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Ebola outbreak in Congo could spread

International | Insecurity and political climate raise the stakes in the health crisis
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/02/18, 03:48 pm

The World Health Organization warned the already deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo could escalate to a regional crisis. WHO raised the risk level as health responders continued to operate in increasingly violent regions and battle misinformation within affected communities.

The country’s Ministry of Health on Aug. 1 declared a new Ebola outbreak in the northeastern provinces, which border Uganda, South Sudan, and Rwanda. As of Saturday, WHO reported 157 cases, including 102 deaths.

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China’s beleaguered Uighurs under high-tech surveillance

International | A new report details disturbing government efforts to eradicate minorities in Xinjiang
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/10/18, 01:10 pm

CHINA: A new Human Rights Watch report details the scaled-up efforts to eradicate Uighur Muslims, Kazakhs, and other minorities behind a wall of secrecy in Xinjiang province—in state parlance, “to cure ideological diseases.” Most disturbing, according to the report, for its widespread implications:

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Sweden faces political limbo after narrow election

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/10/18, 10:52 am

Sweden is set to face weeks of coalition negotiations after the country’s rival left- and right-wing parliamentary blocs failed to win a majority in Sunday’s election. The ruling center-left Social Democrats and the center-right Alliance each emerged with about 40 percent of the vote in preliminary counts. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats secured 17.6 percent of the votes—up from 13 percent four years ago—as the country battles an immigration crisis. Sweden could face political uncertainty as the two leading blocs said they will not work with the Sweden Democrats.

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