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: 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.
AFRICA: The Khalifa Hifter led Libyan National Army says it has taken control areas adjacent to the strategic town of Gharyan, which is located just 62 miles from the country’s capital of Tripoli.
AMERICAS: Brazil rejected an offer of aid from G7 countries to fight the Amazon wildfires, with one official also reportedly stating that French President Emmanuel Macron should take care of “his home and his colonies”.