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War dominates Africa summit as leaders vow Libya support

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP |  African Union leaders vowed on Monday to push peace efforts in Libya, a sign of the bloc’s desire to play a bigger role in resolving the continent’s conflicts. The AU leadership has complained about being overlooked in Libya-related peacemaking efforts, which have been led primarily …

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Libya a ‘den of mercenaries’, say war-weary citizens

Tripoli, Libya | AFP |  After 10 months of fighting that has torn their country apart, exhausted Libyans voice deep fears and say their fate is no longer in their own hands. The oil-rich North African country has been mired in chaos since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising that killed longtime dictator …

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Iraq weighs larger NATO role to replace US-led coalition

Baghdad, Iraq | AFP | Iraq is considering a larger role for NATO at the expense of the US-led coalition, Iraqi and Western officials told AFP, after an American drone strike on Baghdad that sparked outrage. The January 3 strike which killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and a top Iraqi commander …

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Sudanese allege relatives lured to Libya, Yemen conflict zones

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP |  Dozens of Sudanese protested Tuesday in Khartoum, alleging that their relatives had been recruited by a UAE firm as security guards but were despatched to war-zones in Libya and Yemen. Men and women carrying banners that read “Our sons are nor for sale” and “Bring back …

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Libyan state oil firm warns against export blockade

Tripoli, Libya | AFP |  Libya’s National Oil Company warned Friday against threats to block oil exports, the war-torn country’s main income source, two days before a Berlin conference aimed at relaunching a peace process. Tribes close to eastern Libya-based military strongman Khalifa Haftar had called for a blockade of coastal …

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What would a US withdrawal from Iraq look like?

Baghdad, Iraq | AFP | Iraq’s caretaker premier Adel Abdel Mahdi contended Tuesday that he received signed copies of a letter the US had said was only an unsigned draft describing steps America’s military would take to leave Iraq. Here is AFP’s look at what shape a withdrawal could take. – …

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Macron, NATO chief hold talks in ‘brain death’ row

Paris, France | AFP |  NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg will on Thursday confront Emmanuel Macron in Paris over the French president’s claim the alliance is suffering “brain death”, a charge that has set the stage for a testy NATO summit next week. Macron delivered his damning assessment in an interview earlier …

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Trump to attend NATO summit in London, days before UK vote

Washington, United States | AFP |  US President Donald Trump will visit Britain for NATO’s 70th-anniversary summit next month, the White House said Friday, in a trip falling days before the country votes in a general election. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to retain power in the December 12 …

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