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Niger voters return to polls in second round for president

World
Polls opened in Niger for the second round of voting in the country’s presidential elections, after none of the 28 candidates won an absolute majority in December’s voteBy DALATOU MAMANE Associated PressFebruary 21, 2021, 9:39 AM• 2 min readNIAMEY, Niger -- Polls opened Sunday morning in Niger for the second round of voting in the country’s presidential elections, after none of the 28 candidates won an absolute majority in December’s vote.Former foreign affairs minister Mohamed Bazoum, who received about 39% of the vote in the first round, is running against former president Mahamane Ousmane, who won nearly 17% of the vote, according to the National Independent Electoral Commission.The winner of Sunday's vote will succeed President Mahamadou Issoufou who is stepping down after serving two

After wolves rebound across US West, future up to voters

Technology
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody, disemboweled bison carcass were unmistakable: wolves.A pack of 35 named after a nearby promontory, Junction Butte, now were snoozing on a snow-dusted hillside above the carcass. Tourists dressed against the weather watched the pack through spotting scopes from about a mile away.“Wolves are my main thing. There’s something about their eyes -- it’s mystifying,” said Ann Moore, who came from Ohio to fulfill a life-long wish to glimpse the animals.Such encounters have become daily occurrences in Yellowstone after gray wolves rebounded in parts of the American West with remarkable speed following their reintroduction 25 years ago.It started with a few dozen wolves brought in crates from Canada to Yellow
Congo voters cast ballots for new president after years of delays

Congo voters cast ballots for new president after years of delays

World
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...
Voters defeat most state tax measures on midterm ballots

Voters defeat most state tax measures on midterm ballots

Finance
When it came to tax measures on the ballot, midterm election voters were quick to say, "no." In the last 15 years, voters have approved about half of tax measures on ballots, said Vanessa Williamson, a fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. This year, there were a lot more "no's" than typical, she said, perhaps due to this particular election's overwhelming controversy and high number of key races. "When in doubt, many people vote 'no,'" she said. Most rejected measures w...
Pakistan election: Dozens killed as voters go to polls

Pakistan election: Dozens killed as voters go to polls

World
Violence has erupted as millions head to the polls in Pakistan, with at least 31 dead in the worst attack, a bomb in the city of Quetta. Elsewhere, minor blasts and clashes between party workers left several injured and two dead. Opinion polls suggest the election battle will be between the parties of ex-cricket star Imran Khan and the disgraced former PM Nawaz Sharif.But the campaign has been overshadowed by concerns of fraud and violence.The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says there have been "blatant" attempts to manipulate the polls.Mr Khan has vowed to tackle corruption but his rivals accuse him of benefiting from alleged meddling by the military, which has ruled Pakistan for nearly half of its history.Mr Sharif, who wo...