Authorities in Macedonia have accused ethnic Albanians from Kosovo of planning violent unrest in the country after a Saturday police raid against an armed group early left 14 militants and eight police officers dead, the BBC reports. Officials said that the group had been "neutralized" and a massive weapons cache seized. Because of the region’s

instability in recent decades, NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg urged "everyone to exercise restraint and avoid any further escalation." Read more from AFP.

On its front page, Macedonian daily Nova Makedonija profiles the policemen who lost their lives. As the world pays respect and marks the 70th anniversary of the World War II victory over fascism, the newspaper noted the poignancy and timing of Macedonia and its armed forces having to confront a new form of fascism through terrorist attacks and violence.

ABOUT THIS SOURCE: Nova Makedonija (New Macedonia) is the oldest daily newspaper in the Republic of Macedonia. The first edition was published on Oct. 26,1944, in Gorno Vranovci, and constitutes the first document written after the codification of Standard Macedonian.

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Peng Shuai, A Reckoning China's Communist Party Can't Afford To Face

The mysterious disappearance – and brief reappearance – of the Chinese tennis star after her #metoo accusation against a party leader shows Beijing is prepared to do whatever is necessary to quash any challenge from its absolute rule.

Fears are growing about the safety and whereabouts of Peng Shuai

Yan Bennett and John Garrick

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai's apparent disappearance may have ended with a smattering of public events, which were carefully curated by state-run media and circulated in online clips. But many questions remain about the three weeks in which she was missing, and concerns linger over her well-being.

Peng, a former Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, had been out of the public eye since Nov. 2. 2021 when she penned a since-deleted social media post accusing former Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual misconduct.

In the U.S. and Europe, such moments of courage from high-profile women have built momentum to out perpetrators of sexual harassment and assault and give a voice to those wronged. But in the political context of today's People's Republic of China (PRC) – a country that tightly controls political narratives within and outside its borders – something else happened. Peng was seemingly silenced; her #MeToo allegation was censored almost as soon as it was made.

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