The Republican and Democratic parties are functioning like two identical but competing Orwellian Ministries of Truth.
In the United States presidential elections, there are two towering political parties - the Democratic and the Republican - that during the course of their "primary" elections get to choose who will be their respective candidates in the course of a national election.
Although any US citizen can join these two parties - or any other political party - millions of eligible voters have not, and consider themselves "independent".
Norbert Hofer has run a pro-gun, anti-immigrant, anti-Europe campaign. Mr Hofer's success reflects recent polls showing Freedom Party popularity. Driven by concerns over Europe's migrant crisis, support for his party in general has surged to 32 per cent compared with just over 20 per cent for each of the governing parties.
The number of deadly Islamic State rocket attacks on Kilis has risen dramatically in recent weeks as the extremist group fights to retain control of a 60-mile stretch of the Turkey-Syria border it has used for years as a vital supply route.
Five rockets have hit the Turkish province of Kilis near the Syrian border, killing one person and injuring 26, officials said, in the latest attack launched from a Syrian area controlled by the Islamic State of iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).
Kilis is a city in south-central Turkey, near the…Read
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Record numbers of Syrian refugees are stuck at the border with Jordan - relieved to have escaped the war but held up by tighter border security.
At least 60,000 Syrians are stranded in the remote desert crossings. 5,000 have arrived in the past few days alone, many fleeing fierce fighting in Aleppo.
All the signs are that as the partial truce in Syria fails and the peace talks falter, the Russian military and its Syrian allies are gearing up for a new offensive in and around Aleppo.
Michael Kofman, a US-based analyst with the CNA Corporation, says the arrival of more attack helicopters means "Russia's military presence has expanded to several bases, since helicopters need forward operating bases to fly from".
US and other sources have detected Russian artillery units moving towards the Aleppo front, and teams of Russian special forces are thought to be operating alongside…Read