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Chess Brings Hope to Kenya Youth in Informal Settlement

More than half of the Kenyan capital’s nearly five million people live in slums, where many young people are lured by drugs and crime. In one neighborhood, a group is using the game of chess to help transform the lives of young people.We are in Mukuru …

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Poverty at Root of South Africa Violence and Looting: Analyst

After a week of public violence that shocked the world, South Africa is beginning to reflect on the cause.Mass looting and destruction of property followed the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma for contempt of court after he refused to testify at …

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Gunmen Kidnap Dozens of Villagers in Northwestern Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA – Gunmen abducted at least 60 people in northwestern Nigeria after riding motorbikes into five villages and firing sporadically into the air, a police official and several residents said Saturday.Nigeria is battling an increase in ar…

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Extreme Weather Becoming the Norm, Not the Exception

The World Meteorological Organization is calling for action to halt climate change as extreme weather becomes the norm rather than the exception. Heavy rainfall this week has triggered devastating floods across western Europe, killing and injuring scor…

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Thousands Flee Attacks by Armed Groups in Eastern DRC

The U.N. refugee agency says a series of attacks by armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has forced nearly 20,000 civilians to flee for their lives. More than 100 armed groups, such as the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces, have been…

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Deadly Rioting Continues in South Africa

Rioting and looting in South Africa continued Wednesday, raising the death toll to more than 70 as defiant protesters ignored government demands to end violence.The unrest was sparked last week when former president Jacob Zuma began serving a 15-month …

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Malians Divided Over France’s Decision to Close Bases, Reduce Forces

France’s recent decision to close some of its military bases and reduce the number of its troops in Mali has sparked mixed reaction from the local population. Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that his country would start closing t…

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‘Survival Struggle’: Ethnic Standoff Drives New Phase of Tigray War

Asfaw Abera fled his homeland in northwestern Ethiopia three decades ago, stealing away on foot into Sudan as soldiers and ethnic Tigrayan rebels exchanged fire nearby. During his long stretch in exile, Asfaw, an ethnic Amhara, scrubbed toilets in Khar…

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Dozens Arrested in South Africa Riots Following Zuma’s Imprisonment

Protests against the jailing of former South African president Jacob Zuma spread from his hometown to the country’s main economic hub of Johannesburg Sunday. Shops in Johannesburg were looted overnight and a section of the major M2 highway was closed a…

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Violence and Abuse Wreak Havoc in Central African Republic

GENEVA – A human rights lawyer appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council reported to the body Friday that the war-torn Central African Republic’s civilian population is being battered by both armed groups and security forces meant to protect…

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