Mali forces fire tear gas to clear Bamako protesters Aug 13, 2020 0 398 12345 AFPBamakoSecurity forces in Mali’s capital fired tear gas Wednesday to clear hundreds of protesters from a central square, where they had camped overnight following a protest demanding the president’s resignation.About 1,000 people spent the night on the streets of the capital Bamako, an AFP journalist said, before national guardsmen and gendarmes broke them up early in the morning. “This is a provocation from the regime,” said Nouhou Sarr, from the Mali’s opposition June 5 Movement. “Rounds of tear gas will not deter us”.Aminata Diallo, a 19-year-old opposition supporter, said that security forces began dispersing the protesters in the early morning while people were eating and washing. Thousands of protesters marched in Bamako on Tuesday, despite rainfall and pleas from mediators to stay home, to demand the resignation of embattled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The rally marked a resumption of opposition protests after a weeks-long truce in the June 5 Movement’s push to topple the 75-year-old leader. The loose alliance of opposition and religious leaders has been channeling deep anger in Mali over a dire economy, perceived government corruption and an eight-year jihadist conflict.Its campaign plunged Mali into crisis last month when 11 people died during three days of unrest following an anti-Keita protest, in the worst political strife Mali has seen in years. The 15-nation ECOWAS bloc stepped in to mediate, with its heads of government suggesting the formation of a new unity government to end the crisis, while sticking by Keita. The June 5 Movement has repeatedly rejected the proposals and continues to demand Keita’s departure. The group also ignored a plea from former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, the chief ECOWAS mediator to Mali, who on Monday urged them stop protesting and to enter dialogue.The poor Sahel nation’s neighbours and allies are anxious to prevent it sliding into chaos. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Two dead in Bangalore violence over anti-Islam Facebook post Aug 13, 2020 0 428 Philippines’ Duterte says will be Russia vaccine ‘guinea pig’ as talks begin Aug 13, 2020 0 459 Prosecution says to grill ministers over Beirut blast Aug 13, 2020 0 387 Militants capture key port in gas-rich N Mozambique: Sources AFP Maputo Islamist militants occupied a key port in gas-rich northern Mozambique on Wednesday following days of renewed attacks, a military source and local media said. “The port of Mocimboa da Praia was captured by the .. Iranian president warns against arms embargo extention DPA Tehran Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has threatened consequences if the UN Security Council prolongs an arms embargo against Iran at the behest of the United States. UN resolution 2231, which is part of the 2015 .. Iraq cancels Turkish defence minister’s visit after deadly strike DPA Baghdad Iraq cancelled a visit set for Thursday by the Turkish defence minister to Baghdad after a deadly airstrike in Kurdistan allegedly carried out by Turkey. Turkey frequently launches attacks in northern Iraq, .. Syria’s Al-Assad interrupts speech due to drop in blood pressure Damascus Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday was forced to interrupt his address to the recently elected parliament due to a slight drop in blood pressure, according to a presidential statement. Al-Assad’s .. Israel shrinks Palestinian fishing zone in response to arson balloons DPA Gaza Strip/Tel Aviv Israel on Wednesday restricted the permitted fishing zone off the Palestinian territory in response to incendiary balloons being launched into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip in recent .. Belgian tycoon cedes control of DR Congo bank Kinshasa Belgian tycoon George Forrest has sold his majority stake in the Commercial Bank of the Congo (BCDC) to Kenya’s Equity Group Holdings, the Kenyan firm announced Wednesday. The Forrest group has operated in the ..