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Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck had 18 previous complaints against him, police department says

The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd’s neck had 18 prior complaints filed against him with the Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs, according to the police department. It’s unclear what the internal affairs complaints against the officer, Derek Chauvin, were for. MPD did not provide additional details.Chauvin was fired this week, along with three …

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George Floyd: Protesters set Minneapolis police station ablaze

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 …

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Ghana initiates Decade of African Renaissance 2020-2030

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, on Thursday, announced in Accra that a 10-year programme, called the “Decade of African Renaissance 2020-2030” has been initiated to grow Ghana’s tourism industry. She said the programme would showcase the potential of Ghana’s tourism industry and consolidate its Diaspora engagement. The Minister made the announcement, while answering a question from Mr Samuel …

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Ghana Inaugurates ‘Beyond The Return’ Steering Committee

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi has inaugurated a Cross-Sectional Steering Committee to work with the Ghana Tourism Authority in the implementation of the “Beyond the Return” project. ‘BEYOND THE RETURN’ is a follow-up to the successful ‘YEAR OF RETURN, GHANA 2019’ campaign which commemorated the 400 years of the first enslaved Africans arriving in Virginia, USA, …

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Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000

The US has passed 100,000 deaths in the coronavirus outbreak in less than four months. It has seen more fatalities than any other country, while its 1.69 million confirmed infections account for about 30% of the worldwide total. The first US infection was reported in Washington state on 21 January. Globally there have been 5.6 million people recorded as infected …

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COVID-19: AU to raise $1m to support member states

The African Union has created an AU COVID-19 Response Fund with the aim of raising $1m towards the fight of the killer virus on the continent. The fund will also strengthen the continental response to the pandemic and mitigate its socio-economic and humanitarian impact on African populations. The fund was established by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Mr …

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China proposes controversial Hong Kong security law

China is proposing to introduce a new security law in Hong Kong that could ban sedition, secession and treason. The move is likely to provoke strong opposition internationally and in Hong Kong, which last year saw months of pro-democracy protests. China’s delayed National People’s Congress, its legislature, will debate the issue when it opens on Friday. Hong Kong’s mini-constitution requires …

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Africa’s young population makes it more resilient against Covid-19

Africa’s coronavirus cases have surpassed the 100,000 mark but it is still relatively low compared to other continents. Since the outbreak started in December 2019, there have been concerns about the potential of the pandemic causing major havoc in Africa. Those concerns have largely been because compared to other continents, Africa has weaker health systems and high levels of poverty …

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Scientists say Coronavirus is ‘uniquely adapted to infect humans’

Scientists from Australia say they have evidence to show that the coronavirus that has caused mayhem all over the world is ‘uniquely adapted to infect humans’. This emerging evidence further fuels the controversy surrounding the origin of the virus which has infected over 5 million people and killed thousands of people. There are several theories over the origin of the …

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