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At least 50 killed in April by Malian army, ‘foreign troops’ -U.N. report

At least 50 killed in April by Malian army, ‘foreign troops’ -U.N. report

SOFIA CHRISTENSEN AT least 50 civilians were killed during a military operation conducted by Mali's army and "foreign troops" on April 19, the United Nations said in a report. The U.N. has repeatedly accused Malian soldiers of summarily executing civilians and suspected militants over the course of their decade-long fight against groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State. Mali's military government, which took power in a 2020 coup, has been battling Islamist insurgents with the help of private military contractors belonging to Russia's Wagner group. The alleged April massacre took place on market day in Hombori municipality, in the…
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UN urges divided world to unite against COVID-19

UN urges divided world to unite against COVID-19

MATTHEW LAVIETES  THE United Nations has urged a divided world to unite against a virus that ignores all borders, saying the pandemic could delay by a decade its goal to end global inequalities. A new U.N. report estimated that the novel coronavirus has unleashed the worst recession in 90 years, threatening to derail its ambitious list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The goals, approved in 2015 with a 15-year deadline, aim to end hunger, gender inequality and violence against women, while expanding access to education and health care in poorer nations. "What this pandemic has proven beyond all doubt is…
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