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Ukraine Dam Attack, Haiti Floods Kill 42, Word Under The Hammer

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Welcome to Tuesday, where evacuations are underway after a large dam was destroyed near Ukraine’s Kherson, at least 42 are killed in Haiti floods, and a word is being auctioned off in Paris. Meanwhile, Mykhailo Kriegel in Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda writes about Russia’s USSR-like blue-and-yellow paranoia.

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Three Killed In Kyiv Strike, Khartoum Orphanage Horror, Indian Pride

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Welcome to Thursday, where Russian airstrikes on Kyiv kill at least three, reports emerge of dozens of recent deaths of children in an orphanage in Sudan’s war-torn capital Khartoum, and international Pride Month begins today. Meanwhile, Argentine daily Clarín counterintuitively suggests that sleeping separately may actually be a good thing for couples — and it’s not just a snoring question.


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My Broken Khartoum: An Architect's Eye On Her Once Vibrant Hometown

Khartoum, one African capital that hadn't seen fighting in its recent history, is in the grip of a civil war between rival military forces. How it looks to an architect who grew up in the heart of its creative energy.


The city has always been a hub of creativity. It was awarded the title of Arab Capital of Culture in 2005. Despite its Arab affiliation, the capital of Sudan is also very African. A tension of identities — British colonial, African, Islamic — made Khartoum what it was.

This triple heritage is powerfully reflected in Greater Khartoum’s composition as three towns separated by rivers with a network of bridges. Omdurman is considered a national capital, the symbol of the values of the people, while Khartoum is the administrative capital and Bahri (or Khartoum North) is the industrial town. Together, they are simply known as Khartoum.

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More Attacks Inside Russia, Clashes Breach Sudan Truce, WhatsApp Edits

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Welcome to Tuesday, where fighting continues between Ukrainian troops and Russian paramilitaries in Russia’s Belgorod border region, airstrikes are reported in Sudan despite a week-long ceasefire, and WhatsApp will soon let its users fix their whoopsies. Meanwhile, Lisbon-based news website Mensagem looks at how a revised song has become an anthem of female resistance in the “patriarchal” universe of samba.

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Emma Albright, Yannick Champion-Osselin, Sophie Jacquier and Anne-Sophie Goninet

Khartoum Shelling, Cyclone Mocha Aftermath, “Smile Training”

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Welcome to Tuesday, where airstrikes and artillery fire intensify across Sudan’s capital, rescue operations are underway in cyclone-hit Myanmar and Bangladesh, and post-COVID Japan learns to smile again. Meanwhile, in German daily Die Welt, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek looks at how advanced AI and the explosion of automated trade on the stock exchange may spell the end of capitalism as we know it.

[*Assalom - Tajik, Tajikistan]

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Laura-Maï Gaveriaux

Why Sudan's Conflict Makes The Gulf Monarchies So Nervous

Located on the shore of the Red Sea, rich in natural resources, Sudan is strategically important to the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. Worried about a conflict that is getting bogged down, Arab capitals are mobilizing behind the scenes, with initial "pre-negotiation" talks beginning Saturday in the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

DUBAI – The war of the Sudanese generals has both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi worried — and there is no sign that the crisis in Sudan will end soon.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia was hosting the first face-to-face "pre-negotiation talks" between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the port city of Jeddah, across the Red Sea from the Sudan coast.

The African nation is of strategic importance to the Gulf powers, which are ensuring a diplomatic but also economic presence there. That has increased notably since 2017, after the lifting of the decade-long, U.S.-led embargo on the Islamist regime of Omar al-Bashir accused of supporting international terrorism. Since then, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been investing massively in the country, particularly in infrastructure and agriculture.

With its fertile lands, and a rainy season that benefits at least half of the country, Sudan offers agricultural potential for the countries of the neighboring desert peninsula, which have planned to make it "the breadbasket of the Gulf."

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Yannick Champion-Osselin, Chloé Touchard, Inès Mermat, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Emma Albright

Kremlin Accuses U.S. Of Drone Attack, Africa Floods Kill 136, Walk Of Fame Star (Wars)

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Welcome to Thursday, where the Kremlin accuses Washington of being behind yesterday's drone attack in Moscow, severe floods kill at least 136 people across eastern Africa, and Hollywood pays tribute to Carrie Fisher on Star Wars day. Meanwhile, pan-African newspaper Financial Afrik looks at how Gabon, known for its successful sustainable development policy, is trying to reap the financial rewards of its preservation efforts.

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annick Champion-Osselin, Emma Albright, Sophie Jacquier and Anne-Sophie Goninet

Belgrade School Shooting, Sudan Ceasefire & Evacuations, Messi Mess

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Welcome to Wednesday, where Serbian police arrest a 14-year old suspect in a school shooting that left nine dead in Belgrade, warring parties agree to a seven-day ceasefire in Sudan, and soccer superstar Lionel Messi gets grounded by PSG. Meanwhile, Charlotte Meyer in French daily Les Echos wonders whether bringing back extinct animals is such a good idea after all …

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Justine Babin

Sudan's Humanitarian Crisis Is Forcing Refugees To Cross Into Egypt

More than 14,000 Sudanese people have already crossed the border into neighboring Egypt to flee the conflict in their country. On arrival, they say there are chaotic scenes.

ASWAN — In a makeshift tent, as Nubian music buzzes in the background, Aïda Hussein prepares some “jabana." She sells this spiced coffee for a small sum to her compatriots, exhausted after their days-long ordeal escaping the violent battles that have shaken Sudan for more than two weeks.

The clashes between Abdel Fattah Al Burhan’s armed forces and Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have already killed more than 528 people and injured 4,599, according to official reports. The generals shared power following a coup in October of 2021. Egypt supports the Sudanese armed forces, despite not having officially positioned themselves in relation to the conflict.

Fighting continues despite a ceasefire. "The scale and speed at which events are unfolding in Sudan (are) unprecedented," the United Nations said in a statement on Sunday, before sending their chief of humanitarian affairs, Martin Griffiths, to the region.

While most of the 75,000 people who fled according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are internally displaced, some were able to take refuge abroad. According to the Egyptian authorities, more than 14,000 Sudanese nationals crossed into Egypt last week.

They arrived through one of two border crossings. Some 20,000 people have also taken refuge in Chad, very close to western Darfur. Another 6,000 have taken refuge in the Central African Republic, while others have gone to Ethiopia.

One of the first drop-off points for refugees is Karkar’s bus station. It is a three-hour drive from the border and around 30 kilometers south of the touristic city of Aswan. New arrivals describe a chaotic reception, a situation they did not expect from a combat-free zone.

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How Fighting In Sudan Could Reignite The Darfur Conflict

Sudan is descending into all-out civil war. This risks upsetting the fragile peace in Darfur, raising the specter of more atrocities and massacres.


PARIS Ceasefires come and go, providing just a pause amid relentless fighting.

Nothing stops the two forces that have turned Khartoum and parts of Sudan into battlefields: the two generals who are fighting each other — army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and paramilitary leader Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, also known as Hemetti — are mortal enemies who swear they will not negotiate.

Foreign nationals have been evacuated, and the civilian population hides or flees when they can to neighboring countries. The United Nations issue warnings of a large-scale humanitarian disaster; Sudan is approaching a "breaking point," according to the UN humanitarian affairs chief.

But Sudan may only be at the beginning of an even greater tragedy. The news from Darfur, the westernmost region of Sudan on the border with Chad, is alarming. Reports indicate renewed fighting between armed groups that rekindle the specter of massacres from the 2000s.

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Emma Albright, Sophie Jacquier, Chloé Touchard and Anne-Sophie Goninet

Russian Death Toll, Sudan SOS Radio, Pet Gala

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Welcome to Tuesday, where the U.S. estimates the number of Russian losses to 20,000 in the past six months, the BBC launches a new emergency radio service to help Sudan civilians, and the Met Gala pays homage to Karl Lagerfeld (and his cat Choupette). Meanwhile, Mónica Oblitas for Argentine civil organization Periodistas Por El Planeta warns about the dangers of a new practice in Bolivia – that of combining traditional coca leaves with other substances to obtain a sort of “cocaine-light.”

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Chloé Touchard and Emma Albright

New Raids On Ukraine, First Republic Rescued, Chinese Chess Champion

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Welcome to Monday, where Russia launches pre-dawn air raids across Ukraine, JPMorgan buys failing First Republic Bank and Russian and Chinese grandmasters battle to be the new world chess champion. We also feature a piece from Russian-language media Vazhnyye Istorii that explains why you can still buy a Coca-Cola in Moscow.

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