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UK begins troop deployment to South Sudan, Somalia

A team of UK Army soldiers has arrived in Somalia as part of Britain’s plans to deploy hundreds of troops in several African countries, following a pledge by Prime Minister David Cameron. The advance party of 10 soldiers will reportedly support African Union peacekeeping efforts against the al-Shabab militant group in ...

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Europe refiners step up Iran oil imports

A tanker for Italy’s IPLOM is sailing back home after loading 1 million barrels of Iranian crude, the Reuters news agency said. Another vessel for Motor Oil Hellas loaded crude at Iran’s Kharg Island on April 20 and is about to deliver the first post-sanctions cargo to the Greek refiner ...

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China right to block US-backed NGOs: Analyst

China has done the right thing by passing a new law that gives the Chinese police wide-ranging powers over foreign NGOs, or non-governmental organizations, as most of them have closely worked with the West and the US in particular, says an American analyst. New York-based author and political commentator, James Petras, ...

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Washington wants Moscow to stop Assad

The United States has demanded that Russia restrain the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid Moscow’s criticism of US interventionism. On Thursday, Washington expressed outrage over an airstrike on a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo, leveling accusations against Damascus and Moscow, which were flatly dismissed by both ...

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