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Ghana election: Opposition leader Akufo-Addo declared winner

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Ghana’s opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has won Wednesday’s tightly contested presidential election. President John Mahama called Mr Akufo-Addo to admit defeat, a spokesman for his party said, as the Electoral Commission announced the result. Mr Akufo-Addo has promised free high-school education and more factories but critics have questioned the viability of his ambitions. Celebrations have broken ...

Philippine business bankrolls Duterte’s anti-drug crusade

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG MANILA — Five months since formally assuming power and launching a deadly anti-narcotics campaign that has claimed around 5,000 lives, President Rodrigo Duterte on Nov. 29 inaugurated the country’s largest drug rehabilitation center at a military camp north of the capital. The 10,000-bed facility can only accommodate a fraction of more than 700,000 methamphetamine users who ...

Turkey’s Erdogan in power until 2029? It’s possible

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could stay in power until 2029 after a right-wing opposition party offered their backing to a proposal to amend the constitution and allow his presidential term to be extended. If realized, Erdogan could serve as leader of the country for a total of 26 years since he became the prime minister in 2003. ...

Can Trump ‘make America great again’?

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Republican Donald Trump scored a stunning victory in Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, but the political neophyte has yet to face his biggest task of bridging the nation’s deep racial, economic and political divides that he himself fed throughout his campaign. Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations, called on Trump to respect the ...

North Korea slams ‘Obama and his lackeys’ in furious response to sanctions

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG North Korea has furiously criticized United Nations sanctions, accusing Security Council members of being puppets of the United States. The defiant statement Thursday came as both South Korea and Japan announced further restrictions on the state, including on visits by foreign missile and nuclear experts. The Security Council voted unanimously on November 30 to impose their ...

Jacob Zuma: South Africa’s ‘Teflon President’ escapes party backlash

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG South Africa President Jacob Zuma has received the backing of his party just weeks after a damning reportinto top-level government cronyism.PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMBA IS KNOWN TO BE ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPTED LEADERS IN OUR MODERN ERA. There had been speculation that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party would hold a vote of confidence on ...

PRESEDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP TESTED CHINA’S TEMPERATURE ON TAIWAN

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG WHO KNOWS WHERE WE GO FROM HERE? Mr. Trump is a man who acts, speaks and judges according to his own world. He gives no regard to what other politicians display in the world arena. He would be the first US President to walk over what his predecessors regarded as norms or traditions in carrying out ...

Prosecutor: 5 detained were part of ISIS plans to attack France

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Five suspects in custody after police raids last weekend had pledged allegiance to ISIS and were being directed to attack France by ISIS members in the Middle East, French prosecutor Francois Molins said Friday. The suspects’ plans were communicated by encrypted messages from ISIS members in Iraq and Syria, he told reporters in Paris. Four people ...

Nigerian officers killed 150 peaceful protesters, Amnesty report claims

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Nigerian security forces have killed at least 150 people in a series of attacks against the largely peaceful pro-Biafra secessionist movement, according to a report by Amnesty International. The report finds “overwhelming evidence that Nigerian security forces committed gross human rights violations” at a number of public gatherings in the country’s southern region since August 2015. ...

Donald Trump blasts recount as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘a scam’

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG President-elect Donald Trump ripped the election recount on Saturday, calling it “a scam” and “ridiculous” and noting that Hillary Clinton had already conceded. Trump charged in a statement that the effort was nothing but a fundraising ploy by the Green Party and its nominee, Jill Stein. “This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who ...

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