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Macron, Merkel back Europe coordination on arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | France and Germany’s leaders said Saturday they want a “coordinated” European position for restrictions on arms sales to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to the French presidency. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel moved to quash a …

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African growth key to stemming migrant flows: Merkel

Prague, Czech Republic | AFP | German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Czech premier Andrej Babis agreed Friday to focus on economic development in Africa to try to slow migration into the European Union. “We are both convinced that we must achieve a win-win situation where the economic development of African …

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Pompeo says US to fight China ’empire’ of ‘bribes’

Washington, United States | AFP | US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday accused China of seeking to build an “empire” by bribing leaders with investment and vowed to fight it “at every turn.” As tensions led by trade disputes soar between China and President Donald Trump’s administration, the …

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Turkey wants 18 Saudis extradited over Khashoggi murder

Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | Turkey on Friday said it wanted 18 Saudis extradited over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara still had more evidence to reveal in the case. The announcement came a day after the Saudi prosecutor said that based on …

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Sudan lifts Egypt produce ban as Sisi visits Khartoum

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday lifted a 17-month long ban on agricultural imports from Egypt, during an official visit by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Khartoum. “I signed today a decision cancelling the ban on imports of Egyptian products,” Bashir told reporters after …

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Maduro labels Pence ‘a madman’ for Venezuela caravan link

Caracas, Venezuela | AFP | Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday labelled US Vice President Mike Pence “a madman” after he accused Caracas of financing the Honduras migrant caravan marching towards the United States. “What tremendous convening power I have in Central America, Mike Pence! If it wasn’t for an …

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Japan’s Abe to make rare China visit as relations thaw

Beijing, China | AFP | Japan’s Shinzo Abe is due to arrive in China Thursday, the first visit to the Asian giant by a Japanese prime minister since relations between the two countries soured six years ago over a territorial row. Abe and Chinese president Xi Jinping are expected to …

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Saudi crown prince to make first speech since Khashoggi murder

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is scheduled to address an investment forum in Riyadh Wednesday, his first public speech since the murder of critic Jamal Khashoggi plunged the kingdom into crisis. Organisers of the glitzy flagship Future Investment Initiative listed Prince Mohammed bin Salman among …

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