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Crowded Lebanese prison faces outbreak

Lebanon’s largest prison is grappling with coronavirus outbreak. A security source told the BBC that about 200 prisoners had contracted Covid-19 in Roumieh prison, located close to the capital, Beirut. Earlier this week, it was reported that prisoners had staged violent protests saying they were not getting the medical care …

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Hotel Rwanda ‘hero’ Rusesabagina denied bail

A RWANDA  court has denied bail to Paul Rusesabagina, who was portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about the 1994 genocide. Mr Rusesabagina, who was living in exile until he arrived in Rwanda under mysterious circumstances at the end of last month, is facing charges of terrorism among …

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Nigeria’s slave descendants prevented from marrying who they want

IN A tragedy reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, a couple in Nigeria killed themselves earlier this month after their parents had forbidden them from marrying because one of them was a descendant of slaves. “They’re saying we can’t get married… all because of an ancient belief,” the note they left …

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Alexei Navalny: Poisoned Putin critic ‘will return to Russia’

THE POISONED Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is to return to Russia, his spokeswoman has said. “It’s puzzling to me why anyone should think otherwise,” Kira Yarmysh posted on Twitter. Mr Navalny also posted a picture on Instagram for the first time since he was poisoned, announcing that he was …

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Coronavirus: Oxford University vaccine trial paused after participant falls ill

FINAL CLINICAL  trials for a coronavirus vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, have been put on hold after a participant had a suspected adverse reaction in the UK. AstraZeneca described it as a “routine” pause in the case of “an unexplained illness”. The outcome of vaccine trials is being …

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Call for investigation into PM social distancing ‘breach’

POLITICAL OPPONENTS  have called for a “full investigation” by the Leader of the House of Commons, following rumours Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a speech to at least 50 Conservatives in a parliament room marked for a maximum of 29 people. The PM remarked that his colleagues were packed “cheek …

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Russian vaccine Sputnik V ‘produces antibodies’

PATIENTS TAKING  part in early tests of a Russian vaccine developed antibodies with “no serious adverse events”, the Lancet medical journal has reported, quoting findings by several Russian scientists. But researchers said longer and larger trials were needed to prove the Sputnik V vaccine would be safe and effective. Last month, …

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Africa to get 220 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

THE WORLD  Health Organization (WHO) has said that once a Covid-19 vaccine is approved, Africa will get at least 220 million initial doses. The first batch will prioritise front-line healthcare workers and vulnerable groups, according to the WHO Africa Program Area Manager Richard Mihigo. He said distribution will be based …

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Uganda lightning strike kills 10 children playing football in Arua

Ten children have been killed by lightning in the north-western Uganda city of Arua after sheltering in a hut during a storm. The children were playing football when heavy rain forced them to take a break in a nearby grass-thatched structure which was struck by lightning. Nine children, aged 13 …

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Shinzo Abe: Japan’s PM resigns for health reasons

JAPANESE PM  Shinzo Abe has announced his resignation for health reasons. He said he did not want his illness to get in the way of decision making, and apologised to the Japanese people for failing to complete his term in office. The 65 year old has suffered for many years …

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