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Mali urges UN Security Council to fight extremists in Sahel

Mali’s foreign minister on Friday pressed the UN Security Council to quickly adopt a resolution endorsing the creation of a special force to fight the extremists increasingly plaguing North Africa’s Sahel region. The minister, Abdoulaye Diop, expressed the “deep concern” of Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who heads a five-nation ...

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AU urges ‘restraint’ amid Djibouti-Eritrea tension

The African Union on Saturday urged “restraint” as tensions intensified between Djibouti and Eritrea over a disputed border territory after the withdrawal of Qatari peacekeepers from a buffer zone. Djibouti has accused Eritrea of occupying territory following the departure of the Qatari troops, threatening the revival of a long-standing, sometimes ...

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Egyptians protest plan to cede islands to Saudi

Egyptians continue to take to the streets against the parliament’s recent approval of a controversial plan to transfer the sovereignty of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, even after police arrested dozens of activists who had called for mass protests. Egyptian police raided homes in the capital, Cairo, and ...

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Germany, Austria reject US sanctions on Russia as meddling in European affairs

Germany and Austria have criticized the new anti-Russia sanctions approved by the US Senate, taking the unprecedented move to tacitly call the US legislation an instance of American interference in European affairs. The anti-Russia sanctions specifically targeting its energy sector should not be “threatening German, Austrian, and other European enterprises,” said ...

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Poland plans to double military spending

Poland plans to nearly double its military spending in an attempt to be able to defend itself “alone if necessary” against potential foreign invasion. Under the plan, Warsaw is expected to raise its military spending to 2.5 percent of its GDP by 2030 and add a further 100,000 personnel to ...

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May accused of stealing Corbyn’s words

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of stealing Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign slogans after failing to appeal to voters in last week’s general election. The allegations emerged after May addressed the first parliamentary sitting since Thursday’s general election, which saw the ruling Conservative Party lose its majority ...

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Putin announces plans to reinforce Syrian army

President Vladimir Putin has announced Russia’s “medium-term” plans to beef up the Syrian army that is battling foreign-backed terrorist groups. Speaking at a live question and answer session with citizens in Moscow on Thursday, Putin said the reinforcement of the Syrian army would allow Russian troops in the Arab country ...

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