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Robert Mugabe Dead At 95

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Zimbabwe former president, Robert Mugabe has died, aged 95.

The ex-president who died on Friday September 6th was an independence hero who ruled for 37 years.  Mugabe had been receiving treatment in a hospital in Singapore since April. He was ousted in a military coup in 2017.

He was born on 21 February 1924 in what was then Rhodesia – a British colony, run by its white minority. After criticizing the government of Rhodesia in 1964 he was imprisoned for more than a decade without trial.

In 1973, while still in prison, he was chosen as president of the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu), of which he was a founding member.

 

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Akinwunmi Adesina Re-elected As President of Africa Development Bank

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Nigerian banker, Akinwunmi Adesina has been re-elected as the president of African Development Bank (AfDB) after many controversies.

Dr. Adesina gained 100% of the votes, unopposed. He will serve a second five-year term as President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari congratulated him on Twitter

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Protest In Wisconsin As Another Black Man Was Shot By The Police

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Another Black man had been shot and injured by the police. This shooting comes barely three months after the killing of George Floyd.

Jacob Blake, 29, was shot in the back multiple times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday as he leaned into his car, with his children screaming.

Blake was shot seven times by an officer and he is now paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors don’t know if the condition is permanent.

Blake was “helping to de-escalate a domestic incident” when he was shot from behind after he walked away from officers.

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US Authorizes The Use Of Chloroquine For Coronavirus Patients

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued what was termed as ‘an emergency use authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19’.

The drugs  used to treat malaria and other conditions is said to have little scientific evidence and are effective in treating Covid-19.

In its statement, Department of Health and Human Services, HHS said:

“Anecdotal reports suggest that these drugs may offer some benefit in the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
“The safety profile of these drugs has only been studied for FDA approved indications, not COVID-19.”

Before this release, US President Donald Trump had claimed few weeks ago that the  FDA had approved the “very powerful” drug chloroquine to treat coronavirus.
“It’s shown very encouraging — very, very encouraging early results. And we’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately. And that’s where the FDA has been so great. They — they’ve gone through the approval process; it’s been approved.  Trump said. This led to overdose of the drugs in many countries including Nigeria before FDA  issued a statement disapproving the use.

Now the drugs has been approved. But while there’s limited evidence on the efficacy of chloroquine, or hydroxychloroquine, the FDA said the drugs’ benefits outweighed their risk. In its letter, the FDA encouraged randomized clinical trials that could assess the effectiveness of the drugs. It also noted that the known and potential benefits outweigh the risks.

The authorization is limited to patients who are currently hospitalized and weigh at least 50kg, or about 110 pounds. Under the emergency use authorization, health care providers must contact their local or state health department to access the drugs.

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