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At Least 13 Killed In Kabul Airport Blast – DETAILS



At Least 13 Killed In Kabul Airport Blast - DETAILS

A large explosion occurred outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul where the US military has been working to evacuate American citizens and at-risk Afghans, it was reported on Thursday.

International broadcaster, Al Jazeera reported that the explosion went off outside the Kabul airport, where thousands of people have flocked as they try to flee the Taliban’s recent takeover of Afghanistan.

At least 13 people had been killed in twin suicide attacks and around 15 had been wounded.

Unconfirmed reports said some American personnel, including marines, had been wounded in the blast.

Last week, the department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) confirmed that the South African government is in talks with other countries to give South Africans a “lift” out of Afghanistan.

“This is common diplomatic practice particularly in situations where we’ve got very few nationals requiring assistance,” Dirco spokesperson Clayson Monyela told African News Agency.

Monyela added that citizens that have made contact, are being assisted.

“Most employers are making arrangements for their employees to leave the country,” he said.

Monyela explained that direct evacuation of South Africans from Afghanistan can be done under circumstances where lives are under threat and that such decisions would have to be taken by the National Security Council.

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In a statement, Dirco said it noted the unfolding situation in Afghanistan and was urging South African nationals currently in Afghanistan and in need of assistance to make contact.

This comes after Taliban militants took control of the capital Kabul following the withdrawal of United States troops.

Earlier this month, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, abandoning the presidential palace to Taliban fighters as the Afghanistan’s civilian government in Kabul fell to dreaded Taliban fighters.

Videos of Afghani’s clinging to the sides of a US plane on the runway have gone viral.

According to reports, some fell to their death when the plane gathered speed and took off.

Taliban militants re-captured Afghanistan’s capital, almost two decades after they were driven from Kabul by US troops.

United States President Joe Biden, said he did not regret pulling out American forces from Afghanistan.

Source: News Agency (ANA)

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SHOCKING: 18 Out Of 20 Gorillas Contract COVID-19 At The Atlanta Zoo



SHOCKING: 18 Out Of 20 Gorillas Contract COVID-19 At The Atlanta Zoo

According to reports, officials in the State have confirmed that 18 of 20 gorillas at the Atlanta zoo have contracted COVID-19.

This comes a few days after employees reported their first case. Many gorillas had runny noses and were coughing with an appetite change.

Zoo officials let it be known that no evidence suggests animals can transmit the virus to humans despite humans being able to transmit it to gorillas. “While humans are known to be able to transmit the virus to animals such as gorillas, and these cases have occurred at other zoos, there is currently no data to suggest that zoo animals can transmit the virus to humans.”

Officials continued, “Regardless, Zoo Atlanta visitors do not pose a transmission threat to the gorillas or vice versa given the distance between the areas used by guests and the animals’ habitats,”.

Sam Rivera, senior director of the Atlanta Zoo, stated there was concern because there is a strict protocol around COVID-19, but the gorillas were still affected.

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“The infections occurred in an area of the Zoo where COVID safety protocols are already at their most stringent,” Rivera said. “The use of PPE when working with great apes was already a standard practice at Zoo Atlanta due to their susceptibility to many of the same illnesses experienced by humans, including the common cold and influenza.”

At this time, the Atlanta Zoo is “using monoclonal antibodies to treat the gorillas at risk of developing complications from the virus,”.

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JUST IN: Dr. David Yonggi Cho Dies At Age 85



JUST IN: Dr. David Yonggi Cho Dies At Age 85

The founder of the world’s largest megachurch, Pastor David Yonggi Cho is dead.

Yonggi Cho, who also known as Paul Yungi Cho, died in the early hours of Tuesday at age 85.

The popular cleric before his death was the founder of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea which has spread the gospel across the country.

According to CBN News, the cleric before his death had been receiving medical treatment for a brain hemorrhage he suffered from in 2020.

The founder of City Harvest Church, Kong Hee on Tuesday confirmed the death of David Yonggi Cho in a post on his Facebook account.

He wrote,  “At 7:13 am this morning, my pastor and spiritual father, Dr David Yonggi Cho (1936-2021), just went home to the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. I love you, Dr Cho.”

Yonggi Cho was born in 1936 to a Buddhist family and lived through the Korean War.

The cleric accepted Christ at 17 when doctors told him he would die from a serious case of tuberculosis. Cho credits God for his “miraculous” recovery from the disease.

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Yonggi Cho started a church in Seoul two years after he graduated from Full Gospel College in 1956 which later turned into Yoido Full Gospel Church.

Yoido Full Gospel Church grew into one of the most popular megachurches in the world and boasts more than 750,000 members.

He has more than 500 church locations across South Korea and has sent thousands of missionaries to countries around the globe.

Clerics and notable personnel across the world have taken to their social media platforms to react to the development.

Cho’s wife died in February this year. They are survived by their three sons.

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Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Spreading Covid-19 In Vietnam



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A Vietnamese man has been sentenced to jail for five years for flouting Covid-19 rules and spreading the virus.

A court found Le Van Tri guilty of “transmitting dangerous infectious diseases” to eight people, one of whom eventually died.

Until recently Vietnam had been largely successful in keeping Covid out with tight restrictions.

But infections have surged since June, with an outbreak fuelled by the more contagious Delta variant.

The country has seen more than 530,000 cases with more than 13,300 deaths, many of which have occurred the last few months.

Many of those cases have been found in the capital Ho Chi Minh City.

In early July, Tri, 28, had reportedly travelled by motorcycle from Ho Chi Minh City to his home province Ca Mau in the south of the country.

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At Ca Mau, Tri was found to have lied on a health declaration form which asked about his recent travel history, and also failed to comply with isolation rules.

Local authorities at the time had made it mandatory that anyone travelling from other provinces into Ca Mau had to immediately isolate themselves for 21 days.

Tri later tested positive for Covid, and was found to have transmitted the virus to members of his family as well as staff at a welfare centre which he visited.

Tri was sentenced to jail at the end of a one-day trial, and was also fined the equivalent of $880 (£630).




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