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Niger grants access Mali, Burkina Faso troops to guard against attack

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Niger has granted authorisation for Mali and Burkina Faso’s armed forces to intervene on its soil if attacked, hinting at the junta’s intent to resist regional pressure, according to a Thursday statement.

The West African bloc ECOWAS has been negotiating with Niger’s coup leaders but remains prepared to deploy troops if diplomacy fails.

This move carries a risk of further destabilisation in the insurgency-hit region, as Niger’s junta-led neighbours, Mali and Burkina Faso, pledge support for Niger in any conflict with ECOWAS.

Foreign ministers of the three nations, meeting in Niamey, Niger, discussed enhancing security cooperation.

The ministers applauded Niger junta leader General Abdourahamane Tiani’s signing of orders enabling Mali and Burkina Faso’s Defense and Security Forces to intervene on Nigerien territory in case of an attack.

The ministers from Mali and Burkina Faso emphasised their rejection of armed intervention against Niger’s people, deeming it a declaration of war.

“The Burkinabe and Malian Ministers … reiterated their rejection of an armed intervention against the people of Niger which will be considered as a declaration of war,” they said in a statement.

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Helicopter carrying Iran’s President Raisi crashes

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A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister crashed on Sunday as it was crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog.

The official said the lives of Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian were “at risk following the helicopter crash”, which happened on the way back from a visit to the border with Azerbaijan in Iran’s northwest.

“We are still hopeful but information coming from the crash site is very concerning,” the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi takes off, May 19, 2024. Ali Hamed Haghdoust/IRNA/WANA via REUTERS

State TV quoted an official as saying at least one passenger and one crew member had been in contact with rescuers. It also said the helicopter had been found, though Iran’s Red Crescent denied this report.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate power with a final say on foreign policy and Iran’s nuclear programme, sought to reassure Iranians, saying there would be no disruption to state affairs. #iran #trending

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Why Australia is becoming the new home of the Hollywood blockbuster

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Australia’s multimillion-dollar campaign to attract Hollywood productions to its shores appears to be paying off.

The allure of Australia lies not only in its picturesque locations but also in its competitive financial incentives.

The government offers generous rebates and tax breaks to international productions, making it an attractive proposition for filmmakers looking to maximise their budgets.

Despite the recent intake of Hollywood productions down under such as ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’, Aussie independents are still finding the space to carve their own creative path.

Rob Fantozzi joined the program to discuss the latest in Hollywood, and showcased his own upcoming project – ‘Omerta‘. #featured

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Portal between countries shut down after international flashing

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An international video portal has been forced to shut down after an OnlyFans model reportedly flashed passersby from across the globe.

On this episode of Ahron and Mike Live – Which would you prefer; pay rise or work perks, an international portal closes, the military reveal a submarine stingray and are you on a top or bottom burger bun?

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured #trending

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