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US To Remain A “Steadfast Partner” Of Saudi Arabia

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US To Remain A "Steadfast Partner" Of Saudi Arabia

Many around the world are now saying that U.S. President Donald Trump may not have any sense of morality after all. That is after Trump said on Tuesday the United States intends to remain a “steadfast partner” of Saudi Arabia, even though Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman may have known about the plan to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A statement issued by the white house indicates the president has no intention of canceling military contracts with Riyadh.  The president said in the statement, “if we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries.”

Trump said U.S. Intelligence agencies were still studying the evidence of how Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in early October, and who planned it, but sources say the CIA assessment was conclusive.

In the statement, Trump, for the first time, acknowledged the crown prince may have known about the plan to kill Khashoggi. That notwithstanding, he still wants to continue doing business as usual with the kingdom. Some of his Republican Senators have spoken out against him. Some of them maintain congress will take action against Saudi Arabia.

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Nigeria Remains Third Most Terrorized Country In The World

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Nigeria Remains Third Most Terrorized Country In The World

Nigeria still holds the unenviable position as the third most terrorized country in the world.

The 2018 global terrorism index, released on Wednesday, says  this is as a result of the spate of terrorism in Nigeria.  It also points to what it called the “increase in violence involving Fulani extremists”.  The report says this is happening as deaths committed by Boko Haram are falling..

Nigeria is ranked only below Iraq and Afghanistan, both in first and second positions.

This year alone, hundreds of Nigerians have been killed in attacks by suspected herdsmen as well as clashes between the herders and farmers/communities.

States worst hit in the attacks are Plateau, Benue, Zamfara, Taraba and others.

The report also noted that, compared to the peak of “terrorist deaths” in 2014, “the largest falls in the number of deaths occurred in Iraq, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

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Migrants Breech U.S.-Mexico Border

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Migrants Breech U.S.-Mexico Border

Central American migrants stuck at the U.S.–Mexico border breached the border fence on Monday, even though they knew they could be detained by U.S. authorities. They hoped the illegal entry would allow them to apply for asylum.

Since mid-October, thousands of Central Americans, mostly from Honduras, have traveled north through Mexico in a caravan, some walking much of the long distance.

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to stop the migrants, sending troops to reinforce the border and attempting a procedural change to require asylum-seekers to remain in mexico while their cases are heard. So far, the courts have denied those attempts.

Applying for asylum at a U.S. land border can take months, so if migrants enter illegally and present themselves to authorities,their cases could be heard more quickly.

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Analyst Expects Unsuccessful Yemen Peace Meeting

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Analyst Expects Unsuccessful Yemen Peace Meeting

A political analyst says prospects for returning to a unified Yemen remain dim despite members from both warring parties meeting to discuss peace in Stockholm, Sweden.

Supported by the United Nations, representatives of the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels will meet for political consultations later this week, although no exact date has been announced for the start of the negotiations that would be the first peace talks since 2016.

Mokhtar Yafie, a political analyst in Aden says he does not expect much success from the Stockholm peace meeting.

Yafie added that the internal divisions within the Yemeni government and the Houthi would also complicate the negotiation.

Although some residents in Yemen hold little hopes for the peace talks, there are people having high expectations for them.

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