HARD-LINE PAKISTANI RELIGIOUS LEADER KHADIM RIZVI DIES

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On 22 November, tens of thousands of men gathered in Lahore for the funeral of hard-line Pakistani religious leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi. No cause of death was announced for the 54-year-old Rizvi, who died on Thursday (19 November) after suffering a high fever and difficulties breathing. No Covid-19 test or autopsy was conducted. Rizvi rose…

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ONVERSETLIKE PAKISTANSE GODSDIENSTIGE LEIER KHADIM RIZVI STERF

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Tienduisende mans het op 22 November in Lahore byeengekom vir die begrafnis van die onversetlike Pakistanse godsdienstige leier, Khadim Hussain Rizvi. Die oorsaak van sy dood is nie bekend gemaak nie. Die 54-jarige Rizvi is Donderdag, 19 November, oorlede nadat hy ’n hoë koors en asemhalingsprobleme gehad het. Hy het nie ’n COVID-19-toets ondergaan nie…

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G20 LEADERS UNITED TO ADDRESS MAJOR GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND ECONOMIC CHALLENGES

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By Alex Pollock Discussions on how to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and deal with the global economic damage it has wrought dominated the Group of 20 Summit, which began on Saturday (21 November) and was hosted virtually by Saudi Arabia. In private sessions, heads of state of the world’s 19 richest countries and the European…

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IMF WARNS THAT WITHOUT GLOBAL ACTION COVID WILL WIDEN INEQUALITY GAP

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By Alex Pollock  The global economy is ‘coming back’ the International Monetary Fund said, but warned that the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will likely be long and uncertain with ‘uneven recoveries’ in emerging and developing economies significantly worsening the prospects for redressing income inequality within and between nations. (Al Jazeera)  A global…

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WHITE HOUSE HIT BY WAVE OF COVID INFECTIONS

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A wave of Covid-19 infections has hit the White House just four weeks before the US election. US President Donald Trump was hospitalised with the illness on Friday 2 October. At least 17 people, either close contacts of the president, or people who have recently attended White House events, have tested positive for the coronavirus…

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ETHIOPIA’S ESCALATING REGIONAL POLITICAL CRISIS

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By Alex Pollock The feud between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the ruling party in the strategically important Tigray region is escalating, raising fears of military confrontation and the break-up of Africa’s second-most-populous nation. The tensions revolve around the regional government’s decision to press ahead with organising its own election for the Tigray parliament…

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VLUGTELINGKAMP OP GRIEKSE EILAND BRAND AF EN LAAT 13,000 DAKLOOS

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Ná die berugte en oorvol vlugtelingkamp, Moria, op die Griekse eiland Lesbos, in die brande van 8 en 9 September in puin gelê is, moes duisende asielsoekers noodgedwonge in die opelug slaap. Amptenare het gesê die brande is met opset gestig deur kampinwoners wat kwaad was oor kwarantyn- en isolasie-maatreëls wat ingestel is nadat 35…

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REFUGEE CAMP ON GREEK ISLAND BURNS DOWN LEAVING 13,000 HOMELESS

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After the fires of 8 and 9 September destroyed the notoriously overcrowded refugee camp Moria, thousands of asylum-seekers were forced to sleep in the open on the Greek island of Lesbos. Officials said the fires were deliberately set by some camp residents who were angered at quarantine and isolation orders imposed after 35 people tested…

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INDIË: TWEEDE HOOGSTE AANTAL COVID-19 INFEKSIES TER WÊRELD

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Sedert Maandag, 7 September, is Indië die land met die tweede hoogste aantal COVID-19 gevalle ter wêreld. Dit volg op ’n bykomende bykans half-miljoen gevalle gedurende die voorafgaande week. Indiese gesondheidsowerhede het gesê die totale aantal infeksies het die 4.2 miljoen kerf verbygesteek en daarmee Brasilië se getalle oortref. Slegs Amerika het meer infeksies as…

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