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Iran president, Hassan slams US for spreading ‘fear’ over virus

Iran president, Hassan slams US for spreading ‘fear’ over virus

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President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States on Wednesday of trying to spread “fear” in Iran over a deadly outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 19 people among 139 infections in Iran, including the deputy health minister — making it the deadliest outbreak outside China. “We shouldn’t let America mount a new virus on top of coronavirus that is called… extreme fear,” Rouhani told a weekly cabinet meeting, a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of suppressing information about the outbreak. The Americans “themselves are struggling with coronavirus. Sixteen thousand people have died of influenza there but they don’t talk about their own (dead),” Rouhani said. Iran has been scrambling to contain COVID-19 sin
AU holds Emergency Ministerial meeting on COVID-19 In Addis Ababa,

AU holds Emergency Ministerial meeting on COVID-19 In Addis Ababa,

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The African Union and African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held an Emergency Ministerial meeting on COVID-19 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday. Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat addressed the objective of the meeting which was to anticipate the protection of Africa by considering the actions aimed at strengthening the preparedness and response to the COVID-19 epidemic. According to Mahamat, the epidemic could have a very negative effect on Africa which is at risk if preventive and control measures are not adopted quickly. “We all know that if drastic preventive and control measures are not taken urgently, the economic, social and even security consequences of the epidemic could be felt on a very large scale; and our
JUST IN: Dutch government returns rare and stolen crown to Ethiopia

JUST IN: Dutch government returns rare and stolen crown to Ethiopia

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A rare and looted crown from the 18th century was returned to Ethiopia on Thursday after it was discovered in the Netherlands two decades ago. The Dutch government facilitated the handover “with the belief that it has a duty to restitute this important artifact back to Ethiopia,” the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said, sharing photos of a smiling Abiy holding the ceremonial crown. “This is a historic day for us,” Hirut Kassaw, Ethiopia’s minister for culture and tourism, told The Associated Press. The religious crown went missing in 1993 and was discovered in Rotterdam in October. “I still don’t know how this crown and the other items were looted and taken out of Ethiopia,” the culture minister said, adding that several other items were stolen including a cros
CORONAVIRUS: Test For Egypt’s First Suspected Case Come Negative

CORONAVIRUS: Test For Egypt’s First Suspected Case Come Negative

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A foreign national who was recently announced to be Egypt’s first case with novel coronavirus has tested negative for the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Egypt’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday. In a joint statement, both health bodies announced that the RT-PCR results of the foreigner came back 48 hours after the person was admitted to a hospital for quarantine. The person suspected of having contracted the virus had undergone six RT-PCR tests during a period of three consecutive days, the statement said, adding that the results of the tests came back negative each time. “The health status of the person was monitored by medical teams around the clock … the person did not show any symptoms during the isolation period,” the statement read. Dr. Jean
China Coronavirus: Death Toll Surges Past 2,000 – Govt

China Coronavirus: Death Toll Surges Past 2,000 – Govt

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The death toll from China’s new coronavirus epidemic jumped past 2,000 on Wednesday after 136 more people died, with the number of new cases falling for a second straight day, according to the National Health Commission. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China to 74,185. The death toll rose to 2,004, with most of the deaths in central Hubei province, where the virus first emerged in December before spiralling into a nationwide epidemic. In its daily update, the National Health Commission reported 1,749 new cases of people infected with the virus nationwide, the lowest number of new cases this month. The new infections were overwhelmingly in Hubei. Outside the epicentre, there were only 56 new cases reported, falling for the 15th day in
Nigeria Will Ensure Adequate Resources For Research And Development, Buhari Assures

Nigeria Will Ensure Adequate Resources For Research And Development, Buhari Assures

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President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, affirmed that Nigeria recognizes the centrality of science and technology in the development process and will ensure adequate resource allocation for research and development. Speaking at a breakfast meeting of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) organized by the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo in his capacity as Chairperson, President Buhari said technology is aiding Nigeria’s advancement in critical sectors of the economy. He noted that his administration was conscious of the relevance of science and technology in national development and as such has a ministry dedicated to the sector, which is headed by a scientist. ‘‘We are concentrating on en
Cameroon Warming up for delayed election amid security fears

Cameroon Warming up for delayed election amid security fears

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Nearly seven million people are eligible to vote to pick 180 federal legislators and 360 local council officials. Cameroon is gearing up for long-delayed parliamentary and municipal elections amid a boycott call by the country's main opposition party and security concerns in the unrest-hit Anglophone regions. Nearly seven million voters are eligible to cast ballots on Sunday to pick 180 federal legislators and 360 local council officials. Polls will open at 07:00 GMT and close at 17:00 GMT, with official results within 20 days. Speaking to Al Jazeera, Enow Egbe, president of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) said the electoral body is "ready" to hold free and fair elections. "We can assert that the packaging and transfer of electoral material and documents to regio
21-Year Old Woman Killed By Lion In South Africa

21-Year Old Woman Killed By Lion In South Africa

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Lions mauled to death a 21-year old woman on a South African private game reserve where she worked and lived, police said Saturday. The woman, identified as Swans Van Wyke, was attacked on Thursday afternoon “while performing her duties” on the reserve in the northern-most province of Limpopo, police said. It is unclear whether she was employed as a ranger or ground staff. Regional police spokesman Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said police and emergency services found the woman with severe injuries outside a lion cage. “We are still investigating, we are hard at work to really get what happened, we can’t go into details now,” Ngoepe told AFP. South Africa has as many as 8,000 lions in captivity being bred for hunting, the bone trade, tourism and academic research, acco
28 Militants Jailed, 5 Militia Leaders Get Life Terms For War Crimes In C.A.R

28 Militants Jailed, 5 Militia Leaders Get Life Terms For War Crimes In C.A.R

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Twenty-eight people were also handed terms of 10-15 years of forced labour for murder and illegal possession of weapons. Five leaders of a predominantly Christian militia in the Central African Republic have been handed life sentences for war crimes and crimes against humanity after dozens of Muslims were slaughtered in a southeastern town in May 2017. Twenty-eight individuals were on Friday also given terms of between 10 and 15 years of forced labour, mainly for murder and illegal possession of weapons. "It's the first time that a sentence for crimes against humanity has been handed down by a CAR court," Justice Minister Flavien Mbata said. The trial at the criminal court in the capital Bangui broke new ground in a country struggling to provide justice for victi
US Senate Moves To Final Stage Of Trumps Impeachment Trial

US Senate Moves To Final Stage Of Trumps Impeachment Trial

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The Senate is moving into the final phase of President Trump’s impeachment trial, but senators expect a drawn-out floor fight before final votes on two articles of impeachment either late Friday or early Saturday morning.   After 35 hours of opening arguments and 16 hours of senators asking questions, the Senate is finally getting ready to move into what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) envisions as the ending phase of the trial. GOP leaders expect they will have the votes on Friday to defeat a motion to consider subpoenas for additional witnesses and documents, blocking Democratic demands for the testimony of former national security adviser John Bolton, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and two other witnesses. The vote appeare