Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died last month, is supporting Nicolas Maduro in Sunday's presidential election. How do we know? Maduro says Chavez came to him, as a bird, in a dream. For some Venezuelans, that's enough: Maduro leads the race by a considerable margin.
Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Seoul Friday, as relations between South and North Korea reach a new level of tension. There are some indications that North Korea might stage a missile launch in the next few days — but Kerry played down fears that the North was now able to mount nuclear weapons on its rockets.
Human Rights Watch is calling on Egypt's president to make public a report that documents police and military abuses against protesters from January 2011 to June 2012. Parts of the report have been leaked to a local newspaper Al Shorouk as well as the British publication The Guardian. In the leaked chapters there are descriptions of police violence and military torture of detainees. While a lot of this is already known about the police and military, the report was referred to the presidency in December and so far no action has been taken. The military this week defended itself, denying any wrongdoing and Egypt's president spoke in solidarity with them.
A quiet but notable shift has taken place in the way foreign aid is distributed in many countries. We consider accountability and transparency in foreign aid and get the view from the ground in Africa.
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