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France, Egypt Urge ‘Restraint’ To Avoid Libya Escalation

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France, Egypt Urge 'Restraint' To Avoid Libya Escalation

French president Emmanuel Macron’s office says France and Egypt have called for the “greatest restraint by Libyan and international authorities, to avoid escalating the conflict in Libya.

Macron and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met on Sunday, and agreed that warring Libyan powers, need to negotiate a political solution overseen by the united nations.

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This after Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, this month, he was ready to send troops to Libya if the country’s Government of National Accord, GNA, requested for that.

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GNA is backed by the U.N., but the addition of Turkish troops could further inflame tensions, in a country that is already torn by the devastating campaign of General Khalifa Haftar, and his self-proclaimed Libyan National Army.

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More than a hundred forty thousand Libyans have fled their homes since April, when Haftar’s forces launched an assault on Tripoli.

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US Diplomat’s Remarks Stir Controversy In Cameroon

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US Diplomat's Remarks Stir Controversy In Cameroon

America’s top diplomat to Africa, Tibor Nagy, has caused a stir in Cameroon with comments he made in an interview on the separatist issue that has been rocking the country.  He criticized Cameroonian officials for not doing enough to solve the crisis that has claimed more than three thousand lives in the country’s English-speaking regions.

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Reactions are varied to Nagy’s comments. Some say he was merely proffering solutions, but others say he is unaware of the true situation; so, he should not be expressing any opinion on it.

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Nagy told radio France Internationale Cameroonians living in the northwest and southwest English speaking regions want decentralization and control over their own lives and their own historical heritage.

Spokesperson for the ruling Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement, Ernest Ateba says Nagy has no mandate to speak to Cameroon.  He also said America should respect Cameroon’s sovereignty.

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Separatists also assailed Nagy for saying Cameroonians are unified.  They say they are fighting for an independent state they call Ambazonia.

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Deaths After Timket Stage Collapses In Ethiopia’s Amhara Region

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Deaths After Timket Stage Collapses In Ethiopia

A religious celebration in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara regional state has turned deadly when a stage collapsed.  At least ten persons were killed. Dozens of injuries have been reported.

There was a high-level government delegation that attended the event, including president Sahle-Work Zewde and mayor of Addis Ababa.

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Journalist Samuel Getachew announced on twitter that families had begun removing bodies, and that the hospital had been overwhelmed.  He also said many of the injured had to be treated in make-shift beds.

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Timket celebration brings together thousands of Ethiopian and Eritrean orthodox worshippers to celebrate the epiphany, a festival that commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ.  This is one of the oldest and most important observed religious festivals in Ethiopia.

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Germany Hosts Summit On Peace, Politics In Libya

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Germany Hosts Summit On Peace, Politics In Libya

Leaders from 12 countries met in Germany on Sunday, in hopes of laying a foundation for a lasting cease-fire, between Libya’s rival governments.

German chancellor Angela Merkel invited to the summit world leaders, as well as representatives from the united nations, the European Union, the African Union, and the Arab League.  Libya’s two main rival leaders, former general Khalifa Haftar and Fayez Sarraj, were also present.

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Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who support Haftar and Sarraj respectively, spoke before the summit on Sunday, with Erdogan calling for Haftar to abandon what he called a “hostile attitude.”

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Turkey and Russia helped broker a fragile cease-fire in Libya which took effect last week, but both sides have accused one another of breaking it.

The leaders made a commitment at the summit to curb continued foreign interference in the conflict.

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U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who also attended, emphasized, before the summit started, “the need for a lasting ceasefire, a return to a U.N.-facilitated political process, and the end of all foreign intervention in Libya.”

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