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International partners pledge support to Libya ahead of December presidential elections

International partners pledge support to Libya ahead of December presidential elections

On Thursday (21 October), Libya's transitional government hosted various foreign officials in Tripoli to garner support for the transition process.  Around 30 delegations participated in the Libya Stabilization Conference including those representing the United Nations, European Union, African Union and the Arab League.

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Taliban say victory over the Americans was a divine blessing

Taliban say victory over the Americans was a divine blessing

In a statement marking Afghan independence day, the Taliban said that "Fortunately, today we are celebrating the anniversary of independence from Britain. We at the same time as a result of our jihadi resistance forced another arrogant power of the world, the United States, to fail and retreat from our holy territory of Afghanistan".
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The Taliban settle in

The Taliban settle in

Whilst Taliban fighters made themselves at home at the presidential office in Kabul, and in other government offices across the capital, the leadership of the Taliban appears to be still concentrated in the city of Kandahar, in the South of the country, the power base of this mainly Pashtun movement. It was to there that the Taliban’s co-founder and political leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, flew to from Doha on Tuesday as the militants pledged peaceful relations with other countries and respect for the rights of women.
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 More turmoil in Ethiopia

More turmoil in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia's Tigray region fighting has resumed between government forces and the local Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) forces. On Friday (13 August), government forces took control of Maychew and Ambalagie, which are both strategic towns in the southern part of Tigray. The government forces are reportedly also planning to advance towards the region's capital, Mekelle.
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Yankee come back!

Yankee come back!

During the cold war, the slogan "Yankee Go Home" was often seen or heard in many third world countries fighting against US domination. It is ironic that fifty years later, there are those in Kabul who are now shouting "Yankee come back". For many young Afghans the US presence had opened the possibility of a new way of life. At least in Kabul many are sad to see the Americans go. But as president Biden made it clear yesterday, there is no going back. American attempts at state-building in Afghanistan are over, and that has widespread consequences that are yet to fully unfold.
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Skirmishes in Yemen's Hodeidah

Skirmishes in Yemen's Hodeidah

Several fighters from both the Yemeni government and the Houthi movement were killed on Sunday (15 August) as clashes renewed on the Yemeni western province of Hodeidah. The province is the focus of the Stockholm agreement signed in 2018 and established a ceasefire in the province.
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Sudan will hand over ex-president Omar Al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court

Sudan will hand over ex-president Omar Al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court

“The Council of Ministers has decided to hand over the wanted people to the ICC,” the Sudanese foreign minister, Mariam Al-Mahdi, said on Wednesday (11 August), according to the official SUNA news agency. This was announced during her meeting with the new chief prosecutor of the Court in The Hague, Karim Khan, who is visiting Sudan's capital, Khartoum, this week.
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Escalation likely in Tigray as TPLF refuses to back down

Escalation likely in Tigray as TPLF refuses to back down

The conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is likely to escalate towards a new battle as the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) refuses to withdraw fighters from areas they captured in recent weeks. In response, the government warned that it could deploy the full force of its defensive capabilities against the Tigray region.