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Biden: Trump should retain sanctions on Russia

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, on a last foreign trip before leaving office, has met with Ukraine’s president and called on the impending Donald Trump administration to retain Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia. Biden’s comments Monday at … Continue reading

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IMF boosts US growth estimate on expected stimulus

Washington (AFP) – The International Monetary Fund on Monday boosted its estimates for US growth on expected stimulus spending by the incoming Trump administration, but kept the forecast for global growth unchanged. The IMF’s quarterly World Economic Outlook (WEO) however … Continue reading

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Mozambique says will miss $60 million interest payment

Maputo (AFP) – Mozambique, caught between a scandal over hidden debt that has prompted an aid cut-off and a commodity price slump, said Monday it would miss a $60 million interest payment. The country is currently in talks with the … Continue reading

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Mahmoud Hussein: Freedom of expression is valuable

Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian national, was arrested upon arrival at Cairo’s airport on December 20 without charge. Five days later, Egypt’s interior ministry accused Hussein of “incitement against state institutions and broadcasting false news with the aim … Continue reading

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Europe's fate 'in our own hands': Merkel after Trump barbs

Berlin (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Monday that “we Europeans have our fate in our own hands”, after Donald Trump criticised the EU and praised Britain’s decision to leave the bloc. Merkel also told reporters that she … Continue reading

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Women's march in DC an echo of the past

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of women take to the streets of Washington, demanding a greater voice for women in American political life as a new president takes power. This will happen on Saturday, one day after the inauguration of Donald … Continue reading

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Trump partner eyes Indonesia power, sees faults in democracy

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump’s billionaire business partner and possible political proxy in Indonesia nurses big leadership ambitions in the vast but perennially lagging Southeast Asian nation, which he says isn’t developed enough to have a successful democracy … Continue reading

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Lithuania to build fence on border with Russian exclave

Vilnius (AFP) – Lithuania said Monday it plans to use EU funds to build a fence on the border with Russia’s highly militarised Kaliningrad exclave to boost security and prevent smuggling. Baltic states have repeatedly voiced their concern at the … Continue reading

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Mugabe's media mastery

President Robert Mugabe still rules Zimbabwe at age 92, making him the world’s oldest sitting president. And while his party, the Zanu-PF, is in strife over who will come after him, the state media’s dilemma is how to report the … Continue reading

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Concern over EU plans to send refugees back to Greece

Refugees, the Greek government and non-governmental organisations have expressed concern about Germany’s decision to return asylum seekers to Greece in mid-March.  The German interior ministry announced on Thursday that it would return newly arrived asylum seekers to Greece – effectively … Continue reading

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