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Not-so-peaceful peace talks

International | Violence plagues Afghanistan despite U.S.-brokered negotiations
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/25/20, 05:06 pm

When an Afghan airstrike hit a Taliban fighter’s home and set fire to a nearby house with a family inside, neighbors gathered at the scene to help. Then came a second airstrike.

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Fire reignites refugee crisis

International | Migrants on a Greek island have nowhere to go
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/18/20, 03:23 pm

On the island of Lesbos, migrants in sleeping bags, small tents, and on blankets lined a coastal road between the now-gutted Moria refugee camp and the Greek town of Mytilene. Others sought makeshift shelter in parking lots, fields, and even a cemetery after the camp burned down last week. “They need to evacuate the island to get people to dignified accommodation,” said Josie Naughton, CEO of the aid group Help Refugees.

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Democracy in danger in Tanzania

International | Opposition and activists decry shrinking freedoms
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/11/20, 05:28 pm

When Tanzanian President John Magufuli took office back in 2015, he vowed to root out corruption and financial inefficiency. But Tanzanians have seen increased repression of freedoms and rising authoritarianism under the 60-year-old leader. Activists say the government has stepped up pressure on the opposition, nonprofit groups, and foreign and local media ahead of the next election on Oct. 28.

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