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🇸🇩 Sudan descends into chaos as war between rival generals devastates Khartoum, displaces millions, and threatens famine. Foreign powers fuel the conflict as U.N. warns of catastrophe, with 150,000 dead and a collapsing state that could destabilize the region.

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🇲🇽 Claudia Sheinbaum's landslide victory in Mexico's presidential election adds to the growing list of female leaders in Latin America, highlighting the region's progress in breaking down barriers to women's political representation.

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🇺🇦 Over 40 Ukrainian children, mostly from a Kherson foster home, were taken to Russia amid the war. Some are now up for adoption there, after Putin eased citizenship rules. Despite Ukraine's efforts, most remain in Russian custody as the conflict continues.

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🇵🇼 Palau, a Pacific island nation with ties to Taiwan, was hit by a massive cyberattack. Officials have claimed China's involvement, but evidence is lacking. The breach could pose risks to Palau's allies, including the U.S. and Japan.

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🇿🇦 ANC loses majority for 1st time since apartheid ended, falling below 50% amid voter frustration over unemployment, crime & poor services. Uncharted political future ahead as ANC must now form coalition to govern.

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🇺🇦 Biden allows Ukraine to use U.S. weapons for limited strikes inside Russia to defend Kharkiv, marking a significant policy shift after pressure from top aides and allies.

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🇬🇪 Georgia's Parliament passes controversial "foreign influence" law despite protests, presidential veto, and concerns it could undermine the country's pro-Western aspirations and push it closer to Russia.

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🇰🇵 North Korean rocket carrying spy satellite explodes shortly after launch, marking 3rd failure. Kim Jong-un's space ambitions remain unfulfilled amid ongoing tensions on Korean Peninsula.

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🇵🇪 Peru's health ministry sparked outrage by classifying transgender identity as a "mental disorder" in a new decree, which officials say aimed to expand mental health care access but activists argue will increase discrimination against the already marginalized trans community.

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🌍 Nations fail to finalize pandemic treaty at World Health Assembly due to disputes over vaccine access and funding, as negotiators seek more time to address complex issues and counter misinformation surrounding the agreement.

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🇩🇪 The far-right German party AfD has been expelled from its pan-European parliamentary group, ID, following controversies surrounding its lead candidate's comments about the Nazi SS. The expulsion is expected to significantly impact ID's projected gains in the upcoming European elections.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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🇬🇧 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal U.S. extradition, a U.K. court rules. The WikiLeaks founder faces 18 counts under the Espionage Act in the U.S. Australia backs Assange's return home, with the PM seeking a resolution and Biden considering dropping charges. Assange argues that U.S. assurances are inadequate.

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🇸🇩 El-Fasher, North Darfur's capital, faces a dire humanitarian crisis as intense fighting between SAF and RSF traps 1M civilians. Aid groups warn of a potential "Darfur's Srebrenica" and urge international action to prevent mass atrocities targeting non-Arab groups.

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💬 Kate Ferguson, co-executive director of humanitarian org Protection Approaches: “This is Darfur’s Srebrenica. Srebrenica was not distinct from other violence in Bosnia – it was a predictable crescendo of a predictable strategy to destroy and displace a people, as perpetrators besieged and cleansed those towns and cities”

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🇮🇱 Netanyahu's war cabinet is divided as defense minister Gallant & centrist rival Gantz demand a decisive Gaza strategy. They accuse him of putting politics over security, urging either full military control or a Hamas alternative. Sullivan met Netanyahu as the US pushes to limit the Rafah incursion.

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🇸🇩 The UN warns of a catastrophic situation in Sudan's el-Fasher as violence escalates, with 1.8 million civilians at risk of famine. Despite urgent appeals, humanitarian aid remains critically underfunded, with only 12% of the $2.7bn needed raised so far.

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💬 Toby Harward, the UN deputy humanitarian coordinator for Sudan:

“There is active conflict going on, artillery attacks by the Rapid Support Forces as well as air bombardments by the Sudanese Armed Forces that are leading to new displacements...People are trying to flee, to get to safer areas but are finding them very very hard to do.”

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