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    • Monday 26 April
    • Cameroon: Health workers urged to redouble efforts in fight against malaria

      - 14h19

      Stakeholders in the Health sector have been called upon to redouble their efforts and readjust their approaches as far as the fight against malaria is concerned so as to achieve a Malaria free Cameroon in the nearest future.

      The call was made by the Minister of Public Health, Dr Manaouda Malachie during a press briefing Sunday April 25 in Yaounde,  to mark the 14th World Malaria Day under the theme ‘’ zero malaria, draw the line against malaria’’.

    • Cameroon: Separatist fighters claim ambushing military in Lebialem, S/W

      - 14h16

      Separatist armed group, red dragons, have claimed responsibility over attack on a military convoy last Saturday April 24 in Alou, a locality in the Lebialem Division, South West region of Cameroon.

      This attack is seen in a video which has gone viral.

    • Friday 23 April
    • Chad: Emmanuel Macron pays homage to late Idriss Deby Itno

      - 11h58

      France Head of State, Emmanuel Macron has payed glowing tributes to late Chad’s President, Idriss Deby Itno.

      Speaking at the latter’s official funeral ceremony Friday April 23 in Ndjamena, Emmanuel Macron said the late President was an exemplary leader, a courageous warrior who died while trying to preserve the integrity of his nation.

    • Wednesday 21 April
    • Super League shelved as more clubs withdraw

      - 18h17

      The European Super League collapsed on Wednesday as eight of the 12 founding members from England, Italy and Spain abandoned the breakaway project under massive pressure from fans, politicians, soccer officials and even the British royals.

      Founder and Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli told Reuters he was reluctantly calling time on the new league after six English clubs withdrew on Tuesday, with Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid following suit and AC Milan indicating they would too.

    • SPECIAL REPORT Hong Kong activists retreat as China-style justice comes to their city

      - 18h11

      On March 23, a Hong Kong High Court judge denied former Democratic Party lawmaker Andrew Wan’s bail appeal and sent him back to Lai Chi Kok prison.

      “Keep going!” Wan shouted as he was led away by guards. “The Department of Justice will be judged by heaven.”

      Wan is one of 36 pro-democracy activists denied bail and being kept in custody more than a month after being arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit subversion for organizing an unofficial primary election. Forty-seven activists were charged overall, in the biggest crackdown on the city’s opposition since a national security law was imposed by China last June. Only 11 have been granted bail. The next appearance in court for all the defendants is scheduled for May 31.

    • U.S. FDA finds peeling paint, debris at U.S. plant making J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine

      - 18h09

      A plant making Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ.N) COVID-19 vaccine must fix a long list of problems including peeling paint, poor sanitation and brown and black substances on surfaces, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a 12-page report on the facility, which has paused manufacturing.

      Emergent Biosolutions (EBS.N), which owns the plant, has been seeking regulatory authorization to make the J&J vaccine there. It stopped production at the plant recently, saying the FDA had asked it to do so after an inspection.

    • Putin warns West of harsh response if it crosses Russia’s ‘red lines’

      - 18h04

      President Vladimir Putin warned the West on Wednesday not to cross Russia’s “red lines”, saying Moscow would respond swiftly and harshly to any provocations and those responsible would regret it.

      At a time of acute crisis in ties with the United States and Europe, with Russian troops massed near Ukraine and opposition leader Alexei Navalny on hunger strike in jail, the Kremlin leader used his state of the nation speech to project a message of Russian strength and defiance in the face of outside threats.

    • Relief after verdict in Floyd killing, but what comes next?

      - 17h58

      When the verdicts came in — Guilty, Guilty, Guilty — Lucia Edmonds let out the breath she hadn’t even realized she’d been holding.

      The relief that the 91-year-old Black woman felt flooding over her when white former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for killing George Floyd was hard-earned, coming after a lifetime of seeing other cases end differently.

    • U.S. launches probe of Minneapolis police after Chauvin conviction

      Reuters - 17h45

      The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday launched a sweeping civil investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis following a jury’s verdict that former city police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd.

      The probe is the first major action of Attorney General Merrick Garland, after President Joe Biden vowed to address systemic racism in the United States. It will consider whether the department engages “in a pattern or practice of using excessive force, including during protests,” he said.

    • Tuesday 13 April
    • UK’s Johnson warns lockdown, not vaccines, behind drop in COVID deaths

      Reuters - 17h29

      British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Tuesday that the rapid drop in COVID-19 deaths was largely down to a three-month lockdown, not the vaccination programme, and that cases would rise once again as restrictions ease.

      British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Tuesday that the rapid drop in COVID-19 deaths was largely down to a three-month lockdown, not the vaccination programme, and that cases would rise once again as restrictions ease.

    • India reels amid virus surge, affecting world vaccine supply

      xinhuanet - 17h26

      The Indian city of Pune is running out of ventilators as gasping coronavirus patients crowd its hospitals. Social media is full of people searching for beds, while relatives throng pharmacies looking for antiviral medicines that hospitals ran out of long ago.

      The surge, which can be seen across India, is particularly alarming because the country is a major vaccine producer and a critical supplier to the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative. That program aims to bring shots to some of the world’s poorest countries. Already the rise in cases has forced India to focus on satisfying its domestic demand — and delay deliveries to COVAX and elsewhere, including the United Kingdom and Canada.

    • China firmly opposes any sort of official relationship between U.S., Taiwan: spokesperson

      xinhuanet - 17h23

      A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Tuesday reiterated China’s firm opposition against any form of official ties between the United States and Taiwan.

      Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, made the remarks at a press conference when commenting on the U.S. revision of its so-called “rules” regarding its contacts with Taiwan, which lifts several previously-imposed restrictions on this matter.

    • Biden’s chip dreams face reality check of supply chain complexity

      Reuters - 17h18

      To understand President Joe Biden’s challenge in taming a semiconductor shortage bedeviling automakers and other industries, consider a chip supplied by a U.S. firm for Hyundai Motor Co’s new electric vehicle, the IONIQ 5.

      Production of the chip, a camera image sensor designed by On Semiconductor, begins at a factory in Italy, where raw silicon wafers are imprinted with complex circuitry.

      The wafers are then sent first to Taiwan for packaging and testing, then to Singapore for storage, then on to China for assembly into a camera unit, and finally to a Hyundai component supplier in Korea before reaching Hyundai’s auto factories.

    • Muslims mark Ramadan amid virus surge and new restrictions

      AP - 17h16

      Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on the holy month’s signature feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques.

      Still, there were glimmers that Ramadan 2021 could feel less restricted than last year, when Islam’s holiest period coincided with the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Mosques have since reopened and limits on movement have eased as vaccine rollouts continue in Muslim-majority nations. Clerics in such places as Indonesia have issued assurances the vaccine does not break one’s daytime fast.

    • China welcomes U.S. companies’ participation in modernization process: premier

      xinhuanet - 17h14

      Chinese Premier Li Keqiang holds virtual dialogue with U.S. business leaders in Beijing, capital of China, April 13, 2021. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

    • Biden, lawmakers at tribute to slain Capitol Police officer

      AP - 17h11

      The casket of slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans arrived at the Capitol on Tuesday as President Joe Biden and congressional leaders prepared to pay their respects to an officer struck by a car and killed while he manned a barricade near the Senate side of the building.

      Evans’ casket was placed in the Capitol Rotunda for the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

    • Black man killed by police in Minnesota was ‘amazing, loving kid’: media

      Reuters - 17h09

      Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a Minneapolis suburb during a traffic stop on Sunday, was kind, liked basketball and had a tight-knit family, according to media interviews with his relatives.

      Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, told ABC News on Tuesday that her son was an “amazing, loving kid” who “had a big heart,” loved his sisters and brothers and enjoyed playing basketball with his young son.

    • US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports

      AP - 17h05

      The U.S. on Tuesday recommended a “pause” in using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots, a development that could jeopardize the rollout of vaccines around the world.

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced that they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The FDA commissioner said she expected the pause to last a matter of days.

    • Russia calls U.S. ‘adversary’, rejects NATO call to end Ukraine build-up

      Reuters - 17h00

      The United States called on Russia to halt a military build-up on Ukraine’s border on Tuesday as Moscow, in words recalling the Cold War, said its “adversary” should keep U.S. warships well away from annexed Crimea.

      Moscow seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and fighting has escalated in recent weeks in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have battled Russian-backed separatists in a seven-year conflict that Kyiv says has killed 14,000 people.

    • Xi Focus: Xi stresses development of modern vocational education system

      xinhuanet - 16h56

      Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for efforts to speed up the development of the modern vocational education system and cultivate more high-quality technical professionals.

      Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks in an instruction on improving the country’s vocational education.

      Vocational education has a promising future and great potential as China journeys toward socialist modernization, Xi said.

    • Tuesday 06 April
    • Police witness testifies in trial of ex-police officer charged in George Floyd’s death

      Reuters - 17h55

      A day after the Minneapolis police chief appeared on the witness stand, jurors in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, charged with murder in the deadly arrest of George Floyd, heard from another police witness about training to deal with crisis situations.

    • As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

      AP - 17h53

      This week, Florida expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to all residents 16 and older. But across the state, more than 70,000 people still don’t have access to the vaccine. Those men and women are Florida state prisoners.

      More than half the country has opened up vaccine eligibility, vastly expanding the ability for most Americans to get the shots, whatever their age or medical conditions. But inside prisons, it’s a different story: Prisoners, not free to seek out vaccines, still lack access on the whole.

    • Police official: Chauvin was trained to defuse situations

      Reuters - 17h50

      Former Officer Derek Chauvin underwent training in 2016 and 2018 on how to defuse tense situations with people in crisis and how police must use the least amount of force necessary to get someone to comply, the jury at Chauvin’s murder trial was told Tuesday.

      Sgt. Ker Yang, the Minneapolis police official in charge of crisis-intervention training, and use-of-force instructor Lt. Johnny Mercil became the latest department members to testify as part of an effort by prosecutors to demolish the argument that Chauvin was doing what he was trained to do when he put his knee on Floyd’s neck last May.

    • U.S. job openings jump to two-year high in February

      AP - 17h48

      U.S. job openings rose to a two-year high in February while hiring picked up as strengthening domestic demand amid increased COVID-19 vaccinations and additional pandemic aid from the government boost companies’ needs for more workers.

    • Official: Biden moving vaccine eligibility date to April 19

      Reuters - 17h43

      President Joe Biden was set to announce Tuesday that he is shaving about two weeks off his May 1 deadline for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines.

      With states gradually expanding eligibility beyond such priority groups as older people and essential, front-line workers, the president plans to announce that every adult in the U.S. will be eligible by April 19 to be vaccinated, a White House official said.

    • Monday 05 April
    • A new ‘Kung Fu’ debuts at a crucial time for Asian Americans

      AP - 15h26

      Up-and-coming actors will sometimes claim to know a variety of skills to be considered for roles, but Olivia Liang set a boundary early in her career.

      “When I started off in the industry, people would ask me why martial arts wasn’t on my resume because it was such a typecast for Asians to do martial arts roles,” said Liang. “So I made a promise to myself. I was like, ‘I’ll never learn martial arts until someone pays me to learn martial arts.’”

    • New York Asian Americans stage “Stop-Asian-Hate” rally

      xinhuanet - 15h24

      Over 10,000 Asian Americans gathered in New York on April 4, 2021 for a “Stop Asian Hate” rally. The demonstrators assembled at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, and marched to City Hall Park and across the Brooklyn Bridge before ending at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn. (Xinhua)

    • Twitter slowdown in Russia until mid-May; no block for now

      AP - 15h20

      Russian authorities said Monday they would continue to slow down Twitter until mid-May, but wouldn’t block the social media platform for now because it has started to remove banned content faster.

      The announcement marks somewhat of a reprieve in the recent standoff between the Russian government and the platform, which has played a role in amplifying dissent in Russia.

    • China’s central bank optimizes bond transaction, circulation mechanism

      xinhuanet - 15h16

      China’s central bank has further optimized its bond transaction and circulation mechanism, aiming for higher efficiency while enhancing the ability of the bond market to serve the real economy, according to an announcement of the People’s Bank of China.

      The new arrangements include the implementation of electronic transmission by establishing direct system connections between infrastructure organizations and strengthening the intermediary service functions of such organizations.

    • The Latest: ICU cases continue to grow in French virus surge

      AP - 15h13

      France’s health minister warned Monday that the number of COVID-19 patients in the country’s intensive care units could reach levels seen during the first crisis a year ago.

      France’s hospitals have already surpassed the number of virus ICU patients seen during the second surge in November, and Olivier Veran said on TF1 television that “it’s possible we could approach” the ICU saturation levels of April 2020.

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