A new push to resolve the conflict over Western Sahara

IN THE SAHARA, rain is said to bring good luck. So negotiators from the United Nations should be encouraged by a recent downpour in Laayoune, the capital of Western Sahara. On December 5th they will gather in Geneva to try, yet again, to resolve the differences between Morocco, which rules two-thirds of the territory, and the Polisario Front, a nationalist movement that controls the other (mostly inhospitable) third

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Tanzania: Gay Tanzanians Remain Fearful Despite Govt Denouncing LGBT+ Crackdown

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -LGBT+ people in Tanzania on Monday welcomed a move by the government distancing itself from a planned crackdown on sexual minorities in the city of Dar es Salaam, but said it did not go far enough – with many still fearful of attack or arrest.

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Southern Africa:Air Zimbabwe Plane with Technical Problems Refused Landing at Bulawayo

[New Zimbabwe] Air Zimbabwe passengers were left seething with anger at the weekend after a plane chattered by the troubled flag-carrier developed problems mid-air only to be refused emergency landing in Bulawayo.

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Why dissidents are gathering in Istanbul

REFUGEES, dissidents and émigrés from across the Arab world are flocking to the old imperial city which ruled their lands until 1918. In Mukhtar, a popular café in Istanbul’s “Little Syria”, outcasts from regimes that crushed the Arab spring sip coffee spiced with cardamom—and plot their comeback.

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Zimbabwe:Ex-Warriors Goalie Grobbelaar Eyes Political Career

[New Zimbabwe] Former Warriors goalkeeper Bruce “Jungleman” Grobbelaar says he recently received a telephone call from President Emerson Mnangagwa ahead of the pair’s meeting next month as he steps up his plans to venture into politics.

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Iran’s troubles are mounting at home and abroad

IT IS clear whom President Donald Trump blames for the Middle East’s problems. Iran’s “corrupt dictatorship”, he told the UN General Assembly on September 25th, “sows chaos, death and disruption” in the region. It used the economic benefits of its deal with America and other world powers, which curbed Iran’s nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief, to raise military spending and support terrorism, he claimed

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Seychelles:Civil Society in Seychelles to Open First Crisis Shelter for Women

[Seychelles News Agency] Civil society in Seychelles will open the first crisis shelter for abused women in the island nation in November. The facility is funded by the European Union and is an initiative of the Citizens Engagement Platform of Seychelles (CEPS), which groups together not for profit organisations.

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America turns its back on the Palestinian leadership

FORTY years ago the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) took a first step to representation in Washington, DC. President Jimmy Carter allowed it to open a three-person “information office” in 1978, though it was then considered a terrorist group. It was a move towards an American-brokered peace process meant to lead to a two-state solution.

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