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US Senate Rejects Bill On Syrian And Iraqi Refugees

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Politicians in the US have blocked a bill that would have made it harder for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to enter the country. The result of Wednesday’s vote was 55-43, with “yes” votes falling short of the 60 needed after Democrats refused to support the Republican-backed measure in the 100-member Senate.

No Republicans voted against the bill, and only two Democrats backed it. Among other things, the bill would have required high-level US officials to verify that each refugee from Iraq and Syria posed no security risk before they were allowed into the US. Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett, reporting from Washington, said the Senate’s view in the end was that the US had a long history of helping people fleeing war to come to the country.

“Critics of this legislation said that this would in many ways be very unfair and penalise those refugees in comparison to others who are trying to come to the United States from other countries … in that there is already extensive vetting taking place,” she said. Republicans had said tighter screening was essential to ensure the safety of Americans and prevent attacks.

But Democrats called the proposed legislation an attack on refugees and accused Republicans of holding the vote to allow their 2016 presidential candidates in the Senate to be seen backing legislation touted as tough on security. All three of the Senate Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, backed the bill.

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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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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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