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Trump wall: President addresses nation on border 'crisis'

Trump wall: President addresses nation on border 'crisis'

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Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has made his first TV address to the nation from the Oval Office, escalating a stand-off with Congress that has led to an 18-day partial government shutdown.Mr Trump insisted on funding for his long-promised US-Mexico border wall.However, he did not declare an emergency that would enable him to bypass the lower house of Congress now controlled by the opposition Democrats.Democratic leaders accused him of holding the American people hostage.The Republican president wants $ 5.7bn (£4.5bn) to build a steel barrier, which would deliver on his signature campaign pledge.But Democrats - who recently took control of the House of Representatives - are adamantly opposed to giving him the fu...
Congo voters cast ballots for new president after years of delays

Congo voters cast ballots for new president after years of delays

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Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo took to the polls Sunday to elect their first new leader since 2001 amid delays caused by weather and technical difficulties. About 40 million people are eligible to vote for the successor to President Joseph Kabila after the election was postponed two years from the end of his turn in 2016 after the electoral commission said it needed more time to register voters. Sunday's elections began at 5 a.m. local time and were scheduled to end at 5 p.m., but people already in line at the cutoff time will be permitted to vote. Voting began with delays in some areas as some of the electronic voting machines, which are being used for the first time in this election weren't working. Heavy rains also caused delays in the capital city Kin...
Andry Rajoelina to again become Madagascar's president

Andry Rajoelina to again become Madagascar's president

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Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Andry Rajoelina, who has been Madagascar's president once before, won December's presidential runoff, election authorities said Thursday. Rajoelina last served as president from 2009 to 2014 under military pressure after President Marc Ravolomanana resigned. Rajoelina received nearly 56 percent of the vote compared to Ravolamanana's 44 percent in the presidential runoff last week, the electoral commission announced. Madagascar's Independent National Election Commission announced the results at a news conference Thursday. Former prime ministers, a pastor and a rock star also ran for president in the November election, but former presidents Ravaolmanana and Rajoelina emerged as front-runners, leading to the runoff. Voter turnout was about 48 percent in the Dec. 19 runoff. T...
Nigeria's president denies conspiracy theories that he's a human clone

Nigeria's president denies conspiracy theories that he's a human clone

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The president of Nigeria has been forced to deny that he is a human clone after rumors circulated on social media that he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese lookalike called “Jubril.” When asked about the conspiracy at a conference in Poland, President Muhammadu Buhari called the rumors “irreligious," and drew laughter from the crowd when he denied being a “clone.” “One of the questions that came up today in my meeting with Nigerians in Poland was on the issue of whether I‘ve been cloned or not,” he wrote in a tweet on Sunday. “The ignorant rumors are not surprising — when I was away on medical vacation last year a lot of people hoped I was dead.” President Buhari was speaking with Poland’s Nigerian diasp...
First leftist sworn in as Mexico's president in decades

First leftist sworn in as Mexico's president in decades

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Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Andres Manuel López Obrador, 65, known as AMLO, was sworn in as Mexico's president Saturday. The 65-year-old starting his six-year term took 53 percent of the vote in a three-way race, allowing him to become the first leftist president since Mexico went from a one-party authoritarian state to a full democracy in 2000. López Obrador also became the first winning candidate to obtain more than half the country's vote when he won the election in July. He ran on a campaign that promised to stop corruption and reduce poverty. And his win was accompanied by his party also gaining a majority in Congress. He ran three times before securing the historic landslide presidential victory. "Today we don't only begin a new government, today we begin a change of our politica...