Malawi opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera wins presidential election re-run

Malawi’s opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera on Saturday was declared the winner of a re-run presidential election, a dramatic reversal of incumbent Peter Mutharika’s discredited win 13 months earlier in a process that analysts viewed as a triumph for democracy in Africa. Chakwera, 65, secured the required majority, with 58.57% of the vote on Tuesday, the… Read More Malawi opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera wins presidential election re-run

Thousands flee homes in western Myanmar as army plans operations

Thousands of villagers have fled their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after a local administrator warned dozens of village leaders that the army planned “clearance operations” against insurgents, a lawmaker and a humanitarian group said. But a government spokesman said late on Saturday an evacuation order issued by border-affairs officials had been revoked. Border affairs… Read More Thousands flee homes in western Myanmar as army plans operations

U.S. intelligence accuses Russia of offering bounties to Afghan militants to kill American troops

U.S. intelligence has concluded that the Russian military offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to kill American troops and other coalition forces, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing officials briefed on the matter. A Russian military intelligence unit linked to assassination attempts in Europe had offered rewards for successful attacks last year,… Read More U.S. intelligence accuses Russia of offering bounties to Afghan militants to kill American troops

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo wins re-run ticket for presidential election

Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has picked incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo as its presidential candidate in this year’s election, setting up a third consecutive head-to-head battle against former president John Dramani Mahama. Akufo-Addo, 76, unseated Mahama in 2016 with 53.8% of the vote, cementing the gold, and cocoa producing West African nation’s reputation as a… Read More Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo wins re-run ticket for presidential election

Facebook to label newsworthy posts that violates policies

Facebook Inc said on Friday it will start labeling newsworthy content that violates the social media company’s policies, and label all posts and ads about voting with links to authoritative information, including those from politicians. A Facebook spokeswoman confirmed its new policy would have meant attaching a link on voting information to U.S. President Donald… Read More Facebook to label newsworthy posts that violates policies

U.S. appeals court rules against border wall spending of President Donald Trump

A federal appeals court on Friday said U.S. President Donald Trump was wrong to divert $2.5 billion meant for the Pentagon to build part of his long-sought wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a pair of 2-1 decisions, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the White House lacked constitutional authority for the transfer,… Read More U.S. appeals court rules against border wall spending of President Donald Trump

Irish parliament names Michael Martin as new prime minister

Ireland’s parliament picked veteran opposition leader Micheál Martin as prime minister on Saturday to head the first ever coalition uniting the two parties that have battled each other for power since a civil war nearly a century ago. He pledged to rescue Ireland from the “the fastest-moving recession ever to hit”, brought on by the… Read More Irish parliament names Michael Martin as new prime minister

U.S. Supreme Court petitioned to scrap Obamacare law amid pandemic

President Donald Trump’s administration petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the Obamacare law introduced by his predecessor that added millions to the healthcare safety net, seeking to scrap coverage during the novel coronavirus crisis. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, in a filing late on Thursday, argued for the administration that the Affordable Care Act (ACA)… Read More U.S. Supreme Court petitioned to scrap Obamacare law amid pandemic