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Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration centre kills 48

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | An Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 48 people including women and children and wounded 112 outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday in the latest attack on election preparations. The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up …

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Former soldier Bio wins Sierra Leone vote

  Freetown, Sierra Leone | AFP | Sierra Leone’s opposition challenger Julius Maada Bio secured his first term in office as a civilian Wednesday when he was declared the winner of a controversial presidential run-off — but his opponent vowed to contest the result. Bio, a former soldier who briefly …

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Former soldier Bio wins Sierra Leone presidential vote

Freetown, Sierra Leone | AFP | Sierra Leone’s opposition challenger Julius Maada Bio secured his first term in office as a civilian Wednesday when he was declared the winner of a controversial presidential run-off. Bio, a former soldier who briefly led a military junta more than two decades ago, won …

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Guinea opposition leader calls for end to post-election protests

Conakry, Guinea | AFP | Guinean opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo on Monday called for an end to protests over disputed local election results that has left at least 15 people dead after violent confrontations with the security services. Former prime minister Diallo earlier met President Alpha Conde to discuss how …

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French ex-president Sarkozy held over Gaddafi financing probe

Paris, France | AFP | French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was detained for questioning on Tuesday over allegations the late Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi financed his 2007 election campaign, including with suitcases stuffed with cash, a source close to the inquiry told AFP. Sarkozy, 63, was taken into police custody early …

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UBC appeals 80m shillings court award to Besigye

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | The Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) Tuesday appealed the High court’s recent decision that directed the Corporation to pay former opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president Dr. Kiiza Besigye 80 million shillings as damages, for refusing to run his Presidential Campaign advert messages in 2011. Last month, Justice Margret Oguli-Oumo …

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Burundi compiles new electoral roll despite protest

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The inscription of voters for a constitutional referendum that could allow Burundi’s president to prolong his rule began Thursday in Burundi, the independent national electoral commission (CENI) announced. If accepted by the electorate, the constitutional change passed by the government last October would enable President …

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India’s PM Modi faces test as his home state votes

Ahmedabad, India | AFP | Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat began voting on Saturday, in a key electoral test of his popularity after a series of controversial economic reforms. Voters, with their election cards in hand, started lining up at polling booths early in the morning …

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