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UK foreign minister visits Somalia, pledges drought aid – state radio

MOGADISHU: British foreign minister Boris Johnson met Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Wednesday, pledging aid to help combat the effects of a devastating drought, state radio reported on Wednesday. The country has been mired in civil war for more than a quarter of a century, and this year around 6.2 million Somalis, around half… Read More »

Finance minister Aso: Japan-US dialogue to address economic policies, trade and investment

TOKYO: Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday that Japan and the United States would aim to strengthen trade and investment ties between the two countries as well as among Asia-Pacific countries. “We will discuss economic policies and strengthening of trade and investment relations and economic cooperation among countries in the Asia-Pacific region as… Read More »

Turkey dismissed more than 90,000 public servants in post-coup purge – minister

ANKARA: Turkish authorities have dismissed more than 90,000 public servants for alleged connections to a coup attempt in July as part of a purge critics say has broadened to target any political opposition to President Tayyip Erdogan. Speaking to reporters at a roundtable interview broadcast on television, Labour Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said 125,485 people from… Read More »

Canada's Trudeau to shuffle Cabinet Tuesday, drop foreign minister – reports

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to shuffle a number of members of his Cabinet as early as Tuesday, potentially including the foreign affairs minister, Canadian media reported on Monday. The Canadian Press, citing sources, reported that the move would involve at least six people, including Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion. Current Trade… Read More »

Ivory Coast mutineers hold defence minister in pay standoff

ABIDJAN: Mutinous soldiers were holding Ivory Coast’s Defence Minister Alain Richard Donwahi on Saturday (Jan 7), rejecting the terms of a deal announced by the president to end their mutinous pay protest. An AFP correspondent reported that soldiers were firing Kalashnikov rifles and heavy weapons outside local government offices in Bouake, blocking the minister and… Read More »

Ex-Guinea mines minister accused by US of laundering bribes

NEW YORK: A former minister of mines in Guinea was arrested on Tuesday on U.S. charges that he laundered bribe payments he had accepted to help award a Chinese conglomerate valuable rights, including near control of the West African country’s mining sector. Mahmoud Thiam, a U.S. citizen who served as Guinea’s minister of mines from… Read More »

Turkey's Prime Minister to meet Russia's Putin in December: Sources

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit on Dec 5 and 6, government sources said. Russia and Turkey, a NATO member, are backing opposing sides in the Syrian conflict. In recent months they have been normalising ties that broke down a year ago when Turkey shot down… Read More »

Spain's Socialists agree to abstain in prime minister confidence vote

MADRID: Spain’s Socialists cleared the way on Sunday for the conservative People’s Party (PP) to be sworn in to government, ending a 10-month political deadlock that has paralysed institutions and threatened to derail an economic recovery. Senior members of the centre-left party voted 139 in favour, versus 96 against, of abstaining in a new confidence… Read More »

Israeli energy minister to visit Turkey in first such trip for six years

ANKARA: Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz will visit Turkey on Thursday in the first ministerial visit between the two countries for six years, Israel’s embassy in Ankara said in a statement on Monday. Steinitz will meet with his Turkish counterpart Berat Albayrak and also attend the World Energy Congress in Istanbul. Relations between the two… Read More »