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There were reports of Russian torture of Ukrainian prisoners and a longer sentence for Aung San Suu Kyi.
The president of Kenya, William Ruto, won the country's presidential election, the head of the electoral commission said yesterday. The result came after a cliffhanger vote. Ruto won 50.5 percent of the vote, defeating Raila Odinga, a former prime minister, said a top official. That percentage is enough to prevent a runoff vote, but a majority of election commissioners refuse to verify the results. An official said on behalf of four of the seven electors that the panel could not take ownership of the results because of the opaque nature of the election handling. Kenyan law allows for an election result to be challenged within a week, a possibility that many observers view as a near certainty.
Yesterday s charges were centered on land and construction deals related to an organization she ran until her arrest. Defenders say they are trumped up to silence her. In recent weeks a Japanese journalist and two well-known models have been arrested. Aung San Suu Kyi is kept in a cell measuring about 200 square feet about 18 square meters. Daytime temperatures can reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit about 38 Celsius, but there is no air conditioning. An estimated 12,000 people are in detention for opposing military rule. Many of them have been tortured or sentenced without lawyers. The junta hanged four pro-democracy activists last month. It has promised more executions.