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Massacre in DRC: the government speaks of around 300 dead

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Steph Deschamps / December 6, 2022

The DRC’s Minister of Industry, Julien Paluku, former governor of North Kivu, estimated at a press briefing on Monday evening that the November 29 massacre in the village of Kishishe had left “around 300 dead ».
 
On Thursday, the army accused the M23 of having massacred at least 50 civilians in this village in North Kivu (eastern Democratic Republic of Congo), a figure that the government established the next day at “more than a hundred” dead.
 
The rebel movement rejected these accusations and acknowledged the death of eight civilians in this village, killed according to it by “stray bullets” during fighting with militiamen.
 
To explain the new figures in the government’s possession, Paluku and Muyaya said they came from civil society and an “organization that brings together all the communities” in the region.
 
“Each community has been able to count, through the antennas that are in Kishishe and surroundings, the people who died,” explained Paluku, who served as governor of North Kivu province from 2007 to 2019.
 
“One community alone has more than 105 people killed,” Paluku said.
 
We have around 300 dead,” he said, in response to a question, “people who are known, regular inhabitants of Kishishe, who have nothing to do with the FDLR (Hutu rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda), nothing to do with the Mai-Mai” (community militia), he said.
 
In his opening remarks, the Minister of Industry spoke of some “272 civilians killed”.
 
Patrick Muyaya mentioned 17 children among the dead, “according to the first elements given”. “There are difficulties in cross-checking all the figures,” he said, “the area is under M23 occupation.” “A consolidation work is underway,” he added.

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At least 63 employees of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees killed in Gaza

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Eva Deschamps / October 31, 2023

Since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas on October 7, 63 employees of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) have already lost their lives in the Gaza Strip. Ten aid workers have been killed in the last 72 hours, according to this new toll released by the agency on its website on Monday.
 
At least 22 UNRWA staff were also injured. Since October 7, 44 UNRWA facilities have also been destroyed. Of its 22 health centers, only nine are still operational, the UN agency said, warning that the provision of health care is made even more difficult by the very low fuel supply.
 
The UN agency had previously reported that several of its warehouses had been looted. “Due to the very limited aid available and overcrowded shelters, growing tensions are being reported within the displaced communities,” it stressed. Some 672,000 refugees are living in 149 UNRWA facilities across the Gaza Strip, “in increasingly difficult conditions”. “The ability to provide vital assistance was further hampered by the 36-hour communications blackout between October 27 and 29”, UNRWA added.
 
In all, an estimated 1.4 million people have been displaced in the Gaza Strip. Over 120,000 of them have taken refuge in public buildings such as hospitals and schools.
 
“The aid currently available is insufficient to meet the most basic needs of displaced people and the communities hosting them”, warns the UN agency.
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Mouse embryos grown in space for the first time

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Sylvie Claire / October 31, 2023

This research into mammal reproduction in space could prove crucial for future solar system exploration missions.
 
Mouse embryos were grown on board the International Space Station (ISS) and developed normally, according to a Japanese study published in the scientific journal “iScience” on Saturday, October 28.
 
This is “the very first study to show that mammals might be able to thrive in space”, claim Yamanashi University and the Riken National Research Institute.
 
The researchers, including Teruhiko Wakayama, a professor at Yamanashi University’s Center for Advanced Biotechnology, and a team from the Japanese space agency Jaxa, sent frozen mouse embryos aboard a rocket to the ISS in August 2021. The astronauts thawed the embryos at an early stage, using a specially designed device, and cultured them on board the station for four days.
 
The experiment “clearly demonstrated that gravity had no significant effect”, noted the researchers. After analyzing the blastocysts (cells that develop into fetuses and placentas) that were returned to their laboratories on Earth, they observed no particular changes in the state of DNA and genes.
 
“In the future, it will be necessary to transplant blastocysts grown in microgravity on the ISS into mice to see if the mice can give birth,” in order to confirm that the blastocysts are normal, say Yamanashi University and the Riken Institute.
 
This research could prove crucial for future space exploration and colonization missions. As part of its Artemis program, NASA plans to send humans back to the Moon to learn how to live there in the long term, and to prepare for a trip to Mars in the late 2030s.

 

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Bobi, the world’s oldest dog, died aged 31

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Steph Deschamps / October 25, 2023

The world’s oldest dog died last weekend in Portugal. Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro de l’Alentejo, was 31 years and 165 days old, reports the British public broadcaster BBC on Monday.
 
Last February, Bobi entered the Guinness Book of Records as not only the oldest living dog, but also the oldest dog of all time.
 
The old record had been held for almost 100 years by Bluey from Australia. He died in 1939 at the age of 29 years and five months.
Bobi has spent his entire life with the Costa family in the village of Conqueiros, near the west coast of Portugal.
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