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Spain's king on Tuesday tasked Mariano Rajoy with forming a new government, taking the acting conservative prime minister a step closer to power again after a 10-month political deadlock. "I accepted the task," Rajoy told reporters, saying he would now submit himself to a parliamentary vote of confidence which he is almost certain to win after the Socialists opted to abstain -- giving him enough traction to get through. This means Spain should finally get a government next week, capping a rollercoaster 10 months that saw the country go through two inconclusive elections which Rajoy's Popular Party (PP) won both times, but without enough seats to rule alone.
White House rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump set their sights on crucial battleground Florida on Tuesday, blitzing the diverse state as the clock ticks down on the tumultuous race for the US presidency. With two weeks to go before the November 8 election, polls showed Democrat Clinton -- who is vying to be America's first female president -- dominating nationally and looking for a resounding mandate to govern the bitterly divided country. Trump, his campaign wilting under a barrage of controversies, acknowledged that the White House will likely elude him if he doesn't win Florida and its 29 electoral votes.