Reintegrating the guerrilla In 2018, shortly before the final agreement was signed, RENAMO's historical and unquestioned leader Afonso Dhlakama died. His successor, Momade, was not contested within the party. In the end, a group around Mariano Nhongo formed the so-called RENAMO Military Junta and took up arms again. A year into the peace accord, Nhongo vowed to keep on fighting: "Nyusi and Ossufo fooled the people, they fooled RENAMO," he told DW. "The war did not end, because President Dhlakama wanted to start by integrating [RENAMO's men] into the police and the army, before an agreement was signed. Ossufo and the FRELIMO deceived the people and said 'we already signed, the war is over." At least 24 people have died in the Junta's attacks. … [Read more...] about Peace in Mozambique: Third time lucky?
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The $1m will be spent over the next three years on restoring the damaged architectural heritage "notably housing, granaries and sites dedicated to traditional culture, as well as to restore the production of cultural objects, and safeguard ceremonial objects in a memorial collection", Unesco says. … [Read more...] about UN pledges to help Mali rebuild heritage sites damaged in conflict
Bulgaria’s PM Boyko Borissov said the prospect of a new migration crisis was even more of a threat as European countries struggled to respond to the coronavirus. … [Read more...] about Turkey clears way for desperate migrants to enter Europe after deadly Syria attack
"But not one of them ever to my knowledge doubted his sincerity; his commitment to the objective; his often repeated statement that Northern Ireland had to be for both unionists and nationalists and it had to be done in a way that was peaceful." … [Read more...] about John Hume will be ‘remembered for centuries to come’
2018: The year in photos It's over... "It was an honor." Those were the last words of Angela Merkel's final speech as the party leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU). After 18 years in charge of the party, Merkel was replaced at the CDU helm by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Observers have now begun speculating if Merkel, who remains Germany's chancellor, will relinquish her government leadership before her tenure is up. … [Read more...] about Opinion: In a tragic world, there is good news, too