16 killed in Senegal road crash

Sixteen people were killed and 15 injured Thursday when a bus collided with a refrigerated lorry in western Senegal, emergency services said.Nine women were among the fatalities in the accident, which occurred around 2 a.m. in the Thies region about 60 kilometres (35 miles) from the capital Dakar.The bus, with a 60-seat capacity, was heading[...]

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Knifeman kills three in suspected terror attack at French church

A man wielding a knife at a church in the French city of Nice killed three people, slitting the throat of at least one, and injured several others before being apprehended by police, officials said Thursday.French anti-terror prosecutors have opened an inquiry into what the city’s Mayor Christian Estrosi called an “Islamo-fascist attack.”“He (the attacker)[...]

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Macron imposes fresh lockdown as COVID-19 spreads in France

French President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday a new coronavirus lockdown until at least December 1, hoping to bring under control an outbreak that is poised to overwhelm hospitals in a matter of days.“The virus is spreading across France at a speed that even the most pessimistic did not predict,” Macron said in a highly anticipated[...]

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Boeing records $449m Q3 loss, cuts 7,000 more jobs

Pressured by another quarterly loss, Boeing announced Wednesday additional job cuts as it adapts to a prolonged downturn in the aviation industry.The planemaker, which has been in belt-tightening mode throughout 2020, plans to eliminate about 7,000 more jobs through the end of 2021. The headcount at that time will be around 130,000, down from 160,000[...]

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Suspects arrested after deadly Islamic school bombing in Pakistan

Police in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday arrested at least 55 suspects in a swoop after a bombing at an Islamic school that killed eight students a day earlier.The arrests were made from the vicinity of the seminary in the city of Peshawar and suspects were being questioned, police official Mohlat Shah said.A powerful bomb ripped[...]

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Ramaphosa in self-quarantine after COVID-19 scare

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has entered self-quarantine after coming into contact with a person with COVID-19, his office said on Wednesday.Ramaphosa “has begun a period of self-quarantine following the positive COVID-19 diagnosis of a guest at a dinner attended by the President on Saturday, Oct. 24,’’ a statement issued by the presidency of[...]

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Jonathan visits polling stations in Tanzania as voting begins

Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan, who is leading the African Union Expert Election Observer Team to Tanzania, paid a visit to some polling stations in Dar es Salaam, in the early hours of Wednesday.Jonathan announced this on his Facebook page on Wednesday.He said, “The African Union Expert Election Observer Team which I lead visited some[...]

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Philippines’ Duterte to launch investigation on government corruption

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday directed the justice department to conduct a sweeping investigation into corruption in all government agencies.In a televised address, Duterte said “this country continues to be plagued by corruption. I will concentrate the last remaining years of my term fighting corruption, because up to now it has not weakened, but[...]

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Saudi Arabia wades in on French cartoon debate as row escalates

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday waded in on a debate surrounding France’s defence of the right to show cartoons of Prophet Mohammed, calling the image of the prophet ‘offensive’.A foreign ministry official said in a statement that “the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejects any attempt to link Islam with terrorism and denounces cartoons offensive to Prophet[...]

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WHO warns against ‘pandemic fatigue’ as Covid-19 numbers rise

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against “pandemic fatigue” as the number of coronavirus cases around the world spikes and hospital beds fill up.“Many countries in the northern hemisphere are seeing a concerning rise in cases and hospitalizations,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva on Monday.“Intensive care units[...]

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Pogba denies quitting France team over Macron comments

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba on Monday denied media reports which said he quit the France national team over comments made by the country’s President Emmanuel Macron.The comments were perceived to be against Islam.The French leader this month had declared war on “Islamist separatism”, which he believes is taking over some Muslim communities in France.A[...]

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12 fishermen missing in Philippines typhoon

Searches were underway Monday for 12 fishermen in the Philippines as a typhoon swept across the archipelago, flooding low-lying areas and forcing thousands of people into emergency shelters.Packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour, Typhoon Molave made landfall Sunday on the southern end of the main island of Luzon before moving[...]

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Iraqi protesters, police clash one year after ‘October Revolution’

Dozens of Iraqi protesters again clashed with security forces in Baghdad Monday, a day after a rally marked the first anniversary of the start of nationwide mass anti-government demonstrations.Police fired stun grenades and tear gas at protesters who were burning tyres and hurling rocks on the strategic Al-Jumhuriyah bridge across the Tigris River leading to[...]

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US VP’s Chief of Staff tests positive for COVID-19

US Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, a spokesman said, the latest in a list of figures connected to Donald Trump’s administration to do so.Marc Short began quarantine and was assisting in the contract tracing process, Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement.“Vice President Pence and Mrs.[...]

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Ivory Coast’s Ouattara says he will allow ex-president, Gbagbo, to return

Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara said he is in favour of allowing his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo, currently on trial in The Hague, to return after a presidential election next week.“Laurent Gbagbo will return, there’s no problem,” Ouattara, who is standing for a controversial third term as president in the vote on October 31, told French[...]

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Poland’s President Duda tests positive for COVID-19

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for coronavirus, an aide said on Saturday, as the country faces a record rise in cases.“Ladies and Gentlemen, as recommended President @AndrzejDuda was tested yesterday for the presence of coronavirus. The result turned out to be positive. The President is fine,” Blazej Spychalski, secretary of state in the[...]

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Seychelles holds presidential, parliamentary elections today

Most Seychelles voters will cast their ballot Saturday in presidential and parliamentary elections spanning three days across an idyllic archipelago that has been economically hammered by the coronavirus.Polling stations will open at 7:00am (0300 GMT) on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue — the three main islands of Seychelles, home to the majority of its 74,600[...]

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US Poll: Biden promises citizenship for 11m undocumented immigrants

Former United States (US) Vice President, Joe Biden, has promised a pathway to citizenship for no fewer than 11 million undocumented immigrants if elected president on Nov. 3.Biden, the Democratic Party candidate, made the promise at his last debate with his Republican challenger and incumbent President DonaldTrump, on Thursday night.“Within 100 days I am going[...]

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South Sudan confirms outbreak of vaccine-derived polio

Health officials in South Sudan on Thursday confirmed a new outbreak of polio, just months after declaring the wild version of the deadly virus eradicated in Africa’s youngest country.The health ministry said 15 cases of vaccine-derived polio — a form of the illness which occurs in rare incidents when the weakened virus in the vaccine[...]

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EU lauds US plan to remove Sudan from terror blacklist

The European Union’s diplomatic chief on Monday welcomed President Donald Trump’s announcement that he is ready to remove Sudan from a US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism.The move, a major boost for Sudan’s civilian-backed government after decades as an international pariah, came after Khartoum agreed to a $335 million compensation package for victims and[...]

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