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Gambians Protest Against Ex-President Jammeh, Seek His Trial

Hundreds of Gambians marched Saturday in the outskirts of the capital Banjul, demanding justice for sweeping rights abuses and murder they suffered under former dictator Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule. Jammeh ruled Gambia with an iron fist but fled in January 2017 after losing a presidential election to relative unknown Adama Barrow which he refused to acknowledge before being forced out of power by a popular uprising. Wearing T-shirts that read #justicemustprevail, the protesters held photographs of people killed or who have gone missing, including AFP correspondent Deyda Hydara, who was…

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China Lockdown: Death Toll From Coronavirus Outbreak Rises

China has widened its travel restrictions in Hubei province – the centre of the coronavirus outbreak – as the death toll climbed to 26. The restrictions will affect at least 20 million people across 10 cities, including the capital, Wuhan, where the virus emerged. On Thursday, a coronavirus patient died in northern Hebei province – making it the first death outside Hubei. Another death was later confirmed in north-east Heilongjiang province. The province borders Russia and is more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) from Wuhan. Nationally, there are currently 830…

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Countries Move To Avert Inclusion In US Travel Ban

President Donald Trump has said the United States would soon be imposing visa restrictions on more countries — though it’s not clear yet how many nations will be affected by his expansion of the travel ban. Meanwhile several countries have made attempts to avert the travel ban based on conditions given to the affected countries by Homeland Security officials. Some countries are believed to have taken action or demonstrated good faith efforts to comply in order to avoid inclusion, the officials said. The steps include better border security, better sharing…

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Mother Snatches Daughter’s Husband, Gets Pregnant For Him

A 34-year-old woman has narrated how her mother started having an affair with her husband and eventually got pregnant for him. The lady identified as Lauren Wall who hails from Twickenham, south-west London reportedly got married at the age of 19-year-old to her ex-husband, the same man who left her for her mother. Speaking in an interview with Daily Mail, Lauren disclosed that her mother supported her dream wedding with a sum of €15,000. Her mum also joined them on their honey moon. According to Lauren, her mother and ex-husband…

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Trump Imposes Visa Ban On Pregnant Women

The Trump administration is coming out Thursday with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting “birth tourism,” in which women travel to the United States to give birth so their children can have a coveted U.S. passport. Visa applicants deemed by consular officers to be coming to the U.S. primarily to give birth will now be treated like other foreigners coming to the U.S. for medical treatment, according to State Department guidance sent Wednesday and viewed by The Associated Press. The applicants will have to prove they are coming for medical…

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Zimbabwe Set To Host Sustainable Devt Forum, Says Minister

Zimbabwe is ready to host the Sixth Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) that will be held in Victoria Falls from 24 to 27 February under the theme ‘2020-2030: A Decade to Deliver a Transformed and Prosperous Africa through the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.” Speaking on Monday at a Press Conference on the forthcoming Forum, the country’s acting Labour, Public Service and Social Welfare Minister, Sekai Nzenza, said: “The Forum gives Zimbabwe an opportunity to showcase itself, especially that the country is really open for business and also what the…

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Fire Razes Home For Disabled, Kills Eight, Injures 30

Eight people were killed and 30 were injured in a fire at a Czech home for people with disabilities early on Sunday, fire and state officials said. The blaze occurred in a home where mostly men with mental and other disabilities lived, in Vejprty on the country’s northwest border with Germany. It was the second deadliest blaze in the country’s three-decade post-communist history. In 2010, a fire in an abandoned building often used by homeless people in Prague killed nine people. A hotel fire in the capital in 1995 killed…

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Trump’s Legal Team Says Impeachment Charges ‘Brazen, Unlawful’

The legal team of United States President Donald Trump has issued its first formal response to the impeachment charges against him, describing them as a “dangerous attack” on democracy. The document said the impeachment articles failed to allege any crime and were a “brazen” attempt to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections. The response came as the Democrats filed their brief for the proceedings. Opening statements in the trial will begin next week. Trump is only the third US president in history to face an impeachment trial. He is accused…

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Harry, Meghan Drop Royal Duties, HRH Titles

Prince Harry and Meghan will no longer use their HRH titles and will not receive public funds for royal duties, Buckingham Palace has announced. The couple will also no longer formally represent The Queen. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex intend to repay £2.4m of taxpayer money for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home, the statement added. The new arrangement comes into effect in spring this year, the palace said. The statement comes after senior royals held talks on Monday about the future role…

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ECA,  Zimbabwe Sign Agreement Ahead Of Sustainable Development Forum

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Zimbabwe government on Wednesday signed an agreement in preparation for the forthcoming Sixth Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) which Harare is hosting in Victoria Falls from 24-27 February, 2020. Director of the African Centre for Statistics, Mr. Oliver Chinganya, signed on behalf of the ECA, while Mr. Simon Masanga, Permanent Secretary of the Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Ministry, signed for Zimbabwe. “Signing the agreement adds impetus to preparations for this very important forum that will see Zimbabwe flying…

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