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Ken Hanly

Digital Journalist based in Brandon, MB, Canada. Joined on Jun 28, 2009
Expertise in General business news & info, Politics, Education



Op-Ed: UAE hiring mercenaries to fight in Yemen against Houthi rebels

Aden - The United Arab Emirates(UAE) secretly sent hundreds of mercenaries from Colombia to Yemen to battle against the Houthi rebels who still control much territory in the east and north of the country including the capital Sanaa.

Op-Ed: Neither of two rival regimes sign Libya Political Agreement

Tunis - Martin Kobler, The Special Representative of the Secretary-GeneraL(SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya(UNSMIL) finally issued an update on the progress of the Libya dialogue.

Former U.S. drone pilots speak out against the program

Washington - According to human rights attorney, Jesselyn Radack, the U.S. government has tried to silence four former drone pilots who are now critics of the drone program.

Op-Ed: UN and others act as if Libyan unity government is a certainty

Tripoli - The Libyan Government of National Accord(GNA) is the unity government proposed in the Libyan Political Agreement(LPA). The final draft of the LPA was presented to the two rival governments some time ago by Bernardino Leon, then UN Special Envoy to Libya.

Canada will end bombing missions against the Islamic State

Ottawa - As promised during their election campaign Trudeau will withdraw its CF-18 fighter jets from the air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Op-Ed: Investigation of U.S. attack on Afghan hospital hard to believe

Kunduz - A U.S. military fact-finding investigation into an October 3 attack by an AC-130 gunship that killed 30 people found the pilot aimed at the hospital by mistake, intending to hit a compound nearby from which Taliban were firing.

Op-Ed: Internationally-recognized Libyan regime suspends meeting on LPA

Tobruk - Both the internationally-recognized House of Representatives(HoR) in Tobruk and the rival General National Congress(GNC) have yet to vote on the latest draft of the UN-sponsored Libyan Political Agreement(LPA).

Op-Ed: New UN Libya envoy Martin Krober flogging a dead horse

Tripoli - The new UN Special Envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, is continuing to try to persuade the two rival Libyan governments to sign on to the final draft of the Libyan Political Agreement(LPA) presented by former envoy Bernardino Leon.

Op-Ed: Tobruk government may sabotage huge Glencore deal with NOC

Tobruk - Before the rebellion against Gadaffi, Libya was pumping 1.6 million barrels of oil a day. Now, it is pumping about one quarter of that amount with new problems constantly popping up.

Tuareg and Tebu tribes in south of Libya agree to ceasefire

Doha - After a conflict that has lasted over a year, the Tebu and Tuareg tribes that control territory in the south of Libya have signed a ceasefire. Much of the conflict has been in the southern city of Obari.

Op-Ed: John Kerry visits UAE and promises joint action on Libya

Abu Dhabi - United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, met on November 23 with United Arab Emirates(UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Kerry will visit Israel and Palestine as well.

More U.S. Marines to move to Guam

Washington - A force of 4,800 U.S. Marines is to move to Guam to be ready for war and disasters in East Asia as part of Obama's pivot to Asia plan.

Op-Ed: UN envoy talks with representatives from two rival Libyan regimes

Tripoli - Over the weekend, the new UN Special Envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, met first with representatives of the internationally-recognized House of Representatives(HoR) in Tobruk and the General National Congress(GNC) in Tripoli.

Op-Ed: Union wants to bring back postal saving banks to fund Canada Post

Ottawa - In the second quarter of this year, Canada Post actually made a profit, but in the last quarter it lost $13 million. Even so, this is a relatively small sum, as is the total loss for the year so far of $20 million.

Op-Ed: Palestinian poet sentenced to death by Saudi court for apostasy

Riyadh - A Saudi court sentenced Asharaf Fayadh, a Palestinian poet, to death for abandoning his Muslim faith, a form of apostasy punishable by death in Saudi Arabia and a number of other countries who implement Sharia law.

Op-Ed: New UN Special Envoy to Libya flies to Tobruk for talks

Tobruk - The new UN Special Envoy to Libya, German diplomat Martin Kobler, has flown to Libya for three days of talks to try and restart the UN-brokered Libya dialogue process.

Op-Ed: John Kerry says U.S. can neutralize IS more quickly than Al-Qaeda

Washington - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters the United States would be able to "neutralize" the Islamic State or Daesh much more quickly than it was able to do so with Al-Qaeda.

U.S. Senate confirms new ambassador to Libya

Washington - The United States Senate has confirmed Obama's choice as US Ambassador to Libya, Peter William Bodde. He will work out of Tunis, the capital of neighboring Tunisia.

Op-Ed: Daughter of Canadian imprisoned in UAE wants Trudeau's help

Abu Dhabi - Salim Alaradi was among 10 business men detained by UAE authorities in August and September of last year. Human Rights Watch asked UAE authorities to investigate accusations from three former detainees that they were tortured by state security officers.

Temporary ceasefire arranged with rebels in Damascus suburb

Damascus - A 15-day ceasefire could come into effect in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta as early as November 19 according to a report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
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