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Africa / Middle East

Damascus, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Syrian government troops and allies controlled the al-Hajar al-Aswad district and the Palestinian Refugee Camp of Yarmouk in southern Damascus, military sources reported.

Algiers, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Algerian President Abdelaziz Boutaflika reversed the plan to grant farmlands to foreign investors, according to official sources released today.

Maputo, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Mozambican Foreign Minister Jose Pacheco congratulated the re-elected Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, who won with 68 percent of the valid votes.

Kampala, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Ugandan medical practitioners decided today to cancel their strike after the government paid their allowances.

Washington, May 21 (Prensa Latina) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said today that his government will impose the strongest sanctions in history to force Iran to change the positions that the White House considers hostile to US interests.

Bujumbura, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Preliminary results in most of the 17 provinces show a potential victory for the Yes in the constitutional referendum voted last week in Burundi, the digital portal The East African highlights.

Yaounde, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Clashes between Cameroon''s security forces and English-speaking armed militias today overshadow the celebrations for the 46th anniversary of the referendum which decided to unify the state rather than the federation.

Tel Aviv, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes inaugurated today his country''s embassy to Israel in the occupied Jerusalem, an action which was immediately criticized by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

Tehran, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Iran refuses any attempt to discuss issues which are not in keeping with the nuclear agreement otherwise the pact is clinically death, pointed out the Foreign Minister Mohammad Yavad Zarif.

Damascus, May 20 ( Prensa Latina) The Syrian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced today Syria plans to increase its crude oil production to 310,000 barrels per day by 2022, which will help boost the economy of the Arab country.

Niamey,May 20 (Prensa Latina) At least 17 civilians of the Peuhle community were killed Friday night in the Niger locality of Aguey near the Malian border by armed bandits, sources said Saturday.