Technology glitches have slowed the counting of votes from Kenya's presidential election. Kalonzo Musyoka, the running mate of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, is calling for counting to be halted and restarted using "primary documents." Voting disputes set off violent riots in the 2007 elections.
Negotiations are ongoing for the release of 21 Filipino peacekeepers for the United Nations who are being held by Syrian rebels in Syria's Golan Heights amid fighting with government troops. A rebel spokesman said the unarmed peacekeepers will be released after government forces withdraw from a village along the Israeli border.
Legalizing the trade of rhino horns could prevent the animal's extinction, according to some scientists, but lifting the ban is controversial. The answer likely needs more research before it can be answered, says wildlife economist Brendan Moyle. "You cannot fight the black-market trade in wildlife unless you understand how the underground economy operates," he says. "And no black market was ever eradicated by complete prohibition."
The United Nations Security Council unanimously voted today to issue new sanctions against North Korea in retribution for that country's third nuclear test. North Korea faces restrictions on financial instruments and shipments of certain cargo. The resolution "sent an unequivocal message to [North Korea] that the international community will not tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons," says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
A global perfect storm of rising oil prices, food shortages and climate change is brewing, writes Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed. The food riots that sparked the Arab Spring are an example of what's ahead, Ahmed argues, and action is needed to prevent the possible collapse of civilization.