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Ancient Egyptians seem to have been "cat people," or at least cat mummy people. Researchers have dug up several mummified cats alongside about 100 wooden cat statues in a tomb complex near a pyramid built for the pharaoh Userkaf, who reigned from 2291 B.C. to 2289 B.C., the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced Nov. 10. The burials are located near the site of Saqqara in Egypt.
In reports released by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, researcher Joseph Bermudez said maintenance and minor infrastructure improvements have been observed at some of the sites, despite the ongoing negotiations. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to work toward denuclearization at their landmark June summit in Singapore, but the agreement was short on specifics and negotiations have made little headway. Shortly after that summit, Trump tweeted that "there is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea." North Korea declared its nuclear force "complete" and halted missile and nuclear bomb testing earlier this year, but U.S. and South Korean negotiators have yet to elicit from Pyongyang a concrete declaration of the size or scope of the weapons programs, or a promise to stop deploying its existing arsenal.
President John Magufuli ordered officers to buy the crop from farmers at government-approved prices.
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The European Union and Britain have agreed a draft text of a Brexit withdrawal agreement and Prime Minister Theresa May will present it to her senior ministers on Wednesday.
British Prime Minister Theresa May's top ministers ought to block her Brexit plan as it seemingly does not deliver on the vote of the British people to leave the European Union, eurosceptic Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg said on Tuesday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday for an integrated European Union military, echoing language used by French President Emmanuel Macron last week that infuriated U.S. President Donald Trump.
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was stopped from leaving Russia on Tuesday over an unpaid fine, a move he said was illegal and designed to prevent him from attending the finale of a legal case he filed at Europe's top human rights court.
It is going to be a "very, very hard sell" for British Prime Minister Theresa May to win parliamentary backing for her emerging Brexit deal, the deputy leader of the small Northern Irish party propping up her government said on Tuesday.
The Northern Irish party that props up Prime Minister Theresa May’s government expects to briefed soon on the text of a withdrawal agreement between Britain and the European Union, the party's Brexit spokesman said.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized what he called "inaccurate" media reports that North Korea had not declared an estimated 20 missile bases.
Slovenia's development minister resigned on Tuesday over a transgression linked to EU funding allocations, exposing the first cracks in a fragile minority coalition government that took office in September.
Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro appointed retired army General Fernando Azevedo e Silva as defense minister on Tuesday, adding another former military officer to his cabinet, which takes office on Jan. 1.
Palestinian militant groups in Gaza said on Tuesday they would halt cross-border attacks immediately if Israel did the same after the most serious exchanges of aerial fire since a seven-week war in 2014.
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IN A HOUSE in central Dakar three Chinese men stand behind a glass screen. The wall is stacked high with pills, teas and powders covered with Chinese symbols and pictures of healthy models. There is something for everyone. Teas for kidney problems, creams for aches, pills for infertility and four claiming to help men with impotence. “It’s a revolution,” proclaims Aliou Ndiaye, who started working at the Chinese medicine shop three years ago. It now has four branches in Dakar. Senegal’s capital also has several smaller outlets and practitioners. “Many people are curious but I’m still sceptical,” says Ibrahim Sy, a taxi driver, who says his mother was cured of leg pain with tea. Senegal’s experience is part of a wider trend of traditional Chinese health centres opening across Africa. Clusters can be found in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Others have opened in Uganda, Ivory Coast and Congo. Their spread underlines China’s growing soft power in Africa. In 2000...
TUNISIA IS PERHAPS best known as the lone Arab-spring success story, a democracy in a region full of autocrats. But it is also one of the world’s biggest exporters of jihadists. Some 6,000 Tunisians are thought to have joined Islamic State at its height. Hundreds of these men are now coming home. “I wanted to look at the emotional consequences of that,” says Meryam Joobeur, the director of a short film called “Brotherhood”. She is not alone. This year’s Carthage Film Festival, which runs from November 3rd to November 10th in Tunis, features several Tunisian films that tackle radicalisation. In “Brotherhood”, a young Tunisian man returns from Syria to his parents’ farm with a fully veiled Syrian wife. His mother is happy to see him, but his father is suspicious. After a few days he reports his son to the police (though he later regrets his decision). The Tunisian government’s policy is to arrest returning jihadists immediately. “There is no rehabilitation at...
Ravalomanana, a safe pair of hands? IF THE HEALTH of a democracy were measured only by the number of candidates contesting a presidential election, Madagascar’s would be flourishing: a total of 36 were on the island state’s ballot on November 7th. Yet politics in Madagascar, beset by corruption, is far from healthy. Voters hoping for a change from the old elite may be sorely disappointed by the outcome of a race that has been completely dominated by two former presidents. The most visible contender is Andry Rajoelina, who led a coup in 2009 and ruled until 2014. Morondava, a big city in south-west Madagascar, is a sea of posters and T-shirts emblazoned with Mr Rajoelina’s face and sporting his signature bright orange colours. Lorries blaring out his campaign messages are ubiquitous. Even with such a well-funded campaign, Mr Rajoelina faces stiff competition from Marc Ravalomanana, the...
Serraj and Haftar do Paris FOR ONCE Italy’s populist government will be pleased to see a group of Africans cross the Mediterranean. On November 12th the leaders of Libya’s warring factions will gather in Palermo, the capital of Sicily, for a two-day peace conference. Italy has an interest in bringing order to its former colony. Libya is an important source of fossil fuels. Its Greenstream pipeline carries gas from western Libya to Sicily. Less welcome are the 647,000 migrants who are thought to have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy since 2014. Most set off from Libya. Their numbers have recently plummeted—just 22,000 arrived in the first ten months of this year, an 80% drop from last year. But they still rile Matteo Salvini, Italy’s de facto leader. Mr Salvini will have his work cut out. The situation in Libya is bleak, with the country split between rival militias and UN-led peace...
“FREE BOBI WINE!” say the graffiti outside his recording studio in Kamwokya, a poor district of Kampala, Uganda’s capital. On August 13th the pop star-turned-politician (pictured above) was arrested and, he says, beaten and tortured by soldiers. Though he was released after two weeks, treason charges still hang over him. His real crime is being popular. Born Robert Kyagulanyi, Mr Wine speaks for many of Kampala’s roughly 1.5m slum dwellers. “If parliament cannot come to the ghetto,” he said after his election as an MP, “the ghetto will come to the parliament.” Mr Wine is part of a broader trend in which upstart politicians with support among the urban poor are rattling governments. They include Kenya’s main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, and Nelson Chamisa of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). In South Africa Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters has been gaining ground by promising to...
PAUL MAKONDA seems a lot more like a flailing moral crusader than the regional commissioner of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. The 36-year-old has come up with a variety of schemes to catch the eye of his patron, President John Magufuli. One is clamping down on supposed vices such as smoking shisha and sleeping in past 8am. His latest pledge, to set up a homophobic “surveillance squad” to track down those guilty of homosexuality, which is illegal, is by far his nastiest. It has also alarmed the West. On November 5th, the EU recalled its ambassador, citing a deterioration in human rights and the rule of law. The rot began soon after Mr Magufuli was elected in 2015 and has recently worsened. Today Tanzania is on the descent from patchy democracy towards slapdash dictatorship. Barely a week passes without brazen displays of arbitrary power. On November 1st Mr Magufuli appeared at what was billed as a “public debate” on his record after three years in office. It was no such thing. The president sat on a stately chair in the audience at the University of Dar es Salaam while sycophantic academics praised his tenure. Conveniently for Mr Magufuli, an opposition MP, Zitto Kabwe Ruyagwa, was arrested the night before and charged with sedition, so could...
IRAQIS ARE desperate to reboot their creaking democracy. Nearly every government since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 has proven corrupt, incompetent or dysfunctional. Their new prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, hardly seems like a change. The 76-year-old former finance and oil minister belongs to the old elite, whose fathers were ministers when Iraq was a pro-British monarchy, and who owe their restoration to America. Mr Abdul-Mahdi’s confirmation, five months after a marred election in May, was inauspicious. Parliament’s speaker cut off his reading of the government’s 122-page programme after 45 minutes. MPs rejected eight of his 22 cabinet nominees. The two largest Shia parties are quarrelling over posts. One of the few things Iraq’s politicians agree on is that plum jobs should continue to be handed out by sect. But Mr Abdul-Mahdi has advantages that other prime ministers did not. Despite the kerfuffle over his cabinet, he has the backing of all the...
The pity of war AMERICA IS FINALLY losing patience with the war in Yemen. For more than three years it has backed the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels, swatting away concerns about human rights and civilian casualties. But on October 30th the secretary of defence, James Mattis, unexpectedly asked the Saudis to accept a truce. “Thirty days from now, we want to see everybody around a peace table, based on a ceasefire,” he said at a Washington think-tank. Hours later the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, followed with similar language. It was America’s strongest statement since the conflict began in 2015. At first glance it was surprising. Weeks earlier both secretaries defended the coalition’s conduct. Mr Pompeo certified to Congress that it was trying to avoid civilian casualties, a prerequisite for continued American support. (Human-rights groups and the United Nations disagree with him.)...
“PEACE IS FOR all of us—let us defend it.” These words, printed on a plain white T-shirt, seem innocuous enough. Yet not for Bereket, a 17-year-old lad from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. On September 22nd he was arrested as he walked home from church with two friends. He and about 1,200 other young men were taken to a military camp for a month of “lessons” about the constitution and the rule of law. They were released on October 18th, after Ethiopia’s police chief said their “brainwashing” was complete. Bereket, like most of 3,000 people arrested in this way in September, was never charged. He was, however, given a commemorative T-shirt. The background to the arrests was communal violence, which raged in Addis Ababa for several days in September. According to the police, at least 28 people were killed in riots in the old city centre around September 14th. Many were Oromo, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group. Shortly after that, Oromo activists held a rally to welcome the...
Bibi shakes his Qaboos TWO UNUSUAL photographs have been making the rounds on Arab social media. The first (pictured) is of Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, being received by Sultan Qaboos of Oman at his palace in Muscat on October 26th. The second, taken three days later, is of Israel’s culture and sports minister, Miri Regev, with Emirati officials at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Responses to the photographs ranged from positive surprise to angry bemusement. Arabs, though, should get used to such scenes. Mr Netanyahu’s visit was the first by an Israeli prime minister to the Gulf in over two decades. Israel has full diplomatic relations with only two Arab countries, Egypt and Jordan. But its ties with the Gulf have been improving for years. A common enemy, Iran, has brought it closer to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The issue of the Palestinians, which long...
En Ethiopie, les autorités ont arrêté 63 officiers de l'armée et des services de renseignement. Des officiers accusés de corruption et de violation des droits de l'homme. Ce genre d'arrestation est assez rare dans le pays et représente une nouvelle inflexion de la politique du Premier ministre Abiy Ahmed.
L'ONU épingle le Congo-Brazzaville sur sa gestion du cas Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko. Le général, candidat de la présidentielle de 2016, a été condamné en mai dernier à 20 ans de prison ferme pour atteinte à la sûreté intérieure de l'Etat et détention illégale d'armes et munitions de guerre. Ses avocats ont déposé des pourvois pour contester cette décision. Ils affirment attendre une date pour cela, mais ils avaient également saisi le groupe de travail de l'ONU sur la détention arbitraire. Et ce groupe estime finalement que la détention du général est arbitraire.
Didier Deschamps a convoqué lundi 12 novembre le Franco-Malien Alassane Plea et le Franco-Sénégalais Ferland Mendy. Courtisé respectivement par le Mali et le Sénégal, les deux joueurs avaient toujours décliné l’invitation attendant un appel du sélectionneur français. C’est désormais le cas. Reste à savoir s’ils entreront sur la pelouse lors de la renontre en Ligue des nations vendredi 16 novembre face aux Pays-Bas.
De passage à Paris pour le centenaire de l'armistice de 1914-1918, le président sénégalais a accordé une longue interview à nos confrères de France 24. Et pour la première fois, Macky Sall a évoqué longuement la présidentielle de février prochain qu'il compte gagner au premier tour et ses adversaires politiques, Karim Wade et Khalifa Sall, condamnés par la justice et exclus de la prochaine élection. Macky Sall indique qu'il pourrait les amnistier en cas de réélection.
Le Forum sur la paix de Paris se poursuit à la grande halle de la Villette, dans le nord de la capitale française. Trois jours de réflexion autour du thème du multilatéralisme pour un monde plus apaisé. La lutte contre le terrorisme et la radicalisation a fait l'objet de discussions lundi 12 novembre 2018. Il était question notamment du combat contre les campagnes de propagande et de désinformation des groupes jihadistes.
Au Togo, la Commission électorale nationale indépendante a accéléré les préparatifs des élections législatives du 20 décembre en accordant trois jours supplémentaires pour permettre à ceux qui ne se sont pas inscrits sur la liste électorale de le faire. La coalition de l'opposition togolaise maintient son refus de participer au processus. Le front citoyen « Togo-Debout » est monté au créneau ce lundi pour réitérer, lui aussi, qu'il ne voulait pas d'élections tant que les réformes ne seront pas faites.
Laurent Gbagbo est donc de retour à la barre de la Cour pénale internationale. L’ancien président de Côte d’Ivoire est dans le box des accusés, aux côtés de Charles Blé Goudé, l’ex-leader des Jeunes patriotes. Tous deux sont poursuivis pour crime contre l’humanité. Les dernières audiences ont permis à la défense de plaider l’acquittement et d’exposer son argument principal, le manque de fiabilité du dossier du procureur.
Visite au Mali des ministres française et allemande de la Défense. Elles ont rencontré, lundi 12 novembre à Bamako, les militaires européens qui, dans le cadre de la coopération, participent à la formation des militaires maliens. Mais Florence Parly est son homologue allemande ont également rencontré à Bamako le commandement de la force conjointe G5 Sahel, qui a transféré ses quartiers généraux dans la capitale malienne après l'attaque jihadiste de fin juin dernier contre ses locaux de Sévaré.
Il aura vécu un peu moins de 24 heures. L'accord de Genève, qui pour la première fois dans l'histoire de la République démocratique du Congo scellait une candidature commune de l'opposition, est mort-né. Dès le lendemain de sa signature à Kinshasa, deux grandes formations de l'opposition, l'UDPS de Félix Tshisekedi et l'UNC de Vital Kamerhe, ont demandé que leurs chefs de parti reviennent sur leur décision de soutenir la candidature commune de Martin Fayulu.