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Today in History: U.S. government leaves Philadelphia for Washington, D.C.

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Today the fifteenth day of the month of May, we bring to you the top five events that unfolded this day many years and decades back.

1800 – President John Adams orders the federal government to leave Philadelphia and set up shop in the nation’s new capital in Washington, D.C.

1 May

1820 – The U.S. Congress designates the slave trade a form of piracy

2 May

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1968 – U.S. Marines relieve army troops in Nhi Ha, South Vietnam after a fourteen-day battle.

3 May

1988 – Soviets forces begin their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Ветераны-афганцы отмечают 20-ю годовщину вывода советских войск из Республики Афганистан

2008 – At least 100 people killed and scores injured when fuel from a pipeline ruptured by an earthmover exploded in Ijegun village in the Alimosho district of Lagos.

 5 May
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Ghana: video of police assault on nursing mother goes viral

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Ghana’s social media space – Facebook and Twitter – has been buzzing with a call for the arrest of a police officer for assaulting a nursing mother.

A viral video shows the said officer in what starts like a tussle with the woman in a banking hall. Subsequently, he is seen hitting the woman with an umbrella, punching and slapping her on the face.

Reports indicated that the woman, a client of the savings and loans company, where the incident occured had arrived when the company had closed.

She ostensibly got in despite the close of business and refused to leave till she could withdraw a sum of 250 cedis ($50). Social media users are calling for the immediate arrest of the police officer. 

Local media portals also report that the police heirachy has confirmed that a probe had been opened into the alleged incident and that due process was going to be pursued.

The video continues to be widely shared on Facebook with some prominent media personalities joining the calls for justice for the woman.

 

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Trump extends Somali immigrants’ stay in US

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Somalis living in the United States under protected status have been given permission by the Trump administration to remain in the country for at least another 18 months, because of ongoing violence in the North African nation.

At least 500 Somalis in the United States with Temporary Protected Status will be able to re-register for an extension of their status through March 17, 2020, according to a Thursday statement from the Department of Homeland Security. The status grants beneficiaries the ability to legally work while they are in the United States.

 

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