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Girl Who Sued Mother’s Doctor For Allowing Her Birth Wins

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A London Court has ruled in favour of a 20-year-old lady Evie Toombes who sued her mother’s doctor for allowing her to be born.

Ms Toombes had accused her mother’s doctor, Philip Mitchel, of not advising her mother before pregnancy to take vital supplements thereby allowing her to be born with a rare medical condition called spinal bifida.

The judge, Rosalind Coe QC, gave a timing against the doctor and confirmed that the doctor never advised Evie’s mother to take folic acid prior to conception which could have prevented her being born with the spinal disability.

READ ALSO: Girl Takes Mother’s Doctor To Court For Aiding Her Birth

Delivering her judgement, Ms Rosalind awarded a huge sum as compensation to Ms Toombes for damages. Her lawyers added that the exact sum has not been calculated, but would be a big number as it would be enough to cover the cost of her extensive care needs for life.

Despite her condition which makes her spend everyday of her life connected on tubes, Ms Toombes has got a successful career in showjumping, competing against both disabled and able-bodied riders.

She won the Inspiration Young Person Award at the Well Child Charity Event in 2018.

 

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Israel-Hamas Truce To Begin At 7am On Friday With First Hostages To Be Freed, Says Qatar

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Thirteen women and children being held hostage by fighters in Gaza will be the first to be released – as the temporary truce in Gaza between Israel and Hamas begins at 7am local time (5am UK time) on Friday, Qatar has said.

Dr Majed al Ansari, spokesperson for Qatar’s foreign ministry, said it had received a list of the civilians to be freed around 4pm local time (2pm UK time) tomorrow – and families would be given priority.

He said it was expected Israel would release Palestinian prisoners in return as part of the deal.

“We are hoping that we don’t see any further delays,” he said.

“I think we have reached a point now where everything is in place, we are ready to go on the ground.”

The deal, agreed following talks mediated by Qatar, Egypt and the US, will include the Red Cross visiting the hostages and bringing medicines to them.

It would also mean hundreds of trucks carrying humanitarian, medical and fuel supplies would be allowed to enter Gaza, while Israel would halt all air missions over southern Gaza and maintain a daily six-hour daytime no-fly window in the north.

Dr al Ansari said humanitarian aid would start flowing into Gaza as soon as the truce begins, adding it was “a fraction” of what it needs.

The ceasefire had been set to take effect at 10am local time on Thursday (8am UK time) – after six weeks of fighting.

The structured agreement was reached and confirmed on Wednesday morning, but more than a day later an expected announcement of the official start time had yet to materialise.

Asked about the delay by reporters at a news conference in Doha, Dr al Ansari said discussions had been “very difficult and detailed”.

“We wanted to make sure that nothing would cause harm in the process of getting the hostages out, and the perimeters of the agreement are agreed upon in the operational sense, on both sides,” he said.

He added the temporary truce includes a comprehensive ceasefire in both north and southern Gaza – and it was hoped it will lead to a permanent truce.

Hamas has agreed to free 50 Israeli women and child hostages held by fighters in Gaza, in exchange for Israel releasing 150 Palestinian women and children from Israeli jails.

Israel had said the truce could last beyond the initial four days as long as the fighters free at least 10 hostages per day.

A Palestinian source has told the Reuters news agency a second wave of releases could see as many as 100 hostages freed by the end of the month.

Both sides have said they will go back to fighting once the truce is over.
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Wife Of Gabon’s Deposed Leader Ali Bongo Jailed

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Sylvia Bongo Ondimba Valentin

Sylvia Bongo Ondimba Valentin,  the wife of Gabon’s deposed leader Ali Bongo has been jailed, the AFP news agency said in a post on social media platform X on Thursday, citing a lawyer.

Gabon army officers seized power on Aug. 30, annulling an election minutes after an announcement that President Ali Bongo had won, which they said was not credible. Bongo, in power since 2009, had succeeded his father Omar Bongo, who ruled for 42 years.

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AUC Chairperson Seeks Truce In Israeli-Palestinian War

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Moussa Faki Mahamat

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has expressed his utmost concern at the outbreak of the current Israeli-Palestinian hostilities, causing grave consequences for the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians in particular, and for peace in the region, in general.

In a statement in Addis Ababa, the chairperson recalled that denial of the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people, particularly that of an independent and sovereign State, is the main cause of the permanent Israeli-Palestinian tension.

The chairperson urgently appealed to both parties to put an end to military hostilities and to return, without conditions, to the negotiating table to implement the principle of two States living side by side, to safeguard the interests of the Palestinian people and the Israeli people.

The chairperson further called on the international  community, and the major world powers in particular, to assume their responsibilities to impose peace and guarantee the rights of the two peoples.

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