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China's top diplomat Wang Yi speaks at a meeting with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, Yoko Kamikawa and Park Jin, in Busan, South Korea, on Nov. 26, 2023.

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Hard Numbers: Ukraine and China talk Russia, France prepares for terrorist attempts at Olympics, New Zealand abuse scandal, Hunger expected to spike in Africa

12: Ukraine’s top diplomatmet with China’s foreign minister on Wednesday, signaling that China would like to play a more central role in finding a diplomatic end to the conflict. The talk comes after China’s previous attempt to mediate between Russia and Ukraine, a 12-point plan put forward in 2023, wasquickly dismissed by European leaders for being pro-Russia.

1,000: Ahead of Israel’s opening football match against Mali at the Olympic Games on Wednesday night, around1,000 French police officers formed an “anti-terror perimeter.” The game, along with a match between Ukraine and Iraq, have both been given the designation of high-risk because of their connections to global conflicts.

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Supporters of a bill aimed at decriminalizing female genital mutilation demonstrate as parliament debates the bill in Banjul, Gambia March 18, 2024.

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Gambia celebrates upholding its historic FGM ban

Gambia’s Parliament on Monday rejected a bill that sought to overturn the 2015 landmark ban on female genital mutilation – a dangerous practice involving the partial or total removal of female external genitalia.

The bill was brought forward by religious conservatives in March to decriminalize the practice – arguing it is “one of the virtues of Islam” – and was initially met with majority support from MPs.

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Rwanda's incumbent President and presidential candidate for the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) Paul Kagame waves to his supporters as he arrives for his final campaign rally in Gahanga, Kicukiro district in Kigali, Rwanda, July 13, 2024.

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Rwanda votes: Kagame looks set to secure fourth term

Rwandans are heading to the polls Monday for a presidential election, and while official results are not expected until next Saturday, President Paul Kagame – who won with a suspicious 98.8% of the vote in 2017 – looks set to secure a fourth term.

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa casts his vote during the South African elections in Soweto, South Africa May 29, 2024

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Can the ANC make new friends and keep the old (president)?

For the first time in 30 years, South Africa’s African National Congress failed to win a majority in this month’s election, forcing it to turn to opposition parties in hopes of forming a coalition.

The most likely option now seems to be a multiparty coalition, similar to Nelson Mandela’s post-apartheid transitional government. This would allow the ANC to maintain its power by partnering with smaller, less established parties and, notably, the Economic Freedom Fighters, which underperformed in the election. According to Eurasia Group analyst Ziyanda Stuurman, this government is most favorable to the ANC as it would “keep Cyril Ramaphosa as president and provide at least some stability across the political landscape.”

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FILE PHOTO: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves towards his supporters during a roadshow as part of an election campaign, in Kolkata, India, May 28, 2024.

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Hard Numbers: India’s exit polls, China’s moonshot, America’s launch woes, African gold

3: The world’s biggest democratic event has ended with polls closing on India’s multi-week election, and all indications are that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will cruise to a third term. No surprise there, but Modi’s attempts to build inroads in opposition strongholds appear to have fallen somewhat short. Official election results are due Tuesday.

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Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe speaks during a joint news conference with Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara.

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Has Francophone Africa had enough of France?

They’re saying ça suffit to France, and hopefully to terrorism and coups too. Some 150 representatives from 30 francophone nations across West and Central Africa met Wednesday in Cameroon to discuss the key political and economic challenges — namely coups, security threats, and social unrest.
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Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Commercial flights in and out of the airport have been suspended since early March 2024 when armed groups targeted the facility and nearby domestic airport.

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Kenyan officials arrive in Haiti to prep police deployment

An advance team of Kenyan security officials has arrived in Haiti to make final preparations for the deployment of a long-awaited police force to help take back the streets from gangs. If they find the facilities for the mission are adequately prepared, it could mean Kenyan cops hit the streets of Port-au-Prince within weeks or even days.

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Kenya's President William Ruto addresses the nation following heavy rains and subsequent flooding in the country, at State House in Nairobi, Kenya May 3, 2024.

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Kenyan president’s historic US visit: Haiti mission, trade, and China top agenda

This week, Kenyan President William Ruto is making a historic state visit to the United States, the first by a Kenyan leader in two decades. His meeting with President Joe Biden will center on trade and security, including Kenya's commitment to lead a UN-backed mission to restore order in gang-ravaged Haiti. Despite a court challenge in Nairobi, Kenya plans to deploy the first batch of military personnel to Haiti this week, and the US has pledged more than $300 million in support.
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