Zimbabwe’s Chamisa claims he is winning election ‘resoundingly’

Zimbabwe’s Chamisa claims he is winning election ‘resoundingly’

Harare, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has said he was "winning resoundingly" but the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said official results were yet to be announced. Chamisa, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), said on Tuesday that his party had the results from 10,000 polling stations. "Winning resoundingly... We've done exceedingly well,"…
Electricity cuts across Iraq make life unbearable in summer heat

Electricity cuts across Iraq make life unbearable in summer heat

Baghdad, Iraq - For Umm Adil, the worst part about the chronic electricity cuts in Iraq is having to cope with relentless summer highs of 48 degrees Celsius under an aluminium roof, without a source of cool air. The 42-year-old mother of four lives in Shawaka, a working-class neighbourhood in central Baghdad, and says that…
Welcome to the Palestine Aquarium, the first of its kind

Welcome to the Palestine Aquarium, the first of its kind

Ramallah, Occupied West Bank - Palestinians in the occupied West Bank can now get up close and personal with aquatic animals. Palestine Aquarium in Ramallah, which is the first of its kind, opened on July 22. Inside, quiet music plays in the background. Narrow corridors are dimly lit, with transparent tanks on either side filled with…
‘We are not wildlife’: Kibera residents slam poverty tourism

‘We are not wildlife’: Kibera residents slam poverty tourism

Kibera, Kenya -  Sylestine Awino rests on her faded brown couch, covering herself with a stripped green shuka, a traditional Maasai fabric. It's exactly past noon in a noisy neighbourhood at the heart of Kibera, Kenya's largest slum, and the 34-year-old has just finished her daily chores. Directly opposite Awino, her two daughters are busy studying for an…
US confirms deployment of armed drones in Niger

US confirms deployment of armed drones in Niger

The United States military's Africa Command has confirmed that its forces began deploying armed drones in Niger earlier this year. The West African country's government granted American forces permission in November 2017 to arm their drones - but neither side had previously confirmed their deployment. "In coordination with the Government of Niger, US Africa Command has…
Trump says he would ‘certainly meet’ with Iran’s Rouhani

Trump says he would ‘certainly meet’ with Iran’s Rouhani

President Donald Trump, who has pulled the US out of a multinational nuclear deal with Iran and has repeatedly attacked the government in Tehran, has now said he is willing to meet the Iranian leadership without any preconditions. Trump made the comments on Monday during a joint White House news conference with Italian Prime Minister…
Vote counting under way in historic Zimbabwe elections

Vote counting under way in historic Zimbabwe elections

Harare, Zimbabwe - Vote counting has started in Zimbabwe's first general election since long-term President Robert Mugabe was pushed out of office last year. Voter turnout in Monday's polls was high, according to the election commission, which is expected to release a figure later in the day. More than five million people registered to take part…
Oligarch named in Al Jazeera investigation faces questioning

Oligarch named in Al Jazeera investigation faces questioning

Officials have summoned one of Ukraine's biggest gas tycoons for questioning over his links to $1.5bn that was found by prosecutors to have been stolen by former president Viktor Yanukovych. An investigation by Al Jazeera revealed Pavel Fuchs's connections to the dirty money in January. The oligarch, communicating via his Telegram channel, confirmed that he…
Zimbabwe elections: What you should know

Zimbabwe elections: What you should know

Harare, Zimbabwe - Millions of Zimbabweans will head to the polls on Monday in the first election since 1980 without former president Robert Mugabe on the ballot. Polls are set to open at 7am (05:00 GMT) and close at 7pm (17:00 GMT).  There are 23 candidates vying for the presidency, while 55 parties are running…
‘Our life is hell’: Iraq’s IDPs suffer interminable wait for home

‘Our life is hell’: Iraq’s IDPs suffer interminable wait for home

Baghdad, Iraq - For Hend Ali, there was no other option but to stay put. The 36-year-old mother of six has been living for three years now at al-Khadra, a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) tucked behind blocks of dilapidated apartment buildings in Iraq's capital, Baghdad. Like many others across the country, Hend was forced to flee her…

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