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22 heads of states to attend Erdogan’s inauguration

Ankara Prime ministers, vice presidents, parliament speakers and ministers from different countries to also attend the ceremony. A total of 22 heads of states will attend the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s inauguration ceremony at the Presidential Complex on Monday, presidential sources said. The ceremony will also saw the attendance of vice presidents, politicians, bureaucrats and

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Woman running for Congress in Minnesota rejects anti-Semitism accusations

A Somali-American Muslim woman running to succeed Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison in Minnesota has pushed back against accusations of anti-Semitism over comments she made against Israel. In a 2012 tweet, Minnesota State Representative Ilhan Omar accused Israel of “evil doings” as the Israeli military carried out an aerial campaign meant to halt rocket attacks from

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Ethiopian leader visits Asmara for historic peace talks

Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has become the first head of government to visit Eritrea, breaking away from the “no-peace, no-war” situation that has existed between the neighboring countries for the past two decades. Ahmed arrived in Eritrean capital Asmara for historic peace talks Sunday.The initiative came on the heels of a visit by

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Violent protests hit western France after police shooting

Violent protests have been ongoing in France’s western city of Nantes, a poor suburb with a large immigrant population, as tensions between police and youth continue Cars and buildings were set alight Friday in the third night of rioting in western France over the fatal police shooting of a young man. The recent police killing

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Canada: Trudeau defends handling of asylum seekers

Trenton- Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday defended his government’s handling of thousands of asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States. He was reacting to criticism from recently elected Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who blamed Trudeau for the inundation of more than 3,000 refugees currently living in temporary housing in Toronto. At

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Ethiopia: Torture in Somali Region Prison Senior Officials Implicated in Nonstop Regimen of Abuse

Nairobi – Prison officials and security forces have arbitrarily detained and tortured prisoners for years in the notorious regional prison known as Jail Ogaden. Ethiopia’s new prime minister Dr Abiy Ahmed should urgently order investigations into the horrific situation, and the government should ensure regional security forces and officials are held accountable. Senior Officials Implicated

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UN rights office: UAE troops tortured, abused Yemenis

GENEVA- A number of Yemeni detainees have been subjected to ill-treatment, torture and sexual abuse by United Arab Emirates (UAE) soldiers, the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva said on Tuesday. “We have engaged with U.A.E. government on this issue and requested access to U.A.E.-run prisons in the country but to date, we have not

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Behind the secret U.S. war in Africa

American special operations teams are playing a more direct role in military actions against suspected terrorists in Africa than the Pentagon has publicly acknowledged, planning and participating in combat raids by African troops in multiple countries including Somalia, Kenya, Tunisia and Niger, under a set of classified programs. In repeated public statements, military spokespeople have

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Egypt relies on Djibouti to achieve security in Red Sea: FM

Egypt relies heavily on Djibouti as a partner in achieving economic development and security in the Red Sea, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, and the Horn of Africa region, especially as both countries face the same challenges and have the same aspirations in this regard, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said. Shoukry’s remarks came in a

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Foreign students detained over FETÖ links in Turkey’s south

Some 16 foreign students — 10 from Somalia, three from Djibouti, two from Guinea and one from Syria — were rounded up for their alleged links to the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) in the southern Mersin province, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on June 30, citing the Chief Prosecutor’s Office. One of the suspects who was

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