U.S Senate votes to punish Russia and Iran over election interference, aggression

The U.S Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to place new sanctions on Iran and Russia, setting up a possible confrontation with the Trump administration as it attempts to improve relations with Moscow.

Republican and Democratic senators said the sanctions, approved by a vote of 98-2, are needed to punish Iran for its recent flurry of ballistic missile tests and human rights abuses and to show Russia that its interference in last year’s presidential election and its aggression in Syria will not be tolerated. Voting no were Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

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Wrongly executed man acquitted by top Chinese court


A Chinese man, Nie Shubin, who was executed 21 years ago for rape and murder, had his conviction overturned by China’s top court on Friday.

The second circuit court under the Supreme People’s Court revoked the verdict.

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Gambian President Yahya Jammeh loses presidential

President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

The President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has lost the country’s presidential election to leading opposition candidate, Adama Barrow.

Mr. Barrow scored 263,515 votes to defeat Mr. Jammeh  who scored 212, Continue reading “Gambian President Yahya Jammeh loses presidential”

Trump Election: Wisconsin Elections Commission ready for recount of presidential votes


A request for a recount of Wisconsin’s presidential vote was on Friday filed with the Wisconsin Elections Commission in Madison, commencing processes for the recount of the November 8 presidential votes in the state.

Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator, Mike Haas, confirmed on Friday that the commission received the recount petitions by Green Party’s presidential nominee in the election, Jill Stein.

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Clinton, Trump cast ballots in U.S. presidential election


Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump joined voters across the U.S. on Tuesday in casting ballots for president in an election that brings a long and bitter campaign to a close.

Mrs. Clinton started her day by casting her vote in Chappaqua, New York, where she and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, have lived since he left office in 2001.

“I know the responsibility that goes with this,” she said, as she greeted people at the polling station.

“So many people are counting on the outcome of this election and what it means for our country, and I’ll do the best I can if I’m fortunate enough to win today.”

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U.S. admits own election could be violent, assures foreign journalists of protection

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The U.S. Department of State has assured foreign journalists covering the U.S. presidential election of adequate protection in the event of violence during the poll.

Mark Zimmer, the media official at the 2016 U.S. General Elections Embed programme in Washington D.C., acknowledged that there had been fears of possible violence during the poll.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that two Nigerian Journalists from NAN and Channels Television are among the 24 participants at the programme.

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Trump says he may not accept election result


Republican candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday would not commit to accepting the outcome of the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election if he loses, challenging a cornerstone of American democracy and sending shock waves across the political spectrum.

Mr. Trump’s refusal, which his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton called “horrifying”, was the standout remark of the their third and final debate, and ratcheted up claims he has made for weeks that the election was rigged against him.

Asked by moderator Chris Wallace whether Mr. Trump would not commit to a peaceful transition of power, the businessman-turned-politician replied: “What I’m saying is that I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you i Continue reading “Trump says he may not accept election result”

Zambia Election Riot: Over 150 arrested


The Zambian Police said on Tuesday that they had arrested 151 opposition supporters after riots erupted over President Edgar Lungu’s controversial election victory.

The Police spokesman, Rae Hamoonga, said in a statement that the arrests came after protesters set five buildings on fire, stoned houses and blocked roads in Southern Province.

He said that the suspects would soon appear in court, adding that the situation was under control.

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Jailbreak: Nigerian govt sacks 23 prison officers, suspends 11 others


The Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB), at its emergency meeting held on Thursday 11th August, 2016, approved the dismissal of 3 senior Prisons officers serving in Kuje Medium Security prison and 3 other senior officers serving in Koton Karfe prison for their complicity in the escape of prisoners from the respective prisons. The dismissal letters dated 12th August, 2016 were signed by the Secretary to the Board Alhaji A A Ibrahim.

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Zambia’s Lungu wins country’s presidential election


Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has been declared winner of the country’s August 11 presidential election, the country’s electoral commission announced on Monday.

Mr. Lungu polled 1, 860, 877 votes (or 50.3%) to defeat Hakainde Continue reading “Zambia’s Lungu wins country’s presidential election”