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’Post-truth’ chosen as Oxford Dictionaries word of year

LONDON — Oxford dictionary editors have chosen their word of the year: “post-truth,” a term sometimes used to describe the current political climate.

Oxford Dictionaries said Wednesday that use of the term rose 2,000 per cent between 2015 and 2016, often in discussions of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and the campaign of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Quake near Oklahoma oil hub prompts infrastructure concerns

CUSHING, Okla. — A magnitude 5.0 earthquake centred near one of the world’s key oil hubs brought down building facades and shattered windows, triggering fears the temblor may have damaged key infrastructure and rendered century-old buildings unsafe in the latest Oklahoma town rattled by increasingly strong quakes.

Nightmare: Election dispute goes to 8-member Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — What happens if America wakes up on Nov. 9 to another undecided, hotly disputed presidential election? What if the outcome turns on the razor-thin margin in one or two states, one candidate seeking a recount, the other going to court?

We know what happened in 2000, when the Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote effectively settled the election in favour of George W. Bush.

Claims of election fraud resonate with growing audience

VIENNA — Outraged claims of voting fraud are no longer only a regular part of elections in unsteady, young democracies they’re increasingly being made in established democratic countries by populist politicians who question the fairness of the voting process and with it the validity of representation by and for the people.