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We Are One, le plus grand groupe de jeunes bénévoles, se lance en Corée

Des jeunes adultes prennent l’initiative de pratiquer l’amour de Jésus pour un avenir meilleur

NEW YORK3 août, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – « New Heaven New Earth », l’église Shincheonji de Jésus, le Temple du tabernacle du témoignage, a lancé un groupe de jeunes bénévoles appelé We Are One composé de 70 000 membres en Corée du Sud et de 20 000 membres à l’étranger.

Chairman Lee Man-hee speaks at the We Are One launching ceremony

La cérémonie de lancement a eu lieu le 30 juillet à l’hôtel K à Yangjae-dong à Séoul en Corée du Sud. Plus de 1 000 représentants ont assisté à l’événement en personne et 90 000 volontaires ont participé à la diffusion en direct. La cérémonie comprenait des spectacles en direct et une séance de photos commémoratives. La distanciation sociale en lien avec le Covid-19 était en place et les participants devaient porter des masques et faire prendre leur température avant de rentrer.

Pour commémorer le lancement de We Are One, 70 000 jeunes vont faire des dons de sang dans 17 villes, dont Séoul, Busan, Incheon et Daegu, en Corée du Sud. La campagne de don de sang débutera le 27 août et se poursuivra pendant trois mois.

« Félicitations pour le lancement du groupe de jeunes bénévoles de Shincheonji, We Are One », a déclaré Eom Jae-yong, président du centre de sang de Séoul Sud de la Croix-Rouge coréenne lors d’un discours de félicitations. « Je vous remercie également d’avoir choisi de participer à la première activité bénévole, à savoir une campagne de don de sang. Nous espérons que cela sera d’une grande aide pour faire face à la réapparition de Covid-19 et à la situation de crise. »

Outre le don de sang, We Are One prévoit de s’attaquer aux défis nationaux et aux crises internationales. Le groupe se concentrera sur le service d’assistance, la création d’un environnement durable, la paix dans le monde et l’éducation.

« Nous avons beaucoup discuté des problèmes auxquels les jeunes sont confrontés aujourd’hui et de leurs solutions », a déclaré Hong Jun-soo, PDG de We Are One. « Le groupe de bénévoles de We Are One compte de nombreux membres aux talents variés, tels que des entrepreneurs, des chargé de planning, des designers, du personnel médical et des experts en protection sociale. Avec eux, nous résoudrons les problèmes de la jeune génération et prendrons l’initiative de créer un monde meilleur. »

Le président de l’église Shincheonji, Lee Man-hee Lee, a également assisté à la cérémonie de lancement. « Nous sommes nés à cette époque et avons l’obligation d’illuminer et de développer cette époque », a déclaré le président Lee. « Si Dieu le Créateur est avec nous, rien n’est impossible. Jésus a dit d’aimer son prochain comme soi-même. Les autres passent avant tout. Unissons-nous et créons un monde meilleur. »

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OKX torna a negociação peer-to-peer segura, acessível e gratuita

  • Além de ampliar os métodos de pagamento para tornar a negociação P2P mais acessível, a OKX atua como intermediária, oferecendo gerenciamento de riscos para os negociantes
  • A OKX também não cobra nenhuma taxa pela negociação P2P

VICTORIA, Seychelles, Aug. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A OKX apresentou hoje sua nova e aprimorada plataforma de Negociação P2P (peer-to-peer). Além de viabilizar negociações integrais, o serviço também oferece uma Negociação P2P segura e confiável para uma gama muito mais ampla de usuários.

A Negociação P2P da OKX permite que os usuários sejam o seu próprio mercado, emitindo “anúncios” para negociações mútuas e melhor controle do preço de compra e venda. A negociação também beneficia usuários em mercados não bancários que podem não ter acesso à infraestrutura bancária convencional. A plataforma de Negociação P2P da OKX oferece gratuitamente para os usuários mais de 900 métodos de pagamento em 40 moedas diferentes.

Lennix Lai, Diretor de Mercados Financeiros da OKX, disse: “A Negociação P2P da OKX viabiliza que os usuários negociem de acordo com seus próprios termos. E o mais importante, ela torna a negociação segura pessoa a pessoa acessível a muito mais pessoas, incluindo as que não têm acesso aos serviços bancários tradicionais em todo o mundo. Esta é uma das maneiras pelas quais a OKX está viabilizando que usuários de todo o mundo se libertem dos sistemas financeiros tradicionais e possam alcançar independência financeira.”

A plataforma OKX facilita e permite o gerenciamento de riscos nas negociações P2P. Depois do acordo entre os usuários, a OKX mantém os fundos em custódia até que o pagamento do comprador seja confirmado. Isso permite que a plataforma gerencie os riscos dos usuários e garanta uma negociação segura e estável para todos.

A plataforma de negociação P2P renovada da OKX inclui uma aprimorada interface de usuário na página inicial, além de uma barra de navegação fácil de usar que facilita a alternância perfeita entre mercado, pedidos e anúncios. A renovada plataforma também fornece acesso simplificado a guias P2P, FAQs e tutoriais para ajudar os usuários a aproveitarem melhor a plataforma.

Saiba mais sobre como fazer uma negociação P2P na OKX Academy ou confira a OKX P2P Trading aqui.

Para mais informações, contate:
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Sobre a OKX
A OKX é um aplicativo líder de negociação de criptomoedas e um ecossistema Web3. Com a confiança de mais de 20 milhões de clientes em mais de 180 mercados internacionais, a OKX é conhecida por ser o aplicativo de negociação de criptomoedas mais rápido e confiável para investidores e negociantes profissionais de todo o mundo.

Para mais informações sobre a OKX, faça o download do nosso aplicativo ou visite: okx.com

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OKX rend le trading pair-à-pair sûr, accessible et gratuit

  • En plus d’étendre les méthodes de paiement pour rendre le trading P2P plus accessible, OKX agit en tant qu’intermédiaire pour offrir une gestion des risques aux traders
  • OKX ne facture pas non plus de frais pour le trading P2P

VICTORIA, Seychelles, 03 août 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — La première plateforme mondiale de cryptomonnaies OKX a présenté aujourd’hui sa nouvelle plateforme de trading P2P (pair-à-pair) améliorée. Le service permet non seulement aux utilisateurs d’effectuer des trades de manière transparente les uns avec les autres, mais offre également la possibilité à un large éventail d’utilisateurs de bénéficier de transactions P2P sécurisées et fiables.

Le trading P2P sur OKX permet aux utilisateurs de devenir leur propre place de marché en publiant des « publicités » afin de négocier entre eux et de mieux contrôler le prix auquel ils achètent et vendent. Cela inclut les utilisateurs sur des marchés non bancaires qui peuvent ne pas avoir accès à une infrastructure bancaire conventionnelle. La plateforme de trading P2P d’OKX offre non seulement plus de 900 méthodes de paiement dans 40 devises différentes, mais elle est également proposée aux utilisateurs sans frais.

Lennix Lai, directeur des marchés financiers chez OKX, a déclaré : « Le trading P2P d’OKX permet aux utilisateurs de négocier selon leurs propres conditions. Mais plus important encore, il rend le trading sécurisé de personne à personne accessible à beaucoup plus de monde, y compris les individus de la planète qui n’ont pas accès aux services bancaires traditionnels. C’est l’une des manières dont OKX permet aux utilisateurs du monde entier de se libérer des systèmes financiers traditionnels et de s’efforcer d’atteindre l’indépendance financière. »

La plateforme OKX joue un rôle de facilitation et de gestion des risques dans les transactions P2P. Une fois qu’un accord a été conclu entre les utilisateurs, OKX conserve les fonds sous séquestre jusqu’à ce que le paiement de l’acheteur soit confirmé. Cela permet à la bourse de gérer les risques auxquels sont confrontés les utilisateurs et de garantir une négociation sûre et stable entre eux.

La refonte par OKX de sa plateforme de trading P2P comprend une nouvelle interface utilisateur améliorée de la page d’accueil et une barre de navigation facile à utiliser qui permet de basculer facilement entre le marché, les ordres et les publicités. Cette refonte offre également un accès simplifié aux guides P2P, aux FAQ et aux tutoriels pour aider les utilisateurs à apprendre à tirer le meilleur parti de la plateforme.

Découvrez davantage d’informations sur le trading P2P sur OKX Academy, ou découvrez le trading P2P d’OKX par vous-même ici.

Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez contacter :
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À propos d’OKX
OKX est une application de trading de cryptomonnaie de premier plan et un écosystème Web3. Bénéficiant de la confiance de plus de 20 millions de clients mondiaux sur plus de 180 marchés internationaux, OKX est connue pour être l’application de trading de cryptomonnaie la plus rapide et la plus fiable et le choix de prédilection des investisseurs et traders professionnels dans le monde entier.

Pour en savoir plus sur OKX, téléchargez notre application ou rendez-vous sur : okx.com

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Hitachi Energy supports huge step in Germany’s energy transition

HVDC Light® transmission system will transfer vast amounts of renewable energy for up to 5 million households and help Germany achieve its 2045 carbon neutrality goal

Zurich, Switzerland, Aug. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Energy, a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all, today announced it has won a major order from TenneT and TransnetBW, two of Germany’s four transmission system operators, to supply a transmission solution for the SuedLink DC4 high-voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnection between the north and south of the country.

SuedLink DC4 is one of the most important power grid and energy transition projects in Germany. It will play a crucial role in Germany’s energy transition, enabling a reduction in the use of fossil fuels and helping the country achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.*1

Using Hitachi Energy’s HVDC Light® technology, SuedLink DC4 will transfer up to 2,000 megawatts of emission-free electricity, enough to power 5 million German households.*2 The link will efficiently transmit electricity for 550 kilometers underground, at ±525 kilovolts, sending wind power from the north to the industrial south, or alternatively solar power from the south to the north when needed.

“We are proud to play a crucial role in this very important investment in Germany’s transition to renewable energy and carbon neutrality,” said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business. “HVDC Light is the enabling technology for large-scale transfers of renewable energy, both onshore and offshore.”

“SuedLink will form the backbone of the energy transition in Germany. With the award of the DC4 high-voltage direct current system to Hitachi Energy, we are now moving towards the realization of this important power link,” says Tim Meyerjürgens, Chief Operations Officer of TenneT.

Hitachi Energy will supply an HVDC Light converter station at each end of SuedLink DC4 to convert AC power from the transmitting grid to DC for delivery through the link, and back to AC for transfer to the receiving grid. The contract includes three cable section stations to speed up fault detection in the link.

As part of its long-term commitment to Germany’s energy transition, Hitachi Energy has recently won or completed orders for solutions that integrate large-scale renewables*3. These include the converter stations for the NordLink*4 HVDC interconnector between Germany and Norway, the converter stations for the connection of the 900-megawatt DolWin5 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, the Kriegers Flak Combined Grid Solution which connects the German power grids with two offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea and Denmark, and power quality solutions to enable more renewable energy to flow from north to south Germany.

Note to editors:

Hitachi Energy’s HVDC solution combines world-leading expertise in HVDC converter valves; the MACH™ digital control platform*5, which enables renewables integration and manages voltage and frequency disturbances in the grid; converter power transformers and high-voltage switchgear; as well as system studies, design and engineering, supply, installation supervision and commissioning.

HVDC Light® is a voltage source converter technology developed by Hitachi Energy. It is the preferred technology for many grid applications, including interconnecting countries, integrating renewables and “power-from-shore” connections to offshore production facilities. HVDC Light’s defining features include uniquely compact converter stations and exceptionally low electrical losses.

Hitachi Energy pioneered commercial HVDC technology almost 70 years ago and has delivered more than half of the world’s HVDC projects.

*1 Generationenvertrag für das Klima
*2 Suedlink – TenneT
*3 Hitachi Energy HVDC projects in Germany
*4 NordLink
*5 Modular Advanced Control for HVDC (MACH™)

HVDC website:
https://www.hitachienergy.com/offering/product-and-system/hvdc

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About Hitachi Energy
Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 38,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of approximately $10 billion USD.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society with data and technology. We will solve customers’ and society’s challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products, under the business structure of Digital Systems & Services, Green Energy & Mobility, Connective Industries and Automotive Systems. Driven by green, digital, and innovation, we aim for growth through collaboration with our customers. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2021 (ended March 31, 2022) totaled 10,264.6 billion yen ($84,136 million USD), with 853 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 370,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachi.com.

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International leading scientists issue critical guide for using microbiomes to combat the global issue of biodiversity loss

Beneficial Microorganisms

Beneficial Microorganisms benefit diverse forms of life, including a) marine life, b) corals, c) honeybees, and d) terrestrial land forms. Photo: KAUST

THUWAL, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A group of leading experts have issued a critical framework for using microbiomes to protect wildlife in an ethical and efficient way.

Beneficial Microbes for Marine Organisms (BMMO), an international network of collaborators with expertise in crosscutting areas of probiotic research, have published a paper in Nature Microbiology, Harnessing the microbiome to prevent global biodiversity loss, that provides a science-based framework to accelerate the responsible research and development of microbiome solutions.

Dr. Raquel Peixoto, founder and co-chair of BMMO, and associate professor of marine science at KAUST, said, “Key ecosystems, which host many forms of life, are at the brink of ecological collapse, driving enormous biodiversity losses and mass extinctions, and disrupting ecosystems central to supporting livelihoods.”

Contributing authors include professors Gabriele Berg of The Graz University of Technology; Christian Voolstra of the University of Konstanz; Ute Hentschel of GEOMAR; Rodrigo Costa of the University of Lisbon; Carlos Duarte of KAUST; and ethicist Jeantine Lunsh of Harvard, among other distinguished academics.

A guide to accelerate the use of macrobiotics to restore coral

The scientists examine the use of probiotics to “reboot” healthy microbiomes and protect key, and sensitive, symbiotic relationships between hosts and their associated microbes. Probiotics are now conventionally applied in agroecosystems, showing that successful applications in open environments are possible with controlled risks.

The team propose a science-based framework, outlining a path from laboratory bench to pilot and large-scale applications of microbiomes, to save threatened ecosystems.

“We as a network of leading scientists are concerned that the technological development of an urgently-needed tool may be delayed by unclear and undefined risk assessment steps,” said KAUST Distinguished Professor of Marine Science Carlos Duarte, who serves as executive director of the Coral Research & Development Accelerator Platform (CORDAP).

Lionfish

Lionfish of the genus Pterois is among the many forms of marine life that depend on healthy coral ecosystems. Photo courtesy Morgan Bennett Smith / KAUST

“In addition, no ethical discussions are available to provide guidelines and rules to accelerate the transition from devising to applying environmental probiotics in a practical and safe way. Therefore, we are highlighting the path from concept to real-world solutions, addressing ethical considerations, as well as risks against benefits.”

The paper serves to address this gap. The framework also considers the risk of inaction, and can be adapted to other urgent scientific developments.

Marine scientist Dr. Raquel Peixoto

Marine scientist Dr. Raquel Peixoto uses probiotics to boost the recovery of threatened coral ecosystems, shown here at the world’s first Coral Probiotics Village, located in the Red Sea near King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Photo courtesy Morgan Bennett Smith / KAUST

“Our framework provides a pragmatic regulatory wildlife-adapted tool to guide scientists and stakeholders through the fight against biodiversity loss,” Peixoto said.   “It takes into consideration potential side effects of its application, while also considering the high toll of inaction.”

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Authentix, Inc. signe un contrat de 10 ans avec le Botswana Unified Revenue Service en vue de fournir un programme de gouvernance du marché pour le marquage numérique et le suivi du tabac et des produits alcoolisés.

ADDISON, Texas et GABORONE, Botswana, 3 août 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Authentix a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir signé un contrat de 10 ans avec le Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) pour une solution de marquage fiscal et de suivi numérique du tabac et des produits alcoolisés vendus dans le pays. Ce programme de timbres fiscaux numériques vise à prévenir le commerce illicite et les contrefaçons tout en veillant à ce que les citoyens bénéficient de produits authentiques et sûrs.

Le nouveau système numérique de suivi et de traçabilité permettra d’augmenter les recettes fiscales perçues auprès des fabricants et des importateurs en renforçant la conformité industrielle, en réduisant le commerce illicite et en empêchant la sous-déclaration des volumes. Ce nouveau contrat porte sur le marquage et le suivi numérique d’environ 500 millions d’unités de produits par an.

Authentix TransAct™, une plateforme de données informatiques sécurisée basée sur le SaaS, sera associée à l’impression directe de codes produits numériques sécurisés et sérialisés pour former la principale solution de suivi et d’application numérique de haute sécurité du secteur. Ce système permettra de réduire et de dissuader les activités frauduleuses, protégeant ainsi la population des effets néfastes de la contrebande et garantissant une concurrence équitable à tous les acteurs légaux du secteur. Ce programme national comprendra la mise en œuvre, la formation, le support technique, l’installation du matériel, la maintenance continue et la gestion du programme assurée par le bureau des opérations d’Authentix au Botswana.

Kevin McKenna, PDG d’Authentix, a déclaré : « Nous sommes ravis que BURS nous ait choisis et fait confiance pour la mise en œuvre et la gestion de la première et très importante solution de suivi numérique de ces produits dans le pays. Nous sommes impatients de travailler avec BURS et de mettre en œuvre ce programme afin que les citoyens du Botswana en retirent rapidement de nombreux avantages. »

En collaborant avec des gouvernements du monde entier, les programmes de gouvernance des marchés d’Authentix ont permis de garantir l’authentification et la traçabilité des produits tout en récupérant des milliards de dollars de recettes fiscales.

À propos d’Authentix :

En tant qu’autorité en matière de solutions d’authentification, Authentix prospère dans la complexité de la chaîne d’approvisionnement. Authentix fournit des solutions d’authentification avancées pour les gouvernements, les banques centrales et les produits commerciaux, assurant la croissance des économies locales et garantissant que la sécurité des billets de banque demeure intacte et que les produits commerciaux bénéficient de meilleures opportunités de marché. L’approche de partenariat d’Authentix et son expertise éprouvée du secteur inspirent l’innovation et aident les clients à atténuer les risques pour augmenter les revenus et acquérir un avantage concurrentiel. Basée à Addison, au Texas (États-Unis), Authentix, Inc. a des bureaux aux États-Unis, au Royaume-Uni, en Arabie saoudite, en Asie et en Afrique. De plus, l’entreprise offre ses services aux clients dans le monde entier. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site https://www.authentix.com. Authentix® est une marque déposée d’Authentix, Inc.

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Invasive Reptiles, Amphibians Cost World $17 Billion

Two invasive species — the brown tree snake and the American bullfrog — cost the world more than $16 billion between 1986 and 2020, according to a study.

Researchers say the already-hefty price tag should be seen as a lower limit on the true cost of invasive reptiles and amphibians, especially in under-studied regions such as Africa and South America. The study results were published in the online journal Scientific Reports.

Invasive species are animals, plants or other living things that aren’t native to the places where they live and damage their new environments. Humans spread many of the more than 340 invasive reptile and amphibian species — as stowaways in cargo or through the exotic pet trade, for instance.

Invasive reptiles and amphibians can damage crops, destroy infrastructure, spread disease and upset ecosystems. The damage is costly, but scientists still don’t fully understand the extent of the economic impact wrought by invasive species.

For the study, biologist and study author Ismael Soto of the University of South Bohemia, and Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic, and his colleagues, estimated the global cost of invasive reptiles and amphibians using a database called InvaCost. The database collects the results of thousands of studies, reports and other documents produced by scientists, governments and non-governmental organizations.

The data revealed that invasive reptiles and amphibians have cost at least $17 billion worldwide between 1986 and 2020.

“But this cost mostly focused on two species — the brown tree snake [and] the American bullfrog,” Soto told VOA in an interview via Zoom. “But there are almost 300 invasive species of reptiles [and] amphibians. So, this means that our cost is really underestimated.”

The two species have received a disproportionate amount of attention from researchers, said economist Shana McDermott of Trinity University, who was not involved in the study.

“When you talk about invasives, people immediately will probably say, ‘Oh, the brown tree snake,’ just because its impacts are so wide-ranging,” she said via Zoom. “It’s got ecosystem biodiversity impacts. It’s got impacts to human health — it sends people to the hospital every year with bites. It takes down energy infrastructure. … And so, of course, people are like, ‘Oh God! That’s an incredibly dangerous invasive! Let’s understand it better.'”

The research bias toward a few well-known species also skews the distribution of costs worldwide. For instance, 99.6% of the $10.4 billion in costs from reptile invasions were in Oceania and the Pacific Islands, largely reflecting damage dealt by the brown tree snake in Hawaii, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands. Likewise, most damage from amphibians was in Europe.

But that doesn’t mean invasive reptiles and amphibians aren’t problematic elsewhere. Soto said there are many invasive amphibians in Africa, but their costs probably haven’t been quantified.

“There’s not enough research in these countries [to] detect the economic costs,” he said.

Soto also noted that the current cost estimate only includes costs that are easily quantified. Destroyed crops or property are easier to count than reduced quality of life or indirect damage to human health and assigning dollar values to ecological damage is trickier still, McDermott said.

“We’re still in this very early stage of trying to understand the economic costs, and trying to understand how invasive species impact ecosystems, how they impact people’s quality of life,” she said, adding that she wants to include the price of biodiversity losses in future cost estimates.

Soto and McDermott agreed that future studies should not only quantify the costs of more species in more regions but also project how the costs will evolve with time, especially as climate change continues to facilitate the spread of more invasive species.

“There is a lot still left to be determined. … I do think that quantifying it is the first step, though,” said McDermott. “Unless you can put a dollar value on it, unfortunately, you don’t get [policymakers’] attention for policy. So, this is an incredibly important topic. … We really shouldn’t be waiting on more studies to act.”

Source: Voice of America

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UN provides more details on peacekeeper violence in DR Congo

UNITED NATIONS— The United Nations provided more details on a fatal incident on Sunday that involved UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The peacekeepers returning from leave to the DRC killed two civilians after initially being refused DRC entry, said Stephane Dujarric, chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Preliminary information showed the troops waited overnight in an area between the official exit point from Uganda and the official entry point into the DRC. The incident occurred the next morning (Sunday) in Kasindi in the DRC’s North Kivu province, he said.

“There’s always a bit of a no man’s land between border A and border B. The troops were returning. They crossed from Uganda. They were then in that kind of a no man’s land. They were not granted immediate access into the DRC. They waited overnight, and the violence occurred the next morning,” said Dujarric.

The peacekeepers allegedly killed two civilians with gunfire and wounded 15 others.

The spokesman identified the peacekeepers only as members of a battalion from the Force Intervention Brigade of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known as MONUSCO. The force commander ordered the detention of the peacekeepers involved.

Although Dujarric did not reveal the peacekeepers’ number nor nationality, he said the mission contacted the country concerned “with a view to advancing a national judicial investigation” and that MONUSCO ordered an investigation.

There are more than 12,000 peacekeepers in the DRC from more than 10 countries.

The incident so outraged and saddened the secretary-general that he telephoned DRC President Felix Tshisekedi on Monday, apologized for the incident and offered his condolences.

Peacekeepers in North Kivu were the subject of attacks in recent weeks by demonstrators complaining they were not doing enough to protect them from various armed groups terrorizing the eastern DRC. Three peacekeepers were killed last week in the protests. Relative peace has prevailed in recent days.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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Reporter’s Notebook: Remembering Al-Zawahiri’s Last News Conference

In 1998, I joined a group of journalists traveling to Afghanistan’s Khost province to meet the leaders of a militant group who’d already logged a string of attacks and were announcing a new terrorism conglomerate. As we arrived, Arab fighters fired into the air to welcome their leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and his patron-in-chief, Osama bin Laden, at their makeshift headquarters in the eastern Afghan province, not far from the Pakistan border.

The sky lit up with tracer rounds and the tall mountains echoed gunfire and jihadist chants of camouflaged bodyguards as the two white-robed men disembarked from their Toyota trucks. At the time, bin Laden was already a known figure in the region; al-Zawahiri’s name was then confined mostly to Egyptian media, but the cleric brought with him an air of seriousness and international focus for the cluster of Arab, Afghan, Punjabi, Kashmiri and Bengali fighters congregating in Afghanistan.

Despite his years in an Egyptian prison, al-Zawahiri, who had studied medicine as a younger man, left his mark on militant Islamist movements in his home country, including an alleged role in the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, a leadership role in the Islamic Jihad, and the 1995 attack on the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad. He also popularized the writings of Egyptian radical Sayyid Qutb, making him well-known among his extremist contemporaries.

Both in their 40s, al-Zawahiri and bin Laden had contrasting physiques. The former was significantly shorter (hardly 5 feet or 152 centimeters tall) and rounder than the tall and slim bin Laden, who was five years his junior — an age gap the slender Saudi appeared to respect.

It was May 26, 1998, and the two men, along with another Saudi radical, Sheikh Taseer, sat in a hall before 13 journalists to announce the merger of a new terror conglomerate, the International Islamic Front. None of them then used the title al-Qaida for the joint venture.

Al-Zawahiri was then leader of the Egypt-based Jama’at-ul-Jehad (Islamic Jihad) and bin Laden told the reporters that the newly formed front had won the support of al-Zawahiri’s organization. The two had a common goal: taking out infidels from the Arabian Peninsula.

That much was announced by bin Laden during the presser, but al-Zawahiri explained the purpose of their new group in a more informal discussion during a break for tea, during which he spun stories promoting their cause. Bin Laden opted to watch, letting the articulate al-Zawahiri indulge reporters’ curiosity about the group’s plans, life in Afghanistan under Taliban rule, and his doctrine of revenge.

Throughout the discussion, al-Zawahiri’s embrace of Islamist fundamentalism at age 15 and his deep dive into radicalism was evident.

He introduced us to loyalists, including Muhammad Showqi al-Islambuli, brother of Khalid Islambuli, the main assailant in Sadat’s murder. He appeared to take special pride announcing that he was also hosting the three sons of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the radical Egyptian cleric with ties to the 1993 bombing at New York’s World Trade Center.

Foreshadowing of larger war

Calling himself a staunch enemy of the U.S. and its allies in the Arab world, he recited a litany of complaints against the West while referencing attacks on U.S. bases and personnel in Saudi Arabia and Somalia, foreshadowing the war that his followers would soon expand. In August that year, terrorists backed by bin Laden and al-Zawahiri attacked U.S. embassies in Tanzania, and Kenya. Around 200 people, including 12 Americans, were killed in the August 7 attacks. The U.S. retaliated weeks later, firing cruise missiles at a training camp in Khost, near where journalists had interviewed the men about two months before.

While al-Zawahiri at the time was already an ideological leader in his movement with bin Laden, the August attacks expanded his public profile.

It was al-Zawahiri who was talking on a satellite phone with a journalist in Peshawar about the terrorist attack in eastern Africa that was traced by the U.S. and used to train Tomahawk missiles on the compound. The two men survived the attack, but the compound crumbled as about 20 Pakistani radicals were killed in an instant.

But that was not the last time that the U.S. missed al-Zawahiri. Intel communities later said he also survived the U.S.-led bombing of the cave complex at Tora Bora, a mountainous range on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in December 2001.

When they were both alive, bin Laden and al-Zawahiri were believed to be living together in Afghanistan under the Taliban’s first reign, from 1996 to 2001. Some videotapes showed them walking together along rocky mountain slopes after the 9/11 attacks. Al-Zawahiri was lucky again in May 2011 when U.S. Navy SEALs killed bin Laden in a compound in Abbottabad, a garrison city in Pakistan. Analysts believed al-Zawahiri was probably hiding somewhere else along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, or perhaps somewhere closer to bin Laden inside Pakistan.

Afghanistan was then not a desirable location for al-Qaida leaders, in part because U.S.-led forces had the ability to strike anywhere within the country. Following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan last August, media reports said the al-Qaida leader felt comfortable moving to a house in central Kabul, where on Sunday a U.S. drone strike killed him while he stood on a balcony.

Source: Voice of America

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Millions of Hungry People in Horn of Africa Resort to Extreme Measures

The World Health Organization warns a lack of humanitarian aid is driving millions of hungry people in the Horn of Africa to engage in desperate measures to survive.

Conditions in the Horn of Africa are worsening. Conflict, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic have turned the region into a hunger hotspot. That is having disastrous consequences for the health and lives of millions of people.

A recent U.N. analysis of the food situation in the region found 37 to 50 million people as being in what is classified as IPC phase 3. The World Health Organization explains that level of food insecurity forces people to sell their possessions to feed themselves and their families. At that stage of crisis, it says malnutrition is rife and special nutritional treatment is needed.

Sophie Maes is the WHO incident manager for drought and food insecurity in the greater Horn of Africa. Speaking from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, she says the WHO and other aid agencies are unable to provide the help needed to stave off hunger and ill health because of a severe funding shortage.

“Normally what you do in this kind of situation is you do blanket supplementary feeding so that people do not slide further into malnutrition,” said Maes. “This is not being well funded at the moment due to the competing crises that are going on.”

She notes the World Food Program ran out of money and had to cut rations for many beneficiaries to be able to support those most in need. She says health risks have been compounded by four years of consecutive drought. She says the hoped-for reprieve is unlikely to come as forecasts indicate the upcoming rainy season is expected to fail.

She says growing numbers of people are engaging in risky behavior just to get something to eat and support their families.

“People are desperate to get money. So, there is survival sex going on. There is more violence, fighting for the meager resources. And, also, gender-based violence going up with women having to go farther to find food and water,” said Maes. “So, as they are further away from where they live, they are more prone to be attacked.”

The WHO says it needs nearly $124 million to spend through the end of the year to protect lives in the fragile region. It says the money will provide millions of people with the aid they need to fight disease outbreaks, provide life-saving nutritional feeding for severely malnourished children, and ensure they have access to health services.

Source: Voice of America