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Japan Keen On Ending Territorial Dispute With Russia

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Japan Keen On Ending Territorial Dispute With Russia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, has vowed to push forward towards a peace treaty with Russia to formally end a decades-long territorial dispute that began during World War II over a group of islands.

The Prime Minister in a news conference in western city of Ise said, “I’ll visit Russia later this month and intend to push forward with discussions towards a peace treaty.”

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Abe, who has signaled he is eager to clinch a deal, will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin later this month in their 25th summit for discussions aimed at ending the disagreement over four windswept islands seized by Soviet troops in the final days of the war.

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There had been “absolutely no progress” on the issue for more than 70 years, Abe said.

He said that, while there were no guarantees of an agreement, the two nations had been cooperating over issues concerning the islands, as well as economically, over the past two years “as never before”.

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan To Visit South Africa and Angola

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan To Visit South Africa and Angola

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, John Sullivan is visiting South Africa and Angola this week.  Although the aim is to strengthen bilateral relations with the two countries, it is believed when he meets with South Africa, the contentious Venezuela vote in the United Nations will come up.

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South Africa voted against a US resolution in the UN Security Council that Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido, should be recognized as president until elections are held. In other words, South Africa voted against removing Nicolas Maduro as Venezuelan president.

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On the Angolan side, the U.S. commends the country’s new President Joao Lourenco for stamping out corruption.  Sullivan will also discuss strengthening bilateral ties with the nation.

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Kenya: Fire Razes Section Of Toi Market In Kibera

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Kenya: Fire Razes Section Of Toi Market In Kibera

A huge fire has razed a section of Toi market in Kibera, some seven kilometers from Nairobi’s central business district.

Witnesses say the fire broke out at about 3a.m. local time on Tuesday and, within three hours, it had reduced to ashes property worth millions of shillings.

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At the same time, the flames had spread fast.  Shanties, including those in residential areas, were said to have smouldered after being burnt to the ground.

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The open-air market, famous for used clothes, fresh produce, artefacts and toys, is located on the outskirts of Kibera Slum, one of the biggest informal settlements in Africa.

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The market is a meeting place for thousands of buyers and sellers, but it has suffered devastating fire incidents every year since 2014.

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Singapore: Jewel Changi Airport To Open Next Month

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Singapore: Jewel Changi Airport To Open Next Month

The wait is finally over for travelers who frequently fly into Singapore’s Changi Airport.

More than five years since revealing plans for the airport’s stunning new addition, officials have announced that the “Jewel Changi Airport” complex will open to the public in the first week of next month.

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The distinctive doughnut-shaped jewel is first and foremost a central hub in connecting three of Changi Airport’s current four terminals.

Conceived by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie as a new “magical garden,” Jewel Changi Airport is nearly one and a half million square feet.  It is reported to have cost a whopping one and a quarter billion dollars to build.

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