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Morsi Faces Trial For Prison Break In Egypt

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Egypt’s deposed President Mohamed Morsi will stand trial for escaping from prison during Egypt’s 2011 revolution, prosecutors announced, the latest in a growing list of charges against the former leader.

Morsi will be charged along with roughly 130 other people, including the senior leadership of his Muslim Brotherhood movement. They are accused of conspiring with the Palestinian Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement to arrange the prison break.

Members of both groups are also among the defendants, said Hassan Samir, the investigating judge, though did not name them.

The defendants face a number of charges, including murder, theft, and damaging public property.

Prosecutors began investigating the case earlier this year, while Morsi was president. In a statement, Samir said members of Hamas and Hezbollah entered Egypt through Sinai and made their way to Wadi Natroun.

Some 20,000 inmates escaped from Egypt’s prisons during the chaotic 18-day uprising that toppled longtime President Hosni Mubarak. More than half escaped from Wadi Natroun; 13 inmates were killed during the jailbreak.

This is the third set of charges brought against Morsi since he was overthrown by the army in July. He is already on trial for inciting the murder of peaceful protesters outside the presidential palace last December. Hearings began last month, with the next session scheduled for January.

Earlier this week, prosecutors unveiled espionage charges against the former president, accusing him of spying on Egypt for Hamas and Hezbollah. The charge sheet against Morsi called it “the biggest conspiracy” in Egyptian history.

Most of the other Brotherhood defendants are already in prison, having been arrested since Morsi’s ouster.

Brotherhood officials have, in the past, dismissed the allegations of conspiracy, calling them “absurd”. [AlJazeera]

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to concede after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, secured the required number of electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

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“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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