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Are African leaders failing to prove excellence?

Namibia’s outgoing president Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the 2014 Ibrahim prize for African leadership. The award recognises democratically elected African leaders who excel in governance and who step down voluntarily from office at the end of their terms. Sudanese-born mobile … Continue reading

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Three questions for Marwan Bishara

Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, on the personal, bilateral and strategic implications of Netanyahu’s trip to Washington, DC. How does the trip affect the relationship between Netanyahu and Obama?  One could say with a degree of certainty that the … Continue reading

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Libyan parliament confirms Haftar as army chief

Once-retired Libyan general Khalifa Haftar has been appointed as army commander for the country’s internationally recognised government in a decision that may complicate UN talks to end fighting in Libya. “The House of Representatives has appointed General Khalifa Belqasem Haftar … Continue reading

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Netanyahu says Iran deal threatens Israel’s security

The Israeli  prime minister has delivered a speech before America’s largest pro-Israel lobby, to make a case against a nuclear deal the US administration is negotiating with Iran. Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to members of the American Israel Pubic Affairs Committee … Continue reading

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Mother knew Emwazi’s voice on video

2 March 2015 Last updated at 19:23 The mother of Mohammed Emwazi has said she immediately recognised his voice when she heard him on a hostage video released by Islamic State. The parents of Emwazi, 26, told Kuwaiti authorities they … Continue reading

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Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list

2 March 2015 Last updated at 15:59 Bill Gates has been named the world’s richest person for 16 of the last 20 years Bill Gates has been declared the richest man in the world for the 16th time by Forbes … Continue reading

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Ukraine truce ‘still not complete’

2 March 2015 Last updated at 15:37 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. John Kerry: ”In Crimea and in the separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine, men, women and children are being killed” US Secretary of State John … Continue reading

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Iraq ‘seizes districts from IS’

2 March 2015 Last updated at 20:54 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s James Robbins: “It’s the biggest fightback yet against so-called Islamic State” Iraqi government forces say they have retaken some districts around Tikrit … Continue reading

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Aleppo rebels reject UN plan for temporary truce

A group of Syrian opposition forces has rejected UN envoy Staffan de Mistura’s proposal for a temporary ceasefire in the northern city of Aleppo. After two days of meetings in Turkey, Aleppo’s newly formed Revolutionary Council said on Sunday that … Continue reading

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Iraq launches offensive to take back Tikrit from ISIL

Government forces backed by allied Shia and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi said on Monday: “Today, God … Continue reading

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