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Attacks Kill 12 as Kenya Votes

Machete-wielding mob kills 5 cops in one ambush

(Newser) - Kenya chooses a president today in a vote overshadowed by fears of a repeat of the ethnic violence that killed more than 1,200 people in the weeks after 2007's election. The vote got off to a violent start when a mob of 200 secessionists armed with machetes ambushed... More »

Fighting Breaks Out After Myanmar Election

Thousands flee as militia battles government troops

(Newser) - Some 10,000 people fled across the border from Myanmar into Thailand today to escape fighting between government troops and a splinter of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army rebel group. At least three people have been killed and 10 others wounded in the battle, which broke out in the eastern... More »

Politician Busted for Philippine Massacre

Powerful family blamed for murder of 57

(Newser) - A politician suspected of organizing the slaughter of 57 rival supporters and journalists this week has surrendered to authorities in the southern Philippines. Andal Ampatuan Jr., who was planning to run for a provincial governorship, was at the scene when gunmen stopped a convoy heading to register a rival candidate,... More »

Philippine Massacre Death Toll Hits 57

Government declares emergency rule in Maguindanao province

(Newser) - Another 11 bodies have been found in the mass grave where dozens were killed in election related slaughter in the Philippines. The death toll now stands at 57, including 24 women, Reuters reports. The government has imposed emergency rule on the southern province, sending in 500 soldiers, and disbanding a... More »

Filipino Gunmen Kidnap, Kill 21 Filing Election Papers

Political rivals blamed for massacre in country's violent south

(Newser) - Philippine troops found 21 bodies in the country's restive south today, after dozens of gunmen hijacked a convoy of politicians and supporters filing their nominations for next year's elections, officials said. The victims, 13 women and eight men, were found in southern Ampatuan township, three miles from where they were... More »

Taliban Chops Off Fingers of Afghan Voters

(Newser) - The Taliban is following through on its threat to chop off the fingers of Afghan voters, the Los Angeles Times reports. In southern Afghanistan, considered the most hazardous place for Afghans to vote, militants attacked two voters and cut off their ink-dyed fingers, authorities said. A third case is under... More »

Fierce Rivalries Shape, Threaten Kenyan Politics

Power sharing compromise has resulted in a rancorous impasse

(Newser) - Election violence in 2007 gave way to an uneasy coalition between Kenyan PM Raila Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki, but that move seems only to have transformed the fighting on the streets into squabbling in the capital. Now, "Kenya does not have a functioning executive at all, just an... More »

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