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Indonesia election protests turn violent

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/22/19, 10:56 am

At least six people died in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta during violent protests by supporters of an unsuccessful presidential candidate Tuesday night. Outside the country’s Elections Commission, protesters burned cars and threw rocks at police officers, who responded with tear gas and water cannons. Jakarta Gov. Anies Baswedan said about 200 people sustained injuries. Authorities have detained at least 20 people since Tuesday.

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Indonesian president’s reelection sparks protests

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/21/19, 09:58 am

Indonesian authorities braced for protests Tuesday after the opposition rejected President Joko Widodo’s electoral victory. The Electoral Commission confirmed that Widodo received 55.5 percent of the votes, while his main opponent, retired Gen. Prabowo Subianto, secured 44.5 percent. Some 154 million Indonesians participated in the electoral process that spanned 17,000 islands and about 800,000 polling stations.

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African nations test new malaria vaccine

International | Pilot program could be a breakthrough in the fight against disease on the continent
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/30/19, 04:06 pm

Malaria remains one of the world’s leading killers, but a vaccine trial is offering new hope to communities that suffer most from the disease.

Malawi became the first country to implement a pilot program to dispense a malaria vaccine for children last week. Scientists with the U.K.-based GSK pharmaceutical company took 30 years to develop the vaccine. It trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, spread by the female Anopheles mosquito.

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