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UN Envoy Calls For Ramadan Truce As Yemen Famine Looms

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The UN special envoy for Yemen has warned that the nation is “one step” away from famine, as he called for a humanitarian ceasefire during Ramadan as the first step towards a more sustainable truce. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said after briefing the UN Security Council that 21 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance compared with seven million two years ago. Aljazeera has more:

The crisis is a result of fighting between Shia Houthi fighters and allied troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh against forces loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and an allied Arab coalition. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that all parties to the conflict were responsible for the suffering of the Yemeni people until there was “a true ceasefire” that could be monitored by “an international, impartial mechanism”.

The envoy, who mediated talks between the parties in Geneva last week, said that despite the deep divisions and failure to reach any agreement, “both sides showed signs of constructive engagement and there is an emerging common ground upon which we can build to achieve an eventual ceasefire coupled with the withdrawal of combatants”. The humanitarian crisis in the Arab world’s poorest country has escalated as the conflict has intensified, leaving 20 million Yemenis without access to safe drinking water and uprooting another one million people from their homes.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent Omar al-Saleh described the situation in the capital Sanaa as “dire”. “There are long queues for almost everything here. There  is no running water and many rely on tankers. It’s often hours before one arrives,” Saleh said.

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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.

Also Read: Joe Biden Defeats Trump To Win US Presidential Election

“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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