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Kim Jong-un Orders Arrest Of People Connected To His Executed Uncle

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Jang Song-Thaek (2nd-R) being escorted in court on December 12, the day of his execution.  AFP PHOTO

Jang Song-Thaek (2nd-R) being escorted in court on December 12, the day of his execution.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly rounded up ‘hundreds’ of people connected to his uncle Jang Song-Thaek, the former second in command whom he recently executed.

The claims have been published in a variety of newspapers including the Daily Mail, which reported that hundreds of people were taken away by military police from the Pyongchong area of the capital Pyongyang.

The source said both close and distant relations of Jang Song-Thaek had been taken away, including relatives connected to his father.

Song-Thaek was executed on December 12 after being labelled a traitor on state television and denounced by the leader as being “worse than a dog”.

The statement read out on television stated Jong-Un’s uncle “committed such hideous crime as attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state.”
The news of the roundup comes as former pro basketballer Dennis Rodman is in North Korea on a visit, ostensibly to train local basketballers.

Rodman said he has not spoken to the leader on this current trip and has resisted saying anything of a political nature.

“You know, a lot of people want me to come over here and do some special things, but that’s not my problem,” Rodman said.

“I can’t deal with that, I’m not, I’m not an ambassador.”

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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.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

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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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

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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