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Yemen: Some normalcy returns to Hodeidah after ceasefire

By: MEE Source: MEE SANAA – The ceasefire in Yemen’s Hodeidah may be fragile, occasionally threatened by skirmishes and just days old, but it has breathed new life into the Red Sea port city. More and more, people are walking in the streets without fear of bombardment or snipers. Shutters are rising in abandoned shops, while the once-ubiquitous sounds of explosions and air strikes have become a scarcity since the truce took hold on 18 December. It is a happy outcome for Hodeidah’s residents, who, before United Nations-brokered talks between pro-government forces and Houthi rebels resulted in the truce, were suffering under a ferocious battle for control of the city....

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China targets Hui Muslims by shuttering 3 Mosques

By: RFA Source: RFA Chinese authorities in the southwestern province of Yunnan raided and forcibly evicted local ethnic minority Hui Muslims from three mosques at the weekend, saying they were engaged in “illegal religious activities.” The three mosques in Yunnan’s Weishan county were raided by more than 100 riot police and People’s Armed Police on Saturday, local Muslims told RFA. But local Muslims resisted the eviction, and dozens of people were detained and injured in the ensuing clashes, they said. “First, they went to the Huihuideng Mosque [in Huihuideng village], and everyone resisted them, holding hands tightly, so they forced their way in, shoving us...

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Bosnia: Rebuilding a life after the horror of Srebrenica

By: Alan Crosby, Sadik Salimovic Source: RFE/RL Fahrudin Muminovic, a survivor of the mass shootings in and around the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995, has struggled to rebuild his family’s life since the war ended. Twenty-three years later, that task has finally been made a little easier. A Facebook campaign sparked by the story of his and his sister Fahreta’s effort to reconstruct the family home raised $227,000 in the course of just 16 days. The home in Urkovici, about 15 kilometers northeast of Srebrenica, was reduced to ruins during the conflict. For Fahrudin, who was shot in the hand and leg when bullets rained down during the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim boys...

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