Richard Valdmanis

Mahama snatches Ghana election amid meddling claims

Ghana's electoral authorities said John Dramani Mahama has won a new term as president in an election the opposition claimed was marred by tampering.

‘Fragile’ Bissau needs help, says presidential hopeful

Guinea Bissau's presidential hopeful, Carlos Gomes Junior says the country needs international rescue ahead of elections.

Liberia’s Sirleaf ‘doesn’t have time to celebrate’

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is hardly celebrating her impending election victory that secures her a second term in office as president.

Liberia’s Sirleaf eyes unity government

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will seek to reunite the country by forming a government that includes her rivals, if she wins the polls.

Liberia counts votes in tight presidential election

Liberia is tallying votes in a presidential poll that has had the incumbent, Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, fighting for her political life.

Palin falls prey to Canadian pranksters

US vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin fell prey to a prankster on Saturday when he called her impersonating French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Oil hits record $100 a barrel

Oil prices vaulted to a record a barrel on Wednesday as violence in Nigeria, tight energy stockpiles and a weaker dollar triggered a surge of speculative buying, dealers said. Oil's climb to the psychologically key triple-digit price helped send stocks tumbling on Wall Street and further darkened an already gloomy economic outlook in the United States.

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