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Showing posts of Day: December 4, 2021

Laos Opens Railway to China as Debt to Beijing Rises

BEIJING — After a blessing by Buddhist monks, Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh on Friday rode the first run of a $5.9 billion Chinese-built railway that links isolated, mountainous Laos with southern China in an effort to increase trade.Both gover…

Mogadishu Book Fair Resumes after COVID-19 Lockdown Postponement

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA — Somalia’s annual Mogadishu International Book Fair has resumed following the suspension of the event last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Restrictions were applied to the invitation-only event this year in order to prevent th…

Sudan Group Condemns UN’s Call to Support Reinstated PM

CAIRO — A Sudanese pro-democracy group has condemned comments by the U.N. chief urging citizens to support a deal that reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, so the country can have “a peaceful transition towards a true democracy.”The Sudanese Profe…

Gambia Counts Marble Votes in First Post-Jammeh Election

BANJUL, GAMBIA — Election officials started counting marble votes Saturday in Gambia after the polls closed in the country’s first presidential election in decades that did not include former dictator Yahya Jammeh, a milestone seen as a test of democra…