Togo delays parliamentary election

Updated 11 July 2013
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Togo delays parliamentary election

LOME, Togo: Togo's government announced that the legislative election due to be held July 21 will now take place July 25, a delay meant to address the concerns of the country's increasingly vocal and united opposition. In a statement read Tuesday on state TV, the government said the much-delayed poll is being rescheduled to hold a free, fair, transparent and violence-free election.
Candidates are vying for 91 seats in the next Parliament. More than 3 million voters are registered. The small African nation of Togo has been ruled by the same family for 46 years, first by Eyadema Gnassingbe, then by his son Faure Gnassingbe.

 


US Coast Guard seizes $500 million worth of cocaine

Updated 4 min 32 sec ago
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US Coast Guard seizes $500 million worth of cocaine

  • Officers arrested 49 suspects on the boats that were being used to transport the drugs
  • Officials say there are indications that the use of cocaine is on the increase

US authorities seized about 18.5 tons of cocaine with a street value of $500 million in the eastern Pacific Ocean, the US Coast Guard said on Friday.
The cocaine was taken off the Coast Guard cutter James in the Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday after it was confiscated from 15 drug smuggling vessels in the international waters, the Coast Guard said.
Multiple US Coast Guard cutters helped seize the drugs of Mexico, Central and South America, it said.
Some 49 suspects were also arrested and will be prosecuted in southern Florida, the Miami Herald reported.
Cocaine remains one of the most popular illegal drugs in the United States, where most of the world’s cocaine is consumed, according to federal officials.
“There are troubling early signs that cocaine use and availability is on the rise in the United States for the first time in nearly a decade,” the US State Department said in a global narcotics trade report in 2017.
Potential global cocaine output reached 1,410 tons in 2016, the highest level ever estimated, the United Nations said in a report on drugs and crime in 2018.