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Brazil’s far-right president sends army into city to fight crime

Brazil has deployed military troops in the northern city of Fortaleza, with orders to stop a spike in criminal violence.

Justice minister Sergio Moro ordered the deployment after reports in Brazilian media showed gangs torching service stations.

Dozens of attacks have forced residents to stay at home.

The intervention comes weeks after far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro, who was elected president last year on a hardline law-and-order slate, took office.

In recent days banks, police stations and other buildings have been destroyed by flames and a pillar supporting an overpass was badly damaged by a bomb.

Burned out cars and buses now litter the streets in the city.

People are struggling to live normal lives amid the violence

People are struggling to live normal lives amid the violence
Resident Eder Avalcente said the violence had made it difficult for people to move.

“As of yesterday, we experienced terror in Fortaleza,” he said. “Today, I did not go to work, I was scared because I was told… there was no way to guarantee safety there. That is what people are living through.”

Although the cause of the spike is unclear it was reported that it is linked to stricter rules in state prisons, including cellphone signal blockers and an end to the policy of separating inmates according to gang affiliation.

Brazil’s prison gangs have a reach far beyond the country’s jails, which have the world’s third largest population behind the United States and China, with nearly 730,000 inmates in 2016.

Around 300 military personnel are arriving in Fortaleza and more than 10 other cities across the state of Caera over the weekend.

The state’s governor belongs to the Workers’ Party, which is now the left-wing opposition following Mr Bolsonaro’s ascent to power.

As part of his pledge to crack down on crime, the president has promised to give immunity to soldiers and police who kill while on duty. He also said he would ease gun laws to allow “good” citizens to challenge armed criminals.

He praised the operation in Fortaleza as “apt, rapid and effective”.

“The people of Ceara need help at this moment,” he said earlier this week. “The measures were taken, it was necessary that Ceara’s government sent a request about the real need for the force.”

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Nijar ta samu tallafi maganin malaria daga Amurka

Sauro ne ke haddasa cutar malaria

Hakkin mallakar hoto
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Gwamnatin Amurka ta tallafa wa jamhuriyar Nijar da magungunan zazzabin cizon sauro wato malaria na milyoyin CFA.

Tallafin dai ya hada da magungunan rigakafin zazzabin cizon sauro dama na magance cutar da zarar an kamu da ita.

Kazalika daga cikin tallafin da Amurkan ta ba wa Nijar, akwai gidajen sauro.

Amurka dai ta bayar da wannan taimako ne ga Nijar da zimmar rage yaduwar cutar ta malaria da akshi 50 cikin 100.

Wannan tallafi na Amurkan, na daga cikin wani tsari ne na kasar wajen tallafa wa kasashe masu tasowa.

Cutar zazzabin cizon sauro na daga cikin cututtukan da ke saurin kisan kananan yara da ma mata masu juna biyu a kasar.

Gwamnatin Nijar ta kasa yakin da take a kan yaduwar cutar zuwa gida uku da suka hada da neman tallafi da wadatar da al’ummar kasar da maganin rigakafin cutar da kuma tsaftace unguwanni.

Kasashen Afrika ne suka fi fama da cutar zazzabin cizon sauro, kuma yawancin wadanda ke mutuwa yara ne.

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Two dozen bodies recovered from flooded illegal Zimbabwe gold mine

The bodies of 24 illegal gold miners have been recovered from flooded tunnels in Zimbabwe after a dam wall collapsed following heavy rain.

Up to 70 may have been trapped in the mine and the search near Kadoma continues, the government said. It has declared a national disaster.

A relative of a deceased miner

A relative of a deceased miner wears a mask near the mine
Eight people were rescued, all but one of whom have been discharged from hospital.

Henrietta Rushwaya, who leads the country’s small-scale miners’ association, said 23 of the bodies had been identified.

According to the government’s deputy chief mining engineer, “it doesn’t seem likely” that there are any other survivors.

Only eight of the estimated 70 trapped miners are thought to have survived

Only eight of the estimated 70 trapped miners are thought to have survived
The disaster happened in Battlefields – a small settlement 110 miles west of Harare that is rich in gold deposits and popular with illegal miners.

Friends and relatives have broken police lines in an attempt to identify their loved ones.

Surviving miners were exhausted and muddied after being pulled out

Surviving miners were exhausted and muddied after being pulled out
The makeshift shafts and tunnels, some running as deep as 50m (164ft), can easily collapse in the rainy season when the ground is soft.

According to the Zimbabwean government, $200,000 (£155,000) is needed to complete the rescue effort – with a spokesman urging “well-wishers” to donate body bags, masks and gloves.

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Trump asks Britain to take back Islamic State fighters | US News

US President Donald Trump stated that the US has asked Britain and other European allies to take back more than 800 Islamic State fighters captured in Syria and put them on trial.

The US president said the terror group’s caliphate in Iraq and Syria is “ready to fall” and “the alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them”.

He added: “The US does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go.

“We do so much, and spend so much – Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% caliphate victory!”

Mr Trump’s comments come after US vice president Mike Pence said the last mile of IS-controlled territory in Syria was being captured by American-backed forces.

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