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August 3, 2016

Olympics \”Day -2\” includes six women\’s football matches

Olympics “Day -2” includes six women’s football matches

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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American swimmers Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps are seen here in the restaurant of the Athletes Village. At the event’s peak, the venue will prepare 60,000 meals each day. Phelps’ diet has received headlines in the past, clocking in at 12,000 calories a day in 2008.

It’s two days to go until the opening ceremonies, but the football competitions for the 2016 Summer Olympics have begun in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Meanwhile, athletes are arriving to the Olympic Village, which has been one of the many lightning rods of controversy for the event.

Wednesday includes six women’s football match-ups, between Sweden and South Africa, Canada and Australia, Brazil and China, Zimbabwe and Germany, United States and New Zealand, France and Colombia. Canada’s forward Janine Beckie scored a goal just 20 seconds into the game, the quickest in Olympic history. The team beat Australia 2-0.

The men face off Thursday with Iraq vs Denmark, Honduras vs Algeria, Brazil vs South Africa, Mexico vs Germany, Portugal vs Argentina, Sweden vs Colombia, Fiji vs South Korea, and Nigeria vs Japan.

Canada vs. Australia

Zimbabwe vs. Germany

Many athletes are arriving in Rio, for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Teams are welcomed with ceremonies, the India, Bahama, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Norway delegations receiving their a 45-minute welcome Wednesday. While members of the US swim team have been photographed in the Athletes Village restaurant, recent reports suggest that Team USA men’s basketball will be staying in a luxury cruise ship, docked off the Port of Rio. Canadian tennis player Daniel Nestor has suggested the village lacks hot water. Members of the Australian team had their three laptops stolen last week, during a building evacuation due to a nearby fire.



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Men\’s, women\’s football team face off in Rio, before Olympics official open

Men’s, women’s football team face off in Rio, before Olympics official open

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Canada versus Australia. Agência Brasil Fotografias

American swimmers Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps are seen here in the restaurant of the Athletes Village. At the event’s peak, the venue will prepare 60,000 meals each day. Phelps’ diet has received headlines in the past, clocking in at 12,000 calories a day in 2008.

Leading up to the Olympic Games opening ceremonies on Friday, football competitions for the 2016 Summer Olympics began two days before in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Wednesday’s schedule included six women’s football match-ups, between Sweden and South Africa, Canada and Australia, Brazil and China, Zimbabwe and Germany, United States and New Zealand, France and Colombia. Canada’s forward Janine Beckie scored a goal just 20 seconds into the game, the quickest in Olympic history. The team beat Australia 2-0.

The men faced off Thursday with Iraq vs Denmark, Honduras vs Algeria, Brazil vs South Africa, Mexico vs Germany, Portugal vs Argentina, Sweden vs Colombia, Fiji vs South Korea, and Nigeria vs Japan.

Canada vs. Australia

Zimbabwe vs. Germany

When teams arrived at the Athletes Village, they were welcomed with 45-minute ceremonies. While members of the US swim team have been photographed in the Athletes Village restaurant, recent reports suggest that Team USA men’s basketball will be staying in a luxury cruise ship, docked off the Port of Rio. Canadian tennis player Daniel Nestor has suggested the village lacks hot water. Members of the Australian team had their three laptops stolen last week, during a building evacuation due to a nearby fire.



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United States launch air strikes against Islamic State in Libya

United States launch air strikes against Islamic State in Libya

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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On Monday warplanes from the United States (US) launched strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions in Sirte, Libya.

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The strikes were requested by the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) as they try to remove ISIL from the city. The militant group have held the city since last year, amidst the divisions in Libya following Muammar Gaddafi‘s removal as leader in 2011.

Libyan planes have previously bombed Sirte, but lack the capability to launch precision strikes. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said these were the targets which had been targeted by the US strikes.

Forces loyal to the GNA have been engaged with ISIL in Sirte since May; in mid-July the government claimed the compaign had made its greatest gains yet. These forces are reportedly mostly comprised of militia from Misrata.

This is the first time the US has coordinated strikes with the GNA, although they have previously conducted strikes against ISIL targets in Libya. The last targeted an ISIL training camp in February.

Western officials had estimated there were as many as 6,000 ISIL fighters in Libya some months ago. Mr Cook stated there are now less than 1,000.

US officials have said the air campaign is ongoing.



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August 2, 2016

United States launch air strikes against Islamic State in Syria

United States launch air strikes against Islamic State in Syria

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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On Monday warplanes from the United States (US) launched strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions in Sirte, Libya.

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The strikes were requested by the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) as they try to remove ISIL from the city. The militant group have held the city since last year, amidst the divisions in Libya following Muammar Gaddafi‘s removal as leader in 2011.

Libyan planes have previously bombed Sirte, but lack the capability to launch precision strikes. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said these were the targets which had been targeted by the US strikes.

Forces loyal to the GNA have been engaged with ISIL in Sirte since May; in mid-July the government claimed the compaign had made its greatest gains yet. These forces are reportedly mostly comprised of militia from Misrata.

This is the first time the US has coordinated strikes with the GNA, although they have previously conducted strikes against ISIL targets in Libya. The last targeted an ISIL training camp in February.

Western officials had estimated there were as many as 6,000 ISIL fighters in Libya some months ago. Mr Cook stated there are now less than 1,000.

US officials have said the air campaign is ongoing.



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July 31, 2016

Italy initiates €1.5million social media campaign to discourage migrants

Italy initiates €1.5million social media campaign to discourage migrants

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

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The Italian Interior Ministry has collaborated with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to produce an on- and offline media campaign aimed at discouraging refugees from entering Europe. The campaign, titled “Aware Migrants”, was launched Thursday, exposing high levels of violence and danger in transit, and discouraging migrants from attempting passage through illegal trafficking.

File photo of Angelino Alfano, 2015.
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The 1.5million campaign features videos on social media to target the 16–35 age demographic, believed to be most likely to attempt the move. The videos are to include testimonials from more than 150 refugees, citing rape, child abuse, and exposure as potential threats. Each video concludes with the phrase “Be aware, brother” or “Be aware, sister”. This slogan is also thematic in Malian musician’s Rokia Traoré‘s official campaign song: “Be aware brother, be aware sister”.

Italy’s Interior Minister, Angelino Alfano, said they will still welcome refugees fleeing war, but that others may be declined. Recent large numbers of arrivals and migrant deaths has been cited as the reason behind the campaign, with the Interior Ministry recording over 70,000 refugees arriving in Italy in the first half of 2016. Federico Soda, the Director of the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean, asserts most of those migrants did not expect the level of danger involved in transit.

Migrants are invited to share their own experiences in response to the videos posted on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, in order to spread the warning to other potential migrants.



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July 18, 2016

Moroccan king asks for joining African Union

Moroccan king asks for joining African Union

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Monday, July 18, 2016

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Today, Morocco asked to rejoin African Union (AU), 32 years after quitting African Unity in 1984 when the AU acknowledged Western Sahara‘s independence. African Unity was later renamed to African Union. Morocco is the only African country which is not the member of that union.

Moroccan king Mohammed VI sent a message to AU’s summit in Rwanda’s capital Kigali saying “the moment has now come” to rejoin the institutional family. Mohammed VI said, “Through this historic act and return, Morocco wants to work within the AU to transcend divisions.”

Moroccans consider Western Sahara as their province which is neither a member of the United Nations (UN) nor the Arab League. Earlier this year, Moroccan leaders intended to pull their soldiers away from UN, activities. Despite the claims of Morocco on Western Sahara, African Union said that it would support Western Sahara’s people’s rights to conduct a referendum for independence.

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Moroccan king asks to join African Union

Moroccan king asks to join African Union

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On Monday, Morocco asked to rejoin the African Union (AU). Morocco quit African Unity in 1984 when the AU acknowledged Western Sahara‘s independence. African Unity was later renamed to the African Union. Every African country except Morocco belongs to the AU.

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Moroccan king Mohammed VI sent a message to AU’s summit in Rwanda’s capital Kigali saying “the moment has now come” to rejoin the institutional family. Mohammed VI said, “Through this historic act and return, Morocco wants to work within the AU to transcend divisions.”

Moroccos considers Western Sahara its province which is neither a member of the United Nations (UN) nor of the Arab League. Earlier this year, Moroccan leaders intended to pull their soldiers away from UN activities. Despite the claims of Morocco on Western Sahara, the African Union said it would support Western Sahara’s people’s rights to conduct a referendum for independence.



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June 5, 2016

Egyptian teen dies in illegal genital mutilation procedure

Egyptian teen dies in illegal genital mutilation procedure

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An Egyptian 17-year-old girl has died while under anaesthetics for an illegal female genital mutilation operation at a private hospital in Suez. Egyptian prosecutors are investigating the cause of her death, while waiting to receive the medical examiner’s results from the girl’s autopsy.

The girl, Mayar Mohamed Mousa, died as doctors performed the operation. Egypt, having banned the operation in 2008, is among several countries that have banned female genital mutilation. However, 85 percent of females between the age of 15 and 49 are still having the operation. According to a report published by the United Nations Development Programme, over 90 percent of Egyptian mothers have received the operation, but only 35% approve having it.

Mousa’s death has prompted campaign groups and the United Nations to request a strict response from the Egyptian government to enforce the operation’s ban. Egypt is one of five countries that are actively taking steps against female genital mutilation, with the others being Liberia, Burkina Faso, and Kenya. In a February report published by the United Nations children’s agency, nearly 200 million women worldwide receive the operation, which has been shown to cause several complications, such as bleeding and pain while urinating, discomfort during sexual interaction, as well as fatal complications during childbirth.

Both the girl’s mother and the doctor who performed the operation have been charged with manslaughter.



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FIFA Conditionally Lifts Benin Suspension

FIFA conditionally lifts Benin suspension

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

The small west African country of Benin have had their FIFA ban conditionally lifted allowing them to compete in a key qualifier for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. The qualification Group C match between Benin and Equatorial Guinea was originally scheduled to take place on the 5th of June but will now take place on the 12th of June. Benin currently sit second in their group on 8 points, 2 behind the leaders Mali.

FIFA placed the ban on the Benin Football Association last month following a local court injunction that was preventing elections for the football association taking place. The decision to ban Benin announced at the inaugural meeting of the FIFA Council in Mexico last month. Benin must conduct a new round of elections before the 11th of June otherwise the game will be cancelled and the organising committee for the Africa Cup of Nations will rule on the case.



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May 2, 2016

60 People Still Missing After Kenyan House Collapse

60 people still missing after Kenyan house collapse

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Monday, May 2, 2016

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According to a report from the Red Cross today, about 60 people were still missing after a house collapsed during a heavy rain storm on Friday in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

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Ten were known dead on Saturday, and a surviving man was dug out of the house after ten hours. The house was reportedly just two years old and had at least six floors. Local building has widespread problems with poor materials and not following Kenyan construction rules.

Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said on Saturday, hospitals had treated 80 people.

Another seven people reportedly died in the storm. Kenya’s Red Cross said the flooding affected more than 800 homes.



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