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Burkina grenade attack greets Macron’s Africa tour

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | AFP | Three civilians were wounded in Burkina Faso on Monday after a grenade was thrown at French troops shortly before President Emmanuel Macron touched down for the start of his first Africa tour. The French president is embarking on a three-day trip of western Africa …

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Qatar unveils World Cup’s first ‘reusable’ stadium

Doha, Qatar | AFP | Qatar on Sunday unveiled the design for what it claims is the World Cup’s first ‘reusable’ stadium, the seventh of eight expected venues that will stage games during the 2022 tournament. Ras Abu Aboud is a 40,000 seater stadium that will be built on Doha’s …

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From Myanmar to Zimbabwe, China’s global footprint grows

Beijing, China | AFP | China has traditionally rejected US-style interventionism, but its deepening economic involvement in volatile countries like Myanmar and Zimbabwe is thrusting Beijing towards a more assertive global role, analysts say. China’s foreign policy has been guided by its principle of “non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs”, …

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Lebanon’s Hariri meets Sisi in Egypt ahead of return home

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri briefly stopped Tuesday in Egypt for talks on his way back from France to his country, which is reeling from his surprise resignation amid an escalating regional crisis. Hariri’s media office said he met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has …

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Putin informs Trump about talks with Assad: Kremlin

Moscow, Russia | AFP | Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday informed US counterpart Donald Trump of his talks with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, saying Damascus is in favour of conducting parliamentary and presidential polls, the Kremlin said. “Vladimir Putin informed Donald Trump of the main results of a meeting with …

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Kenya summons Tanzanian envoy over cow row

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | AFP | Tanzania’s ambassador was summoned to explain why Kenyan cows had been forcibly auctioned after crossing into Tanzania, officials said, the latest development in a spat between the east African neighbours. In October, Tanzania seized and sold 1,300 Kenyan cattle which had been driven …

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US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

Tokyo, Japan | AFP | US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high. A US Marine crashed his vehicle into a mini-truck at an intersection on Sunday, killing the other driver, 61. The 21-year-old, …

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Sudan’s Bashir to visit Russia Thursday: Kremlin

Moscow, Russia | AFP | Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by The International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes related to the Darfur conflict, will visit Russia on Thursday, the Kremlin said. The visit will be the long-time Sudanese leader’s first official trip to Moscow. “We can …

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Netanyahu to meet France’s Macron on Lebanon crisis

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in early December for talks expected to include developments in Lebanon, Netanyahu’s office said on Sunday. In a phone call on Sunday, “President Macron updated Prime Minister Netanyahu with the measures he …

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