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What’s behind Mali livestock herders joining jihadist groups

In Mali, pastoralists have become increasingly disgruntled with a predatory and corrupt state. Flickr/Mary Newcombe Tor A Benjaminsen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences In Mali, jihadist groups have taken control of more than half the country since 2012. How has such a fundamental change been possible in a country previously praised by international observers as a bulwark against radical Islam ...

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12 Killed After Gunman Opens Fire In Californian Restaurant

Twelve people have been killed after a gunman opened fire in a bar and restaurant in California that was packed with teenagers. Terrified people inside Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks hid under tables or dived out windows during the shooting which happened on a college night at roughly 11.20pm on Wednesday. Sergeant Ron Helus was shot by the ...

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Just Being Born In America No Longer Qualifies You For Citizenship –Trump

Donald Trump has announced he is going to terminate the right to citizenship for babies born on US soil to non-citizens. The US president, who is taking an increasingly hard-line stance on immigration, said the “process” to end birthright citizenship by executive order is underway, and denied such a fundamental change would need the input of Congress, reports UK’s Independent. “It was always told ...

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Bolsonaro wins Brazil election, promises to purge leftists from country

Bolsonaro supporters celebrate outside his home in Rio de Janeiro after exit polls on Oct. 28 declared him the preliminary winner of Brazil’s 2018 presidential election. AP Photo/Leo Correa Helder Ferreira do Vale, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies After the most polarized and divisive campaign in its modern history, Brazil has elected as its next president a right-wing politician who ...

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Girls in West Africa offered into sexual slavery as ‘wives of gods’

In certain communities in Benin, Togo and Ghana, young virgin girls are sent to atone for their family’s wrongdoing. Linda De Volder/Flickr Wisdom Mensah, University of West Florida There are global efforts fighting modern slavery, but one traditional system is still holding strong in West Africa: Trokosi. The Conversation Africa’s Moina Spooner spoke to Wisdom Mensah about the system and ...

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BREAKING: Plane Carrying 188 People Crashes Into Sea

An Indonesian passenger jet, Lion Air, is feared to have crashed on Monday. Agency reports indicate that plane was carrying 188 passengers and crew when it went missing shortly after take-off. Sindu Rahayu, directorate general of Civil Aviation at the transport ministry, said, “The aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child and two babies, with two pilots and five ...

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Knife-wielding Woman Slashes 14 Kindergarten Pupils

At least 14 children have been injured after a woman armed with a kitchen knife stormed a kindergarten in China and began slashing and stabbing the youngsters. The suspect attacked children as young as three as they returned from morning exercises with their teacher about 9.30am local time on Friday morning. The knife horror unfolded at the gate of Xinshiji ...

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Russian, Chinese Spies Hack Trump’s Phone

President Donald Trump’s cellphone conversations are being intercepted by Russia and China to gather information on his associates and policy positions, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. According to New York Time, discovery was made by White House officials  who were alerted by individuals working within these foreign governments. The names of the White House officials and individuals working within ...

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Ethiopia Gets First Female President

Ethiopia’s parliament today approved Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s new president, the first woman to hold the post. Sahle-Work, who was born 21 February, 1950, in Addis Ababa, is at present U.N. under secretary general and special representative of the secretary general to the African Union. She replaces Mulatu Teshome Wirtu, who tendered his resignation to parliament earlier on Wednesday. ...

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Saudi Arabia is a repressive regime – and so are a lot of US allies

Trump, like Obama before him, has enjoyed a close relationship with Saudi Arabia’s royal family. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Jeffrey Fields, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul has put the United States’ relationship with the wealthy Gulf power under intense scrutiny. After ...

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