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Russia Begins Coronavirus Vaccination Program

Russia launched its coronavirus vaccine initiative Saturday to contain the disease that is spreading at a record pace. The most vulnerable will receive the first doses of the vaccine named Sputnik V, including medical workers and teachers. The vaccine was approved in August, despite criticism from Western experts about the country’s dearth of clinical trial […]

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Trump Orders Most American Troops to Leave Somalia

The Pentagon said Friday it is pulling most U.S. troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump’s orders, continuing a post-election push by Trump to shrink U.S. involvement in counterterrorism missions abroad. Without providing details, the Pentagon said in a short statement that “a majority” of U.S. troops and assets in Somalia will be withdrawn […]

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France at Odds with Mali Plan to Dialogue with Jihadists

The eight-year Islamist insurgency in the West African nation of Mali shows no sign of ending and after an August coup toppled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The country’s transitional government has indicated it is willing to open dialogue with all armed groups. France, which has more than 5,000 troops in the country, has warned against […]

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Mali: Rights Groups Concerned After Jihadists Released in Prisoner Swap

WASHINGTON – Rights groups are voicing concerns over the release of 200 jihadist militants in a recent prisoner exchange in Mali. The militants were freed by the government earlier this month in exchange for the release of four people, including a French aid worker, two Italian nationals and a prominent Malian opposition leader, who had […]

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Supporters of Cameroonian Asylum-Seekers Decry US Deportation

DOUALA, CAMEROON – More than 20 Cameroonians gathered Wednesday at the Douala International airport to await relatives expected to be deported from the United States. Jennifer Mone, 27, says she fears her older brother will be at risk if he is forced back to Cameroon. Last year, she says, he fled fighting in Cameroon’s anglophone […]