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OVER 70 PEOPLE EXECUTED IN CONGO
Armed groups executed more than 70 men and women in villages in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo between late January and early February, AFP quotes the UN mission MONUSCO as saying. According to the organization, most of the people were killed with machetes in a bid “to spread terror among the population.”

AL-QAEDA PRISONERS FREED FROM YEMEN JAIL
At least 14 prisoners, most of whom are Al-Qaeda fighters, were freed from a jail in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa during an attack by heavily armed gunmen, Al Jazeera reports. Eleven people were killed during the assault, including seven policemen. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, but the local Al-Qaeda branch, thought to be one of the most active and dangerous, has been regularly carrying such attacks on state and military facilities over the past two years.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

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Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

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