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Burkina Faso: Gunmen Ambush Mining Firm Convoy And Kill 37.

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At least 37 people have been killed and 60 wounded in an attack on a mining company convoy in Burkina Faso, authorities say.

Five buses carrying staff of Canadian firm Semafo were ambushed on Wednesday about 40km (24 miles) from the eastern town of Boungou, reports say.

A military escort vehicle was reportedly struck by an explosive device before gunmen opened fire.

It is said to be the third deadliest attack on Semafo staff in 15 months.

The West African country has been wracked by an Islamist insurgency that has killed hundreds of people in recent years.

The military has struggled to contain violence that spilled over the border from neighbouring Mali.

Semafo ramped up its security last year after attacks near its two mines in the country.

The latest attack happened on a road between Fada and its mine in Boungou, the company said.

The company said its operations had not been affected and offered condolences to the families of the victims, none of whom have been named.

“We are actively working with all levels of authorities to ensure the ongoing safety and security of our employees, contractors and suppliers,” the firm said in a statement.

What’s happening in Burkina Faso?

Jihadist attacks have increased in Burkina Faso since 2015.

The conflict spread across the border from neighbouring Mali, where Islamist militants took over the north of the country in 2012 before the army backed by French troops pushed them out. But the authorities have not established full control over the region.

About 500,000 people in Burkina Faso have been forced to flee their homes over the past three months, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

Last month, 20 people were killed in an attack on a gold-mining site in the north.

Days later, thousands protested in the capital Ouagadougou to denounce violence in their country and the presence of foreign military forces in the region.

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Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 800,000 Worldwide

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The global coronavirus death toll topped 800,000 on Saturday, as countries around the world urge citizens to follow precautionary measures.

According to data compiled by John Hopkins University, the United States is still the country with the most virus-related deaths, having tallied more than 176,000 fatalities as of this weekend. Brazil and Mexico trail the U.S. in recorded deaths with 114,250 and 59,610, respectively. Reuters calculates, on average, about 5,900 people are dying from the disease every 24 hours; that’s approximate 246 deaths per hour, or one death every 15 seconds.

These unsettling figures were reported just a day after the World Health Organization said it was hopeful that the pandemic would end sometime within the next couple of years, as researchers appear to be making progress in developing a vaccine.

“We have a disadvantage of globalization, closeness, connectedness, but an advantage of better technology, so we hope to finish this pandemic before less than two years,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a Friday conference in Geneva. “Utilizing the available tools to the maximum and hoping that we can have additional tools like vaccines, I think we can finish it in a shorter time than the 1918 flu.”

As of Saturday, at least 23,130,000 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus; more than 5,666,000 of those confirmed cases are from the U.S.

While accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, former vice president Joe Biden slammed Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, claiming he could’ve done more to protect American lives.

“Our current president has failed in his most basic duty to the nation. He’s failed to protect us. He’s failed to protect America,” Biden said on the fourth and final night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. “… The choice could not be more clear. No rhetoric is needed. Just judge this president on the facts.

Five million Americans infected by COVID-19. More than 170,000 Americans have died. The tragedy of where we are today is it didn’t have to be this bad. Just look around. It’s not this bad in Canada or Europe or Japan or almost anywhere else in the world.”

 

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Russia Announces World’s First Coronavirus Vaccine Which Offers ‘Two Years’ Immunity

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Russia president Vladimir Putin, has announced that his country has finally approved the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine, saying he has tested it on his daughter and it worked.

According to Putin, the vaccine was developed at Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, with large-scale production of the vaccine projected to start in September, while mass vaccination may begin as early as October.

The vaccine has undergone just less than two months of human testing but Putin speaking to Government officials on Tuesday August 11 said one of his two daughters is among those who have already had a shot of the new vaccine.

Putin did not specify which of his daughters had received the jab, but said she had a temperature of 38C on the day of her first injection, which then dropped to 37C the next day.

He said she had a slight increase in temperature after the second injection, but she is now ‘feeling well’. He revealed she had a ‘high number of antibodies’.

The next stage of the tests, commonly known as a Phase III trial, will involve thousands of participants. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are more than 100 possible Covid-19 vaccines currently being developed around the world.

This phase III stage is normally considered an essential precursor before a vaccine can receive regulatory approval and be distributed worldwide.

Putin speaking today said: ‘I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks.’

According to Putin the vaccine development is a ‘very important step for the world.’

The Health Ministry said in Tuesday’s statement that the vaccine is expected to provide immunity from the coronavirus for up to two years.

Putin emphasized that vaccination will be voluntary and that medical workers, teachers and other risk groups will be the first to be inoculated.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has lauded Russia’s efforts in developing the vaccine and said that the Philippines is ready to work with Moscow on vaccine trials, supply, and production.

Duterte volunteered to “be the first they can experiment on.”

“I will tell President Putin that I have huge trust in your studies in combating COVID and I believe that the vaccine that you have produced is really good for humanity,” Duterte said, adding that he thinks Russia’s vaccine will be ready for the Philippines by December.

 

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Pharmacist Dies During Sex Romp With A Sex Worker In Brothel(video)

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A pharmacist slumped and died while having sex with a sex worker in a hotel in Igando, Lagos.

The lifeless body of the pharmacist, Bassey Asuquo, was discovered in one of the rooms of a brothel along Akesan road, Egan area of Igando, Lagos, Friday, July 31.

It was gathered that Bassey, believed to be in his 40s, took a room in the brothel at about 10pm the previous night, after a drink at the bar.

Policemen from Igando division who were alerted by the management of the brothel, stormed the scene, where a crowd had gathered to have a glimpse of Bassey’s lifeless body.

A packet of cigarette, an inhaler and a stained boxer were reportedly found in the room while the commercial sex worker had escaped.

Report had it that the fleeing commercial sex worker had contacted the hotel manager on phone, explaining how late Bassey was gasping for breath and attempted to reach out for his inhaler when he gave up the ghost.

Attempt to lure her back to explain further, failed as she reportedly told the manager on the phone that she was about crossing the nation’s border, in her bid to evade arrest.

Two staff of the brothel were arrested by the police, while the corpse was evacuated.

Meanwhile, family of the deceased are making efforts to retrieve the corpse for burial.

 

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