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French Leader Decries Terrorist Beheading Of Teacher

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The gruesome beheading of a history teacher in a street in a Paris suburb, France on Friday has been condemned by the French president Emmanuel Macron as he said the attack bore all the hallmarks of an “Islamist terrorist attack” and the teacher had been murdered because he “taught freedom of expression”.

The attack occurred near a middle school in the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, some 30km (20 miles) north-west of central Paris. French authorities said the teacher, Samuel Paty had discussed caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class.

A police official told The Associated Press that the teacher had received threats after opening a discussion “for a debate” about the caricatures about 10 days ago.

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According to officials the suspect wielding a large knife attacked the teacher in the street, cutting off his head, the attacker then ran off, but local police were quickly at the scene, having been alerted by the public.

There were ambulances at the scene, and heavily armed police surrounding the area and police vans lining leafy nearby streets.

Macron who visited the school where the teacher worked in the town of Conflans-Saint-Honorine and met with staff after the slaying denounced what he called an “Islamist terrorist attack” and urged the nation to stand united against extremism.

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The president said “one of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught … the freedom of expression, the freedom to believe or not believe.”

The French anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation for murder with a suspected terrorist motive. Four persons, one a minor, were detained hours later, the office of anti-terror prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said without elaborating. Police typically fan out to find family and friends of potential suspects in terror cases.

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It was not known what link, if any, the attacker might have with the 47-year-old teacher or whether he had accomplices. Police were fanning out on searches of homes and potential family and friends of the man in question, the police official said.

French media reported that the suspect was an 18-year-old Chechen, born in Moscow. That information could not be immediately confirmed.

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US “Not To Control The Pandemic” As Death Toll Nears 230,000

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The US White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has said on Sunday the United States is “not to control the pandemic” despite surging coronavirus cases and death toll.

The center for systems science and engineering at the Johns Hopkins University puts the total number of confirmed cases in the country has surpassed eight and a half million persons, and deaths resulting from the virus have risen to more than two hundred twenty-five thousand on Sunday.

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During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, meadows said, quote, “we’re not going to control the pandemic.  We are going to control the act that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas,” end quote.

When asked why the country is not going to get control of the pandemic, meadows said, quote, “because it is a contagious virus just like the flu.”

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Meadows’ statement came one day after chief of staff to vice-president mike pence, and four others tested positive for the coronavirus and were quarantined.

Former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, tweeted on Sunday that coronavirus hospitalizations, a critical and objective measure o the disease burden in the U.S., are starting to accelerate, reaching nearly forty-two thousand on that day.  He said criteria for hospital admission has been tightened over time, making the high numbers more concerning.

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Russia has opened a representative office in the Central African Republic, C.A.R., and has donated ten armoured vehicles to the country.

Moscow has been solidifying its presence in the C.A.R. in recent years, sending weapons, contractors and political advisors, and has been growing its role on the continent overall as part of a renewed push for global prestige.

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The RIA news agency cited the Russian ambassador as saying on Saturday that five members of the Russian military had arrived in Bangui, C.A.R.’s capital, on Saturday, led by senior military officer – Oleg Polguev who will head up the Russian defence ministry’s representative office in the country.

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The African nation has asked for Russia`s help in lifting an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations.

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