Sun, 28 Feb 2021

KHARTOUM -- The bloody tribal violence, which broke up in El Geneina, the capital city of Sudan's West Darfur State, has killed at least 129 and injured another 198, the Doctors' Committee of the West Darfur State said on Monday.

The doctors' union also said the victims include "children and new-born infants."

Local media reported that the clashes were started by a fight Friday between two people in a displaced camp in El Geneina. One of the two men in the fight, who was a member of a local Arab tribe, was stabbed to death. On Saturday, the tribe attacked people in the camp and in other areas to seek revenge. (Sudan-Tribal violence-Death)

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CAIRO -- The first Egyptian flight to Qatar in more than three years took off Monday from Cairo following a milestone agreement between the two Arab nations to resume relations.

The official Egyptian TV announced that EgyptAir flight number MS935 left Cairo International Airport to Doha, with 38 passengers on board.

On Thursday, EgyptAir, the national flagship carrier, decided to operate a daily flight to Doha starting Monday, two days after Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation lifted a three-and-half-year airspace ban on the Gulf country.

The decision came days after Egypt signed the Al-Ula declaration at the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council Summit, which ended a boycott on Qatar by the Arab quartet, which includes Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. (Egypt-Qatar-Flights)

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ANKARA -- Turkish and German foreign ministers on Monday discussed recent advances between Ankara and Brussels as tensions calm down in the Eastern Mediterranean due to Turkey's gas exploration activities in the disputed waters.

Turkey and the European Union have a positive atmosphere in relations since the bloc's summit last December, but Ankara wants to see concrete steps to enhance relations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference with his visiting German counterpart Heiko Maas.

The dialogue between Turkey and the EU is getting better thanks also to constructive steps from Europe after the EU leaders' summit, he said, noting that Turkish and EU officials would have a series of meetings in the upcoming days. (Turkey-Germany-Ties)

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BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi leading parliamentary bloc of al-Fatih Coalition confirmed on Monday that it would not retreat from demanding the Iraqi government to implement the parliament decision to withdraw foreign forces from the Iraqi soil, a local media reported.

The insistence of al-Fatih bloc, headed by Hadi al-Ameri, came because "the decision of ending the presence of foreign forces from Iraq was already passed in the Iraqi parliament and approved by the government of resigned Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi," spokesman of al-Fatih (Conquest) Coalition, Ahmed al-Asadi, told the Iraqi NINA news agency.

Al-Asadi said that Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi included the implementation of the decision to withdraw foreign forces from Iraq in his political program when he assumed the post. (Iraq-Foreign forces-Withdraw)

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