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BREAKING: Idriss Deby’s son named Chad president

 

A son of Chad’s slain leader Idriss Deby Itno is to take over as president in place of his father, according to a charter released Wednesday by the presidency.

 

It said General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, 37, who on Tuesday was named transitional leader as head of a military council following his father’s death, will “occupy the functions of the president of the republic” and also serve as head of the armed forces.

 

AFP

 

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Black teenager shot dead by US policeman — on day of George Floyd verdict

 

A black teenage girl was reportedly shot dead by a police officer in Columbus, United States, on Tuesday — the same day verdict was delivered on George Floyd’s murder trial.

 

According to The New York Times, the girl was identified as Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, by a spokeswoman for Franklin County Children’s Services.

 

On Tuesday night, the Columbus division of police, in a news conference, said the police officer who killed the girl was responding to a 911 call about an attempted stabbing around 4:45pm in the south-eastern part of the country.

 

Police officials said the body camera footage of the officer showed that the teenager was charging at two other females with a knife as the officer arrived at the residence.

 

According to the police, the officer then shot several times at the girl, killing her.

 

The police authorities said the girl was taken to Mount Carmel East hospital and that she died from her injuries.

 

Andrew Ginther, Mayor of Columbus, Ohio, confirmed the incident in a tweet, noting that the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) will conduct an investigation since there is body-worn camera footage.

 

Ginther asked residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather facts on the incident as protests have begun in some part of Ohio’s capital over the killing.

 

“This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life. We do not know all of the details. There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible,” the Mayor said.

 

The incident came on the same day Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted of the murder of George Floyd.

 

The jury at a Minnesota state court found Chauvin guilty on the three counts of murder levelled against him.

 

In May 2020, Floyd, an African American, died after Chauvin pinned him to the ground and knelt on his neck.

 

The video of the incident in which Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe,” went viral and sparked major protests within and outside the US. 

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Ramaphosa condemns killing of Idriss Deby, calls for end of war in Chad

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has described the news of the sudden death of Marshal Idriss Déby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad as a sad one.

Ramaphosa, on behalf of the government and people of South Africa, in a statement released on Wednesday extended his deepest condolences to the fallen President’s family as well as the government and people of Chad.

The President also expressed concerns of the South African government at developments in the Republic of Chad involving armed groups.

According to him, an immediate cessation of violence is necessary to bring peace and stability to the Republic of Chad in order to end conflict on the continent.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the violence that has claimed so many lives, including that of President Déby.

“We call for calm and a cessation of fighting,” he said.

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BREAKING: Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder and manslaughter in death of George Floyd

 

Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer, has been convicted for the murder of George Floyd

 

The jury at a Minnesota state court found Chauvin guilty on all three counts of murder at its sitting on Tuesday.

 

Floyd, an African American, died in May 2020 after Chauvin pinned him to the ground and knelt on his neck.

 

The former officer was arresting him for allegedly spending a counterfeit $20 note in a shop.

The video of the incident in which Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe,” went viral and sparked major protests within and outside the US.

 

An autopsy later confirmed that the cause of Floyd’s death was linked to pressure on his neck.

 

Chauvin was sacked from his job alongside three other officers involved in the incident.

He was also charged with unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

 

He had pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

 

During his trial, Steve Schleicher, Floyd’s lawyer, had talked about what he believed to be the deceased’s “desperate struggle” to lift his chest and fill his lungs with air.

 

He had also reminded the judges of Floyd’s last words: “Please, I can’t breathe.”

But Eric Nelson, the defence attorney, had argued that there is no evidence that Floyd’s airflow was restricted during his arrest.

 

“The use of force is not attractive, but it is a necessary component of policing,” he had said.

 

He had also said Chauvin “did exactly what he had been trained to do over the course of his 19-year career”.

 

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Biden calls for ‘right verdict’ in George Floyd trial

President Joe Biden on Tuesday called for the “right” verdict in the trial of the ex-policeman accused of murdering George Floyd and called the evidence “overwhelming.”

“I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict. I think (it’s)… overwhelming in my view,” Biden told reporters, noting that he was only speaking openly because the jury has been sequestered.

Biden, who spoke with the Floyd family, said they were feeling “pressure and anxiety.”

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BREAKING: Son of killed Chad president to take over as military head

 

Mahamat Deby, son of the late President Idriss Deby of Chad, has been named the new leader of the country.

The 37-year-old army general was appointed to lead a military council set up after his father was killed by rebel forces.

 

The late Chadian president was confirmed dead on Tuesday following injuries sustained in a fight with the rebels over the weekend.

 

Shortly after his death, the army established a transitional military council with his son in charge.

 

A two-week national mourning period was declared amid a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

 

All the land and air borders in the country have also been shut “until further notice.”

 

The military council said the transitional period would last for 18 months while the cabinet and the parliament would be dissolved.

“The transitional military council ensures national independence, territorial integrity, unity, respect for international agreements and treaties, and also ensures a transition within 18 months,” the council said in a statement, published on the presidential website.

 

Like his father, Deby has also been involved in the fight against rebel forces and Boko Haram insurgents.

 

There has been a prolonged battle in the African country between government forces and the rebel Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT).

 

The unrest had escalated in recent days as anti-government fighters approached N’Djamena, the capital city.

 

Azim Agouna, the Chad army spokesperson, said the country’s forces “defeated a group of terrorists who had ventured into the north of the Kanem province.”

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BREAKING: Chad imposes curfew, shut borders after president’s death

Chad has imposed a curfew and shut its borders after announcing the death of longtime president Idriss Deby Itno on Tuesday.

Chad’s army dissolved government and parliament after announcing the death of longtime president Idriss Deby Itno on Tuesday but vowed “free and democratic” elections following an 18-month transition period.

The army had earlier announced that one of Deby’s sons would replace him as the head of a military council following the death of the leader who had ruled the country with an iron fist for three decades.

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Chad to hold election 18 months after president’s death, says Army

 

Chad’s army dissolved government and parliament after announcing the death of longtime president Idriss Deby Itno on Tuesday, but vowed “free and democratic” elections following an 18-month transition period.

 

The army had earlier announced that one of Deby’s sons would replace him as the head of a military council following the death of the leader who had ruled the country with an iron fist for three decades.

 

Chad’s newly re-elected President Idriss Deby Itno, in power for three decades, died Tuesday aged 68 of injuries while fighting rebels in the north of the Sahel country, the army said Tuesday.

The army had on Monday announced that fighting left some 300 rebels of the Front for Change and Concord in Chad dead, while FACT claimed in a statement that Deby had been wounded – a report that official sources could not confirm.

 

Deby “has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield” over the weekend, army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television.

 

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Former US Vice President, Walter Mondale is dead

 

Former US Vice President, Walter Mondale is dead.

 

He died at the age of 93.

 

A statement from his family said Mondale died on Monday even though no cause was given for his death.

 

Reacting, current Vice President, Kamala Harris said in a statement that her predecessor “led an extraordinary life of service.”

 

Harris also described Mondale as one who was “so generous with his wit and wisdom over the years.”

 

She prayed that God grants him rest and comforts his family.

 

Also, a former US President, Jimmy Carter who Mondale served under as a Vice President in a statement described Mondale as a great friend and the best Vice President America ever had.

 

“Today, I mourn the passing of my dear friend, Walter Mondale, who I consider the best vice president in our country’s history.

 

“He was an invaluable partner and an able servant of the people of Minnesota, the United States, and the world.

 

“May God grant him rest and comfort the family he left behind,” he said.

 

Before his death, Mondale served as vice president under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.

 

He also served as ambassador to Japan between 1993 and 1996.

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BREAKING: Chad President, Idriss Deby shot dead

 

Chad President, Idriss Deby is dead.

 

Deby died on Tuesday from injuries he sustained at the war front against some rebels.

 

He had led a brigade against rebels in the North of the country.

 

His death is coming after he won his re-election for a 6th term.

 

Army spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna confirmed his death on Tuesday.

 

A statement he read on state television said Deby “has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”.

 

Deby, 68, won a sixth term in provisional election results released on Monday.

 

The late President postponed his victory speech and went to visit Chadian soldiers in the war front.