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Niger attacks: More than 58 killed in attacks near Malian border

At least 58 people have been killed in Niger after attacks near the border with Mali, the government has said. Gunmen opened fire on four vehicles that were bringing people back from a market in the Tillabéri region. No group has claimed the attacks, which happened on Monday. However, there are currently two jihadist campaigns in Niger – one in ...

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At least 138 ‘peaceful protesters’ killed in Myanmar since coup: UN

At least 138 people have been killed protesting against a military coup in Myanmar since February 1, the United Nations said Monday, condemning the violent crackdown against “peaceful” demonstrators including women and children. “This includes 38 people who were killed yesterday, the majority in the Hlaing Thayer area of Yangon, while 18 people were killed on Saturday,” said Stephane Dujarric, ...

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Myanmar security forces kill 38, martial law imposed in Yangon areas

Myanmar’s ruling junta has declared martial law in parts of the country’s largest city as security forces killed more protesters in an increasingly lethal crackdown on resistance to last month’s military coup. At least 38 people were killed Sunday and dozens were injured in one of the deadliest days of the crackdown, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, ...

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Four killed in Kazakhstan military plane crash: official

Four people died and two more were injured Saturday after a military plane crashed while trying to land in Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty, authorities said. “According to preliminary data, four people died, and two injured were sent to the nearest hospital,” the emergencies ministry said in a statement. The plane was traveling to Almaty from the capital Nur-Sultan, the ministry ...

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4 killed as Myanmar forces continue crackdown on protesters

Security forces in Myanmar on Saturday again met protests against last month’s military takeover with lethal force, killing at least four people by shooting live ammunition at demonstrators. Three deaths were reported in Mandalay, the country’s second-biggest city, and one in Pyay, a town in south-central Myanmar. There were multiple reports on social media of the deaths, along with photos ...

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At least 20 dead in Egypt clothing factory fire

At least 20 people were killed and 24 others injured Thursday in a clothing factory fire on the eastern outskirts of the Egyptian capital, medical and security sources told AFP. Twelve fire trucks were dispatched to extinguish the huge blaze as smoke billowed out over the industrial area called Al-Obour, with the cause not immediately clear. The state prosecutor has ...

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Covid pandemic: Biden eyes 4 July as ‘Independence Day’ from virus

President Joe Biden has said he is hopeful that America can “mark independence” from Covid-19 on 4 July if people get vaccinated. In his first primetime address as president, Mr Biden said he would order states to make all adults eligible for vaccinations by 1 May. Current measures prioritise people by age or health condition.   His speech comes a ...

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Covid vaccines to top the agenda at ‘Quad’ meeting

Supporting Covid vaccination rollouts is expected to top the agenda at a leaders meeting of the Quad on Friday. It will be the first meeting of all four Quad leaders since the US, Japan, Australia and India first formed the group in 2007. The group is often regarded as a counterweight to China’s growing assertiveness in Asia. However, the White ...

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Hamed Bakayoko: Ivory Coast’s PM dies in Germany

The Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, Hamed Bakayoko, has died in a hospital in Germany, authorities say. Bakayoko, who was receiving treatment for cancer, passed away on Wednesday, just days after his 56th birthday. He was appointed prime minister in July, following the sudden death of his predecessor Amadou Gon Coulibaly. President Alassane Ouattara described Mr Bakayoko as a “great ...

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Mamata Banerjee injured, says pushed by 4-5 men

India’s West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was attacked today (Wednesday) while in Nandigram, where she had gone to file her nomination for the coming elections, reports NDTV. Visuals from the spot showed security guards lifting and placing her on the backseat of a car. The 66-year-old — who has sustained many an injury earlier in the line ...

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