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Turkish leader declares emergency as Turkey-Syria quake death toll passes 5,200

Turkish leader declares emergency as Turkey-Syria quake death toll passes 5,200

TURKISH President Tayyip Erdogan declared a state of emergency in 10 provinces devastated by two earthquakes that killed more than 5,200 people and left a trail of destruction across a wide area of southern Turkey and neighbouring Syria. A day after the quakes hit, rescuers working in harsh conditions struggled to dig people out of the rubble of collapsed buildings. As the scale of the disaster became ever more apparent, the death toll looked likely to rise considerably. One United Nations official said it was feared thousands of children may have been killed. And residents in several damaged Turkish cities voiced anger and despair…
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El Paso mayor declares state of emergency over influx of migrants from Mexico border

El Paso mayor declares state of emergency over influx of migrants from Mexico border

TIM REID and TED HESSON THE mayor of the Texas border city of El Paso declared a state of emergency, citing the hundreds of migrants sleeping on the streets in cold temperatures and the thousands being apprehended every day. Mayor Oscar Leeser, a Democrat, said the emergency declaration would give city authorities the resources and ability to shelter migrants who have crossed the Mexican border. "We wanted to make sure people are treated with dignity. We want to make sure everyone is safe," Leeser told reporters. The move comes as El Paso, a Democratic stronghold with a history of welcoming…
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Senegal imposes new state of emergency

Senegal imposes new state of emergency

SENEGAL’S President Macky Sall has announced a new state of emergency in response to record cases of coronavirus sweeping parts of the West African nation. Starting today, a nighttime curfew will be enforced in the regions of Dakar and Thies, which Sall said are home to more than 90% of cases. Mask-wearing will be mandatory and large gatherings banned. The new measures come six months after the first state of emergency was lifted in an attempt to bolster an economy hit hard by restrictions on movement during the first wave of the virus. Senegal has reported 19,964 COVID-19 infections and…
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Tokyo reports 816 new COVID-19 cases as governors push for state of emergency

Tokyo reports 816 new COVID-19 cases as governors push for state of emergency

TOKYO reported 816 new daily coronavirus cases on Sunday, a day after governors from the capital and neighboring prefectures called on the Japanese government to announce a state of emergency to combat a recent surge in cases. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has resisted calls for a second national state of emergency; the government first introduced that measure in April during an earlier wave of the pandemic. Suga is scheduled to speak publicly on January 4. Japan's economy minister told reporters on Saturday the government needed to consult with health experts before deciding on a new declaration. As an interim measure,…
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Gambia president extends state of emergency as COVID-19 cases surge

Gambia president extends state of emergency as COVID-19 cases surge

GAMBIA’S President Adama Barrow has extended by 21 days a state of emergency in mainland Africa's smallest nation as coronavirus cases surged, according to a  government statement. Gambia, with a population of just over 2 million, has reported 2,743 cases since the outbreak in March, and 93 deaths. The daily reported cases were relatively low until mid-July. Cases have increased exponentially in the country, which is mostly surrounded by Senegal, in the last couple of weeks, prompting the government to reimpose restrictive measures. Neighboring Senegal has reported 13,294 cases with 277 deaths. Public gatherings in Gambia have been banned, dusk-to-dawn…
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C.A.R extends state of emergency for 6 months

C.A.R extends state of emergency for 6 months

The Central African Republic (CAR) has extended a state of emergency for six months as it combats rebel groups, the government has announced. The CAR army, backed by United Nations, Russian and Rwandan troops, has been battling rebels who are trying to overturn a Dec. 27 election in which President Faustin-Archange Touadera won re-election. The state of emergency, initially declared on January 21, allows the military to detain suspects without going through a prosecutor. "The government asked the National Assembly (to extend it), and it accepted," government spokesman Ange Maxime Kazagui said. "We are in a state of war, and…
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50 dead, 132 injured in Sudanese city of El Geneina

50 dead, 132 injured in Sudanese city of El Geneina

SUDAN’S government has declared a state of emergency in West Darfur state after at least 50 people were killed and 132 injured in three days of tribal clashes in its capital El Geneina, according to the United Nations. The incident is the latest in a resurgence of violence in the Darfur region since the signing of a peace agreement late last year and the withdrawal of U.N. peacekeepers. In January, at least 129 people were killed and 108,000 people remain displaced after similar clashes in El Geneina between members of the Masalit tribe and Arab tribes. Military reinforcements that had…
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Japan considers ban on Olympic spectators, prepares state of emergency for Tokyo

Japan considers ban on Olympic spectators, prepares state of emergency for Tokyo

YOSHIFUMI TAKEMOTO and JU-MIN PARK JAPAN is considering banning all spectators from the Olympics, several sources told Reuters on Wednesday, with authorities expected to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo to contain coronavirus infections 16 days before the Games begin. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said his government would decide on new measures to stop the spread of the virus on Thursday. Those measures are expected to determine whether spectators can attend Olympic events. Medical experts have said for weeks that having no spectators at the Olympics would be the least risky option amid widespread public concern that the Games…
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