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Ethiopia army chief shot dead in ‘coup bid’ attacks

Ethiopia army chief shot dead in ‘coup bid’ attacks

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The chief of staff of the Ethiopian army, Gen Seare Mekonnen, has been shot dead by his own bodyguard in the capital, Addis Ababa.He and another officer died trying to prevent a coup attempt against the administration in Ethiopia's northern Amhara region, PM Abiy Ahmed said.In Amhara itself, regional governor Ambachew Mekonnen was killed along with an adviser.The government says the situation is under control after arrests were made. The prime minister has gone on TV to urge Ethiopians to unite in the face of "evil" forces set on dividing the country. The US state department has warned its staff in Addis Ababa to stay inside.Ethnic violence has hit Amhara and other parts of Ethiopia in recent years.Since his election last year, ...
Venezuela crisis: Defiant Maduro claims victory over Guaidó ‘coup’

Venezuela crisis: Defiant Maduro claims victory over Guaidó ‘coup’

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro claimed to have defeated what he called a military coup attempt by the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó.Dozens of National Guardsmen sided with the opposition in clashes on Tuesday that injured more than 100 people.But in a defiant TV address, President Maduro said Mr Guaidó had failed to turn the military against him.Mr Guaidó insists that Mr Maduro has lost control of the armed forces, and that a peaceful transition is at hand.The opposition leader appealed for his supporters to take to the streets of Venezuela again on Wednesday.Mr Guaidó has been recognised as interim leader of Venezuela by more than 50 countries, including the US, the UK and most in Latin Amer
Sudan leader steps down – a day after taking power in military coup

Sudan leader steps down – a day after taking power in military coup

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The leader of Sudan's transitional government is stepping down just a day after the country's military seized power.Defence minister General Awad Ibn Ouf named General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, general inspector of the armed forces, as his successor as head of the transitional council. Mr Ibn Ouf said: "I, the head of the military council, announce I am giving up the post," explaining he took the decision to preserve the unity of the armed forces.Earlier, an army spokesman said it will not extradite deposed president Omar al-Bashir to The Hague to face war crimes charges, as it would be "an ugly mark on Sudan". Image: Thousands of protesters joined a sit-in near the military headquarters on Friday In a wide-ranging news conference in the c...