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Sudan And Egypt Begin Joint Air Exercises

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Sudan and Egypt have announced a joint air exercises.

The two countries said over the weekend they have started the joint air exercises, called- the Nile Eagles 1, at the Merowe Air Base in northern Sudan. The joint drills will continue until late November.

The training comes days after talks between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia on the Grand Renaissance Dam failed.

It also comes at a time when Ethiopia is engaged in a military conflict with its opposition-led Tigray region.

The army chiefs of Sudan and Egypt met in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, last October and agreed to enhance joint military co-operation.

A spokesman for the Egyptian army said in a statement, the joint air drills will carry out many activities, including planning and managing joint air combats, air offensive and defensive operations by the multi-role combat aircraft from the two countries. Also, airborne forces will conduct combat search and rescue exercises.

It’s the first of its kind military exercise between the two north Africa neighbours since the era of former Sudanese president Jaafar Al-Nimeri in the 1970s.

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Burkina Faso’s Incumbent President Retains Power

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Burkina Faso’s the electoral commission says the incumbent president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has won the nation`s presidential election with 57.9% of the votes.

Burkina Faso headed to the poll on Sunday.

His main challengers, Eddie Komboigo and Zephirin Diabre, got 15.5% and 12.5% respectively.

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S.Africa Concern Over Sharp Spike In COVID-19 Cases

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South Africa authorities in Western Cape province have expressed deep concern about a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases.

Infection rates are beginning to jump in some areas, after a long lull, -particularly along the country’s southern coastline.

Doctors in Cape Town and in Port Elizabeth are reporting a rise in hospital admissions.

The virus is showing signs of a resurgence in parts of South Africa – the most badly affected country on the Africa continent.

One provincial leader described the spike as staggering and said the virus was spreading widely, not just in a handful of hotspots. The country is now heading towards its main summer holiday season, a time when millions of people travel.

Concerns about a second wave are coinciding with nationwide protest action over low pay by community health workers – key figures in south Africa’s fight to contain the virus.

The government is thought to be reluctant to reimpose tough lockdown restrictions, with the economy in deep trouble. 779,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.

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Burundi’s Buyoya Says He Quit AU Mali Role To Clear Name

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Burundi former president Pierre Buyoya says he is stepping down from his role at the African Union to clear his name in an ongoing murder case.

Buyoya, who is au special envoy to Mali and the Sahel, said on Wednesday.

The au special envoy was convicted in absentia in Burundi last month for the 1993 assassination of then president Melchior Ndadaye who was assassinated in 1993, four months after winning an election against Buyoya.

Pierre Buyoya says he quit his position so the situation would not cause an embarrassment to the continental organization.

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