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U.S.-Turkey tensions boil over after arrest of consulate employee

When they met last month in New York, President Trump hailed what he called his “personal relationship” with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and said the United States and Turkey were “as close as we have ever been.” Erdogan called Trump “my dear friend Donald.” Close observers of Ankara and Washington would have been ­forgiven…

2 million may die if North Korea nukes Seoul and Tokyo – report

As tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula, a new report has estimated that, should North Korea deploy its nuclear arsenal on Seoul and Tokyo, the death toll could be up to 2.1 million, with around 8 million injured. Over the past few months, the stand-off, with Pyongyang on one side, and the US and its…

US military halts some exercises with Gulf countries over Qatar diplomatic crisis

The US halted some military exercises with Gulf countries over the ongoing diplomatic row targeting Qatar, US Central Command told AP on Friday. “We are opting out of some military exercises out of respect for the concept of inclusiveness and shared regional interests,” US Central Command told AP. “We will continue to encourage all partners to…

Somalia parliament opens probe into handover of citizen to Ethiopia

Somalia’s parliament, the House of the People, has instituted a body to investigate the government’s decision to handover a Somali national to neighbouring Ethiopia. Their position was contained in a press release issued on Monday September 18, 2017 from the office of the Speaker of the House. It comprises 15 persons whose mandate is to…

Ethiopia Restricts the Use of Expensive Cars by Government Officials

Following the issuance of a directive by the Ethiopian government to introduce cost-cutting measures at government agencies, the Office of the Prime Minister early August came up with another directive restricting the use of high-powered vehicles by high-level Ethiopian officials, including ministers. A letter issued two weeks ago and signed by Alemayehu Tegenu, state minister…

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