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Kagame sweeps presidential polls

KIGALI | Rwandan President Paul Kagame secured another seven-year term Wednesday after being declared landslide winner of an election criticized by international observers for shutting out the real opposition.

Mr. Kagame, who has led the tiny eastern African nation since about 800,000 people were butchered in a 100-day genocidal spree in 1994, won 93 percent of the votes in Monday’s contest, according to the electoral commission.

But Commonwealth observers said the election had been devoid of “critical opposition voices,” with his three opponents both linked to Mr. Kagame’s party.

Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo of the Social Democratic Party was second, with 5.15 percent of the vote; the Liberal Party’s Prosper Higiro won 1.37 percent in third place, said the electoral body’s secretary, Charles Munyaneza. A fourth candidate won less than half a percent.


UNICEF: 155 die in cholera outbreak

YAOUNDE | The U.N. Children’s Fund says it’s urgently sending medical supplies to thousands of people affected by Cameroon’s worst cholera outbreak since 2004.

UNICEF representative Ora Musu Clemens-Hope said Tuesday that aid officials fear the outbreak may spread to neighboring West African countries, including Nigeria, Chad and Central African Republic.

UNICEF says the outbreak, which started in May in Cameroon’s north, has killed 155 people out of more than 2,000 confirmed cases.

UNICEF is distributing supplies for medical workers and water-treatment kits for families, along with medication. The waterborne infection is highly contagious yet easily preventable with clean water and sanitation.


U.N. urges Sudan to allow Darfur aid

UNITED NATIONS | The U.N. urged Sudanese authorities on Tuesday to allow humanitarian organizations access to a Darfur refugee camp that has been closed to aid agencies for more than a week following an outbreak of violence.

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