Nile dam mediator South Africa urges talks to continue Aug 07, 2020 0 623 12345 AFPJohannesburgSouth Africa, current mediator in a long-running feud over Ethiopia’s dam on the Blue Nile, on Thursday urged talks to continue despite threats of suspension and walkout.Egypt on Tuesday called for a halt in the talks while Sudan threatened to withdraw, rattling efforts to calm the dispute.In a statement, South Africa, which as current chair of the African Union (AU) has been acting as mediator, said negotiations were at a “critical phase” and it “encourages the parties to remain engaged”.“We would like to urge them to continue to be guided by the spirit of Pan-African solidarity and fraternity, which has characterised the AU-led negotiations process on the GERD,” International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor said. “It is important that the parties should display magnanimity and understanding of each other’s interests so as to move the process forward,” Pandor said.Sudan’s water and irrigation minister, Yasser Abbas accused Ethiopia of shifting its position.Ethiopia, he said, now insisted that the deal on the dam be linked to the wider question of sharing the waters of the Blue Nile.Egypt and Sudan invoke a “historic right” over the river guaranteed by treaties concluded in 1929 and 1959. But Ethiopia uses a treaty signed in 2010 by six riverside countries and boycotted by Egypt and Sudan authorising irrigation projects and dams on the river. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Philippines’ total COVID-19 cases surge to over 119,000, 2,150 deaths Aug 07, 2020 0 615 Sri Lanka’s ruling party heading for landslide victory in elections Aug 07, 2020 0 604 Macron calls for urgent change in Lebanon on his visit Aug 07, 2020 0 597 Eight coronavirus patients killed in India hospital fire DPA New Delhi A fire killed eight coronavirus patients at a hospital in India’s western city of Ahmedabad on Thursday, officials said. The blaze broke out in the intensive care unit of the Shrey Hospital, a designated .. Sudan floods kill 10, wreck 3,300 homes: Civil Defence Khartoum At least 10 people were killed and more than 3,300 homes ruined by flooding triggered by torrential rains across much of Sudan this week, the country’s civil defence organisation said Thursday. Some 1,800 homes .. Pakistan lifts virus restrictions as cases drop Islamabad Pakistan on Thursday announced it would be lifting most of the country’s remaining coronavirus restrictions after seeing new cases drop for several weeks. All restaurants and parks will be allowed to re-open .. Afghan forces, Taliban clash after ceasefire end Ghazni Ten insurgents were killed in clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, the first time authorities have confirmed direct fighting since a recent ceasefire .. Boat carrying 40 people capsizes off Mauritania, UNHCR says Berlin A boat carrying 40 people has capsized off the coast of Mauritania, a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesman tweeted on Thursday. “Tragic news coming in of a shipwreck off the coast of Mauritania. Some 40 people were ..