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African, EU leaders meet for migration summi

By AFP | 28 August 2017   International NGOs have battled accusations that their rescue operations encourage migrants to make the dangerous Mediterranean crossing   Leaders from seven African and European countries meet in Paris on Monday for a mini-summit to discuss how to ease the EU’s migrant crisis. French President Emmanuel Macron has invited his counterparts from Niger and ...

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Houston crippled by catastrophic flood, mass evacuations ordered

REUTERS | Monday 28 August 2017   Residents use a truck to navigate through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, US. August 27, 2017. (REUTERS)   HOUSTON: Tropical Storm Harvey was set to dump more rain on Houston on Monday, worsening flooding that has paralyzed the country’s fourth biggest city, forced thousands to flee and swollen rivers ...

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Pakistan postpones US visit after Trump speech

Kay Johnson | Reuters | Published — Sunday 27 August 2017   Policeman fire teargas canisters to scatter protesters marcching toward the US Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, on Sunday, August 27, 2017. (AFP / Rizwan Tabassum)   ISLAMABAD: Pakistan postponed a visit by a US acting Assistant Secretary of State, officials said, as small protests broke out against President Donald ...

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UN chief calls for reopening of Yemen port, airport

AFP , Sunday 27 Aug 2017   UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (C) arrives for a visit to Kuwait’s national assembly in Kuwait City on August 27, 2017 (Photo: AFP) UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Sunday urged warring parties in Yemen to allow humanitarian aid into the country amid a political stalemate that has seen violence spill into Sanaa. ...

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Opposition chief says Turkey has a ‘thirst for justice’

AFP | 26 AUG 2017   AFP / OZAN KOSE “It is my duty to seek justice. It is my duty to stand by the innocent and be against tyrants,” Turkey’s main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said   Turkey’s main opposition leader on Saturday opened a four day “justice congress” highlighting alleged injustices under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the ...

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Eritrea, Sierra Leone and Guinea face U.S. visa sanctions over deportees snub

By Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban 26/08/2017   Three African countries risk visa suspension by the United States due to their refusal to take back nationals who scheduled to be deported from the States. West African neighbours, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are listed with East African nation Eritrea completing the list. A Sierra Leonean journalist reports that the three have been ...

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Man with sword injures police outside UK Queen’s palace

Reuters , Saturday 26 Aug 2017     A man who assaulted police officers with a four-foot sword outside Queen Elizabeth’s Buckingham Palace residence shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) was being questioned by counter-terrorism police on Saturday. Two unarmed officers suffered slight cuts as they detained the man, who drove at a police van on Friday evening, then took ...

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Civilian casualty allegations in Somalia

By U.S. AFRICA COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, United States Africa Command | Stuttgart, Germany | Aug 26, 2017   We are aware of the civilian casualty allegations near Bariire, Somalia. We take any allegations of civilian casualties seriously, and per standard, we are conducting an assessment into the situation to determine the facts on the ground. We can confirm that the ...

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