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Iran, Rwanda, Somalia.
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Iran’s parliament has passed a “hijab and chastity” bill that introduces harsher penalties - including up to 10 years in jail - for women who violate the country’s strict dress codes. The news comes almost a year to the day since the lightning-rod death of a young woman in the custody of the so-called morality police. Mahsa Amini was detained for allegedly wearing her hijab improperly and her death provoked massive protests across the country during which hundreds were killed in a crackdown.
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Rwanda’s long-serving President Paul Kagame said today that he intends to run for a fourth term which would put him on course for a quarter of a century in power. "I am happy with the confidence that the Rwandans have shown in me. I will always serve them, as much when I can. Yes, I am indeed a candidate," he told the French-language Jeune Afrique magazine. Responding to criticism from Western nations of an earlier decision to lift term limits, he added: “What the West thinks is not my problem.”
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The EU says it has temporarily frozen funding for aid to Somalia after a UN probe found some of it was being stolen by local officials, members of the security forces and humanitarian workers. The UN’s World Food Programme and the US temporarily suspended aid in neighboring Ethiopia in March after similar incidents. That move was later reported to have led to the deaths of at least 1,400 people.
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