DUTERTE’S ANTI-TERRORISM LAW FACES TOP COURT CHALLENGES

Tue 11 August 2020: President Rodrigo Duterte signed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 to curb ‘terror threats and acts’ in July, The Philippines’ top court will hear at least 25 petitions against a new anti-terror act approved by President Rodrigo Duterte last month. The Philippine Supreme Court said in a statement it would “conduct oral arguments on […]

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MAURITIUS PM APPEALS TO INT’L COMMUNITY TO HELP AMID DANGER OF MORE SPILLAGE

Tue 11 August 2020: Prime minister says huge cracks indicate Japanese ship can break apart, appeals for int’l community’s help NAIROBI, Kenya (AA) – The Japanese ship that ran aground in Mauritius has stopped leaking oil but there is still danger of more spillage, the island nation’s government said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth […]

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UN SAYS FACEBOOK HAS NOT SHARED ‘EVIDENCE’ OF MYANMAR CRIME

Tue 11 August 2020: The head of a UN investigative body on Myanmar said Facebook has not released evidence of “serious international crimes”, despite promising to work with investigators looking into abuses in the country including against the majority-Muslim Rohingya. Nicholas Koumjian, head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar (IIMM), told the Reuters news […]

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WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM WARNS AGAINST ‘TOO EARLY’ REOPENING OF SCHOOLS

Tue 11 August 2020: ISTANBUL (AA) – Reopening schools “too early” in developing countries could undermine the gains made so far in curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus, a World Economic Forum report said. Children are very unlikely to die from the novel coronavirus but they live with adults and elders — particularly in developing […]

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AS RUSSIA’S HEALTH MINISTRY APPROVES WORLD’S FIRST COVID-19 VACCINE, PUTIN’S DAUGHTER IS VACCINATED

Tue 11 August 2020: The first coronavirus vaccine in the world has been registered in Russia, the country’s President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday. The vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center, has an official registration with the Russian Health Ministry, Putin told a meeting with members of the government in Moscow. Putin added […]

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TRUMP ABRUPTLY PAUSES PRESS BRIEFING AFTER SHOOTING NEAR WHITE HOUSE

Tue 11 August 2020: Secret Service agent escorts US president to Oval Office after opening fire on individual outside White House WASHINGTON (AA) – US President Donald Trump was abruptly whisked away from an evening news conference Monday after the Secret Service opened fire on an individual outside the White House. After returning to the James S. […]

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COVID-19, ‘NATIONAL SECURITY’ HONG KONG’S DUAL BATTLE

Tue 11 August 2020: Coronavirus cases rise to over 4,100 in semi-autonomous region, also seeing wave of arrests under controversial new law ANKARA (AA) – Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous region under China, is now fighting on two fronts – the COVID-19 pandemic as well issues of national security, seen through the prism of a controversial […]

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WORLDWIDE CORONAVIRUS CASES SURPASS 20 MILLION WITH MORE THAN 12.2 MILLION RECOVERIES

Tue 11 August 2020: More than 20 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, according to data compiled late Monday by US-based Johns Hopkins University.  There are 20,001,019 confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. A total of 733,897 people have died after contracting the virus while 12,209,074 have recovered after treatment. Mexico reports more […]

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US HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE QUITTING OR GETTING FIRED AMID OUTBREAK

Mon 10 August 2020: Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases burned out, dozens of state and local public health officials around the country have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak. California’s public health director, Dr Sonia Angell, quit without explanation on Sunday following a technical glitch that caused a delay […]

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SOUTH AFRICA ENSURE GENDER EQUALITY BY EMPOWERING WOMEN

Mon 10 August 2020: Country to reserve 40% of public procurement for women-owned businesses, says president South Africa’s president said Monday his government will support women-owned businesses as part of its commitment to ensure gender equality in Africa’s most advanced economy. “We are going to drive women’s economic inclusion through public procurement,” Cyril Ramaphosa said […]

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