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Congo president’s chief of staff arrested amid graft probe

Photo; Credit Reuters Vital Kamerhe, the chief of staff to the president of Democratic Republic of Congo, was arrested on Wednesday after testifying in an investigation into the alleged misappropriation of public funds, police said. Kamerhe’s arrest was a blow to President Felix Tshisekedi, who took power in January last year after campaigning on promises

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Trump-Biden election off-limits for US bettors (so far)

In this combination of file photos, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Collier, Pa., on March 6, 2018, and President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on March 20, 2018. For a moment, West Virginia looked like it was going to be the only state in the

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Saudi actress calls for prisoners to be used to test coronavirus vaccines

Saudi actress Maram Abdulaziz, 7 April 2020 [Alroeya/Twitter] Saudi actress Maram Abdulaziz has sparked controversy after calling for prisoners to be used as guinea pigs to test new medicines to combat the coronavirus. On Twitter Abdulaziz wrote that if it was up to her, she would not waste money on “food and drink” for detainees;

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Masked crowds fill streets, trains after Wuhan lockdown ends

A medical worker from China’s Jilin Province reacts as she prepares to return home at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Within hours of China lifting an 11-week lockdown on the central city of Wuhan early Wednesday, tens of thousands people had left the city by

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French aircraft carrier heads home early due to possible COVID-19 cases

French Navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is moored at the port of Limassol, Cyprus, February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Stefanos Kouratzis/File Photo France’s flagship aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle is returning to its home port early after about 40 crew members showed signs of COVID-19 symptoms, the armed forces ministry said on Wednesday. The personnel

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Somali music singer and songwriter icon Ahmed Ismail Hussein Hudeidi dies in London of Coronavirus

Somali singer and songwriter icon Ahmed Ismail Hussein, known as Hudeidi, has died in London, UK, where he has been ill for the past weeks. He was diagnosed with Coronavirus, which he spent weeks in hospital. Hudeidi became the third prominent Somali victim of Coronavirus in London after Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah, a former player and

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Mass virus infection fears hit Kenya Parliament

The National Assembly A special sitting of MPs was cancelled indefinitely due to fears of mass coronavirus infections among them and a warning from the Ministry of Health, the Nation has learnt. Sources at Parliament Buildings told the Nation that the ministry warned that it would have been reckless for MPs to carry on with

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Ethiopia: Release detained journalists and opposition politicians immediately

Photo: Credit Reuters The Ethiopian authorities must immediately release two journalists from the Oromia News Network and three Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) officials who remain in custody a week after charges against them were dropped and the court ordered their release on 31 March. The authorities must desist from this intimidation, harassment and arbitrary detention

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US Embassy in Somalia has defended Journalist Harun Maruf

U.S. Ambassador to Somalia Donald Yamamoto The US embassy in Somalia has defended popular journalist Harun Maruf after the NISA’s intelligence and security agencies threatened to take action. In a statement posted on Twitter to the US embassy it said. ” Harun Maruf is a respectful and professional man. He is one of the most

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Ex Al-Shabaab commander and current Somali spy chief Fahad Yasin, Farmajo accuses veteran journalist Harun Maruf being a threat to national security

Somali spy chief Fahad Yasin, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo accuses veteran journalist Harun Maruf damning allegations against a respected journalist who co-authored one of the key books on Al-Shabaab and Islamic militancy in Somalia. Harun Maruf a journalist with VOA and author of “Inside Al-Shabaab, the Secret History of Al-Qaeda’s Most Powerful Ally,” was labelled

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