Fire destroys much of 249-year-old church in California
SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (AP) — A fire early Saturday destroyed the rooftop and most of the interior of a California church that was undergoing renovation to mark its upcoming 250th anniversary celebration. Fire alarms at the San Gabriel Mission rang around 4 a.m., and when firefighters responded to the historic structure they saw smoke rising from the wooden rooftop, San Gabriel Fire Capt. Paul Negrete said. He said firefighters entered the church and tried to beat back the flames, but they had to retreat when roofing and other structural materials began to fall, Negrete said.“We were trying to fight it from the inside, we weren't able to because it became unsafe,” he said.
© MICHELE CATTANI / AFP Malian demonstrators on a barricade erected in front of the Salam Mosque of Badalabougou, where the influential Imam Dicko gave a prayer for the victims of clashes between the opposition and the police, July 12, 2020 in Bamako.
The ECOWAS mission has decided to extend its stay in Mali by 24 hours. Despite the rejection by the Malian opposition of his proposals such as retaining President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK), the formation of a government of national unity and the settlement of electoral disputes, negotiations continue. Official and discreet meetings took place again on July 18.
Mali: Arrest of opposition figures in the aftermath of violence
MALI-POLITICS: Mali: Arrest of opposition figures in the aftermath of violence © Reuters / POOL New MALI: ARRESTS OF OPPOSITION FIGURES IN THE NEXT DAY OF VIOLENCE BAMAKO (Reuters) - The Malian opposition said on Saturday that two leaders of anti-government protests were arrested by security forces who intervened in its headquarters after violent protests in the capital Bamako against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.
With our correspondent in Bamako, Serge Daniel
In Mali, experts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) responsible for proposing a solution to resolve the electoral dispute have almost completed the case. Those dealing with the political side of the crisis continue to work hard to get results.
According to our information, a delegation from the sub-regional institution visited once again this Saturday, July 18, at , Imam Mahmoud Dicko. The talks focused in particular on the name of the future head of the Malian government. In the proposals rejected by the opposition, in addition to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK), Prime Minister Boubou Cissé was to remain in office.
But according to observers, the lines could move. Nothing official, but agreeing to bring up the subject seems important. A delegation from the ex-rebellion of the CMA (Coordination of Azawad Movements) was also received by the ECOWAS mission. Mama Koité Doumbia, for her part, led the delegation of women leaders from Mali. This Sunday, July 19, the ECOWAS mission should also meet the press.
Mali: IBK instructs a small cabinet to form a government of national unity .
© Supplied by Le Point This is the response given by President IBK to the call for "sacred union" launched by the 15 presidents from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meeting by videoconference this Monday, July 27. The Malian Head of State therefore announced, in a decree, the immediate constitution, around Prime Minister Boubou Cissé, of a "small ministerial team whose mission is to negotiate" the "formation of a unity government.