Libya: International Calls for Calm

[RFI] G7 foreign ministers meeting in Dinard, in France on Friday urged an immediate halt to “all military activity and movements toward Tripoli” adding that civilians were in danger. They echoed the United Nations Security Council in New York which had held an emergency meeting to discuss the situation.

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What to make of the attempted resignation of Iran’s foreign minister

MUHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF, Iran’s long-serving foreign minister and architect of its nuclear deal with America and the West, apologised for his shortcomings and resigned, by way of an Instagram post, on February 25th. Within hours, Iran’s two rival camps—one still seeking engagement with the West, the other thirsting for confrontation—were at each other’s throats.

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Saudi Arabia’s missile race

IN 2016 Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto ruler, announced the latest stage of “Saudisation”—the replacement of foreign workers with Saudi ones. It now appears the policy does not stop at swapping out bankers and bakers, but extends to ballistic missiles. Satellite photos analysed by researchers from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and reported by the Washington Post, appear to show that Saudi Arabia has been building a factory for rocket engines, at an existing missile base in al-Watah, south-west of Riyadh

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Gabon: President Expected Home After Prolonged Medical Absence

[Deutsche Welle] President Ali Bongo is returning to Gabon after receiving treatment for a stroke he had in October, government sources say. It comes a week after a coup attempt was thwarted and days after he appointed a new government.

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