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Massive Displacement As Fighting Surges In Eastern Congo

NEW YORK, US: Civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are once again bearing the brunt of localized violence, amid a sharp uptick in fighting between Government forces and the M23 armed group, the UN refugee agency reported on Wednesday.
 
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Zaluzhny Firing Not Even A Band-Aid As Ukraine Strategy Bleeds Out

WASHINGTON, US: President Volodymyr Zelensky’s dismissal of the Ukrainian army chief, General Valery Zaluzhny, is a colossal political gamble for Zelensky and seems to indicate an increasing mood of desperation in Kyiv. 
 
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Cancer Rates Set To Rise 77 Percent By 2050

NEW YORK, US: Global cancer cases are expected to rise around 77 per cent by the middle of the century, UN health authorities said on Thursday, highlighting the growing burden of the disease. 
 
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Zelensky Confirms Planned Purge Of Ukrainian Military Leadership

MICHIGAN, US: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed on Sunday that he was planning a wholesale purge of the top Ukrainian military leadership in an interview with Italy’s RAI TV. Zelensky conducted the interview only a few days after a meeting at which General Valery Zaluzhny reportedly refused to step down as commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army and accept a minor position. 
 
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Colombian Government Will Resume Peace Talks With FARC Dissidents

CARACAS, Venezuela: The head of the Colombian government’s delegation for the peace process, Camilo González Posso, announced that the peace talks with the Central General Staff (EMC) of the of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will resume, after being suspended for 10 days.
 
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Only A DPP Win Will Assure Arc Of Democracy

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Taiwan’s presidential election on 13 January remains a pivotal crossroads for both the Taiwanese people and regional fate of peace and democracy. 
 
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Maersk Warns Of Major Disruption As Ships Diverts Away From Red Sea

PIRAEUS, Greece:Container shipping giant Maersk MAERSKb.CO is diverting all vessels from Red Sea routes around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope for the foreseeable future, it said on Friday, warning customers to prepare for significant disruption.
 
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Zelensky Regime Submits Draft Law For Mobilising Another 500,000

MICHIGAN, US: The government of President Volodymyr Zelensky submitted a new mobilization draft law to parliament on Monday, December, 25 as it seeks to conscript up to 500,000 new troops to continue the NATO proxy war with Russia.
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Effort To Restart Iran Nuclear Deal ‘At A Standstill’ Security Council Hears

NEW YORK, US:The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed in 2015 lays out the rules for monitoring Iran’s domestic nuclear programme and paved the way for US sanctions to be lifted. It was agreed by Iran, the five permanent members of the Council (China, France, Russia the United Kingdom and the United States) plus Germany together with the European Union.
 
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Pakistan Deporting Afghans Who Seek Asylum From Taliban

NEW YORK, US:Pakistan has started the mass deportation of "unregistered" Afghans in the country. The move sends back hundreds of thousands of people who fled the Taliban when they took over in 2021 after American troops withdrew, and violates principles of refugee non-refoulement. If forcibly returned, these refugees are at risk of persecution.
 
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Red Sea Conflict Disrupts Global Shipping, Rattles Trade Routes

HONG KONG, SAR: The global shipping industry is currently in the throes of significant disruption, with the turmoil expected to persist for several months. This is primarily due to conflicts in the strategically located Red Sea. A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, the world’s second-largest container line, has indicated that 15 of its container-line routes are impacted. 
 
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