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Two children killed and five injured in Syria as the new year starts

Statement by Kambou Fofana, UNICEF acting Regional Director for the Middle East and North AfricaAMMAN, “In just the past four days – since the new year began – two children were killed and another five were injured in the northwest of Syria as violence…

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Suspect Arrested in Connection with South African Parliament Fire

CAPE TOWN — A fire at the South African parliament caused extensive damage on Sunday, collapsing the roof and gutting an entire floor in one building. A man in his 50s was arrested in connection with the blaze.The fire broke out in the early morning an…

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Kenyan Lawmakers Brawl Over Controversial Bill

NAIROBI — Kenyan lawmakers brawled Wednesday as they debated proposed changes to a law governing the conduct of political parties and the formation of coalitions ahead of the 2022 election.Video broadcast on television showed lawmakers engaged in a sho…

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Biden Urged to Appoint North Korea Human Rights Envoy

Human rights groups are calling on U.S. President Joe Biden to appoint a special envoy for North Korean human rights, a position that has been vacant since January 2017.The North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004 directs the U.S. president to name a pers…

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Gambia’s Supreme Court Dismisses Election Result Challenge

BANJUL — Gambia’s Supreme Court dismissed a legal challenge to President Adama Barrow’s recent election victory on Tuesday, ruling that the petition had not followed proper procedure, court documents showed.Barrow won the Dec. 4 poll with 53% of the vo…

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Suicide Bomber Strikes in Eastern Congo, Killing at Least 6

BENI, CONGO — A suicide bomber attacked a restaurant and bar Saturday as dozens of patrons gathered on Christmas Day, killing at least six others in an eastern Congolese town where Islamic extremists are known to be active.Heavy gunfire rang out shortl…

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At Least 6 Killed, 10 Wounded in Twin Attacks in Niger

NIAMEY, NIGER — At least six people have been killed in attacks by suspected jihadis in Niger near its border with Burkina Faso, authorities said Friday.”The provisional toll is … six dead, including a policeman, two customs officers and three civilian…

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Death Toll From Haiti Truck Explosion Rises to 90, Official Says

PORT-UA-PRINCE, HAITI — More than a dozen people severely injured in a gas truck explosion last week have died, raising the total number of deaths to 90, the deputy mayor of Cap-Haitien, the city in Haiti where the tragedy occurred, said Monday.The cou…

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Malawi’s Army Chief Tells Politicians Not to Interfere in Military Affairs

BLANTYRE, MALAWI — The commander of Malawi’s army has criticized what he says is interference from government officials into the affairs of the military. General Vincent Nundwe says this could incite anarchy and should stop.Nundwe expressed the concern…

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Second Consultation on the National Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy in Somalia: Launching of the National Platform for DRR

UNDRR ROAS and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management in Somalia, in collaboration with the Sadar Development and Resilience Institute, launched the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Somalia during the Second Consul…