AFRICA: Nigeria’s former Finance and Foreign Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is seeking to become the next head of the World Trade Organization, said she feels “strong support” from Africa and expects African leaders to unite behind one candidate.
AMERICAS: Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro has ordered Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, the EU’s envoy to Caracas, to leave the country within the next 72 hours after the EU imposed sanctions on 11 Maduro-aligned officials for impeding upon the democratic functioning of the country’s Parliament.
AFRICA: New Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye has introduced a slimmed-down cabinet of only 15 ministers, dominated by regime hardliners including Interior Minister Gervais Ndirakobuca, the head of the country’s feared intelligence service.
AMERICAS: US President Donald Trump denied that he was informed about intelligence officials’ conclusions that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan.
AFRICA: The Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) reported that Russian and other foreign mercenaries entered the Sharara oilfield to stop the resumption of energy exports after a months-long blockade by eastern-based forces.
AMERICAS: Democratic nominee Joe Biden attacked US President Donald Trump over a potential report of Russia paying bounties for the deaths of U.S.