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Global influence in the United Methodist Church

International | Plus, from Kew Gardens to Kashmir, it’s hot all over
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/27/19, 11:32 am

AFRICA: United Methodists meeting in St. Louis on Tuesday reaffirmed the denomination’s teaching on sexual ethics, rejecting plans that would permit same-sex marriages and clergy to be sexually active outside of monogamous, heterosexual marriages.

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Nigerian president wins disputed election

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/27/19, 10:55 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari won reelection in Nigeria with 56 percent of votes, the country’s electoral commission announced early Wednesday. Buhari’s All Progressives Congress won in 19 of 36 states with 15.1 million votes. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the major opposition candidate with the People’s Democratic Party, received 11.2 million votes in 17 states and the capital city, Abuja. Voter turnout was 35.6 percent, down from 44 percent in the 2015 election, the commission said.

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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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