Religious conflict in the Central African Republic has been well documented in recent months, but in the capital city Bangui, a project is underway to create reconciliation between Christians and Muslims. The International Organisation for Migration is forming ‘clean-up’ crews, which are gathering popularity across the city.
Saudi Arabia has replaced influential intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan “at his own request”. Replaced by his deputy Yousef Al Idrissi, Prince Bandar was the Kingdom’s pointman on the Syrian conflict, and was a former ambassador to the USA.
More than 70 people have been killed after a massive bomb attack at a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. The country’s president has blamed Boko Haram for the attack which also injured hundreds waiting to board buses during the morning rush hour.
US treasury secretary Jack Lew, and Ukrainian finance minister Oleksandr Shlapak have signed a $1bn loan guarantee at the Treasury Department. The deal shows America’s “unwavering commitment” to seeing Ukraine move its democracy forward, said Lew.
The Central African Republic could become another Bosnia, according to senior humanitarian figures at UNICEF and the EU. UNICEF director Anthony Lake, and the EU’s director of humanitarian aid, Kristalina Georgieva, explained that the problems in CAR are intensifying, with a specific impact on children.
Despite risks facing the global economic recovery, such as tensions over Ukraine, and insufficient structural reforms, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank remain confident that the fragile recovery continues to strengthen.
Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to clamp down on Twitter, saying it is evading tax. This comes after the short-lived ban on the social media site. Erdogan said social media is being used to work against the government.
Syrian rebels are blaming the government of an alleged chemical attack in Kafr Zeita, a village in Hama province. The opposition says poison gas and concentrated pesticides were also dropped on Harasta, on the outskirts of capital city Damascus. State TV, however, accused the opposition of the attacks.
The International Monetary Fund has predicted the worldwide recovery will strengthen this year, as output in richer nations picks up. However, it also warned that recovery is not evenly robust with rising risks in emerging economies.
NSA ‘superleaker’ Edward Snowden has claimed that the US has been spying on human rights activists. He made the claims while giving evidence to the Council of Europe, Europe’s top human rights watchdog.
Ireland’s economy – once dubbed the Celtic Tiger – is starting to find its feet again, with growth forecast to hit two percent by the end of 2014. The country’s deficit has been slashed and demand for Irish exports is on the rise once more.