presidential election

BAMAKO, Mali | Malians vote in presidential runoff amid attacks, threats

BAMAKO, Mali  — Malians voted Sunday in a runoff presidential election to determine if incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will remain in office in this sprawling West African nation threatened by rising extremist violence. He faced off against opposition leader Soumaila Cisse. Sunday’s polls had low turnout by closing amid attacks and threats of violence by … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali | Malians vote in presidential runoff amid attacks, threats

JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesian president picks cleric as running mate in 2019

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The battle lines for Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election were drawn Friday as the incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo formally registered as a candidate after choosing a conservative Islamic cleric as his running mate. Jokowi, the first Indonesian president from outside the military and political elite, announced his vice-presidential candidate, Ma’ruf Amin, on Thursday … Continue reading JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesian president picks cleric as running mate in 2019

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s imagined steel mills, Russian ‘hoax’

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump is imagining steel mill openings that aren’t happening and in denial about Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election. He points broadly to a “Russian hoax,” even as his own top national security and intelligence officials decry a real threat of Russian interference in future U.S. elections, and suggests that … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s imagined steel mills, Russian ‘hoax’

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa takes lead in presidential election

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa took a strong lead in the presidential election late Thursday, with nine of the country’s 10 provinces declared. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission requested a break of one hour before announcing the final province, Mashonaland West, considered a stronghold of the ruling ZANU-PF party. Mnangagwa led with 2.1 million … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa takes lead in presidential election

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s ruling party wins control of parliament

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s ruling party has won a majority of seats in Parliament, the electoral commission announced Wednesday, as the country braced for the first official results of the presidential election. The ruling ZANU-PF won 109 seats while the main opposition MDC party had 41 in the country’s 210-seat House of Assembly. The commission … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s ruling party wins control of parliament

HARARE, Zimbabwe | The Latest: Police with water cannon in Zimbabwe’s capital

HARARE, Zimbabwe — The Latest on Zimbabwe’s election (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Police with water cannon are circulating in Zimbabwe’s capital as the country waits for the first official results of Monday’s presidential election. The main opposition claims that voting results were not posted outside 21 percent of the country’s polling stations as the … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | The Latest: Police with water cannon in Zimbabwe’s capital

BAMAKO, Mali  | Mali votes in presidential election amid insecurity

BAMAKO, Mali  — Voting started slowly Sunday as people in Mali head to the polls to vote for a president amid increasing attacks by a number of extremist groups linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State organization. Voters have expressed concern about being targeted after al-Qaida’s Mali branch had warned months ago against going to … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali  | Mali votes in presidential election amid insecurity

WASHINGTON | US economy surges to 4.1 percent growth rate in Q2

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy surged in the April-June quarter to an annual growth rate of 4.1 percent. That’s the fastest pace since 2014, driven by consumers who began spending their tax cuts and exporters who rushed to get their products delivered ahead of retaliatory tariffs. The Commerce Department reported Friday that the gross domestic … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US economy surges to 4.1 percent growth rate in Q2