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Kurdish Rebels Kill Ten Turkish Soldiers, Kidnap Politician

RADIKAL, HURRIYET, DOGAN NEWS AGENCY (Turkey)

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Ten Turkish soldiers were killed and seven were injured in an attack by Kurdish rebels, which took place in the southeastern province of Sirnak, Turkish officials have said.

Clashes between Turkish military forces and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) broke out on Sunday evening at a military base in the province’s Beytussebap district, close to the border with Iraq and Syria, daily Radikal reported.

The PKK attacked the military with rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and assault rifles, according to Hurriyet. Nine soldiers died immediately during the attack and another died later in hospital. Seven soldiers have been injured with four in critical condition at the local Sirnak hospital.

Rebels also carried out simultaneous attacks at other military checkpoints on Sunday, but no lives were claimed, according to the Dogan News Agency. Twenty PKK militants were also killed in the attacks.

On Monday, members of the PKK also kidnapped a Justice and Development Party (AKP) provincial head, said Hurriyet. Mecit Tarhan, a lawyer had been the head of the AKP for the Hakkari region for the past two years. He had been reportedly receiving threats from the PKK.

Terrorist activity has increased in the region due to the heightened unrest in Syria. A month ago, the PKK fired rockets across the Turkish army border in the Hakkari province. A recent bombing in the southeastern city of Gaziantep, which left nine dead, was also thought to have been conducted by the PKK, but the organization denies any involvement.

Turkey, the United States and the E.U recognize the PKK as a terrorist organization.

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Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023

Before heading to South Sudan to continue his highly anticipated trip to Africa, the pontiff was in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he delivered a powerful speech, in a country where 40 million Catholics live.

Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023
Pierre Haski

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PARIS — You may know the famous Joseph Stalin quote: “The Pope? How many divisions has he got?” Pope Francis still has no military divisions to his name, but he uses his voice, and he does so wisely — sometimes speaking up when no one else would dare.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Belgian Congo, a region plundered and martyred, before and after its independence in 1960), Francis has chosen to speak loudly. Congo is a country with 110 million inhabitants, immensely rich in minerals, but populated by poor people and victims of brutal wars.

That land is essential to the planetary ecosystem, and yet for too long, the world has not seen it for its true value.

The words of this 86-year-old pope, who now moves around in a wheelchair, deserve our attention. He undoubtedly said what a billion Africans are thinking: "Hands off the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Hands off Africa! Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered!"

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