Political Unrest
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UN calls for peaceful transfer of power in Congo

Africa | Ongoing dispute over elections has raised fears of another civil war
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/14/16, 01:47 pm

The United Nations Security Council has called for a peaceful transition to a new government in the Democratic Republic of Congo when the president’s term runs out Dec. 19. A UN delegation visited the country over the weekend and said a peaceful process is possible if the government ensures the people’s freedom of opinion and assembly.

“The DRC is at a pivotal moment in its history,” French Ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre said during the visit. “For the first time, a peaceful transition of power at the end of the president’s mandate is possible.”

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Beijing snuffs out sparks of democracy in Hong Kong

China | China’s rulers fear territory’s attempt at more autonomy will spread to the mainland
by June Cheng
Posted 11/08/16, 11:15 am

As Americans head to the polls today, Hong Kong residents are heading to the streets after Beijing barred two legally elected pro-independence legislators from taking office. In an effort to stem the rise of the independence movement in the former British colony, China violated its agreement to allow Hong Kong a “high degree of autonomy” in political, economic, and legal affairs.

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Islamic hardliners protest Christian mayor in Indonesia

Indonesia | Blasphemy accusations and violence highlight country’s struggle against radicalization
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 11/07/16, 11:26 am

In an unusually large protest, tens of thousands of hardline Muslims marched in Indonesia’s capital Friday against the Christian governor of Jakarta because of remarks he made about the Quran.

Protesters demanded Gov. Basuki Tjahja Purnama, often referred to by his nickname, Ahok, resign from office and be jailed for blasphemy. 

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