Bosnia and Herzegovina is preparing for a general election on Sunday, 2 October. Here we explain how the election works, who the main parties and candidates are, and what the likely outcome might be in a country said to have the most complicated system of government in the world. How did Bosnia end up with the world’s most complex administration? The Balkan country of about 3.2 million is facing a difficult set of choices in its ninth general election since the first multi-party vote in 1990. At the time, Bosnia was still a part of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia — a communist country that soon crumbled and set off a series of wars and conflicts between 1991 and 1999. As one of the seven independent states that came out of the breakup, Bosnia experienced its own war between 1992 and 1995. Until recently, it was considered the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. Bosnia remains extremely vulnerable to the increased nationalist … [Read more...] about Bosnia election explained: How does it work? Who is running? Who is likely to win?
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Published 3 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Welsh Parliament election 2021 An independent Wales could negotiate a much smaller gap in its public finances than previous estimates suggest, according to new research. A £13.5bn gap between tax receipts and public spending was estimated in 2019. But the new research suggests it could initially be much lower in an independent Wales, depending on the outcome of separation negotiations. Plaid Cymru said it "debunks" claims "Wales is too small and too poor to thrive as an independent nation". But the Welsh Conservatives said the report made some "wild predictions". Welsh independence to be considered by commission Thousands in Welsh independence march The research has been published ahead of a Yes Cymru pro-independence march in Cardiff on Saturday. In 2018-19, … [Read more...] about Welsh independence: Does new research support the idea?
The London Marathon 2022 will be held on Sunday, October 2 this year and is set to be the last marathon to be held in October as the event will return to its regular format next year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic , the race was postponed from April until October to maximise the chances of a mass participation event. Crowds are expected in the city this weekend to watch the marathon, which will also be televised for those who wish to watch at home. However, if you wish to watch the race in person this year, you could struggle to reach the start line due to the train strikes that are taking place in London this weekend. Here's everything you need to know how the tube strikes will affect the London Marathon this weekend: What time will the London Marathon start this year? Mo Farah will be running the London Marathon again this year ( Image: REUTERS) The mass participation event will see the first runners start off at around 9.40am, with the last runners … [Read more...] about Best way to get to London Marathon 2022 start line during Saturday’s train strike
Selena Gomez is sending a message on 'kindness' after Hailey Bieber's interview on her relationship with Justin Bieber. Turning to TikTok Live on Thursday, Gomez said: “It’s incredibly ironic that I would release something that’s all about kind words ’cause that’s exactly what I want." “It’s not fair because no one should ever be spoken to in the manner that I’ve seen.” “If you support Rare, I cannot thank you enough,” the singer went on, “but know that you are also representing what it means, and that is: Words matter, truly matter.” This comes after Hailey Bieber washed her hands off accusations for causing Selena and Justin break up. Speaking on the podcast “Call Her Daddy” the model was caught off guard when the host, Alex Cooper, asked her about her link up with Justin back when he was dating Selena. “Were you ever with Justin romantically at the same time as [Gomez]?” asked the host. “This is so crazy. I’ve literally never talked about this ever,” Hailey replied. “A … [Read more...] about Selena Gomez sends positive energy with ‘kind words’ after Hailey Bieber confession
HBO’s House of the Dragon and Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power . Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos by HBO and Prime Video In this era of video on demand, most streaming programmers have come to accept the Gospel According to Netflix: Audiences now watch TV shows when it’s convenient for them, and the specific time of day they arrive is irrelevant for streamers. This is why most streaming shows drop new episodes in the middle of the night, U.S. time; since we are all our own network schedulers now, deciding what to watch and when, there’s no reason to “program” new shows and movies for an optimal time of day. But the slightly different release patterns for Prime Video’s The Rings of Power and HBO’s House of the Dragon , along with some new Nielsen numbers, have had me thinking lately about the wisdom of the dogmatic approach pioneered by Netflix — and whether streamers should be thinking more about what time they release their original … [Read more...] about Dragons vs. Elves: Who Has the Better Release Strategy?
Bosnian Serb nationalist firebrand Milorad Dodik says he respects Vladimir Putin and backs so-called "referendums" in occupied Ukraine on joining Russia. Dodik, who currently serves as the Bosnian Serb member of the three-way presidency, was speaking ahead of the general election in Bosnia on Sunday. A vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dodik suggested the "referendums" in Ukraine -- which the West have slammed as being forced, illegal and rigged -- could be used in Bosnia. Dodik openly advocates tearing away Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity, the Republika Srpska (RS), and joining it with neighbouring Serbia. The division of the country into two main administrative units or entities -- the RS and the Bosniak-Croat majority Federation of BiH or FBiH -- is the result of the US and West-mediated Dayton Peace Accords, the peace deal that ended Bosnia's 1992-1995 war, which saw an estimated 100,000 people killed. "As for our political relations in … [Read more...] about ‘I respect Putin’: Bosnia’s Dodik backs ‘referendums’ in occupied Ukraine
Rylan Clark gave an emotional and raw interview about his marriage breakdown on Thursday's The One Show - but it was a brief moment between himself and host Alex Jones that left viewers in tears. The 33 year old joined Alex, who is usually his co-host on the BBC show, and Roman Kemp to speak about his memoir Ten: The Decade That Changed My Future. Things got so bad he even tried to end his own life after coming clean to Dan about cheating “years ago”, he tells readers in the book. He said, gesturing to Alex: "Just to get it out of the way. Obviously last year was awful and we were speaking a lot and One Show actually, hosting, was one of the first thing that I properly got back into with you after I got quite ill last year." The It Takes Two also spoke about how difficult it was writing honestly about the dark time in his life. Rylan Clark gave an emotional and raw interview on The One Show ( Image: BBC) He said: “It was harder writing about it than … [Read more...] about The One Show viewers in tears as they spot Alex Jones mouth sweet message to Rylan
Royal Mail workers have voted for just shy of three weeks of strike days over the course of October and November. The industrial action, which is a wrangle over pay terms and working conditions, could have a huge impact on pre-Christmas shopping and other massive sales. The strikes will come in the form of single days and also rolling action across Royal Mail Group’s network, the Communications Workers Union (CWU) has announced. The CWU said the move revolves around the “outrageous” decision by senior management to withdraw from major national agreements, push ahead with cuts to workers’ terms and conditions, and a “complete side-lining” of the union. Royal Mail strike dates Royal Mail worker strikes in October and November could disrupt Christmas shopping ( Image: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Organisers at CWU said there will be 19 days of strike action over the course of the next two months. While the exact dates have not been announced, union … [Read more...] about Royal Mail strikes before Christmas — dates and how your online shopping is affected
Christmas and Black Friday online deliveries face major delays as Royal Mail staff prepare to strike for 19 days. The Communication Workers Union announced that the action in October and November will be a mixture of single days and rolling action across Royal Mail Group’s network. This includes walkouts from 4am on October 13 for 24 hours and then again on October 20 and 25, and November 28. The union said it will have a “dramatic impact” and will cover peak mail periods such as Black Friday , Cyber Monday and the Christmas build-up. It comes after similar action in August and earlier this month. Black Friday takes place on November 25 with major shops like Amazon, Currys and Argos offering discounts to online and in-store shoppers. The strike action could cause major delays for online deliveries ( Image: Bloomberg via Getty Images) Some even start their deals earlier in the lead up to the day, as well as Cyber Monday. Amazon, meanwhile, has launched … [Read more...] about Black Friday and Christmas present delay chaos as Royal Mail to strike for 19 days
By Raffi Berg Published 1 hour ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing About 20 members of a Jewish sect held at a facility in Mexico after a police raid on their jungle base have fled. Footage showed men, women, and children streaming out of the site in Huixtla, in the west, on Wednesday night. They had been there since the raid last Friday when two members were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and serious sexual offences. The sect, Lev Tahor, is known for extremist practices and imposing a strict regime on its followers. It advocates child marriage, inflicts harsh punishments even for minor transgressions and requires women and girls as young as three years old to completely cover up with robes. Local media said members of the group had been protesting against their detention since their arrival, including rioting and assaulting personnel. … [Read more...] about Lev Tahor Jewish sect members held in Mexico escape