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Christians killed in Burkina Faso attack

International | Heightened attacks could fuel intercommunal unrest
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/21/19, 03:41 pm

An armed attack that killed at least four Catholics during a religious procession in northern Burkina Faso last week raised concerns that the growing extremist violence could stoke a larger crisis.

Gunmen attacked a group carrying a statue of Mary on May 13 in the Diocese of Ouahigouya in the Nord region. “They let the minors go, executed four adults, and destroyed the statue,” Burkina Faso’s AIB news agency reported.

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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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China’s extensive internal spy network

International | Report reveals monitoring in Xinjiang is more detailed than previously known
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/07/19, 02:43 pm

In a mass surveillance effort that tracks personal information and private behavior, Chinese officials are keeping tabs on whether residents in the far west region of Xinjiang socialize with their neighbors or use excessive electricity, Human Rights Watch revealed in a report last week.

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