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Chadian President, Idriss Derby Is Dead

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Chadian President, Idriss Derby Is Dead

Chad’s President, Idriss Derby Itno has been reported dead. The nation’s Army claimed he died of injuries suffered on frontline.

 

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Man Who Tried To Stab Mali Leader Dies In Custody

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Man Who Tried To Stab Mali Leader Dies In Custody

The man who tried to stab Mali’s interim President, Assimi Goïta, last week has died in hospital while under guard. The government stated.

The assailant, who has not been identified, was arrested after the failed stabbing, which took place while  Goïta was attending prayers in a mosque.

A government statement said the man’s health had deteriorated in custody and he was taken to hospital, where he died.

According to BBC, there are no particular details about his health prior to the incident.

READ ALSO: Coup Leader, ‘Assimi Goita’ Named As Mali’s President

According to the government, the suspect’s death was not an obstacle to continuing the investigation, “especially since preliminary evidence and intelligence gathered indicate that he was not an isolated element.

The cause of death is said to be under investigation.

Recall that Goïta had led two coups in Mali. He is currently assuming Mali’s presidency for a transitional period of 18 months, after an agreement between the Malian coup leaders and the West African states regional bloc (ECOWAS).

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Less Than 1,000 Will Watch The Olympics Opening Ceremony In Stadium

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Less Than 1,000 Will Watch The Olympics Opening Ceremony In Stadium

Only about 950 people, including officials and reporters, will be allowed to watch Friday’s opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics in the main stadium, a senior official said on Thursday.

Hidemasa Nakamura, chief of Tokyo 2020’s main operation center, told a news conference that apart from the above-mentioned group, the rest allowed into the stadium are performers and athletes.

READ ALSO: Tokyo Olympics: Torch Relay Arrives At Venue To An Empty Arena

But these would be restricted to those participating in the day’s event —— the opening ceremony.

The ban is due to concerns about COVID-19 and its transmission.

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee also reported 12 new positive COVID-19 cases related to the Olympics on Thursday, with two infected foreign athletes in the athletes’ village.

Eighty-seven people associated with the Olympics have so far tested positive for the virus in Tokyo since the local organizing committee started to record the figures on July 1.

In terms of new cases of COVID-19 infections, Nakamura noted it would be “extremely difficult” to get rid of the virus completely.

But he added that they are capable of identifying new cases quickly and containing the spread of the virus.

“We hope to provide a safe environment for all, and of course, we need everyone’s help,” he said.

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France Initiates COVID-19 Health Pass

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France Initiates COVID-19 Health Pass

France has introduced a new Coronavirus health pass despite a surge of new infections.

From Wednesday, people need proof of vaccination, a negative test, or a recent recovery from the coronavirus to enter most museums and cinemas.

BBC reports that lawmakers will debate on whether to extend its use in August for entry to cafes, restaurants, and shopping malls.

This development comes the day after Health Minister, Olivier Véran announced 18,000 new infections in just 24 hours, compared to fewer than 7,000 cases a day last week, a surge of 150%, as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads throughout the country.

“We have never seen this before,” he told the National Assembly, saying Delta had led to far larger rises in cases than previous variants, like those first spotted in the UK or South Africa. He stated.

President Emmanuel Macron announced the plans for a health pass earlier this month, as well as compulsory vaccination for all health workers by September.

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