Paul Kagame

Rwanda election: President Paul Kagame wins by landslide

The Electoral Commission in Rwanda has announced that President Paul Kagame has won a third term in office with a landslide. The Commission said partial results of yesterday's election had given him 98 per cent of the votes. Kagame's supporters began celebrating before the announcement. 

They say that he has brought stability and economic development after the horrors of the 1994 genocide. But his critics - most of whom are outside the country say he has ruled through fear. Kagame, who has been in power for 17 years, was challenged by Frank Habineza and Philippe Mpayimana. He came to power in 1994, when his rebel group took control of the capital, Kigali, ending the genocide in which some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered.

Afghanistan Bomb Blast

Afghanistan: 29 people killed in Herat mosque attack

In Afghanistan, a suicide bomber and a gunman killed around 29 people and wounded 63 at a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan's main western city of Herat last night. The assault on the Jawadya mosque in Herat, which is close to Afghanistan's border with Iran, came a day after the Islamic State group claimed a deadly attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul. Rafeeq Shirzai, a hospital spokesman said, some wounded are in a critical condition so the toll may go up. 

Herat police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said, based on initial information two terrorists were involved one of them wearing a suicide vest, who detonated himself while the second one was armed with a rifle. The spokesman said, both were died.

Medal Of Honor To Army Medic 48

US President Donald Trump awards Medal of Honor to Army medic 48 years later

An Army medic who ran into danger to save wounded soldiers during a Vietnam War battle despite his own serious wounds became the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Donald Trump. 

48 years after the selfless acts of bravery, James McCloughan is now nationally recognised. McCloughan said in a brief statement on the White House driveway after the ceremony that it was "humbling" to receive the medal. Now 71 and retired, he pledged to do his best to represent the men he fought alongside as the caretaker of this symbol of courage and action beyond the call of duty.

Constituent Assembly Vote

Venezuela: A menace in constituent assembly vote

A rush of bloodshed swept Venezuela on Sunday in violent protests against elections to choose the members of a powerful assembly that President Nicolas Maduro has tasked with writing a new constitution.

Electoral officials in Venezuela said “the turnout in controversial election for a constituent assembly was 41.5%”, a figure disputed by the opposition.

The opposition coalition said 88% of voters abstained and it refused to recognise the election.

Vladimir Putin

Russia asks 755 US diplomats to leave country following American sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked 755 US diplomats to leave the country under new sanctions. Putin's statement follows US Senate's approval of a bill to toughen sanctions on Russia for allegedly meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and for its annexation of Crimea in 2014. 

In an interview to a Russian TV channel, Putin said, more than one thousand people are working at the US embassy and consulates in Russia. He said, 755 of them must stop their activities and return. 

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry had demanded that Washington cut its diplomatic presence in Russia by September to 455; the same number Moscow has in the US. The Russian President also said that an upturn in Moscow's relations with Washington could not be expected any time soon.