Tanzanians will pick a new president and parliament on Oct. 25, officials said on Monday, in a national election likely to be dominated by the ruling party despite rising anger at poverty and corruption. President Jakaya Kikwete is due to step down from the helm of east Africa's second-biggest economy after two terms -- the limit set out in the constitution. Tanzania's main opposition parties have promised to unite behind a single presidential candidate to replace him.
Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson was recovering after an emergency operation on Monday, the hospital treating him said, with local media reporting that he had suffered a suspected heart attack. Robinson's British nationalist Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leads a power-sharing regional government with Irish nationalists Sinn Fein under the terms of a 1998 peace deal that ended three decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. The DUP is currently at odds with Sinn Fein over a social welfare bill due to be submitted to the regional assembly this week, which several senior figures have said could lead to the collapse of the government.