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COVID-19: Trump Defends Dr Stella Immanuel’s Hydroxychloroquine Video

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump defended the viral video of Dr. Stella Immanuel and again approved the use of a disproved anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19.

In a White House briefing, the US president defended his decision to promote a viral video of a group of doctors promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine, despite his own administration withdrawing emergency authorisation for its use against the coronavirus.

Despite scientific studies showing hydroxychloroquine can do more harm than good when used to treat coronavirus symptoms, Trump, who first touted the drug as a coronavirus cure in March, said he believed it worked “in the early stages.”

Due to the risks of serious side effects such as heart rhythm problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revoked its emergency-use authorisation of the drug for COVID-19.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is currently “no proof” the anti-malaria drug is effective as a coronavirus treatment nor that it can prevent the virus.

The president’s comments come after Twitter temporarily suspended his son Donald Trump Jr.’s account, after he posted a video on Facebook and Twitter which promoted the drug.

In the video, Dr. Stella Immanuel, a physician from Houston, promotes hydroxychloroquine as a cure for coronavirus. She claims to have successfully treated 350 people.

“You don’t need masks, there is a cure,” Immanuel says in the video.

But she is seen regularly wearing masks in videos posted to her Facebook page, where she preaches during religious events.

“I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her,” Trump said about Immanuel, sidestepping questions about her history of dubious medical claims.

On Tuesday, Trump also backed away from criticism of Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert who is on the White House coronavirus task force, who he had criticised in Tweets a day earlier.

“I get along with him very well,” Trump said.

In the run-up to the November presidential election he also appeared envious of his widespread approval rating.

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Real Madrid, Juventus Crash Out Of UEFA Champions League

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Guardiola’s men will now head to Portugal for a quarter-final tie with Lyon, who have pulled off an upset by beating much-fancied Juventus on away goals following a 2-2 aggregate draw.

As for Madrid, they have a month’s rest before doing it all over again. Manchester City are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory on the day to seal a 4-2 win on aggregate.

Sterling made the most of a Varane error to give the hosts an early lead and, after Benzema had levelled things up with a good header, Jesus scored a second for the hosts following another Varane howler.

Despite losing the game 2-1, Lyon are through to the quarter-finals on away goals. Depay gave his side an early lead with a penalty, catching Szczesny out with a Panenka after Aouar was fouled by Bernardeschi.

Ronaldo pulled one back from the spot after Depay’s handball. Ronaldo got his second with a brilliant curling effort, but they couldn’t find the other goal they needed to get through.

Alas, the end of the road…

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Becomes World’s Third Centibillionaire

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Facebook’s CEO has joined Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates, as the only people with centibillionaire status.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune has topped $100bn for the first time, placing him among members of the world’s centibillionaires’ club.

This comes after Facebook’s shares surged by 6% on the news that the company plans to launch Instagram Reels, a rival to the Chinese video-sharing application TikTok.

Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump banned US companies from dealing with ByteDance and Tencent – the Chinese owners of TikTok and the WeChat messaging service.

The 36-year old media magnate has joined Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, and Bill Gates, Microsoft’s founder, as the only people who have centibillionaire status, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index said.

Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook while a student at Harvard in 2004, owns a 13% stake in the company. Earlier, he said that he was going to give away 99% of his Facebook shares over his lifetime to charity.

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Aisha, Wife Of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari Flown To Dubai For Urgent Medical Treatment

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New reports reveal that Aisha Buhari, the wife of Nigeria’s President, has been flown to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for urgent medical treatment.

It was gathered that the First Lady was flown to the Arabian country last weekend during the Muslim Sallah holiday after complaining of neck pain for about two weeks before that time.

The neck pain was said to have started shortly after Mrs Buhari returned to Abuja from a trip to Lagos in July where she had visited Florence, widow of former Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who died of Coronavirus complications on June 25, 2020.

Upon her return to Abuja, Aisha was said to have self-isolated for 14 days in line with the Coronavirus safety regime.

A source close to the seat of power informed SaharaReporters that the First Lady’s neck pain assumed a disturbing dimension shortly after she completed the 14-day isolation period, forcing the decision to fly her to UAE for medical treatment.

The source confirmed that she is in a stable condition and observing bed rest at a hospital in the Arabian country.

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