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Africa

NASA video shows Sahara Desert fertilizing Amazon Rainforest with dust
A new video from NASA shows how the Sahara Desert produces massive storms which send tons of dust into the atmosphere – much of which is transported across the Atlantic Ocean and deposited in the Amazon Rainforest and the Caribbean.

26.02.2015 02:11

Italy shuts embassy in Libya, appeals to UN as thousands flee war-torn country for Europe
The Italian embassy in Tripoli has been closed and its staff evacuated due to the raging military conflict in Libya. It comes as the Italian coast guard took part in a massive rescue mission of over 2,000 migrants fleeing from the Libyan coast.

15.02.2015 23:28

Trade, tourism & dumping dollars: Putin building bridges in Egypt
Hundreds of posters of a smiling Russian President Vladimir Putin were put up in Cairo ahead of the two-day visit of the Russian leader to Egypt. The two countries have much on the table, from regional security to a free trade deal.

10.02.2015 08:11

Robert Mugabe – The great survivor
How to explain the extraordinary durability of Robert Mugabe? The Zimbabwean President, who is 91 in February, and who has led his country since 1980 has just been elected the new Chairman of the African Union.

02.02.2015 13:50

Boko Haram to use cows, goats and cobblers to stage attacks – Nigerian govt
Boko Haram insurgents plan to use goats and cows as bomb couriers to carry out deadly attacks, in addition to a new batch of disguised suicide bombers, a spokesperson for the Nigerian federal government warned.

30.01.2015 14:35

​Give modern slavery victims petty crime immunity, build case against traffickers – UK govt
Offering victims of modern slavery immunity from state prosecutors so they can give evidence about exploitation will aid the fight against powerful criminal syndicates, according to a leading chief constable.

28.01.2015 12:56

US officials tussle over arms embargo, sanctions in oil-flush South Sudan
While top US diplomats have privately backed a weapons ban amid the bloody civil war in South Sudan, a new report indicated that US National Security Advisor Susan Rice is chiefly responsible for stalled attempts at an arms embargo in the oil-rich nation.

26.01.2015 15:50

World’s most popular banana faces eradication by deadly fungus
International concern is growing over the spread of Fusarium wilt, known as Panama disease, as there are fears it could destroy entire countries’ plantations of the Cavendish banana – the most popular and exported variety of the fruit in the world.

23.01.2015 21:01

Terror suspect ‘threatened with sexual abuse’ loses UK citizenship appeal
A terror suspect who claimed to be stateless following the Home Secretary’s decision to strip him of his British citizenship lost an appeal against her decision on Thursday. US court documents allege he was subject to US “illegal interrogation” in Africa.

23.01.2015 15:00

UK government accused of sponsoring human rights abuses in Ethiopia
A development project funded by the UK government and run by the World Bank could be facilitating a violent resettlement program in Ethiopia that has been dogged by allegations of forced displacement, physical assaults and rape, a leaked report suggests.

21.01.2015 09:20

Counter-terrorism: EU may boost intelligence sharing with Muslim countries
Despite fears of classified information leaks in the wake of new anti-terror measures, the EU foreign policy chief has called for broader sharing of intelligence data – within its borders, as well as with Arab and Asian nations.

20.01.2015 06:57

​Middle East terror ‘bigger threat to Europeans than Cold War’ – ex-MI6 chief
Geopolitical tensions stemming from conflict and terrorism in the Middle East pose a bigger security threat to European states than the Soviet Union did at the height of the Cold War, Britain’s ex-MI6 chief warns.

19.01.2015 15:30