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Sudanese security forces kill another anti-coup protester

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Another anti-coup protester has been killed by Sudanese security forces during a renewed demonstration on Saturday against a military takeover that derailed a transition to civilian rule last year.

The victim who was not identified, reportedly “died from a bullet to the chest in the capital’s twin city of Omdurman,” the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD), a pro-democracy group, said in a statement on Sunday.

“The latest death brings the toll to 96 from a crackdown on anti-coup protests which have taken place regularly since the October 25 military coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan,” the committee said.

Saturday’s protests came after thousands took to the streets on Thursday to oppose the coup, leading to over 100 injured in clashes with security in different cities, according to the doctors’ committee.

The United Nations, along with the African Union and regional bloc IGAD, have been pushing to facilitate talks between different warring groups in a bid to resolve the crisis but most of the efforts have been futile as the different groups have refused to allow the talks to hold.

On the other hand, civilian forces have refused to enter negotiations involving the military, while Burhan has repeatedly threatened to expel UN Envoy Volker Perthes, accusing him of “interference” in the country’s affairs.

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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