Polling stations open in eastern Congo for presidential election

One of the world's powder-keg countries faces a crunch test on Dec. 30 when Democratic Republic of Congo heads into elections marred by delays, clashes and fears of polling-day chaos. (AFP)
Updated 30 December 2018
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Polling stations open in eastern Congo for presidential election

  • The presidential election that is to lead to the country’s first democratic transfer of power
  • The last polls are scheduled to close at 1700 (1600 GMT)

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo: Polling stations opened in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday for a presidential election that is meant to lead to the country’s first democratic transfer of power, according to a Reuters witness in the city of Goma.
Due to the time difference, voting is due to start an hour later in western parts of the Central African country. The last polls are scheduled to close at 1700 (1600 GMT), although voting will continue for those still in line.


Shooting in London mosque

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Shooting in London mosque

  • The suspect was charged with possession of firearms with intent to cause harm or fear
  • Police say the suspect may have had a fight earlier in a nearby street

DUBAI: A man has been arrested after he fired a gun in a London mosque, UK daily The Metro reported.

The man entered the Seven Kings Mosque in London, on Thursday, May 9, while worshippers performed Ramadan prayers and fired a gun, the report added.

He was arrested on charges of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
There were no reports of injuries or damages to the building, ballistic evidence suggests the detainee may have used a blank-firing handgun, police said.

Police investigations said it is possible the incident started after an earlier argument in a nearby street.

A mosque attendee, Ibraheem Hussain, said he heard the gunshot almost half an hour after prayers began, adding that he was concerned for the safety of worshippers.

“(Christchurch) comes to mind, it’s crazy to think this would happen in London, especially after everything that has happened,” he told Metro.