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Texas judge blocks women from having abortion

Texas judge blocks women from having abortion

A US judge has temporarily blocked a new law in Texas that effectively bans women from having an abortion. District Judge Robert Pitman granted a request by the Biden administration to prevent any enforcement of the law while its legality is being challenged. The law, which prohibits women in Texas…

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Guinea coup: Soldiers dissolve constitution, gov’t

Guinea coup: Soldiers dissolve constitution, gov’t

Soldiers who staged an uprising in Guinea’s capital on Sunday said in a short broadcast on the West African nation’s state television that they have dissolved the constitution and the government in an apparent coup. An unidentified soldier, draped in Guinea’s national flag and surrounded by eight other armed soldiers,…

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Lions kill three children in northern Tanzania

Lions kill three children in northern Tanzania

Lions have killed three children who had gone to look for missing cattle in northern Tanzania’s Ngorongoro wildlife reserve, police said in a statement on Thursday. The children – aged between nine and 11 – went looking for the livestock just after they had returned from school, Arusha police chief…

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Caribbean nation PM hit in head at COVID-19 protest

Caribbean nation PM hit in head at COVID-19 protest

The prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines has been hospitalized after being injured at a protest against a proposed vaccine mandate. Ralph Gonsalves was walking through a crowd outside parliament when he was reportedly hit in the head by a stone. Images show the prime minister bleeding as…

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Delta spreads in Sydney as Australia widens COVID-19 restrictions

Delta spreads in Sydney as Australia widens COVID-19 restrictions

Australian officials warned Sydney residents on Friday to brace for a surge in COVID-19 cases after the country’s largest city logged record infections for the second straight day despite a weeks-long lockdown to stamp out an outbreak of Delta variant. “Just based on the trend in the last few days…

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Record June temperatures point to more ‘extraordinary’ extremes

Record June temperatures point to more ‘extraordinary’ extremes

North America experienced its warmest June on record, according to the EU’s Earth observation programme. That will come as no surprise given the unprecedentedly high temperatures recently recorded during the heatwave that hit Canada and parts of the US. But UK residents may be startled to learn that despite the…

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Ugandans start paying new internet tax today

Ugandans start paying new internet tax today

Ugandan internet users will from Thursday start paying a 12% excise duty on mobile data. The levy replaces the infamous “social media tax” – an over-the-top (OTT) services daily tax introduced in 2018 on use of social media. The new excise duty comes into effect as the new financial year…

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Internet cut in Eswatini amid protests

Internet cut in Eswatini amid protests

The internet has been shut off and a curfew imposed in Eswatini, the southern African kingdom formerly known as Swaziland. Security forces are on high alert as protesters demanding political reforms have vowed to step up their demonstrations. A journalist told the BBC that overnight there were violent confrontations in…

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Two arrested for giving fake Covid vaccine jabs in Uganda

Two arrested for giving fake Covid vaccine jabs in Uganda

Two people have been arrested in Uganda for giving out fake Covid-19 vaccines. One more is on the run. It is believed that they may have injected up to 800 workers at private companies that had arranged vaccinations for their staff. They were charging between 100,000 Ugandan shillings ($28, £20)…

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COVID-19: Vaccine inequality a wake-up call for Africa – Museveni

COVID-19: Vaccine inequality a wake-up call for Africa – Museveni

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has called out “vaccine selfishness” in the world but said it will “wake up” Africans to be self-sufficient. President Museveni said what Africa needs is raw materials to produce its own COVID-19 vaccines and not donations from the developed nations. “Africans are a disgrace to ourselves.…

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