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Gerrymandering back before the US Supreme Court

Washington - The US Supreme Court is set Tuesday to once more hear arguments on gerrymandering, the dark art of redrawing political boundaries to extract partisan advantage: a practice that is almost as old as the country itself.

Macron picks career diplomat to lead European Parliament battle

Paris - France's European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau said Monday that she would resign her post to lead President Emmanuel Macron's centrist campaign for the European Parliament elections in May, hoping to counter a populist and eurosceptic wave in cou...

Democratic rock star Beto O'Rourke casts wide net ahead of 2020

Mount Pleasant - Media sensation Beto O'Rourke, who has shaken up the Democratic race for the White House since announcing his candidacy this week, had just spent three long days in Iowa hammering home his left-leaning priorities while insisting he is a "capitalist.

Algerian students protest against Bouteflika 'tricks'

Alger - Hundreds of students protested in the Algerian capital on Tuesday, accusing ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of seeking to prolong his two-decade rule despite abandoning his bid for a fifth term.

Thousands protest in Algeria as Bouteflika stays defiant

Alger - Thousands of Algerians gathered on Friday chanting slogans against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term, despite the defiant leader's warning of the risk of "chaos".

Senegal's Macky Sall heading for presidential win: media tally

Dakar - Senegalese President Macky Sall was poised Tuesday to return to office with a first-round election victory, with nearly 90 percent of votes counted.Sall, 56, has so far won 2.2 million of the votes cast Sunday, against 1.

Nobel winner Murad, Guaido envoy invited to Trump's State of Union

Washington - Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's envoy to Washington are among the top guests invited to attend US President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, lawmakers announced Monday.

Nayib Bukele: president-elect disrupting Salvadoran politics

Sansalvador - Nayib Bukele, former San Salvador mayor, was on Sunday elected president of El Salvador -- crushing a two-party system in place since civil war ended in 1992.

Land, jobs are top priorities for radical S. African party

Soshanguve - The far-left South African EFF party unveiled Saturday its programme for legislative elections in May, with land expropriation and jobs at the top of the list.

Amnesty calls for 'immediate' release of Cameroon opposition chief

Yaound - Amnesty International on Tuesday called for the "immediate and unconditional" release of Maurice Kamto, leader of Cameroon's opposition MRC, after he was arrested in the country's economic capital Douala.

DR Congo's Kabila urges unity on eve of new president's inauguration

Apo - Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi will be sworn in on Thursday as DR Congo's next president, sources in Kinshasa said, as outgoing President Joseph Kabila called for national unity.

Corruption takes centre stage in Nigerian election campaign

Abuja - Corruption is taking centre stage in the run-up to Nigeria's presidential elections, with the incumbent accused of failing to tackle the scourge of graft and his challenger facing claims about his past.

In DR Congo, patience wears thin over results delay

Apo - At first glance, life is proceeding as normal in DR Congo's bustling capital -- most shops and schools in Kinshasa are open, while rush hour traffic advances at a typical crawl.

Brazil's new far-right leader puts crime in his sights

Bras - Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new president, persuaded voters in Latin America's biggest country to elevate him to leader on extreme-right vows to restore security that eclipsed his record of racism, misogyny and homophobia.

DR Congo candidates snub peace pact on eve of vote

Apo - Two opposition frontrunners in DR Congo's long-awaited presidential election refused Saturday to sign a peace pact on the eve of a poll that has stirred fears of violence in the volatile nation.

Patients flee after Ebola holding centre attacked in DRC

Beni - Patients being monitored as possible Ebola patients fled a camp in eastern DR Congo on Thursday after it was attacked by demonstrators protesting further delays to the country's election, the health ministry said.

Brazil's new far-right leader sees guns as answer to crime

Rio De Janeiro - Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new president from next Tuesday, persuaded voters in Latin America's biggest country to elevate him to leader on extreme-right vows to restore security that eclipsed his record of racism, misogyny and homophobia.

Michael Cohen, Trump's loyal fixer turned tell-all accuser

New York - He was the personal lawyer to Donald Trump and the epitome of loyalty -- a man who said he would "take a bullet" for his boss.

Congo elections: Calm before the storm?

Apo - The election posters are up, the candidates are doing the rounds and the party rallies are taking place almost without a hitch.

Hungary pledges 1.5 mln euros to fight anti-Semitism

Budapest - The Hungarian government said Thursday it will spend 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) every year on various projects to combat anti-Semitism.

Campaigning for critical election opens in crisis-wracked DR Congo

Apo - After two years of setbacks, broken promises and delays, the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday effectively opened the starting gates for a crucial election that could alleviate -- or perhaps worsen -- the decades-long crisis gripping the vast c...

Great-grandmother, 106, gets US citizenship on Election Day

Washington - A 106-year-old great-grandmother born in El Salvador became an American citizen Tuesday, as the US held bitterly contested midterm elections in which Central American immigration was a hot button issue.

Restrictive rules keep millions of Americans from voting

Washington - Millions of Americans will be barred from casting ballots in Tuesday's crucial midterm elections due to electoral rules at the state level, which effectively exclude many minority voters to the detriment of Democrats.

Obama brands Trump's border deployment plan a 'political stunt'

Miami - Former president Barack Obama on Friday decried as a "political stunt" Donald Trump's plan to send thousands of US soldiers to the Mexican border to block migrants from entering the country.

Generals, 'Chicago boy' loom large in Brazil's next government

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is likely to tap army generals and an ultra-free-market economist for key roles in his cabinet.

'Tropical Trump' Bolsonaro: Brazil's new president

Rio De Janeiro - Sometimes called a "Tropical Trump" for his politically incorrect vitriol, Brazil's controversial pro-dictatorship presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro successfully played to an electorate disgusted with conventional politics.

Far-right candidate leads as Brazil heads to polls

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil elects its next president Sunday in a run-off that looks all but guaranteed for far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, an ex-army captain nostalgic for the country's military dictatorship.

Bolsonaro, Brazil's 'Tropical Trump' poised to win presidency

Rio De Janeiro - Sometimes called a "Tropical Trump" for his politically incorrect vitriol, Brazilian far-right presidential candidate and heavy favorite Jair Bolsonaro has successfully played to an electorate disgusted with politics as usual.

Facebook closes 'spam' pages, accounts helping Brazil presidential candidate

Bras - Social media platform Facebook has closed 68 pages and 43 accounts linked to a marketing group believed to be promoting the chances of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

I. Coast ruling coalition on top in local polls: election body

Abidjan - The Ivory Coast's main party came out on top in regional and local polls held over the weekend, the election commission has announced, as the country's main political players have the 2020 presidential vote in their sights.
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