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Russian mercenaries and Malian troops Accused of killing 300 Malians

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Human Rights Watch calls for urgent investigation into alleged massacre

In spite of the fact that witnesses said some of the victims in the town of Moura were Islamic jihadis, they suggested that most of the deceased were civilians.

Giving testimony, survivors told HRW that a helicopter carrying soldiers had landed near Moura’s animal market on the morning of 27 March. The troops opened fire on 30 armed jihadis before reinforcements arrived and blocked off escape routes from the settlement, they said.

These forces are then said to have rounded up hundreds of unarmed men from the market and from their homes. The prisoners were taken out of town and were forced to lie in the sun, HRW reported.

Hundreds of the captives were murdered over the next four days, according to survivors, with town elders corroborating this figure.

On 1 April, Mali’s ministry of defence claimed its soldiers had killed 203 “terrorists” in the last week of March, following a recent increase in jihadi attacks in the country.

Although it is not known why certain captives in Moura were killed and others were spared, some witnesses said members of the Peul, or Fulani, ethnic group had been targeted. Armed Islamist groups are known to have tried to recruit individuals from this group, exploiting their grievances with the government.

“The soldiers appeared to target the Peul and let the others go,” one villager said.

Another man, who was held captive, said he had heard nine men being executed on 28 March and a further 13 the following day, while a trader said he had witnessed two of his brothers being shot.

“They took them several metres away and executed them, point blank. Over the next few days, I saw others – in groups of two or three – killed the same way… 19 in total,” the trader said.

Responding to the alleged massacre, Corinne Dufka, HRW’s Sahel director, said: “Abuses by armed Islamist groups is no justification at all for the military’s deliberate slaughter of people in custody,” adding: “The Malian government is responsible for this atrocity, the worst in Mali in a decade, whether carried about by Malian forces or associated foreign soldiers.”

Ms Dufka urged the Malian government to investigate the deaths, seeking assistance from the African Union and the United Nations to guarantee impartiality.

Vicky Ford, Britain’s minister for Africa, who said she was “horrified” by the reports, echoed the call for an independent investigation.

“The allegations of civilian deaths require an urgent, transparent and impartial investigation, to bring those responsible for any violations and abuses of human rights to justice,” the British minister said.

Last month, the EU suspended the training of Malian troops over concerns about the suspected arrival of mercenaries from Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary outfit, in Mali.

“Clearly, our training mission cannot be implicated, in any way, in activities that could call into question the European Union’s reputation,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said at the time.

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I Wrote One Of The Biggest Songs In The World For A Nigerian Artiste – Kuami Eugene

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Three times Highlife Artist of the year Kuami Eugene has revealed that he is the ghostwriter for one of the most viral songs in West Africa.

Rockstar Eugene visited Giovani Caleb on the 3FM Drive where he disclosed that he wrote one of the most viral songs in Africa for a popular Nigerian artist.

He kept details of the name of the artist and the title of the song to himself but hinted that it ranks among the top 5 viral songs on TikTok.

Kuami Eugene added that he does not regret writing the song for the Nigerian artist because he was paid handsomely for his work.

The Lynx Entertainment Signee has worked with a number of Nigerian musicians but his recent work was on the viral song with CKay.

Eugene could not confirm or deny if that was the song he wrote, all he could say was CKay owns the rights to the song.

Kuami Eugene’s new song ‘Take Away’ is out and streaming on all music platforms.

SOURCE: 3NEWS

 

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Johnny Depp trial LIVE: Day 22 Of Defamation Battle With Amber Heard

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Hello and welcome to this Wednesday’s live blog on the trial involving Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

After a long battle, we are now in what could be the last week of proceedings. Depp and Heard have both taken to the stand, and now there is a focus on what the witnesses have to say, as well as those close to the former married couple.

It was thought that Depp could be asked to return to the stand, having done so in the early part of the trial, but it appears as though Heard‘s camp have changed tact and will not do this.

One well-known person who is expected to give evidence via a video link today is Kate Moss, Depp’s ex-girlfriend.

The reason for the trial is that Depp is suing Heard for a sum of 50 million dollars due to a domestic abuse column she wrote in the Washington Post in 2018, while she countersued for 100 million dollars.

Throughout the course of day, you will be able to see the latest news surrounding the Depp-Heard trial, as well as updates from the courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia.

The trial is in progress. Watch Live : Johnny Depp Amber Heard Trial

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Caitlyn Jenner Says Kanye West Was ‘Very Difficult to Live With’ During Marriage to Kim Kardashian

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Caitlyn Jenner opened up about Kim Kardashian‘s romantic relationships as a guest on The Pivot Podcast on Tuesday (May 24), and shared her thoughts about her former stepdaughter’s estranged husband Kanye West and her current boyfriend Pete Davidson.

“He was very difficult to live with,” Jenner said of West, though she added that the rapper supported her when she transitioned back in 2015.

“Actually, I’m really into Pete right now with Kim,” she shifted gears, talking about the SNL star’s growing relationship with Kardashian. “We have a comedian in the family. Yay! We don’t need more rappers. We need a comedian in the family.”

Kardashian began dating Davidson in the fall, soon after she hosted Saturday Night Liveand nearly a year after she filed for divorce from Ye. The former couple, who tied the knot in May 2014, share four children: North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm.

Jenner shared that she ended up meeting the 28-year-old comedian when the Skims founder brought him to the former Olympian’s Malibu home recently. “[Davidson is] very different than what she would normally date, but Kimberly has been through a lot with the guys she’s been with, especially Kanye,” she said. “Pete is 180 degrees in the other direction. First of all, he treats her so well, and when they were over here, Kim [was] so happy, and Kim deserves to be happy.”

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