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  • Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT 31 Mar 2015 | 11:02 pm

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory are on strike for the sixth straight day to protest a social insurance law. Vietnam is hit by several hundred labor strikes a year mostly over poor working condition and low pay, but protesting a government policy is rare.

  • Buhari wins in Nigeria, defeating Goodluck Jonathan 31 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm

    Main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari holds up his ballot paper prior to voting in Daura, in northern Nigeria's Katsina State, on March 28, 2015ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Amid anger over an Islamic insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians threw out the incumbent and elected a 72-year-old former military dictator in a historic transfer of power officially announced early Wednesday following the nation's most hotly contested election ever.

  • Buhari in historic Nigeria election win 31 Mar 2015 | 10:24 pm

    Supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) celebrate on March 31, 2015 in LagosMuhammadu Buhari on Tuesday became Nigeria's president elect after defeating Goodluck Jonathan in the first democratic change of power ever in Africa's most populous nation. Thousands spilled onto the streets of the north's biggest city, Kano, in celebration, shouting his campaign slogan "Sai Buhari" ("Only Buhari") as he took an unassailable lead with one state to declare. The Independent National Electoral Commission said Buhari won 15,424,921 votes or 53.95 percent of the 28,587,564 total valid votes cast. The election was hit by glitches to new voter technology and claims of irregularities, having been played out against a backdrop of fears of deadly Boko Haram violence and poll-related clashes.

  • Britain's Murray takes milestone 500th victory 31 Mar 2015 | 6:02 pm

    Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand against Kevin Anderson of South Africa in their fourth round match during the Miami Open on March 31, 2015 in Key Biscayne, FloridaBritain's Andy Murray won his 500th career victory Tuesday, defeating South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the ATP and WTA Miami Open quarter-finals. Murray, who has won four of five matches against Anderson, improved his career match record to 500 triumphs and 155 defeats with 31 titles, including the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon crowns. Also advancing was Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori, who dispatched Belgium's David Goffin 6-1, 6-2. Another quarter-final was set as Czech eighth seed Tomas Berdych advanced thanks to a mid-match withdrawal from France's injury-hit Gael Monfils.

  • Cape Verde record historic win over Ronaldo-less Portugal 31 Mar 2015 | 5:29 pm

    Portugal's midfielder Pizzi (L) vies with Cape Verde's midfielder Babanco during the EURO 2016 friendly football match in Estoril outside Lisbon on March 31, 2015Cape Verde upset a weakened Portugal 2-0 in Estoril on Tuesday as seven days of international football friendlies involving African teams ended. Portugal lacked many stars, including the biggest one of all Cristiano Ronaldo, having won 2-1 at home against Serbia just 48 hours earlier in a Euro 2016 qualifier. The Blue Sharks scored twice within six minutes close to half-time at Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota for a rare away victory over European opposition. Former Portuguese colony Cape Verde comprises a string of islands off the coast of Senegal and has just 500,000 inhabitants.

  • Broom-wielding Buhari supporters cheer his Nigeria victory 31 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm

    Hundreds of Nigerians celebrate in Kaduna on March 31, 2015 the victory of main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu BuhariWaving brooms and shouting "Change! Change!" supporters of Muhammadu Buhari joined in raucous street celebrations Tuesday across Nigeria after he claimed victory in the presidential election. A cavalcade of motorbikes and cars with their headlights on and horns blaring paraded through the streets of Kano, northern Nigeria's biggest city, where the retired general won a landslide victory. Drivers performed stunts, filling the air with thick smoke, as veiled women and the crowds shouted "Sai Buhari" (Only Buhari) in celebration. Kano is among the Nigerian states hit hardest by Boko Haram Islamists, where many have criticised President Goodluck Jonathan's handling of the insurgency.

  • Things to know about Nigeria, as country picks new president 31 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm

    Residents celebrate the anticipated victory of Presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari in Kaduna, Nigeria, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The spokesman for retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari says the former military dictator has won Nigeria’s bitterly contested presidential election but fears “tricks” from the government. Garba Shehu tells The Associated Press that their polling agents across the country tell them they have succeeded in defeated President Goodluck Jonathan. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's election has achieved the first democratic handover of power from one party to another. Here's a look at Africa's most populous country and biggest economy.

  • Fortune runs out for Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan 31 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan makes a declaration in front of supporters at a ceremony in Abuja on November 11, 2014Goodluck Jonathan's rise to the top of the pile in Nigeria's ruthless political world has been described as accidental -- a matter of good luck. The 57-year-old southern Christian -- the first head of state from the oil-producing Niger Delta -- was thrust into the presidency in 2010 following the death of his predecessor Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, a Muslim from the north.

  • Malian ex-leader questioned in Sarkozy Libya funding probe 31 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm

    Former Malian leader Amadou Toumani Toure, seen here in 2012, has given evidence in a probe into alleged Libyan funding for Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 French presidential election campaignExiled former Malian leader Amadou Toumani Toure has given evidence in a probe into alleged Libyan funding for Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 French presidential election campaign, an aide said Tuesday. He was "asked what he knows of Libyan financing" allegedly provided to Sarkozy by former dictator Moamer Kadhafi, the source told AFP, adding that Toure would not face further questioning. Local media said Toure spoke to investigators on March 24, but Senegal's criminal investigations division refused to comment. Amadou Cheikh Bani Kante, former special adviser to Toure on Libyan investments in west Africa, has been implicated in the case as a possible "bag carrier" -- or go-between -- for the Kadhafi regime.

  • Libya fears its treasures are now in jihadist sights 31 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm

    A view of the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Cyrene, located in the suburbs of the Libyan eastern town of Shahat on March 16, 2015Libyan antiquities officials looked on with horror at Internet video footage that showed Islamist extremists wielding sledgehammers and power tools to grind ancient Iraqi treasures into dust. They fear the Islamic State group jihadist movement's growing influence means the fate that befell these priceless Assyrian and Akkadian artefacts now awaits their own rich heritage dating back millennia. Footage of the cultural atrocity showed militants smashing exhibits at the museum in Mosul, Iraq's second city and the main IS stronghold since its capture in a lighting June offensive last year. Libya, another country rich in archaeological heritage, has been in turmoil since the 2011 overthrow of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a NATO-backed uprising.

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