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Nigeria postpones presidential, parliamentary elections

Nigerian election officials said they would postpone presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for Saturday. The head of the electoral commission said the delay was needed to ensure free and fair elections.
  • At least 66 bodies have been found in eight villages in Kaduna state, where religious tensions have led to clashes. The state governor urged calm ahead of Nigeria's hotly contested national elections.
  • Laura Codruta Kovesi, who once led Romania's National Anti-Corruption Directorate, is on trial for malfeasance, bribery and perjury. Many see the charges as a ploy by the ruling Social Democrats to sabotage her career.
  • Hundreds took to the streets of Madrid after the BBVA froze its Chinese clients' accounts without notice. The bank brushed off accusations of racism, saying it was merely complying with money laundering laws.
  • The militant attack in India-ruled Kashmir has once again put New Delhi and Islamabad on a war footing. Analysts at the Munich Security Conference say it is a setback to those who wish to see lasting peace in the region.
  • Two executives and two managers were among those arrested and could face charges ranging from environmental violations to homicide. They are suspected of having known the danger the dam presented.
  • Seventeen years of war, tens of thousands dead, millions in need of humanitarian assistance the call has long sounded for peace in Afghanistan. But can talks with the Taliban succeed without the Afghan government?
  • The US president described the situation at the Mexico border as a national security crisis that requires a wall, saying it's a great thing to do because we have an invasion. Legal challenges have already been filed.
  • In a play to his base, President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to fund his promised border wall after Congress declined to provide money for the barrier. It's a trick and a wake-up call for lawmakers.
  • France is struggling to deal with an uptick in anti-Semitic acts. Some blame the yellow vest movement for fueling hate crime against Europe's largest community. Elizabeth Bryant reports from Saint-Genevive-des-Bois.
  • The former Nigerian vice president has hinted at plans to further privatize corrupt state institutions however, he continues to deny his own corruption allegations in the lead-up to Saturday's general election.
  • Following a brief but harsh row between France and Italy, Christian Masset had been recalled. But despite the ambassador's impending return, relations between the two country are likely to remain tense.
  • Dozens of Indian paramilitary police were killed in Kashmir after a suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden vehicle into their convoy. India has blamed Pakistan of involvement and pledged to isolate it.
  • Spain's government has called early elections to be held in April. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the Socialist party had governed for nearly eight months after a no-confidence vote ousted former PM Mariano Rajoy.
  • The top diplomats from the US and the EU have met a day after Washington slammed Europe over its stance on Iran. The criticism highlights current strains in trans-Atlantic ties.
  • Nigeria's President Buhari hopes to be re-elected on Saturday. When he took office four years ago, he made sweeping promises which he has almost entirely failed to keep, says DW's Lagos correspondent, Adrian Kriesch.
  • A court in Myanmar has passed a death sentence against two men involved in the assassination of prominent Muslim lawyer Ko Ni, a close aide of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The suspected mastermind remains at large.
  • Some 300 babies worldwide die every day due to the effects of war, Save the Children has estimated in an analysis focused on 2017. Nearly one-in-five children about 420 million were living conflict zones.
  • The investigative group said the high-ranking military intelligence officer operated under a cover persona. British police have refused to confirm whether they were investigating a third suspect in the poisoning.
  • The White House has said President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency on the Mexican border to get funds to build a wall there. DW takes a look at why Trump made the move and whether it can succeed.