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Erdogan’s Gamble: Turkey targets both ‘Islamic State’ group and Kurds in Iraq (part 1)

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Turkey must distinguish between IS group and the PKK, says Washington

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'I would never trample on the Yellow Jersey'

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Barack Obama lands in Nairobi for two-day visit amid tight security

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Latest update : 2011-08-10

Standard & Poors downgrades US credit rating

Three years after the subprime crisis, Washington is still suffering. Private debt from households and businesses has become public debt, reaching 100% of GDP. Years of tax cuts and increased spending have taken their toll - US growth is expected to be under 1% for 2011. Ratings agencies also believe Washington is not doing enough. Standard & Poors has now downgraded the nation's credit rating for the first time in its history.

By Mark Thompson

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2015-07-27 Niger

Cultural centre in ruins months after Charlie Hebdo riots

In mid-January, violence erupted in Niger's southern city of Zinder, sparked by the post-attack edition of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The front cover showed a weeping...

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2015-07-24 Afghanistan

Afghanistan's unity government gets down to work

Last September, Ashraf Ghani became president of Afghanistan but had to share power with Abdullah Abdullah, his rival in the presidential election. The two men took months to...

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2015-07-23 USA

The great US divide over the Confederate flag

The United States is still grappling with its troubled race relations. Police treatment of minorities has fanned the flames of debate, but the touch paper was lit after nine...

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2015-07-22 Niger

Boko Haram violence triggers refugee crisis in Niger

Terrorist attacks and atrocities committed by Islamist militant group Boko Haram have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere. While...

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2015-07-21 France

France: Should radical Islamist prisoners be isolated?

As the terror threat rises in France, the government has been struggling with the issue of how to deal with convicted jihadists. Earlier this year, the prime minister decided to...

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