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Field of candidates widens in heated race for top ICC prosecutor job
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
A process to fill the most important post in the field of international criminal justice has been deadlocked for several months. Some countries had complained that the original four, chosen through a process that emphasised consensus, did not include enough figures with the international profile required for the job. The Trump administration rejects the court and denounced Bensouda for looking into actions of American troops in Afghanistan. The new candidates include Britian’s Karim Khan, who now heads a United Nations team investigating Islamic State crimes in Iraq, and Robert Petit, a former prosecutor at the Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia. Widening the pool of candidates could delay the elections because ICC member states may want more than the two remaining weeks before the New York meeting to make a choice.
Persons: Gambia’s Fatou Bensouda, Donald Trump, Trump, Bensouda, Joe Biden, Britian’s Karim Khan, Robert Petit, Belgian Serge Brammertz Organizations: HAGUE, Reuters, Islamic, Criminal, U.S, United Nations, Khmer, ICC Locations: British, Islamic State, Canadian, New York, Afghanistan, Washington, Iraq, Khmer Rouge, Cambodia, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Belgian, York
But meetings of the Joint Military Commission in northern Libya, attended by five officers each from the two sides, have yet to make progress on other key demands of a U.N.-brokered agreement, underlining its fragility. Its domed Ouagadougou Conference Centre, an undamaged part of which is now the Joint Military Commission headquarters, serves as a reminder of what is at stake. Today a new banner for the commission hangs where GNA and LNA negotiators hash out details of their October ceasefire. The U.N. process helped resolve an eight-month LNA blockade of oil exports which aggravated economic problems in both east and west. The third strand of talks beyond the military commission and the political process is economic negotiations.
Persons: Omran, , Mohammed Mofteh, Khalifa, Hamad, Gaddafi, Stephanie Williams, Williams Organizations: REUTERS, Military Commission, National Accord, Libyan National Army, OPEC, Ouagadougou Conference Centre, Islamic, Security, National Oil Company, Central Bank of Locations: SIRTE, Libya, TUNIS, Sirte, Benghazi, Tripoli, Misrata, Turkey, Russia, UAE, Egypt, FRONTLINES, Libya’s, Ouagadougou, frontlines, Western, Central Bank of Libya
However both U.S. major Exxon and France’s Total are now renegotiating that contract with each other, the sources said. The FID on Total’s $20 billion Mozambique LNG project was made in June 2019. In 2017 Eni sold a stake in the Rovuma venture to Exxon, which is now the project operator, while Anadarko sold Mozambique LNG to Total last year. Mozambique LNG expects to produce the first LNG in 2024, delivering 12.88 MTPA of LNG in its first phase. Reuters was not able to establish what Total wanted to change its straddling gas and LNG production figures to.
Persons: Jim Young, unitisation, Eni, , Exxon’s FID, Organizations: ExxonMobil, Exxon, REUTERS, France’s, LNG, Mozambique LNG, Eni, Anadarko, National Petroleum Institute, Tcf, Reuters, Energy, Islamic Locations: JOHANNESBURG, MILAN, Mozambique, Chicago, Norridge , Illinois, U.S, Mozambican, Anadarko, , LNG, Oslo, Islamic State
FILE PHOTO: Elliott Abrams speaks during a news conference at the State Department, in Washington, U.S., March 31, 2020. Biden, set to take office on Jan. 20, has said he will return the United States to the Obama-era deal if Iran resumes compliance. Abrams, at a virtual Beirut Institute event, said the Trump administration plans further pressure on Tehran, with sanctions related to arms, weapons of mass destruction and human rights. Abrams said he expects a negotiation to take place with Iran next year and that he believes a deal will be struck under the Biden administration. Abrams on Wednesday announced Iran-related sanctions on four entities in China and Russia, accusing them of activities promoting Iran’s missile program.
Persons: Trump, Joe Biden, Elliott Abrams, Andrew Harnik, Iran Elliott Abrams, Barack Obama’s, Donald Trump, Biden, Obama, Abrams, ” Abrams Organizations: WASHINGTON, State Department, Security, State, Beirut Institute, Wednesday, Iran’s Locations: Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic, Washington , U.S, United States, Beirut, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Washington, China, Russia
Swiss police identify assailant in knife attack as jihadist
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss police have identified a Swiss woman who knifed a victim in the neck and grabbed another by the throat in a Lugano department store on Tuesday as a known jihadist. Federal prosecutors have called the incident in the Italian-speaking southern canton of Ticino a suspected terrorist attack and taken charge of the investigation. “The assailant is know to Fedpol from police investigations in 2017 with a jihadist background,” the Federal Office of Police tweeted. Swiss media cited witnesses as saying she called out that she belonged to jihadist group Islamic State during the attack. Two men arrested in the town of Winterthur near Zurich this month over possible links to a jihadist shooting attack in Vienna that killed four people on Nov. 2 visited the attacker in July.
Organizations: Swiss, Federal Office of Police, Islamic State, Winterthur ”, Islamic, Federal, Turkish Locations: ZURICH, Swiss, Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland, France, Germany, Paris, Nice, Vienna, Winterthur, Zurich, Islamic State, Portuguese, Morges
Assailant in Swiss knife attack was jihadist: police
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Federal prosecutors have called the incident in the Italian-speaking southern canton of Ticino a suspected terrorist attack and taken charge of the investigation. “Police investigations in 2017 revealed that the woman had formed a relationship via social media with a jihadist fighter from Syria,” the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) tweeted. The suspect, a 28-year-old who lives in the area, was in custody after passersby subdued her until police could arrive. But it has identified hundreds of residents deemed a threat and militants who have travelled to war zones. Two men arrested in the town of Winterthur this month over possible links to a jihadist shooting attack in Vienna that killed four people on Nov. 2 visited the attacker in July.
Organizations: Federal, “ Police, Federal Office of Police, Winterthur ”, Islamic, Turkish Locations: ZURICH, Swiss, Lugano, Syria, Ticino, Switzerland, France, Germany, Paris, Nice, Vienna, Winterthur, Islamic State, Portuguese, Morges
UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states - document
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Alexander Cornwell | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park. FILE PHOTO: The skyline including the Burj Khalifa tower is seen as ships dock at Port Rashid in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 26, 2013. The document said applications for new employment and visit visas had been suspended for nationals - those outside the UAE - of 13 countries that also included Somalia, Libya and Yemen until further notice. A diplomat commented that the UAE had strained relations with some of the states listed, such as Turkey. Last week, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the UAE had stopped processing new visas for its citizens and those of some other countries, but that those already holding valid visas were not affected and could still enter the UAE.
Persons: Ahmed Jadallah Organizations: Reuters, United Arab, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, Federal Authority, Identity, Embassy, Islamic State Locations: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burj Khalifa, Port Rashid, Dubai, United Arab, UAE, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Algeria, Kenya, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jeddah, Israel
But after three years of "maximum pressure" under Trump's sanctions and dramatically deepened distrust between Tehran and Washington, that may be a lot further off than it sounds. Iran's economy has contracted on average 6% each year since Trump unilaterally withdrew from the multi-country deal, brokered under the Obama administration to curb Iran's nuclear activity in exchange for sanctions relief. Fear of a Trump returnBut for Biden, the Iran deal is likely not a top priority post-inauguration: His first six months are set to be consumed with tackling the coronavirus pandemic and a battered U.S. economy. And within the U.S., national security experts are skeptical of real compliance from Iran if Washington dives into the deal too eagerly. "But we should probably expect Iran to take advantage of this initial goodwill rollback and to try to get as much as they can out of a Biden administration while giving very little themselves."
Persons: Joe Biden, Queen, Salwan Georges, Donald Trump's, Biden, Ben Taleblu, it's, Obama, Ryan Bohl, Dave Des Roches, Hillary Clinton, Des Roches, Biden doesn't, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Bohl, Hassan Rouhani, rollbacks, Kirsten Fontenrose Organizations: Washington, Getty, Washington Post, The Washington Post, Getty Images, United Arab Emirates, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, CNBC, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey ., Labs Inc, AP, Trump, Biden, National Defense University, Security Initiative, Atlantic Council, U.S, Anadolu Agency Locations: WILMINGTON, DE, Wilmington , Delaware, Washington, Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab, Tehran, Monterey, Iran, Middle East, U.S, Washington ,, Islamic Republic
(Reuters) - President-Elect Joe Biden faces a challenging task fulfilling his foreign policy vision of the United States reclaiming its global leadership role after years in which the country stepped back and rival powers like China stepped in. “It’s a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it,” he told a news briefing in Wilmington, Delaware. “Biden, to the extent he reinforces those norms and institutions, will help shore up America’s position,” St. Lawrence University history professor Howard Eissenstat said. China has assumed a larger global role, ranging from multilateral institutions to assisting development in Africa and Latin America. Over the past four years, the United States has taken steps to withdraw from the World Health Organization and pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, “ It’s, , Trump, “ Biden, Howard Eissenstat, WORLD Biden, Obama’s, it’s, Randall Schriver, Vladimir Putin, Mike Pompeo, that’s, Pompeo Organizations: America, Republican, Washington, Trump, Lawrence University, WORLD, World Health Organization, , Islamic, Fox News, State Department Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, United States, China, America, Wilmington , Delaware, Paris, ” St, Africa, Latin America, Asia, Iran, Hong Kong, South China, Tehran, United States of America, Syria
Swiss suspect terror link in department store attack in Lugano
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
ZURICH (Reuters) - A Swiss woman grabbed a woman by the neck and wounded another in the neck with a serrated knife in a department store in the southern Swiss city of Lugano on Tuesday in what federal prosecutors called a suspected terror attack. Ticino cantonal police said the attack was over and the suspect, a 28-year-old who lives in the area, was in custody. “A department store in Lugano was the scene of a suspected terrorist-motivated attack on several people,” the federal Office of the Attorney General said in a statement. “In this context, one person with Swiss citizenship was arrested and is now in custody ... The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has opened criminal proceedings against this person,” it added.
Persons: Organizations: Winterthur ”, Islamic, Federal, Turkish Locations: ZURICH, Swiss, Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland, France, Germany, Paris, Nice, Vienna, Winterthur, Zurich, Islamic State, Portuguese, Morges
KABUL (Reuters) - Twin explosions in the central Afghan province of Bamiyan killed at least 14 people and wounded 45 more, provincial officials said on Tuesday, as the international community pledged assistance for Afghanistan at a conference in Switzerland. The two bombs, hidden at the side of a road in a main bazaar in Bamiyan city, killed 12 civilians and two traffic policemen, said Zabardast Safai, the police chief of the province. The other 45 people injured were mostly from a nearby restaurant and shops, Safai added. Bamiyan has been seen as the country’s safest province due to its remote location in the central mountains. The dominant local tribe, the Hazara, opposed the Taliban, mostly ethnic Pashtuns who massacred thousands of Hazara during their rule.
Persons: Zabardast Safai, Safai, Bamiyan Organizations: Sunni, Islamic, United Nations Locations: KABUL, Afghan, Bamiyan, Afghanistan, Switzerland, Geneva, Hazara, Kabul
China says pope's remarks about "persecuted" Uighurs are groundless
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese foreign ministry on Tuesday dismissed Pope Francis’s criticism of China’s treatment of Muslim Uighurs as groundless. FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis looks on as he celebrates a Mass as part of World Youth Day, at St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, November 22, 2020. People of all ethnicities in Xinjiang enjoy full protection of their subsistence rights, developmental rights and religious freedom, Zhao said. “The remarks by Pope Francis are groundless,” he said. Faith leaders, activist groups and governments have said crimes against humanity and genocide are taking place against Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang region, where more than 1 million people are held in camps.
Persons: Pope, Uighurs, Pope Francis, Vincenzo Pinto, ” Pope Francis said, , Zhao Lijian, , Zhao, Yazidi Organizations: Vatican, REUTERS, Islamic, Uighurs Locations: BEIJING, St, Peter's, Xinjiang, Myanmar, Islamic State, Iraq, China’s Xinjiang, Beijing, China
Pope Francis says for first time that China's Uighurs are 'persecuted'
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.93   time to read: +2 min
In a new book, Pope Francis for the first time callsChina's Uighurs a "persecuted" people, something human rights activists have been urging him to do for years. In the wide-ranging "Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future," Francis also says the COVID-19 pandemic should spur governments to consider permanently establishing a universal basic income. "I think often of persecuted peoples: the Rohingya, the poor Uighurs, the Yazidi," he said in a section where he also talks about persecuted Christians in Islamic countries. While the pope has spoken out before about the Rohingya who have fled Myanmar, and the killing of Yazidi by Islamic State in Iraq, it was the first time he mentioned the Uighurs. During a conference at the Vatican last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted China over its treatment of Uighurs.
Persons: Pope Francis, Francis, Austen Ivereigh, George Floyd, Yazidi, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo Organizations: Islamic Locations: Myanmar, Islamic State, Iraq, Xinjiang, China, Beijing
EU calls for Afghan ceasefire, warns against Islamic emirate
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: European High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, gives a news briefing at the end an informal video conference of EU Defense minister in Brussels, Belgium November 20, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERSGENEVA (Reuters) - The European Union (EU) foreign policy chief called on Tuesday for an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan and said that any move to set up an Islamic emirate would affect the bloc’s support. Josep Borrell, EU High Representative, told an Afghanistan fund-raising conference in Geneva: “A ceasefire should not be an outcome of the (peace) processs, it should accompany the process from today...Any attempt to restore an Islamic emirate would have an impact on our political and financial engagement.”
Persons: Josep Borrell, Olivier Hoslet, Organizations: High Representative, Union for Foreign Affairs, EU Defense, REUTERS GENEVA, European Union, EU High Representative Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Afghanistan, Geneva
Opinion | Two Costly Wars, and a Legacy of Shame
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Timothy Kudo | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
O.K., there is a civil war going on in Afghanistan right now. We’re keeping our troops there indefinitely because of this idea that if we leave there’s going to be this vacuum. I don’t think the American people have actually really refreshed their browser on the Afghan war since 2001 or two. They’re going to get upset and they’re going to get tired of it. They’re going to want revenge and they’re going to figure it out.
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Pope, for first time, says China's Uighurs are 'persecuted'
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Philip Pullella | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - In a new book, Pope Francis for the first time calls China’s Muslim Uighurs a “persecuted” people, something human rights activists have been urging him to do for years. “I think often of persecuted peoples: the Rohingya, the poor Uighurs, the Yazidi,” he said in a section where he also talks about persecuted Christians in Islamic countries. Last month, during a conference at the Vatican, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted China over its treatment of Uighurs. That’s why I believe it is time to explore concepts like the universal basic income (UBI) ...” he said. “By providing a universal basic income, we can free and enable people to work for the community in a dignified way,” he said.
Persons: Pope Francis, China’s, Vincenzo Pinto, ” Francis, Austen Ivereigh, Francis, George Floyd, , Yazidi, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, UBI, Andrew Yang Organizations: VATICAN CITY, Vatican, REUTERS, Islamic, Uighurs, Democratic Locations: St, Peter's, Myanmar, Islamic State, Iraq, China’s, Xinjiang, China, Uighurs, Beijing, United States
Burkina Faso's Kabore ahead in early presidential election results
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Incumbent Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore was leading with just 12 of around 360 voting districts declared on Monday, the electoral commission said, a day after a presidential vote dominated by the threat of Islamist violence. Hundreds of thousands of citizens were unable to cast their ballots on Sunday because their polling stations remained closed for fear of attack. An association of the opposition parties cast doubt on the credibility of the results on Monday, repeating allegations of irregularities and fraud during a joint news conference. Kabore, who was first elected in 2015, led in most of the dozen voting districts whose results were announced on Monday afternoon, totalling over 53,000 votes, more than double as many as his nearest rival, Zephirin Diabre. The electoral commission said further results would be announced on Tuesday.
Persons: Roch Kabore, Zephirin, Diabre, Eddie Komboigo, Blaise Compaore Organizations: Burkina Faso, Islamic Locations: OUAGADOUGOU, al Qaeda, Islamic State, Burkina Faso, West Africa’s
Teen who left UK to join IS should not be allowed back, Supreme Court told
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
LONDON (Reuters) - A British-born woman who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State should not be allowed to return to Britain to challenge the government taking away her citizenship because she poses a security risk, the UK’s top court heard on Monday. Shamima Begum, who was born to Bangladeshi parents, left London in 2015 when she was 15 and went to Syria via Turkey with two schoolfriends. In Syria, she married an Islamic State fighter and lived in Raqqa, the capital of the self-declared caliphate, where she remained for four years until she was discovered in a detention camp. Challenging that verdict, James Eadie, the lawyer for the British government, told the Supreme Court that intelligence agencies concluded those who aligned with Islamic State posed a serious risk to national security. The Supreme Court hearing is due to last two days with a decision expected to be handed down at a later date.
Persons: Shamima Begum, Begum, James Eadie, ” Eadie Organizations: Islamic, Court Locations: British, Syria, Islamic State, Britain, London, Turkey, Raqqa, United Kingdom
(Reuters) - Joe Biden will pick Antony Blinken as U.S. secretary of state, a person close to the president-elect’s transition said on Sunday, elevating one of his most seasoned and trusted aides as he prepares to undo President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration, in which Biden served as vice president. Blinken’s appointment makes another longtime Biden aide with a foreign policy background, Jake Sullivan, the top candidate to be U.S. national security adviser, the first source said. On the campaign trail, Blinken was one of Biden’s closest advisers, even on issues that went beyond foreign policy. He served as the former vice president’s national security adviser during the Obama administration.
Persons: Joe Biden, Antony Blinken, Donald Trump’s, Henry Romero, Barack Obama’s, Biden, Blinken, Blinken’s, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, Trump’s, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Barack Obama, , ’ Blinken, , Mike Pompeo, Zhao Lijian, Hillary Clinton, Trump, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton’s, Obama Organizations: REUTERS, State Department, Bloomberg News, World Health Organization, United Nations, Thomas, Reuters, Foreign Ministry, Democratic, WestExec Advisors, Islamic, Senate Foreign Relations, Yale, Oxford, Biden Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Mexico City, Iran, Paris, U.S, Greenfield, Black, Africa, United States, China, Washington, Syria, Kurdish U.S, Islamic State
(Reuters) - Joe Biden will pick Antony Blinken as U.S. secretary of state, a person close to the president-elect’s transition said on Sunday, elevating one of his most seasoned and trusted aides as he prepares to undo President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration, in which Biden served as vice president. Blinken’s appointment makes another longtime Biden aide with a foreign policy background, Jake Sullivan, the top candidate to be U.S. national security adviser, the first source said. On the campaign trail, Blinken was one of Biden’s closest advisers, even on issues that went beyond foreign policy. He served as the former vice president’s national security adviser during the Obama administration.
Persons: Joe Biden, Antony Blinken, Donald Trump’s, Henry Romero Blinken, Barack Obama’s, Biden, Blinken, Blinken’s, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, Trump’s, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Barack Obama, , ’ Blinken, , Hillary Clinton, Trump, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton’s, Obama Organizations: REUTERS, State Department, Bloomberg News, World Health Organization, United Nations, Thomas, Reuters, Democratic, WestExec Advisors, Islamic, Senate Foreign Relations, Yale, Oxford, Biden Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Mexico City, Iran, Paris, U.S, Greenfield, Black, Africa, United States, China, Washington, Syria, Kurdish U.S, Islamic State
(Reuters) - Joe Biden will pick Antony Blinken as U.S. secretary of state, a person close to the president-elect’s transition said on Sunday, elevating one of his most seasoned and trusted aides as he prepares to undo President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration, in which Biden served as vice president. Blinken’s appointment makes another longtime Biden aide with a foreign policy background, Jake Sullivan, the top candidate to be U.S. national security adviser, the first source said. On the campaign trail, Blinken was one of Biden’s closest advisers, even on issues that went beyond foreign policy. He served as the former vice president’s national security adviser during the Obama administration.
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Erdogan rejects ally's call for release of philanthropist and Kurdish leader
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 3 images )ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dismissed calls from a close ally for the release of a leading Kurdish opposition politician and a philanthropist from jail. They were joined on Thursday by former deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc, now on the presidency’s High Advisory Board. “Even though we have worked together in the past, no one’s personal comments can be linked to the president, our government or the party,” Erdogan said in a speech to party members. Kavala was acquitted in February of charges related to street protests in 2013 that threatened then-premier Erdogan’s grip on power, but was re-arrested the same day on charges related to a failed coup in 2016, in which he denies any role. In his remarks, Erdogan said that “the people who are currently at the disposal of the judiciary, who caused the deaths of thousands of our people, the people who are responsible for Kobani, cannot be defended by Tayyip Erdogan or his allies”.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Demirtas, Osman, Bulent Arinc, ” Erdogan, Erdogan, Organizations: Osman Kavala, Peoples ’ Democratic Party, Islamic, Kavala Locations: ISTANBUL, Turkish, Syrian Kurdish, Kobani
Burkina Faso votes under looming threat of violence
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Edward Mcallister | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso heads to the polls on Sunday in an election dominated by jihadist violence, which has cost over 2,000 lives this year and will prevent voting in hundreds of villages. But a surge in attacks by groups with links to the militant groups al Qaeda and Islamic State has eclipsed everything else. Analysts expect a tight race that could go to a second round if no candidate wins more than 50%. The electoral commission says polling stations will remain shut across much of the north and east for fear of violence. At least 400,000 people - nearly 7% of the electorate - will be unable to cast their votes, official data show.
Persons: Roch Kaboré, , hasn’t, , Tiadiane Bonkoungou, Zephirin Diabré, Eddie Komboigo, Blaise Campaoré, Diabré Organizations: Islamic Locations: OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, Islamic State, Ouagadougou
Voting starts in Burkina Faso under looming threat of violence
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Edward Mcallister | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Polls opened in Burkina Faso on Sunday in a presidential election dominated by jihadist violence, which has cost over 2,000 lives this year and will prevent voting in hundreds of villages. Small numbers of early voters waited in a large sandy schoolyard to cast their ballots after polls opened at 6 a.m. (0600 GMT). Analysts expect a tight race that could go to a second round if no candidate wins more than 50%. In a press conference on Saturday, Diabré said the president was orchestrating “massive fraud” ahead of the vote, without providing evidence. The electoral commission says polling stations will remain shut across much of the north and east for fear of violence.
Persons: Roch Kaboré, , Maimouna Tapsoba, Zephirin Diabré, Eddie Komboigo, Blaise Campaoré, Diabré Organizations: Islamic Locations: OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, Islamic State, Ouagadougou
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