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Middle East & Africa to increase wind capacity 40 GW by 2026

Middle East & Africa to increase wind capacity 40 GW by 2026

An estimated 40 gigawatts (GW) of new wind power capacity is expected to be added in the Middle East and Africa by 2026, according to new analysis from MAKE Consulting. Leading renewable energy industry analysts MAKE Consulting’s new report, 2017 Middle East and Africa Wind Power Outlook, states that the wind energy sector is set […]

Saudi King Removes Crown Prince From Post

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has replaced his cousin as heir to the throne in an abrupt shakeup that consolidates the 31-year-old leader’s growing power in the world’s biggest oil exporter. The new crown prince, who already controls the defense, oil and economy portfolios, took over from Muhammad bin Nayef, 57, who […]

With Qatari forces gone, tension rises between Djibouti and Eritrea

With Qatari forces gone, tension rises between Djibouti and Eritrea

The African Union is calling for calm as border tensions between Djibouti and Eritrea intensify. The rising threat of unrest is further fallout from the diplomatic crisis embroiling Qatar. A decades-long border dispute in the Doumeira region that, on occasion, had turned violent, was dampened in 2010 when the two sides agreed to let Qatar […]

Africa and the Gulf Crisis – the Peril of Picking Sides

Africa and the Gulf Crisis – the Peril of Picking Sides

As the Gulf crisis enters its third week, the decision to cut or downgrade diplomatic ties with Qatar by nine African countries could have a long-term impact on the nationals of those countries, analysts warned. “This is not good for Africa. This is rush decision-making and taking sides in a crisis that the leaders have […]

Algeria’s Belhadj slams boycott of Qatar

Algeria’s Belhadj slams boycott of Qatar

Co-founder of Algeria’s Islamic Salvation Front, Sheikh Ali Belhadj, has criticised the siege imposed by a number of Gulf and Arab countries on Qatar. In an interview with Quds Press, Belhadj strongly criticised the involvement of Islamic institutions and using them to achieve political purposes against the State of Qatar. “The involvement of the Muslim […]

Children hardest hit as cholera spreads in war-torn Yemen – UNICEF

Children hardest hit as cholera spreads in war-torn Yemen – UNICEF

As the outbreak of cholera in Yemen continues to spread at an alarming rate – with terrible impact on children – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for immediate support to enable the country’s health workers respond or risk even more deaths from the deadly disease. In a statement yesterday, Meritxell Relaño, the […]

Somalia President Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo turns down $80m to cut ties with Qatar

Somalia President Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo turns down $80m to cut ties with Qatar

Somali President, Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo, has been offered $80 million in exchange for his agreement to sever diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar, the New Khalij news outlet reported a prominent journalist has revealed. “After two hours of enticement, Farmajo rejected the tempting offer,” journalist Jaber Al-Harimi said. Yesterday, the newspaper Somalia Today quoted […]

UN condemns terrorist attack in Kabul, underscores need to protect civilians

UN condemns terrorist attack in Kabul, underscores need to protect civilians

Condemning the terrorist attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul, United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General and his Special Representative for the country as well as members of the Security Council underscored that all parties to the conflict are obliged, under international law, to ensure that civilians are protected from any harm. “Indiscriminate attacks against civilians […]

Act before time runs out, urges UNICEF, as Yemen grapples with ‘unprecedented’ cholera outbreak

Act before time runs out, urges UNICEF, as Yemen grapples with ‘unprecedented’ cholera outbreak

Amid an “unprecedented” increase in suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen – where medical facilities are teetering on the edge of collapse – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has stepped up its response but warned that time may be “running out.” “More and more children die every day in Yemen from preventable causes like […]

Constraints on movement in occupied territory at root of Palestinian hardship – UN report

Constraints on movement in occupied territory at root of Palestinian hardship – UN report

Israeli constraints on movement and economics, along with the blockade on the Gaza Strip and internal political strife, are at the root of Palestinian suffering in the occupied territory, according to two separate United Nations reports released as the Israeli occupation enters its fiftieth year. “Occupation policies and practices remain the key cause of humanitarian […]

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