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Outrage in Pakistan after ban on coverage of mother’s gang rape
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Outrage in Pakistan after ban on coverage of mother’s gang rape

Pakistani authorities have barred the media from reporting on the gang rape of a mother in front of her young children that attracted global outcry after a top cop blamed the victim. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority ordered television channels and newspapers to cease from doing follow-up reporting after police said "reckless" coverage might damage the evidence. Amnesty International and Pakistani rights bodies have demanded the removal of the police officer who blamed the victim for travelling alone at night after the shocking rape. The rape on a highway in the eastern city of Lahore last month triggered protests by rights activists and feminist groups. Police have arrested one of the accused, but their failure to nab the main suspect after almost a month has...
Italy’s Salvini rallies fans on eve of migrant abuse court hearing
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Italy’s Salvini rallies fans on eve of migrant abuse court hearing

Italy's far-right opposition leader Matteo Salvini exuded confidence on Friday, a day before a court hearing over migrant abuse charges that could lead to a long jail sentence. Salvini faces kidnapping and dereliction of duties charges for delaying, when he was interior minister, the disembarkation of 131 migrants from the Gregoretti coastguard ship in July 2019. "The only thing I am sorry about is not being able to spend Saturday morning with my children because I have to show up in court," he said at a public event with supporters in Catania. Starting from 9:30 am (0730 GMT), a pretrial judge in the Sicilian city was due to assess whether Salvini should be sent to trial. The judge was not expected to reach an immediate decision on Saturday."I am calm and serene. I don't thi...
Venezuela to take part in clinical trials of Russian Covid-19 vaccine
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Venezuela to take part in clinical trials of Russian Covid-19 vaccine

Venezuela will be the first country in the Western Hemisphere to participate in phase 3 clinical trials of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said on Friday. She was speaking at Maiquetia airport after the arrival of a first batch of the vaccine. About 2,000 Venezuelans will participate in the clinical trials, Health Minister Carlos Alvarado said at the airport. The trials will start this month, initially in the capital, Caracas, he added. The South American country will also participate in the packaging and production of the vaccine, Alvarado and Rodriguez said. The Vice Presidency tweeted that the vaccine was an "expression of solidarity of Russia [to] humanity, in the face of the global emergency created by the Covid-19 ...
WHO says it is taking Congo abuse allegations ‘deadly seriously’
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WHO says it is taking Congo abuse allegations ‘deadly seriously’

The World Health Organization(WHO) is taking allegations that its staff were implicated in a sexual exploitation scandal in Congo "deadly seriously," the organization said on Friday." The victims are to be believed, it is our job to do the appropriate investigations," said Mike Ryan, WHO's emergency coordinator, in Vienna." The organization is taking this deadly seriously. These allegations are horrific and it is awful to hear. "His statements came after the news website The New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that aid workers from the WHO and other non-governmental organizations operating in Congo had improperly propositioned women and demanded sex in exchange for work during the recent Ebola crisis. The reporters spoke to more than 50 women who accus...
Eight missing in south-east France after heavy rains, flooding
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Eight missing in south-east France after heavy rains, flooding

Eight people including two members of the fire brigade were missing near the French city of Nice on Friday after heavy rains caused severe flooding, the broadcaster Franceinfo reported citing local authorities. Locals in the south-eastern area were being urged to stay at home after the flooding caused traffic chaos, including by sweeping away a bridge. Around 13,500 households were without power in the Departement Alpes-Maritimes region, which includes Nice, and around 600 emergency services personnel were being deployed. Storm Alex was meanwhile causing chaos and damage in the north-west of France, with 30,000 people in the coastal region of Brittany left without power. Trees fell in many communities but there no immediate reports of any injuries. Gusts of up to 186 kilometre...
Pope Francis to travel to Assisi to sign new encyclical
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Pope Francis to travel to Assisi to sign new encyclical

Pope Francis is to sign a new encyclical called "Fratelli tutti" (All Brothers) in the Italian city of Assisi on Saturday. An encyclical is a letter containing an important teaching that is circulated by the pope to the Church. This will be the pope's third encyclical, and is said to be about brotherhood in the world and social cohesion. More is not yet known about the contents of the text but its importance is underlined by the fact that the pope is travelling to the city where Saint Francis, the medieval monk famous for his love of nature, was born. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 83-year-old Pope Francis was the first pontiff to name himself after the monk, known for his poverty vows, love of nature and rejection of violence. It is also the pope's first journey since the out...
Biden urges public to wear masks and ‘be patriotic’
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Biden urges public to wear masks and ‘be patriotic’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden urged people to wear masks when in public and follow the guidance of public health officials, while offering his prayers for the Trump family and all people ill with Covid-19. "We can save 100,000 lives in the next 100 days ... if everyone wears a mask in public," Biden said, quoting projections from the government health agencies. " So be patriotic. It's not about being a tough guy. It's about doing your part." "We need to take the science of fighting this disease seriously if we are going to save lives," Biden said at a campaign event in Michigan. He was wearing a mask while speaking at the outdoor event. Biden said he was tested twice during the day for Covid-19 but was still cancelling any indoor campaign stops.
Trump treated with antiviral drug, ‘resting comfortably’ in hospital
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Trump treated with antiviral drug, ‘resting comfortably’ in hospital

US President Donald Trump was being treated with the antiviral drug remdesivir and was "resting comfortably" after testing positive for the coronavirus and being admitted to hospital, his doctor said late Friday." This evening I am happy to report that the president is doing very well," Sean P Conley said in a statement released by the White House after Trump was admitted to the Walter Reed medical centre." He is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, but in consultation with specialists we have elected to initiate remdesivir therapy. He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably," the White House physician continued. The effectiveness of remdesivir, a drug originally developed by pharmaceutical giant Gilead to treat Ebola, is uncertain, with some research sugges...
John Mahama starts Western North Regional tour
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John Mahama starts Western North Regional tour

The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama, on Sunday commenced a regional tour of the Western North area. Prior to entering the Western North Region, he wrapped up his tour of the Ahafo Region on Saturday, after completing a tour of the Bono Region.While in the Western North Region, Mr Mahama will interact with chiefs, farmers, artisans and the general public. His regional tour will focus on the NDC’s policies in the people’s manifesto aimed at improving agriculture and the quality of life of farmers, especially cocoa farmers, skills training and state-sponsored National Apprenticeship Programme, and Free Technical and Vocational Education and Training (T-VET). He will also highlight the NDC’s manifesto plan to roll out a free ...
Government to support flood victims in NER with houses-Veep
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Government to support flood victims in NER with houses-Veep

Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said government will support displaced flood victims in the North East Region with durable houses that can withstand excessive rain and floods. Recent floods in the Region has rendered many residents in the area homeless, a total of 938 persons were affected in four communities, Banawa, Kata, Gaagbini and Dimia. A total of 80 households were destroyed, 58 houses collapsed, with a total of 384 rooms destroyed in the four communities. Addressing the flood victims at Banawa, a community in the North East Region, Dr Bawumia said “By the grace of God, once the rains stop, we will support you with houses again, and we pray for the rains to stop and those houses will be structured in a better way to withstand future flooding.” The Vice Presiden...
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