South African lawmakers threw punches during the annual State of the Nation address delivered by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday (9 February) after he was branded an incorrigible man and “rotten to the core” over corruption allegations. The scenes, which unfolded on national television, saw lawmakers from the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters party hauled out of the chamber. Zuma has seen off five bids to oust him since he took office in 2009.
Feb 10, 2017
Protesters in three French cities demanded justice for Theo, a young black man who was allegedly raped with a baton while in police custody in the Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois. At least 250 people congregated in the French capital, near the underground station of Ménilmontant, on 8 February, for second consecutive night. Between 300-400 people participated at a solidarity rally in Nantes, and another 200 demonstrated in Rennes. Protesters showed anger at the police, chanting: We all hate the police and leaving Cops, rapists, murders written on the walls, as the newspaper Le Parisien reported.
Feb 9, 2017
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a dual US-Somali citizen and former prime minister, was sworn in as Somalias new president on 8 February. The voting process, which lasted months, began with 14,000 elders and regional figures choosing 275 members of parliament and 54 senators, who then had to choose a president from among 21 candidates.
Feb 9, 2017
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A police officer in downtown Oshawa, Ontario, was called to the scene of what a passer-by thought was a fight. However, it turned out to be a dance crew recording a video.The University of Ontario’s dance team was in the middle of filming its latest video, when Constable Jarrod Singh of the Durham Regional Police Service was sent to investigate. When he realized that there was in fact no fight and only funk, Singh broke out some killer moves of his own. “I saw eight people gathered around one person, so I can see how a member of the public thought it was a fight,” Singh told CBC News Canada. “But when I got closer I could see he was break dancing in the middle and there was someone filming it.”
Feb 9, 2017
Republican Senator Jeff Sessions bids farewell to the US Senate after he is voted 52-47 to serve as the next attorney general of the US. The Alabama senator is known for his tough stance on immigration enforcement and his early support of President Donald Trump who nominated him for the job. Republican senators voted on 7 February to end Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warrens reading of a letter written 30 years ago by Martin Luther King Jrs widow that criticized Sessions, still nominee at the time to lead the Justice Department, for his civil rights record.
Feb 9, 2017
- Woman attacked with acid, 'possessive' female colleague under scanner
- BrahMos supersonic cruise missile successfully tested with Indian-made seeker
- Pakistani TV show darkens fair-skinned models to prove 'black is beautiful'
- India's 'stern warning' to Facebook, other social media: Influencing elections not tolerated
- WhatsApp message claiming Delhi will be hit by 9.1-magnitude earthquake is fake