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French tourists among eight killed in Niger attack

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Despite the dangers, tourists head to Koure to see the only giraffes left in West Africa

Gunmen in Niger have attacked a party of wildlife tourists, killing six French citizens, their local guide and driver. The gunmen rode in on motorcycles and opened fire, the governor of Tillabéri region, Tidjani Ibrahim, told the French news agency AFP.They were in the Koure region which attracts tourists who want to see the last herds of giraffe in West Africa. It is not yet clear who is behind the attack.The French government warns people against travelling to large parts of the former French colony outside the capital Niamey.Militant groups including Boko Haram operate in the area and violence by groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State has been on the rise in the Sahel region.Despite this, tourists still visit to see the Niger giraffes, a sub-species distinguished by its lighter colour who settled in the area around 20 years ago and have been largely protected from poachers.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead: Hillary Clinton, More Stars React

Honoring Her Honor. Tributes poured in from stars after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, September 18, at age 87. The Supreme Court confirmed that the judge died at her home in Washington after complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. “Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice…

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Honoring Her Honor. Tributes poured in from stars after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, September 18, at age 87.
The Supreme Court confirmed that the judge died at her home in Washington after complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
Ginsburg was hospitalized for a potential infection in July. “She underwent an endoscopic procedure at Johns Hopkins this afternoon to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August,” spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg told CNN in a statement at the time.
The Brooklyn native previously suffered from acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder condition which she received treatment for in May. She was hospitalized in November 2018 after fracturing three ribs in a fall. She underwent surgery to remove two cancerous nodules the following month.

Ginsburg fought cancer four times, most recently in August 2019. She announced in January that she was cancer-free.
The judge became an icon for women’s rights as she served on the Supreme Court, to which she was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She was only the second female justice after Sandra Day O’Connor. Before serving on the country’s highest court, she studied at Cornell, graduated from Columbia Law School and became the first female tenured professor at Columbia.
Ginsburg made her mark on pop culture in recent years. Not only did Kate McKinnon spoof her on Saturday Night Live, but she was also the subject of the 2018 documentary RBG and the 2018 biopic On the Basis of Sex. Felicity Jones portrayed her in the movie and confessed she was “insanely nervous” to meet her.
“I felt like I wanted to curtsy,” the actress, 36, exclusively told Us Weekly in January 2019. “Ruth was incredibly welcoming. We went to her office first and it felt like a very warm environment — covered in photographs of friends and family and all sorts of mementos that had been sent to her by her fans.”
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Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet tests positive for COVID-19 | CBC News

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet has tested positive for COVID-19. A notice from the party said Blanchet is doing “perfectly well” but will follow Quebec public health instructions and remain in isolation at his residence in Shawinigan until September 26.Blanchet went into isolation alongside his wife, Nancy Déziel, after she tested positive for COVID-19. Many of his caucus members and staffers are also…

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Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet has tested positive for COVID-19. A notice from the party said Blanchet is doing “perfectly well” but will follow Quebec public health instructions and remain in isolation at his residence in Shawinigan until September 26.Blanchet went into isolation alongside his wife, Nancy Déziel, after she tested positive for COVID-19. Many of his caucus members and staffers are also in self-isolation as a precaution after a staff member contracted COVID-19. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and his family have been tested for COVID-19 after one of his staff members received a positive diagnosis. A member of the Parliamentary Protective Service (PPS) also tested positive on Sept. 10. The developments come as MPs are set to return to Ottawa for the resumption of Parliament. The session is set to begin Wednesday with a speech from the throne. There is ongoing debate over how the House of Commons can ensure public health guidelines are followed. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Health Minister Patty Hajdu have called for virtual voting to allow participation from all MPs who are not present in the Chamber. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said it’s important to communicate clearly to MPs what’s expected of them in the Commons chamber. “I don’t know how the voting works, quite frankly, but obviously reducing the amount of interactions and maintaining physical distance continues to be a recommended public health measure. I think the key is to make sure there are plans and people understand what to do if they are physically in the same spot,” said  Tam also said MPs should have the option of working remotely “where appropriate” and should continue to follow physical distancing, mask and hygiene protocols. Ottawa in second wave of COVID-19 infections Today, Ottawa’s medical officer of health said the city is experiencing its second wave of COVID-19 infections. Dr. Vera Etches said the city’s rolling five-day average of the number of people diagnosed daily is now almost 55, surpassing the previous high set in late April. “It’s the speed of the increase that concerns us. We can’t sustain a rapid rise in cases,” she said. Etches said the numbers show residents got a bit too “relaxed” in August but she is confident the city can bring the numbers back down again.
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Hamburg defender Leistner to miss 3 games for assaulting fan

LONDON: Liverpool face an early test of their Premier League title defense against Chelsea on Sunday as Manchester City and Manchester United launch their quest to be champions. Arsenal, Everton and Leicester hope to build on encouraging opening wins while Jose Mourinho needs a morale-boosting victory for Tottenham.AFP Sport looks at some of the main…

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LONDON: Liverpool face an early test of their Premier League title defense against Chelsea on Sunday as Manchester City and Manchester United launch their quest to be champions.

Arsenal, Everton and Leicester hope to build on encouraging opening wins while Jose Mourinho needs a morale-boosting victory for Tottenham.AFP Sport looks at some of the main talking points ahead of the action.Chelsea’s meeting with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday has added edge after a feisty exchange between the managers over transfer spending.The London club finished 33 points behind the champions last season but have splashed out around £200 million ($259 million) on new players.By contrast, Liverpool have been relatively quiet, adding just Greece left-back Kostas Tsimikas so far, with Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara likely to follow.Jurgen Klopp pointedly said Liverpool could not spend in the same way as clubs owned by “countries” and “oligarchs” such as City and Chelsea during the coronavirus pandemic.But Frank Lampard, who also became embroiled in a spat with Liverpool’s bench in July, pointed out the Anfield side had spent big in previous seasons as they built their title-winning side.Liverpool will be keen to cut out the defensive errors they committed in a 4-3 win against newly promoted Leeds, but Mohamed Salah looked in fine early season form as he scored a hat trick on the opening weekend.Chelsea were also unconvincing winners against Brighton in their opening match, but Timo Werner, who chose to join the Blues despite interest from Liverpool, did impress in winning a penalty against the Seagulls.Manchester City are the bookmakers’ favorites to land a third Premier League trophy in four seasons but face a tough opener against Wolves.City boss Pep Guardiola has shored up his defense by signing Netherlands international Nathan Ake and has added to his rich attacking options, landing Ferran Torres from Valencia.City scored 102 goals last season as they finished second, but lost nine matches as they surrendered their crown to Liverpool.Both Manchester clubs are starting a week later than other sides due to their European commitments last season.Guardiola will be painfully aware that his team must be more consistent this campaign and he cannot afford to let Klopp’s men open up an early lead.But he will feel nervous as he travels to face Wolves, who beat City twice last season, after a disrupted pre-season.City duo Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month, while Phil Foden was sent home by England after breaking coronavirus protocols while on international duty.The challenge facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of a match against Crystal Palace is how to improve on last season’s third-place finish.Midfielder Bruno Fernandes was the catalyst as United put together a long unbeaten run, with a front three of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood providing the firepower.But United have been relatively quiet in the transfer window, so far adding just midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax, despite persistent speculation linking them with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.“When we signed Bruno Fernandes, we knew we needed that kind of player — now we’ve signed Donny and he’s a type of player I felt we needed in the squad,” said Solskjaer.Arsenal are buoyant after launching their season with a 3-0 win at newly promoted Fulham and tying down captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for three more years.Mikel Arteta’s men, who host West Ham on Saturday, finished down in eighth place last season but ended their campaign on a high, winning the FA Cup for a record 14th time.They followed that up by beating Liverpool on penalties in the season-opening Community Shield before the announcement on Aubameyang this week that fans had craved.“I want to become an Arsenal legend just like Thierry (Henry), Wrighty (Ian Wright), (Tony) Adams and (Dennis) Bergkamp,” he said.

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