Voting in the northern Sudanese state of Southern Kordofan was “generally peaceful and credible,” though there were some “irregularities” and “heightened insecurity,” said the Atlanta-based Carter Center .
Dan Gertler’s bearded face lights up as he looks out the helicopter window. Below, an installation twice the size of Monaco rises from a clearing in the central African forest, where it transforms ore mined from the ochre earth into sheets of copper.
Egypt has refused to authorize permits for eight U.S. non-governmental organizations, including the Carter Center, saying their work runs counter to the country’s sovereign interests, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported.
Egyptians cast ballots for their first president since Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year, in a runoff election widely portrayed as a choice between reviving the old regime and endorsing a new Islamist one.
Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo to protest at the military’s seizure of additional powers as the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi and Hosni Mubarak’s last premier laid dueling claims to the country’s presidency.
Venezuela’s President-elect Nicolas Maduro, who will be sworn in tomorrow, agreed to a full audit of the votes cast in the country’s closest election in 45 years as the opposition contests the results.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s absence from public events for more than a week fueled speculation about the health of the leading candidate to succeed President Hu Jintao in a once-in-a-decade leadership change.