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US: Like predecessor Trump, Special Council probes President Biden’s handling of classified document

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The office of the United States President, Joe Biden has named a special counsel to probe the improper storage of classified documents at his home and a former office.

The Biden administration named the special team on Thursday. The team is believed to be an echo of a wider-ranging inquiry directed at his main political rival, Donald Trump.

The White House through its lawyer, Richard Sauber said in a statement that some material was found in a locked garage at Biden’s home and an adjacent room and pledged to cooperate.

“We are confident that a thorough review will show that these documents were inadvertently misplaced.” The statement said.

The president on Thursday while speaking about the wisdom of storing important material next to his Corvette, said both were in a locked garage. “People know I take classified documents and classified material seriously,” he added.

The head of National Security Counselors, a law firm, Kel McClanahan, “the facts cannot be more different. The only similarity is there were classified documents that were taken out of the White House to somewhere else.”

The US Attorney General Merrick Garland said Robert Hur, who served as the top federal prosecutor in Maryland under Trump, will act as a quasi-independent prosecutor to determine whether classified records from Biden’s time as vice president had been improperly stored at his residence in Delaware and a think tank in Washington. Garland said Hur will examine “whether any person or entity violated the law.”

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Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, vows continued support for Mali

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Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov who is currently in Mali on a diplomatic visit has that Russia will continue helping Mali improve its military capabilities.

Mali’s recent relations with France have prompted Western concern.

Lavrov made the reiteration during a visit to the West African country where militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have waged a decade-long insurgency that has spread to neighbouring countries.

Lavrov has visited a series of African countries recently as Moscow, hit by Western sanctions over its war in Ukraine, seeks to deepen trade ties and strategic partnerships elsewhere.

Mali has continued diplomatic romance with the global south as it has recently solidified relations with Russia and China as its relation with the rest faces tension. The country had broken defence ties with France and other pro-Western states.

Russian media quoted Lavrov as saying that Moscow hoped to start delivering wheat, fertilisers and oil products to Mali soon.

United Nations experts last week called for an independent investigation into possible war crimes by government forces and Russian private military contractor Wagner Group in Mali.

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Russian FM, Sergei Lavrov, sets to visit Mali to ‘strengthen defence ties’

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Relations between West African country, Mali and European power, Russia has continue to gain strength as the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov plans a two-day visit to Mali this week.

The Malian foreign ministry described the visit as a reflection of a shared wish to strengthen defence and security ties.

Mali has continued diplomatic romance with the global south as it has recently solidified relations with Russia and China as its relation with the rest faces tension. The country had broken defence ties with France and other pro-Western states.

The Russian minister will arrive in Bamako on Monday. It is the first time a Russian foreign minister has officially visited the West African nation and reflects Moscow’s focus on extending its reach on the continent while it is at loggerheads with Western powers over its invasion of Ukraine.

A statement by Malian ministry says the visit of the Russian is “high-level visit is in line with the political choice made by the Transitional Government to expand and diversify strategic partnerships.”

Lavrov’s visit shows “the firm will of the Malian and Russian heads of state to give new impetus to the relations of friendship and bilateral cooperation … in priority areas, in particular defence and security,” the ministry said.

Last week, United Nations experts called for an independent investigation into possible war crimes by government forces and Russian private military contractor Wagner Group in Mali.

The West African country is currently engaged in a fight against militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State who have waged a decade-long insurgency that has spread to neighbouring countries.

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