Palestinians reject reports of Saudi pressure on Abbas

Palestinian officials have rejected a report by an Israeli news outlet that said Saudi Arabia ordered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to accept a US peace initiative or resign. Israel’s Channel 10 carried the report on Sunday, shortly after an unplanned visit by the Palestinian leader to Saudi Arabia last week. A spokesperson for Abbas’

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Africa: Somali Youths Win World Bank Blog Contest

Two Somali youths have been selected as winners of the #Blog4Dev competition launched earlier this year by the World Bank. Along with two runner-ups and over 100 submissions, the blog contestants addressed job creation for youth in Somalia. Abdishakur Ahmed and Awil Osman, the two winners of the competition, will travel to Washington D.C. to

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With Nikki Haley’s Africa visit, White House finally gets it right

Africa Watchers, myself included, have been critical of President Trump’s perceived disregard for Africa, which has been punctuated by clumsy attempts to engage the continent. When President Trump walked out of the G-20 session on Africa in Hamburg, Germany in July, substituting in his daughter Ivanka, I called it utterly tone-deaf to the well-being of

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Trump’s Asia tour more style than substance: analysts

Donald Trump’s marathon Asian trip passed off without any major incident, but for all the pomp and ceremony thrown his way, analysts say the tour ended with little to show in the way of concrete achievements. Regional leaders vied with each other during the five-nation sweep to fete a president known for his partiality to

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High blood pressure: Swap salt for THIS at dinner to reduce high BP

HIGH blood pressure could be lowered by cutting back on salt, and by swapping it for herbs and spices, it’s been claimed. Salt causes high blood pressure Swap salt for herbs and spices to help lower blood pressure Garlic may have blood pressure lowering properties About 62 per cent of strokes are caused by high

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Tight pricing, investor fatigue weigh on World Bank 10-year

Issuers are testing the US dollar market with challenging deals including World Bank with a 10-year Global and the third bond in as many months from HSH Portfolio management. The World Bank is back after just under three months, trying out the longer maturity having issued a total US$12bn at three and five-years already this

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The IMF has warned a “disruptive” Brexit could slow growth in both the UK and EU

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Monday that while Europe’s economy is strengthening, Brexit could cause prolonged policy and economic uncertainty for both the UK and the European Union. The IMF’s latest regional economic outlook said there would be “significant negative impact on economic activity” if no deal is reached, with a notable increase

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Myanmar military exonerates itself in report on atrocities against Rohingya

Myanmar’s army has released a report denying all allegations of rape and killings by security forces, having days earlier replaced the general in charge of the operation that drove more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. No reason was given for Maj Gen Maung Maung Soe being transferred from his post as the

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Nigerian Water Minister, Suleiman Adamu, Announces Conference to Replenish Lake Chad and Several Hydro-Electric Projects

By: Lawrence freeman UNESCO Backs Campaign to Save Lake Chad November 11, 2017 Nigeria’s Water Minister Suleiman Adamu announced that UNESCO is backing an international campaign to save Lake Chad from drying up. UNESCO is sponsoring an international conference in February in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, where the solution advocated by Nigeria and by

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‘Don’t panic’ Says Indian Minister as Smog Crisis Deepens

India’s environment minister has said the country’s filthy air is no cause for alarm, claiming only “routine precautions” were needed to cope with what doctors have called a public health emergency. Harsh Vardhan contrasted the pollution choking large swathes of north India, including the capital, with the 1984 gas leak in Bhopal that killed at

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