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Russia’s military mission creep advances to a new frontier-Africa

Eric Schmidt Russia has been steadily expanding its military influence across Africa, alarming Western officials with increasing arms sales, security agreements and training programs for unstable countries or autocratic leaders. In the Central African Republic, where a Russian has been installed as the president’s national security adviser, the government is selling

World countries blast US on Golan Heights

*Syria vows to liberate Israeli occupied territory The Arab League, Russia, Iran and Turkey have strongly warned the US after President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he will recognize Syria's Golan Heights as Israeli territory. The strategic highlands have been under the Israeli occupation since 1967, but Trump's abrupt declaration a day after US

Putin Suspends Russia’s Participation In INF Treaty With US

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree suspending Russia's participation in a key Cold War-era nuclear arms-control agreement with the United States. The Russian move, announced on March 4, mirrored a step by the United States, which accuses Moscow of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and launched

How Russia Is Growing Its Strategic Influence in Africa

By Theo Neethling, University of the Free State Much has been made about China's role and profile in Africa and the factors underlying its activities on the continent. Less debated is the spread and depth of Russia's contemporary presence and profile in Africa. There was a strong Russian influence in Africa during the heyday

U.S unveils strategy to counter ‘predatory’ China, Russia in Africa

  The Trump administration has unveiled a new Africa policy focused on combating the “predatory” practices of China and Russia, and ending what it calls “indiscriminate assistance” and “unproductive, unsuccessful and unaccountable” UN peacekeeping missions. Announcing the new policy, the national security adviser, John Bolton, said it would put US interests first, so would

US looks to counter China, Russia’s growing power in Africa with new strategy

Beijing has made deep inroads across the continent and now Russia is also trying to plant its flag.   Dan De Luce and Courtney Kube The Trump administration plans to unveil a new strategy for Africa this week focusing on countering China's growing influence on the continent, as well as Russia's attempts to gain footholds

US designates Boko Haram, ISIS entities ‘of particular concern’

•Labels Saudi Arabia, Iran, N/Korea countries of concern •Russia placed on special watch list    Jude Johnson with Agency report  The United States has announced the designation of the Boko Haram terrorist group as an entity “of particular concern”. The US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in a statement revealed the designation of Boko Haram

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