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Runaway Ebola outbreak in Congo

International | Ongoing unrest makes it difficult for health workers to contain the disease
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/09/19, 04:43 pm

Security challenges and distrust of health workers are driving the second-worst Ebola outbreak in history in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Since this latest epidemic began in August 2018, officials have recorded 1,026 confirmed cases, including 683 deaths. The outbreak is centered in the northeastern provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, also the epicenter of armed clashes and intercommunal unrest.

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Associated Press/Photo by Vincent Yu

New Zealand suspect faces 50 murder charges

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/05/19, 11:30 am

A New Zealand judge on Friday charged the Australian man accused of carrying out two mosque shootings last month with 50 counts of murder and 39 counts of attempted murder. Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, appeared in court via video from a maximum security prison in Auckland, New Zealand. Tarrant, a white nationalist, is accused of opening fire in two Christchurch mosques on March 15, killing 50 people and leaving 50 others injured. Victims of the attack and their families gathered inside the court for the Friday hearing.

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Striking the messenger

Persecution | China is working to silence critics of its prisonlike re-education camps, with help from neighboring Kazakhstan
by June Cheng
Posted 4/04/19, 04:52 pm

The thousands of videos posted on Kazakh human rights group Atajurt’s YouTube page follow a similar pattern: A distressed mother, brother, husband, or child holding up photos of a family member detained in re-education camps, reciting his or her ID number and recalling when and where the relative disappeared. The photos include chubby toddlers, grandfathers, young wives, and middle-aged men. 

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