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Massacre at Egypt mosque
CAIRO: Armed attackers on Friday killed at least 235 worshippers in a bomb and gun assault on a packed mosque in Egypt’s restive North Sinai province, state media reported, the country’s deadliest attack in recent memory. A bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque frequented by Sufis roughly 40 kilometres west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish before gunmen opened fire on those gathered for weekly
 
 
Libya probes ‘slave market’ reports
TRIPOLI: Libya’s UN-backed government said on Thursday it was investigating reports of African migrants being sold as slaves and promised to bring the perpetrators to justice. Footage broadcast by CNN appearing to show African migrants being traded in Libya sparked an international outcry and protests in Europe and Africa. “There have been direct instructions issued to form an investigative committee so as to uncover the truth
   
Pope prays for peace in S.Sudan and DR Congo
Vatican City: Pope Francis led a special prayer for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, saying the mass murder of women and children is where “war shows its most horrid face.” “This evening, in prayer, we want to sow seeds of peace in the lands of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in all lands devastated by war,” the pope said in a homily at St. Peter’s Basilica.
 
 
Erdogan says no contact with regime ‘at the moment’
Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there was no contact “at the moment” between Ankara and the Syrian government despite both sides’ opposition to Syrian Kurdish militia, in comments reported on Friday. The Turkish leader said Russian President Vladimir Putin told him that Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad “negatively” viewed Syrian Kurdish armed groups, in an interview published in Hurriyet and Milliyet
   
China says it will make efforts on Syria reconstruction
BEIJING: China hopes Syria can show “flexibility” in promoting peace talks, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday in a meeting with an adviser to Syria’s president, adding that China would help with its reconstruction. Syria’s six-year-old civil war has killed hundreds of thousands of people, forced millions to flee in the worst refugee crisis since World War Two and embroiled regional and world powers. For years,
 
 
EU working without ‘letup’ to help migrants
Brussels: The EU said Thursday it is working without “letup” for a durable solution to the plight of migrants in Libya, adding it shared French President Emmanuel Macron’s anger over slave markets there. The US network CNN triggered a wave of condemnation when it aired footage last week of an apparent auction where black men were presented to North African buyers as potential farmhands and sold. “I fully share the French
   
Forces say Daesh retreating deep into desert
Baghdad: Iraqi forces said Friday that Daesh group fighters are withdrawing deep into the desert to escape an offensive aimed at a final defeat of the extremists. Daesh has already been driven out of all of the towns it once held, but Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has said he will not proclaim victory until the extremists have been cleared from the western desert bordering Syria. The Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation)
 
 
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