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At Least 24 Migrants Drowned Off Libya – IOM

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The United Nation’s International Organization of Migration said on Tuesday two dozen migrants and refugees on board a rubber boat trying to cross from Libya to Europe are believed to have drowned after their boat capsized.

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On Sunday night, three boats were said to have departed from Libya’s Zawiyah. The Libyan coast guard found 45 persons onboard two boats and brought them back but the third had capsized.

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The IOM’s Safa Msehli said at a Geneva briefing, “two bodies were retrieved and very few survivors have reported to IOM staff at the disembarkation point, indicating at least 22 other persons may have perished.

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Last month, 45 Africans died off the Libyan coast in the biggest shipwreck this year. Hundreds migrants die each year on the Mediterranean passage.

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Uganda: Two Arrested Over Makerere University Fire / ANN News

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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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