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Airstrike in Ethiopia's Amhara kills about 15 civilians, residents say (www.theeastafrican.co.ke)

An airstrike in Ethiopia's Amhara region killed at least 15 civilians, including children and elderly people, when it hit a truck carrying them to a village this week, three residents said. The strike took place on Monday around 24 km from where Ethiopian troops were fighting militiamen, according to the residents who asked not...

Ghana’s Medicinal Plants, the ‘First Aid’ for Communities, Are Under Threat (goodmenproject.com)

Forest communities in southwestern Ghana use 70 species of medicinal trees to treat up to 83 ailments, according to a recent study. These plants contain high levels of bioactive compounds with pharmacological benefits, but many are also threatened by factors including overharvesting and agricultural expansion in the area that...

St Vincent and the Grenadines court upholds laws criminalizing gay sex (www.theguardian.com)

Activists decry ruling by top court as ‘a travesty of justice’ after two men sought to strike down colonial-era laws. A top court in St Vincent and the Grenadines has upheld laws that criminalize gay sex, in a blow to activists who have long decried the violence the LGBTQ+ community has faced on the conservative Caribbean...

Prabowo-Gibran lead Indonesian presidential race, based on quick counts of sample votes (www.straitstimes.com)

Quick count tallies by independent agencies show the pair with nearly 60 per cent of the votes. Indonesia’s presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Gibran Rakabuming Raka are ahead of their rivals in the Feb 14 polls, unofficial quick counts of sample ballots showed....

Mysterious oil spill sparks national emergency in Trinidad and Tobago (edition.cnn.com)

An overturned vessel has caused a huge oil spill along Trinidad and Tobago’s coastline, in what the Caribbean country’s prime minister described as a “national emergency” on Sunday. The spill occurred on February 7 off the southern shores of the Tobago Island, according to the country’s Office of Disaster Preparedness...

France unveils plan to curtail right to French citizenship in Indian Ocean islands of Mayotte (www.theguardian.com)

French authorities have announced a controversial plan to amend the constitution to revoke birthplace citizenship on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte, claiming it would help stem an immigration crisis. The reform was announced by interior minister Gérald Darmanin on Sunday after he arrived on the island, the...

Cuba charges 30 over massive chicken heist (www.reuters.com)

Cuba has charged 30 people for stealing 133 tonnes of chicken and selling them on the street in a rare major heist at a time of food shortages in the communist-run nation. Thieves took the meat, in 1,660 white boxes, from a state facility in the capital Havana, and used the sale proceeds to buy refrigerators, laptops,...

New Zealand pilot kidnapped a year ago and held hostage in West Papua will be freed, West Papua National Liberation Army says (www.theguardian.com)

Separatist fighters who seized Phillip Mehrtens say he will be released to protect humanity and safeguard human rights, but did not say when. Rebels in Indonesia’s West Papua region have said they will release a New Zealand pilot who was taken hostage a year ago as a bargaining chip for their independence movement....

Oxfam warns of growing hunger crisis in Tigray as families resort to extreme measures to survive (theaimn.com)

Families still reeling from the aftermath of a two-year conflict in Tigray are now resorting to increasingly desperate measures to survive. The conflict and erratic rainfall have further exacerbated the planting season which threatens to plunge the region into deeper humanitarian catastrophe if nothing is done, warns Oxfam....

Tension at Myanmar-Bangladesh border: 240 families evacuated from Ghumdum, Bangladesh (www.dhakatribune.com)

Bandarban district administration has safely evacuated 240 families from the bordering Ghumdum area in Naikhongchhari of Bandarban district. The evacuation was made on Wednesday following an instruction of Bandarban Deputy Commissioner Shah Mozahid Uddin. They will stay in a safe place until the situation becomes normal, said...

Experts say India risks genocide of uncontacted island tribe (Shompen People) with mega-port plan (www.survivalinternational.org)

Genocide scholars have warned that India's plans to turn an uncontacted tribe’s island into a mega-port will wipe them out. Thirty-nine international genocide scholars have written to the Indian government warning it that its plans to turn an uncontacted tribe’s island into a mega-port and city will wipe them out....

Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) asks Laos to join Ottawa Treaty (www.khmertimeskh.com)

The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) requested Laos at a meeting on Monday to join the other 164 countries attending the Ottawa Convention while Cambodia is chair and hosts the 5th Review Meeting of the organisation....

During visit from Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet, Thailand official says Thailand won't send detained Cambodian activists back home (www.reuters.com)

Three Cambodian activists arrested in Thailand will not be deported to their homeland and will be resettled elsewhere, a deputy police chief said on Wednesday, after human rights groups had raised concern about their fate if sent home.

Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger quit Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) (www.dw.com)

The leaders of the three Sahel nations said it was a "sovereign decision" to leave the Economic Community of West African States "without delay." Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, said Sunday they are leaving the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) immediately....

Tshisekedi Rules Out Talks with Rwanda as Democratic Republic of Congo Intensifies Drones Strikes on M23 Bases (chimpreports.com)

DRC President Felix Tshisekedi has said Congolese armed forces will continue fighting Rwanda-backed M23 rebels in eastern Congo until the mineral-rich country achieves victory. Tshisekedi, who was interacting with diplomats accredited to DRC on Tuesday, said “No dialogue will take place with our aggressor (Rwanda) as long as...

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