BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are ramping up prosecutions of rights activists during the year-end holidays, apparently hoping the West will pay less attention to its wide-ranging crackdown on dissent that has drawn international criticism throughout the year.
By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - The party of Mali's new president, together with its political allies, won the majority of seats in parliamentary elections, according to provisional results released by the government late on Tuesday. The vote was intended to complete the West African country's transition back to democracy after soldiers staged a coup in the southern capital Bamako last year, creating a void that allowed Islamists to seize the country's north. France launched an intervention in January to drive the al Qaeda-linked fighters from northern towns, clearing the way for a presidential election won by Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Results by constituency were announced on state television by Minister of Territorial Administration Moussa Sinko Coulibaly but will still need to be ratified by Mali's constitutional court.
Interim Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has urged his players to respond in positive fashion when they take to the pitch for the first time since Andre Villas-Boas was sacked. Spurs host Premier League rivals West Ham United in the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday, two days after Villas-Boas's 17-month tenture as manager came to an end. Villas-Boas's last fixture was a chastening 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool on Sunday and Sherwood wants the team to show their quality against West Ham, who won 3-0 at White Hart Lane in October.