In Sahel, French troops hunt hidden menace of jihadist landmines

In Sahel, French troops hunt hidden menace of jihadist landminesThe unit commander’s order crackles over the radio and the column of French armoured vehicles en route between Burkina Faso and Mali comes to a sudden halt. Attacks abound, despite the 4,500 French troops deployed in the region as part of Operation Barkhane to help local forces.

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Pakistan Backs Off Prosecuting Chinese Sex Traffickers to Preserve Economic Ties to Beijing: Report

Wed Dec 4 , 2019
Pakistan has declined to pursue a sprawling case against Chinese sex traffickers due to fears it would harm economic ties with Beijing, the AP reported on Wednesday.Pakistan has been seeking closer ties with China for years as Beijing continue to make major investments in the country's infrastructure.Pakistani investigators have compiled a list of 629 girls and women who were brought to China to be sold as brides. Traffickers often target members of Pakistan's Christian minority, one of the poorest communities in the Muslim-majority country, and some even bribe ministers to advise churchgoers to sell their daughters.A senior Pakistani official said […]