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Head of Sudan's now-defunct military council sworn in to head new ruling body

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the outgoing head of Sudan's military council, was sworn in on Wednesday as leader of the new Sovereign Council that will run the country for three years until an election after decades of autocratic rule.

Danish PM says cancellation of Trump visit won't hurt good U.S. relations

Denmark's prime minister said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's cancellation of a state visit after Denmark rebuffed his interest in purchasing Greenland would not affect close relations between the two allies.

Yemeni government says will not talk to separatists until standoff ends

Yemen's Saudi-backed government said on Wednesday it would not hold talks with southern separatists unless they hand back control of Aden port, after the separatist chief arrived in Saudi Arabia to discuss the standoff between the nominal allies.

Trump, Maduro confirm 'secret' Venezuela-US talks amid increased pressure on socialist regime

By Lukas Mikelionis

President Donald Trump and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro both confirmed that there have been “secret” discussions between the two nations for months now even as the U.S. ramped up economic sanctions against the socialist regime.

Italy's PD opens door to possible 5-Star government, sets conditions

Italy's main opposition party said on Tuesday it was ready to hold talks with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement over forming a government following the collapse of the previous, populist coalition.

Drones increasingly used in Africa to save people's lives, deliver blood samples to labs

By Paul Tilsley

It is understandable that when people think of drones in Africa, their mind immediately goes to the unmanned aerial vehicles used by the U.S. to track down and kill Islamic militants in Somalia, or fighters in Libya. But there is a mushrooming use of drones on the continent that is entirely peaceful - and positive. Such experience is now also being applied in the U.S.

Nigeria's Buhari assigns cabinet portfolios, appoints new oil minister

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari swore members of his cabinet into office on Wednesday, assigning a new minister of state for petroleum in Africa's top producer of crude oil.

Hong Kong protest moves peacefully to mob-attack subway

A major bank warned on Wednesday that weeks of protests in Hong Kong could hit the economies of the Chinese-ruled city and mainland China itself as hundreds of demonstrators held a sit-in at the subway site of a midsummer mob attack.

EU's Tusk, British PM Johnson to meet in France on Sunday

European Council President Donald Tusk will hold a face-to-face meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 1030 GMT on Sunday on the sidelines of a G7 summit in France, Tusk's schedule showed on Wednesday.

Indonesia chief security minister to fly to Papua as fresh protests erupt

Indonesia's chief security minister said he will fly to Papua late on Wednesday after violent protests, including stone-throwing and the torching of some buildings, spread to more towns in the easternmost region over perceived discrimination.

Mexican president says government not talking with organized crime

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday that the government is not holding talks with organized crime gangs, a day after his interior minister said she was meeting with self-described self-defense groups in states hard hit by violence.

U.S. drone shot down over Yemen: officials

A U.S. military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen's Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday, the second such incident in recent months.

Johnson's Brexit approach making no-deal 'far more likely'

A no-deal Brexit is more likely now than it has ever been, Ireland's deputy prime minister has said.

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Nigeria's Buhari assigns cabinet portfolios, appoints Timipre Silva oil minister

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari swore members of his cabinet into office on Wednesday, assigning a new minister of state for petroleum in Africa's top producer of crude oil in a cabinet of 43 ministers.

Iran says top waterways won't be as safe if its oil exports cut to zero

If Iran's oil exports are cut to zero, international waterways will not have the same security as before, its president said on Wednesday, cautioning Washington against upping pressure on Tehran in an angry confrontation between the longtime foes.

Hong Kong protest moves to mob-attack subway as bank warns of economic fallout

A major bank warned on Wednesday that weeks of protests in Hong Kong could hit the economies of the Chinese-ruled city and mainland China itself as demonstrators held a sit-in at the subway site of a mid-summer mob attack.

Danish royal family 'surprised,' lawmakers fume as Trump cancels Denmark visit over Greenland

By Lukas Mikelionis

The Danish Royal family was “surprised” after President Trump scraped the planned visit to Denmark following Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments that the idea that the U.S. might buy Greenland from Denmark was “absurd.”

No one can secure Gulf other than Iran and countries of the region: Guards deputy commander

No one can secure the Gulf other than Iran and countries of the region, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, a deputy commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, said on Wednesday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

Google, Apple, Mozilla move to block Kazakh surveillance system

Alphabet Inc's Google, Apple Inc and Firefox browser maker Mozilla took steps on Wednesday to block the Kazakh government from creating an internet surveillance system using their browsers.

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