AFRICA: During mediation talks in South Sudan’s capital city of Juba, Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council announced Tuesday that it is close to reaching a peace deal with leaders of the country’s armed groups.
AMERICAS: Amid renewed tensions between Caracas and Bogotá, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro deployed 150,000 troops to the 1,400-mile border for military exercises after accusing Colombia of plotting to ignite a military conflict.
AFRICA: Two separate attacks in Burkina Faso’s north, one on a food convoy and the other on a transport truck, have led to the deaths of at least 29 people.
AMERICAS: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is not ruling out renewing talks with the Taliban in the future, but he added that any resumption of talks will require the Taliban to make a “significant commitment”.
AFRICA: Following retaliatory attacks by Nigerians on South African businesses in Nigeria, the South African government announced it was temporarily closing its diplomatic missions in the Nigerian cities of Abuja and Lagos.
AMERICAS: Ivan Marquez, Colombian rebel group FARC’s chief negotiator of the 2016 peace agreement, announced the creation of a new political group that he says will work “clandestinely.”
ASIA: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said that the decision to withdraw the controversial extradition bill that sparked protests in the city, was made of her own volition and was not pushed by China.