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BAMAKO -- Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita died this Sunday in Bamako, the capital of Mali, announced sources close to his family in the national capital Sunday. He was 76.

The cause of death was not yet known. (Mali-IBK-Death)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Sunday called for resolving the refugee issues and anti-Syrian embargoes as means to help settle Syria's crisis, according to Iran's Foreign Ministry.

"Without considering the issue of refugees and the sanctions imposed on Syria, (resolving) the crisis in this country cannot be directed in the right direction," Amir Abdollahian said at a meeting with the visiting UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen. (Iran-Syria-Politics)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Millions of voters will be added to the country's election roll from Sunday following the implementation of automatic voter registration and the lowered voting age from 21 to 18.

Some 5.8 million additional voters will be able to cast their votes in future elections. Among these will be some 1.2 million voters aged between 18 and 21, said Election Commission deputy chairman Azmi Sharom, local media reported. (Malaysia-Voters-Age)

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SUVA -- The eruptions of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai valcano in Tonga on Friday and Saturday have a significant impact on the South Pacific island country, especially its capital Nuku'alofa.

According to Tonga's news website Matangi Tonga Online, Friday's violent volcanic eruption continued for over 12 hours and the volcano also erupted for eight minutes on Saturday, sending plumes of ash into the sky. (Tonga-Volcanic Eruption-Damages)

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