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May’s plan to avoid “Hard border” Analyses & Assessments

May’s plan to avoid “Hard border”

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s government outlined steps to develop technology to keep the Irish border open after Brexit even if Britain is unable to negotiate a trade deal with the European…

 Italy to endorse OBOR? Analyses & Assessments

Italy to endorse OBOR?

Italy has planned to sign a memorandum of understanding to become part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, the flagship multi-national, mega-project which is investing billions of dollars in…

 Saudi Arabia faces censure at U.N Rights forum Analyses & Assessments

Saudi Arabia faces censure at U.N Rights forum

European countries have urged Saudi Arabia to release detained activists and to co-operate with the U.N led probe into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Jamal Khashoggi was one of the Arab…

French customs agents disrupt Calais Analyses & Assessments

French customs agents disrupt Calais

Traffic jams built up around the French port of Calais as customs officers worked to rule, carrying out tighter checks on lorries heading for the Channel Tunnel and the ferry port. On June 23rd, 2016…

Russia’s hypersonic weapons targets US Analyses & Assessments

Russia’s hypersonic weapons targets US

After INF suspension, Russia's President Vladimir Putin has warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, threatening to attack Western capitals with new weaponry. On 20 October…

Pyongyang rebuilds rocket launch facility? Analyses & Assessments

Pyongyang rebuilds rocket launch facility?

North Korea has begun rebuilding work on a satellite rocket launchpad and engine test site, in an ominous sign about its attitude toward negotiations on denuclearization. The relationship between…

Burundi closes human rights office Analyses & Assessments

Burundi closes human rights office

Burundi has forced the United Nations to shut its local human rights office after 23 years, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said. Burundi is a landlocked country amid the…

Macron stresses on a “European Renaissance” Analyses & Assessments

Macron stresses on a “European Renaissance”

Emmanuel Macron has stepped up calls for a more united EU, laying out a series of proposals for a “European Renaissance” to fend off resurgent populists threatening to score big gains in the bloc’s…

Chinese to raise defense spending Analyses & Assessments

Chinese to raise defense spending

Beijing seeks to create a “world-class” military under Chinese President Xi Jinping for which China announced a 7.5 percent growth rate in defence spending in 2019. The Chinese People's Liberation…

Cure for AIDS? Analyses & Assessments

Cure for AIDS?

A stem-cell treatment put a London cancer patient’s HIV into remission, marking the second such reported case and reinvigorating efforts to cure the AIDS-causing infection that afflicts some 37…

Trump terminates trade benefits Analyses & Assessments

Trump terminates trade benefits

US President Donald Trump has announced his intention to end preferential trade treatment for India and Turkey, accusing New Delhi and Ankara of failing to convince Washington it will provide “…

Mozilla fears DarkMatter misuse Analyses & Assessments

Mozilla fears DarkMatter misuse

Mozilla is considering the blocking of cybersecurity company DarkMatter over allegations of a cyber-espionage program. Mozilla is a free software community founded in 1998 by members of Netscape. The…

Well being index Analyses & Assessments

Well being index

According to global surveys, smaller countries such as Singapore are placed at the top of global wellness ranks while countries with large and booming economies are at the bottom. Gross National…

Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders visit South Sudan Analyses & Assessments

Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders visit South Sudan

The Ethiopian and Eritrean leaders arrived in Juba on March 4, 2019 with the view to spur President Salva Kiir to make more peace overtures in his country’s worsening political crisis. South Sudan is…

 House Democrats to investigate Trump Analyses & Assessments

House Democrats to investigate Trump

House Democrats will request documents from more than 60 people this week as they step up investigations into allegations of obstruction of justice and abuse of power in the administration of US…

U.K Foreign Secretary visits Yemen Analyses & Assessments

U.K Foreign Secretary visits Yemen

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt visited Yemen’s port city of Aden as part of a regional tour and urged parties in the nation’s four-year conflict to make greater efforts in order to secure a…

Bouteflika to run for President again Analyses & Assessments

Bouteflika to run for President again

Protesters turned out in their thousands across Algeria to denounce plans by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to seek a fifth term in office, as his campaign formally submitted the candidacy papers for…

Rwanda and Uganda address fallout Analyses & Assessments

Rwanda and Uganda address fallout

Rwandan Foreign minister Oliver Nduhungirehe explained the ongoing border standoff between his country and Uganda. In two tweets posted on his official account, Nduhungirehe clarified that Rwanda’s…

US merges Palestinian mission in Israel Analyses & Assessments

US merges Palestinian mission in Israel

The U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, which serves Palestinians, will be absorbed into the new U.S. Embassy to Israel, the State Department said, a planned merger that has angered Palestinian leadership.…

Venezuela update Analyses & Assessments

Venezuela update

The US is discussing emergency aid for Venezuela should the regime of Nicolás Maduro fall, including potential financial assistance alongside official loan programmes from the IMF and other…