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Chadian troops free Nigerian soldiers in captivity, kill 100 terrorists



In continuation of reprisal attacks following killing of 100 of its members in Magumeri, a local government in the northern part of Borno, Chadian troops have again dealt a major blow on Boko Haram insurgents.

West Africa Reporters on Sunday , quoting sources from the Lake Chad region disclosed that Nigerian soldiers in the sect’s captivity were freed as the Chadian soldiers were hitting the Boko Haram insurgents hard.

It said the insurgents were fleeing and that President Idriss Déby has been moving around in a chopper to monitor Boko Haram destruction.

Borno is the major hotbed of Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria.

According to West Africa Reporters on Sunday, Nigerian soldiers in the sect’s captivity were freed.

It quoted sources from the Lake Chad region as saying the Chadian soldiers are hitting the Boko Haram insurgents hard.

It said the insurgents were fleeing and that President Idriss Déby has been moving around in a chopper to monitor Boko Haram destruction.

Deby ordered the operation after the terror group killed over 90 soldiers in Boma nearly two weeks ago.

He called it the worst attack ever on the country’s military and vowed to ensure the crush of Boko Haram around the Lake Chad region.

There are over 20 villages in the area.

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Spain set to reopen its land borders with France and Portugal



Spain will reopen its land borders with France and Portugal on July 1, the tourism ministry said Thursday, reversing an earlier statement by the minister suggesting it would be earlier.

The clarification was issued after Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto told a foreign press briefing that the restrictions on cross-border movement with France and Portugal would be lifted on June 22.

“We are maintaining the date of July 1 for the resumption of international mobility and the reopening of international tourism,” a spokeswoman told AFP after Lisbon expressed surprise and asked for clarification.

In a statement, the ministry said internal mobility within Spain would be permitted once a national state of alert ended on June 21, while the country would reopen its borders to international visitors “from July 1”.

“We were surprised by (Maroto’s) declarations,” Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told national news agency Lusa.

“It is, of course, Portugal which decides on the reopening of the Portuguese border and Portugal wants to do this in a coordinated manner” with Spain, he said.

“Unfortunately, declarations by Spanish government ministers follow one after the other and are not closely coordinated.”

Spain closed its borders with France and Portugal on March 17, three days after imposing a nationwide lockdown — one of Europe’s strictest — to battle the virus which has infected more than 240,000 people and killed more than 27,000.

Since May 15, almost all international arrivals to Spain have had to self-isolate for two weeks to prevent a resurgence of the epidemic in a measure set to remain place until July 1.

In her earlier remarks, Maroto also said that “in principle”, the compulsory 14-day quarantine requirement “will also be dropped” for cross-border arrivals from June 22.

And officials were also looking into bringing forward the date for those arriving by air or sea.

“Right now, given the improvement in the epidemic in Spain, there is a debate under way about whether we could bring forward the date for lifting this quarantine requirement,” she said.

“If the conditions are right to lift the requirement before July 1, we will.”

The announcement came a day after Spanish lawmakers voted to extend the state of emergency a final time to June 21.

It was the sixth time the measure has been renewed, although with the epidemic well in hand, associated restrictions have been significantly eased over time.

Maroto said 6,000 German tourists would be able to travel to Spain’s Balearic Islands “in the second half of June” within the context of a pilot project between the archipelago’s regional government and the German tour operator TUI.


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USA: Violence eases as protesters defy curfews



After a week of increasingly violent unrest in the United States, peace largely prevailed on Tuesday night. Brutal clashes between police and the public seemed to subside, and there were only sporadic reports of looting and other mayhem across the nation.

Still, the night was filled with tension in major cities where tens of thousands of protesters defied curfews to express outrage over racism and police brutality following the death of yet another a black man in police custody.

In Washington, which has been swarmed by a federal force, officers near the White House sprayed an irritant and fired pepper balls at protesters, who responded with shouts and fireworks. A similar late-night scene played out in Portland, Ore.

In Los Angeles, demonstrators massed outside the mayor’s residence and demanded the firing of the city’s police chief. And in New York, which is under curfew for the first time in 77 years, hundreds of protesters walked across the Manhattan Bridge and were met by a police blockade.

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights will investigate the Minneapolis Police Department’s policies and practices over the past decade after filing a civil rights charge in response to George Floyd’s death, the state announced.

Six Atlanta police officers face criminal charges after video captured them pulling two black college students out of a car and firing Tasers at them while enforcing a curfew on Saturday.

Some current and former U.S. intelligence officials have expressed dismay at the similarities between President Trump’s handling of protests and the signs of decline or democratic regression they were trained to detect in other nations.

Televangelist Pat Robertson joined other religious leaders criticizing Trump’s “law and order” response to the protests. ″It seems like now is the time to say, ‘I understand your pain, I want to comfort you, I think it’s time we love each other,’” Robertson said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution offered by Democrats that would have condemned Trump for “ordering Federal officers to use gas and rubber bullets against the Americans who were peaceably protesting” near the White House.

-The Washington Post

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