Will a flurry of diplomacy help Israel and the Palestinians?

DIPLOMATS often lament that the Israelis and Palestinians are not talking. You wouldn’t know it from the crowd of diplomats and spies parading around the region this summer. They shuttle between Jerusalem, Ramallah and Gaza, and Arab capitals from Cairo to the Gulf, for three tracks of negotiations

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Nigeria:Buhari Commends Honest Security Men Who Returned Bag With Dollars

[This Day] Abuja -President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday advised Nigerians to emulate two security men who returned a handbag filled with valuables forgotten at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos by an American returnee, saying such conduct reflects the new Nigeria that “we all desire”.

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Eager to please America, the Gulf states want a role in Afghanistan

NEXT month the American war in Afghanistan will pass a surreal milestone. The army will begin recruiting soldiers who were not yet alive during the attacks of September 11th that led to the invasion. For most Americans, the conflict is all but forgotten.

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South Sudan:Factions Sign Peace Deal, Machar to Return as Vice President

[Deutsche Welle] After years of fighting and failed peace initiatives in South Sudan, the country’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have signed a power sharing deal which would see Machar reinstated as a vice-president.

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South Africa:Reflecting on Mandela’s Centenary

[Atlantic Council] Washington, DC -In the predawn hours of July 18, 1918, not far from the medieval cathedral town of Soissons in northeastern France, twenty-four French divisions, including two segregated American infantry divisions (the storied 92nd “Buffalo Soldiers” and the 93rd) under French command, supported by other Allied units–including eight other US divisions of the American Expeditionary Force led by Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing for whom the day would bring one of their first combat operation

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