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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

Trump renews threat to close US border with Mexico

US President Donald Trump on Thursday renewed a threat to close the US-Mexico border if the situation there gets out of control and warned it would hurt Mexico’s trade with the United States. “If we find that it gets to a level where we are going to lose control or where

Lesson: Don’t touch a journalist

By Ikechukwu Obi I bet you, if the Saudis had foreseen the fall-out from this Jamal Khashoggi mystery hit, they would have thought twice before embarking on such murderous undertaking. It is interesting seeing how the disappearance of a dissident journalist in the Saudi embassy in Turkey has triggered a series of

Congress takes the lead on US-Africa policy

While the nation has been transfixed by the confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the Supreme Court, Congress passed significant legislation on Africa that has attracted virtually no attention. On October 3, the Senate passed the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act, better known as

US rolls out new ‘robust’ counter-terrorism strategy

The Trump administration on Thursday rolled out what it billed as a "robust" counter-terrorism strategy, saying that it differs from the previous administration's by focusing on "terrorist ideology." "We recognize that there is a terrorist ideology that we're confronting," national security adviser John Bolton said. "And I think it's long been the

North Korea to US: ‘There is no way we will denuclarize’

North Korea’s Foreign Minister said there is “no way” Kim Jong-un will denuclearize while the US continues to brutalise the reclusive nation with crippling sanctions. Ri Yong-ho said there was no way the country would give up its nuclear weapons unilaterally under such circumstances. The official told the UNGA that North Korea

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