07 Jan 2019

Cameroon’s English-Speaking Areas Becoming Deserted

Cameroon’s English-speaking area that separatists had declared the independent Republic of Ambozonia has become heavily depopulated following two years of violence and fighting. Well over 1,000 people have been killed in the fighting, with unknown thousands, relocating internally to Francophone areas. The government has blamed separatist fighters for the ongoing

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07 Jan 2019

U.S. sends troops in response to possible “violent” demonstrations in DR Congo

“President Trump announced Friday evening that U.S. troops had been sent to Gabon to protect U.S. assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is awaiting the first results of its presidential election.  Mr. Trump wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday that around 80 personnel had

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07 Jan 2019

Days after Bolsonaro inauguration, Brazil deploys troops to stop surge in violence in Fortaleza

“About 300 troops have been sent to the north-eastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza to tackle a surge in criminal violence, authorities said. Soldiers will patrol there and across the state of Ceará in a bid to halt attacks on shops, banks and buses. The justice ministry ordered the special deployment

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03 Jan 2019

A ‘reign of fear’ takes hold in Nicaragua with new crackdown

2018 saw a protest movement emerge in Nicaragua against authoritarian president Daniel Ortega, which was violently repressed by police and paramilitary groups, killing 324. This crackdown has continued and intensified, with any media and human rights groups critical of the government being completely shutdown and having to operate covertly. “The

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03 Jan 2019

Somalia orders top U.N. official to leave

Somalia has declared the top UN official in the country a persona non grata after his publication of a letter questioning the involvement of U.N.-funded Somali security forces in the arrest of an election candidate who had previously defected from al-Shabaab in 2017. The arrest led to a local uproar

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02 Jan 2019

Warning of ‘Fictitious’ Election Results Online, Congo Cuts Internet and SMS services through January 6

“The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government cut internet connections and SMS services across the country for a second straight day on Tuesday as the country nervously awaited results from the weekend’s chaotic presidential election. Both the opposition and ruling coalition said on Monday they were on track to win after

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31 Dec 2018

Yemen’s Shiite rebels hand over control of Hodeida port

“Yemen’s Shiite rebels on Saturday handed over control of the main port in the Red Sea city of Hodeida to the country’s navy and coast guard under U.N. supervision, security officials said, in a significant step in the implementation of a deal reached during peace talks in Sweden earlier this

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31 Dec 2018

Egypt Kills 40 Suspected Militants After Deadly Bombing of Tour Bus

“Egyptian security forces killed at least 40 people suspected of being militants in North Sinai and Giza, officials said on Saturday, a day after an explosion hit a tour bus, leaving four people dead and 10 others wounded. The Ministry of Interior did not explicitly link the killing of the

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31 Dec 2018

Syria’s Assad authorizes Iraqi forces to strike ISIS in Syria

Syria and Iraq reached an agreement over the weekend that will allow Iraqi forces to attack ISIS forces inside Syria without having to first receive permission from Syrian authorities. The agreement illustrates the close relationship that has grown up between the two governments in their coordination of anti-ISIS efforts. The

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28 Dec 2018

Russian Men Still Banned as Martial Law Expires in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Poroshenko announced the end of martial law across its 10 border regions with Russia, but announced that Russian men of combat age (16-60) would continue to be banned from entering the country for an unspecified amount of time. The ban has been in effect since November 30 and

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