Japan ruling party candidate suffers by-election loss

TOKYO (Reuters) – A senior member of Japan’s opposition Liberal Democratic Party defeated a ruling party candidate in a lower house by-election, in the latest sign of voter dissatisfaction with the ruling party. Read the full story from Reuters

Top Democrat says election outlook improves

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic Party chief said on Sunday he was feeling more optimistic that Democrats would retain control of the Congress, citing his party’s get-out-the vote efforts ahead of the November 2 elections. Read the full story from Reuters

Brown widens lead over Whitman in California race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Democrat Jerry Brown has more than doubled his lead over Republican rival Meg Whitman in the California governor’s race, gaining support from Latino voters after an illegal immigration furor over the former eBay chief’s former housekeeper. Read the full story from Reuters

Senate unlikely to follow House on yuan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate is unlikely to take up pending China currency legislation following a weekend promise by the Group of 20 economic powers to shun currency devaluations for trade advantage, analysts said on Sunday. Read the full story from Reuters

Front-runner in Florida Senate race called extremist

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida Governor Charlie Crist attacked Republican Marco Rubio, the front-runner in the race for the state’s open Senate seat, saying on Sunday he held “extreme views” in a party that has swung too far to the right. Read the full story from Reuters

Canadian at Guantanamo to announce plea decision

GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Canadian captive Omar Khadr strolled across the sun-baked yard in one of the communal camps at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. detention center in Cuba, clearly aware that journalists were staring at him through the fence. Read the full story from Reuters

WikiLeaks says logs show 15,000 more Iraq deaths

LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks said on Saturday its release of nearly 400,000 classified U.S. files on the Iraq war showed 15,000 more Iraqi civilians died than previously thought. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama dazzles Democratic crowds but is it enough?

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, dashing through the U.S. West to campaign for endangered Democrats, proved he still has plenty of star power but it’s far from clear that’s enough to rescue his party from an election disaster. Read the full story from Reuters