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French China | Updated on 09-08-2023

Here is our “News Update” section at 12:00 GMT:

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Guinea-Bissau: the new Prime Minister installed in office

BISSAU — Bissau-Guinean President Umaro Sissoco Embalo installed the new Prime Minister, Geraldo Martins, in office on Tuesday, 24 hours after appointing him by decree. On this occasion, he urged the new head of government to work closely with him, saying he was “open and available” to collaborate with the new cabinet. The president also launched “an appeal for unity and tolerance in order to consolidate the stability of the country”.

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Russia detains suspect in Crimea gas pipeline explosion

MOSCOW — Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) announced on Wednesday that it has arrested a person suspected of blowing up a gas pipeline in Crimea. The FSB said in a statement that the alleged saboteur is a Russian citizen involved in “an act of sabotage and terrorism against the energy infrastructure of the Republic of Crimea”.

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UN chief welcomes reopening of Syrian border crossing for aid delivery

NEW YORK — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday welcomed the reopening of the Bab al-Hawa border crossing for the delivery of aid to northwestern Syria.

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Nigeria announces new sanctions against organizations and individuals supporting the Nigerian junta

ABUJA — Nigeria on Tuesday announced sanctions against organisations, groups and individuals identified as supporting the crisis-ridden Niger Republic military junta. Ajuri Ngelale, spokesman for Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, told reporters that the decision was taken in light of the pre-existing consensus among West African leaders on the stalemate in Niger.

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