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Burkina Faso ends military pact with France, says to defend itself

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest to support the Burkina Faso President Captain Ibrahim Traore and to demand the departure of France's ambassador and military forces, in Ouagadougou, on Jan 20, 2023. (OLYMPIA DE MAISMONT / AFP) OUAGADOUGOU – Burkina Faso has decided to end a military accord that allowed French troops to fight insurgents […]

Brazil defense minister: Military not directly involved in Brasilia riots

File photo of Brazilian future Defense Minister Jose Mucio. (EVARISTO SA / AFP) BRASILIA – Brazil Minister of Defense Jose Mucio said on Friday that the country's armed forces were not directly involved in the riots by supporters of far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro who stormed government buildings calling for a coup. President Luiz Inacio […]

Brazil police carry out raids against suspects in Brasilia riots

Protesters, supporters of Brazil's former president Jair Bolsonaro, sit in front of police inside Planalto Palace after storming it, in Brasilia, Brazil, Jan 8, 2023. (ERALDO PERES / AP) BRASILIA — Brazil's federal police on Friday carried out raids against people suspected of involvement in the Jan 8 storming of government buildings by supporters of […]

Germany’s new defense minister takes office, meets US’ Austin

Germany's newly appointed Defense Minister Boris Pistorius reviews an honour guard during his welcoming ceremony at the Defence Ministry in Berlin on January 19, 2023. (JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP) BERLIN / STOCKHOLM – Germany's new Minister of Defense, Boris Pistorius, took office on Thursday, who stressed that "the meaning of security is different than it was […]

Lula says intelligence services ‘failed’ ahead of Brasilia riots

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a meeting with trade union representatives at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Jan 18, 2023. (ADRIANO MACHADO / REUTERS) BRASILIA – Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Wednesday his intelligence services had failed on Jan 8, when Brasilia buildings were stormed by […]