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U.S Removes Sudan from its ‘State Sponsors of Terrorism’ List

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The United States has formally removed Sudan’s designation as a “state sponsor of terrorism”,  after nearly 27 years of putting the country on its blacklist.

The announcement was made by the US embassy in Khartoum on Sunday and comes into effect on Monday.

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Recall that the US government added Sudan to its list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 over allegations that al-Bashir’s government was allegedly supporting “terrorist” groups.

US President Donald Trump had said in October that the U.S was going to remove Sudan from the list after Khartoum paid a $335m settlement to American victims of an attack by armed groups on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

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Thailand to Cut Quarantine for Vaccinated Tourists

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Thailand to Cut Quarantine for Vaccinated Tourists

Thailand is to cut the quarantine for vaccinated travellers to seven days starting in October, officials said Monday, as it seeks to revive its battered tourism industry.
Pre-pandemic Thailand attracted nearly 40 million visitors a year, but Covid-19 related travel restrictions have hammered the sector, contributing to the economy’s worst performance in more than 20 years.
The kingdom is pushing to reopen despite still being in the grips of a deadly third wave of infections, driven by the Delta variant.

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Authorities said that starting on Friday, the quarantine period for fully jabbed visitors will be seven days, halved from the current 14-day period provided they have a vaccination certificate.
It however noted that Visitors without certification will have to quarantine for 10 days if they enter by plane and 14 days if they come over land.
All will require at least two negative Covid-19 tests.

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Ethiopia Embassy in Egypt to Temporarily Close

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Ethiopia Embassy in Egypt to Temporarily Close

The Ethiopian Embassy in Cairo will suspend its work in the country starting in October for three to six months due to economic reasons, the Ethiopian ambassador to Egypt stated on Sunday. The move he stated was due to economic and financial reasons and, to reduce the expenses.

Ambassador Tekle Rike made it clear the decision has nothing to do with the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan. He also added that the embassy’s commissioner will manage its affairs during the suspension.

The statement by the ambassador comes as Ethiopia has decided to temporarily close about 30 embassies in a number of countries including Egypt, Canada and across the Gulf states due to the economic crisis hitting the African country.

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In the Gulf, the Ethiopian Embassy in the UAE will remain open to serve as a headquarters for the country’s regional diplomatic mission, according to diplomatic sources. Ambassador Markos Tekle Rike started his work as Ethiopia’s ambassador to Cairo in August 2020.

The decision to close down the embassy in Cairo comes at a time when the GERD dispute overshadows Ethiopia’s relationship with downstream countries Egypt and Sudan.

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UK May Need Army to Tackle Fuel Shortage as Nine In 10 Petrol Stations Run Dry

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UK May Need Army to Tackle Fuel Shortage as Nine In 10 Petrol Stations Run Dry

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering calling in the army to drive fuel tankers as petrol stations prepared for their fifth day of panic buying. The government on Sunday evening triggered emergency measures amid a warning from the Petrol Retailers Association that up to 90 per cent of forecourts had run dry.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng suspended competition laws for the fuel industry which will allow suppliers to top up rival sites if stocks are running low. However, Brian Madderson, chairman of the PRA, said while the decision would be welcomed by the industry, it was unlikely to be a game-changer.

Mr Johnson was expected to make a decision on whether the military should be called in to drive oil tankers amid a chronic shortage of heavy-goods vehicle drivers, reports said. A senior government source suggested that ministers were keen to deploy soldiers within days, rather than wait for the problem to get worse.

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The UK is suffering from a severe shortage of lorry drivers, which has made it difficult for suppliers to deliver enough fuel to stations. On Saturday, ministers announced a temporary visa scheme, to allow 5,000 foreign heavy-goods vehicle drivers to work in the UK on three-month contracts in the lead up to Christmas.

However, some figures in the industry said it was just a short-term fix and would not stamp out the shortages in the long run. Mac Fels, director of HGV Recruitment Centre, said the overseas workers were not going to make a very large dent on the perceived shortage.

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