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World in brief December 23 2019

AFGHANISTAN: President Ashraf Ghani has won a second term, the electoral commission reported yesterday, with 50.64 per cent of a preliminary vote count.

The result is not formal yet, and rival Abdullah Abdullah said it was “not legitimate.”

He has rejected a previous count and initially rejected calls for a recount too, before agreeing to one this month.

VATICAN: The Legion of Christ religious order identified 33 of its priests and 71 of its seminarians as guilty of sexual abuse in a study published at the weekend.

The order enjoyed huge power under pope John Paul II, despite the Vatican holding documentary evidence that its founder Marcial Maciel was a paedophile.

John Paul II’s secretary of state Cardinal Angelo Sodano long blocked any investigation into the Legion.

Pope Francis accepted his resignation as dean of the College of Cardinals on Saturday.

SOMALIA: At least six people were killed on Saturday when a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb outside a hotel hosting military commanders.

At least 10 other people were injured in the blast in Galkayo and several cars were destroyed.

MEXICO: President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the government will invest in state power company CFE and reverse “decades of policy” that have favoured private-sector providers.

Mr Lopez Obrador has already cancelled oil and power auctions allowing private companies to nab lucrative contracts and has renegotiated terms with natural gas pipeline firms to drive down prices.

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