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WASHINGTON ― Western capitals are becoming increasingly concerned that Russian

The Special Counsel investigation released new information about Russian interference in the 2016 campaign with the indictment of 12 Russian nationals.

An intense protest broke out in Chicago on Saturday evening after a police

A monumentally huge iceberg is floating dangerously close to a Greenland

The incident went viral after Chicago resident Camilla Hudson wrote about it on Facebook.

“I am proud of being able to say I’m an American and I am Puerto Rican,” Mia Irizarry, who was harassed in a Chicago park last month over her Puerto Rico shirt, said. She tells NBC News’ Ron Mott how and why she kept so calm during the verbal attack.

Two Australian divers who helped extract the young football team trapped in a Thai cave obtained diplomatic immunity before the rescue in case it failed, national broadcaster ABC reported Monday. The "Wild Boars" team were stuck in the cave in northern Thailand for 18 days before Thai Navy SEALs and international cave diving experts successfully removed them in a highly risky, three-day-long operation. Anaesthetist Richard Harris and his diving partner Craig Challen, both cave diving specialists, played key roles in the rescue.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that talks on Sunday between US and North Korean officials to discuss the return of remains of US service members killed in the 1950-53 Korean War "resulted in firm commitments." It was the first time in nine years that US and North Korean generals held talks. The two sides met on the inter-Korean border on Sunday and agreed to resume joint field activities to search for the remains of Americans missing from the war, Pompeo said in a statement. "Today's talks were productive and cooperative and resulted in firm commitments," he said. The repatriation of US remains was one of the agreements reached during an unprecedented summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in June in Singapore. Working level meetings will begin on Monday to coordinate the next steps for the repatriation of remains, including the transfer of those already collected in North Korea, Pompeo said. The Pentagon has said North Korean officials have indicated in the past they have the remains of as many as 200 US troops. But a U.S. military official familiar with the matter said last month it was not clear what North Korea might hand over. US forces brought some 100 wooden coffins into the DMZ last month, which will be used to transport the remains, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. About 7,700 US military personnel still remain unaccounted for from the Korean War, US military data show. More than 36,500 U.S. troops died in the conflict.

By Panu Wongcha-um and James Pearson CHIANG RAI, Thailand (Reuters) - Twelve Thai boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand are recovering well from the ordeal and will be discharged from hospital next week, health minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said on Saturday. The last of the 12-member "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach were brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a perilous rescue and evoking international relief and joy. The boys and their coach have been in hospital in the northern town of Chiang Rai since they were brought to safety.

In a stunning rebuke, the California Democratic Party declined to endorse Sen.

South Africa's Diepsloot township: 'My neighbour is a rapist'Vigilantes are burning rapists to death in the South African township of Diepsloot.

Eritrea's Isaias Afwerki in historic Ethiopia visitThe visit is expected to cement the two nations' landmark truce after two decades of tension.

Tanzania's John Magufuli says prisoners are free labourPresident Magufuli says prisoners should work long hours, grow their food and have no conjugal visits.

Novak Djokovic wins fourth Wimbledon by beating Kevin AndersonNovak Djokovic earns his first Grand Slam victory in more than two years by beating Kevin Anderson to win the Wimbledon men's final.

Number of migrants 'abandoned by Algeria' in Sahara dropsThe country has been accused of abandoning people in the desert at its southern borders.

Senegal jails teachers over baccalaureate exam fraudOne French teacher had $12,000 in his bank account from selling test papers, the court says.

'Bin Laden bodyguard' deported to TunisiaThe suspect had been in Germany since 1997 and feared torture if sent back to Tunisia.

Endangered black rhinos die in Kenya reserveEight of the critically endangered animals died while being relocated to a wildlife reserve in Kenya.

Ghanaian boys use cassavas to generate electricityGhanaian brothers James and Kwesi Ansah use the root vegetables to power radios and mobile phones.

Nigerian entrepreneur turning old tyres into furnitureFemale entrepreneur Olabanke Banjo is upcycling used tyres into furniture in her quest to save the environment.

Eight migrants including six children were found dead on Monday after suffocating from petrol fumes while packed into a lorry container on the west Libyan coast, authorities said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will face the anger of Brexit supporters in her party on Monday when they try to force her to change course on her strategy for leaving the European Union.

Four miners were killed and six injured on Monday when the roof of a coal mine in western Georgia collapsed, the country's interior ministry said.

U.S. President Donald Trump blamed "U.S. foolishness and stupidity" for bad relations between Washington and Moscow, hours before he was to sit down to a one-on-one meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's plane landed in the Finnish capital Helsinki on Monday about a half hour behind schedule for his summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Iraq's Umm Qasr commodities port is expected to be fully operational on Monday or Tuesday, three port officials said, after it was shut down by protests sweeping southern cities.

Perched atop massive cement pillars that tower above Montenegro's picturesque Moraca river canyon, scores of Chinese workers are building a state-of-the-art highway through some of the roughest terrain in southern Europe.

The political arm of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces militia said on Monday it would work to set up a unified administration for areas it controls, a step that would consolidate its authority in northern and eastern Syria.

As dancers swayed to the beat of traditional music, candles were lit and fruit offerings placed near a cave on Monday in a ceremony to thank benevolent spirits for the rescue of a Thai soccer team.

Germany's foreign minister said on Monday Europe could not rely on Donald Trump and needed to close ranks after the U.S. president called the European Union a "foe" with regard to trade.

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THEIR hair tightly braided, two young girls sleep head-to-toe in matching pink dresses with gold trim—a sight to gladden the heart were it not for the startling white bandages around their arms and legs. The beds in this ward are overflowing with patients, the rounded stumps of their amputated limbs pointing at the ceiling. Colour-coded tags hang near the door to sort casualties: red for the most urgent cases, black for those beyond help. They attest to the grim efficiency of the surgeons from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), gained from dealing with the unrelenting flow of bomb and gunshot victims. Their clinic is, perhaps, the only thing that works well in Maiduguri. Nigeria’s main north-eastern city is at the centre of a series of jihadist campaigns stretching in two broad belts across Africa on either side of the Sahara. The northern one hugs the Mediterranean, from Egypt through Libya and Tunisia to Algeria. The southern one extends from Somalia and Kenya in the east...

TO KEEP women quiet, Saudi Arabia’s clerical hierarchy once damned their voices as awra, an Arabic word for genitalia. The late Sheikh Abdelaziz Bin Baz, the kingdom’s top official cleric, opined that women should stay at home to reduce the risk of adultery. In 1994 he ordered the kingdom’s withdrawal from a UN conference because its support for equality between the sexes was “against God’s law”. Two decades on Saudi female scholars are widely heard. They are penetrating the courts, mosques and universities, and can be heard giving sermons online. Nawal al-Eid, a preacher with her own women’s centre in Riyadh, has 5m followers on Twitter, more than almost any male cleric. “As long as you are qualified, you can speak up,” says Noura al-Hassawi, the director of research at Princess Nourah University’s Islamic Sciences department, the kingdom’s largest for women. “As a scholar, my opinion is equal to a man’s.” Secular Saudi feminists won...

Officers but no gentlemen THE mayor of Broumana, Pierre Achkar, has a problem. Rich tourists from the Gulf, who spend big and stay long, no longer holiday in his mountain town. The mayor wants to entice tourists from the West to plug the gap, but Lebanon’s reputation for violence and instability keeps them away, he says. His solution: to hire young women as police officers and dress them up in black hot pants. “People in the West don’t visit Lebanon because they think it’s a country of Islamic extremism,” explains Mr Achkar. “We want to show that we have the same way of life as the West. You wear shorts and we wear shorts. We have democracy. Our women are free.” The mayor’s stunt has caused a stir and split opinion. Some are pleased, but others say it exposes the young women to sexual harassment, or worry that they will distract drivers and cause road accidents. The mayor is undaunted. “Why would we hire ugly girls?” he asks. The new hires direct...

AS LONG as there have been exams, students have found ways to cheat. Today the correct answers are just a few taps away on a smartphone. So countries have come up with new ways to stop the funny business. Some use metal detectors, surveillance cameras, mobile-phone jammers and even drones. Others have taken a more drastic step. Cheating in high-school leaving exams got so bad in Mauritania and Algeria that this year the authorities turned off the internet for the entire country. Algeria did so for at least an hour during tests (which last about a week); Mauritania cut access from morning until evening on exam days. Other countries, such as Iraq, Uzbekistan and Ethiopia, have for years been shutting down the internet during exam time. In each country students are under enormous pressure to do well in the tests, which often determine whether they can continue their education at a good university. A splendid grade may mean a scholarship abroad. But high marks are rare. In Algeria...

ON JUNE 14th the Sultan of Aïr, the traditional leader of the Touareg people of Agadez, came out to pray. It was a grand spectacle. Thousands had gathered to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a huge open ground. When the Sultan had finished praying, he rode back to his palace, flanked by nobles on horseback and tootling trumpeters. In the streets everyone was smiling and waving. It must have been a relief for the Sultan: a few blessed hours of not having to listen to his subjects moaning about the collapse of the people-smuggling trade. For centuries Agadez, home to perhaps 200,000 people, has lived off trans-Saharan commerce. Once camel trains set off from here with slaves, pilgrims, salt and gold. More recently it has prospered from a boom in the traffic of people north across the sands to the Mediterranean and onward to Europe. Many Europeans think of this flow of people as a vast, terrifying flood. It has prompted Italy to close its ports to rescue ships, and almost led...

“STOP killing us!” chanted a crowd of several hundred people as they marched through Kampala on June 30th. Their protest has good cause. Last year the bodies of more than 20 women, many strangled and mutilated, were found after being dumped in two neighbourhoods close to the Ugandan capital. Scores more people have been kidnapped. “You never know, maybe I’m next,” says Shamim Masika, a student. Insecurity has become a hot political issue in Uganda. Newspapers have chronicled a wave of crime, from armed robberies to the murder of Muslim clerics. In June an MP was gunned down. Most startling of all was the murder last year of the police spokesman, who was shot in broad daylight outside his home. That case, like many others, remains unsolved. Yoweri Museveni, the president, has proposed solutions ranging from more security cameras to a ban on hoodies. But many see the ageing guerrilla himself as part of the problem. When he fought his way to power in 1986 he had little trust in...

CEASEFIRES in South Sudan’s civil war tend to be short. At least nine such agreements have been signed since the war started in 2013. Only one has lasted longer than a month. The latest ceasefire, agreed to on June 30th, is already in danger of falling apart. On paper it sets the stage for power-sharing talks between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, a former vice-president. But hours after it took effect both sides reported violations. Analysts say Messrs Kiir and Machar have lost full control of their forces, which have splintered into factions. To make matters worse, Mr Kiir unveiled plans on July 2nd to extend his term by three years, to 2021. The opposition said the move would derail the peace talks.

Selfie-promotion THE old Afrika Shrine, a music venue in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, was burned down by soldiers in 1977. Its founder, the late Fela Kuti, a musical megastar, had called them “zombies” in a song. The soldiers beat Kuti badly and threw his mother from a first-floor window. But Kuti’s children, Yeni and Femi, rebuilt a nearby venue in 2000. Ever since, the New Afrika Shrine has attracted hip Nigerians and expats, including a young Emmanuel Macron, who once worked as an intern in the French embassy in Abuja. Mr Macron, now president of France, seems to have developed an attachment. When visiting Nigeria on July 3rd he went out of his way to visit the nightclub, known for its gyrating dancers and counterculture vibe. “What happens in the Shrine remains in the Shrine,” Mr Macron told the unusual crowd. Musicians, artists and stars from the Nollywood film industry drank champagne with government dignitaries, few of whom had ever visited the...

LINA MAHFOUZ was six years old when Lebanon’s civil war began. She remembers hearing screams outside her bedroom window. One evening she saw a man in black carrying what looked like a dead body into the orange grove behind her home. “Years later I realised what they were doing. They were torturing and then burying people in the orchard,” she says. “The bodies are there.” It has been nearly 30 years since the civil war ended. But thousands of people are still missing. Most are probably dead: killed in Syrian prisons, dumped in the Mediterranean or buried in one of more than 100 mass graves dug by sectarian militias. The men who started the war also negotiated the peace, granting themselves amnesty for their crimes. Many are still in power. The government has had scant interest in digging up the past. But several Lebanese NGOs think bringing up the bodies will provide closure to the families of the missing. They support a bill that would establish an independent...

FIVE years ago the country that hopes to become a Mediterranean energy hub couldn’t even keep the lights on. When Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi took power in a coup in July 2013, Egypt was plagued by blackouts. Factories shut down. Surgeons operated by torchlight. Egypt’s energy supply is still spotty. But on June 27th newspapers trumpeted the discovery of an enormous natural-gas field, called Noor, off the coast of North Sinai (see map). They billed it as the largest in the region. That title is already held by Egypt’s massive Zohr field, discovered in 2015, which is expected to change the country from a net importer to a net exporter of gas by next year. Much of the enthusiasm is premature. The Egyptian government has downplayed reports of the Noor field’s size. Eni, the Italian firm working on the field, has done only seismic surveys of the area. It will not drill an exploratory well until August. Still, it is clearly optimistic. It paid $105m for exploration rights....

Mauritanie: deux militants s’affirment victimes de mauvais traitements en prisonDeux militants du mouvement anti-esclavage IRA, libérés vendredi 13 juillet après deux ans d’emprisonnement, affirment dans la presse avoir été détenus dans des conditions inhumaines et torturés à Nouakchott avant leur transfert vers la prison de Bir Mogreine, dans l’extrême nord du pays. Ils avaient été arrêtés et jugés en 2016 pour avoir tenté d’empêcher la police d’exécuter un arrêté d’évacuation par la force des sans-abris harratines, ou descendants d’esclaves, qui squattaient une zone résidentielle au nord de Nouakchott.

Tchad: deux avocats indignés par la «coupure des réseaux sociaux» sur mobileDeux avocats ont décidé de s'attaquer à la réduction de l'accès aux réseaux sociaux imposée aux citoyens du Tchad. Depuis le mois de mars, les réseaux sociaux sont inaccessibles aux clients tchadiens de compagnies de téléphonie mobile, sans aucune explication.

Lecture RFI à Avignon: «Que ta volonté soit Kin», de Sinzo Aanza (RDC)« Que ta volonté soit Kin » est l’histoire d’une femme qui exige d’être aimée au milieu de la fureur d’une ville… ». L’auteur congolais Sinzo Aanza présente ce lundi 16 juillet à 11h au Festival d’Avignon cette lecture dans le cadre du cycle Ça va, ça va le monde !, organisé par RFI, jusqu’au 19 juillet dans le jardin de la rue Mons. Entrée libre.

Procès Diendéré: reprise des audiencesReprise ce lundi 16 juillet de l'interrogatoire des accusés du coup d'Etat de septembre 2015 après une pause le week-end. Deux semaines après l'entame du fond du dossier, le tribunal cherche toujours à rétablir la chronologie des faits et à situer les responsabilités de tous les acteurs du coup d'Etat manqué contre la transition qui avait fait 14 morts. On sait déjà que c'est un groupe de sous-officiers de l'ex-Régiment de sécurité présidentielle qui a procédé l'arrestation et la séquestration des membres du gouvernement de la transition.

La France championne du monde: la finale vue de six pays africainsAu terme d'un mois de comptétition, la France a décroché en Russie la deuxième étoile de son maillot de champion du monde. En battant la Croatie (4-2), elle touche de nouveau le toit du monde, vingt ans tout juste après son premier sacre. Une finale largement suivie dans les pays d'origine de plusieurs joueurs de l'équipe de France : au Mali, au Sénégal, en Centrafrique, en Guinée, en RDC et au Cameroun.

Madagascar: la première célébration du nouveau cardinal TsarahazanaLiesse et ferveur  dimanche à Tamatave. Dans cette ville portuaire de la côte est de Madagascar, archidiocèse du cardinal Désiré Tsarahazana, avait lieu la première grande messe célébrée par celui qui vient fraîchement d'être nommé par le pape. Plus de 6000 fidèles de toute l'île avaient fait le déplacement pour assister à l'événement. Un événement où les nombreuses forces politiques du pays ont été scrutées par les observateurs. L'ex-président Rajoelina, particulièrement acclamé à son arrivée ainsi que le président de la République, le Premier ministre et plusieurs membres du gouvernement, faisaient partie de la fête.

Tchad: un rapport Amnesty sur l'impact social des mesures d'austéritéDans un rapport, publié ce lundi 16 juillet, intitulé « Budgets en chute, répression en hausse », l'ONG Amnesty International s'intéresse à l'impact social des mesures prises par le gouvernement tchadien, depuis 2015, pour faire face à la chute brutale des cours du pétrole. Baisse du budget de la santé, coupes budgétaires en matière d'éducation... les populations paient un lourd tribut et, lorsqu'elles manifestent pacifiquement leur lassitude, elles sont victimes de la répression par les forces de l'ordre.

RCA: ouverture de la troisième session criminelle de l'annéeEn Centrafrique s’ouvre ce lundi 16 juillet la troisième session criminelle de l’année. Un moment important car cette nouvelle session s’inscrit dans la reprise du processus judiciaire dans ce pays toujours en proie aux violences. La reprise du processus judiciaire, partie intégrante d’un Etat de droit, est un signal fort lancé aux bourreaux mais aussi aux victimes dans le pays.

RDC: nominations au sein de l'arméeEn République démocratique du Congo (RDC), plusieurs généraux sont promus à des postes de haut rang. On note par exemple l'arrivée d'un nouveau chef d'état-major, le général Mbala qui était adjoint jusqu'à présent. On retient aussi la nomination du général John Numbi au poste d'inspecteur général de l’armée. L’ancien chef de la police nationale revient ainsi dans les effectifs militaires, après huit ans de suspension. L’ordonnance de sa nomination a été lue, dans la nuit de samedi à ce dimanche 15 juillet, à la télévision nationale.

Transports: état d'alerte sur les ponts en GuinéeEn Guinée, les travaux de reconstruction des ponts de Kerouané débutent demain, lundi 16 juillet. Les deux ouvrages se sont effondrés il y a une semaine suite aux intempéries et au manque d'entretien, portant à 5 le nombre de ponts qui ont cédé à travers le pays en moins d'un mois. Le ministère des Travaux publics est à pied d'oeuvre, construisant notamment des déviations afin de reconnecter certaines régions qui se sont retrouvées isolées du reste du pays, avec de graves conséquences économiques. Des mesures d'urgences, pour réparer des dégâts pourtant prévisibles affirment certains.