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International | Protestant church in the Netherlands ends 96-day service to protect migrant family
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/05/19, 02:46 pm

A church in the Netherlands last week ended a collaborative 96-day worship service it started to protect a refugee family. The Dutch governing coalition agreed last Tuesday to reassess the family’s case, along with those of 700 children who were raised in the country as their parents sought asylum.

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Congo swears in new president

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/25/19, 10:33 am

The Democratic Republic of Congo remained relatively calm after new President Felix Tshisekedi took office on Thursday despite a contested vote. The process marks the country’s first peaceful transfer of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960. Shortly after taking his oath of office, the 55-year-old former opposition leader promised to tackle corruption and release political prisoners. He also called for national reconciliation after the divisive Dec. 30 vote: “We are committed to building a modern, peaceful, democratic, and caring state for every citizen.”

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Congolese court confirms disputed presidential winner

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/21/19, 10:59 am

The Constitutional Court in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday rejected allegations of fraud in last month’s presidential election and confirmed Felix Tshisekedi the winner. The electoral commission announced on Jan. 10 that Tshisekedi won 38.6 percent of the vote, while contender Martin Fayulu secured 34 percent. Fayulu and his supporters rejected the result, saying Tshisekedi reached a deal with longtime Congolese President Joseph Kabila to rig the election.

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