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President Denis Sassou Nguesso first rose to power in 1979 -- he has notched up a total of 36 years in office

Internet blackout as Congo votes, with Sassou Nguesso set to win

22/03/2021 - 02:46:15
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Brazzaville (AFP + Diplomat.so) - The Republic of Congo voted Sunday in a presidential election boycotted by the main opposition and under an internet blackout, with critics voicing concerns over the transparency of the polls seen as tilted towards veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso.
FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, file photo, Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., listens during the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on her nomination to be Interior secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Some Republican senators labeled Haaland "radical" over her calls to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and address climate change, and said that could hurt rural America and major oil and gas-producing states. The label of Haaland as a "radical" by Republican lawmakers is getting pushback from Native Americans. (Jim Watson/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Haaland OK'd at Interior, 1st Native American Cabinet head

16/03/2021 - 01:54:35
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Washington (AP + Diplomat.so) — The Senate on Monday confirmed New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, making her the first Native American to lead a Cabinet department and the first to lead the federal agency that has wielded influence over the nation's tribes for nearly two centuries.

Tsunami warning: Powerful quake hits off New Zealand

05/03/2021 - 00:37:22
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Wellington, New Zealand (AP + Diplomat.so) - A powerful magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck in the ocean off the coast of New Zealand on Friday, prompting some evacuations and tsunami warnings across the South Pacific.

European Union strongly condemns the military coup in Myanmar

22/02/2021 - 14:42:18
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Brussels (Diplomat.so) - The Council of the European Union today adopted conclusions condemning the military coup carried out in Myanmar/Burma on 1 February 2021 in the strongest terms, and stressed that the EU stands with the Burmese people.
Amelie Chayer, ICBL Acting Director speaks during the launch of the EU Council Decision. Among the panellists, Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre Director Sasa Obradovic, and Prince Mired of Jordan are seen in the photo. Bosnia and Herzegovina has been tapped as the first beneficiary of the EU Council Decision.

EU Council addresses the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war

19/02/2021 - 12:18:17
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Brussels (Diplomat.so) - The Council of the European Union has adopted a decision in support of the Oslo action plan for the implementation of the 1997 Convention on the prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines and on their destruction.
A convoy of army vehicles patrol the streets in Mandalay, Myanmar, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. In the early hours of Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, the Myanmar army took over the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup over allegations of fraud in November's elections. (AP Photo)

Myanmar blocks Facebook as resistance grows to coup

04/02/2021 - 08:50:47
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YANGON, Myanmar (AP + Diplomat.so) — Myanmar's new military government has blocked access to Facebook as resistance to Monday's coup surged amid calls for civil disobedience to protest the ousting of the elected civilian government and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks at the Major Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III National Guard/Reserve Center, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in New Castle, Del. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Joe Biden will take helm as US president

20/01/2021 - 10:23:49
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Washington (AP + Diplomat.so) — Joe Biden swears the oath of office at noon Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors.

Starvation haunts Ethiopia's Tigray

17/01/2021 - 22:12:57
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Nairobi (AP + Diplomat.so) — From "emaciated" refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest, starvation threatens the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region.

UN: Fair elections unlikely in Uganda

10/01/2021 - 22:00:35
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GENEVA - U.N. officials warn prevailing political conditions in Uganda are stacked against the likelihood of free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections later this week.