'New Cold War': Russia and West vie for influence in Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Russian, French and American leaders are crisscrossing Africa to win support for their positions on the war in Ukraine, waging what some say is the most intense competition for influence on the continent since the Cold War. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and French President Emanuel Macron are each visiting several African countries this week. Samantha Power, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, went to Kenya and Somalia last week. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Linda Thomas-Greenfield, will go to Ghana and Uganda next week.
© Phill Magakoe South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reacted on July 31 to rapes perpetrated against eight women. Phill Magakoe and Phill Magakoe/AFP
armed with machetes and hammers, crowds of Kagiso Township inhabitants, in Krugersdorp (South Africa), continued miners in the old mines scattered in the vicinity of the economic capital. Angry, the population has chased these illegal immigrants, the "Zama Zamas", and closed informal and burnting wells of the houses after the collective rape of eight women
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west of Johannesburg last week. AFP journalists present on the scene saw residents set fire to a house belonging to an alleged gang leader. Images of local television have also shown demonstrators using rocks to seal improvised wells in a Kagiso district known as Soul City. Rapes in the midst of a clip on July 28, a gang of armed men had entered the set of a video clip and had violated eight young women who were part of the casting, near Krugersdorp, a small town About thirty kilometers west of Johannesburg. Dozens of clandestine minors have been arrested since and are the subject of prosecution on the grounds that they have entered the country illegally and have stolen property - but not directly in relation to collective rape. "The Zama Zamas must leave, they attack our sisters," Daniel Nzuma, a 39 -year -old protester, said that the police "failed" to restore order. On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa described these "horrible acts of brutality" as "an affront to the right of women and young girls", believing that "rapists do not have their place in our society". More than 80 people appeared on Monday before a South African court after collective rape, without being prosecuted for specific facts. Exploitation of gold mines The economic capital of 'South Africa
, Johannesburg, which has around six million inhabitants, is built around mountainous terrils and cavernous cavities left by several generations of mining companies that have come to exploit the soils since the Rush to the gold of the years 1 880. Today, gangs armed with informal minors are fighting for the control of abandoned wells in order to exploit what remains gold in the region. Their presence arouses growing fear and resentment against the background of great poverty and economic crisis.
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Thousands of dead migrant seabirds wash up on Canada shore, avian flu suspectedTORONTO (Reuters) - The carcasses of thousands of migrant seabirds have washed up on the shores of eastern Canada this week and preliminary findings showed that the birds died of avian flu.