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Packages of pure cocaine wash up on France’s beaches

Mysterious parcels containing more than 750kg of narcotics have been washing up on France's Atlantic coast since last month. French prosecutors said on Sunday that they opened an investigation after finding a "significant amount" of cocaine and other drugs on beaches all along France's western coast. "Suspect packages have been found on all beaches", they said, designating more than 500 kilometres of France's Atlantic coast. 'Particularly' pure cocaine The cocaine is particularly pure and therefore dangerous, said the prosecutor's office in the western city of Rennes. People who come across the packages have been urged not to touch them and contact the police. Some of the packages were marked 'Diamante' or 'Brillante', ('Diamond' and 'Shining' in Spanish). Similarly-labelled packages were reported to have washed up in Florida during hurricane Dorian in September. Reports say that tides started washing up the packages..

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Clashes as Palestinians mark 15 years since death of Yasser Arafat

Thousands of Palestinians marked the 15th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat in the occupied West Bank on Monday. One man was reportedly killed in clashes with the Israeli forces. On November 11, 2004, Mohammed Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini, the man who embodied the Palestinian struggle for statehood for over 40 years, died in a hospital near Paris from a massive hemorrhagic stroke as per the released medical report. His personal doctor Ashraf al-Kurdi and aide Bassam Abu Sharif both believed his death to be the cause of poisoning likely by Israel. But Israeli continue to deny such claims. Legacy of Arafat Most people remember the iconic image of Arafat: a lightly bearded man wearing his keffiyeh scarf - the checkered black and white pattern that has become a symbol of Palestinian nationalism – dressed in a safari suit. He was the man who represented the struggle of Palestinians for statehood through the PLO, the Palestine Liberation Organisation founded i..

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France’s far-right congratulates Vox party’s strong showing in Spain’s election

Spain's general election has left it in a state of political uncertainty for the coming months as the latest polls reflect a widening political divide between those on the left and those on the right. Sunday's national vote concluded with a growing presence of the far-right in parliament - a first in decades in Spain - and no party with a clear mandate to govern. The elections were called by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, with the hopes of gaining enough support to form a government after he failed to do so in April's snap election. But the move proved a miscalculation by Sanchez leaving the country visibly divided. Left vs Right The Prime Minister's left-of-centre Socialists won most seats, but fell short of a majority in the 350 seat chamber. That means if selected to form a government, Sanchez will need to make coalitions and deals across the board if his party wants to have some say in governing the country. Party secretary Jose Abalos said on Monday that Sanchez..

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Gov’t Will Pay Customers Of Defunct Fund Management Companies —SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says individuals and corporations who have their funds locked up in any of the 53 defunct Fund Management Companies should expect some funds from the government ahead of official liquidation processes. Last Friday, SEC revoked the licenses of the 53 companies, citing amongst other things, the failure of the institutions to return the funds of clients. In an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show, the Deputy Director-General of the Commission, Paul Ababio, said liquidating the assets of the companies is time-consuming, hence government's intervention. “We have engaged government; they have subscribed to making some funds available. Obviously, we have to finish with the validation first, but we have a sense of the range which we are looking at and they will make the amount available after we have done the validation. The first source of funds will be the government support, the liquidation period takes some time, ideally, because this ha..

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We’ll Trigger Vote Of No Confidence Against Finance Minister If He Dare Cook-Up Figures—Minority Threatens

The opposition party in Parliament has promised to trigger a vote of no confidence against the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, over what it says are high fiscal deficit figures. The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs claim the Minister wants to deliberately manipulate government’s spending figures to stay within the accepted limit. Per the provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, a Finance Minister should not superintend a fiscal deficit which exceeds 5 per cent lest he be censored. Speaking to Joy FM’s Top Story Monday, Minority spokesperson on Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson, claims the only thing Mr Ofori-Atta is trying to avoid is the censorship, the reason he is manipulating the figures. Mr Forson said the Minority MPs are going to reject the figures Mr Ofori-Atta will present when he appears in the House to present the 2020 budget statement on Wednesday. “He should prepare because he has already exceeded that 5 per cent,” the Ajumako Enyan Essiam MP charged, adding the..

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Drought-hit Zimbabwe to transfer thousands of animals

Zimbabwe's wildlife agency said Monday it would move hundreds of elephants and other animals in a dramatic bid to save them from a lethal drought. At least 120 elephants have already died over the past two months as the country grapples with one of the worst droughts in its history. "We are moving 600 elephants, two prides of lion comprising between five and 10 members, a pack of wild dogs, 50 buffalo, 40 giraffes and 2,000 impalas," parks and wildlife authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo told AFP. The animals will be moved from Save Conservancy, a major park in southeastern Zimbabwe, to three other game reserves. "This will be the biggest translocation in our history," said Farawo. Permits for the operation have already been secured, Farawo said. The transfer will start "during the rain season, when pastures and foliage start flourishing," he added. The rain season usually kicks off from around the middle of November. "We want to avoid a situation where we trans-locate animals, onl..

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ICC prosecutor warns against escalating violence in Guinea

The International Criminal Court on Monday urged Guinea's government and the opposition to resume talks after bloody protests and warned that The Hague-based body could try those fanning tensions. The West African country has been wracked by demonstrations by the opposition who accuse President Alpha Conde of seeking to prolong his rule and uncertainty whether polls scheduled for February will go ahead. "Following reports of numerous episodes of violence in Guinea in the past weeks, I call on all actors and their supporters to refrain from violence and resume dialogue to prevent further casualties," ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said. "Anyone who commits, orders, incites, encourages or contributes in any other way to the commission of atrocity crimes... is liable to prosecution by Guinean courts or by the ICC," she said. At least 16 civilians and a police officer have been killed in bloody clashes since the protests began in mid-October, according to the opposition, with doz..

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2 found critically hurt in midtown building died by murder-suicide, police say

Toronto·New2 found critically hurt in midtown building died by murder-suicide, police sayTwo people who died after they were found critically hurt in a highrise residential building in October died by murder-suicide, Toronto police say.Woman died by strangulation, man died from obvious trauma, both pronounced in hospitalToronto police say a woman and a man who were found critically hurt in a midtown residential building in October died in a murder-suicide. (Richard Agecoutay/CBC)Two people who died after they were found critically hurt in a highrise residential building in October died by murder-suicide, Toronto police say. In a news release on Monday, police identified the woman and man who were found in critical condition in a unit at 141 Davisville Ave., near Yonge Street, on Oct. 26. Emergency crews were called to the unit at about 12:30 a.m. Both people died in hospital later. On Monday, police revealed the cause of death of both people. 2 dead as police investigate 'suspi..

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Child struck by air conditioning unit that fell from 8th floor of building

Toronto·BreakingChild struck by air conditioning unit that fell from 8th floor of building A child has been sent to a trauma centre with very serious injuries after being struck by an air conditioning unit that fell from the eighth floor of a Scarborough building, according to Toronto police.A child has been sent to a trauma centre with very serious injuries after being struck by an air conditioning unit that fell from the eighth floor of a Scarborough building, according to Toronto police. Police say it happened Monday afternoon in the area of Lawrence Avenue East and Mossbank Drive. More to come Report Typo or Error|Send Feedback

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