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Latest update : 2012-11-02

Super PACs dominate TV advertising in run-up to presidential election

Advertising is a big part of campaigning in US political contests, and this election is no exception. The money spent by the US presidential candidates and like-minded support committees on TV advertising exceeds $6 billion. Much of this money has poured in from outside groups known as Super PACs. Thanks to a landmark Supreme Court ruling, these groups can raise and spend as much as they like to influence elections, so long as they don't coordinate directly with a candidate.

By Valérie DEFERT , Hayde FITZPATRICK

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2016-05-04 United Arab Emirates

Gulf states starting to feel the pinch of cheap oil

Gulf countries have lost billions of dollars because of the fall in oil prices. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates all now need to cut spending and find...

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2016-05-03 Austria

Migrants: Austria building fence on border with Italy

Austria has begun building a fence and checkpoints on its border with Italy in a bid to keep migrants out. Following the closure of the Balkan route, Vienna fears that this...

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2016-05-02 Hezbollah

Lebanon pays price for conflict between Saudi Arabia and Hezbollah

Since the start of the year, relations between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon have taken a turn for the worse. The crisis began when Lebanon refused to sign an Arab League declaration...

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2016-04-29 Libya

Libya: Who's running the country?

The EU is mulling military operations in Libya to help shore up the new national unity government. The man at the head of this fragile, UN-backed coalition is Prime Minister...

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2016-04-28 France

A closer look at France's 'Up All Night' movement

France's "Up All Night" movement has been likened to the "indignados" movement in Spain and "Occupy Wall Street" in the US. The first gathering at Paris's Place de la Republique...

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