Russia ready to take historic World Cup step but tensions still run high

It has been a long time since Russia’s national team have given their country something to cheer. But now a side billed as the worst in a generation stand on the verge of a minor piece of history. Russia are one win away from something they have not done since the Soviet Union days: reaching

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UN: Situation in Sudan’s Darfur region is ‘radically’ better

The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Monday the situation in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region “has changed radically for the better” and the United Nations and the African Union are recommending new sharp cuts in their joint security force. Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council the joint mission is finalizing a yearlong process that saw 11 joint

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Israel behind airstrike in Syria, US official says

An airstrike close to the Iraq-Syria border Sunday was carried out by Israel, and not by the US or the coalition fighting ISIS, a US official tells CNN. Syrian state TV blamed the strike that targeted pro-regime forces and caused multiple casualties on the US-led coalition combating the terrorist group, but a spokesman for the

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Razed villages and empty fields await Congo-Brazzaville’s displaced

The jungle has edged into fields left untilled. It has crept onto thatched-roof houses turned to ruins; and it has stretched over empty highways once used to transport bananas, beans, cassava from a region long-known as Congo-Brazzaville’s breadbasket.   For nearly two years, militia fighters and soldiers manning dozens of checkpoints were the only signs

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Trump threatens new tariffs on $200bn in Chinese imports

Donald Trump directed the US Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war. The tariffs, which Trump wants set at a 10% rate, would be the latest round of punitive measures in an escalating dispute over the large trade

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China and the Middle East are pouring money into strategic Sudan, but US policy is ‘confused’

Since the U.S. lifted long-standing sanctions on Sudan last October, foreign investors’ interest has started to trickle in, an expert on the region has told CNBC. But it’s Chinese and Middle Eastern actors who already have first-mover’s advantage, Matthew Kindinger, sub-Saharan African analyst at emerging markets advisory firm Frontier Strategy Group, added. “Any firm that

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Libyan airstrikes target group attacking oil ports

Libyan forces carried out airstrikes against a militia attacking key oil ports in the east, a spokesman said as Libya’s national oil firm warned on Monday of further damage to oil infrastructure as well as environmental contamination in the north African country. The militia, led by Ibrahim Jadhran who opposes the self-styled Libyan National Army

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CBoS: Sudan Inflation Rate Hits 60.93 Percent in May

SMC- Sudan’s inflation rate has risen to 60,93 percent in May compared to 57,65 in April, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBoS). The government seeks to achieve an average inflation rate of 19,5% by the end of the 2018 fiscal year compared to 34,1% in 2017. Earlier this year, the government introduced a

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