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Journalists lose final court appeal in Myanmar

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/23/19, 12:28 pm

Myanmar’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the final appeal of two Reuters journalists who reported on the military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the country also known as Burma. The court upheld a seven-year prison sentence for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who, along with their colleagues, won a Pulitzer Prize earlier this month for their work. Authorities arrested Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, in December 2017. They were sentenced last September over accusations of illegally possessing official documents. The journalists denied the charges and said they were framed.

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Associated Press/Photo by Bayo Omoboriowo/Nigeria State House

Buhari claims victory in Nigeria

International | The opposition disagrees, sparking fears of violence in the days ahead
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/26/19, 05:45 pm

ABUJA, Nigeria—As Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said an unofficial count indicated he won Saturday’s presidential contest against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the opposition has already rejected the outcome of the vote, causing concern about unrest. At least 53 people have been killed in election-related violence and there have been a handful of insurgent attacks in some of the northern areas known for conflict.

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Fraud accusations mar Congo election

International | The country might have to wait even longer for a democratic transfer of power
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/15/19, 02:18 pm

The Democratic Republic of Congo faces possible violence and political uncertainty as the surprise outcome of the recent presidential election undergoes a court challenge.

The country’s Electoral Commission said last week that Felix Tshisekedi, an opposition candidate, secured 38.6 percent of the 18 million votes cast. Martin Fayulu, another opposition candidate, garnered 34.8 percent, while ruling party contender Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary received 23.8 percent.

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