Russia’s World Cup dream ends, on and off the field

Moments after Russia crashed out of the World Cup on Saturday night, the party began. Russian fans filled the pedestrian streets near Moscow’s Red Square, dancing, cheering and waving their national flag despite Russia’s gut-wrenching penalty-shootout loss to Croatia. In the shadow of the Kremlin, before statues of poets and warriors, and outside all-night burger

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Syria says Israel has struck airbase with missiles for third time in five months

Syria on Sunday accused Israel of targeting an airbase in the central province of Homs, saying its defences hit a jet involved in the third such attack in five months. “Our air defences are responding to an Israeli aggression and intercepting a number of missiles targeting the airport, hitting one of the attacking planes and

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Three-out-of-four South Sudanese children have known nothing but war, says UNICEF

“As South Sudan turns seven, a seemingly endless war continues to devastate the lives of millions of children,” said Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF’s Executive Director who visited Juba, Ganiyel and Bentiu in the war-ravaged country earlier this year. Conflict and underdevelopment have plagued the area for decades, leaving its children out of school, malnourished and

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Erdogan set to be sworn in as Turkey’s first executive president

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to be sworn in as president of Turkey after his election victory last month which allowed him to keep his post with increased powers. The inauguration ceremony on Monday will be attended by dozens of foreign leaders and dignitaries, including Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Qatari

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Ethiopia, Eritrea agree to reopen embassies

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who is on a three-day visit to former rival Eritrea, on Sunday announced that the two countries have agreed to reopen embassies in their capitals and also to resume flights. “We have agreed to resume diplomatic relations; there would no more be the sad memory of war between the governments

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Arrangements Underway to Resume Oil Pumping From South Sudan

SMC- A delegation from Sudan has arrived in South Sudan to check on arrangements for resuming oil pumping, Sudan’s Ministry of Oil and Gas said Sunday. State Oil and Gas Minister Saad al-Din al-Bushra said the delegation held meetings with officials from South Sudan’s petroleum ministry and visited a number of oil fields, saying they

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Turkish president to take oath, announce Cabinet Monday

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is all set to take an oath and announce his Cabinet under new presidential system on Monday. The June 24 vote marked Turkey’s transition to an executive presidential system of government, doing away with the prime minister’s post, among other changes. Erdogan won an absolute majority in the presidential election with

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Former NISS Chief to Take up Duties as Sudan Ambassador in Washington

SMC- Former director of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Mohamed Atta would leave for the United States during the next few days to take up his duties as Sudan’s ambassador to Washington. President Omer al-Bashir appointed Atta as Ambassador at the Foreign Ministry days after he was removed from his position as director

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