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US to begin massive Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam

US troops dropped Agent Orange during the Vietnam War to clear thick jungle. But it contributed to severe health problems that, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, can include Parkinson's Disease, prostate cancer and Chronic B-cell Leukemia.

Russia expands its military and business ties to Africa

Since Western nations sanctioned Russia for annexing Crimea in 2014, Moscow has signed 19 military cooperation deals in sub-Saharan Africa, including with Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, according to its foreign and defense ministries and state media.

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