NEWS DIGEST 29.11.2020: Egyptian human rights advocate loses life to corona; other stories

Today’s News Digest is from Facebook. The Egyptian human rights advocate Hafez Abu Seada has died after contracting coronavirus, Middle East Monitor has reported. Abu Seada, who was also a lawyer and the chairman and co-founder of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights (EOHR), died at the age of 55. His wife announced his passing, saying: “The love of my life, the father of my children, and the greatest man I’ve seen and lived with, and my pillar throughout my life, Dr Hafez Abu Seada, the lawyer and human rights advocate, the head of the EOHR, has passed away”. Abu Seada had contracted the virus a week ago and was admitted to hospital – Egypt rights advocate Hafez Abu Seada dies of coronavirus (MEMO Middle East Monitor)

A lioness rescued from the notorious zoo owned by Joe Exotic has been taken in for surgery to deal with the effects of an infected uterus brought on by years of inbreeding at the zoo, Britain’s Daily Mail reports. Chobe, aged five, was sent to the Oregon State University’s veterinary hospital, where she underwent a long procedure to remove her uterus (womb) and ovaries. She was rescued from the Oklahoma zoo in 2018 and is residing safe and sound at WildCat Ridge Sanctuary in Oregon state, USA. The surgery was reported to be a success – Big CAT Scan! Chobe the Lioness rescued from Joe Exotic’s Tiger King zoo undergoes surgery near her new home in Oregon after suffering from an infected uterus caused by years of inbreeding (Mail Online News)

A new coronavirus testing centre has been opened in the town of Cumbernauld, in Scotland’s North Lanarkshire region, the British government announced via press release on their official site yesterday. The centre will be located at Fleming House Car Park, and is being operated on behalf of the government by facilities management and professional services company Mitie. Both drivers and pedestrians will be able to access the site for testing of their possibility of being COVID-infected. Currently the UK government operates six drive through sites, 16 walk-through sites and 21 mobile units across Scotland – New UK Government Covid testing site opens in Cumbernauld (

An elderly woman was assaulted by four men who pushed her and held her by the hand as they burgled her residence in the town of Ruislip, around 26 kilometres (16 miles) from central London, MyLondon reported. The thieves plundered the property of the woman, in her 80s, and stole her sentimental possessions, including a gold wedding band she wore. The aggravated burglary incident took place on November 22. Local police said: “The victim, a woman in her 80’s was pushed the victim and held by her hand, whilst the suspects conducted a search of the property. “The suspects fled the scene in a light coloured vehicle, with the victim’s gold wedding band.”Elderly woman pushed and ‘held by her hand’ as four men burgled her Ruislip home (MyLondon)

The New Zealand All Blacks have emerged victorious against bitter rivals of rugby union, Argentina in the Tri-Nations tournament, which saw them grab the title. After a shock defeat at the hands of the Argentines two weeks ago, the Kiwis returned with a vengeance, drubbing the South Americans 38-0 at the Newcastle Stadium, in Newcastle, Australia – Argentina 0-38 New Zealand: All Blacks avenge shock defeat to all but clinch Tri-Nations (BBC Sport)

The British government has secured a further two million doses of a developmental coronavirus vaccine being made by American biotechnology company Moderna, the official government news portal announced today. This now runs to a total of seven million vaccine units secured from the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company, forming part of a supply of 357 million doses of vaccines from 7 different developers acquired for the UK by ministers and other parties – UK government secures additional 2 million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (

A special footbridge built for wildlife to cross the busy Interstate 80 motorway in Parley’s Canyon, Utah state, USA, has hailed a success after video footage was shot showing all sort of local animals, from bears to deer and squirrels using the bridge to bypass the dangerous traffic on the interstate. The article described the videos of the animals using the bridge as almost looking like a scene from the famous Disney film The Lion King. Utah Division of Wildlife authorised the construction of the bridge in 2018 near Salt Lake City. The bridge was intended to offer a safe place for wildlife to cross the busy motorway and not get struck by oncoming vehicles, and cost USD $5 million (GBP £3.8 million) – ‘It’s working!’ Video shows wildlife crossing bridge built for them to get across highway safely (FOX 5 Washington DC)

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