The Daily Populous

Thursday July 27th, 2023 day edition

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Niger’s presidency has said members of the presidential guard tried to move against President Mohamed Bazoum in an apparent coup attempt, warning that the army was ready to attack them if they did not back down.

It added that Bazoum and his family were well after news agencies quoted security sources as saying that the guards were holding Bazoum inside the presidential palace in the capital, Niamey.

Bazoum supporters tried to approach the presidential complex but were dispersed by members of the presidential guard who fired warning shots, according to an AFP reporter.

Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris, reporting from Abuja in neighbouring Nigeria, said there was a directive from the army for troops loyal to Bazoum to move in to quell what seemed to be a coup attempt.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission @AUC_MoussaFaki condemns the coup attempt in #Niger. — African Union (@_AfricanUnion) July 26, 2023.

The UN chief spoke later on Wednesday with President Bazoum and offered his “full support” to the leader who has apparently been detained in a coup attempt, a UN spokesman said.

“But … the state is very weak, it’s very poor, and it doesn’t take much to overthrow a president in Niger.”. »

Lawsuit alleges billionaire Leon Black raped autistic teen at Epstein's townhouse

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A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses billionaire Leon Black of raping a 16-year-old girl with Down syndrome and autism in 2002 at the Manhattan townhouse of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The plaintiff, who is now in her late 30s, was born with mosaic Down syndrome and has a "developmental age" of around 12, according to the lawsuit.

Susan Estrich, an attorney for Black, denied the allegations, accusing Wigdor LLP, the law firm behind the suit, of having a "vendetta" against Black related to multiple cases. »

Zelenskyy advises Russians leave Crimea while Kerch Bridge is somehow still functioning

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has advised Russian occupiers in Crimea to consider returning to Russia while the bridge built by the invaders across the Kerch Strait [Crimean (Kerch) Bridge] is still functioning.

Quote from Zelenskyy: "I have held several important meetings regarding the preparation of international events in August, in particular the Crimean Platform.

Details: Zelenskyy says Russian occupiers should consider returning home to Russia from the Ukrainian peninsula as long as the Crimean Bridge is still functioning. »

Mitch McConnell escorted away from cameras after freezing during a news conference

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WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suddenly stopped speaking during a weekly Republican leadership news conference Wednesday afternoon, appearing to freeze, and then went silent and was walked away.

McConnell, R-Ky., had been making his opening remarks about an annual defense policy bill when he stopped talking.

His Republican colleagues asked whether he was OK, and a top McConnell deputy, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, a physician, escorted McConnell, 81, away from the cameras and reporters. »

Ohio police officer who released police dog onto Black man with hands raised is fired

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The Ohio officer who was handling a police dog that mauled a Black man after he surrendered to authorities with his hands raised has been fired, authorities said Wednesday.

Circleville Police Officer Ryan Speakman released the dog when Jadarrius Rose was stopped on July 4, police said in a statement.

"In short, we meet or exceed all current Ohio laws and standards for police training for our canine teams.". »