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House bill condemns Uighur persecution

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/04/19, 11:17 am

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Tuesday calling for “targeted sanctions” against senior Chinese officials, including the Communist Party’s secretary in the Xinjiang region, Chen Quanguo. The Uighur Human Rights Policy Act would require President Donald Trump to condemn the crackdown in Xinjiang and call for the closure of the detention camps. China is holding as many as 1 million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in so-called reeducation camps.

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Floodwaters rise across the Horn of Africa

International | Heavy rains and mudslides are destroying areas already battling other crises
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/03/19, 04:18 pm

When flash floods rushed through the small East African nation of Djibouti last week, authorities said the influx of water brought the equivalent of two years’ worth of rainfall in a single day. At least nine people died, and the flooding affected up to 250,000 people nationwide.

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Burkina Faso churchgoers under fire during worship

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/02/19, 10:10 am

The latest attack in Burkina Faso left 14 worshippers at a Protestant church dead on Sunday. The once calm African nation, landlocked between war-torn Mali and Niger, has seen an increase in insurgent violence.

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