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Egypt’s President Sisi ends state of emergency for the first time in years

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CAIRO, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Egypt’s state of emergency will be lifted for the first time in years, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday. Egypt imposed a state of emergency in April 2017 after deadly bombings of churches and has since routinely extended it at three-month intervals, despite an......

Algeria to end gas supplies to Morocco; supply Spain directly -sources

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The logo of the state energy company Sonatrach is pictured at the headquarters in Algiers, Algeria November 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina/File Photo Agreement expires on Oct. 31 Algeria is Spain’s largest gas supplier LONDON/ALGIERS, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Algeria, which has cut off diplomatic ties with Morocco, will stop supplying......

Facebook knew about, failed to police, abusive content globally – documents

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Oct 25 (Reuters) – Facebook employees have warned for years that as the company raced to become a global service it was failing to police abusive content in countries where such speech was likely to cause the most harm, according to interviews with five former employees and internal company documents......

Latest Russian cyberattack targeting hundreds of U.S. networks -Microsoft

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Smartphone is seen in front of Microsoft logo displayed in this illustration taken, July 26, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – The Russian-based agency behind last year’s massive SolarWinds cyberattack has targeted hundreds more companies and organizations in its latest wave of attacks on U.S.-based computer systems,......

Ethiopia conducts air strike in western part of Tigray region, spokesperson says

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ADDIS ABABA, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Ethiopia conducted an air strike on Sunday in the western part of the Tigray region that hit a training site of the rebellious Tigrayan forces and an arms depot, government spokesperson Legesse Tulu told Reuters. It was not immediately possible to verify the claim......

Sudan halts entry of fuel vessels into its waters to avoid fines, energy min tells Asharq TV

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DUBAI, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Sudan decided to halt the entry of vessels carrying fuel into its territorial waters to avoid incurring fines due to delays in offloading, Asharq TV channel cited the country’s energy minister as saying on Sunday. Protesters from the Beja tribes in eastern Sudan have been......

Slain Kenyan Olympian Agnes Tirop buried in her home village

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NANDI COUNTY, Kenya, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Slain long-distance Olympic runner Agnes Tirop, a rising star in Kenya’s highly competitive athletics scene, was buried on Saturday at a funeral attended by over 1,000 mourners. Tirop was found stabbed to death in her home in the Rift Valley town of Iten......

Mekelle struck, residents flee Amhara as Ethiopia battle intensifies

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Members of Amhara special forces stand guard on the Ethiopia-Eritrean border near the town of Humera, Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer Friday’s strike hits university campus, say humanitarian sources Fourth day of aerial bombardments in city of Mekelle Air campaign comes amid heavy fighting in Amhara region Nearly a year......

Mass protests held in Sudan against prospect of military rule

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KHARTOUM, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Huge crowds of people marched in several parts of the Sudanese capital and other cities on Thursday in demonstrations against the prospect of military rule, as the crisis in the country’s troubled transition from authoritarian rule deepened. The military has shared power with civilian parties......

WHO issues plan to prevent sexual abuse after Congo scandal

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WHO management plan aims to prevent further misconduct Tedros vows “profound transformation of WHO’s culture” Donors call for external probe leading to further scrutiny GENEVA, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization issued its plan on Thursday to prevent any further misconduct by aid workers deployed in its field......

One U.N. peacekeeper killed, four wounded in Mali

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UN peacekeepers patrol in the northern town of Kidal, file. REUTERS/Stringer BAMAKO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – One U.N. peacekeeper was killed and four more were severely wounded when their convoy hit an improvised explosive device in northern Mali on Saturday, the United Nations’ force in Mali said. The bloodshed near......

Algeria recalls ambassador to France for consultations

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ALGIERS, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Algeria has recalled its ambassador to France for consultations after what it called “irresponsible” comments attributed to French President Emmanuel Macron, Algeria’s presidency said on Saturday. “Following comments that several sources attributed to … Macron, Algeria expresses its categorical rejection of inadmissible interference in its......

Somali militia, former government ally, captures two towns from federal forces

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MOGADISHU, Oct 1 (Reuters) – A militia previously allied to the Somali government in its fight against militant group al Shabaab has captured two towns in central Somalia from federal forces, saying it was taking control where the government had failed to end the insurgency. On Thursday, Somali federal forces......

Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – Worldwide deaths related to COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain. The variant has exposed the wide disparities in vaccination rates between rich and poor nations, and the upshot of vaccine hesitancy......

Equity, bond funds see inflows as markets hit rough patch – BOFA

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 29, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Global equity and bond funds saw modest inflows at the expense of cash and gold funds even as global markets hit a rough......

Ethiopia expels seven U.N. officials, accusing them of “meddling”

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A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia’s National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo ADDIS ABABA, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Ethiopia is expelling seven senior U.N. officials, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on......

EXCLUSIVE Flouting U.N. sanctions in Africa? No one is watching after Russia move

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Russia is delaying the appointment of panels of independent experts to monitor violations of U.N. sanctions on South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic (CAR)and Mali, diplomats said on Wednesday, leaving their work in limbo. Russia is unhappy with the number......

U.N. aid chief to Ethiopia on famine in Tigray: ‘Get those trucks moving’

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The United Nations’ new Under-Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs Martin Griffiths addresses a news conference on the humanitarian crisis in Tigray after visiting the region, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 3, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo UNITED NATIONS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – United Nations aid chief Martin Griffiths said on Tuesday he......

Mali could delay post-coup elections, interim PM says

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DAKAR, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Mali could push back presidential and legislative elections set for next February to avoid their validity being contested, its post-coup prime minister said. Mali’s progress back to democracy following the August 2020 overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is being closely monitored in a region......

Gaza to begin rebuilding homes destroyed in May conflict

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GAZA, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The reconstruction of homes in Gaza that were destroyed or damaged in the May conflict between Israel and Hamas will begin in the first week of October using aid from Qatar, a senior Palestinian housing official said on Sunday. Gaza’s Hamas-run government says Israeli air......

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