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Ethiopians celebrate second filling of controversial Nile dam

Ethiopians celebrate second filling of controversial Nile dam

Thousands of Ethiopians gathered at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa as the government announced the completion of the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). While Egypt is relieved by the quick ending of the filling, joined by Sudan, it still calls to reach a final trilateral agreement with Ethiopia on the operation of the dam. 

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EU bans Belarusian carriers from its airspace and airports

EU bans Belarusian carriers from its airspace and airports

In an announcement on Friday (5 June), the Council of the European Union, which represents the 27 member states, said that it has decided to strengthen the existing restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus by introducing a ban on the overflight of EU airspace and on access to EU airports by Belarusian carriers of all kinds.
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France embraces Pashinyan

France embraces Pashinyan

Less than three weeks before crucial parliamentary elections in Armenia, France embraced the Armenian prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, who was on a short working visit to Paris. At a meeting at the Elysee Palace, France's president, Emmanuel Macron, assured Pashinyan that "France will always be at Armenia's side".
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Qatar to host a consultative meeting of Arab League foreign ministers

Qatar to host a consultative meeting of Arab League foreign ministers

The General Secretariat of the Arab League announced that Qatar will host a consultative meeting of the League Council at the level of Arab foreign ministers on 8 June. The meeting is part of the League's keenness to increase the frequency and intensity of consultation on topics of common interest.
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Kremlin provides insights on Putin-Lukashenko meeting

Kremlin provides insights on Putin-Lukashenko meeting

The Kremlin has provided some insights on the meeting between Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Belarussian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko, held in Sochi on Friday and Saturday  (28 - 29  May), saying that they focused on trade, economic relations and the fight against the pandemic. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Saturday that the incident with the Ryanair flight was also discussed.
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Mali coup leader named as president

Mali coup leader named as president

Mali's constitutional court on Friday (28 May) named coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goïta, as the country's transitional president. Col Goïta had already declared himself interim president on Wednesday, two days after seizing power in a military coup. The court said this was due to the "vacancy in the presidency".