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Morocco to return to the African Union

It seems that the African continent is seeking unity and integrity more than ever.  At its 27th summit held this week in Kigali, Rwanda, the African Union (UA), which is a pan-african organization, has launched the UA passport aimed at facilitating free movement of people in the continent. Another highlight of the summit was the decision made by Morocco to ...

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Philippines troops and Abu Sayyaf militants clash

Clashes between Philippines troops and Abu Sayyaf militants on a southern island killed 23 people Saturday, an army spokesman said Sunday. The number of dead included 18 soldiers and five Muslim rebels linked to the Islamic State group. The assault, which continued for ten hours after the military attacked a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf rebels on the island of Basilan, ...

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More than 100 killed in Kerala after fire broke out

At least 100 people are feared dead after a massive fire swept through a temple in Kerala state of India. The incident took place on Sunday morning in the coastal town of Paravir when a spark from the show ignited a separate pile of fireworks that was being stored at the Puttingal temple complex, officials said. The officials further added ...

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A joint European framework to deal with hybrid threats

In recent years, the EU and its Member States have been increasingly exposed to hybrid threats that comprise hostile actions designed to destabilise a region or a state. The European Commission and the High Representative adopted a Joint Framework to counter hybrid threats and foster the resilience of the EU, its Member States and partner countries while increasing cooperation with ...

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Danish police made cautionary arrests of alleged ISIS recruits

Danish police said they had arrested four people on Thursday at different addresses near Copenhagen on suspicion of having been rescruited by the militant group ISIS in Syria to commit terrorist violence. Ammunitions and weapons were found in a connected search, the police said. “All four suspects are accused of having violated the penal code by allowing themselves to be recruited ...

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Syrians deported to Turkey will be granted temporary protection

Turkey will grant temporary protection status to Syrian migrants sent back from Greek islands, the government said on Thursday, a step required under an agreement with the European Union to combat illegal migration. The status would be given to Syrians who had illegally crossed to the islands after March 20, 2016, and who requested protection after being re-admitted to Turkey, ...

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Merkel: Protecting the borders is a priority

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe is on the “right track” to deal with the refugee crisis. Merkel speaking at joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande, said: “I think that last year the difficulties were due to the fact that we weren’t clear on how to protect our external borders.” She spoke in the French city of Metz, ...

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Hungary has repaid an 8-year-old loan

Hungary’s central bank said today it had fully repaid a multi-billion-euro loan it took out in 2008 from international lenders to prop up its wobbling economy during the financial crisis. “A joyful day has dawned on us, we are finally over a long and difficult period,” Economy Minister Mihaly Varga said in Budapest today. The EU member state had been ...

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Debt haircut impossible with Greece in the Eurozone, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted Tuesday that Berlin wants the International Monetary Fund to remain part of the Greek bailout but ruled out a debt haircut for Greece. “The German position is that the IMF is taking part in an agreement. We want a quick conclusion to these talks,” Merkel said after meeting with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and ...

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