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Saudi Arabia and UAE pledge €130M for G5 Sahel Joint Force

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How to patrol the Sahara? The challenges facing G5 Sahel joint force

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Niger's Agadez: Pearl of the Sahara turned migrant hub

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Latest update : 2017-09-20

Iraqi Kurdistan FM: 'We are determined to go ahead' with independence vote

Falah Mustafa Bakir, the foreign minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government, spoke to FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. He admitted that the international community has "asked" his government to postpone the September 25 referendum on Kurdish independence but said Erbil is "determined to go ahead".

"There have been attempts from our friends and partners in the international community asking us to delay," said Bakir, in an interview with FRANCE 24 about the planned September 25 vote on Kurdish independence.

"We have realised that we have no future, whatsoever, in Iraq. The time has come for us to accept negotiations. We want to do it peacefully, through negotiations and understanding with Baghdad. We don’t believe that we are committing a crime. The international community has to be open to this," Bakir added.

On Monday, Iraq's Supreme Court ordered the suspension of the planned referendum to examine whether it would be constitutional.

>> On France24.com: ‘Kexit’ woes: Why a Kurdish independence referendum has few backers

>> On France24.com: 24 hours in Erbil: Dreams of independence in the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan

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2017-12-13 Middle East

‘Trump still committed to a two-state solution,’ says Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir said his country had pledged $100 million to support the G5 Sahel coalition and show its...

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2017-12-13 Americas

Evo Morales: US exit from Paris accord is 'unforgivable'

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Bolivian President Evo Morales slammed the "unacceptable, unforgivable" decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris climate...

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2017-12-09 Africa

Niger's president: 'Amid terror threat, Malian state could collapse, we must prevent that'

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said that if Sahel countries do not take effective measures to restore security in the region, the...

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2017-11-25 drones

Global security adviser Marc Goodman: ‘Cyber threats are everywhere'

He studies the future of crime and terrorism, and he's the first to say he’s afraid of his own discoveries. Marc Goodman, a pioneer in the fight against cybercrime, is our guest...

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2017-11-25 Africa

Condemning migrant slave auctions is ‘not enough’, says Ivory Coast’s Ouattara

In an exclusive wide-ranging interview, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara spoke to FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman in Abidjan. Ouattara expressed his “disgust” at recent...

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