Friday, 3 Apr 2020

South Africa's opposition EFF rises in polls

How Mexico processed El Chapo's conviction

How Mexico is reacting to the conviction of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ after a trial that captured the world’s attention.

    The trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo was big news in the United States and around the world.

    Joaquin Guzman, El Chapo’s real name, was convicted by a New York court on Tuesday for drug trafficking and other crimes.

    But back home in Mexico, the news barely caused a ripple.

    Al Jazeera’s John Holman reports from Mexico City.

    Sudan sees first admission of fatal torture of protester

    The victim schoolteacher was detained during demonstrations against the government and his death has caused widespread anger and condemnation.

      Government prosecutors in Sudan have for the first time admitted that a protester died in custody after being tortured.

      The victim, a schoolteacher, was detained during demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir’s government. His death has caused widespread anger and condemnation.

      Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Vall reports from Khartoum.

      US coastguard officer arrested for plotting 'terror attack'

      Prosecution says the officer is a white supremacist who was plotting to kill journalists and Democratic politicians.

        A US coastguard lieutenant has been arrested on the charge of plotting to kill journalists and Democratic politicians.

        The prosecution says the 49-year-old officer is a white supremacist who was preparing to carry out a domestic “terror attack”.

        The investigators have discovered 16 handguns and rifles, along with about 1,000 rounds of ammunition at his apartment.

        Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports.

        Thailand election: Many hope vote ends military rule

        As Thailand begins another episode of its turbulent political story, many hope a new government will reverse a military crackdown on free speech.

          When voters in Thailand head to the polls next month many will be hoping for an outcome that leads to improved human rights, particularly free speech.

          The military has run the country since a coup in 2014. Since then, it has been working harder to silence critics of the Thai monarchy, jailing hundreds of people.

          Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok.

          Catholic priests' sex abuse victims dismiss pope's action plan

          They demand the guilty clergy and those who covered the acts to be thrown out of the priesthood.

            The second day of the meeting at the Vatican on sexual abuse of children by priests will see more testimonies from victims.

            Some of them have already dismissed an action plan presented by Pope Francis on Thursday as not going far enough.

            Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports.

            Senegal votes with incumbent president Sall confident of win

            President Macky Sall is widely expected to win re-election after two of his main rivals were barred from running.

              Senegal’s president is banking on a booming economy for his re-election bid in Sunday’s vote.

              But opposition candidates are focusing on poverty and unemployment, which are pushing people to seek a better life abroad.

              These are two wildly disparate views of Senegal, but now it is up to the six million voters of Senegal to decide which rings more true.

              Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from Dakar.

              North Macedonia sees landmark overhaul over name deal

              Within the next six months, it must rename state institutions, rewrite school textbooks and relabel public monuments.

                North Macedonia has not only changed its name. It is undergoing a landmark overhaul.

                Within six months, it must rename state institutions, rewrite school textbooks and relabel public monuments.

                Critics say this will tamper with its identity. The government says it will help discover it.

                Al Jazeera’s John Psaropoulos reports from Skopje.

                Iran's foreign relations in spotlight 40 years after revolution

                Today, Iran faces a hostile White House and has many enemies because of its attempts to project influence beyond its borders.

                  Forty years ago, Iran’s Islamic revolution did not just topple the Shah, it reversed its pro-United States policy and ended American influence. And hostility towards the US has been the pillar of Iran’s foreign policy ever since.

                  Today, Iran faces a hostile White House and has many enemies because of its attempts to project influence beyond its borders.

                  Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports from Tehran.

                  Trade with Colombia continues as Venezuela blocks US aid

                  Although shipment of food and medical supplies remains stranded in Colombia, goods continue to cross the border on a daily basis.

                    A single shipment of aid has taken the spotlight in the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela.

                    President Nicolas Maduro has blocked food and medical supplies sent by the United States, saying they are an attempt to undermine his authority.

                    While that shipment remains stranded in Colombia, trade between the two countries has continued on a daily basis.

                    Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Cucuta.

                    South Africa's opposition EFF rises in polls

                    Polls show that support for Economic Freedom Fighters has been growing.

                      A South African opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, is launching its manifesto in advance of elections later this year.

                      Latest polls show that support for the populist group has risen and that it has now climbed to third.

                      But it has been criticised for a lack of details on how it will follow through on its promises.

                      Al Jazeera’s Fahmida Miller reports from Johannesburg.

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