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Controversial Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who claims to have leaked a sex video of a prominent Paris politician, was arrested by French police on Saturday over an unrelated act of violence, the Paris prosecutor's office said.

Woman who released Emmanuel Macron’s friend sex tape arrested

French police have arrested the girlfriend of a Russian activist who released a sex video of a prominent ally of French President Emmanuel Macron, prosecutors said on Sunday.

Emmanuel Macron begs Donald Trump for another chance

France is appealing to President Donald Trump not to cut off U.S. military support to French forces fighting Islamist militants in Africa, warning that it could undermine efforts to counter a growing terrorist threat in the Sahel region.
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife were rushed from a Paris theatre late Friday after protesters tried to burst in and disrupt the performance.

French president, wife rushed from Paris theatre during protest

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife were rushed from a Paris theatre late Friday after protesters tried to burst in and disrupt the performance.
Fighters of a battalion loyal to Libyan General Khalifa Haftar pictured in the eastern city of Benghazi in December 2019. Both sides in Libya’s conflict agreed to a ceasefire, January 1, 2020. AFP

Libyan sides agree ceasefire after nine months of fighting

Both sides in Libya’s conflict agreed to a ceasefire from Sunday to end nine months of fighting, following weeks of international diplomacy and calls for a truce by power-brokers Russia and Turkey.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Saturday for talks set to focus on flashpoints in the Middle East.

Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin discuss Middle East flash-points at Kremlin meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Saturday for talks set to focus on flashpoints in the Middle East.

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.
The targeted killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani already has seen his replacement vow to take revenge.

Iran’s supreme leader weeps over Qassem Soleimani

Weeping amid wails from a crowd of hundreds of thousands of mourners, Iran’s supreme leader on Monday prayed over the remains of a top Iranian general killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, an attack that’s drastically raised tensions between Tehran and Washington.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had spoken to Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, but did not elaborate on how the protections would be achieve [Anadolu]

Mike Pompeo: Europe not ‘helpful’ as could be over Qasem Soleimani killing

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that Washington’s European allies had not been “as helpful” as he hoped over the US killing of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in Iraq.

France, Germany declare position on General Soleimani’s killing by US

Germany and France have joined other world leaders in reaction to the killing of Iranian top military leader, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani by the US government.
The U.S. killed Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, in a “defensive action,” the Pentagon says.

Vladimir Putin blasts Donald Trump for assassinating Iranian general

Russian President Vladimir Putin has scolded US President Donald Trump for aggravating the situation in the Middle East following the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
Qasem Soleimani

UN warns against war as Russian leader says Iranian general’s death inflames Mideast situation

The killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a US strike on Baghdad threatens to inflame the situation in the Middle East, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

2023: Arewa youths shop for South-South presidency

Coalition of northern youths under the umbrella of Arewa Youths Assembly have said that they will do all that is politically required to ensure an emergency of a South-South candidate for the 2023 presidency.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a Ghanaian politician currently the President of Ghana, in office since January 2017.

Ghana lauds French ECOWAS members’ decision to dump CFA for ECO

The Ghanaian government has hailed the resolve by eight member nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to cut their colonial links with France’s CFA (Communaute Financiere d’Afrique) Franc and adopt ECO as their common currency.
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Minister: Nigeria studying situation on adoption of Eco as ECOWAS currency

The Federal Government says it is studying the situation on change of West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) currency, Eco, to be used as ECOWAS single currency.
(FILES) A handout picture taken in 2012 in an unlocated location and released on July 16, 2019 by Sciences Po university shows Franco-Iranian academic Adelkhah Fariba, 60, a well-known expert on Iran and Shiite Islam at the prestigious Sciences Po university. Two French and Australian academics held in Iran over espionage charges have gone on a indefinite hunger strike as of Christmas Eve, France’s Sciences Po University confirmed. “The Ceri confirms the hunger strike started by Fariba Adelkhah and her cellmate Kylie Moore-Gilbert,” the Centre for International Studies and Research at Sciences Po University said in a December 25, 2019, tweet. “On this Christmas day, our solidarity and thoughts of hope go to Fariba, Roland and all the other prisoners in arbitrary detention. #FreeFariba #FreeRoland,” it added. Thomas ARRIVE / Sciences Po / AFP

Iran blasts France for ‘interference’ over jailed academic

Iran accused France on Sunday of “interference” in the case of an Iranian-French academic held in the Islamic republic, saying she is considered an Iranian national and faces security charges.
The CFA franc is facing growing opposition in parts of West and central Africa. Critics say the common currency has hampered the region's economic growth while France profits.

West African countries rename common currency, sever its links to France

Eight West African countries Saturday agreed to change the name of their common currency to Eco and severed the CFA franc’s links to former colonial ruler France.
President Emmanuel Macron of France speaking in Ivory Coast on Saturday. Luc Gnago-Reuters

Emmanuel Macron: Colonialism was ‘grave mistake’

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said “colonialism was a grave mistake,” and called for “turning the page” on the past during a visit to Ivory Coast, a former French colony in West Africa.
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French troops kill 33 militants in Mali

French President, Emmanuel Macron, said on Saturday his country’s troops have killed 33 militants in an operation in Mali.

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