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What if war comes? Sweden reissues cold war emergency pamphlet

Irish Times | Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Pack a small bag – booklet preps Swedes for war, terror attacks and pandemics   By Derek Scally in Berlin   For decades, it was the Armageddon Ikea catalogue of Sweden. Now, in an ominous sign for the new year, Swedish authorities are to republish an updated version of Om kriget kommer ...

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Somalia’s Shabaab forcing civilians to hand over children: HRW

January 16, 2018   AFP / MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB The Shabaab have carried out a string of deadly attacks in Somalia — a new report by Human Rights Watch says they are demanding parents hand over their children for indoctrination   By AFP   Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab insurgents are increasingly threatening civilians to force them to hand over young children ...

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‘People were screaming’: troops destroy $200,000 aid camps in Somalia

The Guradian | Mon 15 Jan 2018 13.11 GMT More than 4,000 people are homeless two weeks after security forces demolished camps sheltering internally displaced Somalis   By Moulid Hujale   Two weeks after being forcibly evicted from their shelters, thousands of vulnerable families are still living rough in the outskirts of Mogadishu. Somali security forces went in and destroyed ...

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UPDATED: UAE says Qatari fighter jets twice intercepted civilian flights

Reuters | Monday 15 Jan 2018     The United Arab Emirates said on Monday Qatari air force jets had twice intercepted civilian Emirati aircraft during routine flights to Bahrain, state news agency WAM reported, amid a months-old feud between the Gulf Arab states. Qatar denied as “completely untrue” the initial interception report, but did not immediately comment on the ...

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Sudan deploys more troops to Eritrea border

January 15, 2018   The latest tension was sparked after Sudan signed an agreement to temporarily hand over the Red Sea island of Suakin to Turkey [Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters]   Sudan says it has sent more troops to its eastern border with Eritrea as tension in the Red Sea region continues to rise. Early this month Khartoum closed its borders ...

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s outgoing president, expelled by party

Sunday, 14 January, 2018 Unity party accuses Nobel peace prize laureate of meddling in elections in which its candidate was defeated by George Weah Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s president for the past 12 years, denies accusations of meddling in recent elections. Photograph: Noor Khamis/Reuters   Reuters in Monrovia   Liberia’s ruling Unity party has expelled the country’s outgoing president, Ellen ...

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Turkish passenger plane skids off runway on Black Sea coast

January 14, 2018   Photo taken on Jan. 14, 2018 shows a Pegasus Airlines airplane which skidded off the runway at Trabzon airport by the Black Sea in Trabzon, Turkey. A passage plane which belongs to Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines skidded off the runway of Trabzon airport Saturday and ended up halfway down a steep slope into the Black Sea, Turkish ...

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Hundreds attend anti-austerity protests in Tunis

REUTERS | Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018   People attend demonstrations on the seventh anniversary of the toppling of president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, in Tunis. (Reuters)   TUNIS: Hundreds of Tunisians demonstrated peacefully against government austerity measures in the capital after nearly a week of sometimes violent protests on Sunday, the seventh anniversary of the ousting of former President ...

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Cost of the war in Somalia

Standard Media | Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018   President Uhuru Kenyatta and KDF soldier when he visited their Dhobley camp in Somalia [File| Standard]   By Vincent Achuka   We may never know the human or financial cost of the war in Somalia. The Kenyan government, which at the end of 2011 placed its soldiers under the African Union ...

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Coast Guard seizes foreign fishing vessel in Maldives waters

January 13, 2018   Somali pirates   Maldives Coast Guard have seized a foreign fishing boat with the Somali flag while it was inside the Special Economic Zone on Wednesday night. Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) said Coast Guard seized the boat at around 10:50 p.m., 76.5 nautical miles west of Th. Hirilandhoo. Citing the boat’s captain, MNDF said the ...

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