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Students In Egypt Start Massive Protest

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Large factions of university students in Egypt have staged new protests against government measures restricting political dissent in educational institutions.

Protesters in the coastal city of Alexandria set fire at the entrance of their university’s literature school on Monday.

In Cairo, security forces stormed al-Azhar University for a second day and arrested several students who were taking part in a sit-in on campus, witnesses told Al Jazeera.

The demonstrations, directed against what students describe as repressive university policies and the 2013 toppling of the elected Muslim Brotherhood-led government, coincided with the start of the academic year.

On Sunday, student protesters smashed a number of metal detectors that were recently installed as a part of intensified security measures to prevent any resurgence of demonstrations in support of the former president, Mohamed Morsi, who was overthrown by the military.

Last year, at least 16 students were killed and hundreds were arrested during university protests that regularly descended into violence.

This year, government officials have warned that protests in universities will not be tolerated.

“Security forces, and in coordination with the administration of these universities, have been stationed outside the walls of universities to deal with student outlaws,” Interior Ministry spokesperson Hani Abdel-Latif told local media.

Authorities have hired a private security firm to search students and installed metal detectors and cameras around campuses. New fortified walls were built and troops were permanently deployed outside campuses.

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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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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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