Today in History for April 15th

Highlights of this day in history: The Titanic sinks off the coast of Newfoundland; President Abraham Lincoln dies; Jackie Robinson becomes first African American player in Major League Baseball; US launches air raid against Libya; Cambodian Communist revolutionary Pol Pot dies; Punk rocker Joey Ramone dies at age 49. (April 15)

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Libya unity govt retakes strategic city of Sabratha | AFP

Fighters supporting Libya’s unity government celebrate at a roundabout in Sabratha after seizing the coastal city between Tripoli and the Tunisian border from troops backing military commander Khalifa Haftar, according to officials. IMAGES

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Africa Weekly: new coronavirus cases reach Eastern Africa | AFP

This week in Africa Kenya and Ethiopia record their first coronavirus cases, the Democratic Republic of Congo records first COVID-19 positive diagnosis as Ebola outbreak nears end and South Africa repatriates over 120 nationals from virus-hit China.
And in other news: African leaders agree to Libya peace talks in July, Ethiopian Airlines marks one year since Flight 302 crash, Malawi security forces fire teargas at protesters as activist detained, Hunger, economic slump as Zambia battles drought, Business booms for Seychelles’ suggestive love coconuts and French-Rwandan artist Gaël Faye debuts film based on bestseller.

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African leaders meet in Congo to lay groundwork for Libya peace talks | AFP

Three African presidents, the chairman of the African Union Commission and representatives of the United Nations and the Algerian and Egyptian governments meet in Oyo, north of the Rpublic of Congo, to pave the way for future dialogue between warring factions in Libya. IMAGES

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US heart surgeon treats children in Libya’s war

US heart surgeon treats children in Libya’s war

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AU to play more prominent role in resolving Libya conflict | AFP

Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, says during a two-day African Union summit in Addis Ababa that the AU seeks to play a more prominent role in the resolution of the ongoing conflict in Libya. SOUNDBITE

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Libya: Guterres calls on leaders to respect their commitment | AFP

Antonio Guterres calls on the leaders of the main countries involved in the conflict in Libya to respect their commitment and implement the arms embargo decided by the United Nations in 2011. SOUNDBITE of UN chief Antonio Guterres

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International conference on Libya: Angela Merkel welcomes Macron | AFP

Angela Merkel welcomes the President of France Emmanuel Macron in Berlin for the International conference on Libya. World leaders gather to make a fresh push for peace in Libya, in a desperate bid to stop the conflict-wracked nation from turning into a “second Syria”. Libya has been torn by fighting between rival armed factions since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi. IMAGES

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Rescued sheep await adoption in Romania after surviving capsize | AFP

180 rams, saved by an NGO following the capsize of a ship, are cared for in an animal shelter near Bucharest while awaiting adoption. The cargo ship Queen Hind capsized last Sunday as it left the southeastern port of Midia with 14,600 sheep bound for Saudi Arabia. Romania is the third biggest producer of sheep in the European Union and has exported millions in the past two years, in particular to Jordan and Libya.

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Libya’s GNA Chief al-Sarraj meets Italy’s Conte as diplomatic flurry over crisis continues | AFP

Libya’s GNA leader Fayez al-Sarraj meets Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte as part of a diplomatic offensive by Europe and North Africa to reduce tensions in Libya. IMAGES

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Merkel meets Putin in Moscow for bilateral talks | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Moscow for bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Confrontation between Washington and Tehran over the US killing of a top general and turmoil in Libya are set to dominate the talks. IMAGES

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EU top diplomat condemns Turkey ‘interference’ in Libya | AFP

The EU’s diplomatic chief condemns Turkish “interference” in Libya after Ankara sent troops to support the UN-backed Tripoli government, warning this complicates the crisis in the oil-rich state. SOUNDBITE

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EU condemns “outside interference” in Libya | AFP

The EU’s head of diplomacy Josep Borrell calls for an end to “further escalation of violence and to eternal interference” in Libya, following a Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels. SOUNDBITE

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EU Foreign Policy chief meets key EU foreign ministers for talks on Libya | AFP

The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell meets with the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy and the UK in Brussels for emergency talks on Libya. IMAGES of group photo and roundtable

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