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Syrian Opposition Group To Attend Geneva Peace Talks

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The union of armed Syrian rebel groups opposing President Bashar al-Assad announced Friday it would attend peace talks in Geneva next week. The delegation, called the High Negotiations Committee, announced it hoped to build on a two-week truce in Syria by participating in peace talks brokered by the United Nations. The cease-fire, which does not include the Islamic State or the al-Nusra Front, has eased tensions and allowed delivery of some humanitarian aid in areas of Syria under attack by the Syrian government.

“It’s important to see the humanitarian aid. There is something positive here. The truce was there. It helped, not much but at least in some areas, and it saved a few people from shelling and airstrikes, and I believe we can do better for our people in Syria to see an end to all this,” said High Negotiations Committee spokesman Salem al-Meslet. The truce began Feb. 27 and it has mostly held.

It is “generally being observed, but of course there are violations and we expected that there would be. But the regime is being observed,” noted Alexei Borodavkin, Russian U.N. Envoy in Geneva in an interview with the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. It was unclear if Syrian government representatives will attend. Attempts at peace talks failed two years ago, with the government eager to discuss means to fight the Islamic State, and opposition groups seeking talks on Bashar’s removal and plans for a transitional government. Another attempt was canceled in early February, when U.N. envoy Staffan di Mistura, presiding over the talks, urged international parties in the conflict, including the United States and Russia, to do more preparatory work.

The next round is scheduled to begin Monday, the fifth anniversary of an uprising against the Bashar regime which has devolved into a civil war claiming 250,000 lives thus far.

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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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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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