Nigerian vote tough to call as week-long delay may hurt turnout

Nigerian teacher Benjamin Shagu flew 500 km (310 miles) from the east of the country to the capital, Abuja, to vote in the presidential election – only for the vote to be delayed for a week, just five hours before polls had been due to open. source

FATF to keep working with Pakistan to curb terrorism financing

Pakistan has made only “limited progress” on curbing money laundering and terrorism financing, failing to show a proper understanding of the risks posed by Islamic State, Al Qaeda and others, the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force said. source

Russia extends investigation into ex-U.S. marine held for spying: Ifax

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has extended by three months its investigation into former U.S. marine Paul Whelan who is being held on suspicion of spying, Interfax news agency cited Whelan’s lawyer as saying on Friday. source

China says humanitarian aid should not be forced into Venezuela

Humanitarian aid should not be forced into Venezuela, lest it cause violence, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday, warning that Beijing opposed military intervention in the country. source

Iran starts Gulf war games, to test submarine-launched missiles

Iran on Friday began large-scale naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf, which will feature its first submarine cruise missile launches, state media reported, at a time of rising tensions with the United States. source

China says would welcome British finance minister visit

China would welcome a visit by Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Friday, a day after the minister had said talk of deploying a British warship in the Pacific had complicated bilateral relations. source

‘Dream of a safe place’: Saudi sisters in hiding in Hong Kong after fleeing family

Two sisters from Saudi Arabia were intercepted at Hong Kong airport by the kingdom’s diplomats en route to Australia, their lawyer said, the year’s second high-profile case of Saudi women trying to flee what they call repression at home. source

Pakistan reimposes ban on Islamist charities linked to militant leader

Pakistan has re-instated a ban on two charities linked to the founder of an Islamist militant group that has carried out attacks in India, the interior ministry said on Friday. source

U.S.-backed SDF to try to evacuate civilians from IS enclave

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they will try to evacuate the remaining civilians from Islamic State’s last enclave in eastern Syria on Friday, a necessary step before attacking or forcing surrender on the last jihadists inside. source

Italian ruling-party lawmakers push for Huawei ban: paper

A group of lawmakers from Italy’s ruling coalition is pushing the government to ban China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying equipment for the country’s rollout of 5G mobile communications, Il Messaggero newspaper said on Friday. source

Venezuelan minister to meet Russian government in Moscow on Friday: RIA

Venezuela’s Minister of Industry Tareck El Aissami will hold talks with the Russian government in Moscow on Friday, the RIA news agency cited a source as saying. source

Bootleg liquor kills at least 17 on Indian tea plantation as dozens fall ill

At least 17 Indian tea plantation workers have died from drinking toxic bootleg liquor after receiving their weekly wages, with more than 40 critically ill in hospital, a doctor said on Friday. source

Kenya High Court delays ruling on law banning gay sex to May 24: judge

Kenya’s High Court has postponed until May 24 a ruling on whether to strike out or uphold a colonial-era law banning gay sex, a judge said on Friday. source

Nigeria’s Buhari promises security for delayed presidential election

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday urged Nigerians “to go out and vote”, promising that there would be adequate security for Saturday’s postponed election that pits him in a tight race with businessman Atiku Abubakar. source

Turkey orders 295 military personnel arrested over Gulen links

Turkey ordered the arrest of 295 serving military personnel on Friday, the prosecutor’s office said, accusing them of links to the network of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says orchestrated a 2016 attempted coup. source

U.N. rights experts urge Indonesia to probe use of snake to scare Papua suspect

United Nations rights experts have urged Indonesia to investigate accusations of violence by police and military in Papua after a video showed officers using a live snake to intimidate a suspect during questioning. source

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi woos investors to crisis-hit Rakhine, decries ‘negative’ focus

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi called for investment in the crisis-hit western state of Rakhine on Friday, saying the world had “focused narrowly on negative aspects” in the state from which some 730,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled since 2017. source

Haiti protesters vow to return to streets on Friday

The cacophony of sirens, horns and street vendors in Haiti’s capital was quieter than usual this week as residents remained on edge after recent anti-government protests, which organizers have promised will start again on Friday. source

Catalonia protesters clash with police over separatist trial

Riot police clashed with pro-independence Catalan protesters in Barcelona on Thursday while other activists burned tires and tried to block highways across northeast Spain as part of a day of protests against the trial of 12 separatist leaders. source