THE LARGEST GLOBAL CRIME BUST IN HISTORY

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Operation Trojan Shield, a sweeping police sting, has led to the arrest of over 800 suspected criminals in 16 countries across the globe and is being called the largest gang and drug bust of all time. The global operation was originally conceived in a partnership between Australia and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after…

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ISRAEL FORMS NEW GOVERNMENT, ELECTS NEW PM AFTER YEARS OF POLITICAL STALEMATE

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On Sunday 13 June, Israel formed a new government, as new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett unseated Israel’s longest-serving leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a Knesset (Israel’s parliament) vote of 60-59, with one minister abstaining. The change in leadership comes after two years of political stalemate, in which the country held four inconclusive elections. Mr Bennett’s ‘Change…

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BOKO HARAM LEADER REPORTEDLY KILLED

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Abubakar Shekau, leader of Nigerian Jihadist group Boko Haram, has been reported dead by rival militia group ISWAP (The Islamic State West African Province). ISWAP leader Abu Musab al-Barnawi was heard saying in an audio recording that Shekau was killed after a battle between the two groups. Around 18 May, Shekau was pursued by ISWAP…

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MACRON HOSTS SUMMIT ON AFRICAN RECOVERY 

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By Alex Pollock After outlining a fresh chapter in French-African relations, with calls for massive economic support for Africa and visits to Rwanda and South Africa last week, [French] President Emmanuel Macron is back home to confront familiar and thorny problems in France’s former colonies, underscoring the challenges of breaking with the past. The calls…

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MALI COUP LEADER SEIZES POWER SECOND TIME, DECLARES HIMSELF PRESIDENT

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On Wednesday 26 May, Mali coup leader Col. Assimi Goïta seized power for the second time in just nine months and declared himself transitional president. The interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were stripped of their power on Monday 24 May. The two leaders were detained by the military just hours after…

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CANADIAN GOVERNMENT AND CHURCH CONFRONT SHAMEFUL LEGACY AFRESH

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On Thursday 27 May, the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc people announced the disturbing discovery of a mass grave containing the remains of 215 Indigenous Canadian children at a former residential school in southern British Columbia. Preliminary findings, expected in mid-June, should reveal more information about the presumedly undocumented deaths of former pupils at Kamloops Indian Residential…

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BIDEN WYS GESANT VIR NOORD-KOREA AAN 

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Die Amerikaanse president Joe Biden het sy diplomatieke standpunt teenoor Noord-Korea hersien nadat hy op Vrydag 21 Mei met die Suid-Koreaanse president Moon Jae-in by die Withuis ontmoet het. Moon het aangedring op vrede met Suid-Korea se noordelike buurland sedert hy in 2017 tot president verkies is. Hy het onlangs sy voorneme om dringende optrede…

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BETOGINGS IN ALGERIË NEEM TOE IN AANLOOP TOT JUNIE-VERKIESINGS

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Meer as 800 betogers is in verskeie stede in Algerië aangehou terwyl die Hirak (Arabies vir “beweging”) betogings op Vrydag 21 Mei voortgesit het. Die betogings is ’n voortsetting van die onrus wat in 2019 geheers het weens die destydse president Abdelaziz Bouteflika se planne om vir ’n vyfde termyn in die amp te staan….

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PROTESTS SURGE IN ALGERIA AHEAD OF JUNE ELECTIONS

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More than 800 demonstrators were detained in cities across Algeria as the Hirak (Arabic for “movement”) protests continued Friday 21 May. The demonstrations are a continuation of the 2019 unrest that centred around then-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term in office. The Hirak was successful in getting Bouteflika to resign, but the protests…

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BIDEN DESIGNATES ENVOY TO NORTH KOREA

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US President Joe Biden has adjusted his previously held diplomatic stance towards North Korea after hosting South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on Friday 21 May. Mr Moon has been pushing for peace with South Korea’s northern neighbour since he was elected president in 2017. He recently voiced his intention to prioritise…

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