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‘Blind’ Preparations Seen Stoking Risk of Kenyan Election Unrest

‘Blind’ Preparations Seen Stoking Risk of Kenyan Election Unrest

Less than a month before Kenyans are due to go to the polls, electoral authorities are behind on everything from printing ballot papers to finalizing a voter list. That risks a disputed outcome and unrest a decade after post-election violence engulfed the East African nation. While the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission says the vote […]

Rex Tillerson To Meet With Qatar Emir And FM In Doha

Rex Tillerson To Meet With Qatar Emir And FM In Doha

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to hold talks with Qatar’s emir and foreign minister on the second leg of his four-day trip to the Gulf to help seek a resolution to the ongoing GCC crisis. The US State Department said Tillerson would meet with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at 8:30 […]

Climate of Fear Engulfs Rwanda’s Upcoming Vote, Amnesty Says

Climate of Fear Engulfs Rwanda’s Upcoming Vote, Amnesty Says

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is seeking re-election amid a climate of fear that’s the result of two decades of crackdowns on the political opposition, media and human-rights defenders, Amnesty International said. A report from the London-based group released Friday said freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly have all been restricted since the Rwandan Patriotic […]

ANC Seeks Policy Middle Ground in South Africa, Top Leader Says

ANC Seeks Policy Middle Ground in South Africa, Top Leader Says

ANC Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize , South Africa’s ruling African National Congress will come up with a comprehensive policy package to simultaneously boost growth, address racial inequality and tackle a 28 percent unemployment rate, a top party official said. The ANC is looking at “how you get growth, how you get job creation and how you deal […]

Hunger Used as a Weapon of War in South Sudan, Amnesty Says

Hunger Used as a Weapon of War in South Sudan, Amnesty Says

South Sudanese government forces and rebels have used hunger as a weapon of war in a region once seen as the country’s breadbasket that’s been ravaged by killings, gang-rapes and looting over the past year, Amnesty International said. Civilians’ access to food in the southern region of Equatoria, where conflict spread last July, is “severely […]

Infighting Plagues South Africa’s Ruling ANC as Vote Looms

Infighting Plagues South Africa’s Ruling ANC as Vote Looms

Infighting and scandal are threatening the stranglehold South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has held on power since the end of apartheid. The parlous state of Africa’s oldest political movement, once revered for its role in ending white-minority rule, was laid bare in a report presented by its secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, at a party policy […]

Trump Immigration Ban Meets Law of Unintended Consequences

Trump Immigration Ban Meets Law of Unintended Consequences

President Donald Trump says his travel restrictions are aimed at keeping the U.S. safe from radical Islamic terrorism, while critics accuse him of imposing a Muslim ban. Whatever the short-term executive order accomplishes, following multiple revisions and months of court challenges, its impact on immigration policy and practices will be felt for years to come. Some […]

Zuma Lashes Out at Critics Within South Africa’s Ruling Party

Zuma Lashes Out at Critics Within South Africa’s Ruling Party

“Factionalism is a cancer that must be rooted out,” Zuma, 75, said Friday in his opening address to a six-day ANC conference in Johannesburg that will discuss issues ranging from land reform and ownership of the country’s mines to corruption. “We also need to look at the issue of ill-discipline in various forms, including public utterances […]

Renewing And Redesigning The ANC: What To Expect

Renewing And Redesigning The ANC: What To Expect

One of the big topics of discussion at the ANC’s national policy conference will be organisational renewal and design – major issues the party has said are crucial to preventing further losses when South Africa goes to the polls in 2019. Here are some of the main points on the cards for discussion: Is there […]

Venezuela Supreme Court Attacked From Helicopter

Venezuela Supreme Court Attacked From Helicopter

A police helicopter has dropped grenades on Venezuela’s Supreme Court building and fired shots at the interior ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro called a “terror attack” against his government. Information minister Ernesto Villegas said the stolen helicopter first fired 15 shots on the ministry in Caracas, the capital, as a reception was taking place […]