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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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Bashir threatens to shut South Sudan border over rebels

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP |  Sudan on Sunday threatened to shut its border with South Sudan used by refugees fleeing conflict if Juba failed to “fulfil its commitment” of expelling insurgent groups battling Khartoum. South Sudan split from Sudan in 2011 under a peace deal that ended a 22-year civil …

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UN: South Sudan peace possible without rebel chief Machar

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | The absence of South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar should not delay the implementation of a peace deal, an envoy to the UN Security Council said on Monday. Former vice president and rebel leader Machar is undergoing medical treatment in Khartoum after being chased …

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Five things to take away from the G20 summit

Hangzhou, China | AFP |  This year’s most exclusive and closely-watched diplomatic party –- the G20 summit –- saw presidents and prime ministers from countries representing 85 percent of the global economy gather in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. How did the first China-hosted G20 go? While analysts correctly foresaw …

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Where next for South Sudan and rebel chief Machar?

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | War-torn South Sudan’s slide into chaos resumed last month with fresh fighting in the capital Juba that forced rebel leader turned vice president and peace deal signatory Riek Machar to flee. With the spike in clashes came a surge of abuse of civilians by armed …

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Portugal’s Guterres still leads race to be next UN chief

United Nations, United States | AFP | Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres is still the frontrunner to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations following a third straw poll held Monday, diplomats said. Guterres, who served as UN refugee chief for 10 years, received 11 votes of encouragement, …

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