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Lavrov says Mali asked private Russian military company for help

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Mali has asked a private Russian military company to help it fight against insurgents, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday at the United Nations. Mali’s year-old military junta is close to a deal to recruit the Russian private military contractors the Wagner......

Suicide car bomb targeting convoy in Somali capital kills at least 8 -official

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MOGADISHU, Sept 25 (Reuters) – A suicide car bomb killed at least eight people in the Somali capital on Saturday at a street junction near the president’s palace, police said, and al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab said it was behind the attack which targeted a convoy going into the palace. Police......

Chad plans to double army size to deal with security challenges

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N’DJAMENA, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Chad’s transitional government said on Friday that it plans to drastically increase the size of its army to deal with security challenges, including threats from Islamist militants and armed rebels. Defence Minister General Daoud Yaya Brahim told parliament that the army has begun the process......

Syrian military chief makes rare visit to Jordan to discuss border security

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First public visit by top Syrian army official since war Jordan wants Russia to rein in growing Iranian presence Amman concerned at Iranian-backed forces on its border AMMAN, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Syria’s defence minister visited Jordan on Sunday to discuss stability on their mutual border, the first such meeting......

French minister in Mali to pressure junta over Russian mercenaries

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BAMAKO, Sept 19 (Reuters) – France’s Armed Forces Minister arrived in Mali on Sunday to pressure the military junta to end talks to bring Russian mercenaries into the country and push it to keep a promise to return the country to constitutional order in February. Diplomatic and security sources have......

East Libyan forces say two helicopters crash in military operation

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Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar gestures as he speaks during Independence Day celebrations in Benghazi, Libya December 24, 2020. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori/File Photo TRIPOLI, Sept 19 (Reuters) – East Libyan forces said they lost two helicopters in a crash during a military operation on Sunday, after days of fighting with......

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Syrian gas pipeline

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Sept 18 (Reuters) – Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a gas pipeline at Deir Ali power station in Syria, according to a statement published on Saturday on its affiliated Telegram channels. Earlier, Syria’s electricity minister said the attack had led to an electricity outage that hit......

Bandits release 10 students kidnapped two months ago from Nigerian school

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KADUNA, Nigeria, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Bandits have released 10 more students kidnapped two months ago from a Baptist school in northwest Nigeria, the school administrator told Reuters on Saturday. The Reverend John Hayab, administrator of the Bethel Baptist High school, said 21 students from the school remained in captivity.......

Yemen’s Houthis execute nine men for involvement in Samad death

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A poster of Saleh al-Samad, a senior Houthi official, is held by a member of the honor guards during the funeral procession of al-Samad and his six body guards, who were killed by Saudi-led air strikes last week, in Sanaa, Yemen April 28, 2018. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah DUBAI, Sept 18 (Reuters)......

Pentagon says Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians in ‘tragic mistake’

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WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. military said on Friday that a drone strike in Kabul last month killed as many 10 civilians, including seven children, and it apologized for what the Pentagon said was a tragic mistake. Senior U.S. officers had said the Aug. 29 strike that took......

New Zealand abandon Pakistan tour after security alert

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New Zealand Black Caps cricket team practices in Pakistan in this undated handout image taken from video. New Zealand Cricket Handout via Reuters NZ Prime Minister says team could have been attacked PCB says no security threat exists for NZ team Pakistan Cricket Board to approach ICC ISLAMABAD, Sept 17......

Macron says French forces killed Islamic State leader in Sahara

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French President Emmanuel Macron is seen before the arrival of Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (not seen) for a working lunch at the Chateau de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau near Paris, France, September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said......

Macron says French forces killed Islamic State leader in Sahara

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French President Emmanuel Macron is seen before the arrival of Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (not seen) for a working lunch at the Chateau de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau near Paris, France, September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said......

Putin meets Assad, takes swipe at US and Turkish forces in Syria

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MOSCOW, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin received his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad on Monday for the first time since 2018 and criticised foreign forces that are in Syria without permission or a U.N. mandate – a rebuke of the United States and Turkey. Putin is Assad’s most......

Ivory Coast military helicopter crashes, killing five on board

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ABIDJAN, Sept 10 (Reuters) – A military helicopter crashed in northern Ivory Coast while on a reconnaissance mission near the border with Burkina Faso, killing all five crew members, the defence ministry said on Friday. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the crash, the ministry said......

Taliban name new Afghan government, interior minister on U.S. sanctions list

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Govt head is Mullah Hasan Akhund, aide to late Taliban founder New interior minister’s Haqqani group on U.S. terrorism list Protesters shout slogans such as ‘Long live the resistance’ Panjshir Valley the last region resisting Taliban takeover Sept 7 (Reuters) – The Taliban drew from its inner high echelons to......

Taliban name new Afghan government amid protests in Kabul

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Sept 7 (Reuters) – The Taliban named Mullah Hassan Akhund, an associate of the movement’s late founder Mullah Omar, as the head of Afghanistan’s new government on Tuesday, with Mullah Abul Ghani Baradar, head of the movement’s political office, as deputy. Sarajuddin Haqqani, son of the founder of the Haqqani......

UN says basic services in Afghanistan are collapsing

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Afghans line up outside a bank to take out their money after Taliban takeover in Kabul, Afghanistan September 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer GENEVA, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Afghanistan is facing the collapse of basic services and food and other aid is starting to run out, the U.N. Office for the Coordination......

Hundreds of health centres at risk of closure in Afghanistan – WHO

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A general view of the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, September 5, 2021. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS GENEVA, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Hundreds of medical facilities in Afghanistan are at risk of imminent closure because the Western donors who finance them are barred from dealing with the new......

Taliban claim control of Panjshir, opposition says resistance will continue

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Opposition official rejects Taliban victory claim Panjshir Valley the last region resisting Taliban Taliban pledge not to retaliate against Panjshir residents Sept 6 (Reuters) – The Taliban claimed victory over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul on Monday, declaring that they had completed their takeover of Afghanistan......

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