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Sweden’s NATO process paused, says FM

Stockholm, Sweden | Xinhua | Sweden’s Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom said on Saturday that the country’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) process has paused, local media reported. “The events of the last few weeks have temporarily caused the process to a pause,” Billstrom told Expressen newspaper, adding that the Swedish government was …

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Kenya conducts vasectomy on 3-year-old lion

Nairobi, Kenya | Xinhua | The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said Saturday it has conducted a successful vasectomy on a three-year-old vulnerable lion at its veterinary laboratory in the capital, Nairobi, to control the breeding of the majestic carnivore while in a captive facility. The lion is being nurtured and rehabilitated at …

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KASESE: Minister declares controversial minority bill null and void

Kasese, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The HIV/TB services accessibility bill fronted by Human Rights Awareness Promotion Forum-HRAPF, an NGO involved in the promotion of rights for key populations in Kasese municipality is illegal, the state minister for local government Victoria Busiinge Rusoke has declared. She told an extraordinary council sitting …

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Bayern share spoils with Frankfurt in Bundesliga

Berlin, Germany | Xinhua | Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich drop points for the third straight time in 2023 after Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani canceled out Leroy Sane’s opener to ensure a 1-1 draw in the 18th round on Saturday. Both sides started offensively minded into the clash and exchanged attacks from …

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UN chief calls for actions to stop online hate speech, extremism

United Nations, USA | Xinhua | UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday urged the establishment of “guardrails” to prevent hate speech, extremism and misinformation. “The online world is one of the main reasons that hate speech, extreme ideologies and misinformation are disseminating so fast around the world,” said the UN chief, calling …

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Over 2600 hawkers, street vendors to operate in Nsooba

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | More than 2600 street vendors and hawkers 2600 have registered to operate the newly established makeshift in Lower Nsooba after Kalerwe along the Northern bypass. The market sits on a 4-acre piece of land belonging to Godfrey Mugalu. Richard Lubega, the chairperson of the Federation …

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Lugazi residents decry delayed USMID road works

Buikwe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The delayed road works by Zhongomei Engineering Group Limited under the Uganda Support to Municipality Infrastructural Development- USMID project in Lugazi Municipality in Buikwe district has raised concern among the residents. The World Bank project seeks to improve infrastructure in targeted municipalities. The first phase …

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Women activists in Arua demand for GBV-survivor shelters

Arua, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Women rights activists in Arua city are calling for the establishment of Gender Based Violence (GBV) shelters to accommodate and protect the survivors of violence. Their demand comes amidst the rising cases of violence especially sexual violence against girls and women in the city. According …

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