Putin’s attempt to explain away the poisoning of Alexei Navalny to France failed badly and helped unite Europe against him, intelligence sources say : worldnews

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 87%. (I’m a bot) An attempt by Vladimir Putin to explain how Alexei Navalny was poisoned in Russia in a call with France went down so badly that it seriously set back his relations with Europe, intelligence sources have told Insider. During the call, Putin is said to have suggested to Macron that Navalny may have poisoned himself in an elaborate attempt to discredit Russia. “Blaming Germany and Navalny for removing evidence infuriated Merkel and suggesting Navalny did it…

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Uncle Ben’s rice changes name to more ‘equitable’ brand

Image copyright Getty Images Uncle Ben’s Rice will change its name to Ben’s Original and remove the image of a bow-tied black man from its packaging. The change follows through on a pledge its owner Mars Food made in June to review the brand amid global protests over police brutality and racism. Uncle Ben’s entered the market in the 1940s and was for decades the best-selling rice in the US. Its marketing has been criticised for perpetuating racial stereotypes. Titles such as uncle and aunt were used in southern US…

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Nigerian fuel tanker explosion kills 25 in Lokoja

At least 25 people have been killed in central Nigeria after a fuel tanker exploded following a collision with other vehicles. Primary school children are reported to be among the dead. The crash happened on Wednesday morning on a major highway in Lokoja when the driver lost control of the tanker after the brakes failed, local police said. These type of incidents are common on Nigerian roads, reports the BBC’s Chris Ewokor in the capital, Abuja. Africa Live: More on this and other stories Lokoja police spokesman Willy Aya said…

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Lukashenko abruptly sworn in, Belarus opposition calls for more protests : worldnews

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 87%. (I’m a bot) The official news agency Belta said Lukashenko placed his right hand on a copy of the constitution and swore the oath of office at a ceremony attended by several hundred people. At a summit last week, Putin granted Lukashenko a $1.5 billion loan, and the two countries are holding “Slavic Brotherhood” defence exercises in Belarus. Rights investigator Anais Marin said more than 10,000 people had been “Abusively arrested” since the election, with more than 500…

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Prince Harry urges US citizens to ‘reject hate speech’ and vote : worldnews

Hate speech like “America First” or hate speech like “Burn The System Down”? Or hate speech like “Epstein didn’t kill himself”? Either way, I agree. On you lot all needing to vote. For whatever course your nation is about to take, it better be with a clear public mandate, because whichever side loses will be sore about it and probably will need a paddling… Source link

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Coronavirus: Health chief hails Africa’s fight against Covid-19

Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic image copyrightGetty Images image captionMost African states urged people to wear masks from the beginning of the outbreak The head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control has praised African states for managing to curb the spread of coronavirus. Africa has seen about 1.4 million cases, and 34,000 deaths since March. These figures are far lower than those in Europe, Asia or the Americas, with reported cases continuing to decline. Early interventions played a crucial role in curbing the virus’ spread, John Nkengasong told the BBC’s…

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