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África / Medio Oriente

Yamoussoukro, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) Ivorian justice condemned former defense minister Moïse Lida Kouassi to 15 years in prison for ''conspiracy against the authority of the state,'' the national press said today.

Abuja, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The Nigerian Air Force (NA) has welcomed today two female pilots after one-year training in South Africa, in a promotion that included nine male officers.

Damascus, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. government's decision to train 30,000 soldiers in northern Syria, on the border with Turkey, has raised strong reactions this week in this Middle East region, especially in Damascus and Ankara.

United Nations, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) In the face of the dramatic deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, United Nations agencies are requesting more than 1 billion USD this year to help the needy.

Accra, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo asserted that his country''s economy was recovering from previous difficulties, by means of a sustained fiscal discipline and a battle against corruption, a continental media outlet reported today.

Abuja, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The government of the Nigerian state of Ebonyi (southeast) closed all educational institutions today due to the outbreak of Lassa fever in the region.

Cairo, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Egypt and Ethiopia today expressed their willingness to overcome the current obstacles, from divergent positions, in the ongoing negotiations on the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Reservoir.

Beirut, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The head of the Lebanese General Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, guaranteed today that there is no threat against the next parliamentary elections and the situation is still under control.

Nairobi, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) suspended a large-scale hydroelectric project in Kenya after the forced evictions of indigenous people took a violent turn and caused a death this week, the press reported today.

Abuja, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The presidency today alleged that wife of the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, Patience Johnathan could be the one behind militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, NDA.

Kinhasa, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Agriculture and Food (FAO) Organization and children (Unicef), and the World Food Program (WFP) today issued an appeal to avoid famine in the Democratic Congo.