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Saudi Arabia

SAUDI Arabia said Monday it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and had recalled its envoy while freezing all new trade, in protest at Ottawa’s vigorous calls for the release of jailed activists. The kingdom gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations …

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South Africa

SOUTH Africa’s ruling party says it will push ahead with plans to amend the country’s constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the decision on Tuesday following a two-day meeting of the African National Congress, which had earlier signalled its intention to redistribute …

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Qatar

SAUDI Arabia is considering a proposal to dig a maritime canal along the kingdom’s border with Qatar, in a move which is sure to escalate tensions across the region. The idea to turn the peninsula nation into an island and transform its only land border into a military zone and …

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Qatar

IT HAS been just over a year since a bitter rift left Qatar cut off from the world. Seven influential former allies devastatingly cut off all diplomatic, trade and transport links to the Gulf nation, but the Qataris had an ingenious plan to keep itself afloat. This time last year, …

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Julie Bishop

FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has denied white South African farmers will be given special treatment after comment from Peter Dutton were labelled “racist”. Ms Bishop has clarified where the Turnbull Government stands on Australia’s humanitarian visa program, while attempting to quell South Africa’s offence at Mr Dutton’s suggestion the country …

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South Africa farm attacks

WARNING: Graphic A WOMAN has been “repeatedly, violently” sexually assaulted in front of her young son by five armed attackers in the latest attack on South African farmers. The incident occurred on a family farm in Knoppieslaagte, about half an hour south of Pretoria, in the early hours of Wednesday …

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