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Uzbekistan to adopt a new concept of foreign policy

The authorities of Uzbekistan intend to adopt a new concept of foreign policy. It should be recalled that on December 27, a solemn ceremony of presenting credentials by newly appointed foreign ambassadors to Uzbekistan took place. Then the President stressed that the country is committed to continuing democratic reforms, ensuring …

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Berri won’t let Amal members lash out at Aoun

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, who was expecting a harsher attack from President Michel Aoun, had asked his officials not to hit back, Amal sources said. The sources told al-Akhbar newspaper, in remarks published Tuesday, that Berri “prohibited” all officials in his movement from “starting arguments” with the Free Patriotic Movement, …

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Abbas meets with Gantz on economy

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday, officials said. It was the highest-level meeting between Abbas and an Israeli minister to be made public since Israel’s new government was formed in June. Gantz, who heads a centrist …

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Pakistan’s opposition rejects election results, urges new poll

Pakistan’s opposition parties have rejected the general election results, calling for what they described as a transparent, and free and fair re-election. Cricket star Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) won 115 seats in Wednesday’s vote, but fell short of the 137 needed to secure an outright majority. The latest …

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Algeria at crossroads as transition looms

Come April 2019, Algerians will head to the polls to elect a new president. However, a year before the election, a political impasse has been created in the country. There has been mounting speculation that President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika, who first came to power in 1999, will seek a fifth …

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Vladimir Putin says he’ll run for reelection. Nobody is surprised.

Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, he of the perennial 80 percent approval ratings, declared his intention Wednesday to run for reelection, essentially guaranteeing a new six-year term for the Kremlin leader. “I will nominate my candidacy for the post of the president of the Russian Federation,” Putin said at a rally and a concert at …

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