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Africa / Middle East

Venezuela demands release of official detained in Cape VerdeCaracas, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government on Thursday urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to demand compliance with the ruling of the Court of Justice of that union about the release of Alex Saab.

Palestinians condemn US accusation against CubaRamallah, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Palestine-Cuba Friendship Association Mohamed Abuatwan on Wednesday condemned the US decision to include Cuba in the list of state sponsors of terrorism and highlighted Cuban people's peaceful spirit and solidarity.

Iran welcomes Qatari call for regional talksTehran, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Yavad Zarif on Wednesday welcomed his Qatari counterpart's proposal for talks between the Persian Gulf Arab nations and Iran.

Guterres condemns blue helmets' death in Central African Rep.United Nations, 20 Jan (Prensa Latina) United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday condemned the deaths of two members of the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (Minusca) during an attack in the prefecture of Mbomou.

Cuba expresses condolences over Zimbabwean foreign minister's deathHavana, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez expressed his country's deepest condolences on Wednesday over the death of Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo.

Libya: 43 migrants die in shipwreckTripoli, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported on Wednesday that at least 43 people died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coast.

European diplomats protest Israeli colonies in PalestineRamallah, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Representatives from 16 European countries protested before the Israeli Government due to plans to expand the colonies in the occupied West Bank, included East Jerusalem, Al-Ayyam newspaper reported on Wednesday.

US troops bomb Iraqi military posts to cover terroristsBaghdad, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) US military forces bombed the Iraqi Armed Forces' positions to favor the deployment of terrorists in central Babylon province, Al-Ghadeer channel reported on Wednesday.

Syria condemns US aggressionsDamascus, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Syria on Wednesday denounced the US troops' aggressions in the Al-Yarubiyah region, in the northern province of Hasaka, in a message sent to the United Nations Security Council.

Iran reaffirms failure of US policy of maximum pressureTehran, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani today reiterated the complete failure of the policy of maximum pressure against Tehran by US President Donald Trump.

Almost 2 million people receive humanitarian aid in EthiopiaAddis Ababa, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Almost two million citizens are receiving humanitarian assistance in northern Ethiopia, after the government military operation against the Tigray People's Liberation Front concluded, the Ministry of Peace reported on Wednesday.