As America and Iran act tough, the risk of conflict is growing

“THE WORST deal ever negotiated,” was President Donald Trump’s view of Barack Obama’s signature diplomatic achievement: a deal that placed strict limits on Iran’s nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief. The agreement, signed in 2015 by Iran and six world powers, clumsily named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), made it much harder for Iran to build an atom bomb, at least for a while. But it has been on life support ever since Mr Trump declared a year ago that he was withdrawing from it.

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Chinese money is behind some of the Arab world’s biggest projects

THERE IS NOT much to see for the first 500km south of Oman’s capital, Muscat, as the highway slices through the Hajar mountains and down a barren coast. Then it hits Duqm, a sleepy fishing village that is being transformed into a mega-port

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Nigeria: U.S. Lawmaker Decries Nigeria’s Electoral Process

[Vanguard] UNITED States Congressman, Gerald Connolly, has bemoaned manipulation of elections in Nigeria, killings in Syria and the situation in Venezuela which he said were not getting adequate media attention compared to controversial remarks by a new congresswoman.

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Nigeria: Nigeria Among 10 Countries Where Conflicts Claim More Babies

[Guardian] A new report by Save the Children, an international non-governmental organisation that promotes children’s rights, has listed Nigeria among the 10 worst conflict-affected countries, where 100,000 kids died yearly as a result of armed conflicts between 2013 and 2017.

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Nigeria: Boko Haram Is Defeated – Nigeria Now Facing ‘Global Insurgency’ – Minister

[Premium Times] The Nigerian government is insisting that its military has “successfully defeated” Boko Haram insurgents, but says the country is now facing a fresh crisis, which it called a “global insurgency.”

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