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   The forces of Libya’s UN-backed government have taken control of the town of Tarhouna, in a highly significant advance.

   Tarhouna was the last stronghold of Gen Khalifa Haftar in the west of the country.

   It was a launch pad for his now failed attempt to capture the nearby capital, Tripoli and bring the whole of Libya under his sway.

   Despite being supported by Russia, the UAE, Egypt and others, the General has suffered a string of defeats in recent weeks.

   His opponents on the government side have been significantly strengthened by military help from Turkey.

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   The Nigerian woman who was advertised for sale on Facebook in Lebanon has refused to return home, according to the head of Nigeria's diaspora commission.

   The woman was listed for sale at $1,000 (£793). She was rescued by the Lebanese authorities and taken to the Nigerian embassy in Beirut.

   The advert caused an outcry in Nigeria and the man suspected of involvement in the advert was arrested.

   The 30-year-old woman now says she has found another job in Lebanon.

   Commission head Abike Dabiri-Erewa has said she tried to convince to return home home but she refused.

   "Even the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) of Oyo State, where she is from, spoke to her. We just hope that Nigerians going to work in Lebanon will be properly treated and not treated as slaves," Ms Dabiri-Erewa said.

   She said the Lebanese government had brought back 69 out of 79 Nigerians who were in Lebanon. The 69 are currently in quarantine.

   The Lebanese embassy stopped issuing visas to Nigerians seeking domestic work in Lebanon after the incident.
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Egypt father charged over girls' genital mutilation

   
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   The girls were cut after their father said they were receiving a coronavirus "vaccine", officials say.
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   US Navy veteran Michael White is released by Iran, where he had been detained since 2018.
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Egyptian 'used Covid-19 as pretext for daughters' FGM'

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   The prosecutor-general in Egypt has called for urgent legal action after a man reportedly had female genital mutilation (FGM) performed on his three young daughters under the pretext that they were receiving treatment for coronavirus.

   Both the father and the doctor who performed the procedure have been referred to a criminal court.

   The mother of the girls reported the incident to the authorities.

   She is divorced from their father, who is said to have told the girls they were to be "vaccinated" for coronavirus. They were then reportedly drugged and FGM was carried out on them.

   FGM has been illegal in Egypt since 2008, but remains prevalent.

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   Posted at 17:51 4 Jun

Iran fears virus second wave after surge in cases

   
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   Posted at 14:43 4 Jun

Lebanon to shelter abandoned Ethiopian workers

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   The ministry of labour in Lebanon says it will give shelter to Ethiopian domestic workers abandoned without pay by their employers.

   An initial group of 35 Ethiopian women camping outside their consulate in Beirut has been housed in a hotel by the Lebanese authorities after a public outcry over their plight.

   But more are continuing to arrive outside the consulate as the Lebanese economic crisis intensifies.

   The authorities have promised to take action against their employers.

   Last month, dozens of Ethiopian women were repatriated. A majority of the quarter of a million domestic workers in Lebanon are from Ethiopia.
   Posted at 14:32 4 Jun

Libya government regains full control of Tripoli

   
   Members of Libyan army celebrate after recapturing Tripoli airport from warlord Khalifa Haftar's militias in Tripoli, Libya on June 03, 2020.
   

   Gen Khalifa Haftar's forces have been besieging the capital for more than a year.
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   Posted at 7:08 4 Jun

Libya UN-backed forces recapture Tripoli airport

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   Members of Libyan army celebrate after recapturing Tripoli airport from warlord Khalifa Haftar's militias in Tripoli, Libya
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   A new round of ceasefire talks between the rivals has started

   Reports from Libya say that forces loyal to the internationally recognised government have recaptured Tripoli airport from the forces of its rival Gen Khalifa Haftar.

   The international airport has long been out of use, but analysts say it's a significant victory for the government.

   It comes as a new round of diplomacy over the conflict has started, with leaders from both factions travelling abroad for talks.

   Top officials from the government have been in Russia, which has been supporting Gen Haftar.

   He is reported to have travelled to Egypt. His forces have been accused of using landmines and booby traps in recent battles.
   Posted at 21:03 3 Jun

'Fifty dead' in one Yemen hospital

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   These people, wearing face coverings, were waiting at a food distribution centre in Sanaa

   The Houthi rebels who control Yemen's capital Sanaa have so far only acknowledged a handful of cases of coronavirus.

   However, a quarter of the 200 patients being treated in the coronavirus unit set up by in a hospital in Sanaa have died, sources say.

   The Houthis have downplayed the outbreak so far, but the limited facilities to treat the virus in Sanaa - one hospital for testing and one for treatment - have been overwhelmed.

   The Houthis have now asked private hospitals to make beds available for coronavirus patients.

   A doctor in Sanaa - just recovering from the virus himself - has said that he's already lost a number of colleagues to the disease.

   Unconfirmed reports suggest a heavy toll on health workers, who are having to use one set of personal protective equipment for an entire shift.

   The true extent of the outbreak is unknown - with many Yemenis fearful of going to hospital at all.

   In the southern city of Aden - controlled by the internationally recognised government - recent weeks have seen a surge of cases, all appearing to confirm the warnings of catastrophe that aid agencies had been issuing since January.

   Despite this, a UN call for emergency funding on Tuesday fell far short of its target.
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