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South Sudan's displaced hope pope's visit will bring peace

Reuters | 26 Jan 2023

JUBA, Jan 26 (Reuters) - After spending nearly a decade in a camp for the displaced in South Sudan's Juba, Mayen Galuak hopes that Pope Francis' visit to the capital city next week will inspire political leaders to finally restore peace, allowing him to go home. The 44-year-old entered the United Nations camp, just a few kilometres from...

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Haiti's police cannot beat gangs without international force - U.N.

Reuters | 26 Jan 2023

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Haiti's police will not win a fight against criminal gangs without more international support, including the key deployment of a rapid action force, the United Nations envoy to the impoverished Caribbean country said on Wednesday. While it has been three months since U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres...

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DR Congo cries ‘act of war’ after Rwanda shoots at fighter jet

La Prensa Latina | 25 Jan 2023

Kinshasa, Jan 25 (EFE).- The Rwandan military has shot at a fighter jet of the Democratic Republic of Congo for allegedly violating the defense airspace, sparking diplomatic tensions with Kinshasa calling it an “act of war.” In a statement, the DRC government denied the military aircraft violated the airspace as it was flying in the Congolese...

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Nearly 900 Million Worldwide Wanted to Migrate in 2021

Gallup | 24 Jan 2023

Story Highlights Decade-high 16% of adults wanted to migrate permanently in 2021 U.S. still most desired destination, but less attractive now than before 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The COVID-19 pandemic severely disrupted people’s mobility worldwide, but it didn’t stop them from wanting to move. In fact, Gallup surveys show that in the...

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Suspected militants kill 23 in east DR Congo attack

Urdu Point | 23 Jan 2023

Beni, DR Congo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Jan, 2023 ) :Suspected Allied Democratic Forces fighters have killed at least 23 people in eastern DR Congo, local officials said Monday, in the latest violence in the turbulent region claimed by the Islamic State group. The attack occurred overnight on Sunday in the village of Makugwe, in the...

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UN peacekeepers discover mass graves in Ituri province

France24 | 20 Jan 2023

In tonight's edition: More attacks are blamed on the CODECO militia group...

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Ethiopia appoints Mamo Mihretu new central bank governor

Reuters | 20 Jan 2023

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appointed Mamo Mihretu as the country's new central bank governor, Abiy's office said in a statement posted on Twitter on Friday. The statement did not give any more...

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Congo president demands more from $6.2 billion China metals deal

Mining Dot Com | 19 Jan 2023

The Chinese, they’ve made a lot of money and made a lot of profit from this contract,” Tshisekedi said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Now our need is simply to re-balance things in a way that it becomes win-win.” The contract renegotiation is part of a campaign by the president to ensure the country gets paid...

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Dozens of bodies found in mass graves in DR Congo

Al Jazeera | 19 Jan 2023

Peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have discovered mass graves containing the bodies of 49 civilians following a series of attacks blamed on a local armed group. Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for the United Nations, told reporters in New York on Wednesday that the graves had been uncovered in two villages in...

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Police demolish trader stalls in Congo capital ahead of Pope visit - Reuters | 18 Jan 2023

KINSHASA, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Before dawn, sanitary police armed with crowbars and a bulldozer set about demolishing makeshift trader stalls crowding downtown streets in the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of a four-day visit by Pope Francis starting Jan. 31. Officials say Kinshasa, a vast impoverished full story...

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What's the Message to 46 Million Latin Americans?

Gallup | 18 Jan 2023

During the 2022 fiscal year, the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended nearly 2.4 million migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally -- shattering the previous year’s record high. Migrants from Mexico and the Northern Triangle -- El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala -- accounted for more than half of all apprehensions. But the latest surge...

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Germany’s defense minister resigns amid heavy criticism over Ukraine

The Los Angeles Times | 16 Jan 2023

BERLIN — Germany’s much-criticized defense minister announced her resignation Monday, as her department steers the massive project of modernizing the country’s military and oversees expanding weapons deliveries to Ukraine. Christine Lambrecht said in a statement that she had submitted her resignation request to Chancellor Olaf Scholz,...

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The Dark Side of Tech Batteries - From Smartphone to ... your Tesla Car | 15 Jan 2023

They run on dirty energy and the blood of children as young as 6. Electric cars drive human rights abuse and child labour. China is one of the villains in this story. Are electric carmakers equally guilty too? All Credit To WION: A Harvard visiting professor and modern slavery activist, guest at Joe Rogan...

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Under siege

While people across the globe are understandably focused on the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, what many may not realize is that people in other parts of the world are also under siege. Among some of the places where civilians regularly face mass rape, torture, and death, along with the destruction of their nations' cities and villages are South...

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Czech Election Could Be Bellwether for Populism

Gallup | 13 Jan 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Czech Republic’s presidential election this weekend is the first of several political showdowns in Central Europe this year that could either stem the tide of populism or turn it into a flood. As Czechs prepare to replace longtime populist President Milos Zeman, Gallup surveys in 2022 suggest many are ready for some...

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8 Croats in court in Zambia on child trafficking charge

Wtop | 10 Jan 2023

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Eight Croatian nationals have pleaded not guilty to charges of child trafficking before a magistrates court in Ndola, Zambia. They were named in court documents as Damir Magic, 44, Nadica Magic, 45, Zoran Subosic, 52,...

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Mad world: 2023 flashpoints in a ‘permacrisis’ era

Asiatimes | 10 Jan 2023

When 2022 began, there was trepidation about what might happen in at least ten regions. Topping most lists were concerns about tensions in Ukraine, Afghanistan and Ethiopia. What actually transpired in 2022 were some of the most shocking humanitarian scenes in modern history – with a backdrop of the continuing pandemic and extreme weather events...

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Rolling Stones recognises eight African artist on list of 200 greatest singers of all time

Rolling Stone, one of the world’s leading music publication platforms, kicked off the new year with an update to its rankings, which began in 2008, honouring the best vocalists in pop music. “These are the vocalists that have shaped history and defined our lives – from smooth operators to raw shouters, from gospel to punk, from Sinatra to Selena to...

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Climate change action could set off a copper mining boom: how Zambia can make the most of it

Phys Dot Org | 09 Jan 2023

At last year's US Africa leaders summit in Washington the US signed an historic memorandum of understanding with Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo to develop an electric vehicle battery supply chain. At the summit, Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema also announced that Kobold metals, an exploration firm backed by billionaires Bill...

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Social Media Users More Inclined to Browse Than Post Content

Gallup | 09 Jan 2023

Story Highlights Less than half of social media account holders post content at least occasionally Facebook, Instagram users most likely to post content Facebook and YouTube are used more frequently than other platforms WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. adults commonly engage with popular social media platforms but are more inclined to browse content on...