Canadians vote in tight poll as Trudeau aims to cling to power Oct 22, 2019 0 1209 12345 AFPOttawaCanadians began voting in a general election on Monday, with surveys predicting that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party could return with a weakened minority government or lose his grip on power entirely.The Liberals and the Conservatives, led by Andrew Scheer, were set for a near dead heat with pundits calling it one Canada’s closest elections ever.Polls opened at 1100 GMT in the province of Newfoundland in eastern Canada, the first of the country’s six time zones -- with some 27.4 million Canadians eligible to elect 338 members of parliament.The first results are expected starting at 2300 GMT, a few hours before voting wraps up in westernmost British Columbia at 0200 GMT Tuesday.After 40 days of campaigning, neither of the parties -- Liberal or Conservative -- that have led Canada since Confederation in 1867 is expected to secure an absolute majority of seats in parliament.At final campaign stops in westernmost British Columbia on Sunday, former golden boy Trudeau made an emotional appeal to voters to enable him to build on the achievements of his first term. RELATED ARTICLES Modi eyes easy victory as two Indian states vote Oct 22, 2019 0 752 UK’s Johnson ploughs on after speaker blocks new Brexit deal vote Oct 22, 2019 0 245 Philippine police recommend drug charges against ex-chief Oct 22, 2019 0 720 Thai king strips royal consort of all titles: Palace Bangkok: Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his 34-year-old consort of all titles for “disloyalty” and apparent “ambition” to match the Queen’s position, a royal command issued late on Monday said, less .. China says no one can stop Taiwan ‘reunification’ with the mainland AFP Beijing China’s defence minister made an uncompromising call on Monday for the “reunification” of Taiwan with the mainland, telling a high level defence forum that the process was something “no force” could stop. .. Bangladesh MP ‘hired lookalikes’ for univ exams Dhaka: A Bangladeshi lawmaker has been expelled from university after allegedly hiring as many as eight lookalikes to take exams in her place, officials said on Monday. Tamanna Nusrat, from the ruling Awami League .. ‘No Syria-type pullout planned for Afghanistan’ AFP Kabul Afghans should not misconstrue America’s sudden and contentious withdrawal from parts of Syria as a precursor to a similar move in Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday. The US last week .. US envoy consults Russia, China, EU on ending Afghan war Washington: The US negotiator whose talks with the Taliban was halted by President Donald Trump is meeting with Russia, China and European allies on ending Afghanistan’s war, the State Department said on Monday. Zalmay .. Prominent Pakistani journalist quits amid media freedom concerns Islamabad: A prominent Pakistani journalist known for his critical articles about the country’s powerful military has quit his job amid mounting concerns about the pressure exerted by authorities on the press. There .. Democratic leader Pelosi outlines Trump ‘shakedown’ of Ukraine DPA Washington Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi released an outline of what she termed President Donald Trump’s “shakedown” of Ukrainian leaders for his own personal gain as the Democrats pursue an impeachment inquiry ..