JOE BIDEN WINS US ELECTIONS AFTER RECORD VOTER TURNOUT

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By Alex Pollock Former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States, narrowly emerging victorious from a contentious White House campaign that stretched days past election night, as vote tallies in several swing states were slowed by an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots…And with his victory, his running mate,…

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KONFLIK ESKALEER IN ETHIOPIË SE OPROERIGE TIGRAY-STREEK

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Die federale regering van Ethiopië het kommunikasie in die swaar gewapende Tigray-streek op Woensdag, 4 November, afgesny en troepe beveel om op ’n vermeende dodelike aanval op ’n militêre basis aldaar, te reageer. Skermutselings het toegeneem en ongevalle is aan beide kante gerapporteer. Abiy Ahmed, die Ethiopiese eerste minister, het sedertdien verskeie verklarings uitgereik om,…

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GEOPOLITIESE WORSTELING IN DIE STRATEGIESE KASJMIR-STREEK VAN GILGIT-BALTISTAN

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Gilgit-Baltistan se twee miljoen inwoners gaan op 15 November na die stembus om lede vir hulle wetgewende vergadering te kies. Dié liggaam, wat hoofsaaklik regstreeks onder Pakistanse beheer is, het tans minimale regte. Gedurende ’n besoek aan dié skilderagtige, noordelike streek van Gilgit-Baltistan, wat as poort na China dien, het Imran Khan, Pakistan se eerste…

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CONFLICT ESCALATES IN ETHIOPIA’S RESTIVE TIGRAY REGION

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On Wednesday 4 November, Ethiopia’s federal government cut off communications in the heavily armed northern Tigray region and ordered troops to respond to an alleged deadly attack on a military base there. Clashes have escalated and there have been casualties reported on both sides. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has since issued several statements seeking…

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GEOPOLITICAL WRANGLING IN THE STRATEGIC KASHMIR REGION OF GILGIT-BALTISTAN

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On 15 November, the two million people of Gilgit-Baltistan will go to the polls for their legislative assembly, which currently has minimal powers and is largely governed directly by Pakistan.  However, on 1 November, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a “Provisional Status of the Province” during a visit to the scenic northern region of…

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THE POPE SAID WHAT? CIVIL UNIONS FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES

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On 21 October, a new documentary film, Francesco, was released about the life and teachings of Pope Francis. According to the Vatican News1, the film contains numerous interviews with Pope Francis, some of his family members, Benedict XVI, and other people. The film is centred around contemporary issues and the role of the Catholic Church…

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TERROR ATTACKS IN FRANCE AND MACRON’S PLAN TO COMBAT ‘ISLAMIC SEPARATISM’

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By Donnelly McCleland French President Emmanuel Macron has said he can understand why Muslims were shocked by controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. But, in an interview with broadcaster Al Jazeera, he said he could never accept the issue justified violence. It comes after Thursday’s deadly knife attack on a church in Nice, the third…

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RUSLAND SAL ARMENIË “BYSTAAN” INDIEN KONFLIK MET AZERBEIDJAN VERDER AS NAGORNO-KARABACH UITBREI

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Met gevegte wat reeds meer as vyf weke duur, is Rusland bereid om “alle nodige bystand” aan sy verdragsvennoot, Armenië, te verleen indien geweld tot binne Armeense grondgebied uitbrei. Indien Rusland tot die konflik toetree, kan dit die huidige gevegte uitrek. Op 31 Oktober, slegs ’n dag ná die vierde rondte samesprekings oor ’n skietstilstand…

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TANZANIESE REGERING SLAAN TOE OP OPPOSISIE NÁ BETWISDE VERKIESING

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Verskeie opposisieleiers is in Tanzanië in hegtenis geneem nadat die huidige president, John Magufuli op 28 Oktober vir ’n verdere vyf jaar as president verkies is. Die betroubaarheid van die verkiesingsuitslae word betwyfel, omdat die 84% stemme wat Magafuli gekry het, volgens kenners bedenklik hoog is. Die hoof-opposisieleier, Tundu Lissu, het gesê dat hy die…

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TANZANIAN GOVERNMENT CRACKS DOWN ON OPPOSITION AFTER DISPUTED ELECTION

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Several opposition leaders were arrested in Tanzania after the 28 October presidential election gave incumbent John Magufuli five more years in power. The integrity of the election was called into question as Mr Magufuli received 84% of the vote, which is suspiciously high, according to experts. Main opposition leader Tundu Lissu said he would not…

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