GLIC Daily Report Series 1.15
Beijing lays down new vision for Belt and Road
World leaders gathered in Beijing last week to mark the tenth anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Launched in 2013, BRI activity has surpassed a trillion dollars, according to some estimates. At the forum, President Xi Jinping said China was making available over $100 billion more to fund infrastructure. Before the forum, speculation was rife that the BRI was losing steam. But as experts note, Beijing is simply remaking the Belt and Road.
Africanews Beijing lays down new vision for Belt and Road November 9, 2023.
Second round of talks between Ethiopian government and Oromo rebels
The Ethiopian government and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) are holding new talks in Tanzania to try and put an end to five years of insurrection in Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest and most populous region, a diplomatic source said on Wednesday. Classified as a “terrorist organization” by Addis Ababa, the OLA has been fighting the Ethiopian authorities since it split with the historic Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) in 2018, when the latter renounced armed struggle that year when current Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power. “Talks have been underway for ten days” in Tanzania, the diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that the main mediation was being carried out by Igad, the East African bloc.
Africanews Second round of talks between Ethiopian government and Oromo rebels November 9, 2023.
Commando operation in Guinea: reward offered for the capture of the last fugitive
The Guinean authorities on Wednesday offered a reward equivalent to more than 54,000 euros for the capture of the last former top official under the dictatorship of Moussa Dadis Camara still outside after being released from prison on Saturday in a commando operation. Heavily armed men extracted Moussa Dadis Camara and three other prisoners from Conakry’s central prison on Saturday. They are currently on trial for a massacre committed in 2009 under his presidency, one of the darkest pages in Guinean history.
Africanews Commando operation in Guinea: reward offered for the capture of the last fugitive November 9, 2023.
At least 16 injured in opposition protests as tensions rise ahead presidential election in Madagascar
At least sixteen people were injured on wednesday in new demonstratons that turned violent at the Stade des Bareas Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital. Among the injured were four policemen. The latest incident comes as Madagascar reels from tensions ahead of the November 16 presidential election.
Africanews: At least 16 injured in opposition protests as tensions rise ahead presidential election in Madagascar November 9, 2023.
Sudan’s RSF closes in on capturing all of Darfur
Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are about to take over Darfur entirely from the Sudanese army, experts and activists said. They said that more mass atrocities could occur at the hands of the paramilitary force, which has been accused of war crimes and genocide, once it conquers the region – a province the size of France.
Al jazeera: Sudan’s RSF closes in on capturing all of Darfur November 9, 2023.
Israel-Hamas war updates: France’s Macron calls for cease-fire; U.S. reportedly discussing pause in fighting with Israel, Qatar
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday called for a cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas, stressing that the protection of civilians is “not negotiable.” Macron’s comments, at a humanitarian aid conference for Gaza in Paris, come amid reports that the U.S. is in talks with Israel and Qatar over a proposed pause — of up to three days — in the hostilities in the Gaza Strip.
Cnbc: Israel-Hamas war November 9, 2023.
Discovered mass grave site in Anambra marked for forensic investigation
Wife of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, who hinted at the discovery, said the Anambra Truth, Justice, and Peace Commission, set up by Governor Chukwuma Soludo, also observed that no fewer than 322 persons were killed in the state as a result of insecurity occasioned by violence.
Vanguard: Discovered mass grave site in Anambra marked for forensic investigation November 9, 2023.
We paid bandits N250m ransom on 121 kidnapped Baptist students – CAN
Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State chapter, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, has said that they’ve to pay N250 million ransom to bandits before they released 121 students of Bethel Baptist High School Kaduna who were kidnapped in July 2021.
Vanguard: We paid bandits N250m ransom on 121 kidnapped Baptist students November 9, 2023.