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Update: Tillerson to spend few hours in Nigeria

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has changed his schedule so that he will spend only a few hours in Nigeria before leaving late Monday evening to Washington DC. A spokesman for the top U.S. diplomat  said  Tillerson had cut short his first trip to Africa to return to Washington about one

U.S Secretary of state begin his Africa tour

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has departed for Africa on a weeklong four-country official visit to Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti, which is scheduled to end on March 13 Tillerson, during the visit, would engage with President Muhammadu Buhari and other top government functionaries, and the leaders of the three other

The US is drifting toward war with a NATO ally

 By Claire Finkelstein and Nicholas Saide It's not too late to stem Turkey's turn toward Russia — and defuse a World War I-style conflict. While the White House is distracted by internal turmoil, a crisis is brewing in Syria. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and its proxy force, the Free Syrian Army (FSA),

Observers Call for Deeper Diplomatic Engagement in the Sahel

By Salem Solomon A draft of a Pentagon report on the attack in Niger that killed four American soldiers, four Nigerien soldiers and an Nigerien interpreter last October calls for a smaller, more cautious U.S. military presence in West Africa, according to sources who spoke to The New York Times. That could emphasize

If We’re Going to Export More US Arms, Let’s Do It Smarter

BY DANIEL R. MAHANTY AND RACHEL STOHL Here are some ways to help ensure that rising sales don't undermine American security. “Buy America” will reportedly soon apply to arms sales in a bigger way, as the Trump administration orders U.S. diplomats to do more to drum up business for American arms manufacturers. But efforts to boost the

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018

by Robert Malley From North Korea to Venezuela, here are the conflicts to watch in 2018. It’s not all about Donald Trump. That’s a statement more easily written than believed, given the U.S. president’s erratic comportment on the world stage — his tweets and taunts, his cavalier disregard of international accords, his

North Africa Braces for Impact as Islamic State Fighters Return

North African officials say a large number of foreign recruits who joined the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have returned to their countries and remain loyal to the extremist organization. They fear the returnees are planning to unleash terrorist attacks in the coming months, adding to a jihadist menace

Does China Really Pose A Threat To US National Security?

China is an authoritarian one-party state that denies its own people the kinds of basic freedoms that Americans and other Westerners take for granted. It is a regional bully that provokes its neighbors and ignores the rulings of international tribunals. China routinely breaks the rules of international diplomatic courtesy and military good sense. This

US Isolated at United Nations Over Jerusalem Decision

By Margaret Besheer  Some of the United States' oldest allies turned their backs on Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocate its embassy there, during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday. "It contradicts international law and U.N. Security Council resolutions," Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog told

President al-Bashir says U.S. plans to divide Sudan into five countries

(KHARTOUM) - Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir reiterated his accusations against the United States of and accused Washington of planning to divide his country into five states. Sudanese were surprised to hear al-Bashir on his first visit to Russia asks President Vladimir Putin to support his country against American plans against the