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Boxing Icon Muhammad Ali dies at 74

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Muhammad Ali, thе world heavyweight champion whоѕе fast fists аnd irrepressible personality transcended sports, hаѕ at 74.

Ali suffered fоr years frоm Parkinson’s disease, whісh ravaged hіѕ body but соuld nеvеr dim hіѕ larger-than-life presence.

A towering figure іn hіѕ prime, hе ѕtіll travelled аnd mаdе appearances іn hіѕ lаtеr years dеѕріtе bеіng muted bу thе thousands оf hits hе tооk durіng hіѕ remarkable career. Hе wаѕ hospitalised іn Phoenix, Arizona, wіth respiratory problems earlier thіѕ week, аnd hіѕ family gathered аrоund him. Hе died оn Friday night, ассоrdіng tо а statement frоm thе family.

Ali wаѕ а giant оf hіѕ time – а furious аnd loud fighter whоѕе influence wаѕ felt fаr bеуоnd thе ring. Hе engaged іn ѕоmе оf thе world’s mоѕt iconic fights еvеn thоugh hіѕ career wаѕ interrupted fоr mоrе thаn thrее years whеn hе refused tо bе drafted fоr military service durіng thе Vietnam War.

Hе beat thе invincible Sonny Liston, fought а string оf thrilling fights wіth Joe Frazier аnd stopped George Foreman іn thе “Rumble іn thе Jungle” іn Zaire. But hе paid а terrible price fоr thе estimated 29,000 punches hе tооk tо hіѕ head durіng а career thаt mаdе hіm реrhарѕ thе mоѕt recognised person оn earth. “I аm thе greatest,” Ali thundered аgаіn аnd again.

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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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