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Why does Turkey seek a greater role in war-torn Libya?

  Tripoli, Libya | AFP |  Turkey’s parliament approved a security and military cooperation deal with Libya’s UN-recognised unity government based in Tripoli on Saturday. Oil-rich Libya has been mired in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi eight years ago. The North African country has …

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Could cryptocurrency dethrone the US dollar?

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Bank of England governor Mark Carney has suggested that a virtual currency, modelled on Facebook’s Libra, could one day replace the dollar as king of the foreign exchange market. The BoE chief aired vague proposals for a so-called “Synthetic Hegemonic Currency” at the recent …

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Ridding space of old satellites and debris

Colorado Springs, United States | AFP | With constellations of thousands of telecommunication mini satellites expected to orbit Earth in the near future, the risk of space-debris collisions will grow. For Nobu Okada, it’s an opportunity. The 46-year-old Japanese entrepreneur founded the start-up Astroscale in Singapore in 2013 with the …

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What next for Sudan’s Bashir?

Paris, France | AFP |  As thousands of protesters in Khartoum demand President Omar al-Bashir resignation, demonstrators have called for the Sudanese military to back them. So far the army has not intervened, but agents of the powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) and riot police have cracked down …

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Macron’s ‘Great Debate’: How will it work?

Paris, France | AFP | Facing the biggest test of his presidency, President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday launched a series of public forums inviting voters to express their concerns and hopes after two months of anti-government protests. Here’s how the government plans to carry out its “Great National Debate”, aimed …

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Four questions about the Ethiopian PM’s resignation

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned unexpectedly on Thursday, the first leader to do so in the country’s recent history. As Africa’s second most-populous country enters uncharted political territory, here are four questions about what happened — and what comes next. – Why did …

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