UN warns of acute malnutrition in Nigeria, 14 other countries 

The United Nations (UN) agencies have called for urgent action to protect the most vulnerable children in 15 countries, hardest hit by an unprecedented food and nutrition crisis. The call was made in a statement issued by five UN agencies. The UN had listed some countries that are hardest hit by the unprecedented food and nutrition crises. According to the statement, conflicts, climate shocks, the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 and rising costs of living are leaving increasing numbers of children acutely malnourished. It said the five UN agencies are: Food…

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Israeli army kills 2 Palestinian near Jenin

Two Palestinian were killed in an Israeli military operation near the Palestinian town of Jenin on Saturday. According to unanimous reports from both sides, the Palestinian men fired shots from a moving car at Israeli soldiers, who returned fire. The men, aged 23 and 24, were fatally wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The Israeli army said the soldiers were on an anti-terrorist mission. An M-16 rifle was found on the two attackers after the incident. The Israeli soldiers were not injured. Jenin is considered a Palestinian stronghold. The…

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British Prime Minister condemns ‘cowardly’ execution of British-Iranian

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he was “appalled” by Iran’s decision to execute British-Iranian dual national, Alireza Akbari. “This was a callous and cowardly act, carried out by a barbaric regime with no respect for the human rights of their own people,” Sunak wrote on Twitter. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly also took to Twitter, saying the “barbaric act” deserved “condemnation in the strongest terms.” “This will not stand unchallenged,” Cleverly wrote. Iran had sentenced the former top politician to death earlier in the week over espionage charges.

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Saudi Arabia lifts pandemic restrictions on Muslim Hajj pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia is lifting restrictions imposed on the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage in 2023, after the coronavirus pandemic forced a downsizing of the annual event for three years. According to officials Saudi Press, the Minister in charge of the Hajj, Tawfiq al-Rabiah, said that the numbers of pilgrims would return to pre-pandemic figures with restrictions, including age limits, being lifted. Before the pandemic, around 2.5 million Muslims from all over the world usually gathered every year for the Hajj, Islam’s largest congregation, in the holy city of Mecca. In 2020, only…

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Uzbekistan arrests 4 over Indian cough syrup deaths

Uzbek state security service on Friday reported that Uzbekistan arrested four people in an investigation into the deaths of 19 children who consumed cough syrup made by Indian drug maker Marion Biotech. The state security service said two of the detained were senior employees of the Scientific Centre for Standardization of Medicines, who circumvented the proper testing procedures for the Doc-1 Max cough syrup. Two others were executives of the Quramax Medikal Company that imported the Marion Biotech drugs. Marion Biotech in December 2022 said shortly after the series of…

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Botswana ex-president Khama prays court to set aside arrest warrant

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Botswana’s former president Ian Khama on Friday filed an urgent court application seeking to strike down an arrest warrant issued against him by a magistrate. Khama, whose father Seretse Khama was Botswana’s founding president, is in a dispute with his successor and incumbent President Mokgweetsi Masisi which resulted in him quitting the ruling Botswana Democratic Party in 2019. The warrant was issued after Khama, who has been living in South Africa since November 2021, failed to show up in court to answer charges laid against him in April. They include…

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Journalist arrested, more than 80 media workers detained in Iran

The head of the political editorial department at the reformist newspaper Etemad has been arrested in Iran, the paper reported on Friday, citing his wife. Mehdi Beyk was arrested on Thursday and his mobile phone and notebook confiscated. In recent weeks, numerous Iranian journalists have been detained as part of a wave of arrests. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York, more than 80 media workers have already been arrested. The possibilities for reporting are massively restricted in the country. Iran’s political leadership has been under enormous…

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Putin tells Ukraine he’s ready for peace talks, gives conditions

President of the Russian Federation, President Vladimir Putin, has told Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan he was open to dialogue with Ukraine if Kyiv accepts territories occupied by Moscow as Russian, the Kremlin said yesterday. “Putin again confirmed Russia’s openness to serious dialogue, on the condition of Kyiv authorities fulfilling the well-known and repeatedly voiced requirements of taking into account the new territorial realities,” the Kremlin said in a statement. Erdogan had called for peace talks in the phone call with Putin, his office said earlier. Russian troops occupy large…

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UK announces Covid restrictions for anyone arriving from China

The United Kingdom (UK) government has announced that passengers coming into the country from China will soon be required to show a negative Covid test. According to local newspaper reports, the authorities announced on Friday that those coming into the UK’s airports from China, including London’s Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, must prove they have tested negative. Travellers will have to test negative within 48 hours of departure. Anyone taking a PCR test in UK hospitals or care homes will be asked if they have recently travelled to China. Those samples…

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Trump should never hold office again – US insurrection report

Donald Trump should never be allowed to run for public office again after inciting an insurrection, lawmakers investigating last year’s assault on the US Capitol concluded in their watershed final report. The recommendation led a list of proposals from the 845-page document aimed at ensuring there is no repeat of the deadly riot the ex-president is accused of orchestrating in a failed bid to cling to power after losing the 2020 election. “Our country has come too far to allow a defeated president to turn himself into a successful tyrant…

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