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With forgiveness, a need for economic justice

In the 1990s South Africa preached reconciliation and forgiveness in its successful and largely peaceful transition out of apartheid. Today, Liberia, long torn by civil wars, has peacefully elected a new president, George Weah, who’ll take office Jan. 22. And Colombia, after a half-century of conflict, has made peace with rebels from FARC (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), who have laid down their arms and begun an assimilation back into society. Some of these guerrilla fighters now are becoming politicians. South Africa never fell into a civil war, though…

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Three dead from MOUTH BLEEDING virus as black death rages

Lassa fever, which has been likened to the Black Death, has now killed two doctors and a nurse in the country, wth one other patient still languishing in hospital. Some medics fled the hospital in fear after the deaths, according to local media. A rapid response team has now been dispatched by the World Health Organisation and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to deal with the latest outbreak in Ebonyi State. The virus is spread when people come into contact with food and household items contaminated with rat urine…

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Graham breaks with fellow Republicans on Trump comments

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told a South Carolina newspaper on Monday that his “memory hasn’t evolved” about the White House meeting in which President Donald Trump reportedly referred to African nations as “shithole countries.” In an interview with The Post and Courier, Graham seemed to challenge the accounts of fellow Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, who attended the bipartisan meeting last Thursday with Graham and have given shifting defenses of the president’s comments. After initially staying quiet, the two Trump-allied lawmakers issued…

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‘My memory hasn’t evolved’ on Trump immigration meeting, Graham says

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told a South Carolina newspaper on Monday that his “memory hasn’t evolved” about the White House meeting in which President Donald Trump reportedly referred to African nations as “shithole countries.” In an interview with The Post and Courier, Graham seemed to challenge the accounts of fellow Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, who attended the bipartisan meeting last Thursday with Graham and have given shifting defenses of the president’s comments. After initially staying quiet, the two Trump-allied lawmakers issued…

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Science 

How Trump's 'Shithole Countries' Comment Echoes a Century of American Immigration Policy

“There’s always been this history of favoring some over others” More President Donald Trump has come under fire this week after reportedly asking lawmakers on Thursday why the United States would accept more people from “shithole countries” — which he defined as Haiti, El Salvador and parts of Africa — during a meeting in the Oval Office about a potential immigration deal. While the President’s vulgar phrasing may be unprecedented, his question comes with a long history. At various times in the past, America’s immigration system has openly favored some…

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Space 

Cambodia to buy Chinese satellite as relations tighten on Belt and Road Initiative

WASHINGTON —  China Great Wall Industry Corp. landed a new satellite order Jan. 11 on the back of a bilateral meeting between Chinese and Cambodian officials that included an agreement to increase trade between the two countries. The Chinese satellite manufacturer inked a “framework agreement” with the Royal Group of Cambodia, an investment firm with companies in transportation, telecommunications and other fields, to build and launch a communications satellite called Techo-1. CGWIC will also provide the launch, ground systems, arrange insurance and facilitate technology transfer for its Cambodian customer. The…

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Thailand seizes large elephant tusks worth over $450,000

Thai customs officials display seized ivory during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Thai authorities seized 148 kilograms full elephant tusk and 31 tusk fragments originating from Nigeria destined for China worth over 15 million baht ($469,800). (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have seized 148 kilograms (326 pounds) of African elephant ivory, including three large tusks, worth around 15 million baht ($469,800) from a Bangkok airport. The haul from Nigeria consisted of the tusks and 31 tusk fragments that were seized Jan. 5…

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Space 

In space and cyber, China is closing in on the United States

“China’s satellite manufacturing industry is growing at an alarming rate,” said Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Co. WASHINGTON — It should be no surprise that China is moving to challenge the United States for dominance in space, cyber, artificial intelligence and other key technologies that have wide national security applications. But the question that is still being debated is whether the United States is taking this threat seriously. This may not be a Sputnik moment, but the United States could soon be unpleasantly surprised as China continues to shore up its domestic…

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MAPPED: Worst country to be Christian REVEALED as 50 named as danger zones

GETTY / OPEN DOORS Open Doors has revealed the 50 worst countries to be a Christian in North Korea has been named as the worst place to be a Christian in the world, with Kim Jong-un’s hermit state topping Open Doors’ 2018 watchlist.  While the torturous totalitarian regime regularly features at the top of the terrifying list, Open Doors gave a new stark warning for Christians in South East Asia, which they named the “next emerging perception hotbed”.  North Korea has topped Open Doors’ yearly list of worst states for…

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MAPPED: The hotbeds of epidemic risks that could cause global CATASTROPHE in 2018

GETTY The WHO has warned several areas across the world are at risk of deadly contagious outbreaks While new epidemics are notoriously difficult to predict, surging conflicts and crises around the world are spurring on deadly outbreaks of some of the world’s most notorious diseases. And rising rates of invasive strains of illnesses including Meningitis C, along with diminishing stockpiles of vaccines, make the spread of infectious diseases ever more likely. But which areas of the world are at risk of sparking an epidemic in the coming months? READ MORE: Diphtheria…

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