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  1. At least 26 dead in Algeria forest fires

    A general view of the wildfire in Setif, Algeria on August 17, 2022.
    Image caption: Firefighters fought to contain several blazes on Wednesday

    At least 26 people have been killed and dozens more injured in forest fires that have devastated northern Algeria.

    Kamel Beldjoud, the country's interior minister, said 24 died in El Tarf, near the border with Tunisia, as well as a mother and daughter in Setif.

    Firefighters, supported by helicopters, were still trying to contain several blazes on Wednesday evening.

    Reports say some 350 residents have been evacuated in various provinces.

    Helicopters are being used to dump water on the flames.

    Algeria suffers from wildfires every year, but the problem has been exacerbated by climate change.

    A Russian water bomber plane chartered by the Algerian authorities has broken down and is not expected to be in service again until Saturday.

  2. Egypt central bank governor quits amid inflation rise

    BBC World Service

    Tarek Amer
    Image caption: Tarek Amer's resignation has been described as a shock decision

    The governor of Egypt's central bank, Tarek Amer, has resigned more than a year before the end of his second term in office.

    The move - which triggered a sell-off of government bonds - comes one day before the monetary policy committee is expected to raise interest rates.

    Inflation stands at nearly 15%, three times what it was only a year ago.

    Mr Amer said he was stepping down to give others the opportunity to continue the successful development under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who accepted his resignation.

  3. 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    Egypt's mission to the UN in New York said last month that the Egyptian contingent of Minusma would be temporarily withdrawn but did not indicate how long the suspension would last.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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    Video caption: Egypt church fire: 'We saved who we could', says survivor

    Dozens of people have died in Egypt after a fire broke out at a Coptic church in Giza.

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    Video caption: World Cup: Fan zone goal in sight as hundreds sign petition

    Football fan Mark Jones has collected 400 signatures on a petition he has set up for Qatar 2022.