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Wanted: Joseph Kony

The African Union has set up a military force to hunt down the Ugandan fugitive warlord, Joseph Kony, leader of His Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA is responsible for the rape, murder, mutilation and recruitment of child soldiers. According to the AU, the military force will be around as long as it takes to capture Kony and his cronies. Although the LRA has decreased in size, it is still said the group is causing a lot of problems. “Kony2012,” a video with over one million views circling the web that is creating awareness to stop Kony, is what inspired this military force. Kony is believed to be in the Central African Republic.

Pope Condemns Mexican Drug War

On his first visit to Mexico, Pope Benedict XVI condemned the drug-trafficking war and corruption that has been going on for years there. He has urged Catholics to “look into their faiths,” especially now during times of poverty, war and violence. More than 500,000 people were present to see the pope and hear his message. The pope also had a discussion with Mexican President Felipe Calderon in regards to the drug war, corruption and violence. Although the drug lords have recently said they will pause the violence during Holy Week (the week before Easter Sunday), few expect the pope’s visit will affect the drug war and violence.

Ex-U.S. VP Dick Cheney gets heart transplant

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, 71, underwent a heart transplant on Saturday, March 24, and is now recovering at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. Cheney has had a history of heart problems, having had five heart attacks since he was 37 years old. The heart donor’s identity is unknown to Cheney and his family. The Cheneys said “they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift.” Cheney had been waiting to get a heart transplant for 20 months.

Turkish Army sex check

For Turkish men, serving in the military is mandatory, with a few exceptions. Men who are sick, disabled, or even homosexual are exempted from serving in the army. However, for a man to prove he is in fact gay has become difficult and humiliating. The men are asked many questions, such as whether or not they dress like a woman, when they first had sexual intercourse with a man, and other related questions. Although there are no specific laws against homosexuality, homosexuals are still not allowed in the army, because they might cause “disciplinary problems.”

Hugo Chavez in Cuba for cancer treatment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, 57, has started radiotherapy treatment for cancer in Cuba. Last month, Chavez had a malignant tumor removed from his pelvic area. He had previously been diagnosed before. Chavez has planned to receive five more sessions before returning to Venezuela to take a three-day break, and later return to Cuba to begin his next round of therapy. According to him, the treatment will complement surgery he had last month. He is looking to be re-elected for another six-year term, but many believe — because of his illness — that Chavez may not be fit for another term.

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