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    ‘Al-Qaeda penetrating north-west’ — US alerts Nigeria

‘Al-Qaeda penetrating north-west’ — US alerts Nigeria

The United States says the Al-Qaeda insurgent group has started penetrating the north-western part of Nigeria. In recent times, there has been an increase in attacks in Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara and other north-west states. During a media briefing, Dagvin Anderson, commander of the US special operations command, Africa, said Al-Qaeda is also expanding to other parts of West Africa. In his remarks [...]

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    Death toll in Lebanon explosion rises to 100

Death toll in Lebanon explosion rises to 100

The death toll in the explosion that rocked Beirut, capital of Lebanon, has risen to 100 with more than 4,000 injured. George Kettaneh, the head of the Lebanese Red Cross, said the toll is expected to rise as officials dig through the rubbles caused by the explosion. He added that the Red Cross was coordinating with the country’s ministry of health for [...]

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    Dozens killed as massive explosion rocks Lebanese capital

Dozens killed as massive explosion rocks Lebanese capital

Dozens of people have been killed and thousands injured in a massive explosion that rocked Beirut, capital of Lebanon, on Tuesday. The state-owned national news agency traced the source of the explosion to a warehouse of firecrackers near the port in Beirut. Many cars and buildings got damaged in the incident. Some residents said the explosion sounded like an earthquake as the grounds [...]

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    EXTRA: Cat detained for ‘smuggling drugs’ escapes Sri Lanka prison

EXTRA: Cat detained for ‘smuggling drugs’ escapes Sri Lanka prison

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    EXTRA: ‘May karma find you all’ — family of man who died of COVID-19 blames Trump, ‘selfish people’

EXTRA: ‘May karma find you all’ — family of man who died of COVID-19 blames Trump, ‘selfish people’

The family of David Nagy, a resident of Texas, US, says selfish people who failed to observe COVID-19 safety guidelines are to blame for his death. Nagy, aged 79, died of COVID-19 complications on July 22. The family, in an obituary published in the Jefferson Jimplecute, also blamed US President Donald Trump and Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, "and all the other [...]

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    11 injured as UN plane crash-lands in Mali

11 injured as UN plane crash-lands in Mali

A United Nations plane (pictured) skidded off the runway while touching down at the Gao Airport, Mali, on Monday, leaving 11 people injured.  United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) disclosed in a statement that the 11 people on board comprised seven crew members and four passengers. The UN aircraft had attempted to make an emergency landing before it went [...]

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    Despite Buhari’s intervention, Guinea’s 83-year-old president insists on running for 3rd term

Despite Buhari’s intervention, Guinea’s 83-year-old president insists on running for 3rd term

Despite the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari, Alpha Conde, the 83-year-old president of Guinea is insisting on running for a third term in office, against the country's 2010 constitution. Cellou Diallo, former prime minister of Guinea and presidential candidate of the leading opposition party for the October 2020 election, said Buhari's intervention, and that of Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana, has [...]

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    US schools record fresh COVID-19 cases amid reopenings

US schools record fresh COVID-19 cases amid reopenings

Some schools in the US have recorded new cases of the COVID-19 shortly after they resumed activities following weeks of lockdown. According to BBC, a student of one of such schools at Indiana tested positive for the novel coronavirus -- barely a few hours after classes resumed. The school, which was among the first to reopen in the US, however, said it [...]

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    ‘I’m not scared of losing my licence’– Nigerian-trained US doctor insists chloroquine cures COVID-19

‘I’m not scared of losing my licence’– Nigerian-trained US doctor insists chloroquine cures COVID-19

Stella Immanuel, the Nigerian-trained US doctor who claimed she treated 350 COVID-19 patients, is insisting that chloroquine can cure the disease. Immanuel had come under criticisms after a video where she made the claim went viral. Twitter and Facebook had pulled down the video which they branded as misleading. In an interview with Click2Houston, a news platform in the US, Immanuel said Herman [...]

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    Vietnam records first COVID-19 death since index case in January

Vietnam records first COVID-19 death since index case in January

Vietnam has recorded its first COVID-19 death, six months after it recorded an index case. The victim is a 70-year-old man from the central city of Hoi An, according to state media. The Southeast Asian country, which shares border with China where the disease originated from, confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in January. Vietnam, hailed as having one of the best-organised epidemic [...]

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