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Militias In Libya Engage In Deadly Clash

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Reports have confirmed that at least 21 people have been killed and more than 60 injured in fresh clashes over the weekend between rival militias in Libya, pushing the North African country deeper into instability.

Witnesses said on Sunday that armed fighters from Tripoli’s southwestern hilltown of Zintan, loyal to retired army commander Khalida Haftar, attacked the neighboring town of Kekla which supports the rival Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) armed group.

Haftar’s army also clashed with the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries in the eastern port city for the control of the Benina airbase.

Rival groups have battled each other for the control of the strategic airbase since September.

Armed men supporting Haftar accuse successive Libyan governments of endorsing and relying on hardline armed religious groups in their bid to restore order in the restive country, amid the absence of a potent, national army.

The Haftar-led “Dignity” military campaign aims to “root out  terrorists” from Libya.

The violence has pitted fighters, who previously fought together to topple former strongman Muammar al-Gaddafi, against each other amid disputes over ways of governing the country and sharing its oil wealth.

In June, the security situation deteriorated when armed groups, mainly from the western city of Misrata swept through the capital, backing a government appointed by the country’s previous parliament.

A new parliament was elected in June. It is recognized by the international community but contested by the militia in control of the capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi. A rival parliament has been set up in the far eastern town of Tobruk.

On Friday, the UN said that fighting in Tripoli in the past three weeks had displaced at least 100,000 people, with another 150,000 fleeing the country, including many migrant workers.

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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.

Also Read: Joe Biden Defeats Trump To Win US Presidential Election

“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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