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Senegal opposition leader arrested as supporters clash with police

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By Cooper Inveen, Ngouda Dione DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal’s main opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, was arrested on Wednesday after hundreds of his supporters clashed with police in the capital while protesting against a rape accusation he denies. An employee at a beauty salon accused Sonko last month of rape. The......

U.N. special envoy on Myanmar says 38 killed on Wednesday

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NEW YORK, March 3 (Reuters) – United Nations special envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said 38 people had been killed in the Southeast Asian nation on Wednesday. Myanmar security forces opened fire on protests against military rule on Wednesday, a day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and offered......

Trump proposes new voting limits, rails against “monster” voting rights bill

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, U.S. February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Octavio Jones WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday laid out a variety of election proposals, such as limiting absentee voting and days when Americans can vote, in......

Trump to proclaim himself as the future for Republicans in speech

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump on Sunday will declare himself the dominant figure in the fractured Republican Party and attack President Joe Biden in his first major appearance since leaving the White House nearly six weeks ago. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey......

Kremlin critic Navalny arrives in penal colony: RIA

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FILE PHOTO: A still image taken from video footage shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is accused of flouting the terms of a suspended sentence for embezzlement, inside a defendant dock during the announcement of a court verdict in Moscow, Russia February 2, 2021. Press service of Simonovsky District......

Brazil’s capital goes into lockdown to quell COVID-19 surge

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BRASILIA (Reuters) – The governor of Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia, decreed a 24-hour lockdown for all but essential services on Friday to curb a worsening COVID-19 outbreak that has filled its intensive care wards to the brim. FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators hold banners during a protest honouring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)......

Shot in the arm: Australian PM’s ‘defining’ week ends in bruising manner

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CANBERRA (Reuters) – It was supposed to be a milestone week for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that began with the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccinations and ended in the country becoming the first to force Silicon Valley giants to pay for news content. FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison......

Syrian migrant sets sights on seat in German parliament

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Almost six years ago Tareq Alaows drifted across the Aegean in a rubber boat before walking most of the way from Athens to Vienna. Now the migrant who fled military conscription in Syria is trying to win a seat in Germany’s parliament. He plans to run for......

Myanmar students, doctors plan more protests against military rule

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(Reuters) – Students and doctors in Myanmar plan to hold fresh protests on Thursday against military rule, as Washington expressed concern about Malaysia’s deportation of about 1,100 Myanmar nationals back to the strife-torn nation. FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators hold placards during a rally against the military coup in front of Indonesian......

Mohamed Bazoum solidifies lead in Niger’s presidential election runoff

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Mohamed Bazoum sits at his pollitical party headquarters in Niamey, file. REUTERS/Joe Penney//File Photo DAKAR (Reuters) – Niger’s ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum has solidified his lead in a presidential election runoff meant to usher in the first democratic transition of power in the West African nation, election commission data......

Northern Ireland’s DUP to take legal action against Brexit deal

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FILE PHOTO: Leader of the DUP Arlene Foster MLA speaks at the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) annual conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland October 26, 2019. REUTERS/Lorraine O’Sullivan DUBLIN (Reuters) – Members of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party are set to take part in legal action challenging part of Britain’s divorce......

Big U.S. companies slash donations to politicians after Trump election challenge

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ten U.S. corporations slashed donations to candidates seeking federal office by more than 90% in January, after pledging to cut off giving to the Republicans who supported former President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn his election defeat. FILE PHOTO: Police release tear gas into a crowd of......

Big U.S. companies slash donations to politicians after Trump election challenge

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ten U.S. corporations slashed donations to candidates seeking federal office by more than 90% in January, after pledging to cut off giving to the Republicans who supported former President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn his election defeat. FILE PHOTO: Police release tear gas into a crowd of......

Voting rights advocates decry ‘devastating’ Georgia measure limiting ballot access

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By Julia Harte, John Whitesides (Reuters) – Democrats and voting rights groups condemned on Friday a broad proposal by Georgia Republicans to limit absentee and in-person voting in the state, the latest salvo in a national fight over efforts to place new restrictions on casting a ballot. FILE PHOTO: A......

Serbian Orthodox Church enthrones its new Patriarch

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BELGRADE (Reuters) – Hundreds, including top officials and clergy gathered in Belgrade on Friday to mark the enthronement of Porfirije, the new Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, a day after his election. FILE PHOTO: Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana, Porfirije, is greeted after the Serbian Orthodox Church elected him......

Algeria dissolves lower house of parliament, calls early elections

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ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Thursday announced the dissolution of the lower house of parliament and called early legislative elections. Addressing the nation on state television, Tebboune announced a government reshuffle in the next 24-48 hours and ordered the release of 60 detainees of a protest movement......

Peru’s presidential election likely headed for second round, poll shows

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FILE PHOTO: A woman casts her vote during presidential election at a polling station in Lima, Peru, April 10, 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo/File Photo LIMA (Reuters) – Less than two months before Peru’s presidential election, five candidates have emerged in the upper tier of a contest that appears headed for a......

Catalonia holds regional election, gauging separatists’ strength

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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Catalan voters head to the polls on Sunday for an election that will test the strength of the Spanish region’s pro-independence movement in an era now dominated by the coronavirus pandemic. Whether the election is won by the separatist parties now in power in the region or......

Trump impeachment trial could wrap up on Saturday, conviction seen unlikely

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial could conclude on Saturday, leaving a divided U.S. Senate to decide whether the former president incited his supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in a last-ditch effort to stay in power after his November election defeat. FILE PHOTO: The......

Senator Graham’s call with Georgia official part of election probe: Washington Post

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Georgia prosecutor plans to examine a phone call between U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and Georgia’s secretary of state as part of a criminal investigation into whether former President Donald Trump or his allies broke state law in trying to influence the results of the election, the......

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