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Benin, Nigeria join African Union continental free trade bloc
Benin, Nigeria join African Union continental free trade bloc

Leaders of African Union member states met in Niamey, Niger's capital, for an AU summit where on Sunday Presidents Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and Patrice Talon of Benin signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.

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Louisiana declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Barry approaches U.S. coast
Louisiana declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Barry approaches U.S. coast

The governor of Louisiana, a U.S. state on the Gulf of Mexico, declared a state of emergency for the state on Thursday, with Tropical Storm Barry approaching the coast.

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Tunisian Prime Minister signs decree to ban face veils in public institutions, government offices
Tunisian Prime Minister signs decree to ban face veils in public institutions, government offices

Youssef Chahed, the Prime Minister of Tunisia, signed a government decree banning anyone wearing a Niqab from entering a public institution or government offices.

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Earthquake injures 25 people in southern Philippines
Earthquake injures 25 people in southern Philippines

At 4:42 local time on Saturday (2024 Friday, UTC), an earthquake struck Surigao del Sur, Philippines, injuring at least 25 people and damaging churches, houses, and other infrastructure, according to Philippine officials.

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Retired US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies
Retired US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies

John Paul Stevens, a former associate justice of the US Supreme Court, died on Tuesday at the age of 99, according to a statement released by the Supreme Court. Stevens died in the evening with his two daughters at his bedside at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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