CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday agreed to "immediately" upgrade the diplomatic relations between the two countries and exchange ambassadors, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.
The move came during a phone call by Sisi to Erdogan to congratulate the Turkish president on his re-election for a new presidential term, according to the statement. (Egypt-Türkiye-Diplomatic Ties)
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RIYADH -- The Sudanese Army and the Rapid Support Forces on Monday agreed to a five-day extension of a cease-fire agreement they signed on May 20 after negotiations in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, Al Arabiya News reported.
The two sides stressed commitment to allowing safe passage of all civilians from conflict areas and protecting civilian supplies. (Sudan-Ceasefire Extension-Saudi Arabia)
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UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday underscored the need to recognize contributions made by UN peacekeepers, and called for sustained support for the blue helmets.
UN peacekeepers are "the beating heart" of the world body's commitment to a more peaceful world, he said in a message to commemorate the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, which falls on May 29. (UN-Peacekeepers)
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ADDIS ABABA -- A prison break attempt in Ethiopia's northern Amhara region has left four inmates and one guard dead, local officials said Monday.
In a press statement, the communication office of the West Gonder zone in the Amhara region said the attempted jailbreak happened Sunday evening when an armed gang threw grenades inside the prison in the zone's Alefa district. (Ethiopia-Prison Break -Casualty)