Author: Isabelle Aboaf

Burundi Elects New President Amid Concerns Over Election Integrity

Evariste Ndayishimiye, candidate for the governing Burundian party CNDD-FDD, was declared the winner of Burundi’s May 20th election by the Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI). Ndayishimiye campaigned to “fight poverty and develop the country” and received approximately 67% of the vote while his opponent, Agathon Rwasa of the National Freedom

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Hong Kong Citizens Encounter Tear Gas At Halloween Protests

Hong Kong protestors gathered Thursday night in a city-wide Halloween masquerade despite a recent ban on masks made by city leader Carrie Lam’s government. Protestors on Halloween night donned disfigured masks of unpopular politicians, including Carrie Lam as The Joker and Xi Jinping as Winnie the Pooh – an image

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National Livelihood On The Line As Pacific Islands Speak Out Against Australia’s Fossil Fuel Reliance

Pacific Island nations’ futures are increasingly threatened by human contributions to climate change. Last week, 18 members of the Pacific Islands Forum met to discuss pressing national issues. The regional summit saw tension between Australian leadership and smaller Pacific island governments on issues of climate change, fossil fuel reliance, and

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US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercise Despite North Korea Condemnation

The United States and South Korea proceeded with planned joint military exercises early last week, despite North Korea’s characterization of the exercises as provocative and threatening. North Korea claims that the drills jeopardize ongoing nuclear disarmament negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang. The exercises are aimed to assess Seoul’s military capability

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Deadly Car Bombing Near Mogadishu Airport

A bomb went off Monday outside the Afrik Hotel near the international airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing at least 17 and wounding at least 18 others. The blast knocked witnesses to the ground and destroyed multiple buildings nearby. Reports detailed a thick black smoke all throughout the surrounding area after

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US-Taiwan Arms Deal Reflective Of Greater Asia Security Concerns

Last week, the State Department approved an approximately $2.2 billion arms deal with Taiwan, including 108 General Dynamics M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles manufactured by Raytheon. The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced Monday that the Chinese government and Chinese companies would impose sanctions (the details of which remain unclear)

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African Leaders Establish Continental Free Trade Agreement

African political and economic leaders held a summit last week to work towards finalizing a $3.4 trillion free trade bloc known as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This effort would unite economies across the continent, encompassing 1.3 billion people, 55 nations, and a combined GDP of approximately $2.5

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Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling After Three Decades

Whaling ships in Japan resumed commercial whaling efforts Monday after more than 30 years of participation in the international community’s efforts to curb the practice. Whaling vessels received permits from the fishing ministries to catch 227 Minke, Bryde’s, and Sei whales the next year (the IUCN Red List of Threatened

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U.S. And Taliban Gather In Qatar For Latest Round Of Peace Talks

A delegation of political leaders from the U.S., Taliban, and Afghan government convened in Doha, Qatar beginning 29 June for a seventh round of peace talks aimed at ending the nearly two decade-long conflict in Afghanistan. The meeting comes at a time when violence continues to ravage Afghan communities. U.S.

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Latest Attack In Central Mali Results In Nearly 100 Deaths

An overnight attack this past Sunday in central Mali left nearly 100 people dead. An additional 19 villagers were reported missing according to the Malian government, but numbers are likely to increase as authorities continue to investigate. The casualties belong to a traditional village, Sobame Da, primarily home to the

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Capital Punishment Roughly Halved Following 2018 Iran Drug Law Reform

Drug offence executions in Iran have been approximately halved in 2018 following historic drug law reforms. According to Human Rights Watch and Harm Reduction International, approximately 225 individuals had been executed in 2018, 91 of whom possessed drug offences, whereas in 2017, these executions numbered 507 and 288 respectively. In

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