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Iran-EU 'result-oriented' talks

Iran says it’s determined to engage in talks aimed at the removal of US sanctions in effective and verifiable ways. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Ali Bagheri Kani, said he’ll meet the EU coordinator of the Joint Commission on the 2015 Nuclear Deal in Brussels on Wednesday. He said Iran is ready to continue results-oriented negotiations. The Iranian diplomat said it’s now up to the other signatories to the international accord to move forward with regard to their commitments. Bagheri noted that the continuation of the so-called maximum pressure campaign won’t help overcome challenges in the upcoming talks in Vienna. Iran and the remaining signatories have held six rounds of talks in the Austrian capital since April to remove US sanctions.

Sudan coup

Sudan's main opposition coalition has called for a peaceful escalation against a military takeover in the country. The alliance known as Forces of Freedom and Change demanded nationwide protests and civil disobedience against the military’s move. Earlier, in a televised speech, ruling council head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declared a state of emergency and announced the dissolution of the transitional government. He, however, vowed to form what he called a competent government, and pledged a transition to a civilian state. But the information ministry described the decision as a coup. According to the ministry, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok had been detained and moved to an unknown location. Meanwhile, demonstrators hit the streets of several cities to decry the military takeover of the country.

Nigeria mosque attack

An armed attack on a mosque in northern Nigeria has left at least 18 worshipers dead and 20 others injured. The attack took place in the Mashegu region of the country’s largest state of Niger. Locals say the gunmen on motorbikes arrived at the mosque and indiscriminately shot at worshipers offering morning prayers. More than 10 people were also reportedly abducted. There’s no official comment on the incident. But armed bandits have kidnapped or killed hundreds across northwestern Nigeria this year. They recently attacked a village market in Sokoto state, killing at least 40 people. The Boko Haram terrorist group is also operating in the region and is said to be recruiting villagers to fight the government.

 


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