The Sift

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Coronavirus takes out more health workers

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/18/20, 10:23 am

The hospital director in hard-hit Wuhan, China, succumbed to the coronavirus, the city’s health bureau said Tuesday. Liu Zhiming is one of six other health workers in the country who have died from the disease. Chinese officials said it would designate them as state martyrs.

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Gunmen attack Burkina Faso church

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/18/20, 09:59 am

About 20 suspected extremists killed 24 people, including the pastor, at a Protestant church in Burkina Faso on Sunday. The attackers injured 18 and kidnapped three others in the town of Pansi in Yagha province, near the border with conflict-hit Niger. They burned down the church and looted oil and rice from the community before leaving on their motorbikes.

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Boy Scouts going bankrupt

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/18/20, 09:34 am

Recent changes in states’ statutes of limitations have unleashed hundreds of sex abuse lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America. The 110-year-old organization filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday in an attempt to craft a victim compensation plan.

What does it mean for Scouting’s future? In the short-term, the lawsuits will go on hold while the organization goes to bankruptcy court. In the long term, it could be forced to sell vast amounts of property to raise money for a compensation trust fund.

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