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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Abdelaziz Bouteflika: Algeria’s longest-serving president

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who on Monday announced he is pulling out of a bid for a fifth term, is Algeria's longest-serving president and a veteran of the independence struggle who held on to power during years of ill health.
Colombia's leftist ELN rebels claimed responsibility for the bombing of a police academy in Bogota that killed 20 people as well as the attacker and derailed peace talks being held in Cuba.

Colombia’s ELN rebels claim deadly police academy attack

Colombia's leftist ELN rebels claimed responsibility for the bombing of a police academy in Bogota that killed 20 people as well as the attacker and derailed peace talks being held in Cuba.
Colombian police hold flowers during a vigil at the scene of the attack on Thursday [Leonardo Munoz-EPA]

21 dead in car bomb attack on Colombian police academy

Colombia’s government declared three days of mourning Thursday after at least 21 people died in a car bomb at a Bogota police cadet training academy, and 68 were wounded — the worst such incident in the city in 16 years.

Israel: Syrian civil war effectively over

Israel on Thursday described the Syrian civil war as effectively over and predicted that the Golan Heights frontier between the countries would be quieter with central rule by Damascus restored there.

Ecuador suspends role as guarantor of Colombia peace talks

Ecuador on Wednesday said it was suspending its role as guarantor of the peace talks between Colombia's government and ELN guerrillas which have been hosted in Quito since early 2017.

Two police officers killed in Colombia car bombing

Two Colombian police officers were killed Saturday when criminals bombed their car, then hurled grenades and strafed it with gunfire, local authorities said.

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Torrential rains have killed 16 people in western Angola's Benguela Province, authorities confirmed.

Heavy rains kill 16 in Angola

Torrential rains have killed 16 people in western Angola's Benguela Province, authorities confirmed.

Court remands factory worker for defiling three year-old girl

An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Monday ordered that a factory worker, Emmanuel Friday, who allegedly defiled a three-year-old girl be remanded in prison, pending legal advice from the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Irate youths protest electricity disruption in Osun

A group of youths in Ilesha, Osun on Monday staged a violent protest over disconnection of electricity in the town by Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).

Supplementary polls: We expect high-level cooperation from security agencies – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called for improved synergy with various security agencies in the country during the supplementary election to be held in some states.
Mahfuza Akhter Kiron

Bangladesh FIFA official arrested for ‘defaming’ premier Hasina

A lawyer for FIFA council member Mahfuza Akhter Kiron is set to file a petition in a Bangladesh court on Tuesday seeking bail for the official who has been arrested in a defamation case following her criticism of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.