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U.S. frustration simmers over Belgium’s struggle with militant threat

U.S. frustration simmers over Belgium’s struggle with militant threat Shortly after last November’s attacks on Paris by a Brussels-based Islamic State cell, a top U.S. counter-terrorism official traveling in Europe wanted to visit Brussels to learn more about the investigation. When the official tried to arrange meetings, however, his Belgian …

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Congo president Sassou Nguesso wins re-election

Congo president Sassou Nguesso wins re-election Congo Republic President Denis Sassou Nguesso has won a new five-year term with 60.39 percent of the vote, the interior minister said on Thursday, extending his long rule over the oil-producing nation that first began in 1979. Interior Minister Raymond Zephyrin Mboulou announced the …

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US Kerry tells Russia he wants to see further reduction in Syria violence

US Kerry tells Russia he wants to see further reduction in Syria violence U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Moscow on Thursday a fragile partial truce in Syria had reduced levels of violence there, but that he wanted to see a further reduction as well as greater flows …

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US steps up airport security after Brussels attacks

US steps up airport security after Brussels attacks The US Department of Homeland Security stepped up security at airports across America, where major cities went on alert on Tuesday (Mar 22) after deadly bombings tore through Brussels. Secretary Jeh Johnson said additional security was being deployed at “major city airports …

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Eiffel Tower lit with Belgium’s colours after Brussels attacks

Eiffel Tower lit with Belgium’s colours after Brussels attacks The Eiffel Tower was lit up Tuesday (Mar 22) evening with Belgium’s national colours in solidarity with the victims of the Brussels attacks. The iconic symbol of Paris was bathed in black, yellow and red lights as dusk fell to honour …

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Obama arrives in Argentina to reset relations after years of tension

Obama arrives in Argentina to reset relations after years of tension U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Argentina on Wednesday to reset diplomatic relations and strengthen trade ties with a country that was part of South America’s left-wing bloc until pro-business President Mauricio Macri took power in December. Obama’s two-day …

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Gunmen attack EU military mission HQ in Mali

Gunmen attack EU military mission HQ in Mali Gunmen on Monday attacked a hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, that had been converted into the headquarters of a European Union military training operation, but there no casualties among the mission’s personnel. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, …

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Benin Prime Minister Zinsou concedes defeat in presidential elections

Benin Prime Minister Zinsou concedes defeat in presidential elections Benin Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou on Monday conceded defeat to businessman Patrice Talon in presidential elections. “I called Patrice Talon tonight to congratulate him on his victory and wish him luck,” Zinsou said in a statement on his Facebook page. Zinsou …

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Congo orders telecoms shutdown during presidential vote

Congo orders telecoms shutdown during presidential vote Congo Republic’s government has ordered the country’s two largest telecommunications providers to block all communications during a presidential election on Sunday and again on Monday, a government source said on Saturday. The decision, which the source said was taken for reasons of security, …

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62 killed in plane crash in southern Russia

62 killed in plane crash in southern Russia All 62 people on board a flydubai Boeing 737 were killed when the plane crashed and burst into flames as it was landing in Rostov-on-Don, in Southern Russia, on Saturday morning (Mar 19), officials said. The plane was making its second attempt …

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