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Truck smashes into bus in north Sudan, killing not less than 13

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CAIRO (AP) — A rushing truck attempting to overhaul a automotive crashed right into a passenger bus on a freeway in northern Sudan on Friday, killing 13 folks and injuring 15, authorities.

Sudanese police stated the accident occurred close to the village of Dongola on the Nile River, round 500 miles north of the capital, Khartoum. Streets had been slick as heavy rains and gale power winds pummeled a lot of the nation, inflicting extreme flooding in some cities.

Photographs circulating on-line confirmed the 2 massive autos crumpled and overturned by the roadside.

Each drivers and 4 law enforcement officials touring on the bus had been amongst these killed, officers stated. The 15 injured had been taken to a hospital, the place some had been reported in essential situation.

Car accidents are frequent in Sudan, typically the results of badly maintained roads and poor enforcement of site visitors legal guidelines. The World Well being Group has stated that street accidents killed greater than 10,000 folks in Sudan in 2018.

In Could, a fiery head-on collision between a truck filled with passengers and a tractor-trailer killed 57 folks and left greater than 20 injured on a freeway within the nation’s Darfur area.

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pandemic threatens peace and dangers new conflicts

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that the COVID-19 pandemic not solely threatens positive factors in preventing world poverty and constructing peace however dangers exacerbating current conflicts and producing new ones.

The U.N. chief informed a Safety Council assembly on the problem of sustaining peace throughout the pandemic that his March 23 name for a direct cease-fire in conflicts all over the world to deal with the coronavirus led quite a lot of fighters to take steps to de-escalate and cease preventing.

“But, regrettably, in lots of cases, the pandemic didn’t transfer the events to droop hostilities or conform to a everlasting ceasefire,” Guterres stated.

His predecessor as secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, informed the council: “It’s really astonishing that in response to this pandemic, the world has positioned billions of individuals below lock-down, closed worldwide borders, suspended commerce and migration, and briefly shut down an entire number of industries – however has not managed to droop armed conflicts.”

Ban criticized the U.N. Safety Council for losing worthwhile months “in arguments over the main points of the textual content” and never adopting a decision till July 1 demanding an “instant cessation of hostilities” in key conflicts together with Syria, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan and Congo to deal with COVID-19.

“This has weakened the message that this council must ship to all fighters: now’s the time to confront our widespread enemy,” Ban stated.

And he stated delayed council motion “additional aggravated the present unstable world safety conditions.”

“The influence of COVID-19 on conflict-affected settings has been a lot worse than initially thought,” stated Ban, who’s a co-chair of the group of outstanding world leaders based by Nelson Mandela often called The Elders.

He pointed to well being and humanitarian ramifications, social cohesion, governance, the rule of regulation and threats to multilateralism that are jeopardizing ongoing efforts to maintain peace, “or could even trigger a reversal in hard-won peace and safety positive factors to this point.”

Whereas governments attempt to confront the pandemic, some teams have seen a chance to ramp up violence, Ban stated, citing as examples Boko Haram and different militants in Nigeria, rising mob violence in Congo and murders by drug cartels in Mexico.

He additionally warned that the financial impacts of the pandemic “will likely be each long-lasting and extreme, with ripple results for a lot of fragile and conflict-affected states.”

As examples, Ban stated Lebanon’s political and financial disaster, exacerbated by final week’s lethal explosion at Beirut’s port, is being compounded by COVID-19’s influence on two key money-earners, tourism and commerce, whereas Iraq’s finances is being stretched skinny due to the collapse in oil costs.

Secretary-Normal Guterres stated the pandemic has raised rising questions concerning the effectiveness of well being methods, social providers, belief in establishments and methods of governance.

“All of which means our dedication to sustaining peace is extra pressing than ever,” he stated.

Guterres pointed to 3 key risks: erosion of public belief, destabilization of the worldwide financial order, and weakening of “the social material.”

“The notion that authorities are mishandling the disaster, or not being clear or favoring political allies can result in public disillusion in authorities and its establishments,” he stated.

The U.N. chief additionally warned that “with out concerted motion, inequalities, world poverty and the potential for instability and violence might develop for years.”

Whereas there have been many peaceable protests, Guterres stated, “in quite a lot of nations, COVID-19 has been an excuse for harsh crackdowns and a spike in state repression.”

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Coronavirus Australia dwell replace: anxiousness grows over NSW thriller instances as curve begins to flatten in Victoria – newest information

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NSW authorities are involved about various Covid-19 instances previously six weeks the place the supply was unknown. Comply with dwell

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The official announcement is right here

#Covid19VicData for 13 August 2020.
278 new instances of #coronavirus (#COVID19) detected in Victoria within the final 24 hours. Sadly, eight lives have been misplaced.
Extra element will probably be offered this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/8SWet6eHv1

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The variety of instances has come down from the 410 we noticed yesterday (and the excessive 300s we had seen earlier than) which is good news.

There have been eight deaths. Which continues to be a tragedy

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Russia simply authorized a COVID vaccine—however that’s not essentially excellent news

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Russia simply authorized a COVID vaccine—however that’s not essentially excellent news

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