CEASEFIRE BETWEEN MOROCCO AND WESTERN SAHARA’S POLISARIO FRONT COLLAPSES

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Analysts have expressed concern that renewed fighting in Western Sahara between the Polisario Front and Morocco after a 29-year ceasefire threatens regional stability and renews fears for the security and future of Sahrawi refugees – most of whom have been displaced since 1975. The Sahrawi refugee situation is among the most protracted ones worldwide. Occupied…

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G20 LEADERS UNITED TO ADDRESS MAJOR GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND ECONOMIC CHALLENGES

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By Alex Pollock Discussions on how to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and deal with the global economic damage it has wrought dominated the Group of 20 Summit, which began on Saturday (21 November) and was hosted virtually by Saudi Arabia. In private sessions, heads of state of the world’s 19 richest countries and the European…

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KONFLIK IN ETHIOPIË BEDREIG STABILITEIT IN STREEK

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Terwyl konflik in die noordelike deel van Ethiopië steeds toeneem, het Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray se president, bevestig dat sy weermag die Eritrese stad, Asmara, gebombardeer het. Hoewel hy nie gesê het hoeveel missiele afgevuur is nie, het hy tog bevestig dat sy troepe sowel Eritrese as Ethiopiese magte aan “verskeie fronte” langs Ethiopië se grens…

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LANDE IN ASIË EN STILLE OSEAAN-GEBIED SLUIT WÊRELD SE GROOTSTE HANDELSVERDRAG

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Vyftien land in  Asië en die Stille Oseaan-gebied het op 15 November die wêreld se grootste verdrag oor vryhandel, naamlik die Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), onderteken. Die ooreenkoms sluit die 10 lande wat aan die Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) behoort, sowel as China, Japan, Suid-Korea, Australië en Nieu-Seeland, in. Die ooreenkoms sluit…

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CONFLICT IN ETHIOPIA THREATENS REGIONAL STABILITY

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Tigray President Debretsion Gebremichael has confirmed his forces’ bombing of the Eritrean city of Asmara, as the conflict in the northern region of Ethiopia continues to escalate. While he did not say how many missiles were fired, he did say his troops were fighting both Eritrean and Ethiopian forces on “several fronts” along the Ethiopian…

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ASIA-PACIFIC COUNTRIES FORM WORLD’S LARGEST TRADING BLOC

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On 15 November, 15 Asia-Pacific countries formed the world’s largest free-trade bloc, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The agreement includes the 10 nations that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. The agreement excludes the United States, as tensions between China…

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JOE BIDEN WINS US ELECTIONS AFTER RECORD VOTER TURNOUT

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By Alex Pollock Former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States, narrowly emerging victorious from a contentious White House campaign that stretched days past election night, as vote tallies in several swing states were slowed by an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots…And with his victory, his running mate,…

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KONFLIK ESKALEER IN ETHIOPIË SE OPROERIGE TIGRAY-STREEK

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Die federale regering van Ethiopië het kommunikasie in die swaar gewapende Tigray-streek op Woensdag, 4 November, afgesny en troepe beveel om op ’n vermeende dodelike aanval op ’n militêre basis aldaar, te reageer. Skermutselings het toegeneem en ongevalle is aan beide kante gerapporteer. Abiy Ahmed, die Ethiopiese eerste minister, het sedertdien verskeie verklarings uitgereik om,…

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GEOPOLITIESE WORSTELING IN DIE STRATEGIESE KASJMIR-STREEK VAN GILGIT-BALTISTAN

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Gilgit-Baltistan se twee miljoen inwoners gaan op 15 November na die stembus om lede vir hulle wetgewende vergadering te kies. Dié liggaam, wat hoofsaaklik regstreeks onder Pakistanse beheer is, het tans minimale regte. Gedurende ’n besoek aan dié skilderagtige, noordelike streek van Gilgit-Baltistan, wat as poort na China dien, het Imran Khan, Pakistan se eerste…

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