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Make El Chapo pay for a border wall? Don't count on it

Make El Chapo pay for a border wall? Don't count on itNEW YORK (AP) — After El Chapo's conviction in a drug-trafficking trial that included florid testimony of jewel-encrusted guns, a fleet of cash-laden jets and a personal zoo with roaming big cats, some Americans have floated an idea they see as poetic justice: Why not take some of the Mexican drug lord's billions in ill-gotten gains and make him pay for a border wall?



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Peace in Afghanistan? Don't Count On It.

Peace in Afghanistan? Don't Count On It.A welcome and long overdue complete departure of U.S. forces will require facing up to some uncomfortable truths.



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US deploys troops to Congo as fears of violence mount over election count delays

US deploys troops to Congo as fears of violence mount over election count delaysThe United States has deployed troops to Central Africa amid rising fears of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the country prepares to declare the result of last week’s presidential election. Donald Trump confirmed he was forward-deploying "appropriate combat equipment" and some 80 soldiers to neighbouring Gabon to be on standby to protect US citizens and diplomatic missions. The DR Congo voted on November 30 in a long-delayed election to replace President Joseph Kabila who has ruled the vast, conflict-ridden country for almost 18 years. The contest pitted Mr Kabila's handpicked successor Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary against two opposition candidates: veteran heavyweight Felix Tshisekedi and newcomer Martin Fayulu. Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, Former Congolese Interior Minister and presidential candidate Credit: Reuters Although election day itself was relatively peaceful, tensions have mounted over the lengthy counting process, with many fearing the result could be manipulated in Shadary's favour and with any delay likely to further exacerbate the situation. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) had said it would release preliminary results today, followed by a definitive count on January 15, but by last Thursday only 20 per cent of result has been collected, raising fears of delays. The last two elections in 2006 and 2011, both of which were won by Kabila, were marred by bloodshed, and many fear a repeat of the violence if the results are put in doubt. With international concerns growing over the transfer of power in sub-Saharan Africa's largest nation of 80 million people, Western powers have upped pressure on Kinshasa to ensure the vote count is accurate and transparent. Martin Fayulu, Congolese joint opposition presidential candidate Credit: Reuters "The Democratic Republic of Congo is at a historic moment toward a democratic transition," the European Union said, urging the authorities "to ensure the upcoming results conform with the Congolese people's vote". Washington has also urged Kinshasa to release "accurate" results and warned of sanctions against anyone seeking to "undermine the democratic process" in the former Belgian colony. The African Union, which deployed an 80-member team to monitor the vote, also said that respect for voters' wishes was "crucial". Although the UN Security Council met late on Friday to discuss the election, it did not issue a concluding statement. It will hold another meeting on the issue on Tuesday. The DR Congo's powerful Catholic Church, which deployed more than 40,000 observers to monitor the elections, on Thursday said it knew who had won the vote urging the electoral commission to publish the results "in keeping with truth and justice". But the ruling coalition, the FCC, angrily rebuffed the church's statement, accusing CENCO of "seriously breaching" the constitution and electoral law by "illegally declaring voting trends" in favour of a given candidate.



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Nations count cost of 2018 climate disasters

Nations count cost of 2018 climate disastersClimate change-induced disasters cost nations at least $ 100 billion in 2018, a watchdog said Thursday, warning the spate of deadly wildfires, floods and superstorms was “a shadow” of things to come if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t slashed. This year is set to be the fourth hottest on record and as planet-warming carbon and methane levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, extreme weather events such as the devastating blazes that destroyed swathes of California are likely to become far more common. “2018 showed the catastrophic threat that climate change presents the world.



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Georgia Lawmaker Arrested Amid Protest To Count Every Vote In Governor Race

Georgia Lawmaker Arrested Amid Protest To Count Every Vote In Governor RaceA Georgia state senator who joined protesters at the state Capitol building in



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Settlement reached in tight Arizona Senate vote count

Settlement reached in tight Arizona Senate vote countPHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans who had alleged the state's two biggest counties were illegally counting some ballots changed course Friday and agreed to settle their lawsuit if rural voters also get an extra chance to fix problems with ballots cast in the state's tight U.S. Senate race.



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Rick Scott files lawsuit against 2 Florida counties for slow vote count

Rick Scott files lawsuit against 2 Florida counties for slow vote countGovernor Scott, Senator Nelson brace for a possible recount



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Judge To Hear Arizona Senate Race Vote Count Dispute

Judge To Hear Arizona Senate Race Vote Count DisputePHOENIX (AP) — As the Arizona Senate vote count starts to tip into Democratic



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Arizona Still Has To Count Hundreds Of Thousands Of Ballots Before Declaring Senate Winner

Arizona Still Has To Count Hundreds Of Thousands Of Ballots Before Declaring Senate WinnerThe race for Arizona's Senate seat won't be determined until the remaining



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Stacey Abrams Calls For A Count Of ‘Every Vote’ As Brian Kemp Declares Victory

Stacey Abrams Calls For A Count Of ‘Every Vote’ As Brian Kemp Declares VictoryDemocrat Stacey Abrams is not conceding the race for Georgia governor until



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