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Tribunal rejects China’s claims to South China Sea

China | Beijing calls the ruling ‘null’ and ‘void,’ with ‘no binding force’
by June Cheng
Posted 7/12/16, 08:51 am

In a blow to China’s maritime ambitions, a United Nations tribunal ruled today the communist country has “no legal basis” for its claims in the South China Sea, a resource-rich water through which a third of the world’s trade passes. China, which has refused to participate in the arbitration process from the beginning, claimed it “does not accept or acknowledge” the tribunal or its ruling.

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Violent clashes rock South Sudan’s capital

South Sudan | The renewed fighting could lead to another civil war
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/11/16, 11:11 am

Renewed fighting between South Sudanese troops loyal to the president and those pledging allegiance to the vice president has left more than 300 dead in Juba, the country’s capital, raising concerns about the emergence of another civil war.

Witnesses reported sounds of more blasts and gunfire in the capital this morning. Explosions targeted the Tomping area of Juba, which houses several embassies, the airport, and a UN base.

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Protests over failing economy roil Zimbabwe

Africa | Analysts say frustration could lead to President Robert Mugabe’s ouster
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/07/16, 10:55 am

Zimbabweans on Wednesday took to the streets and stayed home from work to protest unpaid salaries and the country’s failing economy. Analysts say the rare outcry, triggered by a social media movement, could escalate if the government continues to ignore the protesters’ demands.

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