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Tunisia Army Targets Fighters Near Algeria After 8 Soldiers Were Killed

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The Tunisian army has launched an offensive against a group of fighters near the Algerian border, where eight Tunisian soldiers were killed earlier this week by suspected “terrorists”, AFP news agency says quoting a security source.

According to the source, the attack took place 16km from Kasserine, near Mount Chaambi, where the eight Tunisian troops were found on Monday with their throats cut after being ambushed by fighters.

“The fighting is in progress, the terrorist group is surrounded,” the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Friday.

“Either they give themselves up or they will be killed.”

Mosaique FM radio and Nessma television said the clashes were centred near Bir Ouled Nasr Allah, while the authorities maintained their customary silence on military operations.

Monday’s deadly attack has prompted Algeria’s army to reinforce its presence along the border.

Daho Ould Kablia, Algeria’s interior minister, said on Thursday such action was taken because of “the troubles that Tunisia is going through”.

Kablia said there had been an “exchange of security information between Algeria and its neighbours to fight the various scourges that threaten the security and stability of the region”.

Armed groups in Algeria remain active decades after a bloody civil war in the 1990s that killed about 200,000 people, leading some in Tunisia to suggest connections with the group in Mount Chaambi.

Algeria’s Foreign Ministry condemned on Thursday what it said were “false allegations” against Algeria from “certain circles in Tunisia”.

In a statement, Amar Belani, a ministry spokesman, decried the allegations as a move to “deceive the Tunisian people as they are mobilising to unite against terrorism.”

Separately, the defence ministry issued a rare communique in which it said that a heavy machinegun, two rifles, ammunition and a number RPG-7 rockets were found in two 4X4 vehicles on Thursday, near the Libyan border.

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to concede after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, secured the required number of electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

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“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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