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Somali insurgent bastion facing cholera crisis

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Cholera is rising in the last major town held by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shehab, with most of those stricken by the disease children, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Friday.

The UN agency “is very much concerned about the increased number of cholera cases, particularly in Kismayo town,” it said in a statement, warning that the infectious diarrhoeal disease could kill within hours if untreated.

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“One health facility did a rapid test among a sample of 10 patients, and a total of six cases tested positive for cholera,” the WHO statement read.

Of the 65 patients treated so far, 40 required “immediate hospitalisation”, it added — and most of the cases were children aged below eight.

Hardline Shebab fighters still control large parts of southern Somalia, but are left with the southern port of Kismayo as the last major town they control, after attacks by AU troops, government forces and Ethiopian soldiers.

Kismayo is blockaded at sea and on land, with main supply routes strangled by encircling forces. Kenyan troops in the AU force have vowed to seize the town by the end of August.


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The few police willing to join in solidarity with protesters

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Reports of the protests across the country are focusing on the violence, clashes and property damage caused by a small few rather than the peaceful protest of those rallying against injustice and the police standing in solidarity with them.

A few captured positive moments of cities where officers support the protests and believe Black lives do actually matter.

There were moments of protesters fist-bumping police, hugs with police, and in one incident in New York City over the weekend, one officer was separated from his unit. Protesters surrounded him with locked arms to protect him from those being violent. In Miami, Florida and Seattle, Washington, police joined protesters in kneeling.

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Trump shows all the signs of being ‘rattled’ now that the White House is under siege from protesters: columnist

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In a column for the Atlantic, longtime political observer Peter Nicholas stated that Donald Trump is showing all the signs of a scared man as massive protests have broken out across the country over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops -- and angry Americans are taking their case all the way up to the White House gates.

As Nicholas wrote, "Presidents live within a protective cocoon built and continually fortified for one purpose: keeping them alive. But inside the White House compound these days, Donald Trump seems rattled by what’s transpiring outside the windows of his historic residence."

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Black Londoner explains George Floyd protester support with story of how cops murdered his brother

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In an interview with MSNBC's Molly Hunter, a Black Londoner explained why he turned out for a protest near Trafalgar Square in support of Americans who have hit the streets in the U.S. over the murder of George Floyd by four former Minneapolis police officers.

According to the man -- identified as Daniel and who was wearing a COVID-19 mask and a New York Yankees hat -- his brother was also murdered by police and the cops walked free.

"You've been marching all day," Hunter began. "Look, I have two questions for you: what was it like watching the U.S. this week from London? Does it resonate?

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