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ECOWAS Parliament eager to empower women in sub-region- Tunis

ECOWAS Parliament eager to empower women in sub-region- TunisBy Lizzy Okoji The President of the ECOWAS Parliament, Mr. Sidie Tunis, said that the Fifth Parliament is keen to take concrete steps to ensure the empowerment of women in the West African sub-region. Tunis made it known Monday at the Liberian and Sierra Leonean border post of Bo Waterside where he was received by the representative of the Liberian government, Senator Edwin Snowe. Tunis was received by the representative of the Liberian authority ahead of the delocalized meeting of the ECOWAS Parliament on the empowerment of women scheduled for April 13-17 in Monrovia, Liberia. Tunis said the goal of the delocalized meeting was to turn discussions and protocols regarding women’s empowerment into action, and for women to become more inclusive in all sectors. He said the fifth legislature under his leadership strives to ensure that women have a mandatory 30% representation in the ECOWAS Parliament. According to the speaker, […]

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Putin slams Sputnik V vaccine criticism, to get jab on Tuesday

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed foreign criticism of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine and said he would get the jab himself on Tuesday. Speaking at a televised meeting with health officials, the 68-year-old Russian leader described recent remarks in Europe questioning the need for the Russian vaccine as “strange”. “We are not imposing
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Netanyahu ahead but win uncertain in new Israel vote

Israeli voters readied for a fourth election in under two years Tuesday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead in the polls but uncertain of clinching a governing majority. The veteran leader hopes Israelis will thank him for a world-leading Covid-19 vaccination campaign, and for the diplomatic coup of normalising ties with the United Arab Emirates and three other Arab
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Volcano flares to life in Iceland for first time in 900 years

A long-dormant volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland flared to life at the weekend, spilling lava down two sides in that area’s first volcanic eruption in nearly 900 years. VIDEO: Red lava spews from a volcano near Iceland’s capital Reykjavik as onlookers take photos. The first eruption at the site in 900 years
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Egyptian author, women’s rights icon El Saadawi dies

World-renowned Egyptian author Nawal El Saadawi, an outspoken champion of women’s rights in the Arab world, has died at the age of 89, her family said. El Saadawi passed away in a Cairo hospital after suffering a long illness, her daughter, Mona Helmy, said on Sunday. The prolific writer was a leading feminist who revolutionised
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Chinese police retrieve thousands of relics robbed from Song Dynasty tombs

Police in the east China city of Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, have recovered thousands of cultural relics robbed from ancient tombs, which were discovered by workers at a local construction site. Jin Jiying, deputy director of the Changzhou Municipal Bureau of Public Security, said that the construction work started in March 2020 in Tianning District. Police
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BBC journalist freed in Myanmar as anti-coup protests roll on

A BBC journalist held in Myanmar has been freed, the broadcaster said on Monday, as demonstrators took to the streets for fresh anti-coup protests against the military. Myanmar’s junta has unleashed deadly violence on protesters who have risen against the military’s ousting of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi last month. More than 2,600 people
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US Defence Secretary visits Afghanistan ahead of troops withdrawal

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, weeks before a planned withdrawal of all remaining US troops. After meeting President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, he called for a responsible end to the war but would not say whether the deadline would be met. Mr Austin said the focus should be
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Number of people in UK feeling lonely doubles ― Report

The number of people in the United Kingdom (UK) experiencing loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has more than doubled since March 2020 in spite of an overall reduction in anxiety levels, a new study has revealed. A survey conducted by the Mental Health Foundation also revealed that fewer adults felt they were coping well
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Republic of Congo opposition candidate dies of Covid-19

Republic of Congo opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas died of Covid-19 as he was being transferred to France for treatment, his campaign director said Monday, the day after presidential elections in which he was the main challenger. Kolelas was seen as the main rival to veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso, who was expected to win
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Racism pervasive, dangerous — UN

Racism is “dangerous, abhorrent, ugly” and remains pervasive, says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a message marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Established by the UN General Assembly in 1966, the event is observed on March 21, annually to remember 69 anti-apartheid protesters killed by South African police in 1960. Among
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Making social media great again: Aide hints at new platform for Trump

People who miss former US president Donald Trump routinely weighing in on current events IN ALL CAPS and with trademark slams like “Sad!” on social media might soon be able to get direct access to his online opinions again, reports Fox News. Jason Miller, a spokesperson for Trump’s 2020 campaign, told Fox News that the
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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort partially closed over Covid outbreak

Former US president, Donald Trump’s Florida resort Mar-a-Lago has been partially closed after some members of staff tested positive for the coronavirus, US media reported Friday. “As some of our staff have recently tested positive for Covid-19, we will be temporarily suspending service at the Beach Club and a la carte Dining Room,” the club’s
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North Koreans leave Malaysia after ties cut over US extradition row

North Korea’s diplomats in Malaysia shuttered their embassy and flew out of the country Sunday, after Pyongyang severed diplomatic ties over the extradition of a citizen to the United States. Pyongyang announced the shock move Friday, labelling Malaysia’s extradition of a North Korean man an “unpardonable crime” carried out under “blind obedience” to American pressure.
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Internet blackout as Congo votes, with president set to secure fourth term

The Republic of Congo voted Sunday in a presidential election boycotted by the main opposition and attacked by critics as tilted towards veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso. Access to the internet and social media was cut hours before polls opened at 7 am (0600 GMT), AFP correspondents said. The 77-year-old Sassou Nguesso is widely expected
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‘Organisations of sin’: Pope Francis rails against mafia

Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on the mafia Sunday, Italy’s day of remembrance for victims of the mob, describing them as “organisations of sin” who have exploited the coronavirus pandemic. “Mafias are present in various parts of the world and, exploiting the pandemic, have enriched themselves through corruption,” the pontiff said after his weekly
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Saudi Aramco 2020 profits slump on lower crude prices

Energy giant Saudi Aramco on Sunday posted a 44.4 percent slump in 2020 net profit due to lower crude prices, as the coronavirus pandemic weighed heavily on global demand. Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s cash cow, has revealed consecutive falls in profits since it began disclosing earnings in 2019. That has piled pressure on government finances as
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US man accused of one murder says he really killed 16

An American man charged with beating to death a New Jersey resident he says sexually abused him as a child now claims he has killed a total of 16 people, including his ex-wife and three others found dead near a New Mexico airport, officials said. Authorities have not corroborated his claim. Sean Lannon, 47, said
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US ties with Russia, China sink as Biden toes tough lines

U.S. relations with its two biggest geo-political rivals are facing severe tests as the nation’s president, Joe Biden, tries to assert America’s place in the world and distinguish himself from his predecessor. Airing myriad complaints, the Biden administration took an extraordinarily tough line with China and Russia this past week. Public spats between the countries
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Turkey withdraws from European treaty protecting women

Turkey withdrew early Saturday from a landmark European treaty protecting women from violence that it was the first country to sign 10 years ago and which bears the name of its largest city. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s overnight decree annulling Turkey’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention is a blow to women’s rights advocates, who say
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Congo opposition candidate hospitalized with COVID-19

The leading opposition presidential candidate in Republic of Congo was receiving oxygen at a private hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19, a family member said, casting Sunday’s election into doubt on the eve of the vote. The election’s outcome was already all but certain even before confirmation of Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas’ illness. President Denis
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Tanzanians pay their respects to late president Magufuli

Tanzania’s President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, on Saturday led mourners in paying their last respects to her predecessor John Magufuli, who died suddenly this week after an illness shrouded in mystery. Mourners lined the streets of Dar es Salaam to bid farewell to the late president, weeping and throwing flower petals as the casket was transferred
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Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday parade cancelled for second year

The annual military parade in central London for Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday has been cancelled for a second year owing to the coronavirus pandemic, Buckingham Palace said Friday. The “Trooping the Colour” event in June normally features hundreds of personnel from Britain’s most prestigious regiments for a centuries-old spectacle of pageantry in front of
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Joe Biden stumbles multiple times as he boards Air Force One

US President Joe Biden on Friday lost his footing and tripped multiple times while walking up the steps to Air Force One. The American leader, 78, had proceeded swiftly about halfway up the airstairs to the presidential jet when he stumbled. Holding on to the railing with his right hand, he attempted a quick recovery
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Finland again ranks world’s happiest country despite pandemic

Covid-19 has done little to alter the ranking of the world’s happiest countries, with Finland at the top for a fourth year running, an annual UN-sponsored report said on Friday. The researchers behind the World Happiness Report, now in its ninth year, used Gallup data asking people in 149 countries to rate their own happiness,
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