Finding a pathway to peace in times of heightened conflict
19 January 2023 | 2:54 pm
Frustration about a regional taskforce deepens in eastern DR Congo. Protesters who accuse it of having little impact on the M23 militia operating around Goma are teargassed by police. Also, we hear from the Principles for Peace Executive Director, Hiba Qasas, as a new international peacemaking covenant hopes to offer tools and know-how for countries trying to find a way out of conflict. Finally, in Nigeria, residents get used to new banknotes before the old ones run out.
The scars of the bloody two-year conflict between the Ethiopian government and Tigrayan forces are still fresh and run deep, despite the surprise ceasefire agreement reached in South Africa on Wednesday.
We look at reactions in the French papers after a high-ranking member of the Catholic Church admitted to sexually abusing a teenage girl 35 years ago. We also look ahead to the US midterms, in particular via editorials and political cartoons. Finally, a new study shows that pigs are capable of breaking up fights between other pigs!
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has hailed its "joint victory" with the West following the Russian retreat from Kherson. The military is carrying out "stabilization measures" near the city.
Thousands more flee their homes in eastern DRC amid fighting between M23 rebels and government forces. Locals don't believe new talks in Kenya will bring peace.
The region has been in the grip of an offensive by the M23 armed group and 900 Kenyan soldiers were recently sent to the area. Also in this edition: South Africa's disgraced ex-president Jacob Zuma could go back to prison, and we talk to Nigerian climate expert Chukwumerije Okereke, who is the Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development. And lastly, guest Karim Baldé breaks down the Senegal's loss against the Netherlands in the World Cup.
Kenya's President William Ruto says East African troops will enforce peace in eastern DR Congo. The region has been in the grip of an offensive by the M23 armed group and 900 Kenyan soldiers were recently sent to the area.
In the wake of renewed attacks by rebels in the eastern Congo, regional organizations and neighboring states are doubling down on efforts to solve the conflict. But peace remains elusive.
The Azeri president accused his French counterpart of siding with Armenia over the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Macron was due to mediate new EU-brokered talks in Brussels next month.
The capital of Tigray is in economic ruin and residents are plagued by hunger and disease. The recent peace deal signed by the federal government and Tigray rebels has brought hope to their despair.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto doesn't rule out vetoing a ninth package of sanctions against Russia over its war on Ukraine – a package that is currently being prepared by the EU, along with a proposed price cap on Russian oil. "We want peace, not another [sanctions] package," he says. "We are a direct neighbour of Ukraine.
Argentina have eased the pressure from their shock opening World Cup defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabia by beating Mexico on Saturday and can now approach their final group game against Poland with peace of mind, captain Lionel Messi said.
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