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Dozens feared dead after abandoned in Niger desert

Dozens of people are feared dead after human traffickers abandoned them in Niger’s northern desert without food or water, a senior local official said on Monday. Fatoumi Boudou, the prefect of Niger’s northern region of Bilma, told the AFP news … Continue reading

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Johan Gustafsson: Swede held by al-Qaeda in Mali freed

A Swede who had been held hostage by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011 has been freed, the Swedish government has announced. Johan Gustafsson returned home and was reunited with his family, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom told reporters late on Monday as … Continue reading

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NHRC: Gulf blockade violates Qatari students' rights

A human rights body in Qatar says it has monitored several serious violations against Qatari students in three neighbouring countries amid a major regional fallout, according to a report on state media. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and … Continue reading

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Remains found of kidnapped journalist Salvador Adame

A Mexican journalist who was kidnapped in May in the western state of Michoacan has been found dead, the sixth reporter killed this year in the country, officials announced. A body discovered on June 14 was identified with DNA tests as … Continue reading

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Can the US push for dialogue on the Gulf crisis?

There’s a week to go for Qatar to meet a list of 13 demands imposed on it by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.  It includes shutting down the Al Jazeera network and aligning Qatar’s foreign policy … Continue reading

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US: Bob Corker to block GCC arms sales over Qatar row

An influential Republican senator has announced he will withhold approval of US weapons sales to members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), until there is a clear path for settling a major diplomatic crisis with Qatar. Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, chairman … Continue reading

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Mihai Tudose designated Romania's new prime minister

Mihai Tudose, Romania’s outgoing economy minister, has been appointed as prime minister, days after the ruling Social Democrat party ousted its own government following an internal power row. The 50-year-old Tudose now has 10 days to gain the vote of confidence … Continue reading

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Bahrain's FM in about-face over Turkish base in Qatar

Just over two weeks after stating that Turkey’s military’s presence in Qatar has no relation to an ongoing Gulf crisis, Bahrain’s foreign minister appears to have performed a complete u-turn. Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa on Monday accused Qatar of … Continue reading

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Boko Haram attacks blamed for deaths in Nigeria, Chad

Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers have struck the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing at least nine civilians, as the same armed group was also blamed for the death of eight soldiers in fierce fighting in neighbouring Chad.  The multiple … Continue reading

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What is the Qatar-GCC showdown really about?

US President Donald Trump‘s recent statements and tweets on the Middle East have puzzled US friends and foes alike by threatening further escalation of regional conflicts.  Last year, he said that he would “seek harmony” in the Middle East as … Continue reading

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