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Peru Congress votes down new bid to advance elections

Peru's Congress on Thursday voted down another proposal to advance elections to this year, a day after a similar proposal aimed at quelling deadly nationwide unrest also failed.. Before Wednesday's vote, two previous bills to advance the election had also faltered in Congress.

Pope Francis takes Africa peace mission to S.Sudan after DR Congo

Pope Francis is due to wind up his trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and arrive in South Sudan on Friday on a three-day visit to promote peace and reconciliation in a country still bearing the scars of civil war.. Peace has eluded South Sudan in statehood too, with a five-year civil war leaving 380,000 people dead, four million displaced, and the young country deeply impoverished.

Hong Kong's largest national security trial to begin with 47 in dock

The trial of 47 of Hong Kong's most prominent pro-democracy figures begins on Monday, in the largest prosecution under a national security law that has crushed dissent in the city.. In December, Beijing said Hong Kong's leader could also bar foreign lawyers from taking part in national security trials.

Peru Congress votes down new bid to advance elections

Peru's Congress on Thursday voted down another proposal to advance elections to this year, a day after a similar proposal aimed at quelling deadly nationwide unrest also failed.. Before Wednesday's vote, two previous bills to advance the election had also faltered in Congress.

Egyptians hope to bag bargains at book fair as crisis bites

Thousands of Egyptian bibliophiles weave through a labyrinthine display of books, reviving an annual tradition at the Arab world's largest book fair, but this year it comes at a steep cost.. A steep currency devaluation has compounded costs for import-dependent publishers, leading many to hike the price of books by up to double.

Sushi conveyor belt pranks spark outrage in Japan

A handful of unhygienic pranks at sushi conveyor belt restaurants in Japan have sparked stock slumps, venue overhauls and legal action, along with furious social media commentary.. Two other affected chains, Hama-sushi and Kura Sushi have both also reportedly said they plan to take legal action, with the latter now planning to install cameras above conveyor belts to monitor customers, Jiji press agency reported.

Cyprus elections dominated by prices, corruption, migration

Cypriots in the divided island's south will vote Sunday for a new president, tasked with tackling a cost-of-living crisis, corruption scandals, irregular migration and a derailed peace process.. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish forces occupied the island's northern third in response to a Greek-sponsored coup.

Colombia's war on illegal gold mines also hits outlaw armed groups

From the army helicopter circling overhead, Colombian security forces are able to spot several illegal gold mines in the jungle below.. - Gold hard to trace - Illegal mining and drug trafficking are the two main sources of income for Colombia's armed groups that have waged a near-six-decade conflict against the security forces.

The year of Beyonce? Music's elite head to the Grammys

The brightest stars in pop music will vie for the industry's top awards at the Grammys in Los Angeles on Sunday, with a Beyonce-Adele rematch set to take center stage.. Already the woman with the most Grammys, Beyonce could overtake classical conductor Georg Solti for the most wins by any artist, with four victories on Sunday; she's tied for second place with music power player Quincy Jones.

Pentagon tracking Chinese spy balloon over US

The Pentagon said Thursday that it was tracking a Chinese spy balloon flying high over the United States that appeared to be surveilling highly sensitive nuclear weapons sites.. China has sent surveillance balloons over the United States in the past.