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South Africa has cut rhino poaching by half, says Creecy

Barbara Creecy says rhino poaching has decreased in the first half of 2020. The number of rhinos killed by poachers has dropped in the first six months of 2020, the government has said. The government says this is due to travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. But there are warnings that, as lockdowns ease, …

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What We Know About Little Town, the Disney Plus Beauty and the Beast Prequel

The tale as old as time lives on. In March, fans of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast were thrilled to hear that Disney+ was working on a prequel of the 2017 live action film. Since the project was first revealed months ago, it’s been kept top-secret, but we got a small morsel of …

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Three Coldstream Guards quizzed by cops over bar brawl with royal footmen that left two of them in hospital

THREE of the Queen’s guards are being questioned by police after a bar brawl with royal footmen, it’s reported. The Coldstream Guards squaddies were arrested after the fight outside a pub near Buckingham Palace which left four of the Queen’s footmen injured. 4 Three Coldstream Guards soldiers have been arrested after four of the Queen’s …

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Iraq’s premier promises early parliamentary polls for June 2021

BAGHDAD: Iraq will hold its next parliamentary elections nearly a year early, the premier announced on Friday (Jul 31), as he seeks to make good on promises he offered when he came to power. “Jun 6, 2021, has been fixed as the date for the next legislative elections,” said Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi, who took the reins …

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Education spending is falling and the Covid-19 budget h…

South Africa spent R695 less per school learner in 2018 than it did in 2009 if education inflation is taken into account. (Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks) Schools are essential to the Covid-19 response. First published by GroundUp CLOSE Improving our education system is key to South Africa’s development. Yet real per capita education spending has …

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Racist vandals deface AME church again, FBI investigating

When Pastor Carieta Cain Grizzell saw the racist epithets and threats scratched onto her church’s silver rooftop air conditioning unit, she felt a familiar pain. “I was just flabbergasted, just appalled …. It really hurts that someone would feel that way towards us when we’re open to the community and all we want to do …

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Tokayev urges Kazakh to show responsibility during COVID-19

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on July 31 congratulated Kazakhs on the holiday of Kurban Ait and asked them to show responsibility in the fight against COVID-19. “In the fight against the dangerous epidemic, from which all humanity is suffering today, we need unbreakable solidarity more than ever. In such a difficult period, …

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Hong Kong Postpones Legislative Elections by One Year, Sparking Outcry

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam on Friday announced the postponement of elections to the Legislative Council (LegCo) by one year, in a move that was immediately slammed by pro-democracy lawmakers as questionable, and tantamount to a political coup. Lam said the 2020 LegCo election, originally scheduled for Sept. 6, would now be held on Sept. …

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Here’s how long the peak is lasting in Gauteng’s hotspot areas

Health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, announced early Friday morning that total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 482,169 after 11,046 more people contracted the virus over a 24-hour reporting period. Gauteng remains the hardest-hit province with 171,574 cases, followed by the Western Cape 94,440, Eastern Cape 77,055 and KwaZulu-Natal with …

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White House, Democrats feud over deadlock as millions set to lose jobless aid

“Those four different offers have been actually rejected but more importantly than that they’ve not even been countered with a proposal,” Meadows said at a White House press conference. “The Democrats are certainly willing today to allow some of the American citizens who are struggling the most under this pandemic to go unprotected.” Pelosi was …

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