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kenya's presidential elections moved to october 26 | kenya news

kenya's electoral commission says it has moved the date of the country's repeat presidential elections to october 26.the commission said in a statement on thursday that plans to hold the vote on october 17 had to be scrapped because it needs more time to meet the requirements set by the supreme court on wednesday.in its ruling, the court said the electoral commission had failed to properly verify the result of the august 8 vote that declared president uhuru kenyatta as the winner but was later invalidated.it also said the electoral commission had not given the court access to its computer servers to disprove the charge by veteran opposition leader raila odinga that hackers infiltrated the commission's system and altered the results."there is no doubt that the judgement impacts on the election operations and in particular technology to be deployed," the commission said in its statement announcing the new date for the elections."in order to ensure that the commission is fully prepared to deliver an election that meets the standards set out by the supreme court, we wish to notify the public and all stakeholders that the fresh presidential election shall now be held on thursday, 26th october 2017," it added. opinion: can kenya pull off a second election within 60 days? kenyatta on thursday denounced the nullification of his re-election as a blow to the democratic ideals kenyans fought for, calling it "a judicial coup".but in an interview with al jazeera, odinga said tha...





thousands of filipinos slam duterte's drug war | philippines news

thousands of people have protested in the philippines on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law in the country while denouncing what they say are president duterte's authoritarian tendencies and his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs.hundreds of riot police on thursday were deployed in the capital, manila, to secure the marches and rallies, among the largest against rodrigo duterte since he took office last year.a group calling itself a "movement against tyranny" used the anniversary to highlight human rights violations under duterte's so-called drug war on drugs.according to police statistics, more than 3,000 suspects have been killed in anti-drug operations since duterte became president on june 30, 2016. another 2,000 more have died in drug-related homicides, according to government figures. read more: thousands demand end to killings in duterte's drug warwaving red flags and carrying placards that read "stop the killings", left-wing groups gathered in three areas of manila, including a bridge leading to the presidential palace. they assembled later at a park by manila bay for the main protest.another group of protesters staged a separate rally at the commission on human rights, which has been denounced repeatedly by duterte for raising the alarm over his campaign against illegal drugs."marcos, duterte, no different, they both kill," the activists chanted, referring to the late leader ferdinand marcos who imposed military dictatorship for eight yea...





eu urged to resettle refugees directly from middle east | greece news

athens, greece - the greek asylum chief has called on the european union to resettle "several hundred thousand" refugees a year directly from the middle east, rather than allowing them to suffer the hazards of illegal crossings."that's the number of people coming into europe anyway," maria stavropoulou, who has overseen greece's asylum service since it was founded in 2013, said on thursday."this past year [the eu] has had a million asylum applications. we know who makes these applications. the majority is people coming irregularly into europe. so what are we doing? we're just giving business to smugglers."the eu runs a resettlement programme, through which refugees can be admitted directly from turkey, lebanon and jordan.the scheme has a ceiling of 22,504 over two years.most refugees brave the dangerous crossing to europe in rubber dinghies from the turkish coast to the islands of the east aegean sea, or from libya to italy.as a result, more than 2,500 have died in the mediterranean so far this year, and twice that number last year.stavropoulou spoke to al jazeera in the run-up to the conclusion of the eu's two-year relocation programme on friday.initiated at the same time as resettlement, relocation was designed to alleviate pressure on the asylum services of greece and italy, which, as first arrival countries, were both disproportionately burdened.relocation was the eu's first serious attempt at a common asylum and migration policy, but it put european solidarit...





odinga: kenya's presidential vote results 'manipulated' | kenya news

watch upfront: friday at 19:30gmt.kenya's opposition leader raila odinga has labelled the result of last month's annulled presidential election an "injustice".on september 1, kenya's supreme court nullified the result of the august 8 presidential vote that declared incumbent president uhuru kenyatta the winner.speaking to al jazeera's upfront programme, odinga said he was the winner of the elections, and the results were "just manipulated"."i know i won the elections," the leader of kenya's national super alliance (nasa) told upfront host mehdi hasan."what the [supreme] court did was the right thing," he added, referring to the kenyan supreme court's decision to nullify the election results and call fresh elections, based on irregularities in the voting process.odinga also commented on a recent tweet by kenya's deputy president william ruto, which asked: "for how long will one man, unable to win elections, continue to blackmail 45m kenyans using threats of violence, chaos, bloodshed & anarchy.""ruto basically suffers from amnesia," said odinga."in 2007, he was with me. he was in the front line fighting against the rigging of the election," he added."mr ruto lives in denial. because he himself has witnessed election rigging first hand."odinga was also asked to comment on international observers, like ghanaian president john mahama, who initially stated that the elections were credible."president john mahama did not disclose that he had a conflict of...





how to end the war in yemen? | yemen

thousands of people have rallied in yemen's capital, sanaa, to remember the third anniversary of the takeover of the city by houthi rebels.houthi leaders remain defiant, accusing saudi arabia, the united arab emirates and the united states of trying to divide yemen.more than 10,000 people have been killed in the fighting, and the united nations says millions of people face shortages of food and clean water.diseases are another factor, especially cholera.what can be done to bring an end to the war in yemen? and is the international community ignoring what is happening on the ground?presenter: sami zeidanguests:noha aboueldahab - visiting fellow at the brookings doha centrehussain albukhaiti - pro-houthi journalistnajeeb saeed ghanem - former yemeni ministersource: al jazeera news





hurricane maria leaves at least 15 dead in dominica | dominica news

hurricane maria, the second major storm to hit the caribbean this month, has left at least 15 people dead and 20 more missing in dominica, the small island nation's prime minister said. roosevelt skerrit confirmed the death toll on thursday, which puts the total casualty figure from maria to at least 25 across the caribbean. "so far, we would have buried in excess of 15 people," the prime minister told a television network of neighbouring antigua and barbuda.maria made landfall on dominica as a category 5 storm late on monday night, destroying hundreds of homes and cutting off the mountainous island's communication systems and shutting its two airports. it was later downgraded to a category 4 storm. read more: 'widespread devastation' as maria lashes dominica skerrit himself had to be rescued during the hurricane, which blew the roof off his residence on the island, home to about 72,000 people. "dominica is going to need all the help the world has to offer," skerrit told reporters. he added: "we have to join forces to do what we can, to mobilise support to the family and friends back in dominica. it is going to require the support of every single one of us, individuals, countries, institutions, organisations."al jazeera's gabriel elizondo, reporting from punta cana, on the eastern tip of the dominican republic, which is 1,000km from dominica, said skerrit "has painted a very grim picture of what his country faces"."making matters worse is the fact that both...





trump signs new order to expand north korea sanctions | usa news

us president donald trump has signed an executive order allowing washington to ramp up sanctions against north korea over its nuclear missile programme.the move on thursday came two days after trump warned north korean leader kim jong-un in his address at the un general assembly that the us, if threatened, would "totally destroy" his country of 26 million people.announcing the executive order, trump said the measure would allow sanctions against "individuals and companies that finance and facilitate trade" with pyongyang. infographic: which country has conducted the most nuclear tests? "our executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund north korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind," he added.industries set to be targeted include textiles, fishing, information technology and manufacturing.pyongyang has resisted international pressure, conducting its sixth and largest nuclear test on september 3, and launching numerous missiles this year, including two intercontinental ballistic missiles and two other rockets that flew over japan. read more: 'trump threats give kim excuse to pursue nuclear goals' trump stopped short of going after north korea's biggest trading partner, china, and praised its central bank for ordering chinese banks to stop doing business with north korea.he also did not mention pyongyang's oil trade. four sources told reuters that china's central bank had told banks to strictly implement united nations sanctio...





search effort continues for mexico quake survivors | mexico news

mexico's search-and-rescue operation is focusing on 10 buildings, where authorities hope to find survivors from tuesday's 7.1 earthquake.at least 273 people died and 2,000 people were injured when buildings collapsed due to the tremors about 50 people have been pulled out alive from under the rubble so far.the majority of deaths, 137, were in mexico city.by thursday, news of the miraculous rescue of a schoolgirl trapped in the rubble of a school in the mexican capital had become a symbol of hope.news media, officials and volunteer rescuers all repeated the story of "frida sofia", but she never existed, mexican navy officials later said.watch: mexico city was better prepared for earthquake than it was in 1985"we want to emphasise that we have no knowledge about the report that emerged with the name of a girl," angel enrique sarmiento, navy's assistant secretary, said on thursday."we never had any knowledge about that report, and we do not believe - we are sure - it was not a reality."in fact, he said, the only trace rescuers had were images from a camera lowered into the rubble of the enrique rebsamen school that showed blood tracks where an injured person apparently dragged himself or herself.sarmiento said the only person still listed as missing was a school employee.several dead people have been removed from the rubble of the school, and it could have been their fingers rescuers thought they saw move."the information existing at this moment doesn't allow us to ...





pyongyang threatens h-bomb test over pacific ocean | north korea news

north korea says it may test a hydrogen bomb over the pacific ocean after us president donald trump threatened to destroy the country, whose leader simultaneously promised to make a "mentally deranged" trump pay dearly for his threats.speaking in new york city on friday, ri yong-ho, the north's foreign minister, said his country could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale on the pacific ocean, south korea's yonhap news agency reported.japan, the only country ever to suffer an atomic attack, described the threat from ri as "totally unacceptable". explainer - hydrogen bomb v atomic bomb: what's the difference? for its part, china responded by calling on all parties to exercise restraint.on tuesday, trump said in his first address to the un that he would "totally destroy" north korea if it threatened the us and its allies, and called kim a "rocket man" on a suicide mission.in a rare statement directly attributed to the north's leader, kim jong-un has said trump is "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country".he described trump as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire".north korea's possible hydrogen bomb test explainednorth korea,  a country of 26 million people, says it needs a sturdy nuclear deterrence to protect it from the us, and its government has made militarism a central part of its national ideology.pyongyang's stated aim is to be able to target the us mainland and it has shown off advance...





bangladesh pm wants rohingya safe zones in myanmar | bangladesh news

bangladesh's prime minister has accused myanmar of ethnic cleansing of its rohingya people and urged the country to allow the return of "hungry, distressed and hopeless" refugees.sheikh hasina told the un general assembly on thursday that bangladesh was sheltering more than 800,000 rohingya, of whom 430,000 had arrived in the past three weeks.she called for safe zones to be created under un supervision in myanmar's rakhine state."we are horrified to see that the myanmar authorities are laying landmines along their stretch of the border to prevent the rohingya from returning to myanmar," hasina said.mobs target non-rohingya muslims in myanmar"these people must be able to return to their homeland in safety, security and dignity."more than half of the displaced rohingya are living in makeshift camps with little access to shelter, food, clean water and sanitation, according to the international organization for migration (iom).on tuesday, marzuki darusman, the head of the un fact-finding mission, said they were seeking access to myanmar to investigate allegations of mass killings and torture.children make up about 60 percent of more than 420,000 people who have poured in to bangladesh. they have seen family members killed and homes set on fire.they have known fear and terror. and they have endured dangerous journeys through forests and on rickety boats.sometimes they have done it alone. unicef has so far counted more than 1,400 children who have crossed the borde...





how gaza's only escape turned deadly | environment

on a hot summer day in mid-july, ahmed al-sayis, a palestinian from gaza's al-zaytoon neighbourhood, decided to take his four daughters and five-year-old son mohammed to the sheikh ejlin beach west of the city, to cool off. temperatures were nearing 40 degrees celsius and electric fans were paralysed by the unprecedented power shortage.as the sun blazed over the desert-bordering gaza, the beach seemed like the only escape. "the new school semester was approaching and the heat was unbearable. the children needed a breather so we tried to find a clean spot in which to swim and cool off," al-sayis told al jazeera.everything seemed fine when the family got back home. later that night, mohammed began to show symptoms of illness. "he became sick and vomited several times. the next morning, he was unresponsive and his fever spiked, so i took him to the hospital immediately," continued al-sayis. soon enough, mohammed fell into a coma. he was placed in intensive care and, three days later, transferred to al-rantisi tertiary hospital for further tests.there, mohammed's doctors mustered all their resources to save the child's life, but despite strong antibiotics and the best available care, mohammed's health continued to deteriorate.running out of time and options, the doctors requested an urgent referral to a hospital outside gaza. ahmed hurriedly tried to get the necessary approvals for the referral. "i kept trying for a week to obtain the necessary approval [from the hea...





houthi criticises saudis, uae in anniversary speech | yemen news

the leader of yemen's houthi group has marked with a defiant speech the eve of the third anniversary of the day his fighters stormed into the capital sanaa.appearing on the houthi-run al masirah tv on wednesday, abdel-malek al-houthi criticised the saudi-led coalition opposing his fighters, who control large expanses of territory and took sanaa on what they consider the "september 21 revolution".al-houthi accused the us, saudi arabia and the united arab emirates of seeking to divide yemen by working with local groups and the internationally recognised government of abd-rabbu mansour hadi to seize control of territory controlled by his fighters. read more: yemen war takes its toll on uae soldiers "the emiratis are the front for the americans," al-houthi said. "and today they are stealing yemen's natural gas, despite the suffering of the yemeni people."there are a lot of islands today which have been handed over by the foreign agents and traitors of this country to the emiratis, and they made bases on them, some of them shared bases with the americans."on thursday, hundreds of thousands of houthi supporters rallied in sanaa.watch: yemen sees growing divisions among anti-government groups (02:37)speaking from sanaa, hakim almasmari, editor of the yemen post, said that despite the size of the crowd, the absence of houthi allies such as the party of ali abdullah saleh, the former president, was conspicuous."this is a very clear division in sanaa between the two allie...





separatist supporters mass outside barcelona top court | news

pro-independence supporters have gathered outside barcelona's top court for a second consecutive day, protesting against the spanish government's attempts to block a referendum on catalonia's split from spain.the demonstrations began after spanish authorities, which outlawed the vote scheduled for october 1, detained on wednesday 14 regional officials and seized referendum materials, including some 10 million ballot papers, in an unprecedented raid of regional government offices.the protesters on thursday packed the barcelona boulevard connecting arc de triomf and parc ciutadella, two popular tourist attractions, waving signs reading "stop dictatorship" and "we want to vote".opinion: why catalonia should be given a say on its future "certainly, the people here are saying they are not going anywhere," al jazeera's karl penhaul, reporting from the protest site in catalonia's main city, said."they have been chanting slogans such as, 'the streets are ours', a clear determination that they think that one of the ways they can force through this referendum, despite the growing police action, is to try and mobilise, get out there and maintain a presence in these public spaces."among those detained was josep maria jove, catalonia's junior economy minister.penhaul said that two of the detained were released overnight, but the other 12 were "still facing possible charges of trying to organise and facilitate a referendum that the state prosecutors are calling illegal"....





somalia chides regions for cutting ties with qatar | somalia news

somalia's government has rebuked its three semi-autonomous regions for cutting ties with qatar, saying it was determined to stay neutral in the gulf state's dispute with other arab states.the region of galmudug issued a statement on wednesday saying it stood with the united arab emirates and saudi arabia in the regional row, following similar declarations last month by the regions of puntland and hirshabelle.somalia's federal government responded on thursday by saying only it had the authority to speak on foreign affairs.qatar's emir addresses gulf crisis at un general assemblysaudi arabia, uae, bahrain, and egypt cut political and trade ties with qatar on june 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their arch-foe iran - charges that qatar vehemently denies.the spat about it in volatile but strategically located somalia illustrated how far the political ripples from the gulf dispute have spread.somalia's open stance is important for qatar - somalia's airspace remains open for qatar airways, a critical lifeline amid the blockade.arab gulf states have meanwhile been pouring resources into the semi-autonomous regions."[the arab states] are trying to give more energy and emphasise more their relations with these regional governments, trying to pressure them to go against the federal government," said nairobi-based somalia expert ahmed roble.somalia's position also underlines its delicate position  - dependent on trade from saudi arabia, but increasing close to turke...





pyongyang threatens h-bomb test over pacific ocean | north korea news

north korea says it may test a hydrogen bomb over the pacific ocean after us president donald trump threatened to destroy the country, whose leader simultaneously promised to make a "mentally deranged" trump pay dearly for his threats.speaking in new york city on friday, ri yong-ho, the north's foreign minister, said his country could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale on the pacific ocean, south korea's yonhap news agency reported.japan, the only country ever to suffer an atomic attack, described the threat from ri as "totally unacceptable".ri also said he did not know kim's exact thoughts, according to the yonhap report.japan deploys missile interceptor to hokkaidotrump said in his first address to the un on tuesday he would "totally destroy" north korea if it threatened the us and its allies, and called kim a "rocket man" on a suicide mission.in a rare statement directly attributed to the north's leader, kim jong-un has said trump is "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country".he described trump as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire".north korea,  a country of 26 million people, says it needs a sturdy nuclear deterrence to protect it from the us, and its government has made militarism a central part of its national ideology.pyonyang's stated aim is to be able to target the us mainland and it has shown off advances in its nuclear weapons programme in recent weeks, with a september test o...





somalia rebukes its states for breaking with qatar | somalia news

somalia's government has rebuked its three semi-autonomous regions for cutting ties with qatar, saying it was determined to stay neutral in the gulf nation's dispute with other arab states.the region of galmudug issued a statement on wednesday saying it stood with the united arab emirates and saudi arabia in the regional row, following similar declarations last month by the regions of puntland and hirshabelle.somalia's federal government responded on thursday by saying only it had the authority to speak on foreign affairs.qatar's emir addresses gulf crisis at un general assemblysaudi arabia, uae, bahrain, and egypt cut political and trade ties with qatar on june 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their arch-foe iran - charges that doha vehemently denies.the spat about it in volatile but strategically located somalia illustrated how far the political ripples from the gulf dispute have spread.somalia's open stance is important for qatar - somalia's airspace remains open for qatar airways, a critical lifeline amid the blockade.gulf arab states have meanwhile been pouring resources into the semi-autonomous regions."[the arab states] are trying to give more energy and emphasise more their relations with these regional governments, trying to pressure them to go against the federal government," said nairobi-based somalia expert ahmed roble.somalia's position also underlines its delicate position  - dependent on trade from saudi arabia, but increasing close to turke...





kim jong-un: 'deranged' trump will 'pay dearly' | news

north korean leader kim jong-un has called us president donald trump "mentally deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for the recent threats against his country.in a rare statement directly attributed to the north's leader, kim said on friday that trump is "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country", describing the president as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire".hours later, north korea's foreign minister reportedly said his country may be planning to test a hydrogen bomb in the pacific ocean to fulfill kim's vow to take the "highest-level" action against the united states.kim's statement was carried by the north's official korean central news agency. it responded to trump's combative speech at the un general assembly on tuesday.trump warned pyongyang that washington would "totally destroy" north korea if the us or its allies were attacked. he also mocked kim as "rocket man" and said he was on a "suicide mission".north korea says it needs a sturdy nuclear deterrence to protect it from an aggressive united states, and the autocratic regime has made militarism a central part of its national ideology. read more: ri yong-ho calls donald trump threat a 'dog's bark' the country's stated aim is to be able to target the us mainland and it has shown off advances in its nuclear weapons programme in recent weeks, with the september test of what it said was a miniaturised hydrogen bomb capable of being loaded onto a rocke...





kim jong-un: 'deranged' trump will 'pay dearly' | news

north korean leader kim jong-un has called us president donald trump "mentally deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for the recent threats against his country.in a rare statement directly attributed to the north's leader, kim said on friday that trump is "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country", describing the president as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire".the statement was carried by the north's official korean central news agency. it responded to trump's combative speech at the un general assembly on tuesday.trump warned pyongyang that washington would "totally destroy" north korea if the us or its allies were attacked. he also mocked kim as "rocket man" and said he was on a "suicide mission".north korea says it needs a sturdy nuclear deterrence to protect it from an aggressive united states, and the autocratic regime has made militarism a central part of its national ideology. read more: ri yong-ho calls donald trump threat a 'dog's bark' the country's stated aim is to be able to target the us mainland and it has shown off advances in its nuclear weapons programme in recent weeks, with the september test of what it said was a miniaturised hydrogen bomb capable of being loaded onto a rocket.kim characterised trump's speech to the world body as "mentally deranged behaviour" and "the most ferocious declaration of a war in history".he said trump's remarks "have convinced me, rather than frightening or s...





trudeau tells un canada has failed indigenous people | news

declaring that canada is "no land of wonders", prime minister justin trudeau told the united nations that his country was working to address failures in the treatment of its indigenous people.trudeau used his speech to the un general assembly on thursday to frankly acknowledge the dark history of canada's colonisation as one of "humiliation, neglect and abuse" and promised to do more to help the nation's 1.4 million aboriginal people."we know that the world expects canada to strictly adhere to international human rights standards," said trudeau, who has put reconciliation with first nations at the top of his reform agenda. "that is what we expect of ourselves, too.   "canada is no land of wonders where hardships that you know do not exist," said the prime minister, whose country consistently ranks among the world's highest in living standards. "canada remains a work in progress." read more: trudeau invites pope to canada for apology to natives two years after his election, many say trudeau is not doing enough to help indigenous canadians, who make up about four percent of the population and face higher levels of poverty and violence and shorter life expectancies.canada accused of 'cultural genocide'canada's national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women has been hit by resignations and complaints it is progressing too slowly.for decades, the canadian government working with the catholic church took first nations children from their parents an...





cambodia: switching off independent radio stations | cambodia news

phnom penh, cambodia - each morning, chab vanna started his day with the radio. each night, he'd end it the same way. for the past 15 years, radio served as vanna's primary source of news - the rare reliable, khmer-language reporting available in the country. and then one day late last month, it stopped. "at first i thought that there were electric problems or a station issue," vanna recounted, sitting inside the small repair shop he runs in cambodia's capital. "i didn't realise that the station had shut. but i turned it on and it was blank, and when i went to facebook some people said it had closed."last week, the us-funded radio free asia closed its phnom penh bureau, switching from an open, in-country radio broadcaster to an offshore model that mimics its operations in countries such as tibet and north korea. the broadcaster - cambodia's most popular - said it had little choice but to close in light of the current media climate.across cambodia, nearly a dozen independent radio stations broadcasting through 32 radio frequencies in almost every province have seen their licenses suspended without notice. in addition to their own programming, the stations had all sold airtime to the us-funded radio free asia and voice of america, as well as local broadcaster voice of democracy. many had also sold airtime to the opposition cambodia national rescue party, as well as to several of the country's small parties.  'devastating blow'shawn crispin, the committee to protect...