African Union preparing 3,000-troop deployment to Sahel Feb 28, 2020 0 477 12345 Addis ABABA: The African Union said on Thursday that it expected to send a temporary deployment of 3,000 troops to West Africa’s Sahel region. The decision was made at the African Union summit earlier this month, Smail Chergui, head of the AU’s Peace and Security Commission said, but the announcement was not made until a press conference on Thursday. (AFP) Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Germany’s Maas warns of ‘consequences’ for Libya embargo breaches Feb 28, 2020 0 90 Turkey-backed Syrian rebels recapture key town in Idlib, three Turkish troops killed Feb 28, 2020 0 92 Saudi Arabia suspends entry for pilgrims over coronavirus Feb 28, 2020 0 82 24 babies, pregnant teens freed from Nigeria ‘baby factory’ Lagos: Nigerian police have rescued 24 babies and four expectant mothers from an illegal maternity home in the city of Port Harcourt, a spokesman said on Thursday. “In a covert operation on Tuesday, our men burst a child .. Rocket fire hits Libyan capital’s airport Tripoli: The Libyan capital’s only working airport was hit by rocket fire on Thursday, aviation officials said, in the latest violation of a ceasefire between warring sides vying for control of Tripoli. Flights to and .. Iran coronavirus deaths jump to 26 AFP Tehran The coronavirus epidemic in Iran has cost 26 lives, the health ministry announced on Thursday, with seven new deaths reported over 24 hours as the spread appeared to accelerate. Ministry spokesman Kianoush .. Iraq parliament postpones confidence vote over quorum AFP Baghdad Iraq’s divided parliament on Thursday postponed a confidence vote for the government of premier-designate Mohammad Allawi over lack of quorum, plunging the country deeper into political uncertainty. The .. Iraq closes public spaces as first coronavirus case hits capital Baghdad: Iraq announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the capital Baghdad on Thursday, taking nationwide infections to six and raising concerns about the capacity of the dilapidated health system to .. Germany’s Maas calls attacks on civilians in Idlib ‘war crimes’ New YORK: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Thursday said indiscriminate attacks against civilians in the north-western Syrian province of Idlib are “war crimes” and “those responsible must be held accountable.” .. Days before poll, Israel approves nearly 1,800 new settler homes: Ministry Jerusalem: Israel approved nearly 1,800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the country’s right-wing defence minister announced, four days ahead of a general election. The ministry said a planning ..