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The Latest: Navajo leader supported death penalty in case

The Latest: Navajo leader supported death penalty in caseALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a man charged in the killing of a Navajo Nation girl (all times local):



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'He's getting younger!' Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin sets social media abuzz during congress

'He's getting younger!' Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin sets social media abuzz during congressRumoured to have died a few months ago, 91-year-old former Chinese president Jiang Zemin roused social media users on Wednesday by taking a prominent place at the ruling Communist Party’s leadership Congress. Proving that reports of his death were greatly exaggerated, the former leader sat next to President Xi Jinping and stood for the national anthem as the twice-a-decade congress opened with a speech by Xi in Beijing’s vast Great Hall of the People. Many Chinese internet users gushed over the elderly "Frog", an affectionate nickname inspired by Jiang’s wide grin and prominent bespectacled eyes, marvelling over the apparently still hale nonagenarian in postings sprinkled with frog emojis. "I want to ask about his secret for longevity," said one posting on China’s Twitter-like social network Weibo. "How many organs must he have had replaced to be standing in the middle of the stage?" asked another. Jiang Zemin checked his watch 10 times in Xi speech before I lost count 00:45, 01:25, 01.35, 01:40, 01:43, 01:50, 01:55, 01:59, 02:10, 02:19 pic.twitter.com/sAbhC1U9TC— Neil Connor (@neilaconnor) October 18, 2017 Looking for “Jiang Zemin Theory”. pic.twitter.com/OqE3Ew6am1— Nathan Attrill (@nathanattrill) October 18, 2017 Jiang, the former party leader and Chinese president for a decade from 1993, is occasionally the subject of rumours of his demise. The most recent came in May amid a flurry of online speculation that he had died of a stroke in Shanghai, the commercial hub that Jiang formerly governed as mayor and party chief. Past presidents are typically on hand for the congress, during which the top leadership and party policies for the next five years are set in stone, and Jiang’s immediate successor Hu Jintao, 74, was on Xi’s right hand. Jiang, a former factory engineer, came to power in the traumatic aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown and led China through an era of stunning economic transformation. Attendees refill delegate's cups as Jiang Zemin, China's former president, bottom center, sits with eyes closed Credit: Bloomberg Jiang’s legacy remains mixed, as his term set the blueprint for rapid economic growth that gave rise to ills such as rampant environmental degradation and a widening wealth gap, which today’s leaders are grappling with. But with his big smile, grasp of several languages, and sometimes clownish behaviour including making jokes in English, Jiang is fondly remembered as a relatively colorful figure compared to his stiff successors Hu and Xi. A music lover who played the piano, Jiang was known for bursting into song on foreign trips, including a memorable rendition of Elvis Presley’s "Love Me Tender" during a state visit to the Philippines. "Holy (expletive)! He is getting younger than ever," said one Weibo posting. Jiang’s presence was largely ignored by state media, however. Official mention of past leaders has become increasingly rare under Xi, who took power in 2012 and moved swiftly to clamp down on dissent as party mouthpieces push a cult of personality around him.  



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Kenyan opposition leader Odinga abandons poll re-run

Kenyan opposition leader Odinga abandons poll re-runKenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew Tuesday from a re-run of the presidential election in the latest twist to a political saga that has plunged the nation into uncertainty. Odinga, 72, said he was pulling out because Kenya’s election panel had failed to make vital reforms — but he indicated this did not mean his battle was over. The Supreme Court stunned the nation last month when it annulled the August 8 election victory by President Uhuru Kenyatta, citing what it called widespread irregularities in the counting process.



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Kenya thrown into crisis as opposition leader withdraws from election re-run

Kenya thrown into crisis as opposition leader withdraws from election re-runKenya’s opposition leader on Tuesday withdrew from the rerun of a presidential election voided by judges in August, tipping an already turbulent country into constitutional crisis. Raila Odinga said he would not participate in the new vote, to be held on October 26th, after accusing the electoral commission and the ruling party of Uhuru Kenyatta, the president, of plotting to cheat him of victory for a second time. Raising fears of renewed unrest after police killed more than 30 opposition protesters in the aftermath of the August vote, Mr Odinga’s coalition called his supporters back onto the streets with demonstrations under the slogan “no reforms, no elections” to begin from Wednesday. Mr Odinga said that ruling party loyalists in the commission had refused to make any changes after the supreme court cited widespread “illegalities and irregularities” in its historic invalidation of President Kenyatta’s re-election in August.  “All the indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one,” Mr Odinga, who has run for president four times in the past 20 years, told reporters in Nairobi. “It is now clear that the same criminal enterprise that perpetuated the fraud in the August election is firmly in charge of the commission.” By withdrawing from the vote, Mr Odinga said that the electoral commission was legally obliged to postpone the election for 90 days, giving it time to enact the changes he has demanded to ensure a free and fair vote. But it is far from clear whether the opposition’s interpretation of the law is correct.  According to Kenya’s constitution, the re-run of the election must be held within 60 days of the supreme court’s ruling, a deadline that expires on November 1. President Kenyatta insisted that the election must go ahead with himself as the sole candidate, prompting celebrations from ruling party supporters.  But victory in a one-man election would almost certainly see another challenge brought before the supreme court and its chief justice, David Maraga, whose duties include swearing in a new president. Perhaps unwisely, the president, furious that his victory had been nullified, has accused Mr Maraga of presiding over a court of “crooks” in the pay of “whites and other trash”. Kenya has grown increasingly politically and ethnically polarised since the supreme court’s decision, with the ruling party seeking to use its majority in parliament to force through legislation that would make it harder for judges to overturn Mr Kenyatta’s victory should he win again. Western states have accused both the president and his rival of intransigence, condemning Mr Kenyatta for baiting the supreme court and Mr Odinga for making unreasonable demands to remove virtually all the senior leadership of the electoral commission. The standoff between the two men has led to opposition clashes with police, who have often responded brutally, chasing and beating university students in their halls of residence and teargassing a nursery school in western Kenya. Politicians have also been accused of stirring ethnic tensions. The ruling party MP for the president’s constituency was arrested last month for vowing to “hunt down” those who voted for the opposition and “circumcise” them — an ethnic slur aimed at Mr Raila’s Luo tribe, which, unlike the president’s Kikuyu, does not practice male circumcision. An opposition MP, Paul Ongili, was similarly charged with hate speech after calling the president a “son of a dog”. Demonstrating the increasingly fraught political atmosphere in the country, a ruling party MP chased Mr Ongili through the grounds of parliament on Tuesday, throwing punches and shouting: “We will teach you a lesson. You must respect the president.”



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Hezbollah leader says U.S. actions aiding Islamic State in Syria

Hezbollah leader says U.S. actions aiding Islamic State in SyriaHezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday that the United States was serving the interests of Islamic State by preventing the Syrian army and its allies advancing in some areas of eastern Syria. American jets have this year targeted pro-government militias in eastern Syria that were advancing towards Washington’s local allies. Nasrallah said the United States was delaying the Syrian military in its battle to retake territory from Islamic State.



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Venezuela leader thanks hostile Trump for making him 'famous'

Venezuela leader thanks hostile Trump for making him 'famous'Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro baited U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday by thanking him for a barrage of criticism that had made him famous worldwide. “It’s an honor that the head of the empire mentions me every day,” said the 54-year-old president, just back in Venezuela from a trip to Russia, Belarus and Turkey. “That means I’m doing something right!” Maduro laughed, during his weekly program on state TV.



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Hamas arrests suspected jihadist leader in Gaza

Hamas arrests suspected jihadist leader in GazaHamas police detained a suspected jihadist leader in Gaza on Saturday, a security source said, the latest in a series of arrests of those accused of Islamic State group ideology. “This morning, security forces arrested Nour Issa, 27, who is a leader of the deviant thought movement and is from Bureij Camp in central Gaza, along with others,” the source said, using a phrase Hamas officials routinely use to refer to jihadists, including IS. The Islamist Hamas movement has run Gaza for a decade but it has been challenged by small hardline factions, some of them inspired by IS, who advocate a stricter, Salafist interpretation of the faith.



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Iraq ex-president and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani dead: party

Iraq ex-president and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani dead: partyEx-Iraqi president and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani died on Tuesday in Germany, officials in his party told AFP. Talabani, 83, was Iraq’s president from 2005 to 2014 and a key figure in Iraqi Kurdistan, where voters last week overwhelmingly backed independence in a disputed referendum. “Our leader died in Germany,” an official with Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said.



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Russia says its airstrikes wounded al-Qaida leader in Syria

Russia says its airstrikes wounded al-Qaida leader in SyriaMOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Wednesday it carried out airstrikes in Syria this week that critically wounded the leader of an al-Qaida-linked group and killed 12 other militant commanders, a report that was categorically denied by the militants.



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The Latest: Al-Qaida-linked group denies leader was wounded

The Latest: Al-Qaida-linked group denies leader was woundedBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria (all times local):



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