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Eiffel Tower to turn off lights in honour of Beirut blast victims

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The lights of the Eiffel Tower will go off on Wednesday at midnight to honor the memory of the victims of the deadly explosion in Beirut, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.


“In solidarity with #Beirut and #Lebanon, the city of @Paris will unlock an exceptional emergency aid of 100,000 euros.

“This Wednesday night from midnight, we will turn off @LaTourEiffel to pay tribute to all the victims,” Hidalgo tweeted.

Earlier on Wednesday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex confirmed that rescue experts and medical equipment will be sent to Beirut to alleviate the consequences of the explosion.

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Lebanon on Thursday to discuss the aid arrangements with the leadership.

A massive twin blast rocked Beirut on Tuesday, leaving nearly half of the city’s buildings damaged and producing scores of casualties.

The latest situation update stated that 108 people were killed and more than 4,000 others injured. More people may remain under the rubble.

The Lebanese government has declared a three-day mourning period for the victims of the blast.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

https://nnn.ng/eiffel-tower-to-turn-off-lights-in-honour-of-beirut-blast-victims/

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French PM sued by COVID-19 victims’ group over response to health crisis

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French Prime Minister Jean Castex is to receive a complaint via the special Law Court of the Republic (CJR) from the “Victimes Coronavirus COVID-19 France” association for the poor management of the health crisis, lawyer Fabrice Di Vizzio representing the organization, said on Thursday.


The Law Court of the Republic is designed to try the cases of misconduct by governmental officials in France.

“This is for those who wonder why with @ AssoCovid (Victimes Coronavirus covid-19 France) we filed a complaint before the Cjr against Castex! How long will we have to put up with the guilty speeches when during this time nothing advances on the side of the state?” Di Vizzio tweeted.

The complaint invokes the 223-7 article of France’s Penal Code, which includes the voluntary failure “to take or provoke measures… to combat a disaster likely to create a danger to the safety of persons”.

Di Vizzio has also participated in a probe against former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, former Health Minister Agnes Buzyn and incumbent Health Minister Olivier Veran over their handling of the coronavirus crisis from its beginning.

The CJR received over ninety complaints in the spring.

The accusations included the shortage of face masks and the necessary equipment to treat the COVID-19 patients.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
Source: NAN

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Sudan arrests 41 terrorists, seizes large amounts of explosives

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Khartoum Sudanese security forces have arrested 41 terrorism suspects and seized explosives that “could have blown up the entire capital,” the public prosecutor and police director general said on Wednesday.

The explosives included highly explosive ammonium nitrate, the public prosecutor Taj Al-Sir Al-Hibir and police director general Ezz El-Din Al-Sheikh told journalists in the capital.

The terrorism suspects were arrested during 12 ambush operations conducted by Rapid Support Forces (RSF) teams, and almost 3,600 explosive devices were seized, the attorney general said.

Some of the arrested are suspected to have been involved in an attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok in March, RSF spokesman Jamal Jumaa said.

Ammonium nitrate was the substance that caused a massive explosion in the port of Lebanon’s capital Beirut on August 4, killing 190 people and leaving at least 6,000 others injured.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashi
Source: NAN

https://nnn.ng/sudan-arrests-41-terrorists-seizes-large-amounts-of-explosives/

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Allies’ view of United States crashes in wake of poor pandemic response, survey

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Countries around the world view the United States response to the coronavirus particularly poorly, contributing to a sharp decline to the country’s overall favourability, a study from the Pew Research Centre released on Tuesday.


The study reviewed attitudes towards the United States among people in more than a dozen key industrialized democracies, all allies of Washington.

In France and Germany, those who have a favourable view of the US has dropped to the record lows matched only back in 2003, at the height of tensions over the invasion of Iraq.

Britain, Japan, Canada and Australia never saw their negative views hit such high levels before.

Over the 13 countries surveyed, only 15 per cent of people, on average, had a positive opinion of how the U..S handled the coronavirus.

Often, people thought China, European nations and the World Health Organisation did far better than the United States

“The percentage of those who have confidence in the United States president to do the right thing regarding world affairs has dropped to levels not seen since the end of the George W Bush presidency,’’ the Pew study showed.

Only about 10 per cent of the Germans and French believe President Donald Trump would do the right thing on the global stage.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel ranks highest among world leaders, followed by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump trails even Russian President Vladimir Putin and China’s leader Xi Jinping in terms of trust.

Confidence in Trump among Europeans is highest among those who support populist right-wing parties.

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Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye
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UNICEF launches cash assistance programme in Lebanon

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday launched an emergency cash assistance programme to support people affected by Beirut’s port explosions on Aug. 4, LBCI local TV channel reported.


The UNICEF noted that the programme will reach 80,000 children and adults affected by the explosions.

UNICEF Representative in Lebanon Yukie Mokuo noted that the assistance programme can play a vital role in supporting those who suffered the most from the blasts.

Two huge explosions rocked Beirut’s port on Aug. 4, destroying a big part of the city while killing around 190 people and wounding no fewer than 6,000 others.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/ Maharazu Ahmed
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