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Zimbabwe Opposition Challenges Early Police Voting

Zimbabwe's main opposition party is challenging early voting by some police officers, which it says is part of vote-rigging efforts by the country's election body in favor of the ruling ZANU-PF party. Priscilla Chigumba, the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, told reporters Friday that early voting by some police officers ahead of the July 30 general election is perfectly legal. "The law does not stipulate that these are votes which are placed in ballot boxes. These are… Read Full Article

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'We Are Always Missing You': Torn Apart by Violence, Rohingya Families Connect Through Letters

Inside a bamboo shelter on Bangladesh’s eastern coast, 58-year-old Sait Banu held a dog-eared note from her husband. “If you find a good match for my daughter Una Jamin, you can arrange her wedding,” he urged her in the letter. “Don’t worry, there is no problem in jail.” The message, sent from a prison hundreds of miles away in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, was the first Sait Banu had heard from her husband since he was arrested in an army sweep last August that forced more than 700,000 Rohingya… Read Full Article

US Charges 12 Russians With Conspiracy to Interfere in '16 Election

A federal grand jury on Friday indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers with conspiracy to hack into Democrat computers during the 2016 presidential election, the latest charges brought against Russian nationals by the special counsel investigating Moscow's interference. The indictment charges the operatives with carrying out one of two kinds of the Russian meddling in the contentious election: hacking the email accounts of volunteers and employees of the Hillary Clinton… Read Full Article

Number of migrants 'abandoned by Algeria' in Sahara drops

The country has been accused of abandoning people in the desert at its southern borders.

Israel: IDF Downs Second Syrian Drone This Week

Israel says it has shot down a drone that was approaching its territory from the direction of Syria. The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) said Friday it had fired a Patriot Missile at the unmanned aircraft.  This would be the second time this week the Israeli army has downed a Syrian aircraft. On Wednesday, the IDF said it shot down a Syrian drone after it flew 10 kilometers into Israeli airspace. That prompted Israel to conduct air strikes on three Syrian military positions the following day. “… Read Full Article

UN Imposes Arms Embargo on South Sudan

The United Nations Security Council has adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan until May 2019.   The resolution includes a travel ban and an asset freeze on South Sudanese military officials Malek Reuben Riak and Paul Malong Awan, both of whom are listed as threatening the peace in South Sudan or expanding or extending the country's ongoing conflict. The resolution passed Friday with nine yes votes and six abstentions, including Ethiopia, Russia and China… Read Full Article

Acclaimed "Downton Abbey" TV Series to Be Turned Into a Movie

A movie is to be made of "Downton Abbey," the award-winning television period drama about a British household in the early 20th century, and the original stars will reunite for the project. Julian Fellowes, who created the show, has written the screenplay and will also produce the movie, production and distribution company Focus Features said on Friday. Brian Percival, who directed the first and several other episodes, will reprise the role for the film, and production will start later this… Read Full Article

Boys Meant to Stay 1 Hour in Cave, But Outside, Rains Began

The boys meant to explore the cave for just an hour, a casual jaunt to relax after soccer practice, but the waters rose. The teammates climbed higher, using their hands to feel the walls for a crawl space that would lead to safer, higher ground. Those handprints were among the first signs of where the boys were, what they had done to escape the floods, and what dangers rescuers would face in their mission to save the boys and their coach. The boys now recuperating and the rescuers who brought… Read Full Article

Aerial view of London anti-Trump protest

Thousands of protesters are marching through central London in protest of Donald Trump's visit.