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European Union (EU) leaders will hold a video summit on Thursday in a bid to agree on a shared fiscal response to a recession looming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, though there is little hope of a breakthrough.

European Union marks 70th anniversary amid divisive crisis

The European Union on Saturday marked the 70th anniversary of its foundation in low-key fashion thanks to the coronavirus lockdowns still in place in much of the continent.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that evidence indicates an Iranian missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner on Wednesday and that the strike may have been unintentional.

Iran, Ukraine begin crash investigation amid claim airliner shot down

Iranian and Ukrainian officials have begun investigating the crash of a Ukrainian airliner near Tehran, Iran’s aviation authority said on Friday.

France urges Iran not to seek retribution after U.S. strike

France has urged Iran not to seek retribution in the wake of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s elite Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.

France, China call on Iran to preserve nuclear deal

France, Germany and China have called on Iran to preserve the nuclear deal and to avoid any measure that would violate it, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a written statement today after a phone call with his counterparts.
Turkish-backed Syrian fighters evacuate a wounded comrade near the border town of Ras al-Ain on October 13, 2019, as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. – Turkish forces and their proxies pushed deep into Syria Sunday, moving closer to completing their assault’s initial phase, while Washington announced it was pulling out 1,000 troops from the country’s north. (Photo by Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP)

Turkey defiant on Syria operation as US demands ceasefire

Turkey remained defiant against mounting international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria, raising tensions with Washington as Vice President Mike Pence headed for Ankara on Wednesday to demand a ceasefire.
Iran's Hassan Rouhani also said in his speech that bowing to US pressure amounts to 'treason' [Abedin Taherkenareh-EPA]

Iran threatens ‘all out war’ against US, Saudi Arabia if attacked

Iran warned Thursday that military action by the United States or Saudi Arabia would result in “all-out war,” as the Trump administration weighed its response after blaming Iran for a wave of strikes that crippled the kingdom’s oil infrastructure.g
Jair Bolsonaro. Andre Coelho-Bloomberg

Brazil slams G7 aid offer as Amazon fires rage

Brazil on Monday rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of “his home and his colonies.”
Laurent Lassimouillas, Patrick Picque, and a third freed hostage arrive in France. Francois Guillot-AFP-Getty Images

Burkina Faso: Ex-hostages pay homage to slain soldiers, tour guide

Burkinabe authorities and the former French and Korean hostages on Saturday paid tribute to the two French soldiers who died during a raid in northern Burkina Faso.
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, as they arrive for a dinner at the Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, near Nice, France, on Sunday. EPA-EFE

Xi Jinping meets Emmanuel Macron as French president seeks united EU front on China

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron met for dinner in the south of France Sunday ahead of official talks with the host leader seeking to forge a united European front to contend with Beijing’s advances.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses for a photograph after the recording of her annual New Year's speech at the Chancellery in Berlin. JOHN MACDOUGALL-AFP

Angela Merkel: US pullout from Syria risks boosting Russia, Iran influence

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Saturday that Washington’s plan to swiftly pull its soldiers out of Syria risks allowing Russia and Iran to boost their role in the region.
Handout picture taken on January 29, 2019 and released by the Venezuelan Presidency on January 30 shows Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaking at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said he was prepared to hold negotiations with the US-backed opposition and added he would support early parliamentary elections, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday. (Photo by Francisco BATISTA / Venezuelan Presidency / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO – Venezuelan Presidency / Francisco BATISTA” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Venezuelans demand President Nicolas Maduro’s resignation

Venezuelans on Wednesday took to the streets around Caracas in a fresh round of protests to press President Nicolas Maduro to step down and the army to allow the entry of humanitarian aid from the U.S.
French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian leaves the Elysee Presidential Palace after attending a weekly cabinet meeting on January 23, 2019 in Paris. (Photo by ludovic MARIN - AFP)

Iran accuses France of ‘destabilising’ region

Iran has accused France of being a destabilising force in the region after its foreign minister threatened new sanctions against Tehran over its missile programme.

France tells Donald Trump to stop meddling in its affairs

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian asks Donald Trump to stop meddling in French affairs after the US President criticised France in two tweets following riots in Paris

Hundreds of schools shut in Burkina Faso over jihadi attacks

In Burkina Faso, a country struggling to contain jihadist violence, education is one of the victims of the insurgency, with hundreds of schools closed, teachers in hiding and pupils kept indoors over the fear of attacks.

Justin Trudeau: Canada has heard Turkish recordings on Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

Canadian intelligence officers have listened to Turkish recordings of what happened to Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said on Monday.

51 states pledge support for global cybersecurity rules

Fifty-one states, including all EU members, have pledged their support for a new international agreement to set standards on cyberweapons and the use of the internet, the French government said Monday.

Jean-Yves Le Drian: France not in possession of Jamal Khashoggi tapes

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday said that France was not in possession of recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

France pledges to assist Libya conduct peaceful elections

France reiterated its support to international efforts assisting elections in Libya by year-end, the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced on Thursday a new oil discovery in the shallow waters of Geisum concession south of the Gulf of Suez, with an initial production rate of 2,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Oil prices fall, head for weekly decline

Global oil prices fell on Friday, adding to steep losses from the previous session, and were headed for weekly declines on worries that renewed lockdowns following a surge in coronavirus cases in the United States and elsewhere would suppress fuel demand.
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President Buhari to sign revised 2020 budget Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday sign into law the revised 2020 budget passed by the National Assembly in June.
West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini. REUTERS-David Klein

Manuel Pellegrini named new Real Betis manager on three-year deal

Real Betis have appointed former Real Madrid and Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini as their manager from next season on a three-year contract, the La Liga side said on Thursday.
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara attends a national tribute ceremony for dead soldiers, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, July 2, 2020. REUTERS-Thierry Gouegnon

Ivory Coast ruling party may ask president to stand again after premier dies

Ivory Coast’s ruling party may ask President Alassane Ouattara to rethink his decision not to stand for a third term, after the sudden death of his chosen successor, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, a party official said on Thursday.
CHAN Eagles Head Coach Imama Amapakabo said his team showed improvements after two poor outings against Togo in recent weeks, but also admits they could have done better on Saturday to get the result.

Imama Amapakabo will improve Abia Warriors – skipper

Abia Warriors captain and long-serving defender Austin Obaroakpo has stated that the appointment of coach Imama Amapakabo as coach of the Nigeria Professional Football League side will improve the fortunes of the NPFL side.