Day: August 12, 2018

Long-Awaited Deal Reached Over Contested Caspian Sea

Last week, states bordering the Caspian Sea signed a deal agreeing upon a legal framework for sharing the contested body of water. After twenty years of negotiations, Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan have taken a landmark step towards regional peace. Under the agreement, the Caspian partners settled on 15

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The Elections In Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

On Monday 30 July, Zimbabweans went to the polls for Zimbabwe’s general elections. They hope for free and fair elections, as these are the first ones since the resignation of Robert Mugabe, now 94, as President of Zimbabwe, following the successful November 2017 coup. According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission,

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Colombia Grants Residency To 440,000 Venezuelan Refugees

The outgoing Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos has granted two-year temporary residency permits to 440,000 Venezuelan refugees. The emergency residency scheme will allow refugees to work, study and receive medical care. Colombia is the main destination for Venezuelans fleeing political and economic instability at home. Over 1.5 million Venezuelans have

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Zimbabwe’s Hope Fades After Elections

At the end of July 2018, Zimbabwe held its first elections that did not include former long-term President Robert Mugabe on the ballot. Mugabe had been president of the Southern African nation since he led the liberation war against the white minority rule that ended in 1980, and once famously

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Confirmed Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

On August 1st, 2018, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) confirmed an outbreak of Ebola. This outbreak occurred only a week after the government declared Ebola defeated in the Equateur province on the other side of the country. So far, four deaths have been confirmed to have

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4 Million Bengalis in Assam to lose Indian citizenship under NRC

The second draft of the Indian National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on Monday 30th July, adding further tension to relationships between government officials and Bengali Muslims living in Assam. The NRC included 29 million (2.9 crore) of the 32.9 million (3.29 crore) applicants in Assam, leaving 4 million

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