Liberians Voting in Presidential Runoff Election
Polls are open in Liberia Tuesday, as voters choose between former soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Boakai and Weah were the top vote-getters in the October 10 election, with Weah getting 38.4 percent and Boaki coming in second with 28.8 percent. Since neither received a majority, a runoff election was triggered, but court challenges delayed the vote which was originally set for November 7.
Sirleaf is stepping down after two terms as president.
Pollsters say Tuesday's election is too close to call, and official results aren't expected for a few days.
Royal Navy Frigate Intercepts Russian Warship in the North Sea Christmas Day
A British naval frigate escorted a Russian warship through the North Sea near UK waters on Christmas Day, the Royal Navy confirmed.
The HMS St. Albans monitored the Russian vessel Admiral Gorshkov as it made its way across the North Sea close to Britain.
Although such crossings are fairly routine, there has been a rise in the number of Russian ships passing close to British territorial waters in recent days.
The Royal Navy said there had been a recent "upsurge in Russian units transiting UK waters". Britain recently warned of a new threat posed by Russia to internet cables under the sea.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the chief of the defense staff, said earlier this month that Britain and NATO needed to prioritize protecting the lines of communication.
He said it would "immediately and potentially catastrophically" hit the economy if they were cut or disrupted.
The cables criss-cross the seabed, connecting up countries and continents.