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Africa / Middle East

Ramallah, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina)Israeli occupying forces arrested Monday 21 Palestinians during raids in the West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners'' Society (PPS) reported here.

Riyadh, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Juber assured his country does not need anyone to investigate the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, local media reported on Monday.

Addis Ababa, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) The 32nd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) closed in this capital on Monday, after an opening day that marked the conclusion of Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the helm of the regional bloc.

Kabul, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) U.S. Interim Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said Monday he has not been ordered to withdraw U.S. soldiers from Afghanistan, after rumors of U.S. troop reductions in that country.

Dubai, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) The Emirates News Agency (WAM) and the Latin American News Agency Prensa Latina have inked a Memorandum of Understanding on news cooperation to exchange information from both regions.

United Nations, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) UN Counter-Terrorism Office chief Vladimir Voronkov, warned Monday today that threat of this scourge is still present throughout the world and a coordinated response in urgently needed to address it.

Kinshasa, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Opposition leader Martin Fayulu asked Monday to repeat the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a six-month period, after being behind the winner Felix Tshisekedi.

Kabul, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani expressed on Sunday his readiness for the Taliban to open an official headquarters in Kabul, Kandahar or Nangarhar to facilitate dialogue, but the insurgents rejected the proposal.

Algiers, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika confirmed his participation in the general elections next April.

Beijing, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed that under the leadership of the African Union (AU), the continent''s influence in global affairs grew steadily as it welcomed the 32nd summit of the bloc.

Pretoria, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) South African Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said today that any act of violence against the government of Venezuela is totally immoral and unacceptable and that the Venezuelan people are capable of solving their own problems.