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British PM Fights Virus In Intensive Care As Global Toll Soars

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 782 total views,  782 views today ByAGENCE FRANCE PRESSE Britain’s prime minister was battling the coronavirus in intensive care Tuesday, the highest-profile case in the pandemic that continued to chalk up new death toll milestones in the United States and Europe. Boris Johnson’s fight against the disease underscored the indiscriminate nature of COVID-19, which has restricted freedoms for some four billion people, wrecked the global economy and upended society. The pandemic’s relentless death march across the planet has already claimed more than 73,000 victims out of 1.32 million confirmed cases, with warnings…

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Bronx zoo tiger tests positive for coronavirus

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 1,103 total views,  210 views today BY AFP,6TH APRIL,2020-A tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo has tested positive for Covid-19, the institution said Sunday, and is believed to have contracted the virus from a caretaker who was asymptomatic at the time. The four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia along with her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions all developed dry coughs and are expected to fully recover, the Wildlife Conservation Society that runs the city’s zoos said in a statement. “We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution…

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Coronavirus – Africa: WHO concerned as COVID-19 cases accelerate in Africa

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 2,072 total views,  32 views today BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), April 2, 2020/ — With more than 6000 COVID-19 cases reported in Africa, the virus is threatening fragile health systems on the continent. Infections are increasingly spreading not only between African countries but within different localities in the hardest-hit countries. For instance, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where COVID-19 cases were at first confined to Kinshasa, now a handful of cases have been reported in the easternmost regions of the country that were until recently in the grip of…

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The timetable for coronavirus vaccine is 18 months. Experts say that’s risky

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 2,727 total views,  181 views today BY CNN,1ST APRIL,2020-Eighteen months might sound like a long time, but in vaccine years, it’s a blink. That’s the long end of the Trump administration’s time window for developing a coronavirus vaccine, and some leaders in the field say this is too fast — and could come at the expense of safety. The estimated time made headlines last month, when Trump remarked at a televised Cabinet Room meeting with pharmaceutical executives that a vaccine could be ready in “three to four months.” There, in front of…

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Somali Governor Killed In Al-Shabaab Suicide Blast: Official

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 314 total views,  15 views today BY AFP,Mogadishu, Somalia, Mar 30 –  A governor in Somalia’s Puntland has been killed in a suicide bombing claimed by the al-Shabaab jihadist group, police and hospital sources said Monday. Abdisalan Hassan Hersi, governor of Nugaal region, succumbed to his injuries after being rushed to hospital in Garowe, the capital of Puntland where the blast occurred Sunday. “The doctors tried to save the governor’s life but unfortunately he died from his injuries,” Mohamed Weli, a police officer in Puntland, told AFP by phone. “He was in…

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Spain’s coronavirus death toll rises by 838 overnight to 6,528

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 1,746 total views,  49 views today BY REUTERS ,30TH MARCH,2020-Spain awoke to its third week under near-total lockdown on Sunday, as the government met to approve a strengthening of measures and the coronavirus death toll rose by a record 838 cases overnight to 6,528. Second only to Italy in fatalities, Spain also saw infections rise to 78,797 from 72,248 the day before. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, in a televised address to the nation on Saturday night, announced that all non-essential workers must stay at home for two weeks, the latest government measure…

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German Minister Commits Suicide After ‘Virus Crisis Worries’

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 2,350 total views,  16 views today BY AFP,Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Mar 29 – Thomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany’s Hesse state, has committed suicide apparently after becoming “deeply worried” over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said Sunday. Schaefer, 54, was found dead near a railway track on Saturday. The Wiesbaden prosecution’s office said they believe he died by suicide. “We are in shock, we are in disbelief and above all we are immensely sad,” Bouffier said in a recorded statement. Hesse…

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India needs at least 38 million masks to fight coronavirus-agency document

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 1,179 total views,  3 views today BY REUTERS,28TH MARCH,2020-India needs at least 38 million masks and 6.2 million pieces of personal protective equipment as it confronts the spread of coronavirus, and has approached hundreds of companies to secure supplies quickly, according to a report by the country’s investment agency seen by Reuters. As cases of the illness have risen, so has demand for protective equipment and masks, as well as complaints from healthcare workers about shortages. In a four-page internal document dated March 27, the Invest India agency detailed efforts to find…

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UK PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

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 2,381 total views,  1 views today BY BBC NEWS,27TH MARCH,2020- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus.The BBC, citing Number 10, reports that the Conservatives leader is experiencing mild symptoms, including fever. “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Mr Johnson tweeted on Friday. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus”. The PM was tested at his office by National Health Service (NHS) staff, on the recommendation of…

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South Africa begins ‘unprecedented’ military-patrolled lockdown

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 2,465 total views,  18 views today BY AFP,27TH MARCH,2020-South Africa came under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown on Friday, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus across the continent. Some 57 million people are to be restricted to their homes during South Africa’s three-week total lockdown which began at midnight. Kenya, Rwanda and Mali are some of the African countries that have imposed restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has been confirmed to have infected 3,203 people and…

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Britain’s Prince Charles, 71, tests positive for coronavirus

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 1,907 total views,  4 views today BY CNN,25TH MARCH,2020-Prince Charles, the Queen’s son and the first in line to the British throne, has tested positive for coronavirus and is now self-isolating in Scotland. Here’s the statement from Clarence House: “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.  “The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus. In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and…

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Trump Declares Coronavirus Fight Close To End, But Cases Rise

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 1,040 total views,  3 views today BY AFP,Washington, United States, Mar 24 – President Donald Trump declared the beginning of the end of the coronavirus crisis in the United States on Tuesday and called for a quick end to social distancing, even as New York’s governor compared the growing pandemic to a “bullet train.” Trump, who is keen to get his reelection campaign back on track, said that social distancing has caused too much pain to the US economy, prompting Congress to debate a historic rescue package. “Our country — it’s not…

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South African President announces three-week lockdown over coronavirus

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 1,410 total views,  9 views today BY RUETERS,24TH MARCH,2020-South Africa will enforce a three-week lockdown over coronavirus, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Monday. In a televised address to the nation, Ramaphosa said the 21-day lockdown will begin at midnight Thursday and he called on the country to “urgently and dramatically” escalate its response. “Immediate, swift and extraordinary action is required if we are to avoid human costs of this virus,” said Ramaphosa, adding that if the nation failed to act swiftly, it could face “a human catastrophe of enormous proportions.” In the week…

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Britain orders lockdown to slow down coronavirus spread

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 1,999 total views,  1 views today BY AFP,24TH MARCH,2020-Britain ordered a three-week lockdown on Monday in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus as world health officials warned that the pandemic was “accelerating” around the globe. As the country joined other nations in imposing strict stay-at-home orders, the number of virus deaths worldwide surged past 16,500 and the number of confirmed cases surpassed 378,000. The death toll in New York City neared 100, sparking growing concern over the spread of the virus in the largest US metropolis, home to some 8.4…

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Call for calm as Uganda coronavirus cases rise to nine

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 690 total views,  2 views today BY DAILY MONITOR,KAMPALA,24TH MARCH,2020-Uganda has confirmed eight new cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), bringing the total to nine. Speaking to journalists in Kampala on Monday night, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng urged Ugandans to stay calm and maintain hygiene after confirming the new cases. “All the eight cases are Ugandan nationals who travelled back from Dubai, UAE; two on March 20 and six on March 22, 2020 aboard the Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines flights. This brings the total number of Covid-19 confirmed cases in the…

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Coronavirus: Harvey Weinstein tests positive

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 759 total views,  4 views today BY BBC NEWS,23RD MARCH,2020-Former Hollywood producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for coronavirus while in prison. He is now in isolation, according to Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association. Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault last month and sentenced to 23 years in prison. His lawyers have vowed to appeal against his conviction. Weinstein is being held at Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo in upstate New York. Two prisoners at the…

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Coronavirus: U.S intelligence warned Trump in January and February but he dismissed threat

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 1,211 total views,  5 views today BY CNN,22ND MARCH,2020-President Donald Trump ignored reports from US intelligence agencies starting in January that warned of the scale and intensity of the coronavirus outbreak in China, The Washington Post reported Friday. Citing US officials familiar with the agencies’ reports and warnings, the Post reported that intelligence agencies depicted the nature and global spread of the virus and China’s apparent downplaying of its severity, as well as the potential need for government measures to contain it — while Trump opted to dismiss or simply not address…

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Albania deploys troops to enforce 40-hour coronavirus curfew

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 1,689 total views,  2 views today BY REUTERS ,21ST MARCH,2020-Albania’s government deployed the army to enforce a strict 40-hour curfew starting on Saturday to fight the coronavirus after people widely flouted previous measures aimed at stemming its spread. About 120,000 Albanians came back from Italy – the world’s worst-hit country – soon before Albania severed air and sea links with its neighbor across the Adriatic Sea 12 days ago. So far, 76 people have tested positive for the coronavirus with two deaths recorded, but officials are anxious to avert a sudden jump…

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Ethiopia Confirms First Coronavirus Case

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 1,043 total views,  3 views today BY UPESINEWS REPORTER ,NAIROBI, 13TH MARCH 2020-Ethiopia’s Health Ministry Friday confirmed the country’s first coronavirus case, the second in East African region after Kenya. The ministry confirmed a positive case through its twitter handle urging the country’s 105 million citizens to observe basic hygiene. “Let us step up and maintain precautionary measures. Now is the time. Frequent hand washing is key,” the ministry stated. The patient who tested positive was identified as a 48-year-old Japanese citizen who arrived in Ethiopia on March 4 from Burkina Faso. Ethiopia has…

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Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau’s wife testes positive for novel coronavirus,

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 4,621 total views,  1 views today Ottawa, Canada, Mar 13 – Justin Trudeau’s wife has tested positive for novel coronavirus, his office said late Thursday, while assuring the public the Canadian prime minister is fine. Canada’s leader and his 44-year-old wife announced Thursday they were self-isolating while she was tested for coronavirus after a public event. “Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau was tested for COVID-19 today. The test came back positive,” the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement, adding she would remain in isolation and her symptoms were mild. “The Prime Minister is in good…

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17 Italians in India test positive for coronavirus: source

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 9,382 total views,  1 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, New Delhi, India, Mar 4 – A group of Italian tourists have been put in quarantine in India, with 17 testing positive for the new coronavirus, a source told AFP Wednesday. Italy is a hotspot of the deadly virus with 79 deaths and more than 2,500 infected, while India’s official case total stands at only 21. After two out of a group of 23 tourists who arrived in the country last month tested positive in the western state of Rajasthan, the other 21 were put…

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Netanyahu leads Israel election but short of majority

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 4,168 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Jerusalem, ZZZ, Mar 2 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged victorious Tuesday after Israel’s third election in a year despite a looming corruption trial, though his right-wing coalition appeared short of a majority. Monday’s election left the veteran right-winger likely to be given the first shot at forming a government and end a year of political deadlock, after similar votes in April and September 2019 proved inconclusive. The central election committee said it had counted 90 percent of the vote, with breakdowns of the result in the…

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Pope ‘tests negative for coronavirus’ as Vatican ups controls

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 5,352 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Vatican City, Vatican City State, Mar 3 – Pope Francis, who is suffering from a cold, has tested negative for the coronavirus, an Italian newspaper reported Tuesday, as Italy battles Europe’s worst outbreak. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni did not respond to an AFP request for comment on the Messaggero newspaper report and sources said no statement was expected. But contacted by AFP, the newspaper’s Vatican reporter Gianfranca Soldati said her sources told her “the pope is doing well, continues to work, but wants to recover by staying…

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US votes in crucial primaries after ex-rivals back Biden

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 507 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Houston, United States, Mar 3 – Americans vote Tuesday in primaries that play a major role in who will challenge Donald Trump for the presidency, a day after key endorsements dramatically boosted Joe Biden’s hopes against surging leftist Bernie Sanders. The backing of Biden by three of his ex-rivals marked an unprecedented turn in a fractured, often bitter campaign. The Democratic establishment is desperate to unite around a moderate candidate who can triumph over frontrunner Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, and face President Trump in November.  …

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Coronavirus: Seoul seeks murder charges against sect founder

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 1,429 total views,  1 views today BY AFP,SEOUL SOUTH KOREA,2ND MARCH 2020-Seoul’s city government has asked prosecutors to press charges, including murder, against the founder of a secretive religious sect for failing to cooperate in containing the spread of the deadly coronavirus. South Korea has seen a surge in the number of infections — adding more than 4,000 cases in less than two weeks — with around 60 percent of the national total linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus. As officials try to track down and test more than 266,000 people…

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Coronavirus: South Korea sect leader to face homicide probe over deaths

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 3,099 total views,  3 views today BY BBC NEWS,SOUTH KOREA,1ST MARCH,2020-The leader of a religious sect in South Korea could face a homicide investigation over some of the country’s coronavirus deaths. The city government of the capital Seoul has asked prosecutors to charge Lee Man-hee, the founder of the Shincheonji Church, and 11 others. They are accused of hiding the names of some members as officials tried to track patients before the virus spread. South Korea is battling the worst coronavirus outbreak outside China. The country has reported 3,730 cases and 21…

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South Korea virus cases surge as WHO sounds maximum alert

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 606 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Seoul, Korea, Republic of, Feb 29 – South Korea reported its biggest surge in new coronavirus cases on Saturday as concerns grew of a possible epidemic in the United States and the World Health Organization raised its risk alert to its highest level. The virus has rapidly spread across the world in the past week, causing stock markets to sink to their lowest levels since the 2008 global financial crisis over fears that the disease could wreak havoc on the world economy. More than 2,900 people have…

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Nigeria confirms first case of coronavirus – health ministry

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 1,358 total views BY REUTERS ,LAGOS,28TH FEB 2020-Nigeria’s health ministry said on Friday it has confirmed a coronavirus case in Lagos state. “The case which was confirmed on 27/02/2020 is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020,” the health ministry said in a post on Twitter. The confirmed case is an Italian man who arrived in Nigeria three days ago. The health minister Osagie Ehanire, in a statement, said the Italian citizen works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy…

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Japan PM calls for nationwide closure of schools over virus

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 872 total views,  1 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Tokyo, Japan, Feb 27 – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday urged schools nationwide to close for several weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, as authorities reported the country’s fourth death linked to the outbreak. The move comes as crew members from the Diamond Princess, a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship quarantined off Japan, began leaving the vessel where more than 700 people have tested positive for the disease. “The government considers the health and safety of children above anything…

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China virus expert says earlier action would have reduced infections

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 636 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, BEIJING, China, Feb 27 – China would have seen far fewer infections from the new coronavirus if it had been quicker to adopt strict control measures, a top Chinese scientist said Thursday, in apparent criticism of the way the outbreak was handled. The government has been slammed for not acting fast enough and for reprimanding those who tried to warn early on about the epidemic, which has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 78,000 in mainland China. Wuhan, the central city where the contagion…

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Modi calls for calm as Delhi riots kill 20

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 840 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, NEW DELHI, India, Feb 26 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for calm Wednesday after Delhi’s worst sectarian violence in decades left at least 20 people dead and calls for a military curfew. This week’s battles between Hindus and Muslims have seen mobs armed with swords, guns and acid raze a northeastern district of the Indian capital. The clashes, which also left almost 200 injured, were triggered by protests against a citizenship law seen by many critics as anti-Muslim and part of Modi’s Hindu nationalist…

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Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak dead at 91

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 1,308 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, CAIRO, Egypt Feb 25 – Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for three decades before he was ousted amid the Arab Spring protests in 2011, died Tuesday at age 91. The burly autocrat with the trademark sunglasses went on to spend years behind bars for his role in the deaths of protesters but was freed in 2017 after the convictions were overturned. His death was confirmed by the presidency and on state TV, and his son Alaa Mubarak tweeted that “this morning my father,…

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WHO warns of pandemic risk after virus peaks in China

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 2,947 total views BY AFP,25TH FEB 2020-The new coronavirus has peaked in China but could still grow into a pandemic, the World Health Organisation has warned, as infections mushroom in other countries. Financial markets have gone into a tailspin after grim news of deaths and outbreaks in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, even as the Chinese epicentre appeared to be calming, with the death toll at its lowest for three weeks. But the situation is worsening in other countries, with more than 2,000 cases and 30 deaths reported abroad, prompting…

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TZ journalist Erick Kabendera finally freed after pleading guilty

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 1,318 total views BY AFP,DAARESALAAM,24TH FEB,2020-Journalist Erick Kabendera finally walked to freedom on Monday, almost six months after being arrested on charges of money laundering, tax evasion and leading an organised crime gang. Of the three charges, Kabendera was cleared of that of leading an organised crime gang and left with the money laundering and tax evasion charges. Kabendera pleaded guilty to the charge of money laundering and was fined TZS100 million, which he paid, thereby securing his freedom. The court also ordered him to pay TZS250,000 as a fine for…

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Arrest warrant issued for SA opposition leader Julius Malema

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 365 total views BY CORRESPONDENT,24TH FEB,2020-A bench warrant was issued Monday for the arrest of Julius Malema, a fiery leader of one of South Africa’s main opposition parties, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The warrant was issued over Malema’s failure to appear in court with a co-accused in court on charges related to the firing of a rifle in public. Malema faced five charges following allegations that he discharged a firearm at an Eastern Cape political rally in 2018. A video shared on social media purportedly shows him taking a semi-automatic…

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Truce at last as Sudan’s Riek Machar sworn in as vice president

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 358 total views BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,22ND FEB 2020-south Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar took the oath of office as First Vice President on Saturday formally rejoining the government. According to the Daily Nation,Dr Machar and three other vice presidents of South Sudan were sworn in, on the deadline to form the new unity government. The country had until Saturday February 22 to form the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU). The leaders who were sworn in are First Vice President Machar, Second Vice President James Wani Igga, Third Vice President…

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WHO warns against virus over-reaction as death toll hits 1,868

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 2,381 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Beijing, China, Feb 18 – The World Health Organization has warned against a global over-reaction to the new coronavirus epidemic following panic-buying, event cancellations and concerns about cruise ship travel, as China’s official death toll neared 1,900 on Tuesday. More than 72,000 people have now been infected in China and hundreds more abroad, although the WHO stressed the disease has infected a “tiny” proportion of people outside its epicentre and the mortality rate remains relatively low. The outbreak is threatening to put a dent in the global…

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New China virus cases drop for third day as toll passes 1,600

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 13,430 total views,  1 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Beijing, China, Feb 16 – The number of new cases from China’s coronavirus epidemic dropped for a third consecutive day on Sunday, as the World Health Organisation chief warned it was “impossible” to predict how the outbreak would develop. Global concern remains high about the spread of the virus, which first emerged in China’s central Hubei province in December, with the first death outside Asia reported in France this weekend. The death toll jumped to 1,665 in mainland China on Sunday after 142 more people…

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Saudi fighter jet crashes in Yemen, rebels say they downed it

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 3,904 total views,  2 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Feb 15 – A Saudi fighter jet crashed in conflict-torn Yemen, the Riyadh-led military coalition supporting the government announced Saturday, as the Iran-backed Huthi rebels said they downed the plane. The Tornado aircraft came down on Friday in northern Al-Jawf province during an operation to assist Yemeni government forces, the coalition said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. It did not specify the fate of the crew or the cause of the crash. The Huthis’ Al-Masirah television…

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Virus death toll soars as China changes counting methods

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 6,968 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Beijing, China, Feb 12 – China’s official death toll from the new coronavirus spiked dramatically on Thursday after authorities changed their counting methods, fuelling concern the epidemic is far worse than being reported. As the figures soared in China, a troubling new front opened abroad as neighbouring Vietnam placed 10,000 people under quarantine after six COVID-19 cases were discovered in a cluster of villages — the first such lockdown overseas. Japan reported its first death of an infected person — the third fatality outside mainland China after…

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China virus death toll tops 1,100 as new cases fall

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 4,190 total views,  1 views today BY AFP,BEIJING,12TH FEB 2020-The death toll from China’s new coronavirus epidemic climbed past 1,100 on Wednesday but the number of new cases fell for a second straight day, as the World Health Organization urged global unity to combat the “grave threat”. As Beijing scrambles to contain the virus, the number of people infected on a cruise ship off Japan’s coast rose to 174 — the biggest cluster outside the Chinese mainland. COVID-119 Another 97 people died in China, raising the national toll to 1,113, while more…

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Coronavirus death toll tops 1,000

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 3,290 total views BY V.O.A,11TH FEB 2020-The coronavirus death toll in China has hit an unhappy milestone, topping 1,000 after the center of the outbreak, Hubei province, reported another 103 deaths Monday. Chinese officials say there are now nearly 43,000 confirmed cases across the country, and 1,016 deaths. President Xi Jinping visited coronavirus patients at a Beijing hospital Monday and called for “more decisive measures” to contain the outbreak, Chinese state television reports. World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday the spread of coronavirus between people who had no…

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China virus crisis deepens as whistleblower doctor dies

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 2,861 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Beijing, China, Feb 6 – A Chinese doctor who was punished after raising the alarm about China’s new coronavirus died from the pathogen on Friday, sparking an outpouring of grief and anger over a worsening crisis that has now killed more than 630 people. At least 31,000 people have now been infected by a virus that ophthalmologist Li Wenliang and colleagues first brought to light in late December. The disease has since spread across China, prompting the government to lock down cities of tens of millions of…

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Trump acquitted by Senate in impeachment trial

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 2,723 total views,  1 views today BY BBC NEWS,6TH FEB,2020-President Donald Trump has been cleared in his impeachment trial, ending a congressional bid to remove him from office that bitterly divided the US. The Senate, run by the president’s fellow Republicans, voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress. Democrats charged Mr Trump in December with pressuring Ukraine to smear a potential White House rival. He will become the first impeached president to seek re-election. In its historic vote on Wednesday, the Senate…

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Group evacuated from China to France test negative for coronavirus

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 3,275 total views BY AFP,Aix-en-Provence, France, Feb 3 ,Tests for the coronavirus on about 20 people who arrived on France on an evacuation flight from China have come back negative, authorities said Monday. A total of 254 people arrived in France on Sunday from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the deadly virus was first detected, on the second such flight. Thirty-six of those on board displayed symptoms of the coronavirus, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Sunday. Sixteen of those were flown back to their respective countries, but about 20…

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20 killed in stampede at service by Tanzanian preacher

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 2,613 total views BY AFP,MOSHI,2ND FEB,2020-Twenty people in Tanzania were trampled to death at an open-air evangelical Christian church service in the north of the country, officials said on Sunday. Kippi Warioba, district Commissioner in the northern town of Moshi, said he feared the number of dead could still rise from the accident which took place on Saturday. “So far, 20 people have died, but the death toll could increase as there were also wounded,” Warioba told AFP. At least 16 others were injured in the crush, he said. WHAT HAPPENED…

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18 S.Korean evacuees hospitalised after returning from Wuhan

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 2,244 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Seoul, Korea, Republic of, Jan 31 – Eighteen South Koreans evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan have been hospitalised after showing symptoms while 350 others are in quarantine, Seoul’s health authorities said Friday, as concerns mount about a wider outbreak of the SARS-like virus. A chartered plane carrying a total of 368 South Korean citizens arrived on Friday in the South from Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have emerged from an animal and seafood market. Among them, 18 evacuees who were showing symptoms have…

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China virus death toll rises to 170, more than 1,700 new cases

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 2,156 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Wuhan, China, Jan 30 –The nationwide death toll from China’s viral epidemic has leapt to 170, the government said on Thursday, with more than 1,700 new infections confirmed. Thirty-seven of the 38 new deaths came in hard-hit Hubei province, the epicentre of a contagion that is causing mounting global fear. Another death occurred in southwestern Sichuan province, the National Health Commission reported. Tibet also reported its first case, the commission said. The 38 new deaths marked the biggest single-day jump yet and come as a massive…

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Foreigners airlifted from China virus epicentre, death toll hits 132

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 1,364 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Wuhan, China, Jan 28 – Hundreds of Americans and Japanese escaped the quarantined Chinese city at the centre of a coronavirus epidemic aboard charter flights on Wednesday, as the death toll soared to 132 and confirmed infections neared 6,000. The scale of the deepening crisis was emphasised with the new infection number on the Chinese mainland exceeding that of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002-03. SARS, another respiratory coronavirus transmitted between people, went on to claim nearly 800 lives around the world, with most…

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FILE PHOTO: Jul 27, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Kobe Bryant is pictured with his daughter Gianna at the WNBA All Star Game at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo International News Local News 

The world mourns NBA legend Kobe Bryant and daughter who died in helicopter crash on Sunday

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 2,868 total views BY REUTERS/NAMULONGO PETER ,27TH JAN 2020-Kobe Bryant, one of the NBA’s all-time greatest players and an athlete of global renown, was killed at age 41 on Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven on board, officials said. Bryant rocketed to fame as an 18-year-old rookie and played 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, 18 as an all-star forward, and won five NBA championships. His death sent shockwaves through the National Basketball Association, which he helped propel to international prominence,…

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