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Police detains French journalist in Ethiopia

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By Francesca Hangeior

A French journalist has been arrested and detained in Ethiopia since February 22 on suspicion of conspiring “to create chaos” in the country, his employer announced on Monday.

Antoine Galindo had travelled to Ethiopia to cover the African Union summit earlier this month for the specialist publication Africa Intelligence.

Following his arrest on Thursday, he was brought before a judge on Saturday, who ordered his detention be extended until March 1, Africa Intelligence said, condemning the “unjustified arrest”.

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“These spurious accusations are not based on any tangible evidence that might justify this extended deprivation of liberty,” it said, pointing out that Galindo had informed the Ethiopian authorities of his assignment and had a visa authorising him to work there as a journalist.

The 36-year-old journalist, who heads the publication’s East Africa section, lived in Ethiopia between 2013 and 2017 and was “known to the Ethiopia Media Authority”, which oversees media accreditations in the country.

According to a source close to the case who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, Galindo was arrested on Thursday afternoon at a hotel in Addis Ababa while meeting an official from the opposition Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) party.

He has since been held at a police station in Ethiopia’s capital, the publication said, calling for his immediate release.

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Meanwhile, the Ethiopian authorities are yet to respond to the development.

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He Was Never Fit To Run, Serve – Trump Mocks Biden

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Former US President, Donald Trump has reacted to the news that President Joe Biden has stepped down from his re-election campaign.

Trump said all those around Biden, including his Doctor and the Media, knew that he wasn’t capable of being President.

In a statement on his Truth Social handle, Trump said that Biden was not fit to run for President, and also certainly not fit to serve.

The former president also claimed that Biden attained the position of President by lies and fake news.

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He said: “Crooked Joe Biden was not fit to run for President, and is certainly not fit to serve – And never was! He only attained the position of President by lies, Fake News, and not leaving his Basement.

“All those around him, including his Doctor and the Media, knew that he wasn’t capable of being President, and he wasn’t – And now, look what he’s done to our Country, with millions of people coming across our Border, totally unchecked and unvetted, many from prisons, mental institutions, and record numbers of terrorists.

“We will suffer greatly because of his presidency, but we will remedy the damage he has done very quickly. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

NNH reported that Biden announced his withdrawal from the 2024 presidential election on Sunday.

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He said it was in the interest of his party and Americans.

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LONGEVITY: Twin sisters mark 100th birthday together (Photos)

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Loris Pryor and Doris Ward, an American pair of twin sisters, who are from Michigan, have celebrated their 100th birthday together in very good health.

The sisters, Loris Pryor and Doris Ward were born during in 1924.

On Wednesday, July 17, they marked a century of life together.

“We are always together with everything. She ain’t go without me. I ain’t go without her. Always together,” Pryor said.

The twins celebrated over the weekend with a birthday party that brought out all their family and friends.

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In total, they have nine children and have witnessed several generations of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“All I can say is that it’s a blessing to be here at 100 years old,” Ward said. “The good Lord blessed us to still see our family.”

Even after a full century, the twins still do everything together, including trips to the casino. But they say their favorite memories are of dancing.

“We did a lot of dancing,” Ward said.

“To live this long, I never thought it would happen or not happen. I never thought about it,” Pryor said.

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The sisters say that living as long as they have is a gift.

“Life is very precious, or I wouldn’t be here. It’s just precious to live this long,” Pryor said.

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Couple Found Dead After Trying To Sail Across Atlantic Ocean

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The couple had embarked on a transatlantic sailing trip and were last seen on June 18, when they departed Nova Scotia in their 13-meter eco-friendly yacht, Theros.

The remains of Sarah Packwood, a British national, and her Canadian husband, Brett Clibbery, have been recovered on a life raft that washed ashore on Sable Island, near Nova Scotia, Canada, on July 12.

The couple had embarked on a transatlantic sailing trip and were last seen on June 18, when they departed Nova Scotia in their 13-meter eco-friendly yacht, Theros.

After being reported missing, an extensive search effort was launched. Unfortunately, it is believed that the couple abandoned their vessel and tragically lost their lives before being discovered on the life raft almost six weeks later, BBC reports.

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They were on the way to the Azores – about 3,228 km away – with the trip planned to take 21 days.

In a post on Facebook, Mr Clibbery’s son James confirmed the pair had died.

He said, “The past few days have been very hard. My father James Brett Clibbery, and his wife, Sarah Justine Packwood have regrettably passed away.

“There is still an investigation, as well as a DNA test to confirm, but with all the news, it is hard to remain hopeful.

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“So far this has made it to several news outlets around the country, and I have only just spoken to the coroner today. I am so very sorry to the people who were friends of them. They were amazing people, and there isn’t anything that will fill the hole that has been left by their, so far unexplained passing.

“Living will not be the same without your wisdom, and your wife was quickly becoming a beacon of knowledge, and kindness. I miss your smiles. I miss your voices. You will be forever missed.”

An investigation is still under way, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the BBC on Sunday.

According to Saltwire, a Canadian news outlet, investigators are considering the possibility that the yacht may have been involved in a collision with a cargo ship that went unnoticed by the larger vessel.

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This is one of several theories being explored as part of the ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding the couple’s disappearance and the subsequent discovery of their remains on a life raft.

On their YouTube channel, Theros Adventures, Sarah Packwood and Brett Clibbery shared details about their sailing trip, known as the Green Odyssey.

In a video, they explained their plan to utilize a combination of sustainable power sources, including sails, solar panels, batteries, and a repurposed electric car engine, to propel their 13-meter yacht, Theros, across the Atlantic Ocean.

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