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Gifts to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II go on display

On display at Buckingham Palace, is a portrait of Elizabeth, created by weaving dyed banana leaves together, from Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame in 2006. London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is putting gifts received from world leaders on display at Buckingham Palace, with the eclectic collection …

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Erdogan to visit Qatar and Saudi amid Gulf crisis

Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will this month visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are locked in a deep diplomatic crisis, his office announced Tuesday. Erdogan will also visit Kuwait, the main mediator in the Qatar crisis, during his July 23-24 tour. Turkish Prime Minister Binali …

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Angola rejects EU poll observers’ demands

Luanda, Angola | AFP | Angola has rejected conditions demanded by an EU election observer mission that had been preparing to witness next month’s polls in the country, state media reported Monday. The European team had called for unfettered access to polling stations across the vast southern African nation during the …

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Russia demands US return diplomat compounds ahead of talks

Moscow, Russia | AFP |  The Kremlin said Washington must unconditionally restore its access to diplomatic compounds in the United States as high-level talks on bilateral problems were set to get underway on Monday. Russia is angry that Washington is still barring its diplomats from using two compounds in the …

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China pressures Botswana over Dalai Lama visit

Gaborone, Botswana | AFP | China piled pressure on Botswana on Saturday over a scheduled visit to the southern African country by the Dalai Lama, who it considers a dissident separatist threat. Botswana’s President Ian Khama announced on Wednesday he would meet the Tibetan spiritual leader during his visit to the …

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Trump willing to invite Putin to White House, but not yet

Paris, France | AFP | US President Donald Trump is willing to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House, but not yet, according to official remarks released on Thursday. During a conversation aboard Air Force One flying into Paris, Trump said he was willing to engage the Russian leader …

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Botswana risks China ties with visit from Dalai Lama

Gaborone, Botswana | AFP |  The Dalai Lama will visit Botswana next month and meet with President Ian Khama in a trip likely to anger China, a key investor across Africa and its largest trade partner. Beijing views the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist campaigning for Tibetan independence and …

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Merkel, Macron put defence at heart of blooming ties

Paris, France | AFP | France and Germany agreed Thursday to begin work on a joint fighter jet, a major advance in their relations designed to underline their united front in the face of fracturing Western relations. Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the …

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