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Iraq reconstruction effort looms large

International | Nations pledge $30 billion, but many needs remain
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 2/20/18, 02:40 pm

A recent conference held to raise funds for Iraq’s reconstruction secured about $30 billion in loans and investment pledges, a start toward the financial needs of a nation devastated by war and terrorism. But it will take more than money to rebuild after Islamic State (ISIS) beat down Iraqis through persecution and genocide.

“Recovery and reconciliation will be vital to prevent a new cycle of public frustration, radicalization and the risk of new violent extremism,” wrote Ahmed Twaij with the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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South Africa elects new president

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/15/18, 11:35 am

The South African Parliament on Thursday elected Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s new leader after former President Jacob Zuma resigned late Wednesday. Ramaphosa will serve as president until the next election in 2019. Opposition parties walked out of the vote, leaving Ramaphosa as the only candidate. The opposition asked Parliament to dissolve the National Assembly and hold early elections, but the ruling African National Congress party holds a majority in the 400-member legislative body.

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Kenyan judge revokes opposition leader’s deportation

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/15/18, 11:33 am

A Kenyan judge on Thursday rescinded the Kenyan government’s order to deport an opposition politician over his participation in the mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga. Earlier this month, the Kenyan government sent dual Kenyan-Canadian citizen Miguna Miguna to Canada after holding him for days in a detention center. Miguna attended last month’s mock inauguration, during which Odinga took an oath as the “people’s president” to protest President Uhuru Kenyatta’s leadership.

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