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Survivor recalls horror of Pakistan plane crash that killed 97

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Karachi (AFP) – One of the two people to survive a plane crash in Pakistan that killed 97 people has described jumping from the burning wreckage of the aircraft after it hurtled into a residential neighbourhood.The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane came down among houses on Friday afternoon after both engines failed as it approached Karachi airport, the airline said. Its wings sliced through rooftops, sending flames and plumes of smoke into the air as it crashed onto a street, sparking a rescue operation that lasted into the night.Commercial flights in the country resumed only days a…

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Fresno city councilman accuses colleague of ‘bullying and abusive behavior’ over rule mandating COVID-19 masks

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During a press conference on Thursday, a Fresno City Council member railed at one his colleagues for a proposal -- since passed -- that would require members to wear masks during meetings.

According to Councilmember Garry Bredefeld he finds the masks -- used to stem the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus -- "uncomfortable" and he feels he is being bullied by fellow Councilmember Miguel Arias.

Addressing the resolution to mandate wearing masks, Bredefeld told reporters that Arias, "Put on the agenda was it just the latest example of a pattern for him that includes bullying, abusive, belligerent and bullying behavior."

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‘No benefit’ from hydroxychloroquine for virus: UK trial

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A major British clinical trial has found hydroxychloroquine has "no benefit" for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, scientists said Friday, in the first large-scale study to provide results for a drug at the centre of political and scientific controversy.

Hydroxychloroquine, a decades-old malaria and rheumatoid arthritis drug, has been touted as a possible treatment for the new coronavirus by high profile figures, including US President Donald Trump, and has been included in several randomized clinical trials.

The University of Oxford's Recovery trial, the biggest of these so far to come forward with findings, said that it would now stop recruiting patients to be given hydroxychloroquine "with immediate effect".

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Biden hammers ‘despicable’ Trump for saying how happy George Floyd would be looking down on America

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Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Friday hammered President Donald Trump for saying that late police brutality victim George Floyd was probably smiling as he looked down on the United States right now.

In addressing Trump's comments about Floyd being happy for America less than two weeks after dying at the hands of police officers, Biden said Trump showed little understanding about why Floyd's death was so significant for the country.

"He was speaking of a man who was brutally killed by an act of needless violence, and by a larger tide of injustice that has metastasized on this president's watch," Biden said. "He's moved to split us based on race, religion, and ethnicity."

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