The president of Central African Republic's election commission said he was resigning on Friday, casting further doubt on plans for a vote meant to restore democracy to a country rocked by fighting since 2013. Dieudonne Kombo Yaya gave no reasons for his decision but told state radio he doubted the vote, scheduled for Oct. 18, could be held this year. Central African Republic plunged into turmoil in 2013 when Muslim rebels from an umbrella group called Seleka seized power in the majority-Christian country.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un said Saturday his country could fight in any war provoked by the United States, as he presided over a vast military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party. "Today, our party dauntlessly declares that our revolutionary armed forces are capable of fighting any kind of war provoked by the US and we are ready to protect our people and the blue sky of our motherland," Kim said during a 30-minute speech. North Korea often boasts of its "nuclear deterrence", accusing the US of seeking to start a war of aggression.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared Saturday that his country was ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at a lavish military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the North's ruling party and trumpet his third-generation leadership.