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Politics

Ugandans vote on prez Museveni’s three-decade rule

People line up to cast their vote in presidential and parliamentary polls, on February 18, 2016 at the Nasuti polling station in Mukono District, some 23 kilometres east of the capital Kampala.
Ugandans began voting on February 18 in presidential and parliamentary polls, with veteran leader Yoweri Museveni widely expected to extend his power into a fourth decade. / AFP / Isaac Kasamani

Bloomberg Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is expected to extend his 30-year rule in an election that’s being held on Thursday amid tight security and fears of violence. Former guerrilla commander Museveni is competing with seven other candidates to run a landlocked country that’s Africa’s biggest coffee exporter, is planning oil ...

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Beijing deploys surface-to-air missile on ‘disputed island’

epa05165477 (FILE) A file handout picture dated 18 February 2015 and made available by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office shows an aerial view of construction at Mabini (Johnson) Reef by China, in the disputed Spratley Islands, in the south China Sea. China has deployed two batteries of sophisticated surface-to-air missile launchers to a disputed island in the South China Sea, news reports said on 17 February 2016. Satellite imagery from ImageSat International showed two batteries of eight missile launchers on Woody Island, part of the contested Paracel Islands, media reported. A US official confirmed that the imagery showed the HQ-9 air defense system, which has a range of around 200km, the report said. The report came as US President Barack Obama met with South-East Asian leaders in California, where they called for 'maritime security' and urged 'non-militarization and self-restraint' by countries in the region. Beijing claims nearly all of the South China Sea, including small islands that are hundreds of kilometres from its southern coast. Four countries in South-East Asia have unresolved territorial disputes with China over the South China Sea, which has important shipping lanes and potential oil and other natural resources.  EPA/ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Bloomberg China deployed surface-to-air missiles this month on a contested island in the South China Sea, keeping tensions high even as leaders of Southeast Asian nations pledged to try and peacefully resolve territorial disputes in the waters. Satellite images showed two batteries of eight HQ-9 surface-to-air missile launchers and a ...

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Ukraine in political gridlock as bid to oust premier fails

epa05165008 Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (R) stresses a point while speaking prior to a lawmakers' no-confidence voting on the government at the Ukrainian Parliament, in Kiev, Ukraine, 16 February 2016. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko earlier the same day demanded the resignation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk and General Prosecutor of Ukraine Viktor Shokin, justifying the measure as a necessary move to rebuild trust in the pro-West leadership, the president's spokesman Sviatoslav Tsegolko said. The current government coalition, governing since the end of 2014, is deeply divided and feeling the political and financial strains of the ongoing conflict with pro-Russian separatists.  EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Bloomberg Ukraine headed for a standoff between its two most powerful politicians after Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk defied President Petro Poroshenko’s call for his resignation and defeated a no-confidence motion in parliament. The result threatens to conserve political gridlock that’s jeopardizing the economy and billions of dollars of foreign aid. ...

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