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The US State Department has announced a charter flight for its citizens stranded in Haiti, as gang violence and hunger continue to grip the country. Police in the capital Port-au-Prince are trying to recapture areas held by notorious gang leader Jimmy Chérizier. Chérizier, known as “Barbecue”, has a stronghold in the Delmas neighbourhood and police are trying to arrest him. On Saturday police spokesman Lionel Lazarre said several “bandits” had been killed in the operation. Mr Lazarre said police units entered the neighbourhood on Friday evening. In another statement, the police said they fired shots at members of Barbecue’s gang,…

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By Associated Press Officials saw the crescent moon Sunday night, March 10, in Saudi Arabia, home to the holiest sites in Islam, marking the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan for many of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims. The sacred month, which sees those observing abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset, marks a period of religious reflection, family get-togethers and giving across the Muslim world. Seeing the moon Sunday night means Monday is the first day of the fast. Saudi state television reported that authorities there saw the crescent moon. Soon after, multiple Gulf Arab…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Nikki Haley suspended her presidential campaign on Wednesday after being soundly defeated across the country on Super Tuesday, leaving Donald Trump as the last remaining major candidate for the 2024 Republican nomination. Haley didn’t endorse the former president in a speech in Charleston, South Carolina. Instead, she challenged him to win the support of the moderate Republicans and independent voters who supported her. “It is now up to Donald Trump to earn the votes of those in our party and beyond it who did not support him. And I hope he does that,” she said. “At its best, politics is…

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President Macky Sall has also dissolved the government and named Sidiki Kaba as the new prime minister. By Al Jazeera Senegal will hold its delayed presidential election on March 24, the government has said, following weeks of political turmoil and violent protests calling for an immediate vote. The announcement on Wednesday after a cabinet meeting followed a February ruling in which the country’s top court declared that outgoing President Macky Sall’s plans to hold the vote after his term expires on April 2 were unconstitutional. Sall also dissolved the government on Wednesday, replacing Prime Minister Amadou Ba with Interior Minister…

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Soldiers have been deployed to defend the airport of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, from an assault by armed gangs. By BBC Witnesses reported hearing shots ringing out in the vicinity of Toussaint Louverture Airport as security forces clashed with armed men. The gangs’ aim is to prevent the return to Haiti of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who is believed to be abroad. Violence has spiralled in his absence with the gangs demanding he resign. Mr Henry left Haiti last week to attend a regional summit in Guyana. From there, he travelled to Kenya to sign a deal on the deployment…

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Top US court unanimously reverses Colorado decision to kick Trump off primary ballot over January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. By Al Jazeera The United States Supreme Court has rejected an effort by Colorado to remove Donald Trump’s name from the state’s Republican primary ballot, delivering the former president a major victory as he seeks his party’s nomination. The justices on Monday, March 4, unanimously reversed a December 19 decision by Colorado’s top court to kick Trump off the ballot under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, which includes a section that prohibits individuals from holding public office if they…

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In 2021, the director of the African Research University Alliance Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of Pretoria was appointed to the board of the transnational food corporation Nestlé. At the time a group of more than 200 senior academics wrote an open letter, about conflicts of interest. Nestlé’s portfolio of foods, by its own admission, includes more than 60% that don’t meet the definition of healthy products. In December last year, the same centre announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Nestlé. It signalled their intent to “forge a transformative partnership” to shape “the future of food and nutrition…

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