One country, two checkpoints

China’s dream of making a “megacity” on the Pearl river delta comes closer A tangle of roads, tracks, tunnels and shipping lanes already allows 66m people to travel between the nine mainland cities of Guangdong province, plus Hong Kong and Macau, which make up the Pearl river delta. Two more routes—a road linking Hong Kong,

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New Russian airliner set to take on Airbus and Boeing

Russia’s МС-21 jet has left the assembly line at the Irkutsk aviation plant and is being prepared for its maiden flight, Izvestia daily reports. Developed by the Irkut Division of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) group, the aircraft left the assembly plant on April 28, according to the newspaper. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin

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2017 Review: Photos of African First Ladies ‘in political action’

The role of the African First lady continues to be the subject of debate across the continent. Although not directly elected, they occupy offices attached to that of their husbands. The office of the First Lady is one that resonates across Africa. These women are the president’s better half, ‘mothers of the nation’ – they

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Sudanese Minister praises Qatar’s role in Darfur stability

Khartoum: Sudanese State Minister at the Ministry of Industry Abdo Dawood Suleiman has praised the role of the State of Qatar in establishing lasting peace in the Darfur region of Sudan through the Doha Peace Agreement. In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), the Sudanese Minister said that the relations between the two countries

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Sudan’s first lady hails Sheikha Fatima’s global humanitarian work

ABU DHABI: Widad Babiker, wife of Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Al Bashir, has praised the prestigious stature and the positive participation of Emirati women in all domains thanks to the support of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the efforts of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General

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South Korea seizes 2nd ship suspected of oil trade with North

A Panama-flagged ship suspected of selling oil to North Korea in international waters has been seized by South Korea. Such trade is banned by a UN Security Council resolution targeting Pyongyang for nuclear and missile tests. The 5,100-ton KOTI tanker was detained by authorities in the port of Pyeongtaek-Dangjin in South Korea’s Gyeonggi Province, Yonhap

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Aina Gamzatova: The Muslim woman challenging Putin

Moscow, Russia – Aina Gamzatova, a 46-year-old woman Dagestan, has made it official. She wants to run against Russian President Vladimir Putin in the March 2018 election. Hundreds of her supporters gathered around her to celebrate in Makhachkala, Dagestan’s capital, on Saturday, two days after she confirmed her bid in a Facebook post. Gamzatova heads Russia’s

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State of Emergency Declared in N. Kordofan and Kassala States

SMC- The President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir issued on Saturday a republican decree to install state of emergency in North Kordofan and Kassala States, which will be effective for six months. The republican decree is to be tabled before the National Legislature at the parliament on Sunday. The Advisor of Speaker of

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Electricity Minister: No Increases in Electricity Tariff for Medicines Factories, Cold Stores

Khartoum- Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity Mutaz Musa has said that electricity tariff for farms of individuals; agricultural research horticulture, wheat indigenization and the cooperatives are subsidized by the government by 20,000 kilowatts/hour per month. Speaking over a programme of Omdurman Radio yesterday, the Minister pointed out that there is no change in

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South Africa: Rwanda Bans Livestock, Fruit Imports From South Africa Over Viral Disease

Rwanda has banned importation of meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruits from South Africa over listeriosis viral disease, a statement said this week. The ban, aimed to prevent possible spread of the disease to Rwanda, became effective on December 19, the statement from Rwanda’s ministry of agriculture said. The death toll from an outbreak of

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