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Afghan-US relations under strain

Thousands of Afghans have taken to the streets of Kabul for a second day, outraged after learning that copies of the Koran were burnt at a US airbase. Bagram detention centre is at the heart of the controversy, long despised by many Afghans and even described as Afghanistan's own Guantanamo. President Karzai has renewed calls for it to be placed under Afghan control. Following on from another recent incident with US troops, diplomatic relations are under increasing strain.

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2016-05-06 Philippines

Philippines: Son of late dictator Marcos leads opinion polls

On Monday, Filipinos head to the polls in a general election. And thanks to the country's split-ticket system, voters get to elect a vice president directly. One name on the...

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2016-05-05 Turkey

On the trail of US-exiled cleric Gulen, arch enemy of Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once had a staunch ally in Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. But the relationship between the two men soured to the extent that the...

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2016-05-04 United Arab Emirates

Gulf states starting to feel the pinch of cheap oil

Gulf countries have lost billions of dollars because of the fall in oil prices. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates all now need to cut spending and find...

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2016-05-03 Austria

Migrants: Austria building fence on border with Italy

Austria has begun building a fence and checkpoints on its border with Italy in a bid to keep migrants out. Following the closure of the Balkan route, Vienna fears that this...

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2016-05-02 Hezbollah

Lebanon pays price for conflict between Saudi Arabia and Hezbollah

Since the start of the year, relations between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon have taken a turn for the worse. The crisis began when Lebanon refused to sign an Arab League declaration...

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