Ahead of Bangladesh vote, opposition says it faces ‘a reign of terror’

Bangladesh has a general election this weekend, but opposition candidate Abdul Moyeen Khan says he has yet to hold a single public meeting in his constituency about 30 miles (50 km) northeast of Dhaka, the capital. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bangladesh-election-violence-insight/ahead-of-bangladesh-vote-opposition-says-it-faces-a-reign-of-terror-idUSKCN1OR0KO?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Italy PM defends budget as tempers fray in parliament

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday vigorously defended the government’s 2019 budget as parliament held an acrimonious debate on the package, which needs to be approved by the end of the year to take effect on Jan. 1. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-politics-conte/italy-pm-defends-budget-as-tempers-fray-in-parliament-idUSKCN1OR166?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Congo election preparations shaky, monitors say, with opposition ahead

Polling stations in Democratic Republic of Congo are ill-prepared for Sunday’s presidential election, diplomats and an observer mission said, as new polling showed opposition candidate Martin Fayulu favored to win. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-election-fayulu/congo-election-preparations-shaky-monitors-say-with-opposition-ahead-idUSKCN1OR0LQ?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Taliban seeks image makeover as Afghan peace talks gain momentum

As moves toward peace pick up in Afghanistan, the Taliban are trying to show they have changed since the brutal days of the 1990s when they banned music and girls’ education and carried out public executions in Kabul’s football stadium. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-image/taliban-seeks-image-makeover-as-afghan-peace-talks-gain-momentum-idUSKCN1OR0NJ?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

UK’s Royal Mail sorry for D-Day landings stamp blunder

Britain’s Royal Mail apologized on Friday after historians pointed out that a stamp design it planned to issue to commemorate the D-Day landings in France in fact showed U.S. troops going ashore thousands of miles away weeks earlier. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-stamps-dday/uks-royal-mail-sorry-for-d-day-landings-stamp-blunder-idUSKCN1OR13S?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Islamists kill at least 10 in bid to capture northeast Nigerian lake town: residents

Islamist militants and Nigerian troops have been fighting around a fishing town on Lake Chad as the insurgents step up attacks in the run-up to a presidential election in which security is a campaign issue, the army and residents said. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-politics-insurgency/islamists-kill-at-least-10-in-bid-to-capture-northeast-nigerian-lake-town-residents-idUSKCN1OR12Y?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Russia and Britain to start returning diplomats in January: TASS

Moscow and London have reached an agreement to return some staff to their respective embassies after they expelled dozens of diplomats early this year, TASS news agency reported on Friday, citing the Russian envoy to the UK. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-russia-diplomacy/russia-and-britain-to-start-returning-diplomats-in-january-tass-idUSKCN1OR12O?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Shot in the back: the dangers of being an opposition candidate in Bangladesh

At a library inside a small district court in southeastern Bangladesh, barrister Mahabub Uddin Khokon stood up to take off his coat and scrunched his white shirt up to his shoulders to reveal a back covered in bandages over several shotgun pellet wounds. Settling back into an office chair, the 62-year-old smiled. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bangladesh-election-violence-candidat/shot-in-the-back-the-dangers-of-being-an-opposition-candidate-in-bangladesh-idUSKCN1OR11G?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Brexit won’t affect Spain-based Britons’ rights, PM Sanchez says

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez sought on Friday to reassure Britons living in Spain, saying their rights would remain unchanged after Britain’s exit from the European Union. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-europe-spain/brexit-wont-affect-spain-based-britons-rights-pm-sanchez-says-idUSKCN1OR0WE?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews