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Chilean president handed $3,500 fine for mask-less selfie with stranger

CHILEAN PRESIDENT  Sebastian Pinera was slapped with a $3,500 fine on Friday after posing for a selfie on the beach with a bystander without wearing a mask as required during the coronavirus pandemic, health authorities said. Chile has strict rules on mask-wearing in all public places and violations are punishable …

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India halts UK flights amid new virus strain fears

INDIA HAS decided to halt flights to and from the UK in response to a new, more infectious coronavirus variant spreading in the UK. Other European countries such as Germany, France and Italy have already suspended UK flights. Health officials say the new variant is up to 70% more transmissible …

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Youths torch three Nigeria police stations

ANGRY YOU  on Wednesday torched three police stations in Nigeria’s south-eastern state of Anambra while protesting against the killing of a taxi motorcyclist allegedly by police. The victim, Ebere Nwogba, died on Tuesday night after he was reportedly apprehended for operating his motorbike during curfew hours. Eyewitness said policemen fired …

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US snowstorm: Tens of millions on East Coast to be affected

A POWERFUL  snowstorm is sweeping through the north-east US, with warnings in place for 14 states affecting more than 60 million people. Some parts of Pennsylvania and New York are predicted to see as much as two feet (60cm) of snow. The National Weather Service (NWS) has warned of “dangerous, …

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Brandon Bernard: First execution of Trump’s final days goes ahead

  DEATH ROW  inmate Brandon Bernard has been executed in Indiana after last-minute clemency pleas were rejected by the US Supreme Court. Bernard, 40, was convicted of murder in 1999 when he was a teenager, and is the youngest offender to be executed by the federal government in nearly 70 …

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Popular Nigeria pastor assaults BBC team

A POPULAR Catholic priest in Nigeria, Father Ejike Mbaka, and some members of his church, assaulted a BBC team and two others at his complex in Emene town in south-eastern Enugu State on Wednesday evening. BBC journalists Chioma Obianinwa and Nnamdi Agbanelo, as well as their driver, Ndubuisi Nwafor, were …

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Teenage clubbing and parties behind SA Covid surge

AS A  second wave of Covid-19 is officially declared to have hit South Africa, the nation’s teenagers are being blamed for its spread. The health minister said most of the new surge of infections were affecting those aged between 15 and 19. It began in one crowded nightclub in Cape …

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Hurricane Iota brings catastrophic winds and likely life-threatening flooding just miles from where Eta made landfall

Hurricane Iota barreled into a Central America still recovering from Eta on Tuesday, bringing with it the possibility of life-threatening flooding, catastrophic winds and mudslides. Swells from the storm will be felt from Central America to the Yucatán Peninsula, as far east as Jamaica and as far south as Colombia. Its landfall was …

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Rolls-Royce plans 16 mini-nuclear plants for UK

A CONSORTIUM  led by Rolls-Royce has announced plans to build up to 16 mini-nuclear plants in the UK. It says the project will create 6,000 new jobs in the Midlands and the North of England over the next five years. The prime minister is understood to be poised to announce …

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Pakistan ‘to boycott French products’ over cartoons

AN ISLAMIST  group in Pakistan has called off its anti-France protests, saying the Pakistani government has endorsed a boycott of French goods. The demonstrations had been in response to France defending the right to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. President Macron has strongly defended French secularism in the wake …

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