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Sudan security forces arrest Khartoum University lecturers: professors

KHARTOUM ( ) – Sudanese security authorities arrested several faculty members from Khartoum University on Sunday, two professors said, after they joined anti-government protests that have posed th,上海品茶交友群Kai,e most serious challenge to President Omar al-Bashir’s rule.

The arrests came amid fresh demonstrations in Khartoum and Wad Madani in response to a call by a coalition of professional unions to push for Bashir to step down.

Witnesses said security forces blocked professors and lecturers from coming out to protest outside the university, arresting at least eight. It was the first time the faculty of the country’s oldest and most prestigious educational institution has joined the protests since they began last month.

The rest were forced to return into the faculty club house, where security forces surrounded the building trapping about 100 professors and lecturers inside for nearly three hours.

“We demand the president of the republic to step down,” one placard read carried by the lecturers inside the club house, according to pictures posted on social media.

A police spokesman could not immediately be reached to comment.

Intermittent protests have rocked Sudan since anger over food shortages and rising bread prices erupted into demonstrations in the city of Atbara in the north on Dec. 19.

Security forces have used tear gas on occasions, live ammunition against demonstrators and rounded up more than 2,000 people. The Sudanese government has said that 19 people were killed in the protests, including at two members of the security forces. Amnest,上海品茶微信Faith,y International has put ,上海品茶论坛Barrett,the death toll at 37.

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In Sunday’s protests, witnesses said hundreds of men and women marched from three separate locations in the capital trying to reach the presidential palace in central Khartoum but were dispersed by security forces using tear gas and stun grenades.

A separate protest in Wad Madani, Sudan’s second largest city, was also dispersed by security forces using tear gas, according to witnesses.

The protests were smaller than previous demonstrations.

They are the most persistent opposition Bashir has faced since he took power in an Islamist-backed coup nearly 30 years ago.

Sudan’s economy has struggled to recover from the loss of three quarters of its oil output –上海品茶QQ its main source of foreign currency – since South Sudan seceded in 2011, keeping most of the oilfields.

The United States lifted 20-year-old trade sanctions on Sudan in October 2017. But many investors have continued to shun a country still listed by Washington as a state sponsor of terrorism, whose president is wanted by the International Criminal Court over charges of masterminding genocide in Darfur – charges he dismisses.

Man in gimp suit terrorising UK village by ‘grunting’ and ‘touching his genitals’

CREEP: The alleged victim’s photo of the man (Pic: NC)

A woman, who does not wish to be named, said that she was left “panicked” after a disturbing encounter with the sicko in Claverham, Somerset.

According to the alleged victim, the man in the “rubbery suit” touched his groin area while advancing on her, grunting.

She told the BBC: “I was walking along with my torch and looked up to see someone charging at me in a full black rubbery suit and managed to take a picture.

“He kept coming towards me and was touching his groin, grunting and breathing heavy.

Disney World deadly rabies alert as visitors are warned to seek urgent help if bitten or scratched by animals

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A RABIES alert has been issued f,上海品茶QQOliver,or Disney World after two workers were bitten by a rabid cat infected with the deadly virus, it has been reported.

The 60-day alert was handed out by authorities in Florid,上海品茶会所Lance,a for an area near the popular Epcot and Hollywood Studios theme parks.

Officials at the Florida Department of Health in Orange County says a feral cat was recently captured and tested positive for the disease.

And according to ClickOrlando.com, two Disney workers were scratched by the disease-ridden animal.

They are fears the cat could have come into contact and infected other beasts, reports say.

Authorities have asked the public to “avoid all wild animals and feral cats or dogs.”

“If bitten or scratched by a wild animal seek medical treatment & call @Orange上海419论坛CoFL Animal Services,” the Health Department tweeted.

Officials also tweeted out a picture showing illustrations of a fox, bat, raccoon and skunk.

The virus has a nearly 100 percent fatality rate in humans as well as other mammals if not treated

The area that has been placed under the alert is a two-mile radius around the intersection of I-4 & Epcot Center Drive, officials said.

It is home to numerous resorts, in addition to the two theme parks.

Rabies is spread when contact is made with an infected person or animal.

In most cases, people are bitten by rabid beasts – however the disease can be passed by scratches or contact with open wounds or saliva.

If left untreated, the virus can travel to the brain and prove fatal.

Symptoms include fever and headaches, often mistaken for flu, while victims can eventually suffer from agitation and delirium.

A Disney spokesperson said: “The Florida Department of Health in Orange County has issued a 60-day rabies alert for an area near Walt Disney World.

“The alert issued on July 8 was declared after a cat was confirmed to have the virus that can be fatal to humans.

“The warning area is for a 2-mile radius in southwest Orange County around the intersection of Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive.

Prime Minister Theresa May makes case for the Union during visit to Stirling

Prime Minister Theresa May launched a spirited defence of the Union and warned her successors of the danger of a no-deal Brexit in a speech in Stirling on Thursday.

It was almost certainly her final visit to Scotland before July 24 when she is due to hand the keys to No 10 Downing Street to either Jeremy Hunt or Boris Johnson.

And in the speech at tech hub Codebase in Corn Exchange Road, Mrs May announced an independent review, to be led by former Scottish Office Minister Lord Dunlop, into whether the Government was doing enough to support the Union.

Her audience of around 100 included party supporters including Stirling MP Stephen Kerr and Stirling Council Tory group leader Neil Benny, journalists, and a number of guests. Among the latter were pollster Sir John Curtice, advocate and former Labour MSP Gordon Jackson QC and Stirling Council chief executive Carol Beattie.

Mrs May said, following the creation of a devolved Parliament in Scotland and devolved assembles in Wales and Northern Ireland, the question of how the Union could be secured 上海龙凤419for the future was being asked with “ever more urgency”.

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It was not hard to see why, she added referring to the independence referendum in Scotland in 2014, SNP success in the general election a year later and campaigns for separation in Wales.

The Prime Minister said: “All of this against the backdrop of Brexit – a profound constitutional change that is putting political and administrative strains on the Union.

“When (former Labour leader and Prime Minister Gordon Brown) recently said that he fears the Union is ‘more imperilled now than it has ever been’ he voiced the fears of many.

“I care passionately about our Union. I certainly do not underestimate the scale of the challenge it faces. But I am optimistic about its future.

“The Union has proved a remarkably durable and flexible relationship over the centuries – evolvin,上海品茶会所Penelope,g to meet the needs and aspirations of the peoples of these islands. Its strengths are substantial.”

Referring to the 2014 independence referendum in Scotland,Mrs May said both the English and Scottish governments agreed to respect the result.

“The then First Minister and his then deputy both asserted that it was a ‘once in a generation’ or ‘once in a lifetime’ event,” she added.

“And if a majority had supported independence, the UK Government would have accepted that result – no question. But the people of Scotland did not vote for independence.

“So when Nicola Sturgeon requested of the UK Government in 2017 the power to legislate for a second independence referendum, just three years after that historic vote, I had no hesitation in firmly saying ‘no’.

“In the future, it will be for others to decide, based on the prevailing circumstances, how to respond to separatism.

“But the principle is clear – the Union can and will only prosper if it enjoys the support of its people.”

The Prime Minister’s motorcade sweeps past protesters into CodeBase, Stirling

Mrs May insisted the UK Government was “invested in the success of devolution” but said it would suit the aspirations of the SNP for devolution to fail, or to be seen to fail.

And the Prime Minister said safeguarding the Union meant urgently “delivering a Brexit that works for the whole of the United Kingdom”.

She added: “Majorities of voters in England and Wales voted to leave, while majorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain.

“That fact places an important responsibility on a Unionist government committed to delivering on the referendum result.

“Ensuring that we leave the EU in a way that protects the interests of all parts of the UK has been one of my central priorities over the last three years – and I regret that I will soon be stepping down with that ambition as yet unfulfilled.

“Leaving with a good deal, one that works for the whole UK, is the very best possible outcome and the right one to be working towards.

“It means we can get on and build a good new relationship with our European friends and partners.

“And it is far better than leaving without a deal – which would have undoubted consequences for our economy and for the Union.”

Mrs May admitted that the responsibilities and privileges of the job of Prime Minister were only properly appreciated “once the black door closes behind you”.

The controversial banner was tied to railings opposite CodeBase in Stirling

“One of the first and greatest is the duty you owe to strengthen the Union,” she added.

“To govern with the popular support on which that Union is based. To respect the identities of every citizen of the UK – Scottish or Welsh, Northern Irish or English, British or Irish. And to ensure that we go on facing the future together, overcoming obstacles together, and achieving more together than we ever could apart – as a Union of nations and people.”

Mrs May has the reputation of a serious politician but the Observer drew a smile from her with a question about the electoral prospects of Stirling MP Stephen Kerr.

Mr Kerr was elected to Westminster with the narrow majority of 148.

We asked Mrs May which one of her potential successors – Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt – would give Mr Kerr the best chance of retaining his seat at the next General Election.

Mrs May has yet to give an indication of which of the two she will support and she declined to give a straight answer on Thursday.

She said what would ensure Mr Kerr’s longevity as an MP was the way “he is championing the needs of his c,上海品茶工作室Lex,onstituency and standing up for Stirling”.

“He is a first-class member of Parliament and will be elected at the next election,” she said.

A group of 60 or 70 largely pro-independence protesters carrying Saltires, SNP flags and placards gathered outside Codebase to await the Prime Minister’s arrival.

A controversial ‘Tory Scum Out’ banner was also displayed outside Codebase as Mrs May visited.

The banner, thought to be linked to ultra-nationalist organisation Siol nan Gaidheal, surfaced early last year when it was put up outside the constituency offices of Mr Kerr and Ochil and South Perthshire Tory MP Luke Graham.

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