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Shooting, tear gas, bonfires mar Kenya election re-run

Agencies, Kisumu Kenyan police clashed with opposition supporters where burning barricades and gangs of youths prevented voting in some towns in an election re-run, seeking to challenge the credibility of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s expected...

US ambassador to UN evacuated from South Sudan camp

Agencies, Juba, South Sudan The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has been evacuated from a UN camp for the displaced people in South Sudan because of a demonstration against President Salva Kiir, witnesses said. US officials...

Ex-President George H.W. Bush apologizes after actress accuses him of groping

Agencies, Los Angeles Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush apologized through a spokesman on Wednesday for what an actress described as a sexual assault but which Bush said was intended as a friendly pat and a joke to put her at ease during...

Desperate for news, Rohingya refugees tune in to “WhatsApp radio”

Agencies, Cox’s Bazar Sat in his hillside grocery shop in a Bangladesh refugee camp, Rohingya Muslim Momtaz-ul-Hoque takes a break to listen to an audio recording on his mobile phone, while children and passers-by gather round to hear the...

Winston Peters to become deputy PM of New Zealand

Wellington: New Zealand First party leader Winston Peters has been appointed deputy prime minister and foreign minister, a statement by Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern said here on Wednesday. Peters gave winning stride to the Labour...

Iraq readies for final offensive on Islamic State near Syrian border

Agencies, Baghdad Iraqi forces are about to launch an offensive to recapture the last patch of Iraqi territory still in the hands of Islamic State, the military said on Wednesday. “Your security forces are now coming to liberate you,” said...

Kurds offer to suspend independence vote, seek talks with Baghdad

Agencies, Baghdad Kurdish authorities in Iraq offered on Wednesday to put an independence drive on hold, stepping up efforts to resolve a crisis in relations with Baghdad via dialogue rather than military means. But a Iraqi military spokesman...

U.S. top court dismisses Hawaii’s challenge to Trump travel ban

Agencies, Washington The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday formally dropped plans to hear the last remaining challenge to an earlier version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries and a ban on refugees,...