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will.i.am accuses Qantas flight attendant of racism

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US performer will.i.am has accused a Qantas flight attendant of racism, saying she was unjustified in calling the police on him after an altercation during an Australian domestic flight.

In a series of tweets, the Black Eyed Peas frontman on Saturday said the woman was “overly aggressive” and unnecessarily escalated a situation after he didn’t hear an on-board safety briefing.

Using the hashtag #RacistFlightAttendant William Adams — better known by his stage name will.i.am — said the attendant was “beyond rude” and “took it to the next level by calling the police”, five of whom were waiting for him on arrival in Sydney following the 90-minute flight from Brisbane.

“Thank god the other passengers testified that SHE was out of control,” he tweeted. “The police finally let me go.”

He said he had complied “quickly & politely” with her instructions to put his laptop away.

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“I don’t want to believe she racist. But she has clearly aimed all her frustrations only at the people of colour.”

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A Qantas spokesman said the Australian flag carrier “completely” rejected the suggestion that race was a factor in the incident.

“There was a misunderstanding on board, which seems to have been exacerbated by will.i.am wearing noise cancelling headphones and not being able to hear instructions from crew,” he said.

“We’ll be following up with will.i.am and wish him well for the rest of the tour.”

The group ended a five-city Australia tour with a concert in Sydney on Saturday.

The incident came two months after the Australian twin-sister pop duo The Veronicas were removed from a Qantas flight by police officers after a disagreement with staff over luggage.

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Uhuru Extends Nationwide Curfew But Revises Hours

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the extension of the nationwide curfew by a further 30 days stating that it is not yet fully safe to fully reopen the economy as such a move would pose a threat to public health.

Speaking during a live adress to the nation from State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta however revised the curfew hours from 7pm-5am to 9pm to 4am, a move which he said will afford Kenyans more working hours and the flexibility to get home after clearing their shifts.

The President also lifted the cessation of movement into Kilifi and Kwale counties as well as Eastleigh (Nairobi) and Old Town (Mombasa) effective June 7 after data indicated that COVID-19 cases were starting to drop in these regions.

However, the cessation of movement orders will continue to apply in Mombasa and Mandera Counties and the Nairobi Metropolitan Area (NMS) by another 30 days following the recommendation of health experts.

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“We must accept that we are not dealing with a right or wrong opinion we are caught in between two rights. Those who want to open the economy are right and those opposed to opening the economy are also right,” said President Kenyatta.

“This clash of two rights placed us on the horns of a dilemma. In the absence of scientific consensus among our experts, I asked for some scenarios. I wanted to know the best and worst-case scenarios in order to contain the disease without affecting the economy irreversibly,” said President Kenyatta.

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Kenya records 126 new cases, 4 more deaths

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President Kenyatta Extends Dusk to Dawn curfew, Cessation of Movement from Nairobi by another 30 days

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