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Turkey Not Optimistic On Syria Ceasefire

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Turkey has said it is not optimistic about the implementation of a Syria ceasefire announced by the United States and Russia, and has threatened to keep up retaliatory artillery strikes against Syrian Kurdish fighters. “I welcome this truce, but I am not very optimistic that it will be respected by all the parties,” Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told reporters in Ankara on Tuesday.  He warned that Turkey could carry on shelling targets of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) armed group inside Syria, and would continue “if necessary” to hit back at incoming fire from the neighbouring country even after the truce comes into force on February 27.

“Turkey will defend its territorial integrity. That is clear,” Kurtulmus added, pointing out that he had “reservations” about the viability of the ceasefire as he feared Russia would simply continue its air bombardments in Syria. “We hope that no one will try and carry out air strikes and that no one is going to kill civilians during the ceasefire.” Turkey has been alarmed by advances of YPG forces in northern Syria, fearing they are working to create an autonomous Kurdish region on the country’s doorstep.

Ankara accuses the YPG, the armed wing of Syria’s Democratic Union Party (PYD), of being the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which has waged a decades-long armed campaign against the Turkish state. It also accuses the Syrian Kurdish forces of working alongside Russia, which strongly opposes Ankara’s key strategic aim of ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The ceasefire deal was announced on Monday by Moscow and Washington but does not apply to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and the al-Nusra Front. Syria’s government said it would accept a halt to “combat operations” and would coordinate with Russia to decide what other groups – along with ISIL and al-Nusra Front – should be excluded from the plan.

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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

Jerry Rawlings

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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