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Protests across Tunisia target Ennahda party over political crisis

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TUNIS, July 25 (Reuters) – Police and protesters clashed in several Tunisian cities on Sunday as demonstrators demanding the government step down attacked offices of Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party that is the biggest in parliament. Witnesses said protesters stormed or tried to storm Ennahda offices in Monastir, Sfax, El......

Fencing-US’ Kiefer, Frenchman Cannone topple favourites to take gold

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TOKYO, July 25 (Reuters) – US fencer Lee Kiefer clinched her first ever gold medal on Sunday in the individual women’s foil fencing event, beating defending champion Inna Deriglazova in the final. “To come out here and to feel good about your fencing is what all the athletes strive to......

Soccer-U.S. rebound with 6-1 win over NZ, Britain and Sweden enter quarters

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TOKYO, July 24 (Reuters) – The United States women’s soccer team returned to winning ways with a clinical 6-1 victory over New Zealand at Saitama Stadium on Saturday, while Britain and Sweden maintained perfect starts to book their places in the Olympic tournament’s knockout stage. After suffering a first defeat......

Volleyball-Japan claim first win in 29 years, Iran beat Poland in epic clash

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TOKYO, July 24 (Reuters) – Hosts Japan began their men’s volleyball campaign with their first victory at the Olympics in 29 years while Iran edged Poland in a five-set epic in their Pool A openers at an empty Ariake Arena on Saturday. Japan’s win over Venezuela in straight sets was......

French citizen among six held over plan to kill Madagascar president -minister

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ANTANANARIVO, July 23 (Reuters) – A French citizen is among six people arrested on suspicion of involvement in a plot to kill Madagascar’s president, the Indian Ocean island’s public security minister said, and a second official said the president’s security had been tightened. “One of the arrested people is French,......

Ethiopian parents appeal for help to evacuate students stranded by Tigray war

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ADDIS ABABA, July 23 (Reuters) – The parents of thousands of Ethiopian students stranded in the war-ravaged northern region of Tigray on Friday appealed for help to evacuate them after the main university warned it could not feed them for much longer amid food and cash shortages. Mekelle University, which......

Athletics-Despite ‘freak’ injury, Jamaica’s Praught-Leer to compete

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TOKYO, July 24 (Reuters) – Jamaica’s 1,500m runner Aisha Praught-Leer will “line up in Tokyo” despite tearing her meniscus on Sunday, an injury which her doctor said needs surgery. “I tore my meniscus (a complete, off the bone root tear) on Sunday at training — a freak, shocking accident,” the......

Cyber attack disrupts major South African port operations

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Container ships wait to load and offload goods in port during a 21-day nationwide lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cape Town, South Africa, April 17, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo JOHANNESBURG, July 22 (Reuters) – A cyber attack has disrupted container operations at the South......

Madagascar police arrest six over alleged plot to kill president

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ANTANANARIVO, July 22 (Reuters) – Police in Madagascar this week arrested six people, including one foreign citizen,suspected of plotting to kill the president following what officials in the Indian Ocean island nation said was a months-long investigation. Madagascar has a history of political violence. Former coup leader Andry Rajoelina, 44,......

South African firm to help make Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccine

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July 21 (Reuters) – Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech (22UAy.DE) have struck a deal for South Africa’s Biovac Institute to help manufacture around 100 million doses a year of their COVID-19 vaccine for the African Union, the firms said on Wednesday. The deal is to “fill and finish” the vaccine, the......

In a first under Biden, detainee transferred out of Guantanamo Bay

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A soldier stands guard in a tower overlooking Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay naval base in a December 31, 2009 file photo provided by the US Navy. REUTERS/US Navy/Spc. Cody Black/Handout via Reuters THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS,......

Algeria recalls ambassador to Morocco in row over Western Sahara

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CAIRO, July 18 (Reuters) – The Algerian foreign ministry recalled its ambassador to Morocco on Sunday and hinted at possible further measures in the latest flare-up of tension between the North African neighbours over the disputed territory of Western Sahara. The move was linked to comments from the Moroccan envoy......

Morikawa closing in on British Open triumph

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Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 18, 2021 South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen hits his approach on the 1st hole during the final round REUTERS/Lee Smith SANDWICH, England, July 18 (Reuters) – American debutant Collin Morikawa seized control of the British Open as......

After war with Israel, a grieving Gaza marks Eid Al-Adha holiday

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GAZA, July 18 (Reuters) – For Palestinians who lost loved ones in the fighting between Gaza militants and Israel two months ago, there is little cause for celebration during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha. Known as the Feast of Sacrifice, it commemorates for the faithful the prophet Ibrahim’s......

Nigeria puts six states on COVID-19 red alert, curbs gatherings

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Dr Ngong Cyprian receives his first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, at the National hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde LAGOS, July 18 (Reuters) – Nigeria......

Gunmen kidnap dozens of villagers in northwestern Nigeria

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria July 17 (Reuters) – Gunmen abducted at least 60 people and killed one person in northwestern Nigeria after riding motorbikes into five villages and firing sporadically into the air, a police official and several residents said on Saturday. Nigeria is battling an increase in armed robberies and kidnappings......

Spike Lee accidentally announces “Titane” as Palme d’Or winner at Cannes

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PARIS, July 17 (Reuters) – “Titane”, a wildly imaginative film about a serial killer by young French director Julia Ducournau won the Palme d’Or for Best Picture at the Cannes Film Festival, jury head Spike Lee told the ceremony before the prize was due to be revealed. In a moment......

British Open leader Oosthuizen starts third round

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Oosthuizen leads by two shots Morikawa, Spieth and Johnson in chasing pack McIlroy completes third-round 69 SANDWICH, England, July 17 (Reuters) – South African Louis Oosthuizen started his third round at the British Open in bright sunshine at Royal St George’s on Saturday two shots clear at the top of......

Ethiopia’s Tigray forces say they released 1,000 captured soldiers

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OLBIA, Italy July 17 (Reuters) – Forces in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have released around 1,000 government soldiers captured during recent fighting, the head of its ruling party said, as both sides prepared for a showdown over contested land in the west of the region. Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the......

South African leader says he will end mayhem as unrest flares again

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JOHANNESBURG, July 16 (Reuters) – President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday he would not allow “anarchy and mayhem” to prevail in South Africa and suggested that a wave of violent unrest that has destroyed hundreds of businesses and killed more than 200 people had been deliberately provoked. The government was......

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