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I’ve had the opportunity twice over the past several years to interview the current Alabama GOP Senate frontrunner Roy Moore at length and flesh out some of his, um, ideas.

Former FBI director James Comey faced loud protests throughout his speech at Howard University’s convocation ceremony Friday, as activists chanted and sang traditional African-American spirituals over his remarks.

Puerto Ricans are now returning home to face the devastation from Hurricane Maria.

Cassini sent home one last batch of photos from Saturn before plunging to its death Friday and among them was an attempt to record a mysterious object embedded in the planet's rings, otherwise known as "Peggy."

Over the past two weeks, Mexico has experienced a lot of shaking. On Sept. 8, a magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck 54 miles (87 kilometers) southwest of Pijijiapan, which sits just above the Mexico-Guatemala border. Eleven days later, a magnitude-7.1 quake struck 3 miles (5 km) east of Raboso, near Mexico City.

A Michigan teacher was accused of stealing thousands of dollars from students that she used on trips to the casino.

US troops in South Korea have been sent an urgent message telling their families to flee the country. The US Army has now been forced to send out a message telling troops to check any messages and ensure that they are legitimate. Officials have so far not been able to publicly confirm where the messages came from, or whether they are related at all to ongoing tensions with North Korea.

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: "It's happening."

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that young Turks who study in the West come back as “volunteer spies” - even though three of his own children studied in the US.  Speaking at an event in New York, the Turkish leader said: “Those who were sent to the West for education came back with only the West's culture, losing their identity. Those who the country waited for to solve its problems came back as the West's volunteer spies." Mr Erdogan is the father of four adult children, three of whom have degrees from American universities.  His daughter Esra and son Bilal both did their undergraduate studies at Indiana University, while other daughter Sumeyye has a master’s degree from the university’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  Mr Erdogan's daughter Esra also studied at Indiana University Credit: CEM TURKEL/AFP/Getty Images Mr Erdogan met with the president of Indiana University in Istanbul in 2014 and the university said that both the president and his wife, Emine, had visited the university’s campus in Bloomington, Indiana  The president’s daughters both wear Muslim headscarves. Some reports said they refused to study in Turkey because many Turkish universities banned the headscarf until 2010.   Bilal also graduated with a masters in public policy from Harvard’s prestigious John F Kennedy School of Government. He was working on a PhD at Johns Hopkins University but it is not clear if he completed it.  Many of the president’s most senior cabinet members also studied in the West.  In his speech, Mr Erdogan lamented that for hundreds of years young Turks had been sent abroad to study but returned with Western ideas. “Those who look down on their own nation, those who despise their own values, be sure about that; even our enemies couldn't do damage like these so-called intellectuals did.” Mr Erdogan’s comments led to frustrated outpourings on social media from some Turks who accused him of hypocrisy.  Hypocracy | Erdogan today has said our bright minds go to study abroad and become spies. Just to note all his 4 kids studied in UK&US. https://t.co/UAGl1y17AB— Isa Gokturk YILMAZ (@IGokturkYilmaz) September 21, 2017 So this makes his daughter Sümeyye (who studied at Indiana University thanks to a scholarship provided by Remzi Gür & at @LSEnews) a spy.— Has Avrat (@hasavrat) September 21, 2017 Mr Erdogan regularly unleashes broadsides against the West in general and often the European Union in particular.  Earlier this year, in the run up to a referendum that vastly expanded his own powers, he sparked an angry diplomatic back and forth with Holland and Germany, accusing both of being Nazis. 

President Trump continued his efforts to belittle accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Friday, turning to the latest set of charges, involving targeted political ads placed on Facebook by accounts linked to the Kremlin.

Africa's biggest modern art gallery opens in Cape TownEntry to the Zeitz Mocaa in Cape Town is free at certain times for anyone with an African passport.

Altach striker Bernard Tekpetey banned for 'racism' reactionGhana's Bernard Tekpetey is banned for two matches after being sent off for his reaction to alleged racist insults during an Austrian Cup tie.

Migrant crisis: Dozens feared drowned off Libya coastAt least 50 people are feared drowned after a dinghy reportedly ran out of fuel off the Libyan coast.

Kenya election: Poll body delays re-run by nine daysThe election commission says it needs more time for reforms after the first vote was voided.

Where is 'Nambia'? President Trump 'invents' African countrySpeaking at a UN conference, US President Donald Trump appears to invent a whole new African nation.

Ancient DNA sheds light on African historyDNA from ancient remains is used to reconstruct thousands of years of population history in Africa.

Togo protests: Why are people marching against Faure Gnassingbé?Protesters want an end to the rule of President Faure Gnassingbé, who succeeded his father in 2005.

Bill Gates answers questions from BBC Pidgin audienceThis is what some of BBC Pidgin's audience asked Microsoft Founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.

What's Up Africa: Angola and Uganda's presidents and a Kenyan ballet starWhat's Up Africa looks at presidential change in Angola, demonstrations in Uganda and a Kenyan ballet dancer who wants to take up a scholarship in the UK.

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe describes Donald Trump as a 'gold Goliath'Zimbabwe's president appears to mock the US president during a speech at the UN general assembly.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday and spread alarm in the capital, where rescuers temporarily suspended a search for survivors of a bigger tremor earlier this week out of fear of further building collapses.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal, despite U.S. pressure to stop.

BERLIN/GREIFSWALD, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, poised to win a fourth term in Sunday's election, and her center-left challenger Martin Schulz urged supporters on Saturday to keep fighting for votes with a third of the electorate still undecided.

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government criticized Canada's Friday announcement of targeted sanctions against 40 of its senior officials, accusing Ottawa of "submission" to U.S. President Donald Trump in a bid to overthrow the South American country's leftist administration.

ISTANBUL/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Turkey said on Saturday it would take security and other steps in response to a planned independence referendum in northern Iraq's Kurdish region that it called a "terrible mistake", as a Kurdish delegation was in Baghdad for talks on the crisis.

UNITED NATIONS/SEOUL (Reuters) - A small earthquake near North Korea's nuclear test site on Saturday was probably not man-made, the nuclear proliferation watchdog and a South Korean official said, easing fears Pyongyang had exploded another nuclear bomb just weeks after its last one.

MADRID (Reuters) - The mounting political crisis in Spain over Catalonia's campaign for independence intensified on Saturday with a new row over the control of the local police force as the regional government pressed ahead with plans to hold an illegal vote next weekend.

PARIS (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of supporters of French far-left opposition party leader Jean-Luc Melenchon gathered on Paris's Bastille Square on Saturday to march against President Emmanuel Macron's labour reforms.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia urged "hot heads" to calm down on Friday as the United States admitted it felt "challenged" by North Korea's warning that it could test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific and President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un traded more insults.

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's ruling National Party won the largest number of votes in the country's general election on Saturday, securing a comfortable margin over the Labour Party after what had promised to be the most hotly contested race in recent history.

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AS THE jihadists of the so-called Islamic State (IS) retreat, the Arab and Kurdish forces allied against it in Iraq are turning their arms towards each other. Rather than celebrate victory, Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, called a referendum on independence for September 25th, not just in his constitutionally recognised autonomous zone but in the vast tracts that his forces seized from IS. Protesting against this threat to Iraq’s integrity, Haider al-Abadi, the country’s president, gathered his commanders at Makhmour, opposite the Kurdish front lines. If the referendum went ahead, Kurdistan “might disappear”, he warned. Hoping to prevent their allies from sparring, Western mediators have stepped in. But as The Economist went to press, Mr Barzani remained committed to his referendum. Kurdistan is far from ready for statehood. The government is steeped in debt; its coffers are empty. The Peshmerga, its vaunted fighting force, is split between...

Prince Muhammad spots a critic THESE are jittery times in Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy that prefers to script its political changes many years in advance. Over the past two weeks, police have arrested dozens of public figures who seem to have little in common. The most prominent is Salman al-Ouda, a popular cleric who dispenses religious advice to his 14m followers on Twitter. But the list also reportedly includes writers, human-rights activists and even officials from the justice ministry. On September 11th Mr Ouda’s brother, Khalid, criticised his arrest on Twitter: “It has revealed the size of the demagoguery we enjoy.” The authorities soon rounded him up, too. The kingdom’s motives, as ever, are opaque. The arrests came ahead of September 15th, when a loose coalition of activists had called for protests to demand more political freedom. The appointed date came and went quietly—in part because of a heavy police presence on city streets. Saudi...

THE face that stares from Kim Jong Su’s passport shows a rather woebegone man in suit and tie. In fact, Mr Kim is a taekwondo master and, allegedly, a North Korean spy. In 2015 he was detained in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, along with a counsellor in North Korea’s embassy in South Africa after their vehicle was stopped by police. Inside was almost $100,000 in cash and 4.5 kilos of rhino horn. They were released after the North Korean ambassador to South Africa intervened. In 2016, Mr Kim slipped out of South Africa. This and other such stories are contained in a new report published by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, a Geneva-based lobby. The author, Julian Rademeyer, found that North Koreans were implicated in 18 of the 29 rhino-horn- and ivory-smuggling cases involving diplomats since 1986. How much of this shadowy commerce is for personal gain, and how much is to meet the North Korean regime’s thirst for hard currency, is impossible...

They’re not flagging ASSOUGEY, a technician from Lomé, the capital of Togo, was arrested on September 7th. His crime: participating in one of the anti-government protests that have rocked the country in recent weeks. A policeman beat him with the butt of his gun, he says. His left leg is covered in bruises. Like many of his fellow protesters, Assougey says he joined the demonstrations because the same corrupt people have been in power for too long. Faure Gnassingbé, Togo’s president, has ruled the small west African country for 12 years. In 2002 his late predecessor and father, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, lowered the legal age limit for a president to make way for his son. Eyadéma had seized power in a military coup in 1967. Fifty years later, the family has been in power longer than any other African regime. Despite Mr Gnassingbé’s best efforts to quash the protests, they continue. Initially centred around Lomé, they have spread to other parts of...

Worth a thousand words JOSEPH KINKONDA, one of the most famous artists in the Democratic Republic of Congo, lives in a dank bedroom in Ndjili, a scrubby neighbourhood of Kinshasa. At the end of his bed sits a plate with a few balls of paint wrapped in plastic. The air-conditioning unit is broken; a single bare light bulb hangs from the ceiling. Mr Kinkonda, who goes by his pen name of Chéri Chérin, seems as worn down as the surroundings. His legs are swollen; his belly barely covered by a shirt that is as dirty as it is shiny. Yet when he speaks, this miserable studio comes alive. “I was born with drawing,” he announces. “I did not learn it. I had it in my blood.” Born in 1955, he recounts how his father wanted him to become a priest and sent him to a Jesuit seminary. But sensing that his passion was not for religion, the Jesuits sent him to Kinshasa’s Académie des Beaux-Arts instead. On finishing he started drawing huge murals on shop walls. Today he is...

THIS time Donald Trump seemed to back his braggadocio with results. On September 7th he met the ruler of Kuwait, who has tried to mediate the three-month feud between Qatar and his Gulf neighbours led by Saudi Arabia. Mr Trump suggested a new mediator: himself. “I think you’d have a deal worked out very quickly,” he said. The next day Qatar’s emir made a surprise phone call to the Saudi crown prince, their first known talk since the crisis began. But the rapprochement was fleeting. Hours after the call, Qatar’s state news agency said that Saudi Arabia had offered to appoint two envoys to negotiate a deal. But the Saudis were insulted. It was as if they had made the first concessions. Qatar’s report, they fumed, was a “distortion…of the facts.” Any further talks stalled. The call had made things worse. The Saudis—along with Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates—cut ties with Qatar in June and cut transport links with the tiny peninsula. They told it...

THE recovery of southern Iraq’s marshlands is arguably one of the great environmental triumphs of recent times. Reduced to dust and withered reeds when Saddam Hussein drained them to flush out rebels in the 1990s, the wetlands once again buzz with birds, dragonflies and the songs of buffalo-breeders, thanks to the devoted efforts of Iraqi conservationists. But the renewed symphony may be the marshes’ swan-song. A water crisis rooted in wasteful irrigation, climate change and dam-building is imperilling them again. A weakened flow into the Tigris and Euphrates rivers means that salt water from the Persian Gulf can now seep upstream into the marshes. This, coupled with farming run-off that has boosted salinity, again threatens wetland wildlife, vegetation and the local Marsh Arabs who have depended on them for millennia. Jassim al-Asadi, a conservationist brought up in the marshes before Saddam drained them, fears that no more than half the 5,600 square kilometres slated...

THE train north from Cairo winds through the lush fields and meandering canals of the Nile Delta, before chugging into Alexandria. The scenery is pleasant on a 180km journey that can drag on for more than four hours. It is slow enough that EgyptAir offers flights on the same route. Egypt’s state-owned, 6,700km rail network, the oldest in Africa, has seen better days. Stations are dingy; trains are dangerous and often delayed. In August 41 people were killed in one collision. It was the deadliest crash since 2012, but smaller ones are common, with over 1,200 last year alone. (Britain’s rail network, with three times as many passengers, saw about 750.) Days after the accident the transport minister said that he would bring in the private sector to improve quality and safety. His ministry is drafting a law to allow private firms to run trains and stations. If it passes, it would be the clearest sign yet that Egypt is serious about reforming its top-heavy...

Laughing and learning WHEN 14 years of civil war ended in 2003, Liberia was left with decrepit schools. Many children carried Kalashnikovs rather than textbooks. Since then Liberian governments have tried to start afresh. But, in part because of the outbreak of Ebola in 2014, efforts to improve education have made halting progress. The consequences are grim. Less than 40% of school-age children attend primary school. By the time they are 18, girls are more likely to be married than literate. Just one woman in four who has finished primary school can read a sentence. According to a study published in 2014, more than 40% of girls have been asked for sex in return for better grades, money or school supplies. One reason for optimism, however, is Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL), a pilot scheme run by the education ministry with help from Ark, a British education group. Drawing on American charter schools and English academies, last year...

IF AT first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That, it seems, is the advice of Kenya’s supreme court to its electoral commission. In a shock decision on September 1st, the court ruled that the presidential election held last month, in which Uhuru Kenyatta, the incumbent, beat Raila Odinga (pictured), an opposition stalwart, was “invalid, null and void”. The vote, it said, had not been conducted in accordance with the constitution—so it must be redone. As a display of judicial independence, the court’s decision is without precedent, not just in Kenya but across Africa, where it was widely acclaimed. It represents an opportunity—so optimists believe—to build genuine trust in the country’s institutions, especially its highest courts. Yet it also plunges east Africa’s biggest economy back into uncertainty and creates a new risk of violence. Arguments have already erupted over the timing of the new vote, which the electoral commission says it will hold on October 17th. Many Kenyans fear...

Champs pétroliers: le Ghana obtient gain de cause face à la Côte d’IvoireC’est la fin du litige maritime qui opposait le Ghana à la Côte d’Ivoire, depuis 4 ans, sur fond d'enjeu pétrolier. Le Tribunal maritime international du droit de la mer (TIDM) a tranché, ce samedi 23 septembre, en faveur d'Accra. Les deux voisins ouest-africains se disputaient une zone maritime riche en pétrole. Les juges ont estimé, à l'unanimité, que le Ghana n'a pas violé la souveraineté de la Côte d'ivoire en menant des activités pétrolières dans la zone disputée. C'est donc la douche froide pour Abidjan, la capitale économique ivoirienne, qui se rêvait productrice d'or noir.

RDC: l’invalidation des passeports semi-biométriques pose problèmeEn République démocratique du Cong (RDC), la polémique autour de l’annulation des passeports semi-biométriques a éclaté. La diaspora congolaise hausse le ton. Selon les Congolais qui vivent à l'étranger, cette décision leur est préjudiciable car ils seraient écartés des élections parce que privés de documents valides.

Madagascar: «menacé», un animateur abandonne une émission parodiqueA Madagascar, le Mouvement pour la liberté d'expression (MLE) suspend son émission parodique de la chaîne YouTube du président de la République. L'animateur qui la présentait a abandonné son poste depuis près de deux semaines sans donner de nouvelles aux producteurs. Ce n'est pas la première fois que cette émission fait face à ce genre d'événement. En juillet 2017, le premier présentateur de l'émission avait pris la fuite après avoir reçu des menaces. Quelques jours plus tard, c'est le domicile du producteur qui avait été perquisitionné par la gendarmerie.

Tchad: renvoi de l’opposant Médard Laoukein en correctionnelleAu Tchad, Médard Laoukein, arrivé en troisième position à la présidentielle de 2016, est l'un des principaux opposants au président Idriss Déby Itno. Il est en détention depuis la mi-juillet et devrait bientôt être déféré devant des juges de Moundou, la deuxième ville du pays dont il était maire jusqu'à ce qu'il soit démis de ses fonctions pour « malversations économiques ». Le juge d'instruction a rendu, jeudi 21 septembre, une ordonnance qui le renvoie devant le tribunal correctionnel de Moundou, selon Me Athanase Mbaïgangnon, un de ses avocats et bâtonnier du barreau de ce pays. Ce dernier dénonce « une machine à broyer » lancée contre son client.

Cameroun: dans les régions anglophones, les manifestants bravent les interditsJournée tendue, vendredi 22 septembre, dans les deux régions anglophones du Cameroun. Des milliers de manifestants y ont défilé dans plusieurs villes, y compris à Bamenda, capitale de la région du nord-ouest et foyer de la protestation anglophone contre le pouvoir de Yaoundé. Dans cette ville, pourtant, le gouverneur avait, 24 heures plus tôt, signé un arrêté interdisant des regroupements et des déplacements des populations dans toute la région. Les manifestants ont bravé ces interdits et brandi des slogans séparatistes comme jamais par le passé.

Les hôpitaux publics en grève au NigeriaLe mouvement a démarré depuis hier. Et il est très suivi un peu partout dans les principales métropoles nigérianes. RFI s'est rendue hier au Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) de Lagos pour prendre la température d'un mouvement qui s'est baptisé « Morsure d'alligator ». Les revendications portent notamment sur le paiement d'arriérés de salaire, et sur l'évolution des carrières.

Ouverture du Zeitz Mocaa: le plus grand musée d’Afrique change la donneDans le milieu de l’art contemporain, l’Afrique est devenue à la mode. Comment voient les acteurs du marché de l’art contemporain l’ouverture ce vendredi 22 septembre du plus grand musée sur le continent africain ? Après des travaux de 31 millions d’euros pour aménager les anciens silos à grains en 80 salles d’expositions sur 6 000 mètres carrés et neuf étages, le Zeitz Mocaa (Museum of Contemporary African Art) au Cap, en Afrique du Sud, change radicalement la donne. Après une pluie d’expositions en France présentant des artistes africains, l’art de l’Afrique risque de devenir cette fois à la mode… en Afrique.

Togo: l'opposition affine sa stratégie pour les prochains joursAu Togo, l'opposition affine sa stratégie après deux nouvelles journées de manifestation cette semaine. Elle réclame toujours un retour à la Constitution de 1992 et surtout le départ du président. Les manifestants étaient moins nombreux cette fois-ci que lors des précédentes mobilisations début septembre, mais l'opposition a déjà prévu de nouveaux rassemblements.

Algérie: le niqab bientôt interdit dans les écoles?En Algérie, un projet du ministère de l'Education nationale fait polémique. Selon des syndicats, une circulaire prévoit d'interdire à l'école le port du niqab et du voile intégral, qui masque le visage. Cette interdiction, qui s'appliquerait aux enseignantes et aux fonctionnaires de l'Education nationale, pourrait bien déclencher une nouvelle fronde contre la ministre.

Guinée: l'importance de Kolaboui, poumon économique du paysC'est un ouf de soulagement qu'ont manifesté les multinationales, exploitants miniers et les transporteurs routiers après la levée des barricades érigées par les manifestants à Kolaboui, localité hautement stratégique pour l'économie nationale.