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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 »

Ex-wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor denies torture offences in court

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The ex-wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor has denied committing torture in the African country, a court heard. Hatty Collier EveningStandard Agnes Reeves Taylor, 51, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police’s war crimes unit on Thursday over alleged crimes committed during the Liberian civil war between 1989 and 1991. Reeves Taylor, of Kitchener Road, Dagenham, east London, was charged on Friday with four torture offences, a… Ex-wife of… Read More »

Kenya’s Rift Valley: Old Wounds, Devolution’s New Anxieties

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While the chance is small that August 2017 elections ignite a major conflict, county governorship races could well trigger inter-ethnic clashes in the Rift Valley, Kenya’s populous economic heart. ICG The government should train police in non-violent methods that de-escalate crises, and restart grassroots peacebuilding initiatives. Executive Summary The Rift Valley is the crucible of Kenya’s intercommunal conflicts and… Kenya’s Rift Valley… Read More »

Kenya’s Rift Valley: Old Wounds, Devolution’s New Anxieties

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While the chance is small that August 2017 elections ignite a major conflict, county governorship races could well trigger inter-ethnic clashes in the… ICG The government should train police in non-violent methods that de-escalate crises, and restart grassroots peacebuilding initiatives… Executive Summary The Rift Valley is the crucible of Kenya’s intercommunal conflicts and… Kenya’s Rift Valley… Read More »

The world’s most toxic town: the terrible legacy of Zambia’s lead mines

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Almost a century of lead mining and smelting has poisoned generations of children in the Copperbelt town of Kabwe in Zambia The heavy legacy of lead in the world’s most toxic town – in pictures Damian Carrington Environment editor in Kabwe, Zambia The Guardian ” I’d like to be a doctor,” says seven-year-old Martin, sitting quietly in his modest home in Kabwe, Zambia. But the truth is that Martin struggles with his schoolwork, and his dream seems unlikely to become ... Read More »

Violence in central Congo leaves 400,000 children prey to deadly malnutrition – UN

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Even before the recent surge in violence, the central Greater Kasai region was one of the poorest in… Kieran Guilbert | KieranG77 | Thomson Reuters Foundation DAKAR, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Spiralling violence in central Democratic Republic of Congo has disrupted farming and shut down health centres, leaving hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to life-threatening… An insurrection against the… Violence in central… Read More »