Nigeria votes for state governors and assemblies

Crowds gathered in the early morning as polling stations opened to register voters
Crowds gathered in the early morning as polling stations opened to register voters

Elections for 29 governors and all 36 state assemblies are taking place.

Some of Nigeria’s governors control huge budgets and are among the country’s most influential politicians. Continue reading Nigeria votes for state governors and assemblies

A More Realistic Era in US-Israeli Relations

Perspective

For the first time since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, U.S.-Israeli relations are undergoing a real earthquake. What started off as a lack of personal chemistry between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has evolved into a real diplomatic crisis between the two nations. Relations have entered uncharted waters and there is a growing sense in Washington that a significant and irreversible change of momentum has occurred.

A pair of elements coming together in the final stages of the March 2015 Israeli election campaign accounts for this relationship crisis. Fueled by the personal distaste that Obama and Netanyahu have for each other, these elements coalesced into a tipping point that was reached and passed. Continue reading A More Realistic Era in US-Israeli Relations

Bodies washed ashore in Haiti amid shipwreck fears

At least 17 people are believed to have drowned in a shipwreck off the northern coast of Haiti.

The bodies of 11 men and six women washed ashore in the coastal town of Le Borgne, about 100 miles (160km) north of Port-au-Prince, the AP reports.

One official told AFP news agency the dead were migrants who were trying to reach the neighboring Turks and Caicos Islands, but this is unconfirmed.

No sign of a ship has been found and it is unclear if there were any survivors.