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East African states, U.S., EU troops start joint military training in Uganda – Xinhua


KAMPALA, June 18 (Xinhua) — Military forces from the East African region, United States and the European Union on Monday began two weeks of a joint military training exercise in eastern Uganda.

Brig. Richard Karemire, Uganda’s military spokesperson, told Xinhua that the joint Command Post Exercise is aimed at improving their capabilities to respond to regional security threats and enhance peacekeeping operations.

Maj. Gen. Peter Elwelu, the Commander Land Forces, Uganda People’s Defense Forces opened the exercise that has attracted troops from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Netherlands, and United States at the Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Center, in the eastern town of Jinja.

The exercise will include scenarios related to conducting peacekeeping operations under…

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African States Urged to Accelerate Efforts Towards Achieving HIV Testing and Treatment Goals


Africa has achieved considerable success in the fight against HIV and AIDS. However, data in the new Free To Shine Africa Interactive Map highlights that children at risk of and infected with HIV have been left behind in Africa’s progress and they need to be prioritised as a matter of urgency. OAFLA and the African Union are leading the Free To Shine campaign to provide continental leadership to address this issue.

The call to action stems from data showing that the levels of care currently provided across African states will not be adequate to end childhood AIDS by 2030, a target that the African Union committed to in the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa By 2030. Only…

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African American heritage center celebrates state’s blues and jazz legacy for Juneteenth


Artist rendering for the layout of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage’s music exhibition, which will be unveiled at its Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 16. | Courtesy by Dan Colon

The legacy of blues and jazz in Kentucky will take the spotlight at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Saturday during the center’s third annual celebration of the Juneteenth holiday.

Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) was the date Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and issued General Order Number Three, which freed the last slaves in America. African American communities across the country began to celebrate the day afterward, and Texas became the first state to make it a state holiday in 1980. The Kentucky legislature passed a resolution in 2005 to officially…

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Lawsuits: Congressional maps dilute black voters in 3 states


A Democratic political group launched a legal campaign Wednesday to create additional majority-minority congressional districts in three Southern states, claiming the current maps discriminate against black voters.

Attorneys filed separate federal lawsuits in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana, challenging congressional maps lawmakers in each state approved in 2011.

The lawsuits filed on behalf of several black voters in each state are backed by the National Redistricting Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which is chaired by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The suits claim the districts violate a section of the Voting Rights Act by depriving black voters of an equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice to the U.S….

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Venezuela suspends oil delivery to some Caribbean states


Antigua Observer:- Antigua and Barbuda is among countries to be affected as Venezuela’s PDVSA says it is suspending petroleum deliveries to about half of the Caribbean countries in its Petrocaribe agreement.

The move comes due to falling crude production and low refinery utilisation, according to a Venezuelan Oil Ministry report.

PDVSA, according to the report, is indefinitely suspending a combined 38,000 b/d of refined products deliveries to eight of the 17 countries that make up Petrocaribe: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and St. Kitts & Nevis.

However, PDVSA will continue to supply 45,600 b/d of refined products in June to Cuba’s Cubametales, including 95 octane gasoline, aviation fuel, diesel, LPG, and residual fuel….

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African states open doors to Russia


African states open doors to Russia

While the major Western powers have launched full-scale campaigns to counter Russia’s influence in the Middle East and Europe, Moscow has silently entered a region that is in the backyard of global politics. In the past two months, Russia has entered Africa, and is now set to rapidly expand its presence.

The mainstream Western media is not covering what is happening in Africa and hardly ever will do due to public interest being focused on other issues and locations. However, the developments made by Russia are significant and the anger in some Western capitals is reaching boiling point.

Russia is moving fast and is, unexpectedly, being welcomed on the ground. In just two months, Russia’s peaceful “invasion” has already surpassed the scale of…

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