Mali’s designated interim president makes first public appearance Sep 25, 2020 0 1898 12345 AFPBamakoBah Ndaw, a retired colonel who has been designated Mali’s interim president following last month’s coup, made his first public appearance on Thursday, meeting a regional mediator, AFP reporters saw.Ndaw, 70, met former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, in Bamako on a mission for the 15-nation bloc ECOWAS, on the eve of his swearing-in.Ndaw’s appointment was announced on Monday by Colonel Assimi Goita, who heads a junta of young military officers who seized power on August 18, ousting elected president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.Goita himself will serve as vice president, under the announcement. The interim president will rule for a maximum of 18 months before staging nationwide elections.ECOWAS -- the Economic Community of West African States -- slapped sanctions on Mali on August 20 to push for swift restoration of civilian government, including the appointment of civilians as interim president and prime minister.The bloc may announce on Friday whether the plan meets criteria for easing sanctions, Jonathan said on Thursday. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Jordan, Egypt, EU ministers urge new Israeli-Palestinian peace dialogues Sep 25, 2020 0 1364 Yemen rebels mark 2,000 days of ‘resistance’ with stacks of cash Sep 25, 2020 0 1355 Fatah, Hamas leaders say deal reached on Palestinian votes Sep 25, 2020 0 1352 Russia dismisses US threats on Iran cooperation AFP Moscow Russia on Thursday dismissed the threat of US sanctions and attempts to isolate Iran, saying it intended to trade with Tehran once a UN arms embargo expires next month. The embargo on conventional arms .. 65 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan KhostcTypeface:> Afghan security forces have killed 65 Taliban militants during an intense battle in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday, as fighting rages between the two sides despite ongoing peace .. Lebanon to compensate for Beirut blast lost homes, businesses AFP Beirut Lebanon on Thursday unveiled a compensation programme for the thousands of homes and businesses devastated by the August 4 mega-blast at Beirut’s port. President Michel Aoun signed a decree allocating 100 .. Iran Guards open new naval base near Strait of Hormuz TEHRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have unveiled a new naval base aiming to project “dominance” over the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state media reported, following months of tensions with arch-enemy the United .. Iran anticipates ‘third wave’ as COVID-19 deaths top 25,000 TEHRAN: The number of people who have died in connection with the coronavirus in Iran has risen to over 25,000, the Health Ministry announced on Thursday. In the past 30 days, 5,000 people infected with the coronavirus ..