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Libya frees Egyptian soldiers held hostage.

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Five Egyptian soldiers held hostage in Libya were released Monday during a joint operation by Sudanese and Egyptian intelligence services, security officials in both countries have said.

A Sudanese security service official said the soldiers were captured along the Egyptian-Libyan border and detained in southern Libya,. The Egyptian army claimed they were part of a missing patrol.



“Five Egyptian soldiers who were kidnapped along the border between Libya and Egypt and held hostage by outlaws were released on Monday,” said Mohamed Hamid, an officer of the Service. National Security and Intelligence Agency (NISS) in Sudan.

The rescue operation was conducted in coordination with the NISS, the Sudanese military intelligence and the Egyptian intelligence services, Hamid added.

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He told reporters at Khartoum airport after the soldiers arrived in Sudan that the soldiers were released in southern Libya,  but did not specify the date of their abduction.

“They were handed over to the Egyptian intelligence services,” he added, saying the operation lasted several days.

The Egyptian army has confirmed the release of its soldiers.

“The Egyptian armed forces thank the Sudanese armed forces and security services for their cooperation in the return of the missing patrol,” Egyptian military spokesman Colonel Tamer Refaie told AFP in Cairo.

A security services source quoted by the Sudanese Media Center , a NISS correspondent, said the five soldiers had been released during an operation carried out by NISS agents.

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PM Abiy reiterates Ethiopia’s decision over latest clampdown.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has finally spoken on ongoing anti-corruption and rights abuse clampdown stating that there was not going to be any backing down let alone retreat.

A statement from the Abiy’s office issued in Amharic tasked citizens to rally behind the development as a means of ridding the country of lawlessness and criminal elements.

State-affiliated FBC reported that the statement titled, ‘Let’s Fight (the) Cancer,’ said the government was bent on bringing people behind injustices to book.



The statement said the underlying objective of recent arrests was to get rid of Ethiopia criminals. “… criminals do not care about ethnicity, country, or morality; they only care for themselves.

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“The key to justice is to create a system for innocent citizens to live in freedom and dignity while criminals are held accountable and punished in accordance with the law,” the statement read in part.

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Since early this week, authorities have announced the arrest of over sixty former military and intelligence officials arrested in connection with rights abuse in prisons and gross corruption in the military run business conglomerate, Metals and Engineering Corporation, MetEC.

A former head of MetEC, Kinfe Dagnew; and a former intelligence chiefs, Tekleberhan Woldearegay and Yared Zerihun have all been detained and put before courts in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Head of security at the state monopoly, Ethio Telecom, Gudeta Olana, has also been arrested as has head of the entity and brother of ex-MetEC boss, Essayas Dagnew.

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New Zealand denies refusing refugees with holiday visas entry.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, rejected allegations that the country’s government was blocking refugees who wished to travel into the country from Nauru on visitor visas.

Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, also claimed in an interview with Australian media that he had also personally brokered a deal for New Zealand to accept 80 refugees currently located on the island.



“It’s incorrect to say that there is some kind of agreement for 80 specific individuals to take residence or visit,’’ Ardern told media at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

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“The request did not ask about whether refugees could visit New Zealand on holiday visas,’’ he added.

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The country assessed all applications for visitor visas on a case-by-case basis. This applies regardless of a person’s country of origin or nationality.

The country is under pressure to transfer the remaining 30 children from the island.

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