Algeria

GHARDAIA, Algeria — Up to 21 people were killed and hundreds of others injured in ethnic clashes between Berber and Arab communities in Algeria’ southern province of Ghardaia, local sources told Xinhua Wednesday. Algeria
The clashes erupted when a group of unknown youngsters with knives and firearms assailed a private bus. The overnight clashes continued until dawn, a security source said. (Algeria-Ethnic clashes)
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N’DJAMENA — Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram militants killed 18 villagers in Monday’s attack on Memorom, a Chadian village near Lake Chad, local media reported Wednesday.
witnesses said the attack took place while the villagers gathered for meal which broke the Ramadan fasting. The governor of Lake Region, Yunus Kedallah Hamid, went to the site on Tuesday and said the attack left 3 people killed and a dozen injured. (Nigeria-Boko Haram)
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BRUSSELS/ATHENS — The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) have received a formal request for bailout aid from Greece to avoid Greek default and Grexit, a spokesperson of ESM said on Wednesday.
The request has asked for a three-year loan from the bailout fund, but the anonymous official declined to mention the amount.
The Greek Finance Ministry on Wednesday said in a statement that Greece’s government pledged the immediate implementation of reforms on the formal proposal tabled. (Greece-Bailout aid)
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UFA, Russia — China and Russia should continue to maintain their high-level strategic coordination within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday.
Xi made the remarks during a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin in the southwestern Russian city of Ufa ahead of two multilateral summits.
When meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chinese president said that China and India should work together to build a closer, more comprehensive and firmer partnership among the BRICS countries, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday. (China-India-Russia-BRICS)
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HAVANA — The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC) announced in Havana Wednesday its willingness to decree a ceasefire from July 20 to “generate favorable conditions”.
The FARC said they hoped the ceasefire would encourage the Colombian government to adopt similar measures with a view to decreasing hostilities between the two parties. (Colombia-FARC-Ceasefire)
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NEW YORK — The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) halted trading in all securities for an undisclosed technology reason from 11:32 a.m. on Wednesday.
“We’re currently experiencing a technical issue that we’re working to resolve as quickly as possible,” Marissa Arnold, an NYSE spokeswoman, said in an e-mailed statement. “We will be providing further updates as soon as we can, and are doing our utmost to produce a swift resolution, communicate thoroughly and transparently, and ensure a timely and orderly market re-open.”(NYSE-Halt trading) Enditem

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