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Congo ruling coalition to control legislature, curbing president-elect

Congo ruling coalition to control legislature, curbing president-elect

The result will undercut Felix Tshisekedi's ability to deliver on campaign promises to make a break with the 18-year Kabila era.

  • by Stanis Bujakera

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US troops on standby as Congo election results delayed
USA

US troops on standby as Congo election results delayed

The delay is the latest setback in a disorganised poll to pick a successor to President Joseph Kabila who has ruled since 2001.

Regional powers urge Venezuela's Maduro to step down
Venezuela

Regional powers urge Venezuela's Maduro to step down

The harsh resolution calling on Nicolas Maduro to step down suggests the Lima Group is losing patience and is likely to join the US in trying to ostracise him.

  • by Franklin Brecino
The police officer who arrested a US President – could it happen again?
Donald Trump

The police officer who arrested a US President – could it happen again?

Americans are pondering one of the great mysteries of the US Constitution: can the President of the United States be indicted? Arrested? Handcuffed?

  • by Michael S. Rosenwald
Take a long hard look in the mirror, narcissists
Opinion
Opinion

Take a long hard look in the mirror, narcissists

We are far more likely, if we can find a political hero, to want him or her to get things done in undemocratic ways.

  • by Ian Warden
From climate to globalism, Brazil's new ideologies all over the place
Brazil

From climate to globalism, Brazil's new ideologies all over the place

With his inauguration just weeks away, Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is assembling a Cabinet of ministers with starkly different views.

  • by Diane Jeantet
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Trump building new 'liberal' order to block Russia, China: Pompeo
Donald Trump

Trump building new 'liberal' order to block Russia, China: Pompeo

Trump's top diplomat promised a new democratic world order in which Washington will strengthen or jettison international agreements as it sees fit.

  • by Robin Emmott
Merkel encourages Thai PM to lead his country to democracy
Thailand

Merkel encourages Thai PM to lead his country to democracy

Prayuth Chan-ocha heads the Thai regime that seized power in a 2014 coup.

An Indigenous 'Voice to Parliament' would strengthen Australia's democracy: Stan Grant
Human rights

An Indigenous 'Voice to Parliament' would strengthen Australia's democracy: Stan Grant

The Indigenous journalist said the innovation, coming at a time of uncertainty for democracies, fused western and Indigenous tradition.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Poland is a nation divided as it marks the anniversary of its rebirth
Democracy

Poland is a nation divided as it marks the anniversary of its rebirth

Poland's bitter divisions were laid bare on Sunday as tens of thousands of people gathered in Warsaw to mark a century of the country's independence.

Journalist’s expulsion casts shadow on Hong Kong’s future
China

Journalist’s expulsion casts shadow on Hong Kong’s future

Questions are being raised about the city's future as a haven where rule of law and civil rights are better protected than elsewhere in Asia.

  • by Austin Ramzy and Amy Qin