Kosovo’s New President Has Major Crises To Take On

Kosovo elected reformist lawyer Vjosa Osmani as its new president in early April. President Osmani will serve alongside Prime Minister Albin Kurti as part of the ruling Vetëvendosje party, a reformist social-democratic organization. However, Kosovo is currently facing several challenges, ranging from a public health crisis to unresolved disputes with

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Biden Takes Firm Stand Against Gun Violence Epidemic in U.S

In President Joe Biden’s most recent address, he noted that every day, three hundred and sixteen American citizens are shot, and of those, one hundred and six die. Biden pleaded with the American people and called for change while enacting an executive order, which bypassed Congress to bolster background checks,

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Uzbek LGBTQ+ Rights Activist Hospitalized After Violent Attack

Activist Miraziz Bazarov is currently in the hospital after he was attacked outside of his home on March 28th, 2021. Bazarov is a known blogger who often speaks out against the Uzbek government and advocates for the decriminalization of homophobic laws. Along with his advocacy work, Bazarov also organizes weekly

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Separatist Violence Escalates In Ukraine’s Donbas Region

A member of the Ukrainian forces was killed by shelling from Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine’s Donbas region on April 8th. According to the Ukrainian military, there have been five deaths in the eastern border region in the last week. Reports of renewed front-line clashes and the mobilization of troops on

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Calls For Calm Amid Rising Tensions In Northern Ireland

Sporadic violence and rioting continue in Northern Ireland amid rising tensions over Brexit and the Irish Sea border. Following disturbances over the Easter weekend, gangs of youths continued to gather around interface areas in Belfast on Wednesday and Thursday. Disruption was also seen in and around other parts of Belfast

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Crisis In Cameroon: Anglophone Separationists Aim To End Marginalization

The conflict in Cameroon is increasingly escalating in a dangerous manner. Cameroon, a country in Central Africa, experiences politically motivated conflict driving devastating effects on families. Cameroon is an official bilingual-speaking country, with French and English as official languages. Throughout the recent months, the latest conflict with the political-driven war

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Navy Captain Arrested For Espionage Concerning NATO And Italy

Walter Biot, an Italian Navy Captain, was arrested on Tuesday, March 30th, upon divulging 181 classified documents on a flash drive concerning Italy and NATO’s security and ongoings with a Russian embassy diplomat. The 56-year-old has worked in the Defence Ministry’s Press Office and is currently a Frigate Captain and

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Eritrean Troops Pulled From Tigray

Following a statement released by G7 Foreign Ministers on April 2nd, Eritrean troops have begun withdrawing from Tigray, Ethiopia. These troops were providing military support to the Ethiopian government but have been accused of carrying out massacres and human rights abuses in the country. Until last month, both the Ethiopian

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Talks Of Ceasefire In Ethiopia

Nearly five months ago, conflict erupted in northern Ethiopia. A media blackout had all but smothered any information coming out of the country, with calls for a ceasefire falling on deaf years in late November of last year. While the U.S. calls for a ceasefire were once again ignored last

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Beijing Tightens Its Grip On Hong Kong With Sweeping Electoral Changes

The National People’s Congress, China’s highest legislative body, has unanimously approved a bill of radical changes to Hong Kong’s political system aimed at suppressing pro-democracy opposition. The bill, which passed on March 30th, drastically reduces the number of directly elected representatives in the legislature and gives national security bodies new

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Three Years After A4P, Empowering Women In Peacekeeping Remains Top Priority

Within the United Nations, peacekeeping is one of the most effective tools for promoting and maintaining international peace and security. However, U.N. peacekeeping faces numerous challenges to effective implementation, undermining its ability to deliver on its mandates and contribute to long-term, sustainable peace. Of these challenges, the direct participation of

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