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Britain imposes local lockdown in city of Leicester after Covid-19 flare-up

Issued on: 30/06/2020 – 10:50Modified: 30/06/2020 – 10:51

Britain has imposed a stringent lockdown on the English city of Leicester following a local flare-up of the novel coronavirus just as Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempts to nudge the United Kingdom back to normality.

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The UK has been one of the world's worst-hit countries, with more than 54,000 suspected deaths, though coronavirus infections have been waning in recent weeks and Johnson is rolling back nationwide restrictions to revive the economy.

However, in Leicester, in the eastern Midlands of England, the seven-day infection rate was 135 cases per 100,000 people, three times higher than the next highest city.

Leicester accounted for 10 percent of all positive cases in England in the past week, the government said.

Ministers ordered schools and non-essential shops to be closed and postponed the planned reopening of pubs in the central English city after the alarming spike.

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Sale of sacred statues in Paris vexes Black Lives Matter campaigners
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Sale of sacred statues in Paris vexes Black Lives Matter campaigners

Issued on: 30/06/2020 – 08:29Modified: 30/06/2020 – 08:29

A pair of sacred statues that a Nigerian museum commission and protesters claimed were looted during the country's 1960s civil war fetched 212,500 euros ($239,000) at auction in Paris on Monday.

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The Igbo statues were sold by the Christies auction house, which defended the sale and said the artworks were legitimately acquired.

A Princeton scholar, Chika Okeke-Agulu, alongside Nigerias National Commission for Museums and Monuments, raised alarm earlier this month that the objects were looted during the Biafran war in the late 1960s. The war saw more than 1 million people die, many of starvation, trying to create a state for the Igbo people. The Igbo are one of Nigerias largest ethnic groups.

Okeke-Agulu, who is Igbo, said the objects were taken through “an act of violence” and shouldn't be sold. An online petition with the hashtags BlackArtsMatter and MyHeritageMatters collected more than ..