Turkey opens military base in Mogadishu

Turkish army’s Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar, center left, escorts Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre during an inauguration ceremony of the Turkish military base in Mogadishu on September 30, 2017. (AFP photo) Turkey has opened its largest military base in Africa, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, as the African country struggles in […]

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US Treasury Department increases financial sanctions on Russian banks, energy firms

An AFP file photo of the US Treasury Department in Washington, DC. The US Treasury Department has announced tighter financial sanctions on Russian banks and energy companies because of what Washington calls Moscow’s continued interference in Ukraine. The US Treasury on Friday cut the length of maturity of bonds issued by Russia’s top financial institutions […]

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Tens of thousands Pro-independence Catalans hold large rally ahead of referendum

Tens of thousands of secessionist Catalans have taken to the streets in Barcelona to promote the ‘Yes’ campaign in their final rally ahead of the controversial referendum on independence from mainland Spain. Organizers said around 100,000 Barcelona residents took part in the mass demonstration on Friday evening amid attempts by the central Madrid government to […]

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The United States ‘does not recognize’ Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (File photo) The United States does not officially recognize a unilateral independence referendum held by the Iraqi Kurdish region, says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The controversial secession referendum was held on Monday in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in defiance of widespread calls for its cancellation. According to Kurdish […]

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American Civil Liberties Union, others to challenge US President Donald Trump’s new travel ban in court

Travelers from the Middle East arrive at the International Arrivals section at Los Angeles International Airport on June 29, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a number of other advocacy groups say they will challenge the latest version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The organizations sent a letter to […]

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Hurricane-hit Puerto Ricans describe US President Donald Trump’s relief efforts as ‘disaster’

A picture taken on September 28, 2017 shows a house destroyed by Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, in the eastern part of storm-battered Puerto Rico. (Photo by AFP) Residents of the hurricane-hit Puerto Rican capital of San Juan have described relief efforts by US President Donald Trump’s administration as a “disaster,” insisting that federal help has […]

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