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Africa

Iran concerned over Takfiri activities in west Africa

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian has voiced concern over the activities of Takfiri and terrorist groups in west Africa including Burkina Faso.

Blinken to visit ME, North Africa to discuss Iran, Russia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to the Middle East and North Africa next week. The top US diplomat will use the trip to coordinate with US allies on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, “Iran’s destabilizing activities”, the Abraham Accords, and efforts to improve Israeli-Palestinian ties.

Diplomats say African Union suspends debate on Israel’s status

The African Union has suspended a debate on whether to withdraw Israel's accreditation, avoiding a vote that risked creating an unprecedented rift in the 55-member bloc, diplomats said on Sunday.

Iran negotiator: Good progress made in Vienna on sanctions removal

Iran's chief negotiator to the Vienna talks says good progress has been made regarding anti-Tehran sanctions removal during negotiations with the P4+1 group over the past days

Iranian parliament speaker: Palestine Muslim World top priority

Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf has said the most important priority of the Muslim world is the issue of Palestine.

ME nations ban African travellers over new virus

Several Middle Eastern countries have barred entry to travelers from Africa after a potentially more-contagious new coronavirus variant was identified in South Africa.

‘Israeli delegation visits Sudan after military coup’

An Israeli delegation, which likely included representatives from the Mossad spy agency, has reportedly visited Sudan, and met with military leaders involved in the recent coup in the African country.

Exiled Saudi intelligence official: MbS “psychopath” and “killer”

A former top Saudi intelligence official has called Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) a “psychopath” and a “killer”. The ex-official says MbS uses a team of mercenaries called the "Tiger Squad" to carry out extrajudicial kidnappings and killings.

Sudan govt. officials detained, PM under house arrest

Military troops have detained several Sudanese government figures early on Monday. The forces have also besieged Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s home and placed him under house arrest.

Gunmen free hundreds of inmates in Nigeria

Gunmen have stormed a prison in southwestern Nigeria, releasing more than 800 prisoners, according to an official source. At least 260 of the escapees have been rearrested.

France says militant commander killed in Mali

The French military has announced the killing of a commander of a terror group close to Al Qaeda in Mali.

Sudanese call for dissolution of transitional government

Thousands of people staged a mass rally on the streets of Sudan’s capital Khartoum on Saturday, demanding the dissolution of the transitional civilian-military government. The demonstrators urged the military to take power.

Macron decries ‘inexcusable’ 1961 massacre of Algerians in Paris

Emmanuel Macron has condemned the brutal killing of several dozens of Algerians by Paris police during a protest six decades ago. But the French leader stopped short of issuing a formal apology for the bloody incident.

French military fatality in Mali reaches 53

A French soldier has died during a ‘maintenance operation’ in northern Mali. The incident brought France’s death toll, since the start of the so-called anti-terror mission in the African country, to 53.

New Tunisia government approved by president

Tunisian president Kais Saied has approved the new government selected by Prime Minister Najla Bouden Romdhane. The country has been grappling with a political crisis for months.

Mali summons French envoy over Macron remarks

Mali’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the French ambassador over the "unfriendly" and “disagreeable” comments by French President Emmanuel Macron. It comes just days after Algeria recalled its ambassador to Paris over French leader’s remarks on the country’s government, as well as a visa row.

Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed sworn in for new term

Ethiopia’s parliament reappointed Abiy Ahmed as prime minister on Monday for a new five-year term following his party’s win in election.

Guinea coup leader inaugurated as interim president

Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the coup leader in Guinea, is sworn in as interim president for a transition period of unspecified length. Former President Alpha Conde was toppled in a September coup.

Algeria, Morocco furious over French visa restriction plan

Algeria and Morocco have criticized French decision to slash the number of visas available to nationals from Maghreb countries. Algiers went further and summoned the Paris ambassador in protest.

UN warns famine looming in Ethiopia region

War in Ethiopia has pushed the embattled Tigray region toward starvation, the United Nation humanitarian chief warned. Martin Griffiths has said people are feeding with roots, flowers and plants in that region of the African country.

Probe: Women sexually abused by WHO staff in DRC

Independent investigators probing allegations of sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) revealed that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) staff and other aid workers have sexually abused several women and girls during the health agency’s response to Ebola outbreak in the African country.

Tunisians call for president resignation

Thousands of protesters have rallied in Tunisia capital –Tunis- to express anger over President Kais Saied's ‘power grab’, calling on him to resign.

Mali says France did ‘abandonment’ over troop drawdown

Mali was blindsided by France’s decision to withdraw its troops from the country and had to enlist help from others to fill the gap, Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga says.

Catalan separatist leader freed from Italy jail

Puigdemont, Catalan separatist leader and a member of the European Union parliament, left the jail in Sassari a day after he had been detained by police and after a judge ruled that he could go free pending an Oct. 4 hearing on his extradition to Spain, where the political firebrand is wanted for sedition. He had been invited to attend a Catalan cultural event and a meeting of Sardinian independence sympathizers on the Mediterranean island.

Sudan Officials: Coup attempt failed, plotters arrested

Sudanese authorities reported a coup attempt on Tuesday by a group of soldiers but claimed it failed and that the military remains in control. The leaders of the failed coup attempt along with tens of officers have been arrested.

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