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North and South Korea enter new spat

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/09/20, 03:19 am

North Korea severed all communication lines with South Korea on Tuesday in response to activists sending anti-government leaflets across the border. North Korea’s Central News Agency said the move is the first step in completely shutting down all contact with the South. The affected services include communication through the inter-Korean liaison office and hotlines for their militaries and presidential offices.

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Brazil conceals pandemic effects

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/08/20, 01:28 pm

A website that published up-to-date reports on COVID-19 cases and deaths in Brazil disappeared on Friday. When the country’s Health Ministry put the site back up on Saturday, it only showed tallies from the previous 24 hours. Johns Hopkins University on Monday morning showed Brazil in second place globally for the most confirmed cases at nearly 692,000 and third in the number of deaths at more than 34,400. Brazil is the seventh most populous nation in the world.

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Violence seeps into Burkina Faso

International | Recent large-scale attacks renew terror concerns
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/05/20, 04:10 pm

Traders, shopkeepers, security guards, shoppers, and aid workers endured a weekend of violence in Burkina Faso, a once peaceful West African nation. Three suspected insurgent attacks—two on supply and food convoys and one on a cattle market—left at least 50 people dead on May 29 and 30. Militants targeted one aid team that had just delivered supplies to the Foubé refugee camp in a region that has witnessed several attacks, according to the government.

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