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Italian Navy Rescues 1500 Boat Migrants

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Nearly 1500 boat migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean in the past 24 hours, Italian authorities conducting maritime search and rescue operations say.

The Italian navy, the Marina Militare, said on Thursday it picked up 764 people overnight, 227 in the morning, including 13 women and seven children, and about 200 more in the afternoon.

The coast guard said separately that it came to the rescue of 251 boat migrants late on Wednesday and that it was bringing them onshore to Pozzallo, a small coast town on Sicily’s south-eastern tip.

Italy is facing a record inflow of boat migrants.

In the first six months of the year, 61,585 arrived on the country’s shores, compared to less than 43,000 during the whole of 2013, according to Interior Ministry data.

On Wednesday, there were 2082 arrivals in the southern regions of Sicily and Calabria, where a navy vessel also disembarked the body of a dead migrant recovered at sea.

Ten migrants were diagnosed with scabies, a contagious skin infection.

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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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Donald Trump and wife, Melania Trump

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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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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