Political Unrest
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Ethiopia releases nearly 10,000 political detainees

Africa | Freedom comes only after ‘rehabilitation’ training designed to prevent future protests
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/22/16, 09:03 am

Ethiopia’s government has said it will release nearly 10,000 people detained during its ongoing state of emergency, but another group of nearly 2,500 people will face charges for destabilizing the country.

Rights groups have warned the ongoing arbitrary arrests and limitations to free expression will continue to undermine long-term peace efforts. 

Deputy government spokesman Zadig Abraha yesterday confirmed 9,800 protesters will be freed. 

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Baltic alert

International | Troop buildups and new leaders on both sides of the Atlantic could spell opportunity for Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and testing for NATO
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/16/16, 11:00 am

IN THE PINE WOODS AND PASTURES OUTSIDE VILNIUS, Lithuania’s capital, a corps of professionals moves through maneuvers as temperatures drop below freezing and a light snow begins to fall.

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U.S., allies pressure Congo leaders to step down

Congo | New sanctions aim to promote a democratic transfer of power
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/14/16, 11:20 am

The United States has imposed more sanctions on two top officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo in an attempt to pressure the government to step down on the expected day next week.

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