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Face Masks Now Compulsory In Paris Tourists Hotspots, Crowded Areas

Face Masks Now Compulsory In Paris Tourists Hotspots, Crowded Areas

Written by on 10 August 2020

  Face masks became compulsory in tourist hotspots in Paris on Monday amid warnings of a resurgence of coronavirus cases, as infections in the world’s worst-hit country the United States topped five million. The requirement came as France along with much of Western Europe sweltered in a heatwave, with temperatures soaring above 35 degrees Celsius (95 […]

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Hong Media Tycoon, Jimmy Lai, Arrested Under New Security Law

Hong Media Tycoon, Jimmy Lai, Arrested Under New Security Law

Written by on 10 August 2020

Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested Monday and led in handcuffs through his newspaper office as police raided the building, part of a sweeping crackdown on dissent since China imposed a security law on the city. Lai, 71, was among nine people detained on charges including colluding with foreign forces — one of the […]

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Lebanon’s PM Diab Announces Resignation Of Government

Lebanon’s PM Diab Announces Resignation Of Government

Written by on 10 August 2020

Lebanon’s premier Hassan Diab stepped down Monday amid fury within and outside his government over the deadly Beirut port blast he blamed on the incompetence and corruption of a decades-old ruling class. “Today we are heeding the people and their demands to hold accountable those responsible for a disaster,” he said in a televised address, […]

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Guinea Ruling Party Asks President To Run For Third Term

Guinea Ruling Party Asks President To Run For Third Term

Written by on 10 August 2020

Guinea’s ruling party on Thursday urged President Alpha Conde to seek a third term in elections due this year, a scenario that has sparked clashes in the West African state. Under Guinea’s constitution, presidents may only serve two terms. Conde, 82, was elected president in 2010 and again in 2015. But this year he pushed through […]

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Outrage Over Ivory Coast President’s Third Term Bid

Outrage Over Ivory Coast President’s Third Term Bid

Written by on 10 August 2020

  Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to run for a third term in October’s presidential election triggered outrage on Friday among opposition and civil society groups, who labelled it a “coup” that risked tipping the country into chaos. Ouattara, in power since 2010, said in March that he would not run for re-election, which […]

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Five Soldiers Killed In Mali Twin Attacks

Five Soldiers Killed In Mali Twin Attacks

Written by on 10 August 2020

At least five soldiers were killed and five were wounded on Sunday in twin attacks blamed on jihadists in central Mali, army and local sources said. A military convoy was ambushed en route from the village of Goma-Coura to Diabaly town, a local elected official told AFP while requesting anonymity. He said four pickup trucks […]

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Nearly 1 Million People Infected With COVID-19 In Africa

Nearly 1 Million People Infected With COVID-19 In Africa

Written by on 10 August 2020

  Almost one million people have been infected with COVID-19 in Africa, according to data from the Africa Centre Control (CDC). The agency said as of Sunday, August 2, 2020, the 55-nation Africa Union (AU) has 944,450 infections from the virus. Despite the rising infections from COVID-19,  more than half of those who contracted the […]

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Cases Of Teen Pregnancy Rise In Kenya Amid Pandemic

Cases Of Teen Pregnancy Rise In Kenya Amid Pandemic

Written by on 10 August 2020

Sixteen-year-old Linnet covers her face bashfully, mumbling into her hands as she recounts how she met the young man who bought her fries and gave her money, before leaving her pregnant and facing even greater poverty than before. She is one of thousands of teenagers who fall pregnant every year in Kenya, a problem experts […]

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