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World in brief Saturday September 26 2020

INDIA: A prominent lawyer supportive of Kashmiri self-determination has been shot dead, police said yesterday.
Babar Qadri answered the door to men pretending to be clients who shot him and fled. Police say they are investigating.

MEDITERRANEAN: At least 16 people drowned when the dinghy in which they were trying to reach Europe capsized off Libya, the International Organisation for Migration said yesterday.

Twenty-two people were hauled from the water by Libyan fishermen. The rescued included refugees from Egypt, Bangladesh, Syria, Somalia and Ghana. At least two of the dead were Syrians.

MALI: A new president and vice-president were appointed yesterday, over a month after the country’s elected leadership was ousted in a coup.

Former Defence Minister Bah N’Daw is the new transitional president while Colonel Assimi Goita, head of the junta that staged the August 18 coup, is vice-president.

They say they will hold elections in 18 months.

“I am ready to make the ultimate sacrifice so that Mali becomes the country of our dreams,” said Mr N’Daw.

HOLY SEE: Cardinal Angelo Becciu has protested his innocence after being sacked and stripped of his privileges over sleaze allegations.

The prelate had been head of the Vatican’s saint-making office and called on Pope Francis on Thursday with a list of new saints when he was told to step down as police said he had embezzled hundreds of thousands of euros.

The sums were diverted from Vatican accounts to a supposedly charitable account in Ozieri, Sardinia, managed by his brother Tonino.

Ozieri Bishop Corrado Melis admitted that the money had never left that account but insisted it was intended for eventual charitable uses.

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