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Sudan PM Tells Pompeo He’s Not Authorized To Normalize Ties With Israel

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Sudan Discusses Arab-Israeli Peace And Terrorism List With US

Sudanese prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, has told the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday to separate Sudan`s sanction removal and issues involving normalizing ties with Israel. Diplomatic relations with Israel are a sensitive issue in the Sudan.

Hamdok told Pompeo that the transitional government, quote, “does not have a mandate … To decide on normalization with Israel,” end quote.  He said the matter would be decided after Sudan’s transitional bodies were formed, as the united states promotes stronger Sudan-Israel ties.

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The Sudan leader said the issue should not be linked to Sudan’s removal from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Pompeo arrived in the Sudan from Israel on what he said was the first official non-stop flight between the two countries. He met with Hamdok and the ruling council head gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.

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Pompeo’s visit follows an accord between Israel and the United Arab Emirates this month to forge full relations, and comes as Israel and the United States push more Arab countries to follow suit.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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Ethiopia Charges 2,000 Over Violence After Musician’s Murder

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Haacaaluu Hundeessaa

In Ethiopia, nearly 2,000 persons have been charged over deadly violence that followed the killing of a popular singer in June.

More than three months ago, at least 166 persons were killed when violent protests erupted following the murder of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, some in protests against authorities and some in ethnically-targeted attacks.

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Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, the country’s attorney general, Gideon Timothewos said the arrested persons are being charged for their conduct that resulted in the death of hundreds of citizens.

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He did not give details on the charges or on whether any prisoners had been released without charge.

On June 29, Haacaaluu was shot dead while driving in the capital Addis Ababa. He was one of Ethiopia’s biggest musical stars and a powerful political voice, with many of his songs speaking out on behalf of his Oromo ethnic group and calling for more freedoms.

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