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  1. Egypt to suspend role in UN force in Mali

    BBC Monitoring

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    Egypt has said it will temporarily suspend its participation in the UN peacekeeping force in Mali starting on Monday over concerns about the security of its troops.

    The move follows the killing of seven Egyptian troops serving under the UN mission in Mali (Minusma) in attacks since January.

    The decision also comes as activists backing Mali’s military-led government continue to demand Minusma’s expulsion over its perceived failure to protect civilians from attacks.

    Egypt's mission to the UN in New York said last month that the Egyptian contingent of Minusma would be temporarily withdrawn but did not indicate how long the suspension would last.

    Egypt has about 1,000 soldiers in Minusma, mainly providing logistical support.

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  4. Egypt approves plan to ration electricity

    BBC World Service

    The cabinet in Egypt has approved a plan to ration electricity in a bid to obtain hard currency by holding back some natural gas resources for export.

    The draft bill would see shops having to cut their use of lighting and air conditioning, while government offices would also be made to reduce their electricity consumption.

    The move is part of efforts by Egypt to deal with the negative economic consequences of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has caused the country's wheat and fuel bills to soar.