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Op-Ed: The hidden risks behind China’s stock market crash

Remember Japan? In the 1980s, thanks to its spectacular economic growth, Japanophobia and Japan bashing were the most popular pastimes in the U.S.

Across the 'Gate of Tears': Yemen refugees flee to Djibouti

Djibouti - Dwarfed by warships and giant cargo vessels, the small wooden boats that brave the dangerous crossing between the Horn of Africa and Yemen are a lifeline for the desperate thousands fleeing war.

Djibouti president warns of Yemen's risks to region

Djibouti - Djibouti's president has warned Yemen's civil war and a resurgent Al-Qaeda pose a threat to the Middle East, but pledged continuing support to refugees fleeing the conflict, he told AFP in an interview.

China negotiating Horn of Africa military base: Djibouti president

Djibouti - China is negotiating a military base in the strategic port of Djibouti, the president told AFP, raising the prospect of US and Chinese bases side-by-side in the tiny Horn of Africa nation.

Kerry to discuss 'humanitarian pause' in Yemen with Saudi Arabia

Djibouti - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he will be discussing with Saudi Arabia the implementation of a "humanitarian pause" in military operations in Yemen in order to facilitate aid operations."I will be there in Saudi Arabia tonight.

Kerry in Djibouti to discuss security, aid to Yemen and Somalia

Djibouti - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti Wednesday, home to the main US military base on the continent and just across the sea from war-torn Yemen.

Op-Ed: Inside China’s silent onslaught on Washington

International institutions are one of the most enduring legacies of the post- World War II US-sponsored American world order.

Op-Ed: Lessons from the EU’s unlikely success in the war against piracy

Brussels - Remember how just a few years ago one of the most pressing issue to world peace and security seemed to be the sundry band of pirates off the coast of Somalia that was wreaking havoc across the Gulf of Aden by pillaging and plundering trade lanes?

U.S. to lease base in Djibouti for 10 years with an extension

The U.S. has negotiated a decade-long lease for a key base in Djibouti that it has long used for "counter-terrorism" operations that include drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia.

Report on CIA provides evidence Djibouti was a 'black site'

Mohammad al-Asad is suing the government of Djibouti for hosting a CIA "black site". Al-Asad, a Yemeni, claims he was arrested at his home in Tanzania on Dec. 27 of 2003, blindfolded and flown to a location he insists was in Djibouti.

Kenya mentioned as complicit in CIA torture of terror suspects

Nairobi - Kenya is among 54 nations mentioned to have taken part in CIA operations that involved torture of suspected terrorists in the years subsequent to the 9/11 bombings on the US, Open Society Justice Initiative, a New York-based human rights group, has said.

Op-Ed: Djibouti and Camp Lemonnier a hub for U.S. drone operations

The Washington Post has a long article detailing the operations at a U.S. base in Djibouti at Camp Lemonnier. Drones from the base fly north to Yemen but also south to Somalia.

Op-Ed: The Ivory Coast and the end of French colonialist connivance

France’s reputation for influence-peddling and widespread corruption in Africa is nobody’s secret, but Nicolas Sarkozy's reactions to the current electoral deadlock in the Ivory Coast indicate that France's shadowy African era may be coming to an end.

Chemical tanker hijacked off Djibouti

Aden - In yet another act of piracy on the high seas, a chemical tanker has been hijacked in the Red Sea, according to a communiqué by the EU Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR).

New top-10 list ranks countries on extent of ecological damage

Adelaide - The USA, China and Australia all share one thing in common today -- they have been found to be three of the top-ten most environmentally destructive countries in the world.

Japan's first foreign military base to open in Djibouti

The Japanese government is setting up its first foreign military base in Djibouti, a small African state strategically located at the southern end of the Red Sea on the Gulf of Aden. The new military base is set for completion early next year.

Poll: Arab League countries' views of U.S. leadership improved

Gallup polls conducted during 2009 show that among Arab League countries, the opinion of United States leadership has improved over the last year.

Aid Agency Launches East Africa Appeal, 23 Million Lives at Risk

The international aid agency Oxfam has launched a £9.5 million ($15 million) emergency appeal for East Africa as 23 million people in the region find their lives under threat from hunger.

Somali Parliament Votes For Sharia Law

The Somali parliament’s deputy speaker, Osman Elmi Bogore has announced a decision to introduce Sharia, or traditional Islamic law, across Somalia. Members of Parliament passed an opposition bill unanimously, he said.

Five arrested Somali pirates in Dutch court

Five suspected Somali pirates are to appear in a Netherlands court over a foiled attack on a ship in the Gulf of Aden, say prosecutors in the Rotterdam law court. The five men were flown in with a military transport after capture by Danish patrols.
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