7 members of the ‘doomsday cult’ executed in Japan

Today, Japan executed the former leader of a doomsday cult and six other members of the group that carried out a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995, killing 13 people and shattering the country’s myth of public safety.   The Aum Shinrikyo, or Aum Supreme Truth cult, which mixed

Angry Ugandans Resort To VPNs To Bypass Social Media Tax

  Many Ugandans are turning to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to bypass a new social media tax that came into force on Sunday. The new law imposes a 200 shilling [$0.05, £0.04] daily levy on people using internet messaging platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Viber. President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the

Zimbabwe: Mugabe ‘Under House Arrest’ After Army Takeover

Zimbabwe’s military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest in the capital Harare, South African President Jacob Zuma says. Mr Mugabe told Mr Zuma in a phone call that he was fine, the South African leader’s office said. Troops are patrolling the capital, Harare, after they seized state TV and said

Security Tight At Kenya Court Before Hearing On Election Challenges

Kenya’s Supreme Court prepared on Tuesday to review petitions challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in last month’s presidential election, in what may be the last chance for legal scrutiny of the vote.   A general view shows the Supreme Court in Nairobi, Kenya October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya Security was tight outside the

Liberia Election: George Weah Takes Early Lead

Partial results from Liberia’s presidential election show former football star George Weah has taken an early lead. Figures from the National Elections Commission (NEC) put Mr Weah ahead in 11 out of 15 counties, although most votes have yet to be counted. His main rival, incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai, leads in one

Iran Nuclear Deal: Trump Poised To Withdraw Support

US President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw backing from the nuclear accord with Iran on Friday and lay out a more confrontational strategy. The move would not withdraw the US from the deal but give Congress 60 days to decide whether to do so by re-imposing sanctions. Secretary of State Rex

North Carolina Prison Guards Dead After Failed Escape Attempt

Two prison guards have died after inmates attempted to break out of a North Carolina jail. Justin Smith, 35, and Veronica Darden, 50, died after prisoners at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution tried to escape on Thursday at 15:00 local time (19:00 GMT). Three other guards remain in a critical condition in hospital. According