Tensions in Central African Republic: Russia, Rwanda send troops after alleged coup attempt
23 December 2020 | 11:03 am
In this edition, the Central African Republic accuses former leader François Bozizé of staging an attempted coup, as the government says Rwanda and Russia have sent in troops to counter a surge in violence. We speak to Paul Melly, a researcher at Chatham House, about the situation. Also, a new strain of the coronavirus has led to a rise in cases in South Africa, as several countries impose restrictions on flights to and from the rainbow nation. And, thousands of Kenyan doctors go on strike as they demand better working conditions and more personal protective equipment.
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Rwanda is gearing up host the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting from June 20-25 in the capital Kigali. The East African country, which has dropped French in favour of English in schools, wants to use the summit to promote its tourism and hospitality sector. But NGOs that are highly critical of Rwanda's human rights record hope to put this aspect in the spotlight during the event. Our correspondents report.
A viral video on Facebook, claims that Russia transported seven trucks worth of Iskander nuclear missiles to its border with Finland, in response to Finland's NATO bid. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
Russia and Lithuania have become embroiled in a row after the EU state barred transport of some Kaliningrad-bound goods through its territory. But where is Kaliningrad, why is it part of Russia and what makes it so key?
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President Vladimir Putin has slammed the West as Russia is hit by sanctions. He called on emerging economies to cooperate with Russia as the Kremlin seeks to reroute trade.
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