Deadly Kenya protests as opposition alleges vote hacking

Kenya’s election took an ominous turn on Wednesday as violent protests erupted in the capital and elsewhere after opposition leader Raila Odinga alleged fraud, saying hackers used the identity of a murdered official to infiltrate the database of the country’s election commission and manipulate results. With results from almost all of the polling stations counted, President Uhuru Kenyatta was shown […]

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Joining Arab states, Israel says it plans to ban Al-Jazeera

Israel said Sunday it plans to ban Qatar’s flagship Al-Jazeera network from operating in the country over allegations it incites violence, joining Arab nations that have shut down the broadcaster amid a separate political dispute. The news organization, in turn, said it will take legal action. Communications Minister Ayoob Kara said he plans to revoke the press credentials of Al-Jazeera […]

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Japan’s defense chief quits over alleged document cover-up

Japan’s beleaguered defense minister resigned Friday over an alleged cover-up of military documents from U.N. peacekeeping operations, the latest blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s scandal-ridden government. Tomomi Inada denied, however, that she herself took part in the alleged cover-up. Abe said he accepted her resignation and assigned Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to take on the defense portfolio for now. […]

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ISIS struggles to defend its capital in Syria

The Islamic State is struggling to mount an effective defense of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the terror group’s headquarters, where local forces are making rapid headway in ousting the militants, the U.S. military said. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say they have captured 40% of the city since June 6, when the final assault into Raqqa began.  “We […]

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Venezuela arrests opposition-appointed judges

Venezuelan intelligence officials on Tuesday arrested two judges the opposition-run parliament had appointed to the supreme court, highlighting a fight between President Nicolas Maduro’s government and a nascent “parallel” state in the making. The detention of judges Jesus Rojas Torres and Zuleima Gonzalez happened in the eastern state of Anzoategui, the National Assembly said on Twitter. Their arrests brought to […]

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Lawmakers accuse Japan PM of false denial in school scandal

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being questioned in Parliament about a cronyism scandal after opposition lawmakers alleged he testified falsely a day earlier when he denied using his influence to help a friend. Parliament has heard allegations from lower-level staffers and gathered documents that show Abe’s office intervened to help Kotaro Kake to open a new veterinary school in […]

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China rising star facing corruption probe

Chinese authorities say they are investigating a top politician once seen as a candidate for the highest ranks of the leadership. Sun Zhengcai was the Communist Party chief of a major metropolis, Chongqing. Before his abrupt removal from office earlier this month, he was a strong contender to rise to the elite seven-member committee that rules China. But now China’s […]

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Martial law extended on Philippine island

Legislators in the Philippines have voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law to deal with an Islamist insurgency in the restive island of Mindanao. Militants linked to so-called Islamic State have been occupying parts of Marawi, a city in the south, since May. President Rodrigo Duterte said the extension was necessary to crush the insurgency, but his critics say it is […]

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