• General elections underway in Djibouti

    General elections underway in Djibouti0

     Djiboutians will head to the polls today to elect a new legislature; all 65 seats are up for grabs. In power since 1999, President Ismail Omar Guelleh’s Union for the Presidential Majority coalition is likely to retain a strong majority of Djibouti’s parliament after winning 55 seats in 2013’s legislative elections. Despite the presence of

  • Construction begins on Afghan leg of Trans-Afghan pipeline

    Construction begins on Afghan leg of Trans-Afghan pipeline0

    The Afghan city of Herat will today host the construction launch of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline, a project that will one day transport 33 million cubic meters of natural gas per year. Long championed by Turkmenistan, home to the world’s fourth-largest gas reserves, construction on the 1,800-kilometre pipeline began in 2015 and is expected to cost

  • Australian PM to discuss revival of Quadrilateral on Washington trip

    Australian PM to discuss revival of Quadrilateral on Washington trip0

    Security in the Indo-Pacific will top the agenda when Australia’s prime minister meets Donald Trump in Washington today. Concerned for China’s growing influence in the region and its threat to the established regional order, both the US and Australia have made strengthening and expanding existing regional security arrangements a priority. An area ripe for today’s

  • Leaders meeting in Brussels examines Euro bloc budget and institutional issues

    Leaders meeting in Brussels examines Euro bloc budget and institutional issues0

    EU leaders will meet today with representatives of the ‘G5 Sahel’ nations of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. On the agenda will be an increase in counter-terror funding and assistance, as well as new dialogue over how to ease the migratory pressures on Europe that have emanated from West and North Africa. Coming

  • FCC to release report detailing reversal on net neutrality

    FCC to release report detailing reversal on net neutrality0

    Following a successful 3-2 vote last December, the FCC will today officially publish its proposal to overturn net neutrality. A policy implemented in the Obama era, net neutrality ensures that internet service providers must allow access to all online content. While many regard this as a bulwark against corporate censorship, others like FCC commissioner Ajit

  • German federal court to rule on controversial diesel car ban

    German federal court to rule on controversial diesel car ban0

    The German federal court will today rule on an appeal by the states of Baden-Wurttemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia over the legality of a diesel car ban in their respective capitals. Local courts ordered the bans in 2017, after environmental group DUH sued the cities of Dusseldorf and Stuttgart for exceeding EU mandated pollution limits. The

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