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Jacob Zuma appears in South Africa court over corruption charges



Former South African president Jacob Zuma has appeared in court to face charges of fraud, money laundering and racketeering.

The 16 charges against Zuma were recently reinstated and relate to a $2.5bn (£1.78bn) arms deal in the 1990s when he was deputy president.

He denies the charges and is challenging the decision to bring the case against him.

Zuma, 75, resigned in February on the orders of his party, the ANC, after a nine-year reign marked by controversy and scandal.

Supporters of the former leader turned out to support him
Supporters of the former leader turned out to support him

Flanked by security guards and wearing a dark suit, he smiled and waved at supporters as he arrived at the court in Durban.

Several thousand people had held an overnight vigil in support of the former leader in a nearby park and some had placards reading “Hands off Zuma”.

Heavily armed police kept watch on the square outside the court as the hearing began.

The hearing last just a quarter of an hour before the judge agreed to adjourn the case until 8 June.

There was a heavy police presence outside the Durban court
There was a heavy police presence outside the Durban court

The charges centre on a 1990s deal to buy European military equipment to upgrade South Africa’s armed forces.

It was surrounded by controversy from the start, with many questioning why the money was being spent when the country had pressing issues with education and health that needed funding.

In 2005, Zuma’s former financial adviser was jailed for soliciting bribes for him from a French arms firm.

Charges were filed against Zuma, but put aside before he ran for president in 2009. They were reinstated in 2016 after a push by his political opponents.

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Nineteen dead and more than 700 injured after earthquake strikes Turkey and Greece | World News



An earthquake has killed at least 19 people and injured 700 in Turkey and on the Greek island of Samos.

In Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city, 17 people died after the tremor.

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Map of where magnitude 7 earthquake hit between Turkey and Greek Islands on 30/10/2020
The earthquake hit west of Turkey and north of Samos

The two people killed by the magnitude 7 quake on Samos were a teenage boy and girl found near a collapsed wall.

The epicentre of the tremor was in the Aegean Sea, 11 miles (17 km) off the coast of Turkey‘s Izmir province, at a depth of 10 miles (16km).

The shock was felt across the region, including in Istanbul, the Greek islands, and as far as the Greek capital Athens and also in Bulgaria.

Water surged into the Seferihisar district south of Izmir, the city home to around 4.5 million people and worst hit by the earthquake.

In Izmir, witnesses said people poured onto the streets in panic following the quake. The city’s mayor said nearly 20 buildings had collapsed.

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Aerial footage shows extent of quake damage

Turkey’s health minister Fahrettin Koca said that 38 ambulances, two helicopters and 35 medical rescue teams were involved in the operation.

Footage from the area showed flattened buildings and survivors being pulled from the rubble by emergency workers.

Izmir’s governor said 70 people had been rescued from the ruins.

Local people and officials search for survivors in Izmir
Local people and officials search for survivors in Izmir
People search for survivors at a collapsed building in Izmir
People search for survivors at a collapsed building in Izmir

Student Ilke Cide said he went inland after waters rose following the quake.

“I am very used to earthquakes… so I didn’t take it very seriously at first,” he said.

“But this time it was really scary.”

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Quake reduces building to rubble in Izmir

A tsunami warning has been issued, with residents on the nearby Greek island of Samos, which has a population of about 45,000, told to stay away from the coast.

Water rose above the dock in the main harbour of Samos and flooded the street, and residents were also told to stay away from buildings as aftershocks rattled the area.

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Plumes of dust thrown up by collapsing buildings

Local officials reported damage to buildings and part of the popular holiday island’s road network, while eight people were slightly injured and the two teenagers were pronounced dead after being found unconscious in the town of Vathy.

Samos’ vice-mayor George Dionysiou said: “We have never experienced anything like it. People are panicking.”

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Strong quake flattens buildings in Turkey

In a statement, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he is “deeply distressed by the scenes of destruction” caused by the earthquake.

“We stand ready to support our Turkish and Greek friends in any way they need,” he said.

Cars were destroyed on the Greek island of Samos
Cars were destroyed on the Greek island of Samos

Greek seismologist Efthymios Lekkas described the tremor as a “very big earthquake”, adding that it was “difficult to have a bigger one”.

On Twitter, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he had called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to offer condolences over the death toll in Izmir.

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Flood carries furniture through Turkish street

“Whatever our differences, these are times when our people need to stand together,” he tweeted.

The president of the European Council, Charles Michel, said the EU also “stands ready to provide support”.

“Closely following the developments of the strong earthquake that hit the Aegean Sea off Greece and Turkey. My thoughts are with all the people affected. EU stands ready to provide support,” he tweeted.

Rescuers and local volunteers carry a wounded victim on a stretcher from a collapsed building after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey's western coast and parts of Greece, in Izmir, on October 30, 2020. - A powerful earthquake hit Turkey and Greece on October 30, killing at least six people, levelling buildings and creating a sea surge that flooded streets near the Turkish resort city of Izmir. Via Getty Image
A wounded victim is rescued

Crisscrossed by major fault lines, Turkey is among the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.

More than 17,000 people were killed in August 1999 when a 7.6 magnitude quake struck Izmit, a city southeast of Istanbul.

In 2011, a quake in the eastern city of Van killed more than 500.

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Nice church attack: Terror suspect spoke to family in Tunisia on video call hours before atrocity | World News



A man who allegedly killed three people at a church in Nice spoke to his family on a video call from outside the building hours before the attack, his sister has revealed.

Terror suspect Brahim Aouissaoui is in a critical condition in hospital after he was shot several times by police following Thursday’s attack on worshippers in Notre Dame church.

Relatives on Friday said he was a “friendly person” who had shown no signs of extremism and spoke of their shock of his arrest over such a violent atrocity.

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Shots fired as police storm church

The 21-year-old mechanic from Tunisia walked to the church shortly after arriving in the southern French city the same morning and had been looking for a place to sleep, his sister Afef said.

He had shown them the area and said he planned to rest in a building opposite the place of worship.

After seeing a TV news report showing the aftermath of the attack, they immediately recognised the place as the area shown to them by Aouissaoui during the video call.

His mother, Gamra Issawi, said: “He called me yesterday and told me that he had arrived in France, and I answered him, ‘Why? Why did you not stay in Italy? You don’t speak French and you don’t know anyone there – no link, no relationship. Why did you do that (travelling to France)?'”

Aouissaoui’s older brother Yassin said: “My brother is a friendly person and never showed extremism.

“He respected all other people and accepted their differences even since he was a child.”

Brahim Aouissaoui's mother Gamra Issawi
Brahim Aouissaoui’s mother Gamra Issawi says she spoke to her son shortly after he arrived in Nice
Brahim Aouissaoui's relatives gathered at the family home in Thyna, a suburb of Sfax in Tunisia, with his mother, Gamra Issawi (L)
The suspect’s relatives gathered at the family home in Thyna, a suburb of Sfax in Tunisia

He added: “He did not tell (that he planned to leave Tunisia) and we were surprised when he told us he had reached Italy.”

After getting to the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa on 20 September, Aouissaoui entered France, travelling through the southern Italian city of Bari on 9 October.

He arrived in Nice by train yesterday morning and changed his clothes at the station, before walking 400m to the Notre Dame church where he allegedly killed a 60-year-old woman and 55-year-old church worker Vincent Loques, a father-of-two.

She and Mr Loques died at the scene, while the third victim, Simone Barreto Silvaa, a 44-year-old Brazilian-born mother-of-three, made it out of the church to a nearby cafe and raised the alarm before dying from her wounds.

Vincent Loquès
Victim Vincent Loques, who was a 55-year-old church worker, died at the scene
Simone Barreto Silva
Mother-of-three Simone Barreto Silva managed to get out of the church to raise the alarm before she died

Security sources in Tunisia said Aouissaoui’s family is also under investigation, and his sister Afef said their phones had been taken by police.

A neighbour described Aouissaoui as a young man who was friends with other youths in the area and not known to be part of any militant religious groups.

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Meanwhile, Mohsen Dali, an official in the Tunisian judiciary, said Aouissaoui was arrested in 2016 for violence and using a knife.

Tunisian authorities have also authorised an investigation into whether a group called the Mahdi Organisation exists and carried out the Nice attack, based on claims of responsibility made on social media, state news agency TAP reported.

French authorities have said Aouissaoui was unknown to security services.

A motive for the Nice attack is not yet known.

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Coronavirus: Parisians eager to ‘get rid’ of virus on day one of second lockdown | World News



Paris is a strange place to be on this first morning of a new lockdown.

Usually here you need to navigate the mass of people, the crazy traffic. There are some people and vehicles out there but it’s the first time I’ve see the road around the Arc De Triomphe with free flowing traffic.

On the usually busy streets nearby where you expect to queue for a morning coffee, the cafes, bars and restaurants are shut – the area missing the pulse of the people.

France's second lockdown means it's main sites are empty - once again
France’s second lockdown means its main sites are empty once again

At the entrance of one of the cafes, we spot two women talking.

They are customer and restaurant manager.

They are also friends as Gisela Pietra lives next door and tells me she comes in every morning for her espresso and every night with her husband for a glass of wine.

Gisela has come to say goodbye to Melissa Albano, who is here this morning to clear out the fridge and shut up the restaurant for the next month, as part of the lockdown to tackle the rise in COVID-19 cases.

Both women say they are sad because the area where they live is like family.

But they accept the lockdown is necessary.

“We have to get rid of this,” says Gisela, adding: “Once the government told us to wear a condom to be safe, now it’s a mask.”

Melissa says she will get some money from the government but it will be tough, and she will miss her customers.

Across the street there is one shop where the doors are open and people are arriving.

It’s an office supplies store and deemed essential to keep businesses running.

Inside we find Francois Creux whose family have run the shop since 1913 – staying open even when his grandfather was forced to fight in the First World War for four years.

He tells me they are lucky to be allowed to keep trading but his heart breaks for the other business.

And he worries he will have to let some staff go.

President Macron confirmed his country's widely-expected measures, which will start this Friday and last until 1 December
President Macron said the measures would last until 1 December

He thinks the lockdown is too much for the French economy to bear.

But adds: “I am not the president. I wouldn’t like to be the president at this time.”

While he says he can’t agree with a full lockdown it’s “worth giving it a go”.

But like so many others we speak to, he thinks it will last much longer than the planned month.

And that would mean strict limits on people’s freedoms well beyond December.

As we left our hotel, the receptionist warned us not to forget to wear our masks at all times.

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She tells us: “When I came to work there were lots of police around.”

They will be checking to see that anyone outside their homes has a good reason to be.

Shopping for food, medicine or dealing with a family emergency is deemed acceptable.

People out on the streets will need to show the police what’s called an “attestation”.

It’s a form you have to fill in to identify your justification for leaving your residence.

We, like the citizens of this city, have to show the document we filled out.

Without it, expect a fine.

'The area missing the pulse of the people' is how Sky's Michelle Clifford describes day one of Paris in lockdown
Some fear the lockdown is too much for the French economy to bear

The are some people heading into work, but only to jobs where it’s technically impossible to work from home.

For the next month, millions will be doing their jobs from their front rooms and kitchens.

An hour’s exercise outside is allowed each day but face coverings and social distancing rules apply.

Travel around the country is banned.

These will be tough measures for the French population to live through for a second time this year.

Some are angry but most people we spoke to are accepting.

Saving lives they say holds priority over sustaining livelihoods for now.

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