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How May’s Sure Thing Became a Political Disaster for the Ages

How May’s Sure Thing Became a Political Disaster for the Ages

  It was 5:30 a.m. when an exhausted Theresa May returned to Conservative Party headquarters to face her demoralized campaign workers. Surrounded by discarded food wrappers, inflated blue balloons and empty bottles of beer and wine, May addressed the wreckage of a gamble that went from sure thing to catastrophe in less than two months. The […]

Somalia’s President Vows Revenge On al Shabaab After Deadly Attack

Somalia’s President Vows Revenge On al Shabaab After Deadly Attack

Somalia’s president said late Thursday night the country’s army was in “hot pursuit” of Islamist group al Shabaab fighters after the insurgents’ assault on a military base in the Puntland region that left at least 38 people dead. In the early Thursday attack, the Islamists overran a military base in Af Urur, a town about […]

Kenya’s Odinga Evokes Ghost of 2008 Chaos, Calls for Fair Vote

Kenya’s Odinga Evokes Ghost of 2008 Chaos, Calls for Fair Vote

Kenya’s elections may prompt violence that evokes the unrest that killed at least 1,100 people following a disputed vote a decade ago if the electoral authorities fail to ensure this year’s process is credible, opposition leader Raila Odinga said. Any outbreak of clashes would be difficult to control, even though Kenyans “don’t want to go […]

The Saudi Prince, The Sheikh And A Gulf Renegade

The Saudi Prince, The Sheikh And A Gulf Renegade

The choreographed statements by Saudi Arabia and three allies to quarantine Qatar at just after 6 a.m. on June 5 were not signed, but there was no mistake about who was behind them. The move to halt air and sea transport and shut the tiny Gulf nation’s only land border carried the fingerprints of two of […]

Kuwait’s Emir Moves to Mediate the Saudi-Qatar Crisis

Kuwait’s Emir Moves to Mediate the Saudi-Qatar Crisis

Kuwait’s ruler is stepping up his efforts to resolve one of the worst crises among Gulf Arab monarchies, a day after Saudi Arabia and its allies isolated Qatar by cutting off air and sea transport and closing the small nation’s only land border. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah will travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to […]

South Africa’s Zuma Denies Owning “Palace” In Dubai

South Africa’s Zuma Denies Owning “Palace” In Dubai

South African President Jacob Zuma has denied owning a “palace” in the United Arab Emirates, his office said on Sunday, after local media reported that an influential family bought him a home in the wealthy Gulf state. Graft accusations in more than 100,000 leaked documents and e-mails last week heaped more pressure on the scandal-plagued […]

Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru, Poland, Ivory Coast Elected To UN Security Council

Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru, Poland, Ivory Coast Elected To UN Security Council

The 193-member United Nations General Assembly elected Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland to the U.N. Security Council on Friday for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018. The Netherlands was elected for a one-year term after reaching a deal with Italy last year to split a two-year term. Voting between the pair […]

South African Leaked Emails Heap More Pressure On Zuma

South African Leaked Emails Heap More Pressure On Zuma

Leaked documents released by the South African media on Thursday alleging improper dealings in government contracts will open President Jacob Zuma up to renewed scrutiny and may deepen divides in the ruling African National Congress. Zuma has survived calls to resign from within the usually united ANC in recent weeks due to disputes over political […]

Ailing African Presidents Leave Nations in Leadership Limbo

Ailing African Presidents Leave Nations in Leadership Limbo

Nigeria, Angola and Zimbabwe are being left in leadership limbo as their ailing rulers spend weeks abroad seeking medical attention. The presidents of the three African nations all wield considerable power, and their absence has stoked investor uncertainty and stirred talk about succession. The situation hasn’t been helped by their governments’ failure to disclose what’s […]

Egypt’s Cabinet Approves $2.48 Billion Social Aid Program

Egypt’s Cabinet Approves $2.48 Billion Social Aid Program

The Egyptian government approved a social spending plan to support lower and middle income families after inflation surged to the highest levels in decades following the flotation of the pound. The government plans to spend 45 billion Egyptian pounds ($2.48 billion) on income tax discounts, bonuses for public employees, and increased pension payments and cash […]