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Democratic congressman points blistering assault on Republicans after Covid-19 prognosis

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Raúl Grijalva condemns colleagues for failing to take disaster severely as they ‘strut across the Capitol with no masks’

A Democratic congressman identified as constructive for the coronavirus has condemned Republican politicians for his or her carelessness round Congress and blamed them for spreading the virus.

The Arizona Democrat Raúl Grijalva examined constructive for the coronavirus, it was revealed on Saturday, and has instantly quarantined, although he’s asymptomatic and feeling properly, his workplace stated. However Grijalva issued a fiery condemnation of Republicans and their conduct across the halls of Congress.

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Son of Angola’s ex-leader jailed for 5 years

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José Filomeno dos Santos, also known as Zenu, was head of Angola's Sovereign Wealth Fund from 2013 to 2018
José Filomeno dos Santos, also referred to as Zenu, was head of Angola’s Sovereign Wealth Fund from 2013 to 2018

The son of Angola’s former president has been jailed for 5 years for fraud from when he was head of the oil-rich nation’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.

José Filomeno dos Santos, 42, was accused of making an attempt to embezzle as much as $1.5bn (£1.1bn) whereas overseeing the $5bn fund from 2013 to 2018.

He was charged with stealing $500m from the fund and transferring it to a checking account in Switzerland.

Dos Santos’ father, José Eduardo dos Santos, led the nation for 38 years.

José Eduardo dos Santos was president from 1979 till he resigned in 2017, to get replaced by the person he had handpicked for the job, his former defence minister Joao Lourenço.

José Filomeno dos Santos, also referred to as Zenu, spent seven months in jail over the corruption allegations earlier than being freed in March.

He was the primary member of the previous presidential household to be prosecuted as a part of an anti-corruption marketing campaign led by President Lourenço.

It was broadly seen as a take a look at of Angola’s dedication to combating corruption.

The case is part of an anti-corruption campaign led by President Joao Lourenço
The case is a part of an anti-corruption marketing campaign led by President Joao Lourenço

Sentencing Dos Santos on the nation’s Supreme Court docket, Justice Joao da Cruz Pitra mentioned: “For the crime of fraud… and for the crime of peddling affect… the authorized cumulus condemns him to a single sentence of 5 years in jail.”

Three co-defendants had been additionally accused of fraud, embezzlement and affect peddling – together with the previous governor of the nationwide financial institution of Angola (BNA) Valter Filipe da Silva.

They had been every sentenced to between 4 and 6 years in jail.

All 4 defendants had been acquitted of cash laundering fees. They beforehand denied any wrongdoing.

President Lourenço fired one other of his predecessor’s youngsters, Isabel dos Santos, believed to be Africa’s richest lady, from her place as head of the state oil big Sonango in November 2017 over alleged embezzlement.

Ms Dos Santos denies any wrongdoing. She now lives overseas after saying that her life had been threatened.

The previous president can also be believed to have left the nation.

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UK coronavirus dwell: France may quarantine British travellers in retaliation over new guidelines | World information

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Massive swathes of northern England and Leicester will stay beneath tighter lockdown for a 3rd week as coronavirus an infection charges proceed to climb sharply in some districts, the Division of Well being and Social Care (DHSC) has introduced.

The choice was taken by Matt Hancock, the well being secretary, in collaboration with native leaders after circumstances did not drop sufficiently.

The measures – initially introduced in with just a few hours’ discover on 31 July – will “assist defend native residents, and permit extra time for the adjustments to have an impact, chopping transmission amongst households”, the DHSC stated.

The restrictions proceed to have an effect on residents in Higher Manchester; Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford in West Yorkshire; Leicester; and the next areas of east Lancashire: Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Preston and Rossendale.

Casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, exhibition halls, convention centres and indoor play areas is not going to be permitted to open in these areas. Elsewhere in England they’ll open from Saturday.

Individuals within the affected areas is not going to be permitted to combine with different households (other than these of their assist bubble) inside non-public properties or gardens. They’ll nonetheless capable of meet others in teams of as much as six people, or two households, in out of doors public locations.

Swimming pools, indoor gyms and different leisure amenities in addition to nail bars, spas and wonder salons will proceed to stay closed in Bradford, Blackburn with Darwen, and Leicester.

Shielding can even proceed for people in Blackburn with Darwen, and Leicester.

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Palestinians warn Israel-UAE deal imperils Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque

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* Palestinians see Al-Aqsa as pinnacle of future state

* Worshippers slam UAE leaders over take care of Israel

* Fear deal might threaten their entry to sacred website

* Burn effigies of Trump, Netanyahu, Abu Dhabi crown prince

By Rami Ayyub

JERUSALEM, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Indignant Palestinians in Jerusalem accused the United Arab Emirates of collaborating with Israel and endangering Al-Aqsa mosque – Islam’s third-holiest website – as they gathered for Friday prayers the day after the Gulf state’s take care of Israel.

Below an settlement brokered by U.S. President Donald Trump, Israel and the UAE introduced on Thursday that they are going to normalise diplomatic ties, introduced collectively by a confluence of pursuits in opposition to Iran.

The deal additionally envisions giving Muslims better entry to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque by permitting them to straight fly from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

This was greeted with dismay by Palestinian worshippers submitting into the tree-lined hilltop compound in Jerusalem’s walled Previous Metropolis recognized to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews because the Temple Mount.

“Our brothers within the Emirates put our blessed mosque within the grip of dying,” stated Kamal Attoun, 60, an East Jerusalem Palestinian and Previous Metropolis service provider.

Requested if he would welcome Muslims from the Emirates or the Gulf below such circumstances, Attoun stated: “You have seen how collaborators from Saudi Arabia have been acquired up to now. The identical destiny awaits the Emiratis.”

He was referring to a pro-Israel Saudi web influencer who was reportedly taunted as he walked by means of the Previous Metropolis compound final yr.

Palestinians have lengthy sought East Jerusalem, the place the Previous Metropolis is situated, as capital of a future state and have appeared to Arab nations to defend that stance. In the event that they normalise ties with Israel, Palestinians concern shedding any probability of future sovereignty within the metropolis and assured entry to Al Aqsa mosque.

Mohammad al-Sharif, 45, a member of Israel’s Arab minority, stated he wouldn’t maintain it in opposition to peculiar Muslims from the Gulf “as a result of their rulers made a mistake”.

However he was scathing about their leaders.

“Collaboration with the UAE is worse, 100 instances worse than collaborating with Israel. That Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and his soiled canines look out for themselves and their pursuits and the remainder of us can go to hell,” he stated, referring to Abu Dhabi’s crown prince.

The highest Islamic official in Jerusalem, Sheikh Abdul-Azim Salhab of the Islamic Waqf, advised Reuters he does “not settle for the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque to be the topic of political bickering. It’s larger than this tug-of-war.”

Condemnation additionally got here from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose spokesman on Thursday learn out a press release from the management on Palestinian tv calling the deal a “betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa and the Palestinian trigger”.

Palestinians throughout Gaza and the occupied West Financial institution rallied on Friday in opposition to the deal. Protesters within the metropolis of Nablus burned effigies of Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed.

ISRAELIS DELIGHTED

In the meantime, Israel embraced the deal, with the nation’s biggest-selling day by day, Yedioth Ahronoth, calling it a “daring breakthrough”.

Some analysts stated Netanyahu risked angering his supporters by strolling again pledges to annex land within the West Financial institution – territory sought by Palestinians for a state – in order to do a take care of an Arab Gulf nation.

“He gained a couple of factors with the centre-left, which loves agreements with Arabs, however he misplaced many extra factors together with his base of right-wing voters,” wrote Ben Caspit in Maariv.

Netanyahu, dogged by an ongoing corruption trial and criticised for his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic, has hailed the settlement as a private success in integrating Israel within the Center East.

On his Arabic-language Twitter account he credited Israel’s overseas intelligence service Mossad with serving to to clinch the deal.

Below spy chief Yossi Cohen, Netanyahu stated, the Mossad helped develop Israel’s relations with the Gulf and “ripen the peace settlement with the Emirates”. (Extra reporting by Ali Sawafta in Ramallah; Writing by Stephen Farrell and Rami Ayyub; Modifying by Mark Heinrich)

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