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September 13, 2018

Trade
U.S. Offer of New China Trade Talks Should Be Taken Seriously

Big obstacles remain but surprise move offers hope.

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August 28, 2018

NAFTA
Trump’s Deal With Mexico: A New NAFTA?

President Trump has struck a new NAFTA deal with Mexico, but with severe disagreements remaining between the U.S. and Canada, his approach to trade negotiations is about to get its biggest test yet.

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September 20, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Trump Administration Cuts Refugee Admissions Further

The Trump administration has announced that it plans to reduce refugee admissions to the United States next year from 45,000 to 30,000. This would be the lowest ceiling for refugee admissions since 1…

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September 18, 2018

Nigeria
Corruption Denies Millions Access to Quality Education in Nigeria

Education in Nigeria is in dire straits, and many Nigerians are acutely aware and concerned. At present, Nigeria has the highest percentage in the world of children not enrolled in school, and it is much higher in the south of the country than in the north. Overall, the UN Human Development Index ranks Nigeria 152nd out of 188 countries.

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September 17, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 8–14

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between September 8 to September 14.

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September 13, 2018

China
Outbreak of African Swine Flu in China Is One of Many

With 700 million pigs, China has about half of the world’s swine population, which makes up their primary source of protein. African Swine Flu is almost 100 percent fatal to pigs, is highly infectious, and there is no vaccination against it.

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September 12, 2018

Mali
Africa is the Fastest Urbanizing Place on the Planet

Sub-Saharan Africa is urbanizing at the fastest rate in the world.

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September 11, 2018

Niger
The Presence of Lethal U.S. Drones in Niger is Expanding

The CIA is expanding its presence at a recently established drone base at Dirkou, Niger, an oasis town in the Sahara that has a small airport.

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September 10, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 1–7

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between September 1 to September 7.

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September 7, 2018

Niger
Planning for a U.S. Military Recessional From Africa

According to U.S. media, the Pentagon plan to withdraw nearly all American Special Forces from West Africa is accelerating. The New York Times, citing Pentagon officials, reports that if approved by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, the United States would close military outposts in Tunisia, Cameroon, Libya, and Kenya, and end the operations of seven of eight counterterrorism units operating in Africa. If these plans are approved by the Secretary of Defense, there would remain a “robust” military presence only in Somalia and Nigeria. 

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