studios by Labour MP John Mann who accused him of being a "Nazi apologist" in front of TV cameras. Other Labour MPs condemned Mr Livingstone's comments.

The former London mayor was later suspended by his long-time ally, Mr Corbyn, who said there had been "grave concerns" about the language used.

Mr Corbyn said: "Anybody that thinks this party is not cracking down on anti-Semitism is simply wrong. We have suspended where appropriate, we have investigated all cases. We will not tolerate anti-Semitism in any form whatsoever in the party."


           

   
Media captionSpeaking on BBC Radio London, Ken Livingstone said Naz Shah's comments were not anti-Semitic

But Rachel Reeves former shadow cabinet member, told BBC Two's Newsnight there was a "growing problem of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party".

"Over the last few days and weeks we've seen more and more instances of people coming out with views which really have no place in the Labour Party. But also part of the problem is the slow response from the leadership of the party. We do need to see much swifter and more decisive action."

There was also some criticism of the decision to reprimand John Mann - who was told it was "completely inappropriate for Labour Members of Parliament to be involved in very public rows on the television" by the chief whip.


           

   
Media captionLabour MP John Mann confronts Ken Livingstone as tensions rise over anti-Semitic claims.

Ilford South Labour MP Mike Gapes said Mr Mann should have been "praised not criticised for his dedicated opposition to anti-Semitism".

On Wednesday Labour MP Naz Shah was suspended, pending an investigation, over comments she made on Facebook before she became an MP, including a suggestion that Israel should be moved to the United States.

She has apologised but it has prompted claims from senior Labour figures that the party was not doing enough to tackle growing anti-Semitism in its ranks.

Mr Corbyn has denied the party is in crisis, saying: "It's not a crisis. There's no crisis. Where there is any racism in the party it will be dealt with, it will be rooted out."


                                                                                               

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Germany AdF meeting: Clashes before far-right conference



   
   

       
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Hundreds of left-wing demonstrators have tried to block people entering a far-right party  conference in the German city of Stuttgart.

The Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) party is expected to re-brand itself as openly anti-Islamic during the meeting.

Police, who surrounded several hundred protesters, fired pepper spray at crowds. Close to 1,000 officers were deployed.

The AfD wants to ban the burqa and outlaw minarets in Germany.

Despite the protest, the conference began as planned on Saturday morning.


               
               
               

               
               
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Media caption"Next year this time someone else will be standing here... and its anyone's guess who she will be"

Democrats and Republicans alike were the target of jokes by President Obama in his last White House Correspondents' dinner before leaving office.

The dinner, his eighth, was a chance for the US president to make fun of himself, his colleagues and opponents.

As in previous years, Donald Trump was a regular target, but the favourite for the Republican presidential nomination was not present.

M Obama's dramatic exit, featuring a mic drop, gained a standing ovation.

The event was attended by journalists, politicians and film and television stars.

On Donald Trump

"The Republican establishment is incredulous that he's their most likely nominee. They say Donald lacks the foreign policy experience to be president. But in fairness he has spent years meeting with leaders from around the world: Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan."

"Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald? What could he possibly be doing instead? Is he at home eating a Trump steak? Tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What's he doing?"

On Britain's Prince George


               
               
               

               
               
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"Foreign leaders they have been looking ahead, anticipating my departure. Last week, Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe. That was a slap in the face. A clear breach of protocol."

On Republican candidate Ted Cruz (and the accusation that Mr Obama was not born in the US)

                                                                                                   

"Ted had a tough week. He went to Indiana... stood on a basketball court and called the hoop a basketball ring. What else is in his lexicon? Baseball sticks, football hats, but, sure I'm the foreign one!"

On Republican Party in-fighting

"The end of the republic has never looked better," Mr Obama told Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus. "Congratulations on all your success. The Republican party, the nomination process - it's all going great."

On Canadian PM Justin Trudeau


               
               
               

               
               
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"In fact somebody recently said to me, 'Mr President, you are so yesterday. Justin Trudeau has completely replaced you. He's so handsome, he's so charming. He's the future.' And I said: 'Justin, just give it a rest.' "

On the tone of the Republican race

"Eight years ago I said it was time to change the tone of our politics. In hindsight, I clearly should have been more specific."

On the question of how black he is

"While in England, I did have lunch with her Majesty the Queen. Took in a performance of Shakespeare, hit the links with David Cameron. Just in case anybody is still debating if I'm black enough, I think that settles the debate."

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"Obama out." [drops microphone, exits, gains standing ovation]


                                                                                               

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Restaurant staff 'should keep their tips'
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Media captionShould restaurants be forced to give tips to your waitress?

Waiting staff should receive their tips in full and it should be clearer to customers that gratuities are optional, the business secretary has said.

Sajid Javid said tips had to "go to the people you intended it to go to" and announced proposals to stop or limit employer deductions from them.

It follows claims that some restaurant chains were regularly holding back some or all of the tips meant for staff.

Unite said it was a "victory" for staff but, laws should be introduced.

Currently, there is no legal requirement for firms to hand over gratuities to their waiting staff.

There are almost 150,000 hotels, pubs and restaurants in Britain, employing about two million people.

What happens to waiter's tips?

The war over tipping

                                                                                                   

Inquiry into tipping abuse

"Too many people were finding that when they were leaving tips for hardworking people they weren't actually going to those people. And that's unacceptable," Mr Javid told the BBC.

"It's got to go to the people you intended it to go to, it's got to be a transparent process, it's also got to be voluntary for good service."

The proposals include:

  • making it clearer for customers that tips are optional

  • preventing or limiting any employer deduction from tips except for those required under tax law

  • and updating the existing voluntary code of practice from the government and putting it on a statutory footing to increase employer compliance

Mr Javid said the plan would "make tipping fairer" for millions of service industry workers.

"We will look closely at all the options, including legislation if necessary," he said.


               
               
               

               
               
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There will be a two-month consultation on the plans, which the government said would stamp out unfairness.

Announcing its consultation, the government said that 80% of consumers want to see tips go directly to workers or distributed among staff.

'Subsidise low pay'

Unite had been campaigning for action after complaining that some firms were counting tips as part of a worker's pay.

Dave Turnbull, Unite's officer for the hospitality sector said it would need the support of the law to make any change effective.

"Restaurant staff and hotel staff and back-of-house staff should be paid a living wage," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"They're highly skilled people, they've got a lot of customer service skills and it shouldn't be a situation where restaurant owners and large corporate companies take it for granted that customers are going to subsidise low pay".

But he said the proposals were a "massive victory for all those waiting staff who have worked tirelessly to expose sharp practices in the hospitality industry".

"All they want is what any worker wants - to take home what they have earned, no corners cut," he said.


               
               
               

               
               
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The British Hospitality Association (BHA), which represents more than 40,000 establishments in the UK, said it will meet with hospitality business leaders across the UK and conduct its own impact assessment.

BHA chief executive Ufi Ibrahim said: "Customers should be able to reward good service and know where their money ends up and how much of it goes to the staff."

Food critic Jay Rayner told the BBC that the system of service charges and tipping "has outlived its usefulness".

"It's a bizarre system that we have and it only applies in restaurants, pretty much.

"I wrote a piece recently in which I basically have called for the end of all service charges and tipping but - and this is absolutely key - with a rise in the basic wage that all waiters get because obviously tips are regarded as important to top up people's salaries."

The consultation period runs until 27 June 2016.


                                                                                               

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HSBC profit falls amid volatile markets

HSBC profit falls amid volatile markets



   
   

       
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Banking giant HSBC has reported a 14% drop in profits for the first quarter following "extreme levels of volatility" in financial markets at the start of the year.

Profit before tax came in at $6.1bn (£4.17bn) for the three months to March, down from $7.1bn a year ago.

However, analysts had expected a far steeper fall in profits.

HSBC chief executive Stuart Gulliver said the bank had been "resilient in tough market conditions".

Adjusted pre-tax profits, including currency effects and one-off items, fell 18% to $5.4bn (£3.7bn).

Job cuts

HSBC cut almost a thousand jobs worldwide in the quarter, leaving it with 254,212 full-time staff across 71 countries and territories.

Mr Gulliver said the bank was confident of hitting its $5bn (£3.5bn) cost-cutting target by the end of 2017.

Independent banking analyst Frances Coppola said it was "likely there will be more job cuts" at HSBC following the fall in profits.

                                                                                                   

But she said the results "could have been worse" after financial markets were highly volatile in January and February. 

Challenging

In the final three months of 2015, HSBC had reported a loss of $858m, but lower compliance and UK bank levy costs helped it to return to profit in the latest quarter.

HSBC's adjusted revenue for the first quarter amounted to $13.9bn, a 4% drop from the same time last year. 

The bank also said the development of its Asian business was gaining momentum, "despite a challenging environment with key increases in market share in debt capital markets, China M&A and syndicated lending".

HSBC has had its headquarters in the UK since 1993, but the financial institution makes most of its money overseas, and Asia accounts for the majority of its profit.

The bank's shares are listed in London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong. In London, HSBC's shares were up 1% in early trading.


               
               
               

               
               
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Dividend

Ahead of the results, analysts had warned HSBC might signal an end to its highly-valued progressive dividend, which delivers ever-increasing payouts.

However, HSBC maintained the progressive target and left its dividend unchanged from the same period last year at $0.10 (£0.07).

The bank also announced that the $5.2bn sale of its Brazil unit to banking giant Banco Bradesco received preliminary approval from competition regulators.

Volatility

Swiss bank UBS also reported a sharp drop in income for the first quarter of the year, with pre-tax profit falling 64% year-on-year to 978m Swiss francs ($1.03bn; £689m).

UBS pointed to "substantial volatility" as one of the main reasons for the fall, along with wider economic and geopolitical uncertainty.

However, French bank BNP Paribas reported a 3.4% rise in first-quarter pre-tax income to €2.6bn (£2bn).


                                                                                               

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