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Congo Says Felix Tshisekedi Won Election, Rebuffing Independent Review

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ImageFelix Tshisekedi, left, was declared the winner of Congo's presidential election on Thursday, despite independent assessments that a rival, Martin Fayulu, was the top vote-getter.CreditCreditBen Curtis/Associated PressCongolese election officials, rejecting independent assessments that a prominent opposition figure was the runaway winner of the recent presidential election, on Thursday bestowed victory on a candidate considered more… Read More

South Korea Raised Taxes in Bid for Growth. So Far, It’s Not Working.

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INCHEON, South Korea — As President Trump leads a drive to slash taxes and pare back regulation, one major economy is taking a different approach. Under President Moon Jae-in, South Korea has raised taxes and the minimum wage in the name of economic growth. So far, it hasn’t worked out as planned.Growth has slowed, unemployment… Read More

Suspicious Packages Are Delivered to Multiple Foreign Consulates in Australia

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Australia|Suspicious Packages Are Delivered to Multiple Foreign Consulates in AustraliaImageA firefighter with bags used to transport hazardous materials outside the South Korean Consulate in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday.CreditCreditJames Ross/Australian Associated Press, via Associated PressMELBOURNE, Australia — The consulates of several countries were evacuated on Wednesday in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Canberra after they… Read More

Rwanda Cracks Down on Skin Bleaching Agents by Seizing Cosmetics

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Africa|Rwanda Cracks Down on Skin Bleaching Agents by Seizing CosmeticsImageSkin lightening products are a big-money industry. Sales are often propelled by a belief that lighter skin is preferable, however, and their negative health effects have prompted some countries to restrict them.CreditCreditGulshan Khan/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesSkin bleaching is a billion-dollar industry in predominantly black countries,… Read More

Bolsonaro Pulls Brazil From U.N. Migration Accord

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Americas|Bolsonaro Pulls Brazil From U.N. Migration AccordImagePresident Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil said Wednesday that his government would no longer be a party to a United Nations migration accord signed last month.CreditCreditEraldo Peres/Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO — President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil said Wednesday that his government would no longer be a party to a United… Read More