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High time for human rights

International | Analysts say new peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia could lead to reform
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/24/18, 04:33 pm

Eritrea announced Saturday it has appointed its first ambassador in two decades to neighboring Ethiopia, the latest conciliatory move between the countries after a bitter war that killed 80,000 people.

The two nations reached several agreements over the past month after formally restoring relations, prompting celebrations. Analysts say the reconciliation could increase the pressure for political and human rights reforms in both countries.

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Erdogan strengthens grip on Turkey

Turkey | Analysts say Sunday election will push Turkey further from democracy
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/26/18, 04:52 pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in Sunday’s presidential race paves the way for the country’s 15-year leader to broaden his control. His reelection ultimately means increased executive powers for Erdogan, whom analysts and opponents fear will launch a full-fledged authoritarian regime.

The High Electoral Board declared Erdogan the winner with an unofficial count giving him 53 percent of the vote. Muharrem Ince, the major opposition contender from the Republican People’s Party, received 31 percent of the vote.

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Turkish candidate could offer hope for Brunson

International | Presidential hopeful references jailed American pastor’s case
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 6/12/18, 01:07 pm

A presidential candidate in Turkey referred to the case of Andrew Brunson, the American pastor imprisoned there, as an example of why the country needs to change.

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