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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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Zambian Police Arrest 16 Suspects After Chemical Attacks

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Zambian Police Arrest 16 Suspects After Chemical Attacks

Zambia police said on Thursday, they have arrested 16 persons suspected of being behind a spate of attacks in which people were sprayed with poisonous substances that have caused some deaths.

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The attacks began in December and were initially confined to the mineral-rich copperbelt.  They have since spread to the capital Lusaka.  Police are still trying to pinpoint the exact number of victims.

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Last week, president Edgar Lungu ordered soldiers to join the police in patrolling the streets after the attacks, that have sparked public outrage.

Britain and the United States have issued travel alerts to their citizens following the attacks.

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Lesotho PM Misses Court Date Over Wife’s Death

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Lesotho PM Misses Court Date Over Wife's Death

Lesotho’s prime minister Thomas Thabane, who was accused of killing his wife and was due in court for hearing on Friday, did not show up.  Police said they were unsure of his whereabouts.

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Lipolelo Thabane was shot dead in June 2017 near her home in the capital, Maseru, two days before the minister took office.

Thabane’s current wife, Maesaiah, has also been charged with ordering Lipolelo’s murder. She is currently out on bail.

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The prime minister bowed to pressure and announced on Thursday he would step down in July.  Both Maesaiah and Thomas Thabane, who married two months after Lipolelo’s killing, have denied any involvement in her death.

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Authorities say the prime minister’s whereabouts are unknown.  Some even suggest he might have fled the country.

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South Sudan President, Rebel Leader Agrees To Form Unity Government

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South Sudan President, Rebel Leader Agrees To Form Unity Government

South Sudan’s former rebel leader Riek Machar said he has agreed to form a unity government with president Salva Kiir by Saturday’s deadline, following talks at state house on Thursday.

President Kiir has promised protection for opposition leaders. Machar’s allies had sought assurances for his safety should he formally return to the capital.

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Kiir said the main issues which have not been resolved, such as how he and Machar would share the power, and how opposing forces will be unified, are set to be addressed and finalized in coming days.

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There are expectations the deal will bring an end to South Sudan’s devastating six-year civil war, which has killed some 400,000 persons.

Before the announcement, it had been unclear if the deadline would be met as key benchmarks of the 2018 peace agreement had not been fulfilled. The deadline had elapsed several times without an agreement between the two sides.

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