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Indian Army Helicopter Crashes

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  A helicopter belonging to the Indian army on Tuesday crashed in a dam in the northern state of Punjab, local media reports said. So far there have been no immediate reports of any casualty in the crash. The helicopter crashed in Ranjit Sagar Dam of Pathankot district. “We received information that an […]

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Olympics Opening Ceremony Creative Director Sacked Over Holocaust Joke

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  The Creative Director of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has been dismissed over making fun of the Holocaust in the past. Olympics organisers announced the firing of Kentaro Kobayashi on Thursday, and pledged that the entire opening programme of the ceremony at National Stadium would be closely scrutinised again. “How we’re going […]

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Syria’s Al-Assad Sworn In For Fourth Term

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was, on Saturday, sworn in for a fourth term, amid a worsening economic crisis in the war-ravaged country. In May, al-Assad, who has ruled Syria since 2000, was re-elected after gaining an expected landslide in a presidential election that was dismissed by the opposition as a sham. He […]

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[BREAKING] Olympics: Nigerian Official Hospitalised In Tokyo After Testing Positive To COVID-19

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  A Nigerian delegate to the Olympics became the first visitor to the Tokyo Games admitted to hospital with COVID-19. He is the first foreign official to be hospitalised because of COVID-19 on arrival in Tokyo, according to the TV station. The second batch of Team Nigeria’s contingent to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics […]

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Nationwide Protests In Iran Over Frequent Power Shortage

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Iranian media reported on Tuesday that protests against the government has erupted across Iran due to frequent power shortage. The report said there were protest rallies in several cities, including the capital Tehran with people demanding the immediate resignation of the energy minister. Since the weekend, there has been power outage nationwide […]

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Olympic Organisers Want 10,000 Fans Per Event Amid Covid 19 Surge

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, on Monday, said they would allow up to 10,000 Japanese fans per event at the games despite the coronavirus pandemic. The plan came after talks with the International Olympic Committee but is not finalised. The Game was delayed by a year because of the global health […]

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BREAKING: WHO Approves China’s Sinovac Covid Vaccine

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The World Health Organization on Tuesday approved the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use — the second Chinese jab to receive the WHO’s green light. “WHO today validated the Sinovac-CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving countries, funders, procuring agencies and communities the assurance that it meets international standards for safety, efficacy […]

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COVID 19 : Malaysia On Total Lockdown To Curb Pandemic

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Malaysia on Tuesday began a two-week total lockdown, with only essential services and some sectors allowed to operate on a limited basis as the country struggled against a surge in COVID-19 infections. The government had mobilised some 70,000 members of the police force and the agencies under the Home Ministry to ensure […]

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India Contemplates Deferring Vaccines For COVID -19 Patients

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – India’s federal health ministry has announced deferring the COVID-19 vaccination by three months in four specific situations including patients recovering from the COVID-19 infection, officials said . The ministry said individuals with lab tests proven that they have tested positive for the virus should defer their vaccination by three months after recovery. […]

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Israel Strengthens Attack On Gaza, Army Says Troops On Ground

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Israel intensified its attacks on Gaza late Thursday, as the country’s military said its troops were on the ground. According to an army spokesman, seven people have been killed by shelling in Israel so far. In Gaza, more than 100 people have died, according to the Health Ministry there. “I said Hamas […]

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Riot: French Embassy Urges Citizens To Leave Pakistan

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The French embassy in Pakistan on Thursday advised all French nationals and companies to temporarily leave the country, after violent anti-France protests paralysed large parts of the country this week. “Due to the serious threats to French interests in Pakistan, French nationals and French companies are advised to temporarily leave the country,” […]

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FIFA Suspends Pakistan, Cut Off Funding

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – FIFA has suspended Pakistan’s membership on Wednesday, and ordered an unrecognised committee to vacate the national football federation’s headquarters in the country. Pakistan football has been run by a FIFA-appointed committee since 2019, but members were evicted from their Lahore office last week by a group claiming to have held legitimate elections. […]

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Nigeria Receives 100k Doses Of India’s Covishield Vaccines

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Federal Government of Nigeria has received 100,000 doses of Covishield vaccines from India. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, confirmed this on Tuesday at the national briefing by the PTF in Abuja. HE said: “As you […]

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COVID-19: Saudi To Allow Only ‘Immunised’ Pilgrims To Mecca

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Saudi authorities said has disclosed on Monday that only people immunised against Covid-19 will be allowed to perform the year-round umrah pilgrimage from the start of Ramadan, the holy fasting month for Muslims. The hajj and umrah ministry said in a statement that three categories of people would be considered “immunised” — […]

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Pope Francis Lands In Iraq On First-Ever Papal Visit

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Pope Francis landed in war-battered Iraq Friday on the first-ever papal visit, defying security fears and the pandemic to comfort one of the world’s oldest and most persecuted Christian communities. His plane landed at 1:55 pm (1055 GMT) at Baghdad International Airport, where Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi will greet him. “I’m happy […]

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BREAKING: Rescue Operation Launched After Indonesian Passenger Plane Crashes After Take Off

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A search and rescue operation has been launched after a passenger plane with more than 50 people on board lost contact after taking off from Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on Saturday, a Transport Ministry spokesperson said. Contact was lost with Flight SJ182 over the Java sea, shortly after it took off for Pontianak, […]

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Saudi Arabia Urges Intending 2020 Pilgrims to Delay Bookings Over COVID-19

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Saudi Arabia authority has requested Muslims intending to be part of this year’s Hajj rites to delay booking. The request follows uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, still raging in various countries across the world. Hajj Minister, Mohammed Banten said Tuesday that the Saudi Arabia kingdom was concerned about the safety of pilgrims, […]

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Iran’s Health Minister Tested Positive to Coronavirus

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Iran’s Deputy Health Minister, Iraj Harirchi and an MP Mahmoud Sadeghi, have both tested positive to the new coronavirus Covid – 19. The development happened as the country struggles to contain an outbreak that has killed 15. The country is one of three hot-spots outside China causing concern that the virus could be becoming a pandemic. […]

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#Coronavirus: WHO DG Arrives China As Death Toll Hits 81

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The death toll in China’s new and raging coronavirus has risen to 81, with almost 3,000 confirmed ill. Following the outbreak, the National new Year holiday has been extended by three days till Sunday, in an attempt to contain the spread. On Monday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Wuhan, the capital of Hubei […]

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Japanese Blind Sailor Makes First Non-Stop Pacific Crossing

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A blind Japanese sailor Mitsuhiro Iwamoto has completed a non-stop Pacific crossing, reportedly making him the first visually impaired person to do so. Iwamoto, 52, sailed the 8,700-mile (14,000 km) crossing with the help of a sighted navigator, Doug Smith. His 12m (40 ft) yacht made port in Fukushima Saturday morning, ending his two-month […]

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