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06 Aug 2021, 06:18 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- Ebrahim Raisi was sworn in on Thursday as the new president of Iran in the parliament.

"I swear ... to be the guardian of the official religion and the Islamic Republic establishment and the constitution of the country, and to use all my capacity and competencies to fulfill the responsibilities I have undertaken," Raisi took the oath during his swearing-in ceremony. (Iran-Raisi-Inauguration)

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YAOUNDE -- At least 16 people have been killed Thursday morning in an accident on a highway in Awae, a locality of Cameroon's Centre region where the capital Yaounde is located, according to the police.

The accident occurred when a 70-seater passenger bus collided with a truck loaded with logs on the Yaounde-Bertoua highway, said the same source. (Cameroon-Road accident)

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N'DJAMENA -- At least 24 Chadian army soldiers were killed on the night of August 4 to 5 during an attack by the Boko Haram terrorists in the Lake Chad region, several Chadian media reported Thursday, citing local sources.

The attack on a Chadian army position in Tchoukoutalia, Lac province, was confirmed by the army spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, who was contacted by Xinhua. (Chad-Boko Haram)

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BEIRUT -- Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday condemned the Israeli air raids that targeted Lebanon's southern villages earlier in the day, saying they constitute a flagrant and serious violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1701, according to a statement by Lebanon's Presidency.

"These attacks are a direct threat to security and stability in the south," Aoun said.

This is the first time that Israel has used its military jets against Lebanon since 2006, he noted. (Lebanon-Israeli Air Raids-Condemnation)

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