Category Archives: International

French police dismantles migrants’ campsite in Paris

French police dismantled a migrants’ campsite in Aubervilliers, northeast of Paris, amid mounting pressure for the government to demonstrate a tough stance on illegal immigration. On Twitter, police said they had started to clear the site, while BFM TV said it was home to at least 1,500 migrants. Many refugees have moved to Paris since…

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Zimbabwe’s ruling party threatens to expel US envoy

Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has accused US embassy of sponsoring Friday’s planned anti-government protests and has threatened to expel its ambassador. Party spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa said the protests, intended to condemn corruption in government, were an attempt to overthrow the government and suggested they could be met with force. Mr Chinamasa accused the US ambassador…

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President, African Development Bank exonerate of wrongdoings

An Independent Review Panel has exonerated the President of the African Development Bank Akinwumi Adesina, of any ethical wrongdoings. The panel was set up by AfDB Bureau of Governors, following a complaint by the United States. It reviewed the process by which two previous organs of the Bank – Ethics Committee of the Board and…

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Pakistan International Airlines plane crashes in Karachi on flight from Lahore

The plane, which was reportedly carrying around 99 passengers and eight crew, was flying from Lahore to Jinnah International Airport, one of Pakistan’s busiest airports. Emergency services have arrived at the scene, where homes have been damaged. The plane was about to land when it crashed near Model Colony, a neighborhood of Karachi about 3.2km…

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WHO: Africa must “wake up” to coronavirus threat and prepare for the worst

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that Africa must “wake up” to the coronavirus threat and prepare for the worst. He warned that while Africa’s confirmed cases were currently low – around 640 – there was no reason for complacency. Health experts warn that strained public health systems…

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Rocket attack injures three service personnel from US-led coalition in Iraq

Three service personnel from the US-led coalition in Iraq and two Iraqis have been injured in a rocket attack on a military base north of Baghdad. The coalition has said the Iraqi military said more than 30 rockets were fired at Camp Taji base.This is the second attack this week on the base. On Wednesday,…

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U.S. to slash Chinese nationals permitted to work at U.S. state-owned media outlets

United States said it was slashing the number of Chinese nationals permitted to work at the U.S. offices of major Chinese state-owned media outlets to retaliate against Beijing’s “long-standing intimidation and harassment of journalists.” Describing the latest U.S. move as political oppression of the Chinese media, Beijing signaled that it intends to respond to the…

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Afghan President, Ashraf Gani rejects Taliban prisoner release under U.S deal

Afghan President, Ashraf Gani has said his government has not pledged to free Taliban prisoners, as stated in the deal reached by the United States and the militants. Under the landmark agreement signed on Saturday in Qatar, 5000 would be released in exchange of up to 1,000 government detainees by March 10. Ghani said such…

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Saudi Arabian Gov’t to refund Umrah fees to pilgrims following suspension of their entry into the country

Saudi Arabian government says it will refund Umrah fees and service charges of pilgrims and visitors to the prophet’s Mosque, whose travel was affected following the Kingdom’s temporary suspension of their entry into the Kingdom over coronovirus fears. The country’s ministry of Hajj and Umrah, in a statement yesterday, said there was an electronic mechanism…

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Saudi Arabia suspends Umrah visas

Saudi Arabia has announced the suspension of visas to pilgrims, who want to perform Umrah (lesser Hajj), due to the outbreak of Coronavirus. The country’s foreign ministry revealed this via a tweet. It explained that Saudi Arabia was “suspending entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque temporarily.” The…

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