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Germany’s Merkel in Africa on trip aimed at stemming migrant flows

Bamako, Mali | AFP |  German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday warned against Africa suffering from a “brain drain” as she arrived on a three-day tour of the continent focused on security and stemming the migrant influx to Europe. Merkel also underscored the need to “establish coherent cooperation” in development …

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With US focused on vote, Russia takes advantage in Syria

Washington, United States | AFP | With Barack Obama’s presidency coming to a close and US policy for Syria at an impasse, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has stepped up efforts to secure its ally Bashar al-Assad in power. US officials fear the Kremlin is racing to consolidate its gains in Syria …

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Security Council powers weigh in to pick new UN chief

United Nations, United States | AFP | The race to become the next UN chief takes a decisive turn on Wednesday when the big powers at the Security Council will for the first time indicate which candidates they are prepared to block. During the sixth straw poll to pick the …

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Philippines, US hold war games after Duterte tirades

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  The Philippines and the United States launched war games on Tuesday against the backdrop of the unusual threat of American forces being ejected from the Southeast Asian nation, as its firebrand leader pivots to China. President Rodrigo Duterte has sustained a verbal assault on the …

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China flies military planes over strait near Japan

  Beijing, China | AFP | China has sent fighter planes for the first time over a strait near Japan, the two governments said Monday, after Tokyo announced it may patrol alongside the US in the disputed South China Sea. More than 40 Chinese military aircraft on Sunday traversed the …

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French fighter jet deal: an Indian saga

  New Delhi, India | AFP | The less-than-supersonic sale of French Rafale fighter jets to India has highlighted the obstacles facing foreign arms firms seeking to do business with the world’s biggest weapons importer. India has signed a series of key defence deals under Prime Minister Narendra Modi as …

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Morocco asks to rejoin African Union after 32 years

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP |  Morocco on Friday made an official request to return to the African Union, 32 years after quitting the bloc in protest at its decision to accept Western Sahara as a member. “The Kingdom of Morocco has officially submitted a request to accede to the …

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India buys 36 Rafale fighter jets to counter China

New Delhi, India | AFP | India signed a deal Friday to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets for 7.9 billion euros ($8.8 billion), France’s biggest ever such sale, as it seeks to bolster its military against an increasingly assertive China. Defence experts say the aircraft, manufactured by France’s Dassault, will …

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PHOTOS: Museveni in France, meets investors and Hollande

PHOTOGRAPHS: President Yoweri Museveni is in France. He has had bilateral talks with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace. Museveni expressed his concerns over the recent terrorist attacks in France and asked that the fight against terrorism also addresses the question of pseudo-ideology.  He earlier met 50 French investors organised under the …

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