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US election 2020: Trump back on campaign trail in Florida

PRESIDENT DONALD  Trump has returned to the campaign trail less than two weeks after testing positive for coronavirus. He told thousands of supporters, many not wearing masks, that he could give them “a big fat kiss”, at a rally in the battleground state of Florida. His rival, Joe Biden, speaking …

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US warns Ghana, other African states over election violence

THE UNITED  States of America has threatened to impose visa restrictions on African politicians who engage in election related violence. Ivory Coast, Ghana, Niger and some other African states are all expected to head to the polls later this year to elect a new president and parliamentarians. Ghana will vote …

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Cameroon minister’s phone hacked

CAMEROON’S MINING  Minister Gabriel Dodo Ndoké has said that hackers have taken over his phone number. The minister warned all his contacts not to respond to any financial requests coming from his number. Mr Ndoké said the authorities were working to recover the number. Ministers in Cameroon are often targets …

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Covid: Donald Trump and Melania test positive

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has said he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus and are now self-isolating. Mr Trump, aged 74 and therefore in a high-risk group, wrote on Twitter: “We will get through this together.” It comes after Hope Hicks, one of his closest aides, …

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Presidential debate: Trump and Biden trade insults in chaotic debate

President Donald Trump and his challenger Joe Biden have fiercely clashed in one of the most chaotic and bitter White House debates in years. Mr Trump frequently interrupted, prompting Mr Biden to tell him to “shut up” as the two fought over the pandemic, healthcare and the economy. The US …

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Trump to name Supreme Court pick by Saturday as Democratic hopes of blocking nomination dim

PRESIDENT DONALD  Trump raced on Monday to cement a conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court before the Nov. 3 election, telling reporters he planned by Saturday to reveal his pick to succeed liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Democrats’ hope of keeping the seat empty faded when two Republican senators, …

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EU imposes sanctions over Libya arms embargo

THE EUROPEAN  Union has imposed sanctions on three companies for violating the UN arms embargo on Libya. A meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels resolved that the sanctions imposed include an asset freeze for the three companies. Two individuals were also sanctioned for human rights abuses in Libya. “These …

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Nigerian commander dies after Boko Haram ambush

A NIGERIAN  commander named as Colonel DC Bako has died after an ambush on his convoy by Boko Haram militants in the north-eastern Borno state. The colonel’s convoy was ambushed by militants on Sunday near Damboa, a few kilometres from Maiduguri, the main city in Borno state. He was evacuated …

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Italians vote to slash size of parliament by a third

ITALIANS HAVE  voted in a referendum to cut the size of the country’s parliament by more than a third. Almost 70% of people voted in favour of the change, with almost all votes counted. The number of MPs in the lower house will be reduced from 634 to 400. The …

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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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