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Sudan protest leaders, army rulers to talk on power transfer

Protest leaders were to hold talks Saturday with Sudan's military rulers who have so far resisted calls to transfer power to a civilian administration, leading figures in the protest movement said.


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Russian envoys meet Syria's Assad, discuss post-war efforts, trade

Several Russian envoys met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and discussed a constitutional committee, trade, as well as the ways to improve Syria’s relations with neighboring Arab countries, Russia’s


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Egypt holds referendum that could keep Sisi in power until 2030

Egyptians began voting on Saturday (April 20) in a three-day referendum on constitutional changes that could allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in office until 2030 and bolster the role of t


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Sudan's Bashir investigated over money laundering allegations

Sudan’s public prosecutor has begun investigating ousted President Omar al-Bashir on charges of money laundering and the possession of large sums of money without legal grounds, a judicial source tol


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Blast, gunfire as attackers enter Afghan communications ministry in Kabul

An explosion hit the center of the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday (April 20) and unidentified attackers appeared to have entered a multi-storey building housing the communications ministry where the


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Islamic State attacks Syrian army, allies, killing dozens: monitor

Islamic State attacks on the Syrian army and allied militias in central Syria have killed 35 soldiers over two days, a war monitor said early on Saturday (April 20).


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Kosovo returns families of jihadists from Syria

Dozens of women and children, relatives of Kosovo jihadists fighting in Syria, were flown back home by plane on Saturday under heavy security.


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White House says Trump spoke to Libyan commander Haftar on Monday

The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump spoke by phone to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar and discussed “ongoing counterterrorism efforts” by the leader of a military assault on th


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Hundreds of thousands back on Algeria's streets, demanding radical reform

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators returned to Algeria’s streets on Friday to press demands for wholesale democratic change well beyond former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation, chanti


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More protesters flood Sudan's sit-in to demand civilian rule

Thousands of protesters demanding an end to military rule flocked to the sit-in outside Sudan’s Defense Ministry on Friday, in the biggest turnout in the center of the capital since last week when for


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Turkey arrests suspected spies for UAE, probing Khashoggi link

Turkey has arrested two intelligence operatives who confessed to spying on Arab nationals for the United Arab Emirates, and it is probing whether the arrival in Turkey of one of them was related to Ja


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Turkey pins hopes on Trump to avoid sanctions over Russia missile deal

Turkey’s hopes of avoiding punishing US sanctions over its purchase of a Russian air defense system appear increasingly pinned on intervention from Donald Trump, but the president has little leeway to


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US envoy 'disappointed' by collapse of inter-Afghan peace meeting

The US envoy for peace in Afghanistan expressed disappointment on Friday (April 19) after the collapse of a planned meeting between the Taliban and a group of Afghan politicians in Qatar that exposed


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Expansive New Kingdom tomb unveiled in Egypt's Luxor

Archaeologists on Thursday (April 18) unveiled an unusually large tomb on Luxor’s west bank dated to ancient Egypt’s 18th dynasty.


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UN envoy sees troop withdrawal in Yemen's Hodeidah within weeks

Yemen’s warring parties could start withdrawing forces from the main port city of Hodeidah within weeks, a move needed to pave the way for political negotiations to end the four-year war, the UN spec


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Protesters converge on Sudan defense ministry to demand civilian rule

Huge crowds joined a protest outside Sudan’s defense ministry on Thursday (April 18) to demand that the country’s transitional military council hand power to civilians, a Reuters witness said.


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Armed group attacks air base in southern Libya held by Haftar: officials

An armed group attacked a major air base in southern Libya held by eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar on Thursday after he moved most of his forces north to try to seize the capital Tripoli, of


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UN urges resolving fate of 2,500 foreign children at Syria camp

A senior United Nations relief official called on governments on Thursday to help resolve the fate of 2,500 foreign children being held among 75,000 people at al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria after f


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Erdogan says to keep up election challenge but Turkey must move on

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday his AK Party would keep up its challenge to the Istanbul election results after the main opposition candidate became mayor, but Turkey needed to end debate on


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Israeli president tasks Netanyahu with forming new government

Israel’s president on Wednesday (April 17) nominated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to head the next government, after he won the backing of a majority of members of parliament following an April 9


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