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Mali’s ruling junta has ordered French broadcasters RFI and France 24 off the air.This is coming after a complain that they had falsely accused the army of committing abuses, it said in a statement issued on Thursday.

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The spokesman for the Government of Mali,Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga on Wednesday had said the “categorically rejects these false accusations against the courageous FAMA (Malian Armed Forces),”

“The junta is initiating proceedings to suspend broadcasts by RFI and France 24 until further notice,” he said in the statement dated Wednesday.

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The European Union lashed the ban as “unacceptable” and said the accusations on which it was based were “unfounded.”

“By attacking the freedom of the press, the freedom to inform and to be informed, the junta is continuing and confirming that it is pushing ahead regardless,” foreign policy spokeswoman Nabila Massrali said in Brussels.

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RFI was no longer broadcasting in the conflict-ridden Sahel state on Thursday afternoon, according to AFP reporters, although France 24 remained on air.

There is no recent precedent in Mali for major foreign news media to be taken off the air.

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RFI (Radio France Internationale) and France 24 cover African news extensively and have a strong following in the former French colony.

France Medias Monde, the parent company of RFI and France 24, said on Thursday that it “deplores” the decision to take its broadcasters off the air.

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The junta, which seized power in August 2020, said there had been “false accusations” in a report early in the week in which RFI aired comments from alleged victims of abuse by the army and shadowy Russian private-security group Wagner.

Maiga said Malian news websites; newspapers and its national radio and TV stations were all “banned from rebroadcasting and/or publishing programmes and news articles put out by RFI and France 24”.

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He compared the French broadcasters to Rwanda’s Radio Mille Collines — a notorious outlet that incited listeners to exterminate minority Tutsis during the 1994 genocide.

“Certain allegations, particularly those advanced by RFI, have no other objective than to sow hatred,” he said, adding that this demonstrated the “criminal intent” of some journalists.

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Mali’s junta also accused Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Michelle Bachelet, the UN human rights chief, of making false allegations against the government.

HRW this week released a report accusing Malian soldiers, as well as jihadists, of a wave of civilian killings.

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The junta has recently moved towards exerting tighter control over foreign media.

In February, it expelled a journalist working for the French magazine Jeune Afrique just a few hours after he arrived in the capital Bamako.

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Troubled country
An impoverished nation of 21 million people, Mali has over the past decade been wracked by Islamist violence. Swathes of the country are in thrall to myriad rebel groups and militias.

Thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed and hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.

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Mali’s under-equipped army has also often been accused of committing abuses during the brutal conflict.

But the army-dominated interim government, installed after a 2020 military coup, regularly rejects such accusations.

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Mauritania also recently accused Malian forces of “recurrent criminal acts” after a series of disappearances of its nationals in Mali raised tensions between the countries.

Mali’s government is seeking to ease tensions with its neighbour Mauritania, amid intense diplomatic pressure on the troubled nation.

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The country is under tough sanctions imposed by the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) over delayed elections. The measures include a trade embargo and closed borders.

Mali’s ruling military promised to restore civilian rule after seizing power, but it ignored an earlier commitment to ECOWAS to stage elections in February this year.

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The junta’s growing friendship with Russia has also worsened friction with France, a traditional ally.

President Emmanuel Macron last month announced the impending withdrawal of thousands of troops deployed in Mali under France’s anti-jihadist mission in the Sahel.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson blames Buffalo supermarket shooting on Biden and mental illness, ignores race conspiracy theory 

Fox News host Tucker Carlson blames Buffalo supermarket shooting on Biden and mental illness, ignores race conspiracy theory?

Tucker Carlson, the controversial FOX news TV host has blamed the Buffalo, New York shooting on mental illness of the shooter and US president, Joe Biden.

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On May 14, 2022, a mass shooting occurred in Buffalo at a Tops Friendly Markets store, a supermarket in the Kingsley neighborhood on the eastern side of the city. 

Ten people were killed, and three others were injured; 11 of the victims were black. The shooter,  livestreamed the attack on Twitch.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson blames Buffalo supermarket shooting on Biden and mental illness, ignores race conspiracy theory?

The accused, identified as 18-year-old Payton S. Gendron of Conklin, New York, was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder. 

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In an online manifesto, Gendron claimed the right-wing conspiracy theory that white people are being taken over by minorities. But Carlson, has now come out to blame plenty of other factors for the weekend shooting that left 10 people dead.

In the past Carlson has repeatedly theorized that minorities are trying to take over the US, and called the shooter a mentally sick person who shouldn’t blame his shooting ok racism.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson blames Buffalo supermarket shooting on Biden and mental illness, ignores race conspiracy theory?

“What is hate speech?” Carlson said on Fox News.

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 “Well, it’s speech that our leaders hate. So because a mentally ill teenager murdered strangers, you cannot be allowed to express your political views out loud. That’s what they’re telling you.”

“Gendron’s screed, which laid out careful plans to kill as many Black people as possible, as well as Jewish people in New Jersey, isn’t actually a racist manifesto, Carlson argued.

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“It’s definitely racist, bitterly so. Gendron reduces people to their skin color and that’s the essence of racism and it’s immoral. But what he wrote does not add up to a manifesto. It is not a blueprint for a new extremist political movement, much less the inspiration for racist revolution. Anyone who claims that it is is lying or hasn’t read it.”

Instead, he said, the 180-page document is “a rambling pastiche of slogans and Internet memes, some of which flatly contradict one another.”

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“The document is not recognizably left-wing or right-wing; it’s not really political at all.

“The document is crazy. It’s a product of a diseased mind.” Carlson said.

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“He writes like the mental patient he is — disjointed, irrational, paranoid. Now, that’s true, not that it makes the atrocities he committed easier to bear. If your daughter was murdered Saturday in Buffalo, you wouldn’t care why the killer did it or who he voted for.”

Then, Carlson blamed the Democrats, including President Joe Biden, for a “coordinated campaign to blame those murders on their political opponents.”

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The Fox News host also blamed the spread of white identity politics on race politics, comparing it to the Rwandan genocide.

“All race politics is bad, no matter what flavor it is. It’s poison. It subsumes the individual into the group. It dehumanizes people,” he said. “It elevates appearance over initiative and decency, and all the other God-given qualities that make people unique yet morally equal to each other.”

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The solution, he said, is to move toward a “colorblind meritocracy” where we ignore races.

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Pilot who fell unconscious midflight is home from hospital as doctors say his recovery is ‘miraculous’

Pilot who fell unconscious midflight is home from hospital as doctors say his recovery is

The pilot who fell unconscious last week mid-flight has made a recovery that his doctor is calling “a miracle.”
 

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After the pilot lost consciousness, a passenger with no experience on how to fly a plane succeeded in landing the plane, saving all three people on board from crashing.

 

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Darren Harrison, 39, successfully landed the plane at Palm Beach International Airport, where emergency personnel then rushed the pilot to St. Mary’s Medical Center before he was transferred to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

 

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The pilot, whose name has not been released, is now out of the hospital and resting at home after he underwent surgery for an aortic dissection, according to the hospital.

 

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An aortic dissection is a life-threatening emergency in which a tear occurs in the inner layer of the body’s main artery.

 

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Dr. Nishant Patel, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center who treated the pilot, revealed how long the odds were that the man would survive the landing, the trips to the two hospitals and then the surgery.

 

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Patel said on Tuesday, May 17: “Fifty percent of patients won’t make it to the hospital, and then 50% of patients that do make it to the hospital will pass away within 24 hours without prompt diagnosis and treatment.”

 

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The pilot was released from the hospital on Monday, May 16.

 

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It’s a “really quite miraculous recovery, miraculous story,” Patel said.

 

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Emergency personnel initially thought the pilot had potentially suffered a stroke before doctors at St. Mary’s discovered a tear in his aorta, according to Patel. He was quickly transferred to the second hospital for emergency surgery.

 

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“First thing he asked me (after the surgery) is, ‘Doc, when am I going to go home?’ which I thought was really quite amazing,” Patel said. “Everything about this guy is just truly, truly amazing. He definitely understands everything that happened, and how severe the situation was on so many different levels before the hospital, in the operating room, and during recovery.”

 

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Patel said the pilot was in great health before the cardiac event and has already done “remarkably well” in his recovery.

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Court dissolves marriage over doubtful paternity

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Court dissolves marriage over doubtful paternity

An Igando Customary Court in Lagos State has ordered the dissolution of the marriage between Mr. Jose Salami and Mrs. Sola Jaiyeola, on grounds of the doubtful paternity of their only child.

 

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Vanguard reports that in a petition filed before the court, Salami, a resident of Number 9, Bakare St., Igando, Lagos State, said he doubted the paternity of the only child produced by the union.

 

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“In March 2013, she said she was a month pregnant for me; so, I arranged for a traditional marriage to be done. But to my surprise, my wife put to bed in July of that same year, and when I asked how possible it was, she waived it aside.

 

 

In his judgment, the President of the court, Adeniyi Koledoye, said that it appeared the love between the couple had since perished. He noted that the respondent did not show up in court in spite of several summons.

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“There is no doubt that the respondent was in another relationship from which she was pregnant, and perhaps the pregnancy was rejected and she decided to hang it on the petitioner. However, the petitioner ought to have opted out of the marriage immediately he discovered that the paternity of the child was doubtful. It is clear the petitioner was deceived into the marriage by the respondent,” the judge held

 

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Koledoye, therefore, dissolved the marriage and ordered the respondent to pay N200,000 to the petitioner. 

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