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Sudan’s military council denies attempts to disperse sit-in at army headquarters

Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Sunday denied reports that it attempted to disperse a sit-in by thousands of Sudanese protesters in front of the army’s general headquarters in Khartoum. “A number of social media and local media outlets circulated reports that there were attempts by the armed forces and other regular forces to disperse the sit-in by force,” the …

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Interpol rescues dozens of child slaves from markets in West Africa

Police have rescued 216 human trafficking victims, mainly children, from forced labour and prostitution in a major operation in Benin and Nigeria, Interpol said on Wednesday. Operation Epervier II involved 100 police officers across the two countries who rescued 157 child slaves, said the global police organisation, which coordinated the raids in early April. Many of the children were working …

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Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested in Miami in drug-trafficking plot

A Guatemalan presidential candidate was arrested in Miami on Wednesday and charged with an elaborate plot to use drug cartel money to win the election and assassinate rivals, according to U.S. officials, two months before voters head to the polls. Mario Estrada, candidate of the centre-right National Change Union, who is polling far behind other rivals, is accused along with …

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Hackers target Ecuadorian gov’t after it expels Assange

Ecuadorian state agencies have suffered more than 40 million hacking attacks since the government stripped WikiLeak’s founder Julian Assange of political asylum last week, an Ecuadorian official said on Monday. Most cyber attacks started Thursday and came from Britain, France, Romania, the United States, Brazil and Ecuador, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications Patricio Real told a press conference. State-run websites that …

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Notre-Dame cathedral: Firefighters tackle blaze in Paris

A major fire has engulfed the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, one of France’s most famous landmarks. The 850-year-old Gothic building’s spire and roof have collapsed but the main structure, including the two bell towers, has been saved, officials say. Firefighters are still working to contain the blaze as teams try to salvage the artwork stored inside. President Emmanuel …

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Sudan’s Bashir ousted by military; protesters demand civilian government

President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan in autocratic style for 30 years, was overthrown and arrested in a coup by the armed forces on Thursday, but protesters took to the streets demanding the military hand over power to civilians. The ouster of Bashir, 75, followed months of demonstrations against his rule. In an address on state television, Defence Minister Awad …

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87,000 people displaced by increased violence in Mali

Violence and the intensification of military operations in Northern and Central Mali have pushed more than 87,000 people to flee their homes since January 2019. Several humanitarian actors present in the country are raising the alarm and warning about insufficient capacity to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis. “The aggravation of local conflicts and the intensification of military operations in …

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Libya crisis: Air strike at Tripoli airport as thousands flee clashes

The UN has condemned an air strike that closed the only functioning airport in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, on Monday. Flights at Mitiga International Airport were suspended and passengers were evacuated. No casualties were reported. The UN blamed the air strike on forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, a commander from the east who is trying to seize the capital. A …

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Source: mynewsgh.com

Malta’s armed forces have taken control of a tanker which had been seized by migrants off the coast of Libya on Wednesday. The tanker, Elhibru 1, is now heading to a Maltese port with the crew and migrants, who will be handed over to police. More than 100 migrants who had been rescued by the ship hijacked it after being …

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Ethiopian Airlines: ‘No survivors’ on crashed Boeing 737

All passengers on board an Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed shortly after take-off on Sunday have died, the airline says. It said 149 passengers and eight crew members were believed to be on flight ET302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi in Kenya. The airline added that there were 33 different nationalities on board. The crash happened at 08.44 local time, …

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