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Airline Grounds Pilots Over Dubious Licences, Flying Certificates

Pakistan’s national airline will ground a third of its pilots on suspicion they hold “dubious” licences and flying certificates. The move was announced after air accident investigators blamed a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilot for last month’s crash in Karachi which killed 99 people. A government minister said the crew were over confident and distracted by a conversation about coronavirus when the PIA Airbus A320 crashed on May 22. PIA was highly placed among world airlines until the 1970s, but its reputation has sunk with delays, cancellations and financial troubles.…

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COVID-19: Senegalese President Macky Sall Goes Into Quarantine

Senegal’s President Macky Sall has quarantined himself after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus. The president tested negative but will self-isolate for two weeks as a precaution, his office said in a short televised statement. A Senegalese lawmaker, Yeya Diallo, announced earlier on Wednesday that she had tested positive for the virus. She called on people to take essential personal measures such as maintaining hygiene and social distancing. Senegal has so far confirmed 6,129 cases including 93 deaths. Reuters   Share on: WhatsApp

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Trump Predicts ‘Most Corrupt Election’ At Packed Arizona Megachurch

It wasn’t quite one of his signature big-stadium rallies. But President Donald Trump drew something closer to the jam-packed audience of political supporters he’s been craving as hundreds of young conservatives filled a Phoenix megachurch Tuesday to hear his call for them to get behind his reelection effort. The crowded Dream City Church for the gathering of Students for Trump offered a starkly different feel compared to Trump’s weekend rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his first of the coronavirus era, which drew sparser attendance. Trump hailed the “patriotic young Americans who…

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Coronavirus: Johnson Confirms UK Pubs, Restaurants To Reopen From 4 July

Boris Johnson on Tuesday confirmed that pubs and other leisure businesses can re-open from 4 July, as the UK prime minister relaxed social distancing rules from 2 metres to one metre. In a statement to Parliament on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said pubs and restaurants would be allowed to reopen with new health and safety restrictions from next month. Hairdressers and nail bars will also be allowed to reopen. “All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service and our guidance will encourage minimal contact between staff and customers,” Johnson…

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Brazil’s Coronavirus Death Figures Exceed 50,000

Brazil has become the second country, after the US, to register more than 50,000 deaths from Covid-19. It comes amid growing political tension and just days after the country confirmed more than one million coronavirus infections. Graphs of Brazil’s deaths and infections show a continuing climb. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also recorded the biggest one-day increase in cases globally, with most of the new infections in the Americas. The decision of Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to oppose lockdowns and focus on the economy has been hugely divisive.…

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Trump To Announce New Visa Restrictions To Block Foreign Workers

President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would announce new restrictions on visas within a couple of days to block the entry of certain foreign workers and protect Americans struggling with a job market devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re going to be announcing something tomorrow or the next day on the visas,” he told Fox News Channel. Asked if there would be exclusions from the new restrictions, Trump said very few. “You need them for big businesses where they have certain people that have been coming in for a…

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Judge Under Corruption Watch Fall From Hotel Window, Dies

A former Iranian judge sought by his country to face corruption charges died Friday after a fall in a hotel in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, the head of the Iranian police’s international department said. The confirmation of Gholamreza Mansouri’s death came from Romanian police, said Iran’s Interpol chief Gen. Hadi Shirzad, who was quoted by Iran’s semi-official INSA news agency. Shirzad said Romanian authorities told Iran that the 66-year-old Mansouri “had thrown himself out of the window of his hotel in Bucharest.” An investigation by Iran’s international police is…

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Burundi’ s New President Vows To Ensure National Unity, Social Justice

Burundi’s new President, Evariste Ndayishimiye, took the oath of office at a colourful ceremony in the capital on Thursday, assuming the helm of a troubled nation after the sudden death of his predecessor. Elected in May in a vote disputed by the opposition, Ndayishimiye was meant to take office in August, but his inauguration was brought forward after outgoing president Pierre Nkurunziza died from what authorities say was heart failure. In his oath Ndayishimiye, 52, pledged to “devote all my force to defending the superior interests of the nation and…

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Burundi Inaugurates New President Ndayishimiye Today

Burundi’s newly elected President Evariste Ndayishimiye will be sworn in today Thursday, after the sudden death of his predecessor who left him an isolated nation in political and economic turmoil. Ndayishimiye was elected in May in a vote disputed by the opposition, and was meant to take office in August, however the inauguration was sped up after his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza’s shock death. His swearing-in ceremony will take place at the Ingoma stadium in the administrative capital Gitega, with the public asked to arrive early to allow time for coronavirus…

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Gunmen Attack On Troops: Eight Survivors Found, Says Army

The Malian  Army said eight survivors had been found following Saturday’s attack, about 60 miles (100km) from the border with Mauritania. At least 24 soldiers were killed and others are unaccounted for after gunmen ambushed a convoy in central Mali. No group has admitted carrying out the raid but Islamist militants are active in the area. Mali has been blighted by instability since 2012 when an Islamist rebellion broke out in the north. Army officials said about 12 vehicles had been in the convoy and four of them were destroyed…

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