Qatar, Sudan hold joint military drill  

May 8, 2017  Qatari army will take part in “Saqr Al Jazeera 1 drill, which is currently being held in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, Qatar News Agency, has reported. According to a statement by the Qatari Armed Forces, 32 army officers, led by the commander of the Qatari Emir army, Major General Mubarak Bin

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Malaysia seizes more than $2 million in pangolin scales in largest haul

Mon May 8, 2017  Malaysia has seized more than $2 million worth of scales from pangolins, the world’s most poached animal, at Kuala Lumpur airport in the largest haul seen in the country, officials said on Monday. Customs officials acting on a tip-off discovered 712 kg (1,570 lb) of scales at the airport’s cargo warehouse,

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U.S. reviews Syria safe zones but warns ‘devil’s in the details’

By Phil Stewart | COPENHAGEN U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday the United States would closely examine proposed de-escalation zones aimed at easing Syria’s civil war but warned “the devil’s in the details” and that much needed to be worked out. The deal to create “de-escalation” zones in the major areas of conflict

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#​100Days of Trump: Africa seems to be a low priority

Aditi Lalbahadur 03 May 2017 On April 29, Donald Trump reached 100 days in office as president of the United States. He’s a controversial head of state — one whose election campaign and subsequent ascension to power was met by widespread criticism and resistance, particularly from large US cities ­— and the dust has not

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Islamic State’s Afghanistan ‘mastermind leader’ killed in targeted raid

 8 May, 2017 Abdul Hasib, whose group is affiliated with IS in Iraq and Syria, was reportedly killed last month in a targeted raid by special forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan – described as the mastermind behind high-profile attacks including an assault on a military hospital that

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Over 80 schoolgirls released by Boko Haram: Nigerian officials

Boko Haram has abducted thousands over the course of its insurgency [AFP/Archive]  7 May, 2017 276 Chibok schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 leading to global outcry. 21 were released in October following negotiations between the Nigerian government and the extremist group.  More than 80 Chibok schoolgirls seized three years ago by Boko

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AD CP visits UAE, Sudan soldiers

May 08, 2017 ABU DHABI: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Sunday visited a number of servicemen from the UAE and Sudan at Zayed Military Hospital where they are receiving treatment for injuries sustained while participating in the

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UN: 2m children displaced by South Sudan conflict

 Warnings by two UN agencies as a third county is reported to be on the brink of famine that has impacted 100,000 people.  The civil war in South Sudan has forced more than two million children to flee their homes, according to two UN agencies. Children make up 62 percent of the more than 1.8

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