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Nigerian Vice President Calls for Equitable Vaccine Access

Road blocked as anti-immigration protesters clash with police in Dover

Anti-immigration protesters have clashed with police and blocked a dual carriageway in Dover.

At least 40 officers are at the scene by the A20, which is blocked in both directions.

Police clashed with demonstrators at the entrance to Dover harbour, with several officers seen restraining one person on the ground who was then arrested.

Some protesters sang Rule, Britannia! as they marched in the direction of the town, according to reports.

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Melania Trump Weighs In On President’s Reported Military Insults: It’s ‘Not True’

In a rare tweet strongly defending her husband, Melania Trump on Friday denied reports that the president has insulted fallen military service members.

Donald Trump has called the military casualties “losers” and “suckers,” and he has refused to visit graves of American war heroes in Europe, The Atlantic reported Thursday.

The first lady slammed The Atlantic’s use of “anonymous sources” and called the article “activism,” not journalism. She claimed it has “become a very dangerous time” when anonymous sources are believed “above all else.”

Twitter critics hit back by informing her that nearly every major news source has confirmed the article, including the right-leaning Fox News.

They also noted that Trump has already used exactly those kind of insults — very publicly — disparaging the military service of the late Sen. John McCain, a former Navy pilot who was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for more than five years. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said during his last campaign. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” Trump also said of the senator: “I don’t like losers.”


Mandarin over Mongolian: Students protest against language policy

China’s leaders say promoting the Han culture and nationalising Chinese language provides minorities with better opportunities.

Students and teachers in the northern Chinese province of Inner Mongolia are taking part in rare protests against a new policy requiring that certain classes be taught in Mandarin.

The main language used now is Mongolian and is spoken by a fifth of the province’s population.

Al Jazeera’s Katrina Yu is in Beijing.

British police investigating suspicious item on Manchester bus

LONDON (REUTERS) – Police in Manchester, north west England, said on Saturday (Sept 5) they were responding to reports that a suspicious item had been found on a bus at Manchester Piccadilly bus station.

Greater Manchester Police said on Twitter that officers were in attendance and several roads were closed.

It said the bus had been evacuated as a precaution and a cordon established.

UK police investigating suspicious item on Manchester bus

LONDON (Reuters) – Police in Manchester, north west England, said on Saturday they were responding to reports that a suspicious item had been found on a bus at Manchester Piccadilly bus station.

Greater Manchester Police said on Twitter that officers were in attendance and several roads were closed.

It said the bus had been evacuated as a precaution and a cordon established.

Benin Farmers Back President’s Re-Election Amid Cotton Bonanza

A national group of cotton farmers in Benin said it will support President Patrice Talon if he seeks re-election in 2021 as the country more than doubled its output in four years, La Nation reported.

Benin last year became the biggest cotton grower in West Africa, surpassing Mali and Burkina Faso, and produced 714,630 metric tons in the 2019-20 season. That compares with 299,218 tons in 2015-16, when Talon first assumed office. Cotton is the country’s biggest export crop.

“We’ve achieved an output that we never saw before in the sector’s history,” Badou Gani Tamou, head of the National Federation of Cotton Producers, was quoted as saying by the newspaper. He said the group will urge Talon to seek a second mandate in the vote that’s due in April.

Benin’s government in recent years invested heavily in modernizing the industry, overseeing the timely supply of seeds and fertilizers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Cycling: Peters wins Tour de France eighth stage as fellow Frenchman Pinot slumps

LOUDENVIELLE, FRANCE (REUTERS) – France’s Nans Peters won the eighth stage of the Tour de France, a 141km mountain trek from Cazeres-sur-Garonne on Saturday (Sept 5).

French fan favourite Thibaut Pinot effectively lost all hope of becoming the first Frenchman to win the race since 1985, however, when he was dropped on the second ascent of the day.

Nigerian Vice President Calls for Equitable Vaccine Access

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Europe should work with African countries to ensure equitable access to an affordable Covid-19 vaccine once it’s available, Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said.

Speaking at a joint EU-Africa forum, Osinbajo urged the European Union to support the global non-profit group Gavi, the vaccine alliance, to help developing countries obtain vaccines at the same time as the rest of the world.

“This is a matter that should not be taken for granted,” Osinbajo said in a statement from his office Saturday. “We saw during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in richer parts of the world, that orders for test kits and reagents by African countries were deemed too small and tended to be ignored.”