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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

Gunmen kill over 25 Iranians, soldiers in military parade attack

•Over 20 others injured   At least 25 people including eight troops, were killed on Saturday in an attack on a military parade in the southwestern province of  Khuzestan, the province’s deputy governor Ali-Hossein Hosseinzadeh said. “Eight to nine military personnel were martyred and more than 20 wounded,” the semi-official ISNA news agency quoted  Hosseinzadeh

Trump is strengthening America’s cybersecurity—White House

Editor's note: The White House has in its statement on Thursday, highlighted how President Donald Trump is strengthening the United States (US) Cyber Security architecture, which has come under serious scrutiny since the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.   The full statement: We must protect the American people, the homeland, and

Regulating free speech on social media is dangerous and futile—Expert

Niam Yaraghi   Amid recent news about Google’s post 2016 elections meeting, multiple Congressional hearings, and attacks by President Trump, social media platforms and technology companies are facing unprecedented criticism from both parties. According to Gallup’s survey, 79 percent of Americans believe that these companies should be regulated. We know that an overwhelming majority of technology entrepreneurs subscribe

Inter-Korean Summit: Meeting with Trump stabilized region, sees more progress-Kim

Hyonhee Shin and Joyce Lee North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Tuesday his “historic” summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore stabilized regional security, and that he expected further progress at an inter-Korean summit aimed at reviving stalled nuclear diplomacy. Kim thanked South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in for bringing

ICC is illegitimate, already dead to us – U.S

Threatens to Arrest ICC Judges Over War Crimes Probe   United States long-running reluctant relationship with the International Criminal Court ICC came to a crashing halt on Monday as decades of U.S. suspicions about the tribunal and its global jurisdiction spilled into open hostility, amid threats of sanctions if it investigates

Word Detectives: Science may help finger opinion columnist

Darlene Superville Language detectives say the key clues to who wrote the anonymous New York Times opinion piece slamming President Donald Trump may not be the odd and glimmering “lodestar,” but the itty-bitty words that people usually read right over: “I,” “of” and “but.” And lodestar? That could be a red herring

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