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Iran dismisses new US sanctions as ‘fruitless and repetitive’

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Iran dismissed on Thursday new US sanctions on several Iranian officials, saying they were a sign of the complete inefficiency of Washington’s previous sanctions...

UN expresses alarm at violence in Afghanistan as April civilian casualties jump

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The United Nations said Afghan civilian casualties jumped to 380 in April, expressing alarm about a “striking deterioration” in respect for international humanitarian law...

Afghans say Taliban behind bloodshed, reject US blame of Islamic State

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Afghan officials on Friday blamed the Taliban for a bloody attack on a maternity hospital in the capital, Kabul, this week, rejecting a US...

Attacks deal Trump’s long-shot Afghan peace push a fresh blow

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US President Donald Trump’s stalled plans to bring peace to Afghanistan have suffered a new setback with a decision by Kabul to resume offensive...

Newborns among dead in Kabul hospital attack

Gunmen disguised as police attacked a hospital in Kabul killing 16 including two newborn babies from a maternity clinic run by international humanitarian organisation...

Bomb explodes in Syrian town

At least 40 civilians, including 11 children, died when a bomb detonated in northern Syrian town Afrin, the Turkish Defence Ministry said blaming the...

Yemen separatists announce self-rule

Yemen’s main southern separatist group said it would establish self-rule in areas it controlled, which the Saudi-backed government warned would have “catastrophic consequences”. The move...

Yemen talks start again

Saudi Arabia resumed indirect talks with Yemen’s Houthi movement to cement a faltering ceasefire, sources familiar with the discussions said, as the UN pushes...

Canada lifting Saudi weapons export block

Canada is lifting a freeze on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia and renegotiated a criticised $14 billion contract to sell General Dynamics armoured vehicles...

Prisoner release in Afghanistan

The Afghan government released 100 Taliban prisoners as a first step of a peace process with the hard-line Islamists, despite the group’s suspension of...

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Coronavirus shows why the SANDF needs to be adequately funded

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The deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help fight the COVID-19 novel coronavirus yet again demonstrates the need for a...