Statement by the North Atlantic Council on the use of a nerve agent in Salisbury

The UK confirmed the use of a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia and briefed Allies that it was highly likely that Russia was responsible. The UK also confirmed that this was an indiscriminate and reckless attack against the United Kingdom, putting the lives of innocent civilians at risk. Allies expressed deep

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Philippines to withdraw from International Criminal Court

The Philippines says it will withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), a month after the judicial body started an inquiry into President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial war on drugs. Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement Wednesday the country had given notice that it would withdraw from the treaty that established the court. Duterte

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Trump’s Man in Moscow

When Jon Huntsman was serving as the U.S. ambassador in Beijing during President Barack Obama’s first term, he observed his counterpart in Washington with envy. Cui Tiankai got meetings with the American political elite, from Hillary Clinton to Henry Kissinger, even before the Chinese emissary assumed his official post. Huntsman, by contrast, found mostly closed

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Justice for atrocities in South Sudan just a signature away – UN investigator

UN investigators of war atrocities in South Sudan urged the African Union on Tuesday to make a final push to secure justice for millions of victims. Oil-rich South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 but slid into civil war in December 2013, with President Salva Kiir’s army battling rebels under his ex-deputy Riek Machar. Under a 2015 peace deal that

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New insights into how southern African pythons look after their babies

Snakes are probably not the first creatures that spring to mind when you think about caring parents. But recent research has shown that several snake species are far more tender than their reputation suggests. We know now, for instance, that rattlesnakes den communally in winter while some species can recognise their kin. I spent seven

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UN Investigators Call for Accountability and Justice in South Sudan, Burundi

U.N. investigators are calling for justice in light of separate reports to the United Nations Human Rights Council describing widespread and gross violations of human rights in South Sudan and Burundi. More than four years of fighting in South Sudan has left nearly six million people facing hunger, more than four million internally displaced and

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Stephen Hawking, cosmology’s brightest star, dies aged 76

Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions, has died aged 76. His family released a statement in the early hours of Wednesday morning confirming his death at his home in Cambridge. Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said in a

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Fatima Field Hospital launched in Sudan

The Shaikha Fatima Field Hospital for women and children was officially launched in Sudan on Tuesday. An initiative by Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the hospital will provide diagnosis, curative and

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UAE Plays Key Role in Supporting Sudan’s Economy with Investments Exceeding AED28 Billion

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development projects in Sudan worth AED7.3 billion His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi attributes productive collaboration between ADFD and Sudanese government to leadership guidance The Fund contributes to boosting Sudanese economy, enhancing monetary and financial stability ADFD bolsters historic ties with Sudan through supporting development programmes that serve the most important

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Ethiopia, Sudan to develop nuclear power with the help of Russia

Ethiopia recently signed an agreement with Russia to set up nuclear technology to help power the Horn of Africa country. The agreement was signed last week during the visit of the Russian foreign affairs minister, Sergey Lavrov who met Ethiopia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu in Addis Ababa. “We agreed to strengthen economic,

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