6 Killed, 15 Injured in Somalia Bombings

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At least five people were killed and more than eight others wounded when a government security checkpoint was bombed in Baidoa, Somalia’s administrative capital of Southwest State, on Saturday, witnesses and security officials said. Officials in Baidoa, about 250 kilometers west of Mogadishu, told VOA Somali that the blast…

Iran’s Rouhani calls for mask order to be enforced

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People not wearing masks against the novel coronavirus should be refused service in enclosed public spaces, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday, as his government moves to make it obligatory. The new measure goes into effect from midnight as part of the authorities’ efforts to bring down a daily death […]

The Bolsonaro administration’s ticking time-bomb

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The only time during the whole of the coronavirus pandemic that Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has looked genuinely shaken was during his weekly Facebook Live session on the evening of June 18th. Appearing dishevelled in a baggy anorak that contrasted oddly with the tidy rows of books behind him, the […]