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Four Killed In Protests Calling For Mali’s President To Resign

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Mali Opposition Calls Fresh Anti-Government Protests

Mali’s constitutional court has been dissolved by president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, following the killings of four persons during street protests over the weekend.

The demonstrators were calling for president Keita to step down after thirteen years in power.  He has been criticized for failing to end a long-term jihadist insurgency and for not resolving the country’s economic problems.

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Keita said on Sunday he would adhere to recommendations put forward by the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, to re-run some contested legislative elections held in march.

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Opposition leaders reject Keita’s concessions.  They said only his resignation would appease them.

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EU Imposes Sanctions On Violators Of Libya Weapons Embargo

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The European Union has imposed sanctions on three companies for violating the un arms embargo on Libya. Two individuals were also sanctioned for human rights abuses in Libya.

EU foreign ministers have resolved in Brussels that the sanctions should include an asset freeze for the three companies from Turkey, Kazakhstan and Jordan.

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A United Nations report this month accused Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and other states of blatantly defying the international arms embargo on Libya.

The country has been torn by violence since long-time ruler col Muammar Gaddafi was deposed in 2011 by NATO-backed forces.

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The UAE backs renegade Gen Khalifa Haftar, while the Turkish government supports his rivals in the government based in Tripoli.

The European Union said in a statement, these new listings show the strategic use of its sanctions regime and ability to react to developments on the ground in support of the political process and to deter past and present perpetrators from further violations.

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S.Africa: At Least 500 Persons In Quarantine After COVID-19 Outbreak

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At least 500 pupils in South Africa have been put into quarantine after a coronavirus outbreak at a school in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.

A total of 98 pupils tested positive at the secondary school in the town of Burgersdorp. Officials fear the virus may have spread more widely into the community.

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South African authorities say the outbreak started when two students who had tested positive failed to inform the school. Lack of mask wearing and social distancing have been blamed for the spread.

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Libya’s Parties Demand Equal Division Of Oil

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Libya's Parties Demand Equal Division Of Oil

The two warring leaders in Libya have put a demand forward as the nation prepares to resume oil production. Concerns have been raised over who supervises its export and how to ensure oil revenue will be divided equally among interested parties.

Commander Khalifa Hafter, whose east-based forces led a failed yearlong siege to take the capital, Tripoli, from the U.N.-backed government announced on Friday that his forces would allow the Libyan oil facilities to start operating again for the first time since January “with conditions that ensure a fair distribution of revenue.

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Officials, politicians and observers considered the move by Hafter a gesture that would overcome the obstacles to a possible comprehensive Libyan consensus.

The deputy prime minister of the Libyan interim government in the east of the country, Dr. Abdisalam al-Badri, said, revenues will be deposited in special bank accounts so that they are not disposed of until after the formation of a unified Libyan government.

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Libya’s highly prized, light crude has long been a factor in its civil war, as rival militias and foreign powers jostle for control of Africa’s largest oil reserves.

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Libya was plunged into chaos when a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 toppled and killed longtime ruler Mohammar Gadhafi. The country has since split between rival east- and west-based administrations, each backed by armed groups and foreign governments.

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