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Deby’s Son to Lead Chad as Interim President

The son of the late President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad has been named interim president of the central African nation by a transitional military council. Wednesday’s announcement comes a day after 37-year-old General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno was named …

Democracy Under Threat in Benin

As Benin awaits results from Sunday’s election, many hoped the small, West African country would continue its tradition as a beacon of democracy in the region. But analysts worry Benin is following the path of neighbors like Chad, which held elections…

Early Results of Benin Presidential Election Expected to Favor Incumbent

The early results of the first round of Benin’s presidential election are expected Tuesday, with President Patrice Talon set to win a second five-year term amid accusations of election fraud.Opposition leaders in the West African nation had called for …

Benin Holds Presidential Election After Week of Violence

Benin voters are casting their ballots Sunday in a presidential election after a week of deadly violence against President Patrice Talon, who is seeking reelection.Opposition parties accuse Talon, who is expected to win a second term, of manipulating t…

Somali Elections Remain on Hold After Latest Political Talks Collapse

Somalia’s federal government said Wednesday that efforts to resolve the stalemate on elections collapsed after leaders from the states of Puntland and Jubbaland failed to agree on the way forward.But leaders from both states rejected that claim from th…

Al-Shabab Issues Threats Ahead of Elections in Djibouti

The leader of Somalia’s al-Shabab militant group is calling for lone wolf attacks against American and French interests in Djibouti ahead of key presidential elections in the Horn of Africa country. In newly released audio, Ahmed Omar Abu Ubaidah accu…

Massive Container Ship Runs Aground, Blocks Traffic in Suez Canal

Operators of a 400-meter cargo ship say their vessel lost power and ran aground sideways in the Suez Canal, blocking a crucial waterway that is responsible for up to 12 percent of the world’s total trade. The waterway links Europe and Asia.But media re…