The ruling All Progressives Congress is declared the winner in the majority of the states where the vote count has been completed.
Imprisoned gang leaders direct followers to unleash a wave of terror across cities after their requests for better facilities in jail were rejected.
Authorities say the Indigenous People of Biafra fighters instigated the deadly violence that left eight policemen dead raising concerns ahead of the presidential elections on Saturday.
Philippine coast guard also said that the Chinese ship also maneuvered "dangerously close" to block the a Filipino patrol vessel in the South China Sea.
Elections in Africa's most populous nation have often been marred by violence, claims of vote-rigging and logistical problems since it emerged from military rule in 1999.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military toppled democratically elected State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her civilian government almost two years ago, alleging massive fraud during elections her party won in 2020.
Preliminary reports indicate a total of 28 people have been shot dead in Nouna town of the province of Kossi in Burkina Faso.
The UN says in the latest episode of fighting in the country's Upper Nile state that started in mid-November, over 9,000 people had been displaced.
Every hour, an average of 13 women suffer intimate partner violence, according to family Minister Lisa Paus.
The south-American country has seen a wave of violent crime that authorities blame on turf battles between drug gangs believed to have ties to Mexican cartels.
Late dictator Ferdinand Marcos falsely claimed that human rights organisations had never visited the Philippines and that their claims of torture, abuse and mistreatment were untrue.
Fighting between the army and M23, a primarily Congolese Tutsi group, has spread close to the provincial capital Goma since erupting late last week.
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