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As budget deficit balloons, few in Washington seem to care

The federal budget deficit is ballooning on President Donald Trump’s watch and few in Washington seem to care. And even if they did, the political dynamics that enabled bipartisan deficit-cutting deals decades ago has disappeared, replaced by bitter partisanship and chronic dysfunction. That’s the reality that will greet Trump’s latest budget , which will promptly

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How handshake has changed Uhuru, Raila and Ruto fortunes

Today marks one year since President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga agreed on a truce, a watershed moment that has redrawn the country’s political architecture. Subsequent events have not only seen marked changes in how the two leaders conduct their politics but also confused some of their staunch allies, who have either gone

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U.S. urges UN to restore tough missile restrictions on Iran

The United States accused Iran on Thursday of defying a UN Security Council resolution with one ballistic missile test and two satellite launches since December and urged the council to “bring back tougher international restrictions” on Tehran. A 2015 UN resolution “called upon” Iran to refrain for up to eight years from work on ballistic

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Imran Khan says no militant groups will be allowed to operate on Pakistani soil

Photo Reuters Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said no militant group would be allowed to operate on Pakistani soil and carry out attacks abroad, days after his government began a crackdown against Islamist militant organizations. “This government will not allow Pakistan’s land to be used for any kind of outside terrorism,” Khan said

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The Latest: House passes resolution condemning bigotry

Photo (AP) The Latest on House Democrats and Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments about Israel (all times local): 5:35 p.m. The House has passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, discrimination against Muslims and other bigotry against minorities. The 407-23 vote Thursday was a bid to end dissension among Democrats over congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s latest remarks on Israel.

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Oil Companies Complicit In Fuelling Armed Conflict and Sponsoring Human Rights Abuses in South Sudan

If one could be wondering why conflict in oil-rich countries never ends, this can be directly linked to the operations of oil-producing companies. At the very core of these operations is an insatiable appetite to acquire as much super-profits as possible. To continue conducting these super-profitable operations, key issues such as the consideration of human

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Somalia, Kenya maritime dispute, Somalia territory is not negotiable

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is proposing that Kenya and Somalia deal with their sea boundary dispute as an independent issue, in order not to stall other projects affecting the three countries, including a security transition programme in Mogadishu. On Wednesday, the Ethiopian PM mediated a less-than-colourful meeting in Nairobi between Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and

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Kenya, Somalia fail to settle border row

Kenya Thursday failed to reach an agreement with Somalia on how to settle a border dispute in a meeting Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed brokered to ease diplomatic tensions. Mogadishu, a Somali diplomat told the Business Daily, will wait for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to decide on the dispute as opposed to Kenya’s

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U.S. senators say Saudi crown prince has gone ‘full gangster’

Photo Reuters Retired General John Abizaid, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia, defended the U.S.-Saudi relationship on Wednesday as lawmakers accused the kingdom of a litany of misdeeds and criticized its crown prince as going “full gangster.” Senators at Abizaid’s confirmation hearing including Trump’s fellow Republicans as well as Democrats condemned

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Somalia and Kenya agree to end diplomatic raw

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Somalia President Mohamed Farmaajo on Wednesday held a meeting over the Indian Ocean boundary dispute. The meeting was chaired by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Nairobi. In a Tweet after the meeting, Abiy said both countries have agreed to work towards peace and to take measures in addressing issues that

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