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Pro-Morsi Protests Rock Egypt Ahead Of Trial

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A fresh wave of protests have been held across Egypt by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, days ahead of his trial, with clashes being reported between his supporters and opponents.

Security forces, on Friday, fired tear gas to break up protests in Alexandria and arrested at least 60 protesters. Protests also took place in the cities of Cairo and Giza.

Morsi stands trial on Monday for inciting violence which led to the murder of protesters outside his palace in December 2012.

Supporters of Morsi have called for daily protests starting on Friday until the ousted president stands trial on Monday, urging crowds to gather outside a police institute near Cairo’s Tora prison, where Morsi is believed to be held.

20,000 policemen will be deployed on Monday to guard the south Cairo academy hosting the trial and to secure Morsi’s transport to a makeshift court room, Egypt’s Interior ministry officials have said.

Morsi, who is to be tried along with 14 other defendants, has not been seen since the military ousted him on July 3.

Meanwhile, no fewer than 22 women members of the Muslim Brotherhood were, Thursday detained and charged with using force to disrupt traffic during protests, membership of an outlawed group and distributing illegal leaflets, a senior security official in Alexandria, Nasser al-Abd said.

A lawyer representing the suspects said they were aged between 15 and 25.

“We are living in oppression and darkness. I can’t believe that my daughter did not go home with me and I don’t believe that they made the girls kneel and held up pistols to them,” said Um Yumna, whose 15-year-old daughter was detained.

Abd however denied the women had been mistreated. “We are treating them with the utmost respect, like our own children. We let their parents visit them,” he said.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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