Polls close in Mali amid coronavirus threat, security fears

Polls have closed in Mali’s long-delayed parliamentary elections marred by gunmen abducting observers in a bid to stop the vote. Turnout was low due to security concerns and fears over the coronavirus. The election had been postponed twice previously because of violence by armed groups. But it went ahead this time, despite the kidnapping of … Read more Polls close in Mali amid coronavirus threat, security fears

Mali parliamentary vote takes place despite coronavirus

People in Mali are heading to the polls for a long-delayed parliamentary election. The polls opened today, just hours after the country recorded its first COVID-19 death. In addition to health concerns, the country also faces security risks. Leading opposition figure Soumaila Cisse was kidnapped on Wednesday while campaigning. The election has been postponed several … Read more Mali parliamentary vote takes place despite coronavirus

Mali to head to polls amid security crisis, coronavirus pandemic

After six years of delay, Mali’s parliamentary election is due on Sunday. The president hopes the vote will bring peace after years of attacks by armed groups linked to al-Qaeda. But the main opposition leader was kidnapped a few days ago while out campaigning. Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe … Read more Mali to head to polls amid security crisis, coronavirus pandemic

U.S. Indicts Venezuela’s Maduro on Drug-Trafficking Charges With $15 Million Reward

The U.S. indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for drug trafficking on Thursday, offering a $15 million reward for information leading to his arrest, as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on an adversary it has sought to push aside. The U.S. also indicted 14 key Maduro associates, including former Vice President Diosdado Cabello, offering $10 … Read more U.S. Indicts Venezuela’s Maduro on Drug-Trafficking Charges With $15 Million Reward

Trump attacks media, says he doesn’t want 350 million Americans tested for coronavirus

Donald Trump shot down suggestions his push to ‘re-open’ the USA by Easter is to boost his election chances, despite contradictory advice from health officials. The president also talked down the idea of testing all Americans, preferring to focus on coronavirus hotspots Trump praises Senate stimulus deal and attacks US media – as it happened

Election campaigning takes back seat to coronavirus | The Bottom Line

In an era of social distancing, much of traditional campaigning has gone the way of the handshake – cancelled. Goodbye to face-to-face rallies, fundraisers and door-knocking. Hello to “virtual rallies” and digital campaigning. While President Donald Trump has the advantage of full access to national television, by virtue of daily coronavirus news conferences, the Democratic … Read more Election campaigning takes back seat to coronavirus | The Bottom Line

Bloomberg sued after breaking pay promise to workers amid pandemic

As many thousands of ‘stay home’ Americans are left wondering where their next wage is coming from – there’s one team eager to claw something back from their former boss. They’re suing billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who had promised to pay his now-disbanded presidential campaign staff up to election day in November. But instead, he’s donating … Read more Bloomberg sued after breaking pay promise to workers amid pandemic

President Trump’s electoral map leaves out this big factor

President Trump is known to love using visuals to get his point across. Especially an electoral map from 2016 that shows nearly the entire country supports him. Chris Cillizza explains why this map doesn’t show the full picture, but why the President won’t stop pushing it. SOURCES AND FURTHER READING: Donald Trump ‘likes his intelligence … Read more President Trump’s electoral map leaves out this big factor

Pakistan’s BRT transport project delayed amid corruption claims

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan won an election on a promise to end corruption. But officials are now being accused of receiving kickbacks worth millions of dollars as a landmark rapid transport project, known as the BRT, misses several deadlines. Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid reports from Peshawar. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – … Read more Pakistan’s BRT transport project delayed amid corruption claims