Political Unrest
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‘Trump of the Tropics’

South America | Critics of Brazil’s new president unfavorably compare him to Donald Trump, but Jair Bolsonaro’s win also marks a move away from socialism and shows the rise of evangelical influence
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/17/19, 02:27 pm

When Fabiane Maria de Jesus stopped to buy bananas on her way home from church on a May afternoon in the Brazilian resort town of Guarujá, the wife and mother of two didn’t know it would be one of the last acts of her life.

As she walked home, de Jesus tucked her Bible under one arm and offered a banana to a boy in the street. Within moments, a gang of locals descended on her, beating de Jesus to death. A crowd gathered to watch. She was 33.

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Congo grapples with surprise election outcome

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/10/19, 10:36 am

The electoral commission in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday announced that opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi won the Dec. 30 presidential election in what was a surprise victory. Corneille Nangaa, the commission’s president, announced the delayed results, saying Tshisekedi received 38.6 percent of the more than 18 million votes cast. He had broken away from opposition efforts to unite behind a single presidential candidate shortly before the election.

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Deciphering the Huawei dust-up

International | Understanding how a large tech company soured U.S.-China relations
by June Cheng
Posted 12/20/18, 03:11 pm

On Wednesday, Canadian media revealed that Chinese authorities had detained a third Canadian citizen after the Dec. 1 arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver at the request of the United States. Relations between the United States and China—as well as between Canada and China—have soured in recent weeks amid a trade war and questions of China’s growing influence around the world.

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