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Backed By Stormzy, Cambridge Bids To Woo Black Students

Written by on 29 October 2020

Going to Cambridge had always been a dream for Matthew Omoefe Offeh, one of a growing number of black students who are slowly reshaping the elite university’s racial mix, helped in part by rapper Stormzy. The 18-year-old from Luton, north of London, has just started an engineering course at Cambridge’s Magdalene College, which traces its […]

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Tanzania Votes In Election Marred By Violence, Fears Of Fraud

Written by on 28 October 2020

Tanzanians began casting their ballots Wednesday morning in an election overshadowed by opposition fears the vote will not be free and fair after years of repression under President John Magufuli, who is seeking a second term in office. In semi-autonomous Zanzibar hundreds of men and women formed separate queues from before dawn in Garagara neighbourhood […]

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Women On 10 Flights Flying Out Of Qatar Subjected To Physical Search

Written by on 28 October 2020

Australia revealed Wednesday that female passengers on 10 planes flying out of Doha were forced to endure “appalling” physical examinations, as Qatar expressed regret for the distress caused to the women. The Gulf emirate had already been facing a huge hit to its reputation after reports emerged that women were removed from a Sydney-bound Qatar […]

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South African President Ramaphosa In Self-Quarantine

Written by on 28 October 2020

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has gone into self-quarantine after learning that a guest at a charity dinner he attended tested positive for coronavirus, his office said Wednesday. “President Cyril Ramaphosa has begun a period of self-quarantine,” acting spokesman Tyrone Seale said in a statement. “The President is showing no symptoms at this time and […]

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Biden accuses Trump of giving up in Covid fight

Written by on 26 October 2020

US presidential challenger Joe Biden on Sunday accused Donald Trump of giving up in the fight against Covid-19 as the president faced a new outbreak in his team, surging infections nationwide and an uncomfortable admission by his chief of staff. Nine days before the vote — and with reported US coronavirus deaths having surpassed the […]

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Melbourne Lifts Lockdown After Zero New COVID-19 Cases

Written by on 26 October 2020

Australia’s second-biggest city will this week exit its coronavirus lockdown following nearly four months under onerous restrictions, authorities announced Monday, after no new daily cases or deaths were recorded. Stay-at-home orders for Melbourne’s five million residents will be lifted from midnight Tuesday into Wednesday while restaurants, beauty salons, and retail stores will be permitted to […]

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Thai PM Says ‘Illegal Protests’ Must Be Controlled As Parliament Opens

Written by on 26 October 2020

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said Thailand needs to bring “illegal protests” under control on Monday as he opened a special parliamentary session to address months of pro-democracy rallies. Prayut, the former military chief who staged the 2014 coup, has faced increasing pressure in recent weeks from tens of thousands of protesters demanding his resignation. The […]

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Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

Written by on 22 October 2020

Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday, sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives, given the Vatican’s official teaching on the issue. The papal thumbs-up came midway through the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered at the Rome Film Festival. […]

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US to sue Google in biggest antitrust case in decades: reports

Written by on 20 October 2020

The US government was preparing to sue Google Tuesday in what would be the biggest antitrust case in decades, media reports said. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times said the Justice Department suit will accuse the California tech giant of illegal monopoly behavior to preserve its dominance in internet search and advertising. The […]

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