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Mexico warns US over border wall funding

KALAHAN DENG Mexico has warned the US against imposing a unilateral tax on Mexican imports to finance a border wall, saying it could respond in kind. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said the government could place tariffs on selected goods from US states reliant on exports to Mexico. Earlier, US President Donald Trump vowed to start building the wall “soon, way ...

South Sudan conflict: The hungry emerge from swampland for aid

KALAHAN DENG Three years of civil war in South Sudan have driven thousands of families into the marshes of the Nile to hide from the fighting. A famine has been declared some parts. The BBC’s Alastair Leithead has been to the rebel-held town Thonyor in Leer County, where people have been told to gather to get help. They emerged from ...

‘You can see burning and smoke from the terminal buildings’

KALAHAN DENG Report from inside the perimeter of Mosul airport on the Iraqi security forces’ attempt to retake it and establish a launchpad for an assault on the west of Mosul, still held by so-called Islamic State (IS).

Olathe shooting: Friend and widow on US shooting

KALAHAN DENG Kansas victim’s widow: ‘We thought about leaving US’ 24 February 2017 Last updated at 22:32 GMT The widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, the Indian man who was shot and killed inside a pub in Kansas, has called upon the government to answer how they will prevent similar violent crimes. The FBI are investigating whether the attack was a hate ...

Somalia Mogadishu car bomb: At least 34 people killed

KALAHAN DENG At least 34 people have been killed and about 50 injured in a car bomb blast in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The car blew up in the city’s southern Madina district, officials say. The blast – which ripped through shops and food stalls – is the first major attack in the capital since the election of President Mohamed ...

Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

KALAHAN DENG Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move towards an assault on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions early on Sunday. The progress on Sunday in the south of the city, the second biggest in ...

Removing US military forces from the Gulf

Reporting on President Donald Trump’s new energy policy which plans for a big increase in domestically produced oil and gas, the Financial Times reported yesterday: “Exports of gas have begun, with the first shipments of Liquefied Natural Gas leaving the Sabine Pass facility on the border between Texas and Louisiana a year ago. Since then trade has grown and the ...

Battle for Mosul upends false Iraq narrative

The Iraqi army’s progress in Mosul over the past few months flies in the face of the narrative that has been created about Iraq since 2003. Narratives are often constructed, but rarely as aggressively as the story according to which Iraq is an artificial country comprising people who deeply mistrust each other. The invasion of Mosul and Tikrit by the ...

Iran’s Rouhani under fire as tensions with U.S. rise

ISTANBUL — When the United States suddenly issued a ban on entry by nationals from Iran and six other countries, sending the world’s airports into chaos, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave a muted response. “Let’s help neighboring cultures, not build walls between nations,” the ­moderate leader posted on Twitter. “Let’s not forget what happened to the #BerlinWall.” The comment, typical ...

Coptic Christian teacher shot dead in Egypt

Gamal Tawfiq, 50, was shot in the head by two militants on a motorbike who followed him as he walked from home to work Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian teacher on his way to school in northern Sinai on Thursday, the second killing of a Christian in less than a week in the turbulent region, officials have ...

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