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Explosion Hits Turkish Town Near Syrian Border

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At least 27 people have been killed in an explosion at a cultural centre in the southeastern town of Suruc near Turkey’s border with Syria, according to the Turkish interior ministry. Al Jazeera sources said Monday’s blast happened during a press conference during the centre’s opening.

A representative of a Kurdish party told Al Jazeera that the body of a suicide bomber had been found among the dead. Eyewitnesses said those targeted were volunteers coming from Istanbul and heading to the Syrian city of Kobane for relief work.

Images posted on Twitter showed around 10 people laying motionless outside a building, and several others who appeared to be wounded. More than 20,000 Syrian refugees are housed in camps around Suruc, a mainly Kurdish town.

Suruc lies 10km from Kobane, another largely Kurdish town, which was the scene of an unsuccessful siege by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. ISIL forces had surrounded Kobane until they were repelled by Kurdish forces backed by the Free Syrian Army and US air cover in March.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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