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EU warns Brexit talks clock is ticking

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | The EU warned Britain on Thursday that time is running out to reach a divorce deal by the end of the month, a necessary step to guarantee moving the Brexit process on to trade negotiations. As Brexit talks resumed in Brussels, concerns are growing among EU …

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Cows and chickens cause spat between Kenya and Tanzania

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | A diplomatic spat over cows and chickens has worsened already frosty ties between Kenya and Tanzania, with Nairobi lodging a formal protest against its neighbour, the foreign minister said Wednesday. The latest impasse between the two east African nations began last month when Tanzania seized and …

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UAE and Qatar stake billions in ‘soft power’ showdown

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP | The opening this week of the glittering Louvre Abu Dhabi museum marks the latest stage in a multi-billion-dollar “soft power” showdown between energy giants Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Culture, media and sports have turned into battlegrounds for branding and global recognition. “There …

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US journalist in jail on charges of trying to topple Mugabe

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | A 25-year-old American journalist charged with attempting to overthrow Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, on account of an alleged tweet that described the ageing leader as “selfish and sick”, was remanded in custody Saturday after denying the accusations. Martha O’Donovan, who appeared in court in the capital …

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Hungary to open embassy in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda | MOFA |  Uganda has formally accepted a request from Hungary to open a Diplomatic Mission at the level of Charge D’Affaires in Kampala in the near future. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa confirmed the new relationship with Hungary when he received the visiting Deputy Minister for …

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Zimbabwe arrests US woman for Mugabe ‘goblin’ tweet

  Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP |  Zimbabwean police arrested a US citizen on Friday for allegedly tweeting that President Robert Mugabe is a “goblin whose wife and step-son bought a Rolls-Royce,” lawyers said. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said officers detained Martha O’Donovan in a dawn raid at her …

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Tillerson to visit crisis-hit Myanmar

Washington, United States | AFP | Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will go to Myanmar next week, the State Department said, becoming the most senior US official to visit since the start of the Rohingya crisis. Tillerson’s spokeswoman said he would visit Naypyidaw on November 15 for talks on the “humanitarian …

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