Sunday , October 22 2017


Tension flares in flashpoint town as Kurdish-Iraqi crisis deepens

epa06263556 Iraqi federal police forces take up position in Rashad town, southern Kirkuk, north of Iraq, 13 October 2017.  According to media reports, the Iraqi forces launched an operation to capture the disputed city of Kirkuk and seize Kurdish Peshmerga positions near Kirkuk in al-Bashir and Taza, 27 km south of Kirkuk's giant oil field at Bai Hassan, while Iraq's Joint Command has denied the reports and announced that the operation is a part of security operation to secure the recently recaptured areas around Hawija.  EPA-EFE/MURTAJA LATEEF

BAGHDAD / Reuters Tension flared on Saturday in the ethnically mixed Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu after a clash between Kurdish and Shi’ite Turkmen political parties divided over the independence of the Kurdistan region, security sources said on Saturday. A dozen Kurdish families were displaced from the predominantly Turkmen district ...

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Kenya braces for protests as election rerun looms

epa06242088 Raila Odinga, the leader of the opposition coalition The National Super Alliance (NASA) and its presidential candidate, looks on before his meeting with Wafula Chebukati, the chairman of the electoral commission Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), to discuss the presidential election re-run shceduled for 26 October 2017, in Nairobi, Kenya, 03 October 2017. Despite IEBC's attempt to end the political stalemate, NASA said after the meeting that none of the conditions they laid out for a repeat poll were met by the commission and that the opposition will continue to push for the body's reform through protests and demonstrations.  EPA-EFE/DAI KUROKAWA

Bloomberg Kenya is bracing for street protests as the East African nation awaits the electoral commission’s response to opposition leader Raila Odinga’s decision to withdraw from a presidential vote rerun that’s threatening a constitutional crisis. Opposition supporters gathered on Wednesday in the capital, Nairobi, and in the western city of ...

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Liberia begins counting ballots after voting

epa06257981 A Liberian woman casts her ballot to vote in presidential and general elections in West Point, Monrovia, Liberia, 10 October 2017. Liberians have voted in a presidential and general election on 10 October to elect a new president to succeed  incumbent president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Liberia was the very first African nation to obtain independence in 1847. These elections are hoped to be the first peaceful and democratic transfer of power from Africa's first female democratically elected president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to a new leader who has to continue the countries rebuild following nearly two decades of brutal civil war.  EPA-EFE/AHMED JALLANZO

Bloomberg Election officials in Liberia started counting ballots after polling stations closed in presidential and parliamentary elections that regional observers said were conducted peacefully. Liberians chose a president to replace Nobel Peace Price laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from among 20 candidates who include a retired soccer star, a former warlord ...

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