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AMERICA: Backlash after Trump signals US exit from WHO

AMERICA: Backlash after Trump signals US exit from WHO

COVID-19
President Donald Trump has been criticised at home and abroad after announcing he is ending US ties with the World Health Organization (WHO). The EU urged him to reconsider the decision, while Germany's health minister called it a "disappointing setback for international health". The head of the US Senate's health committee, a Republican like Mr Trump, said now was not the time to leave. Mr Trump said the WHO had failed to hold China to account over coronavirus. The WHO, a UN agency that helps countries promote healthcare and tackle outbreaks of disease, has faced regular criticism from the US president over its handling of the outbreak. He suspended US funding to the WHO last month and on Friday permanently halted the payment, which last year stood at more than $400m (£324...
WORLD: Twitter hides Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence’

WORLD: Twitter hides Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence’

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Twitter has hidden a tweet by President Donald Trump from his profile, saying it violates rules about glorifying violence. It did the same hours later when the official White House account tweeted a copy of the president's words. Instead of being deleted, both tweets can be viewed by clicking on a prominent warning. It says that "Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible." This is the latest twist in an escalating row between Twitter and the White House. Mr Trump was tweeting about the US city of Minneapolis, which has seen consecutive nights of protests following the death of a black man in police custody. Image copyright Twitter Image caption Users have to press the View button to be able to see the President's tweet...
AMERICA: Protesters set Minneapolis police station ablaze.

AMERICA: Protesters set Minneapolis police station ablaze.

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A police station in Minneapolis has been set alight during a third night of protests over the death of an unarmed black man in custody on Monday. A police officer was filmed kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, 46, despite him saying he could not breathe. President Donald Trump said "thugs" were dishonouring his memory and called on the National Guard to restore order. The incident has added to anger over police killings of black Americans, including Breonna Taylor in Kentucky. Mr Floyd's family have demanded that the four police officers implicated in his death face murder charges. Prosecutors have said they are still gathering evidence. A CNN journalist, Omar Jimenez, and his camera crew were arrested live on air by Minnesota state police officers on Friday morning, appa...
AMERICA: Clashes over death of black man in police custody

AMERICA: Clashes over death of black man in police custody

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Police fired tear gas and protesters threw rocks and sprayed graffiti on police cars. Video of the death shows George Floyd, 46, groaning "I can't breathe" as a policeman kneels on his neck. Four police officers have been fired, with the mayor saying that being black "should not be a death sentence". The incident echoes the case of Eric Garner, who was placed in a police chokehold in New York in 2014. His death became a rallying call against police brutality and was a driving force in the Black Lives Matter movement. What happened at the protests? They began in the afternoon on Tuesday, when hundreds of people came to the intersection where the incident had taken place on Monday evening. Organisers tried to keep the protest peaceful and maintain coronavirus social distan...
TANZANIA: U.S. Embassy graduates English Language Program in Tanga and Unguja

TANZANIA: U.S. Embassy graduates English Language Program in Tanga and Unguja

AFRICA, EDUCATION, TANZANIA
During the graduation ceremony, Regional English Language Officer, George M. Chinnery commended the Access Program students for their dedicationDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 17, 2020/ -- On February 15 and 16, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania awarded graduation certificates to the 47 students of the U.S. Embassy’s English ‘Access’ Microscholarship Program in Tanga (13 female and 12 male) and Unguja – Zanzibar (12 female and 10 male). These students successfully completed their two-year biweekly after-school English classes, focusing on English language, community development, and civic engagement.  The U.S. Embassy supports four additional Access classes throughout Tanzania –in Mbeya, Lindi, Mwanza, and Pemba. In early April 2020, the Embassy will open additional cla...
WORLD: ‘Under pressure’, Iran will never hold talks with US says President Rouhani

WORLD: ‘Under pressure’, Iran will never hold talks with US says President Rouhani

WORLD
Iran will never hold talks with the United States under pressure, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, adding that Tehran's help was essential in establishing security in the Middle East. Relations between Tehran and Washington reached crisis point in 2018 after US President Donald Trump abandoned a 2015 pact between Iran and world powers under which Tehran accepted curbs to its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions. Tensions spiked further following the killing of Iran's most prominent military commander Qassem Suleimani on January 3 by US drone attacks at Baghdad airport. In retaliation, Iran attacked US targets in Iraq in January. Mr Trump has adopted a policy of "maximum pressure" to force Tehran to negotiate a broader deal that further curbs I...
AMERICA: U.S. Denies Visas for ICC War Crimes Investigators.

AMERICA: U.S. Denies Visas for ICC War Crimes Investigators.

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The United States which denied entry visas to Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva and his family this week ‘officially’ reasoning that it has credible information he was “responsible for gross violation of human rights and extrajudicial killings” earlier revoked or denied visas to International Criminal Court (ICC) members who were scheduled to visit the U.S. to investigate alleged war crimes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan.Sri Lanka’s Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva The Trump administration announced last year it was barring entry into the U.S. to ICC investigators to probe into possible U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan in 2017. A 2016 ICC report accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan and accused the CIA of subject...
AMERICA: Trump’s “Blue Collar Boom:” Myth vs Reality.

AMERICA: Trump’s “Blue Collar Boom:” Myth vs Reality.

Business
In last week’s State of the Union address, President Trump gave a rosy portrayal of the US economy. American workers, according to Trump, have never had it so good. “Wages,” he declared, “are rising fast.” Household income, he claimed, “is the highest ever recorded.” The results of Trump’s policies, since first taking office three years ago, is a “blue-collar boom.” This coincides, according to Trump, with a 70 percent run-up in the stock market, “adding more than $12 trillion to our nation’s wealth.” For the American ruling class, the massive profits they are making on the stock market is the real criterion of economic success, not the conditions of life for the working class. The reality is very different than the fantasy which Trump delivered over the country’s airwave...
FEATURE STORIES: Kobe Bryant and daughter buried in private ceremony.

FEATURE STORIES: Kobe Bryant and daughter buried in private ceremony.

Sports, WORLD
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were buried in a cemetery near the family's Southern California home, according to death certificates. Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar features meticulous landscaping, open courtyards and fountains that “express the joy of living," according to its website. Actor John Wayne, who died in 1979, also is buried there. The Bryants and seven others were killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash. The retired basketball superstar, his daughter and the other victims will be honored at a Feb. 24 public memorial at Staples Center, where Bryant starred for most of his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. The date 2/24 corresponds with the No. 24 jersey he wore and the No. 2 worn by Gianna, whose team was coa...
FEATURE STORIES: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets African leaders to advance conflict resolution and economic security

FEATURE STORIES: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets African leaders to advance conflict resolution and economic security

AFRICA
Trudeau called for cooperation among international partners and governments to create economic opportunity and prosperity that is broadly sharedADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 10, 2020/ -- Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convened a meeting for African heads of state, foreign ministers and representatives of the United Nations and other multilateral bodies on Monday to discuss ways to secure peace across the continent as a necessary condition for prosperity. Trudeau, the 2020 chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, called for cooperation among international partners and governments to create economic opportunity and prosperity that is broadly shared, “…as a way not just of countering the pull of extremism in some places or the cynicism of populism, but...
WORLD: African leaders reject Trump’s Mideast peace plan.

WORLD: African leaders reject Trump’s Mideast peace plan.

AFRICA
African leaders on Sunday condemned US President Donald Trump's Mideast peace plan as illegitimate, taking advantage of an African Union summit to voice solidarity with "the Palestinian cause". AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat told assembled heads of state that the plan unveiled in late January represented the "umpteenth violation of multiple United Nations and African Union resolutions".He said that it was prepared without international consultation and that it "trampled on the rights of the Palestinian people", a line that drew applause in the main hall at AU headquarters. Trump's long-delayed peace proposals were immediately rejected by the Palestinians, who have boycotted his administration over its pro-Israel stance.The proposals include giving Israel the gree...
UGANDA: Americans pledge to invest shs1.1trn in Uganda’s health and real estate sectors.

UGANDA: Americans pledge to invest shs1.1trn in Uganda’s health and real estate sectors.

AFRICA, UGANDA
A delegation of African American investors has pledged to invest to a tune of s1.1 trillion ($300m) in the health and real estate sectors in Uganda. According to Mark Anthony Hernandez they chose to invest in Uganda because of the peace and security that the country enjoys. “We are a delegation of African Americans from California interested in bringing back African American dollars back to Africa,” Hernandez said during a media briefing at the Entebbe international airport. The investors who are set to meet President Yoweri Museveni next week, were received by Abbey Kigozi Walusimbi, the NRM chairman –Diaspora league. Briefing the media about their planned investment in Uganda, Hernandez said they plan to invest in Neurosurgery in the health sector. On real estat...
AMERICA: Soldier who testified at Trump impeachment loses his White House job.

AMERICA: Soldier who testified at Trump impeachment loses his White House job.

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A US Army officer who testified in President Donald Trump’s impeachment probe was pushed out of his White House job on Friday, his lawyer said. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman was escorted out of the White House where he worked on the National Security Council, with his lawyer calling the move an act of revenge by the president. “Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth,” lawyer David Pressman said. Hours earlier, Trump had said he wanted Vindman gone. “I’m not happy with him,” Trump, who was acquitted by the Senate on Wednesday of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, told reporters. “You think I’m supposed to be happy with him?” Trump said. “I’m not.” Vindman, who served as director of European affairs on the National Security Cou...
AMERICA:  Trump acquitted by Senate in impeachment trial.

AMERICA: Trump acquitted by Senate in impeachment trial.

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The Senate, run by the president's fellow Republicans, voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress. Democrats charged Mr Trump in December with pressuring Ukraine to smear a potential White House rival. He will now become the first impeached president to seek re-election. Impeachment allows Congress - the part of the US government that writes and brings in laws - to put presidents on trial. It is a rare event and a political process, rather than a criminal one. In its historic vote on Wednesday, the Senate decided not to remove America's 45th president from office on charges arising from his dealings with Ukraine. If convicted on either charge, Mr Trump would have had to turn over his office to Vice-President Mike Pen...
AMERICA: Trump demands Japan and South Korea pay for nuclear umbrella.

AMERICA: Trump demands Japan and South Korea pay for nuclear umbrella.

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President Donald Trump believes security alliances with other countries are U.S. liabilities rather than assets.  Acting on this outlandish view, Trump is seeking to force U.S. allies to pay not just the cost of keeping American military troops stationed abroad but also to pay part of the bill for core U.S. military operations, including maintaining its "nuclear umbrella." The Trump administration, in talks with South Korea over the stationing of U.S. troops in the country, is demanding that Seoul pay five times more than it does now, according to U.S. media reports. It also looks likely to demand that Japan cough up around four times more in host-nation support, in talks slated for later this year. Tokyo cannot provide much more: As of fis...
EDUCATION: Uganda Embassy, Washington to employ animated art as teaching resource.

EDUCATION: Uganda Embassy, Washington to employ animated art as teaching resource.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
Ambassador Mull Katende has on Friday, January 31 received paintings of Uganda’s wildlife from Ugandan artist Solomon Jjagwe and his wife Kim, as part of a cultural and tourism promotion partnership with the Uganda Embassy, Washington, DC. His artwork will be on loan to the Uganda Embassy and will be displayed on some of the Official Chancery walls as well as at the Official Residence. Solomon, is an independent film director, 3D artist and animator originally from Uganda, currently based in the US. He attended Ohio Valley University, Montgomery College and George Mason University, majoring in Art and Visual Technology. Since November of 2009, Solomon works full time on projects that emphasize wildlife conservation through his animated mountain gorilla film, Galiwango, Ob...
HEALTH: “Coronavirus cases top 10,000” America declares public health emergency.

HEALTH: “Coronavirus cases top 10,000” America declares public health emergency.

HEALTH
U.S. officials on Friday declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency. The declaration comes as American officials announced the seventh confirmed case of coronavirus in the country in a patient residing in Santa Clara, California, and Chinese officials announced more than 10,000 confirmed cases.  As a result of the declaration, foreign nationals who have traveled to China in the last two weeks and aren't immediate family members of U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be temporarily banned from entering the country, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Azar also announced that anyone entering the U.S. who has been in China's Hubei province in the last two weeks will be subject to a two-week quarantine.  Earlier Friday,...
AMERICA: US bars foreigners who recently visited China.

AMERICA: US bars foreigners who recently visited China.

HEALTH
US citizens returning from Hubei province, where the outbreak started, will be quarantined for 14 days. Almost 12,000 cases of the new virus have been confirmed, most of them in China, since it emerged in December. More than 100 cases have been reported outside China, in 22 countries. On Friday, Beijing said the death toll had risen by 46 to 259 - all of them in China and 249 in Hubei. Earlier, it emerged that the number of new coronavirus cases worldwide had overtaken that of the Sars epidemic, which spread to more than two dozen countries in 2003. There were around 8,100 cases of Sars - severe acute respiratory syndrome - during the eight-month outbreak. In total, 774 people were killed by Sars. On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global he...
AMERICA: US adds Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan to Trump’s new travel ban.

AMERICA: US adds Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan to Trump’s new travel ban.

AFRICA
Four African nations have been added to a new travel ban by United States president Donald Trump. Incidentally, only one of the quartet is a Muslim-majority nation i.e. Sudan. The others are Eritrea, Nigeria and Tanzania. The quartet are joined by the Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan. During an engagement on the sidelines of the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump, told the Wall Street Journal that plans were afoot to upgrade the controversial list. The measure largely affects specific types of visas. Analysts have averred that business or visitor visas could likely be impacted. Barely a year after coming into office back in 2017, Trump issued his first controversial travel ban which barred people from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United Stat...
AMERICA: Donald Trump lawyer’s impeachment argument stokes fears of ‘normalisation of lawlessness’ by a president.

AMERICA: Donald Trump lawyer’s impeachment argument stokes fears of ‘normalisation of lawlessness’ by a president.

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When a lawyer for President Donald Trump suggested to senators this week that whatever a president does in pursuit of reelection is inherently in the public’s interest, the moment crystallised fears among some of Trump’s critics about creeping presidential autocracy. “If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment,” said the lawyer, Alan Dershowitz. He sought on Thursday to clarify or walk back his remarks, saying on Twitter that they were mischaracterised. But the wave of outrage underscored how the politics of the Trump era — and his lawyers’ efforts to help Trump advance his agenda and defend himself from scrutiny — have become infused with concerns abou...