Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Canal RSS de la Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Russia Ratifies Support to Syria in Fighting Terrorism Damascus, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) Russia''s ambassador to Syria, Alexander Kinshak, has stressed that Moscow will continue its support to Syria in the fight against terrorism and will cooperate to face different challenges and conspiracies, television media reported Thursday. Conditions Created in Syrian City for Return of Displaced People Damascus, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) Construction and sanitation companies are working hard to create the necessary conditions in the Syrian town of Harasta, east of Damascus, for the return of thousands of residents displaced by the terrorist conflict, government sources reported Thursday. Ethiopia Appointed New Central Bank Governor, Reforms Continue Addis Ababa, June 20 (Prensa Latina) The Ethiopian government appointed a new governor of the Central Bank as it follows the major economic reforms implemented in the previous two months, official media announced today. Gender-Based Violence on the Rise in South Africa Pretoria, June 20 (Prensa Latina) Gender-based violence in South Africa increased 117 percent from 2015 to 2017 and the murder rate of women exceeded 117 percent, official sources reported today. North Africa in the Vanguard of Development Goals; says AU Addis Ababa, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) The North African region reported more progress than any other in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030, according to a new report published today by the African Union (AU). South Sudan Rebel Leader Arrives in Ethiopia to Meet Kiir Addis Ababa, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) The rebel leader, Riek Machar, arrived in Ethiopia today to meet with the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, as part of the talks to try to negotiate the end of a five-year civil war. Eritrean President to Engage in Talks with Ethiopia Asmara, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki said today he would dispatch a delegation to Addis Ababa to ''a constructive engagement with Ethiopia'' after a call for negotiations by the new Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. Syrian Army Mustering for Anti-terrorism Campaign in Daraa Damascus, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) A large military convoy is reinforcing units of the Syrian Army today in the southern province of Daraa, where government forces are preparing a strong offensive against terrorist groups based in that territory, Sweida and surrounding areas. Iran, Russia, Turkey Reaffirm in UN Their Support for Syrian Process United Nations, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, welcomed today the reaffirmation of Iran, Russia and Turkey to support the political process in Syria and facilitate the establishment of a constitutional committee. Mauritius Government Improves Investment in Health Port Louis, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) The Mauritian government today approved a major investment in the health sector in the 2018-2019 budget, with the aim of improving the quality of life and ensuring the safety of all its citizens. Tanzania on Alert Over Rift Valley Fever Outbreak Dodoma, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) The Tanzanian Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock instructed district and municipal councils today to raise the alert for the recent outbreak of Rift Valley Fever reported in Kenya and Rwanda. Turkey Intends to Expand its Presence in Syria Ankara, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu stated that his country is key to Syria's stability and opted to expand its range of action and its presence in the future; however he does not say whether Ankara will consult Damascus. Ethiopia Highlights Results of Reconciliation Efforts Addis Ababa, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said today that the government's recent reconciliation efforts have created better security situations and strengthened unity among citizens. India Grants Syria Scholarships for Higher Education Damascus, June 19 (Prensa Latina) The India government granted Syria 1,000 scholarships for postgraduate and master's studies, as part of India''s help for the reconstruction of this Arab country, a ministerial source reported today. South African Authorities will Investigate Mining Sector Anomalies Pretoria, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) The South African government announced today the creation of a task force to investigate complaints on the inappropriate extension of licenses for exploitation in the mining sector, especially in the provinces of Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West. Angolan Prosecutor Acknowledges Failures to Face Corruption Luanda, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) The Attorney General of the Republic of Angola, Helder Pitta Gros, acknowledged that the Angolan institution is currently not prepared to face the fight against corruption and impunity. South Africa´s President Appoints High-Level Security Group Pretoria, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) South African President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed a high-level panel to assess the administration, capacity and organizational integrity of the State Security Agency, a step he had announced before parliament on May 8. Ethiopia Grants Pardon to more than 2,000 Inmates Addis Ababa, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) Ethiopia granted today pardon for about 2,111 prisoners in Tigray regional state, north of the country. Syrian President Attends Religious Ceremony in Tartus Damascus, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) President Bashar Al-Assad carried out today the Eid al-Fitr prayer, a Muslim holiday that announces the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in the Khadijah mosque, in the coastal province of Tartus (northwest). South Africa and China Strengthen Economic Links Pretoria, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) South Africa and China repeated their intention to strengthen economic links with new investment and expanding trade, according to statements of representatives of both nations published today in this capital.