South Africa elections: Incoming results suggest ruling ANC set to win diminished majority

Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN)Despite years of corruption allegations, a sluggish economy and sustained electricity blackouts, South Africa’s ruling ANC looks set to win a substantial majority in a critical national election. In the previous election, in 2014, the ANC won with 62% of voter support. The election year before that — 2009 — the party won 66% of the vote. In 2004, it got close to 70% of the vote. The partial results show the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), trailing with just under 22% of the vote — at this stage, their support looks to remain flat — a disappointment result for the official opposition. The election has not been without its hitches. The commission on Thursday …

8 suspects are under arrest in the kidnapping of a US tourist in Uganda

(CNN)Ugandan police have arrested eight people in connection with the kidnapping of American tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott and her Ugandan tour guide, Jean Paul Mirenge. “These arrests have given us the identity of the prime suspect we are looking for,” Enanga said, while confirming that they are directly related to the kidnap of Endicott and Mirenge. The news comes a day after US President Donald Trump tweeted that Uganda should “find the kidnappers” of Endicott and “bring them to justice openly and quickly!” Both victims were abducted at gunpoint while on a game drive on April 2 in Queen Elizabeth National Park, in southwest Uganda. Ugandan police said an armed gang had kidnapped Endicott and her guide, and made frequent …

US and Canada are the only two nations still flying many Boeing 737 Max planes

(CNN)A raft of nations have temporarily suspended Boeing 737 Max flights after the fatal plane crash in Ethiopia but the United States and Canada are still flying a substantial number of those models. Before the EU’s announcement, nations like Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Oman, Singapore, Turkey and the United Kingdom announced their own bans on Tuesday. The UK, Oman, Singapore, Australia, Ireland and France and Norwegian Airlines suspended the whole Boeing 737 Max range. India, Dubai, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iceland, Germany and the airlines LOT Polish, TUI Airways, GOL Linhas Aereas, Aeromexico, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Cayman Airways, Comair Airways, Eastar Jet, Jet Airways, Mongolian Airlines, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lion Air and …

Nigerian parties condemn last-minute election delay

Abuja (CNN)Nigeria’s two main political parties have condemned a last-minute decision by the country’s electoral authority to delay presidential and national assembly elections by one week. Elections for governorships, state House of Assembly and area councils are on hold until March 9, INEC said. The announcement was made only five hours before the polls were supposed to open. Many Nigerians had traveled long distances back to their home city or state in order to vote, only to find that the election was postponed.Some may not be able to repeat the journey next weekend. The delay is likely to ratchet up tensions in what is a crucial vote in Africa’s most populous nation. Normal life had been put on hold for …