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WHO: Laboratory captured by Sudanese fighters is ‘high risk of biological hazard’



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In Sudan, fighters have assumed control of a central public laboratory, which contained samples of measles and polio. On Tuesday, a representative in Sudan of the World Health Organization (WHO) said there is a “high risk of biological hazard” emphatically stating that this creates a “extremely, extremely dangerous” situation.

Dr. Nima Saeed Abid, the WHO representative in Sudan, spoke to reporters in Geneva, Switzerland, via a video link, to address the capture of the laboratory, and said, “there is a huge biological risk associated with the occupation of the central public health lab… by one of the fighting parties.” reached out to The WHO for comment and we will update this story when and if officials respond.

During the press conference, however,  Abid confirmed to reporters that at least 459 people were killed and and 4,072 more were injured from fighting in the region, according to reports.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken,  said that he helped broker a 72-hour cease-fire, according to reports from Fox News. Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan, commander of the Sudanese military and Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, leader of the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary group said Saudi Arabia contributed to the negotiations of the cease-fire.

“This cease-fire aims to establish humanitarian corridors, allowing citizens and residents to access essential resources, healthcare, and safe zones, while also evacuating diplomatic missions,” the Rapid Support Forces said. The Sudanese military said that they will stay true to the truce “on the condition that the rebels commit to stopping all hostilities.”

Moreover, the major muslim holidays allowed for the evacuations of hundreds of diplomats, foreigners and aid workers to evacuate Sudan by means of air and land travel.

Sources of with first hand knowledge of the situation said that the evacuation of the U.S. embassy was conducted in a pre-organized way. Hard-drives were destroyed and classified materials were burned or shredded and the U.S. embassy doors were welded shut after the departure of the embassy, a sign that until the government stabilizes, the United States State department will remain evacuated.

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BREAKING: Trump ordered to pay over $350M, barred from operating his business in NY in civil fraud case ruling



Former President Donald Trump and his business empire faced a significant setback as a New York judge ruled against them in a civil fraud case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The 92-page ruling, handed down by Judge Arthur Engoron, barred Trump from operating his business in New York for three years and imposed over $350 million in damages.

The case, which unfolded over months of trial proceedings, stemmed from allegations that Trump inflated his assets and engaged in fraudulent practices. Engoron’s ruling cited a litany of charges, including persistent fraud, falsifying records, issuing false financial statements, and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Moreover, the judge imposed restrictions on key figures within the Trump Organization, including Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, barring them from serving in certain corporate roles in New York for a specified period.

Engoron’s scathing assessment of Trump’s testimony during the trial further undermined the former president’s credibility. The judge criticized Trump for evasive responses and irrelevant digressions, highlighting the detrimental effect on his credibility.

In response to the ruling, Trump’s attorney, Christopher Kise, lambasted the court’s decision, alleging political bias and a disregard for established legal principles. Kise argued that the evidence presented during the trial failed to support the allegations of fraud and emphasized Trump’s substantial net worth.

Kise’s assertions were echoed by Alina Habba, another attorney representing Trump, who denounced the verdict as a “manifest injustice” resulting from a politically motivated witch hunt.

Throughout the proceedings, Trump consistently dismissed the trial as politically motivated, accusing both Engoron and James of partisan bias. His legal team also criticized the absence of a jury in the trial, questioning the fairness of the proceedings.

Attorney General Letitia James, who spearheaded the lawsuit against Trump and his organization, portrayed the ruling as a victory for accountability and transparency in business practices. The lawsuit alleged fraudulent conduct and sought substantial financial penalties, a portion of which would contribute to the state treasury.

The fallout from the case extends beyond Trump and his business interests, with implications for the broader business community and the rule of law. The contentious nature of the trial and its outcome underscored deep divisions and raised questions about the integrity of the legal system.

Trump vows to appeal the decision.

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