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Ukraine: Fighting Continues Despite Truce

Ukraine: Fighting Continues Despite Truce

Ukraine: Fighting Continues Despite Truce

Fierce fighting has continued between government troops and pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine, despite renewed diplomatic efforts to enforce a truce. Ukraine officials said six government soldiers were killed in the past 24 hours and army positions were fired on 26 times near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. The rebels said one of their fighters was killed during attacks by the army. On Monday, Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France called for the withdrawal of more

Saudi Recalls Ambassador To Sweden

Saudi Recalls Ambassador To Sweden

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Sweden amidst a row over military ties, Sweden officials say. “We were informed yesterday [Tuesday] that Saudi Arabia had called back its ambassador,” said Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman Veronica Nordlund. Earlier this week, Sweden said it plans to end a long-standing defense co-operation deal between the two countries. The contract, worth millions of dollars in Swedish arms exports, is due to expire in May. Sweden said it was

U.S. Consulate General Marks International Women’s Day

To mark the International Women’s Day, IWD, on Sunday, March 8, the Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate General in Lagos, in collaboration with Access Bank Plc and Idea Builders Initiative, launched the 2015 International Women’s Month on Thursday, March 5 with films, a panel discussion and a theatrical performance. This was aimed at increasing women’s civic, corporate and political engagement in Nigeria showcasing the theme: “Make It Happen.” Over 200 women participated

TAOBAO: China’s Bizarre Response to Ebay, Amazon

With about 500 million registered users, who trade an average of 50,000 items of merchandise every minute, Taobao has become one of the largest e-commerce websites in the world. With its operations covering two major platforms – the TMall, where established brand owners sell directly to customers and the Taobao Market place, where smaller companies and budding entrepreneurs set up shops – the kind of items that are up for sale has stirred a lot

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Consolidating African Democracy

The United States, US, President Barrack Obama’s second visit to the African continent has just come to an end (Sunday July 2). Obama, together with his economic team, rounded off a one-week tour of three countries, which began last Wednesday. Having been to Ghana during his first visit, the president this time visited Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, which Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor, described as “strong democracies.”   According to Rhodes, it is

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