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Bahrain to train female firefighters

Bahrain to train female firefighters

The Bahraini Ministry of Interior will train the first patch of female fighters. The ladies will then be incorporated into the country's Civil Defence as fully-fledged firefighters. The Ministry is working to increase the percentage of its female workforce which currently stands at 12.5 
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Trouble in Lilliput: South Ossetian politics in crisis

Trouble in Lilliput: South Ossetian politics in crisis

Politics in South Ossetia often takes a Lilliputian character. The tiny territory that seceded from Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and has existed as a Russian protectorate since, is small in size, with a population of around 50,000. Yet its internal politics are often dramatic, with long standing clan feuds playing out in modern political terms. One such crisis appears to be looming in a stand-off between president and opposition MPs
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European Parliament discusses Yemen; calls for increased humanitarian assistance and confidence-building measures

European Parliament discusses Yemen; calls for increased humanitarian assistance and confidence-building measures

The European Parliament discussed the humanitarian and political updates in Yemen this week. The EU Parliament stressed the need to increase humanitarian support to Yemen. The Parliament outlined its vision in a resolution released on 11 February, which also marks the 10 year anniversary of the popular uprisings that toppled former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. 
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Moscow gets into a muddle about its relations with the EU

Moscow gets into a muddle about its relations with the EU

There appears to be some confusion in Moscow about how to handle Russia's future relations with the European Union. The press secretary of Russian president Vladimir Putin has been obliged to intervene to explain comments made earlier by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov that appeared to threaten the EU with a break in relations. Peskov said they had been presented by the media out of context.