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European Parliament Votes To Block Turkey’s Membership Talks

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The European Parliament has voted to suspend the European Union (EU) membership talks of Turkey because of the country’s crackdown since a coup attempt in July, the BBC reports.

The Members of European Parliament (MEPs) asked the European Commission and 28 national governments to impose a “temporary freeze” on the talks.

However, they said that the Parliament “remains committed to keeping Turkey anchored to the EU.”

The motion was approved by 479 votes to 37, with 107 abstentions.

The Members of European Parliament (MEPs) non-binding vote has already been dismissed as “worthless” by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The Parliament’s resolution move comes at a sensitive time, with the EU being reliant on Turkey to keep up its end of an agreement on the return of migrants who have sought refuge in Europe.

EU-Turkish ties have soured after years of stop-start negotiations, which are likely to go on, though very slowly.

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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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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

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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