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NEWS BRIEFS

Mississippi Avenue Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 22, 10 percent of proceeds from participating Mississippi Ave. businesses will go to SEI ...

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Peggy Houston-Shivers Presents Benefit Concert for Allen Temple CME

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Lawsuit seeks to change how Army Corps regulates shorelines

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OPINION

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

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Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

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Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

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The Future of Medicinal Marijuana in Pets

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Man charged with shooting at black teen waives hearing

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A white suburban Detroit homeowner accused of shooting at a black teenager who came to his door to ask for directions will stand trial.Jeffrey Zeigler was bound over Tuesday to circuit court after waiving his preliminary examination on assault with intent to...

GLAAD study finds LGBTQ representation in film fell in 2017

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Black man ordered to pay [scripts/homepage/home.php],000 for racist campus graffiti

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A former Eastern Michigan University student who admitted to painting racist graffiti on campus has been ordered to pay more than [scripts/homepage/home.php],000 in restitution.The Ann Arbor News reports 29-year-old Eddie Curlin learned his punishment Monday after earlier pleading guilty to...

ENTERTAINMENT

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Alexander Van der Bellen, candidate of the Austrian Greens, and his wife Doris Schmidauer leave a polling station after casting their votes in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Austria holds presidential elections in a contest pitting a left-leaning contender against a right-winger supported by a populist anti-immigration party. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) — Left-leaning Alexander Van der Bellen and his message of moderation and tolerance prevailed in Austria's presidential election Sunday, with preliminary results showing him with an unbeatable margin over right-wing rival Norbert Hofer.

Austria's president has mostly symbolic duties. But with Sunday's election coming after Donald Trump's win in the United States and the Brexit vote in Britain, the vote was being watched across Europe as an indication of how well right-wing euroskeptic figures would do next year in elections in other EU nations.

The result was greeted with relief and congratulations by mainstream politicians in Austria and neighboring Germany.
Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who heads Germany's center-left Social Democrats, told the Bild newspaper that "a load has been taken off the mind of all of Europe." He called the result "a clear victory for good sense against right-wing populism."

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said Van der Bellen "will represent Austria domestically and abroad in an excellent manner" — alluding to fears by establishment politicians in Austria that a victory by Hofer, whose anti-immigrant Freedom Party is critical of the European Union, would hurt Austria's image.

Van der Bellen is pro-European Union and represents liberal, green and left-of-center views.

Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament called Van der Bellen's victory a defeat for "anti-European, backward-looking populism."

Right-wingers allied with Hofer, meanwhile, praised the losing candidate for a strong electoral fight despite his defeat.

With nearly all results counted, Van der Bellen had 53.3 percent of the vote to Hofer's 46.7 percent. While the margin may change slightly when final results are in, Austrian officials said the results gave Van der Bellen an unbeatable lead.

Noting the outsize attention the election in Austria was receiving, Van der Bellen declared that "what happens here today has relevance for all of Europe" as he cast his ballot.

As his victory became clear, Van der Bellen said it showed most voters backed his message of "freedom, equality, solidarity."

He said he would work to unite a country deeply split between the moderate liberals who voted for him and supporters of Hofer's anti-immigrant party.

Hofer conceded his loss in a Facebook posting.

Acknowledging that he was "endlessly sad," Hofer said. "I would have been happy to take care of our Austria." He urged voters of both camps to bury their differences and work together.

Final results will not be available until more than 500,000 absentee ballots are counted Monday.

Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen of France and anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, who both face national elections next year, tweeted their support Sunday for Hofer as voting took place. After he lost, they congratulated him on his strong showing.

Traditional political figures in Germany put aside their differences to welcome Van der Bellen's victory.

Manfred Weber, a conservative who heads the main center-right group in the European Parliament, wrote on Twitter: "Austrians send clear pro-European signal. The European right-wing populists' party is off for now."

Top German opposition Green leader Simone Peter called it "a good day for Austria and Europe. The right-wing rabble-rousers have to be stopped!"


The election was a rerun of a vote in May that Van der Bellen narrowly won. Austria's Constitutional Court ordered a repeat following a court ruling after Hofer's Freedom Party claimed widespread irregularities.
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Philipp Jenne, Amer Cohadzic, Zenel Zhinipotoku, Florent Bajrami, Matteo Wick and Eldar Emric in Vienna and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed to this report.

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