Africa

Spain, Morocco to open land borders next week after two years

The land borders between Morocco and Spain’s North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla will reopen next week, Spain said Thursday, after being closed for more than two years due to COVID-19 restrictions and tensions between the two countries. Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska told reporters the reopening will start …

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Germany to end EU training mission in Mali

Germany will end its participation in the European Union training mission in Mali but is ready to continue with a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the country under certain conditions, Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Wednesday. France and allies fighting Islamist militants in Mali earlier this year said they would …

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Nigeria: Five dead after Lagos building collapse

Building collapses frequently happen in Africa’s most populous country. A three-story residential building has collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, killing at least five people, while many are feared trapped, emergency response services said. “Twenty-three people have been rescued alive including seven children and 16 adults,” said Ibrahim Farinloye of …

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Tigray forces leaving Ethiopia’s Afar region -spokesman

Rebellious Tigrayan forces are completely withdrawing from the neighboring region of Afar in Ethiopia, a spokesman said on Monday, saying he hoped it meant that desperately needed food aid could finally pour into famine-hit Tigray. “Our forces have left all of Afar,” Getachew Reda, a spokesman for the Tigray People’s …

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