[Africa Renewal] Only 30 per cent of Ethiopian migrants seeking to find work in Saudi Arabia are aware that Yemen – the one country they must cross –is in its sixth year of conflict, while less than 50 per cent know of the dangers of boats capsizing at sea.
RARELY HAS Saudi Arabia sounded so magnanimous. For five years it has been fighting the Houthis, a group of Shia rebels in Yemen, on behalf of the government they toppled.
[This Day] Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has blamed the immediate adverse effects of the slump in oil price on Nigeria on the refusal to structure the nation as a federal state to diversify her economy.
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FOR DECADES Qatar has promoted itself as a beacon of openness in a repressive region.
THE WAR in Yemen escalated last month when a missile hit a mosque at a military training camp near Marib, killing over 100 soldiers. The government blamed the Houthi rebels, who control much of the country (see map)
THREE MONTHSago, as executives gathered in Riyadh for a conference, a supporter of the Saudi crown prince allowed himself a moment of doubt. The businessman was fond of Muhammad bin Salman’s efforts to open a closed country and diversify its economy.
SULTAN QABOOS of Oman left little to chance. Long before he died he sealed two envelopes containing the name of his chosen successor—and a back-up, just in case. Hours after his death was announced on January 10th, relatives gathered to open the envelope.
[Dalsan Radio] The mystery surrounding the organization and execution of the Saturday bombing in Mogadishu has finally been revealed.
[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala, Uganda -The International Crimes Division of the High Court in Kampala has issued an arrest warrant in respect of Omar al-Bashir and questioned Uganda’s failure to arrest him when he last visited Uganda.