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Attacks Force Medical Charity MSF Out Of DR Congo Region

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Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has stopped services at a restive territory in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In a statement on Tuesday, MSF said it had decided to pull out of Kimbi and Baraka in Fizi territory because of several violent incidents against the organization this year. MSF says it has ended projects in those two localities in the territory after withdrawal of MSF staff from part of South-Kivu province in July.

MSF operational manager, Ellen Van Der Velden said in a statement, the ever-increasing activity from criminal and armed groups across eastern D.R. Congo, has led to ongoing violence and attacks against civilians at a shocking scale, including targeted killings and horrific acts of violence, and sexual violence.

South-Kivu alone counts at least 70 army groups preying on the civilian population for more than two decades.

Nearly 70 armed groups signed a ceasefire agreement in mid-September in Murhesa City to end hostilities, but efforts to pacify the region is yet to yield results.

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Ekiti To Spend N1.4bn To Equip Amotekun Corps In 2021

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Ekiti state government is poised to spend nearly one and a half billion naira on the state security network, Amotekun corps, in the 2021 fiscal year.

This is described as a move to boost investment and ensure the safety of all residents in the state.  The state also plans to spend eight billion naira on social services, including education, health, gender empowerment, social security and other important social sub-sectors that are critical to the growth of the state’s economy.

Commissioner for budget, Femi Ajayi, laid out these figures in the capital, Ado-Ekiti, while breaking down the state’s appropriation law that holds a budgetary provision of nearly one hundred ten billion naira.

Ajayi said the budget would be funded with monies expected from the federation account, internally generated revenue, funds from tertiary institutions and other sources.

He said the Kayode Fayemi administration will ensure the full implementation of the 2021 budget.

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Congress Certifies Joe Biden As Next US President Hours After Pro-Trump Mob Storms Capitol

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The United States Congress has certified Democrats Joe Biden as the next president and Kamala Harris as vice president hours after President Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a chaotic protest and violence.

The US Constitution requires Congress to count the votes of the Electoral College submitted by the states. Biden won 306 electors to 232 for Trump.

The votes confirming Biden as president are a forceful rejection of Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him through illegitimate balloting in key states.

The action finalizes the 2020 US electoral process and makes clear that Biden will be inaugurated as president on January 20.

According to officials said as a result of the violent protest in Capitol by Tump supporters, a woman was shot by police, while three others died as a result of “medical emergencies.”

Pro-Trump protesters, stormed the US Capitol building in a bid to overturn the election result, suspending a Congress session. The mob waving Trump flags and wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, broke into the US Capitol building and swarmed through the hallways, forcing members in both the House and the Senate to retreat to secure locations.

President Donald Trump later called on them to “go home” while continuing to make false claims of electoral fraud. Twitter and Facebook later froze his accounts.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser imposed a curfew from 6pm (23:00 GMT) and acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller called up the National Guard after consulting Vice President Mike Pence and congressional leaders.

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UN Calls For Ceasefire In Ethiopia

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United Nations aid agencies are calling for an immediate temporary ceasefire in Ethiopia following more than two weeks of fighting between the army and regional forces in Tigray region.

The agencies have had no access to the conflict zone and want humanitarian corridors set up. The UN fears hundreds, possibly thousands, of civilians have been killed.  Journalists report the internet has been regulated, so it’s difficult to tell exactly what is going on there.

30,000 refugees, more than half of them children, have fled Ethiopia into the Sudan. Many are reported to be hungry and frightened. There are fears the influx of more refugees could destabilize Sudan.

The UN has appealed for funding and is planning for the possible arrival of around 200,000 refugees over the coming months.

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