News of the World: July

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Trump ends separation policy but ‘not sorry’

After days of outrage from politicians, families and international agencies, US President Donald Trump finally ended, by executive order, his abhorrent policy of separating young children from their parents. For months, the government had pursued a policy of separating children, including infants, at border points in what is says was an effort to discourage unregistered immigrants from entering the US. At the same time, the US pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which it termed as a “cesspool of political bias”, and a “hypocritical” body that “makes a mockery of human rights”.

Museveni’s cocktail of security measures

For some time now, Uganda’s security agencies have struggled to contain a wave of crime that has included kidnappings, political assassinations, murder and rape of women and terrorising of residents in towns and villages by machete wielding criminals, the highlight of which was the brutal murder of Ibrahim Abiriga, a prominent legislator. And, in his characteristic avenger style, President Yoweri Museveni announced measures his government will take to secure the population, including installation of CCTV, establishment of a forensic centre, vehicle tracking and new helmets for ‘boda bodas’.

South Sudan peace deal

East African heads of state under the IGAD (Inter-governmental Authority on Development) met in Ethiopia to review the South Sudan peace talks between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar. Although the meeting was convened in response to a tough-talking US on the situation in South Sudan, it was hoped that a truce, in a deal brokered by Kenya’s Raila Odinga, would be fruitful.

Mnangawa wants Britain to compensate white farmers

Zimbabwe now wants Britain to compensate Zimbabwe’s white farmers, who were displaced during ousted President Robert Mugabe’s popular land restricting policies of the 2000s. Despite making a pledge to make reparations by September, Mnangawa changed tune and reasons that because Zimbabweans were the ones the farmers originally displaced, it is incumbent on Britain to make reparations.

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