9 candidates seeking Slovenian presidency in vote next month
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia’s election authorities say nine candidates will be competing in the country’s presidential election next month, including the incumbent and an ex-comedian.
The State Election Commission on Thursday confirmed the candidacy of President Borut Pahor, who is expected to win a second term in office.
The 53-year-old Pahor is a veteran politician and a former fashion model known for his use of social media. Recent surveys predict he could win more than half of the votes during the Oct. 22 election and avoid a runoff.
Analysts say Pahor’s most serious challenger is ex-comedian Marjan Sarec, who is the mayor of the northern town of Kamnik. The popular Sarec has criticized Pahor for acting like a “celebrity” while president.
Also running is the leader of the conservative New Slovenia party, Ljudmila Novak.
UK preacher gets 6½ years for promoting terrorism in sermons
LONDON (AP) — A Muslim cleric in England has been given a 6½-year prison sentence for using his sermons to back the Islamic State group and encourage terrorism.
Police secretly recorded 40-year-old Kamran Hussain last year giving sermons in which he told children that martyrdom was better than school.
Judge Rebecca Poulet said that Hussain preached “hatred and division” when she sentenced him on Thursday at London’s Old Bailey courthouse.
Hussain claimed during his trial that he was exercising his right to free speech, but he was found guilty of supporting IS and encouraging terrorism.
The judge said the sermons represented a serious, persistent advocacy of terrorism.
Hussain preached at a charity-funded mosque in Stoke-on-Trent, a city 155 miles northwest of London.
Guatemala mudslide kills 2, leaves 8 more missing
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A mudslide has killed two people in northern Guatemala and left eight more missing.
National disaster agency spokesman David de Leon says a woman and a baby were swept away by the movement of earth, water and rocks.
About 25 homes were damaged in the Wednesday night slide. Photographs provided by the agency showed homes and vehicles buried in the debris.
Guatemala is in the midst of its rainy season, and the agency said Thursday that the ground is saturated in many places.