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Multiple Suicide Bombings In Libya Kill 40 Soldiers

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Multiple suicide bombings in Libya has left at least 40 soldiers dead, as opponents and supporters of a renegade ex-general clashed for control of a key air base in the port city of Benghazi.

Reporters present in Tripoli, said four separate suicide attacks targeted the Benina air base on Thursday killing at least 40 soldiers loyal to former general Khalifa Haftar and wounding dozens more.

“Fighting is ongoing around the strategic Benina air base, with militias seeking to capture the base before Eid on Saturday,” he said.

“The air base houses heavy weaponry and is crucial for the militias as they attempt to seize control of Benghazi,” AbdelWahed added.

The Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries said it carried out the attack in conjuction with the Libya Shield brigade and Ansar al-Sharia.

Special army forces allied to brigades of former general Khalifa Haftar have been fighting Islamist forces including Ansar-al-Sharia, blamed by Washington for an attack on the US consulate in the city in September 2012 in which the US ambassador was killed.

Libya is being racked by violence as the armed groups which helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 have turned their guns on each other in a struggle to dominate politics and the country’s vast oil resources.

The current crisis is rooted in the successive Libyan governments’ dependence on those militias, originally anti-Gaddafi rebel forces, in restoring order in the absence of a strong national army or police.

Western powers worry Libya will become a failed state as a weak central government cannot control the competing armed groups in a country awash with arms.

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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

Donald Trump

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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