The Timing is Right, Finally, for Sudan

 BY ALBERTO M. FERNANDEZ    As with comedy, timing is everything for the politics of being a state sponsor of terrorism. Political considerations, as much as supposed improvements in counterterrorism efforts, saw Cuba, North Korea, and Libya removed in recent years from the U.S. State Department list of state sponsors, while Sudan has remained. Sudan was

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South Sudan: UN, partners seek $1.4 billion to cope with ‘world’s fastest growing refugee crisis’

 (Agencies) 15 May 2017 – The United Nations refugees and food relief agencies today urged donors to step up support for people fleeing crisis-hit South Sudan as the $1.4 billion response plan remains 86 per cent unfunded. “Bitter conflict and deteriorating humanitarian conditions in South Sudan are driving people from their homes in record numbers,”

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Civilians, Peacekeepers Killed in CAR

 (Agencies) May 15, 2017   Armed militias targeting Muslims in the remote Central African Republic town of Bangassou in recent days have killed up to 30 civilians and six U.N. peacekeepers. The U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, or MINUSCA, says it is sending reinforcements to Bangassou where it says displaced civilians

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New Work Week Brings Fears Global Cyberattack Could Spread

(Agencies) May 15, 2017 A cyberattack that has already taken over computers in 150 countries could spread further Monday, as people return for the start of a new work week and use computers that may not have been updated with a security patch. Europe’s police agency Europol said Sunday the attack had already affected more

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Macron takes reins of divided France as youngest president

 (Agencies) May 15, 2017  PARIS —  Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated as France’s youngest ever president on Sunday, saying the country had chosen “hope” and promising to re-launch the flagging European Union. Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, took the reins of power from Francois Hollande a week after he won a resounding victory over far-right leader Marine

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Islamic Development Bank launches Innovation Forum to empower youth

 (Agencies) May 15, 2017 By Layan Damanhouri Saudi Gazette JEDDAH – Cultural barriers, lack of adequate investment in research and development and a low rate of graduates in scientific fields are among major challenges faced by Islamic Development Bank member countries in fostering innovation. Finance leaders attending the week-long Innovation Forum hosted by the Islamic

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Erdogan seeks to sway Trump in crunch US talks

  (Agencies)  May 15, 2017  Istanbul – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Donald Trump on Tuesday in Washington for the first time as president, hoping to entice the American leader into major policy shifts to solidify a crucial but increasingly strained relationship. Ties became poisoned in the last months by venomous disputes over Kurdish fighters

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China pledges $124bn for its global investment push

May 15, 2017 BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion on Sunday for his ambitious new Silk Road plan to forge a path of peace, inclusiveness and free trade, and called for the abandonment of old models based on rivalry and diplomatic power games. Xi used a summit on the initiative, attended by

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Remembering the Nakba

Nasim Ahmed May 15, 2017 Sixty-nine years ago, the state of Israel was born following the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians by Israeli forces. What: The Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) When: 15 May 1948 Where: Palestine What Happened? On 14 May 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the executive head of the World Zionist Organisation, declared the

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South Sudan is Once Again the World’s Most Fragile State

An annual index finds Mexico, Ethiopia and Turkey have also become less stable. By Devon Haynie | News Editor May 15, 2017 Since violence erupted in South Sudan between government and opposition forces last summer, human rights groups have documented civilian killings, rapes and looting carried out by South Sudanese forces. While most victims are

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