Defiant Ivory Coast ex-PM stands by presidential bid Sep 18, 2020 0 1878 12345 PARIS: Ivory Coast ex-rebel leader and former premier Guillaume Soro, whose bid for the presidency has been invalidated by a court, insisted on Thursday his candidacy was “irrevocable” even as he attacked the October 31 elections as a scheme to enshrine 78-year-old Alassane Ouattara as head of state. “My candidacy is firm, unchangeable and irrevocable,” Soro told journalists in Paris, adding his country was “on the brink” since President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to seek a third term in office.Soro urged the country’s opposition parties to unite against Ouattara even as he insisted that the October 31 presidential poll “does not make any sense” as it was designed to “endorse the institutional state coup d’etat of Alassane Ouattara”. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Clashes in Indian Kashmir after four killed Sep 18, 2020 0 1554 Dozens dead in overnight clashes in Afghanistan as peace talks continue Sep 18, 2020 0 5239 Libyan unity government chief says ready to step down Sep 18, 2020 0 1122 Yemen prisoner swap talks today DUBAI: UN-sponsored talks on a prisoner exchange deal between Yemen’s warring sides have been postponed by a day to Friday, according to a Yemeni government source. The internationally recognised government and .. US sanctions cyber actors backed by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry DPA Washington The United States on Thursday sanctioned an Iranian hacking group with links to Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence for targeting hundreds of individuals and entities in 30 countries across Africa, Asia, .. Lebanon’s premier-designate plans more talks to form government DPA Beirut Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Mustafa Adib said on Thursday he plans more discussions as he struggles to form a new government to deal with the country’s economic woes. “I agreed with the .. No Middle East peace without solving ‘Palestinian problem’: Russia AFP Moscow Russia said on Thursday it would be a “mistake” to think lasting peace in the Middle East could be secured without resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The foreign ministry statement came after Israel .. Erdogan lashes out at ‘incapable’ French president AFP Ankara Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said France was being led by an “incapable” president as he stepped up his personal feud with Emmanuel Macron. Erdogan and Macron have traded insults for ..