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 Divergent views emerge on future Sahel strategy

Divergent views emerge on future Sahel strategy

Despite the deployment of the G5 force with the backing of France, the Sahel region continues to suffer from regular jihadist attacks. Although France and its allies participated in the G5 summit last week, they appeared to be pursuing diverging courses of action for combating threats from insurgents. 
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Opinion: US-Turkey relations are difficult but enduring

Opinion: US-Turkey relations are difficult but enduring

"The US needs Turkey to counter Russia in the Black Sea region, the Middle East, and the South Caucasus. Turkey can also be useful in the US strategy to contain China", argues Benyamin Poghosyan in this op-ed. However given the number of problems between the two countries US-Turkey relations may normalise, but they will continue to develop in the cooperation/competition framework, he argues.

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UAE celebrates 49th anniversary with a satellite launch into space

UAE celebrates 49th anniversary with a satellite launch into space

Established on 2 December 1971, the United Arab Emirates is considered one of the world's most successful countries. Coinciding with the anniversary, a Falcon Eye 2 satellite of the United Arab Emirates, using a Russian Soyuz-ST-A rocket, lifted off from the Kourou space center in French Guiana on Wednesday, according to a live broadcast by Arianespace.
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Lavrov calls request of Moldovan president-elect to withdraw "Russian peacekeepers" from Transnistria an irresponsible demand

Lavrov calls request of Moldovan president-elect to withdraw "Russian peacekeepers" from Transnistria an irresponsible demand

For three decades Russia has pretended that its military base on the Moldovan territory of Transnistria was a "peacekeeping force", despite several attempts by the Moldovan government to end its mandate, and accusations that it promoted separatism.
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NATO Ministers will discuss increased Russian presence, including in Nagorno-Karabakh

NATO Ministers will discuss increased Russian presence, including in Nagorno-Karabakh

Speaking at a press briefing on Monday ahead of the meeting NATO's Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg said Ministers will address Russia military build-up around the Alliance including in Belarus and Nagorno-Karabakh, and what more should be done to respond to Russia’s growing military activity. 
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Iran vows to revenge the murder of nuclear scientist

Iran vows to revenge the murder of nuclear scientist

Iran on Friday evening, raised the issue of the assassination at the United Nations Security Council. The Permanent Representative of Iran in the UN Majid Takht-Ravanchi in a letter addressed to the UN Secretary General and to the Security Council said that there are "serious signs pointing at Israel’s responsibility" in the Fahrizade’s assassination.