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Putin calls Poroshenko 'partner', says aid deal reached MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin called his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko a "partner" and said in a televised interview recorded Friday that they have agreed on Russia's next aid delivery.Putin said that his meeting with Poroshenko for marathon talks this week "was very good, that was my impression. It was quite frank," according to an extract of an interview to air in full on Channel One television on Sunday evening.Poroshenko "in my view is the kind of partner with whom you can hold dialogue," Putin said.The two leaders on Tuesday held their first meeting in three months in Minsk but failed to announce any concrete breakthrough.Putin's remarks came as Kiev and the West claimed that Russian troops are fighting in Ukraine. Putin said that a deal was reached to send aid to Ukraine."We agreed that we are carrying out a plan suggested by President Poroshenko to give help to the people ...


Angola to 'forgive' half of Mozambique's debt MAPUTO: Oil-rich Angola is ready to write off half of Mozambique's public debt which dates back decades, an official said on Friday.The decision, which covers half of the total of about $60 million (45 million) owed, follows a meeting between the two countries this week.The remaining $30 million will be "transformed into capital for Angolan investment in Mozambique," the Mozambican official said, asking not to be named because he is not authorised to speak to ...

Senegal confirms Ebola case DAKAR: The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people across West Africa spread to a fifth country in the region on Friday with the first confirmed case of the deadly virus in Senegal.The case marks the first time a new country has been hit by the outbreak since July and comes a day after the UN warned the number of infections is increasing rapidly.Senegal's health ministry said the patient is a young Guinean ...

Libya Islamists say they shot down jet of rival forces BENGHAZI: Libyan militants said on Friday they downed a plane belonging to forces of a rogue general, but a source close to the officer said it crashed because of a technical fault.The military aircraft came down in Al-Baida in eastern Libya after carrying out air strikes targeting Islamists in Derna farther east, a spokesman for general Khalifa Haftar said.Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said the crash happened because of a "technical" glitch, and added ...

Tunisia recovers 14 bodies from sea near Libya BEN GUERDANE: Tunisian rescuers on Friday recovered the bodies of at least 14 people from the sea near Libya's maritime border, in an area that has seen many boatloads of illegal migrants capsize.A child's body was among those plucked from the sea by the Tunisian coastguard and taken to Ben Guerdane, an AFP photographer said.Hospital official Abdelkarim Chafroud told AFP that 14 bodies were retrieved and rescuers were still trying to recover three more.Earlier Friday, ...

Mariupol digs in as fears mount of rebel onslaught MARIUPOL: Residents in east Ukraine's strategic port Mariupol dug trenches on Friday as others packed up and fled over fears the city could be the next target for advancing pro-Russian rebels.AFP journalists saw dozens of people building hasty defences in a field on the eastern outskirts of the government-held city, after pro-Moscow forces that Kiev claims are actually Russian troops, captured a town some 30 kilometres (20 miles) away.Others brought food and supplies to the ...

Defiant Putin eyes pro-Russian statelet in Ukraine: analysts MOSCOW: Russian strongman Vladimir Putin first used "Novorossiya"the loaded Tsarist-era name for what is now southern and eastern Ukraine just after annexing Crimea from Ukraine in March, sparking outrage in Kiev.The Kremlin made a reference to the term again on Friday when it released Putin's address to Ukraine's pro-Russian separatists, pointedly calling them defenders of "Novorossiya" (New Russia).For analysts, this marks a significant development in nearly five months of conflict engulfing eastern Ukraine, with Putin ...


 



 
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