Monthly Archives آگوست 2020

Hotel Rwanda film hero Paul Rusesabagina held on terror charges

Paul Rusesabagina – known for saving more than 1,000 people in the hotel he managed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, a story later told into the Hollywood film Hotel Rwanda – has been arrested on terror charges.

The Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) said in a statement on Monday the 66-year-old government critic had been arrested abroad in an unnamed location on an international warrant and taken to the country to face charges “of serious crime including terrorism, arson, kidnap and murder”.

The announcement came as officers brought Rusesabagina – in handcuffs and a face mask – to the RIB’s headquarters in the capital, Kigali, where he was shown to the press. Rusesabagina did not speak to the media.

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Georgia officers fired after man bound with shirt over mouth

A police report says two Georgia officers tied a T-shirt over the mouth of a man who spit at them during an arrest, which led to their firings

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Two Georgia police officers tied a T-shirt over the mouth of a man who spit at them during an arrest, which led to their firings, a police report says.

The district attorney for Chatham County plans to let a grand jury decide whether to bring criminal charges against former Savannah police Cpl. Daniel Kang and Sgt. Octavio Arango. Police Chief Roy Minter announced the firings Aug. 12, saying only that the officers had used force to arrest the wrong person in a search for a domestic violence suspect.

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From Bangladesh to Germany: How political refugee built a new life in Düren

Bangladesh is his motherland, Germany his fatherland. After receiving death threats, former blogger Mahmudul Haque Munshi tells DW how he overcame death threats and his deepest fears and started a new life in Germany.

The fingers are made of black plastic and they hum like a bee. At the touch of a button, they wrap themselves around a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Mahmudul Haque Munshi smiles and looks in awe at his new right hand. “I’ve only had the prosthetic hand for a week,” he says. “I’m still getting used to it.”

A childhood injury left him without the use of his right hand. But his new one is part of the new life that Mahmudul Haque Munshi, known as Munshi, has been building for himself in Germany for the last five years...

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S Africa’s ANC says officials charged with graft must step aside

South Africa’s governing party executive has decided at a weekend meeting that party officials formally charged with corruption and other serious crimes must step aside from their posts, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.

The African National Congress (ANC) has been buffeted in recent weeks by reports of corruption during the coronavirus crisis, with state investigators probing irregularities in government tenders worth 5 billion rands ($297m).

In a statement read out on Monday by Ramaphosa, the governing party ordered members who are formally charged with corruption to “immediately step aside from all leadership positions in the ANC, in legislatures and other government structures pending the finalisation of their cases”.

The ANC will put in place a mechanism for leaders to make regul...

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Family settles lawsuit over death of trans woman in NYC jail

The family of a transgender woman with epilepsy who died in an isolated cell in New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex has settled its lawsuit with the city for $5.9 million

NEW YORK — The family of a transgender woman with epilepsy who died in an isolated cell in New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex has settled its lawsuit with the city for $5.9 million, the family’s lawyer said.

The settlement was reached Friday in the federal lawsuit over the June 7, 2019, death of Layleen Polanco. The terms of the settlement were not made public. But David Shanies, the lawyer for Polanco’s family, confirmed published reports about the settlement amount.

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“We can do this!” — Merkel’s famous words five years on after refugee influx to Germany

It’s five years to the day since German Chancellor Angela Merkel uttered her famous quote about taking in refugees. Today the numbers show that integration has made progress, though skepticism persists.

The start of the 2015 refugee crisis was a time of caution for some, while for others it was a time of fear and uncertainty.

Where do these people come from? Do they have a good education? Will they find jobs, an apartment?

Read more:How a Syrian family built a new life in Germany

These and many other questions were hotly debated in Germany when more and more refugees came into the country in summer 2015 and German chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her optimism in the simple words “We can do this!” in a press conference held on August 31 of that year.

Pie chart showing results of 2019 poll on support for Angela Merkel's refugee policies

Now, five years later, the debat...

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US coronavirus caseload tops 6 million: Live news

  • The total number of coronavirus cases in the United States has surged past the six million mark, with states including Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota reporting daily records. More than 183,000 people have died from the disease in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University.

  • The number of cases globally has gone past 25 million, with deaths exceeding 844,000. More than 16.5 million people have recovered.

  • New Zealand has made face masks compulsory as it eases coronavirus restrictions in Auckland that were imposed after a sudden spike in cases.

 

Here are the latest updates:

Monday, August 31

16:50 GMT – Emergency authorisation of COVID-19 vaccines needs great care: WHO

The emergency authorisation of COVID-19 vaccines requires a “great deal of seriousness and refle...

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Appeals court rejects effort by Michael Flynn, DOJ to force dismissal of case

The ruling is a setback for the DOJ and Flynn’s attorneys.

A federal appeals court on Monday rejected an effort by Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, and the Justice Department to force a lower federal district judge to throw out Flynn’s criminal case.

In an 8-2 ruling, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said that D.C. District Judge Emmet Sullivan did not act improperly by not immediately accepting the Justice Department’s controversial push to dismiss Flynn’s case and then appointing an outside former judge to argue against the department.

Flynn pleaded guilty in late 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the former Russian ambassador ...

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Baltic states blacklist Lukashenko, other Belarusian officials

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have blacklisted embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and 29 other high-ranking officials for alleged election fraud and a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

The Baltic EU members announced their sanctions on Monday in a coordinated effort to support the protests in Belarus, which are entering a fourth week since the country’s disputed presidential election on August 9.

“We are sending the message that we need to do more than just issue statements, we must also take concrete action,” Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told the AFP news agency.

Lithuania has been hosting opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who fled there after the election her supporters say she won.

Tikhanovskaya will speak to the UN Security Council o...

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German president condemns far-right protest in Berlin

Germany’s president has condemned an attempt by far-right protesters to storm the country’s parliament building over the weekend, accusing other demonstrators who watched on of complicity with the extremists

BERLIN — Germany’s president on Monday condemned an attempt by far-right protesters to storm the country’s parliament building over the weekend, accusing other demonstrators who watched on of complicity with the extremists.

Hundreds of people who were part of a broader demonstration against the country’s pandemic restrictions breached a security barrier outside the Reichstag building late Saturday before being intercepted by police and r...

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