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Handshakes, Hebrew and humour as Peres laid to rest

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | The gathering of world leaders for Friday’s funeral of Israel’s ex-president Shimon Peres featured a rare show of Israel-Palestinian detente, US President Barack Obama’s attempt at Hebrew and just a touch of humour. Handshake  On arrival at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl national cemetery, Palestinian president Mahmud …

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Little mourning for Shimon Peres in Arab world

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Mourned internationally as a peacemaker, Israeli ex-president Shimon Peres’s death has met with official silence in most Arab countries, where public opinion vilified the Nobel laureate as a “war criminal”. Of the 21 Arab states, only two — Egypt and Jordan — have full diplomatic …

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ICC prosecutor opening initial probe into Gabon unrest

The Hague, Netherlands | AFP |  The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Thursday she was opening an initial probe into deadly unrest in Gabon sparked by disputed elections. The government of Gabon had asked the court to open an investigation “without delay” accusing supporters of opposition leader …

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Gabon’s new president pledges ‘inclusive government’

Libreville, Gabon | AFP |  Gabon’s President Ali Borno, newly sworn back into power, on Wednesday appointed a prime minister to form what he called an “inclusive government” following disputed elections. His wafer-thin victory in the August 27 vote sparked deadly unrest and opposition accusations of voter fraud in the …

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US blacklists top allies of DR Congo President Kabila

Washington, United States | AFP |  The US Treasury placed two top allies of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila on its sanctions blacklist Wednesday, tying both to rising political violence and human rights violations. The Treasury said both were involved in violently putting down opposition to Kabila and …

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Saudi king Salman cuts ministers’ salaries 20%

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP |  Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday cut cabinet ministers’ salaries by 20 percent and reduced other state officials’ benefits in a continuing austerity drive to cope with lower oil revenues. The 160 members of the Shura Council, who include 30 women, will see a …

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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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