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At least 20 killed in communal violence in central Nigeria

Media Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP) Abuja, Oct 17, 2017 (AFP) – Nigeria’s president demanded late Monday that police and the army “stop the madness” in central Plateau state after more than 20 people were killed a new flare-up of violence. Fulani herdsmen are suspected of killing at least 20 people last weekend with guns and explosives in the latest round of clashes in a long-running battle over grazing rights in central Nigeria. “President Muhammadu Buhari has received with deep sadness and regret news of the recent killings of at least 20 people in Plateau state, during what has been described as a reprisal...

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He Was the Face of Liberia’s Endless War. Now He Wants to Govern.

Joseph Duo throwing candy to a crowd after a campaign speech last week in Grand Bassa County, Liberia. Credit: Carielle Doe for The New York Times By CLAIR MacDOUGALL Culled from the New York Times ZANGAR TOWN, Liberia — Joseph Duo edged his yellow taxi toward the river and boarded a canoe with stacks of grimy Liberian dollars and a backpack full of fliers promising more food, free education and better clinics. He marched down a damp muddy path, until the forest parted into a poor village named Zangar Town. His message was simple: Vote for me. Fourteen years ago, Mr....

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Will the Palestinians Ever play their cards right?

Photo: Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah at a deal making in Cairo, Egypt The current efforts to reconcile between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas will be doomed to fail just like several previous attempts, unless both sides agree to resolve three major obstacles—a united strategy to find a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the fate of Hamas’ cache of weapons, and the Palestinians’ future government—that have haunted them since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007.  Given their mutual animosity and deadly rivalry, the question is, will the Palestinians be able this time around to play their...

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Electoral Chief: Liberia’s presidential poll successful

LIBERIA, WEST AFRICA –– No serious disturbance has been narrated so far as polls opened and closed Tuesday for Liberians to elect a new president, the country’s electoral institution chief said. Voters in the West African nation waited and strolled in long queues across the country to vote for a new president and 73 members of the country’s legislature in the election. The head of the National Elections Commission, Jerome Korkoya, said the general elections in Liberia have been successful, except for what he described as “pockets of incidents” that emerged from misperception on the part of voters. He...

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Despite initial glitches, Liberia’s Election allegedly Went smoothly

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with Red Hat bearing initials “EJS’ in line to vote WEST AFRICA —Today, October 10, 2017, Liberians vote for a new president to replace outgoing president Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The Tuesday poll also includes legislative races for members of the House of Representatives. Voting started on a rocky path this morning, with several voters being initially denied access and the opportunity to vote because, according to officials of the National Election Commission (NEC) of Liberia, the eligible voters did not have their names on the authorized NEC voting roster sent at the voting centers....

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The Unspeakable Evil: Why Riva’s Action About Liberia Gave Me Belly Ache

The president of my country, Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is a rich and powerful woman and a Liberian citizen. Ms. Riva Levinson, I am made to understand, is a zealous public relations expert, a U.S. citizen, and a relatively rich and influential woman.  I am a poor university student, a young lady (woman) and a Liberian. As a Liberian, I share more things in common with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf than K. Riva Levinson does. Besides, I should be able to look up to President Sirleaf as a role model, and when she became president, it was a...

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