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EM News: Your Wednesday Headlines

Wednesday news headlines

Missed out on any news headlines this Wednesday? Don’t worry, we’ve got you sorted with five of the most important stories that made headlines today.

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DA Announces Court Action Against Ramaphosa Over Vaccine Plans

[Image: Tracey Adams/ANA]

The DA have announced that they plan to take President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government to court over the release of the details of the Covid-19 vaccination rollout

“Ramaphosa wants a get-out-of-jail-free card by blaming the West for having ordered in time. We didn’t order in time, and now we’re blaming everyone else,”

Helen Zille, Chair of DA Federal Council

Read more on IOL.

Israel Military Sends Clear Warning To Biden On Relations With Iran

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[Image: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Israel’s top general, Aviv Kochavi warned that plans to attack Iran are being revived and that, if the Biden administration returns to the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal, it would be “wrong”.

“In light of this fundamental analysis, I have instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare a number of operational plans, in addition to those already in place. It will be up to the political leadership, of course, to decide on implementation but these plans need to be on the table.”

Israeli Lieutenant-General Aviv Kochavi

Read more on Al Jazeera.

AstraZeneca Defends Vaccine Rollout Plan In EU

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Pascal Soriot, the head of AstraZeneca has defended his company’s rollout of their Covid-19 vaccine, amidst several delays in production and tension with states trying to secure them.

“It’s complicated, especially in the early phase where you have to really sort out all sorts of issues. “We believe we’ve sorted out those issues, but we are basically two months behind where we wanted to be.”

AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot

Read more on BBC.

Only 5 Republicans Support Trump Impeachment

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When the Senate forced a vote on the constitutionality of Donald Trump’s impeachment, all but five Republican senators voted in Rand Paul’s favour to dismiss the impeachment altogether

“If you voted that it was unconstitutional then how in the world would you ever hope to convict somebody for this? 45 of us, almost the entire caucus, 95% of the caucus, voted that the whole proceeding was unconstitutional. This is a big victory for us. Democrats can beat this partisan horse as long as they want — this vote indicates it’s over, the trial is all over.”


Read more on CNN.

Cele Admits Police Got Mask Matter Wrong

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has admitted that the SAPS handled the enforcement of mask wearing for Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane “badly”

“The first thing the officer should have done is to tell the premier to put the mask on immediately, or she should have been arrested – and both those things did not happen.”

Police Minister Bheki Cele

Read more on Times.

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