Jan 25, 2019

Congo inauguration marks first peaceful transfer of power in 60 years

Supporters of new elected president of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi during his inauguration ceremony in Kinshasa. Photo: John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images

The Democratic Republic of the Congo experienced its first peaceful transfer of power since declaring independence from Belgium in 1960, with opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi sworn in as president Thursday after winning a surprise election earlier this month, the AP reports.

The backdrop: Tshisekedi's inauguration comes after more than two turbulent years of election delays. There remain lingering allegations of fraud and suspicions that strongman Joseph Kabila, who served as president for 18 years, cut a deal to make Tshisekedi his successor. Congo's electoral commission declared Tshisekedi the official victor, but the Catholic Church — one of the few trusted institutions in the impoverished and corruption-riddled African country — determined that another opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, was the "clear winner."

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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