Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama says depressed by racial injustice and Trump ‘hypocrisy’

BBC Former US First Lady Michelle Obama has said she is suffering from “low-grade depression” because of the pandemic, racial injustice and the “hypocrisy” of the Trump administration. She said managing “emotional highs and lows” required “knowing yourself” and “the things that do bring you joy”. Mrs Obama said she has had difficulties with her

Late former President Benjamin Mkapa

Tanzania’s former president Benjamin Mkapa dies at 81

Africa News Tanzania’s former President Benjamin William Mkapa, aged 81, has died, President John Magufuli has announced. Tanzania’s president John Pombe Magufuli through a national broadcast confirmed Thursday July 24 that Mkapa died at a Dar Es Salaam hospital where he was admitted. The president further declared a seven-day national mourning period during which the

37,000 new cases in India as more testing urged

AP A surge of 37,140 new cases in the past 24 hours has taken India’s number of coronavirus infections to 1,155,191. The Health Ministry on Tuesday also reported 587 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 28,084. The number of recoveries stand at 724,577. India’s top medical research body, the Indian Council

Protests To Surge Globally As Covid-19 Drives Unrest

The Guardian NEW analysis finds economic shock of pandemic coupled with existing grievances makes widespread public uprisings ‘inevitable’. The economic impact of coronavirus is a “tinderbox” that will drive civil unrest and instability in developing countries in the second half of 2020, according to new analysis. Highest risk countries facing a “perfect storm”, where protests driven

George Floyd

George Floyd: Officer told dying man to ‘stop yelling’

BBC The US police officer accused of George Floyd’s murder told him to stop talking as he repeatedly gasped under the man’s knee, according to court documents. The unarmed black man cried out for his late mother and children as he said the Minneapolis policeman would kill him, transcripts from body-cam footage show. They were

Clashes during far-right linked UK protest to counter Black Lives Matter rally

AFP Protesters at a demonstration linked to far-right groups clashed with police in central London on Saturday, after gathering to counter an anti-racism march despite officials urging people not to turn out due to coronavirus restrictions. Thousands of people appeared to have defied the rules in and around Parliament Square, with footage on television news

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Latin America logs 70,000 coronavirus deaths

AFP More than 70,000 people have died from coronavirus in Latin America as the pandemic sweeps through the region, putting growing pressure on an already stretched healthcare system. As the number of cases in the United States soared past two million, Central and South America has emerged as the new hotspot for a disease that

The casket of George Floyd is removed after a public visitation at the Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis Police officers on May 25th.

Thousands mourn George Floyd as accused officer appears in court

AFP Thousands of mourners filed past George Floyd’s coffin Monday ahead of the African-American’s funeral in his native Houston as a court set bail at $1 million for the white officer charged with his murder in a case that has sparked once-in-a-generation protests against police brutality. Many well-wishers made the sign of the cross as

Derek Chauvin

US$1m bail for George Floyd killer cop

BBC The Minneapolis ex-policeman accused of killing unarmed black man George Floyd has made his first court appearance, where his bail was set at $1.25m (£1m). Prosecutors cited the “severity of the charges” and public outrage as the reason for upping his bail from $1m. Derek Chauvin faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Three

Barack Obama

George Floyd protests: Barack Obama voices support for young US protesters

AFP Former US president Barack Obama on Wednesday applauded the “profound” protests by Americans demanding racial justice and said demonstrations over last week’s killing of a black man in police custody could spark nationwide reforms. In his first video comments since George Floyd’s death on 25 May in Minneapolis triggered unrest across the country, President

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Cyclone lashes India’s business capital; 100,000 evacuated

AP A cyclone made landfall Wednesday south of India’s financial capital of Mumbai, with a storm surge threatening to flood beaches and low-lying slums as city authorities struggled to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Live TV coverage showed inky black clouds framing the sea on India’s western coastline. Trees swayed wildly as rain pounded the coastal

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George Floyd death: More large protests in US but violence falls

BBC Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated, mainly peacefully, across the United States for an eighth night following the death of African-American George Floyd in police custody. One of the biggest protests, joined by Floyd’s relatives, took place in his hometown of Houston, Texas. Many defied curfews in several cities, imposed after violence and

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Covid-19 wrap: Over 372 000 global deaths

AP The novel coronavirus has killed at least 372 047 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 11:00 (GMT) on Monday. At least 6 182 860 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least

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George Floyd killing: Embassies in Africa react

Africa News Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody spread around the United States on Friday, as his case renewed anger over others involving African Americans, police and race relations. They were largely peaceful as demonstrators marched in the streets from Los Angeles to New York. But in Atlanta, demonstrators set

George Floyd

George Floyd death: Clashes as protests spread across US

BBC Protesters have clashed with police in cities across the US over the killing of an unarmed African-American man at the hands of officers in Minneapolis. Minnesota’s governor said the tragedy of the death of George Floyd in police custody had morphed into “something much different – wanton destruction”. New York, Atlanta, Portland and other

India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

AP India’s coronavirus caseload has surpassed 150,000, with another single-day high of more than 6,000 reported on Wednesday. The spike comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government prepares a new set of guidelines, with the fourth phase of the two-month-old lockdown across the country set to end on Sunday. The Health Ministry reported 151,767 cases

Virus expands grip in many areas, as US nears 100,000 deaths

AFP South Korea reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections in weeks on Wednesday and India saw another record single-day jump of more than 6,000 cases, as the pandemic expanded its grip across much of the globe. Still, optimism over reopening economies from business shutdowns to fight the virus spurred a rally on Wall