China-style state-led growth won’t work in Africa, former Nigeria finance minister warns

China has funneled billions of dollars into aid, loans and business deals on the African continent in recent years. But as ties continue to strengthen, a former Nigerian finance minister has warned that Beijing-style economic governance will not work for Africa. “China has been very helpful,” particularly with building much-needed infrastructure in Africa, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,

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Is it time for Israel to reveal the truth about its chemical weapons?

The multilateral attack on Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons facilities in Syria after a lethal gas attack in East Ghouta is already fading from memory, but the question it poses remains: how can the spread of chemical weapons across the Middle East be controlled? And answering that question demands scrutiny of the region’s most powerful and

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Trump rejects tougher phone security: report

President Trump has rejected attempts by White House staffers to improve security surrounding his cellphone, choosing to use a device that lacks top security features and could leave him vulnerable to surveillance or hacking, Politico reported Monday. Two senior administration officials told Politico that Trump uses at least two iPhones, both issued by White House agencies. One is

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FVP praised the Sudanese-Turkish relations

SMC- The First Vice President, Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh praised the Sudanese-Turkish relations and their development in all fields. “We have a strong relationship with Sudan, especially after the recent visit by the Turkish president to Sudan, which strengthened cooperation in various fields,” he said. The Turkish ambassador to Sudan İrfan Neziroğlu noted that

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Bahrain to Establish Diplomatic Mission in Sudan

SMC- The Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, issued a decree on 2018 establishing diplomatic missions to the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Republic of Sudan, Malaysia and Italy. The Bahraini news agency said that under the second article of the resolution, the Bahraini Foreign Minister to implement the decree, and work from the date

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World Bank to Provide Technical Support to Sudan

SMC- The World Bank Group (WBG) would provide the necessary technical assistance to tackle the economic challenges facing Sudan, according to  Country Manager to Sudan, Adama Coulibaly. On Sunday, Finance Minister Mohamed Osman al-Rikabi has briefed the visiting WBG team headed by Coulibaly on the economic reforms implemented in Sudan. In press statements following the meeting,

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The art of collateral damage

When she was a little girl, Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti lived in the border town of Ahwaz during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s when every day was filled with the sound of falling bombs. But once the onslaught stopped, she and her friends would pick up the bullets which landed in her family’s house.

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North Korea summit: Trump says deal with US will save Kim Jong-un

President Donald Trump has said the US is not pursuing the “Libya model” for the denuclearisation of North Korea. Mr Trump said Kim Jong-un would stay in power if he made a deal, and hinted he could be deposed if he refused. Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi agreed to give up nuclear weapons in 2003. He was

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Saudi Arabia releases 1,000 Ethiopian prisoners

Saudi Arabia has agreed to release 1,000 Ethiopian nationals who have been in prison in the Gulf state for a variety of offences, Ethiopian state-affiliated media said on Saturday. The decision was made following a request by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was in Riyadh on an official visit this week, Fana Broadcasting Corporation

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Egypt cleric ruffles feathers with chicken ad

Influential Egyptian TV preacher Amr Khalid has drawn sharp criticism and mockery for suggesting in an online advertisement that eating a particular type of chicken can bring about spiritual purity. The 50-year-old preacher, who has a wide following across the Arab region, recently posted a video on his Facebook page promoting the Saudi chicken product.

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