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Migrants rescued by cargo ship refuse to disembark at Libyan port

REUTERS - Some 95 migrants picked up by a cargo ship off the Libyan coast have refused to disembark in the western city of Misrata, officials from the United Nations and Libyan coast guard said on Monday.

The Libyan coast guard, supported by Italy, has stepped up patrols to stop boats with mainly African migrants from leaving Libyan shores for Europe.


Trump, Xi eye G20 talks after ‘very good’ phone call

APRNEWS - US President Donald Trump said Thursday he had “very good” talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on the trade conflict between the two economic giants, and meetings were being planned at the G20 summit at the end of this month.

The phone call comes as tensions between the world’s two biggest economies are rising on several fronts, including commerce and security.


South Sudan rebel leader to return to capital to seal peace deal

REUTERS - South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar will return to the capital Juba to celebrate a peace deal on Wednesday, his group said, more than two years after he fled the country after the collapse of an earlier accord.

Machar’s office said he would hold joint peace celebrations with his long-time rival, President Salva Kiir, in Juba - though there was no immediate confirmation from the government


Geopolitics: Russia-CAR ties signal renewed relationship with Africa

APRNEWS - Russia’s donation of arms to Central African Republic (CAR) has cemented the former’s ambition to exert influence and win support on the continent.

When CAR appealed for help against militia groups last year, Russia’s donation of weapons was chosen over former coloniser, France which offered guns it had seized off Somalia.


South Sudan doctor serving refugees with U.N. Nansen prize

APRNEWS - The United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday awarded the prestigious Nansen award to a South Sudanese doctor who runs an overcrowded hospital with a dimly-lit surgical theatre and no regular supply of general anaesthesia.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said Evan Atar Adaha’s “profound humanity and selflessness” had saved thousands of lives.


Gunmen attack checkpoint in western Libya, killing four

REUTERS - At least four people were killed in a gun attack by suspected militants on a checkpoint east of the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday, a local official and a resident said.

The attack took place between the towns of Zliten and Khoms on the coastal road leading from Tripoli to the port city of Misrata, Zliten mayor Miftah Hamadi said.



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