Africa

Time to Repeal U.S. Sanctions on Sudan?

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The clock is ticking for President Trump who must decide by 12 July whether to lift decades-long U.S. sanctions on Sudan. ICG The failure of economic penalties to alter Khartoum’s behaviour so far means Washington should repeal some sanctions and continue a process of conditional engagement. I. Overview Decision time is fast approaching for U.S. policy toward Sudan. By 12 July 2017, the Trump administration must determine whether to permanently lift the economic and trade sanctions its… Time to Repeal… Read More »

South Africa court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote

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South Africa’s highest court has ruled that a vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma can be held in… BBC The constitutional court said that the Speaker of parliament had the right to order such a move. She had previously stated she did not have the… Opposition parties believe that under a secret ballot, MPs from Mr Zuma’s ANC party would vote against… He has survived several… South Africa court… Read More »

Will the siege of Marawi spread?

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Concerns are rising about where Islamic State might strike next in Southeast Asia John McBeth  Asia Times Indonesian security forces are strengthening the archipelagic country’s northern border, fearing that Islamic State (IS) fighters still clinging to parts of the besieged southern Philippine city of Marawi may inspire similar bold terror actions in their… Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ricacudu met with his neighboring counterparts on the… Will the siege… Read More »

Djibouti accuses Eritrea of occupying disputed area

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Official says Eritrean soldiers occupied moved contested border territory, days after Qatar pulled its peacekeepers out. Al Jazeera and news agencies Djibouti’s foreign minister has accused neighbouring Eritrea of occupying a disputed territory along their border shortly after Qatar peacekeepers left the location this… Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said on Friday Djibouti’s military was “on alert” and that it has lodged complaints to the United Nations and the African… Djibouti accuses Eritrea… Read More »

Y-chromosomal analysis of Greek Cypriots reveals a primarily common pre-Ottoman paternal ancestry with Turkish Cypriots

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Genetics can provide invaluable information on the ancestry of the current inhabitants of Cyprus PLOS A Y-chromosome analysis was performed to (i) determine paternal ancestry among the Greek Cypriot (GCy) community in the context of the Central and… Our haplotype-based analysis has revealed that GCy and TCy patrilineages derive primarily from a single gene pool and show very close genetic affinity (low genetic differentiation) to Calabrian Italian and… In terms of more recent (past millennium) ancestry, as… Y-chromosomal analysis of… ... Read More »

Why is Turkey standing up for Qatar?

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“Thank you Turkey for the milk!” posted one Twitter user from Qatar, along with a picture taken in a supermarket whose shelves were full of… Selin Girit BBC Over the weekend, fresh stocks of milk, yogurt, poultry and juice from Turkey were flown to Doha as the country faced a shortage of fresh produce due to the recent crisis in the Gulf – the worst in the… On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the isolation of Qatar as… ... Read More »

Egypt lawmakers approve deal giving islands to Saudi Arabia

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In defiance of a court ruling, Egypt’s parliament voted on Wednesday to ratify a disputed 2016 agreement that would transfer two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Hamza Hendawi Associated Press ABC The vote, in which lawmakers in favor were asked to stand up, came shortly after the 596-seat chamber opened a debate on the pact earlier in the day. The outcome was a foregone conclusion since the legislature is packed with supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el… Egypt lawmakers ... Read More »

Israel says it approves of the controversial transfer of two Egyptian islands to Saudi control

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The transfer of the islands has provoked anger in Egypt [AFP] Israel says it backs the controversial handover of two Red Sea islands from Egyptian to Saudi control, despite having no formal relations with Riyadh. The New Arab Tiran and Sanafir islands in the Gulf of Aqaba have been under Cairo’s administration since at least the 1950s, but will be handed over to Saudi Arabia later this… Israel says it… Read More »

Traversing the Tribal Patchwork of Libya’s South West

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Our Senior Analyst Claudia Gazzini travels to southern Libya and finds neglect, smugglers, a gold rush, and simmering tensions among a patchwork of ethnic, tribal and militia actors on the edge of the Sahara… Claudia Gazzini ICG She also discovers much longing for a united, well-governed Libya. SEBHA, Libya – To understand the full extent of the impact of the civil war that has fractured the rest of the country into warring fiefdoms, it is… Traversing the Tribal… Read More »

Egypt will not reinstate ban on grain fungus

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CAIRO: Egypt will not reinstate a controversial ban on ergot, state grain buyer General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) told Reuters on Saturday, despite a court ruling, which could allow a return to the… Reuters Arab News Traders said the previous zero-tolerance requirement, which the Egyptian agricultural department said was to protect human and plant health, is impossible to fulfill and… But an Egyptian court said this week it was planning to overturn a… Egypt will not… Read More »

Egypt Gives Saudi Arabia 2 Islands in a Show of Gratitude

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CAIRO — Since King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrived in Cairo on Thursday for a five-day visit, the leader of the oil-rich kingdom has lavished his Egyptian allies with promises of aid and… DECLAN WALSH  The New York Times But this time, instead of writing a blank check with little more than a polite “thank you” to show for it, King Salman will return home Monday with something more substantial in return: two islands in a… Egypt’s cabinet announced on ... Read More »

Qatar blockade: Gulf states silent on Tillerson plea to ease measures

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Nations behind a blockade on Qatar have welcomed strong comments from President Donald Trump backing their move, but were silent on calls from his secretary of state to ease the measures. BBC Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain have cut ties, accusing Qatar of funding terrorism. Qatar denies the accusations. The UAE hailed Mr Trump’s “leadership”. But the states did not respond to Secretary of… Qatar blockade: Gulf… Read More »

Qatar row: Four countries cut links with Doha

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. BBC They say Qatar backs terrorist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi state news agency SPA said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing land, sea and air contact with Qatar and largely isolating it. It cited officials as saying it was to “protect its national security from the… Qatar row: Four… Read More »

Egypt joins several GCC countries in severing ties with Qatar

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Egypt decided to sever all diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar, joining Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in… Staff writer, Al Arabiya English A statement from the official spokesperson of Egypt Foreign Ministry said they took the decision on Monday “in light of the insistence of the… Egypt accused the Qatari government of supporting especially the Muslim Brotherhood which it has designated as… Egypt joins several… Read More »

It’s Not Islam That Drives Young Europeans to Jihad, France’s Top Terrorism Expert Explains

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Olivier Roy, one of France’s top experts on Islamic terrorism, tells Haaretz how assailants like Salman Abedi in Manchester turn into ‘new radicals’ who crave… Davide Lerner Haaretz ANKARA – Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a Manchester pop concert this week, started life advantageously enough: to parents who had fled Gadhafi’s Libya for a new life in… But actually it was that kind of dislocation that would send him off kilter two… It’s Not Islam… Read More »

Tunisia PM warns no one safe in anti-graft ‘war’

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Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed was reported on June 4 as saying no one in the North African country involved in corruption would emerge unscathed in his… TUNIS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet Corruption was widespread in Tunisia under longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was ousted in the 2011 uprising that spawned the Arab Spring, but it… Last month a dozen people including businessmen, suspected smugglers and… Tunisia PM warns… Read More »