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Sudan in limbo

International | Protesters and the military are at odds on how to move forward after coup
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/14/19, 11:04 am

Sudanese protest leaders and the transitional military leadership are still struggling to shape the country’s new government one month after ousting longtime leader Omar al-Bashir. The sides have agreed to a tentative structure for an interim government—to include a sovereign council, Cabinet, and legislature—but are at an impasse about who will serve in it.

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Obeying the clarion call

Nigeria | In Nigeria’s national youth service program, campers socialize and march in mud, rain, and matching T-shirts
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/25/19, 03:41 pm

It was a wet Tuesday morning last year when I arrived in Nigeria’s southern Rivers state, towing a suitcase packed with white T-shirts and shorts, white rubber tennis shoes, and a fanny pack.

Those articles were the basic uniform requirements at the military-style camp where I planned to stay for the next three weeks. The place brought back memories of boarding school: The fenced compound included single-story buildings, a vast field, and freshly cut grass. The hostel where I was to sleep contained 34 metal bunk beds, each with provisions for a mosquito net.

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Secular France may have designs on Notre Dame

International | Millions already pledged to rebuild the iconic Paris cathedral
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/17/19, 03:51 pm

FRANCE: The debate over ways to dismantle the religious character of Notre Dame Cathedral is well underway.

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