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Sunday, 17 June

22:52

'Mad Dog' Mattis: Evil Putin is aiming to 'undermine America's moral authority and belief in ideals' "IndyWatch Feed World"

At a graduation ceremony for the US Naval War College (barf), US Secretary of Defense James Mattis asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin "aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine America's moral authority," and that "his actions are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut and compromise our belief in our ideals." This would be the same James Mattis who's been overseeing the war crimes committed by America's armed forces during their illegal occupation of Syria. This would be the same United States of America that was born of the genocide of indigenous tribes and the labor of African slaves, which slaughtered millions in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Libya and Syria for no legitimate reason, which is partnered with Ukrainian Nazis, jihadist factions in Syria and Iranian terror cultists, which supports 73 percent of the world's dictators, which interferes constantly in the electoral processes of other countries as a matter of policy, which stages coups around the world, which has encircled the globe with military bases, whose FBI still targets black civil rights activists for persecution to this very day, which routinely enters into undeclared wars of aggression against noncompliant governments to advance plutocratic interests, which remains the only country ever to use nuclear weapons on human beings after doing so completely needlessly in Japan, and which is functionally a corporatist oligarchy with no meaningful "democratic model" in place at all.

22:27

Supremes Give Stamp of Approval to Voter Suppression "IndyWatch Feed World"

In a 5-4 decision released June 11, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Ohio law that provides for the removal of infrequent voters from the states election rolls.

On the surface, the courts majority opinion in Husted v. A. Phillip Randolph Institute is a highly technical analysis of whether Ohios so-called Supplemental Process law runs afoul of the federal National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and the Help America Vote Act of 2002. The courts decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito and joined by the courts other Republican appointees, concluded that it did not.

According to Alito, the Ohio law, which dates back to 1994 but in recent years has been more strictly enforced, is simply meant to keep the States voting lists up to date by removing the names of those who have moved out of the district where they are registered.

Heres how the Supplemental Process works: Voters who have failed to cast a ballot for two consecutive years (the equivalent of one federal election cycle) are mailed a pre-addressed, postage prepaid card asking them to verify that they still reside at the same address. Those who do not return the card and fail to vote in any election for four more years are presumed to have moved and are removed from the rolls.

As Alito and the courts Republican majority view voting rights, there is no textual inconsistency between the Ohio law and the right to vote, as protected by various federal statutes and the Constitution. All that a resident need do to avoid disenfranchisement is return the postcard sent by the state or vote within an overall six-year period.

Alitos reasoning seems at first clear enough, and on its face apolitical. Justice Stephen Breyers dissenting opinion, joined by the courts four Democratic appointees, is based largely on differing statutory interpretations.

But, as Justice Sonia Sotomayor pointed out in a separate dissent, Alitos majority opinion is in reality an exercise of disenfranchisement that entirely ignores the history of voter suppression in America and will disproportionately affect minority, homeless, low-income, and disabled voterswho, not coincidentally, tend to vote Democratic.

Our democracy rests on the ability of all individuals, regardless of race, income, or status, to exercise their right to vote, Sotomayor wrote, stressing that while most states have a variety of processes in place to maintain the accuracy of their voting lists, only Ohio presently triggers voting-roll purges based solely on an individuals failure to vote in a single election cycle.

As one instance of the Supplemental Process racially disproportionate impact, Sotomayor cited figures compiled by the NAACP...

22:18

Yemen: Coalition strikes continue to batter Houthi-held Hodeidah "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Emirati-led troops closing in on the city's airport, as civilians fear for their lives

21:59

Boko Haram Terrorists Mom expresses sadness that her son brought many problems to many people "IndyWatch Feed War"

he mother of Nigerias Boko Haram leader, the most wanted terrorist in the west African nation, Abubakar Shekau, has reportedly criticised her son saying he has brought many problems to many people and she has not seen him in at least 15 years.

According to Voice of America, villagers of Shekau the insurgent group leaders home town in Yobe state confirmed that Falmata Abubakar was the mother of Nigerias most wanted man.

Shekaus father was a local district imam before passing away a few years ago.

Falmata had never spoken to reporters before, and said she was praying to God to show her notorious son the good way.

A screengrab from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau delivering a speech. (Boko Haram, AFP)

A screengrab from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau delivering a speech. (Boko Haram, AFP)

She said her son left the village as a young man to study Islam in Maiduguri the epicentre of the groups insurgent where he met Boko Harams founding leader Muhammed Yusuf, who ensured that he did not return home.

For 15 years I havent seen him

I dont know if hes alive or dead. I dont know. Its only God who knows. For 15 years I havent seen him. Since Shekau met with Mohammed Yusuf, I didnt see him again. Yes, hes my son and every mother loves her son, but we have different characters, Falmata was quoted as saying.

He brought a lot of problem too many people. Where can I meet him to tell him that these things he is doing are very bad? He brought many problems to many people, but I am praying for God to show him the good way,

According to BBC, Boko Haram was one of the most deadly terror groups that was formed to fight against Nigerias government in 2009, with the aim of establishing a...

19:47

Its Trump Sanctions, Not OPEC, Thats Boosting Oil "IndyWatch Feed War"

The threat of Irans oil output disappearing is driving up prices.

June 17, 2018, 3:00 AM EDT
A support vessel flying an Iranian national flag sails alongside the oil tanker Devon.

Photographer: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg

As OPEC oil ministers prepared to meet in Vienna later this week, President Trump fired another twitter-shot across their bows. But it is his decision to slap sanctions back on Iran that is the real driving force behind the rising price of oil.

The U.S. president has accused OPEC of being at it again for the second time in as many months through his favored 280-character diplomatic channel. Quite what it is, he has never specified.

I am always a bit confused about what people actually mean when they accuse the group of artificially raising the price of oil. OPEC doesnt set it  and hasnt done so for more than 30 years.

Perhaps the president is railing at the fact that some members of the group have spent millions of dollars creating production capacity that they arent using. Seen in another light, that surplus is a vital safety valve in the event of a sudden loss of supply such as the one that occurred when U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq in 2003, or when Western-backed rebels overthrew Libyas Moammar Al Qaddafi in 2011. OPECs spare capacity has been used to compensate for sudden supply disruptions more often than Americas strategic petroleum reserve.

There is no reason that OPEC should pump as much oil as President Trump, or anyone else, wants. The organization exists to look after the interests of its members. Some of them might see appeasing the United States as being in their best interests. Others clearly do not.

It was less than two years ago that candidate Trumps energy adviser Harold Hamm told...

19:31

Austria angry at Germany over enormous spy effort "IndyWatch Feed War"

Vienna has demanded an explanation from Berlin over reports that Germanys BND agency spied on nearly 2,000 targets in Austria between 1999 and 2006. Austrian media said embassies were among the targets.

    
A general view shows an overcast sky in Vienna

Top Austrian officials have called on Germany to clarify reports that its BND spy agency snooped on high-profile targets including embassies, international organizations, Austrian ministers and banks based in the Austrian capital.

The scale of the surveillance was enormous, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said of the spy effort, which reportedly involved around 2,000 targets and took place between 1999 and 2006.

Talking to reporters at a specially convened press conference in Vienna, Kurz said his government had already contacted German authorities and demanded more information on who was spied on and when the effort was ended.

We want to have certainty that [the surveillance] ended, and if data were saved, our request is of course for it to be deleted, Kurz said.

Read moreGermanys NSA spying committee presents controversial report

Same old, same old?

Earlier this week, Austrian newspaper Der Standard and profil magazine reported that Germanys BND was mostly snooping on diplomatic representatives in Vienna, including embassies of the US, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Afghanistan, Israel and North Korea.

The agency also monitored phone numbers and other means of contact in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the International Atomic Energy Agency. The BND was apparently also keeping tabs on dozens of private companies, including weapons manufacturers and other key exporters, but also Austrian ministries, Islamist movements and even the countrys news agency APA.

The two media outlets said the information was provided to them by a German source.

However, it was not immediately clear if the latest re...

18:52

Israel strikes launchers of burning kites from Gaza Strip "IndyWatch Feed War"

It marked an escalation in Israels response to a phenomenon that has wreaked havoc on agriculture in southern Israel

Palestinians prepare kites before trying to fly them with incendiaries over the border fence with Israel, in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza Strip on May 4, 2018 (Said Khatib/AFP)
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The Israeli military says its aircraft have struck a vehicle belonging to someone who sends burning kites into Israel from Gaza.

No one was wounded in Sundays strike but it marked an escalation in Israels response to a phenomenon that has wreaked havoc on agriculture in southern Israel in recent weeks. Fields were once again set ablaze on a hot, windy, dry Saturday.

Gazans began flying kites with burning rags attached to them during mass protests against the crippling Israeli and Egyptian blockade of the territory. Israeli troops have fired on the protesters, killing more than 100 since the weekly demonstrations began in March.

The Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, has led the protests. Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for the fires.

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18:37

Soith Africa Addo: Where Female Elephants Without Tusks Roam and Poachers Stay Away Africa Sustainable Conservation News

NY Times

Tuskless elephant cows drinking from a watering hole at Addo elephant park.CreditFinbarr OReilly for The New York Times

ADDO, South Africa Through the narrow slit of the underground hide in front of the water hole, an African morning revealed itself. The sun painted the earth orange. A lion stepped out of the bush and a small herd of perfectly camouflaged kudus, a large antelope-like animal, started and bolted away.

Soon a single bull elephant appeared where the lion had been, shaking his head as if scanning the bush. After a while, five female elephants descended the orange hillside to drink.

Even from a distance it was easy to tell they were females; in South Africas Addo Elephant National Park, they are almost always the ones without tusks.

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In most African elephant populations, as few as 2 percent of the cows lack tusks. But among Addos 300-odd females, the rate is 90 percent to 95 percent, a trait that has evolved rapidly over the last century.

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18:26

Europe risks falling behind in digital transformation "IndyWatch Feed War"

FT launches project to find the champions for tech-led change across the region

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By Patrick McGee

There are fears that Europe is falling behind in digital transformation, just as the so-called fourth industrial evolution begins to change the business models of traditional industries in noticeable ways.

The predicted efficiency gains from the adoption of new technology are so great that, at first glance, they appear to be typos. PwC, for instance, forecasts the shift to contribute as much as 14 per cent to global GDP gains by 2030 or about $15tn in todays value.

However, digitalisation has so far been patchy. According to PwC, two-thirds of the 1,155 global manufacturing companies they surveyed have just started or have not yet embarked on their digital transformation.

Europe, in particular, is lagging behind: just 5 per cent of manufacturers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea) are digital champions, PwC says, versus 11 per cent in the Americas and 19 per cent in Asia-Pacific.

On the other hand, Europe has strong foundations in fields such as artificial intelligence (AI) and cryptography, says Siraj Khaliq, a partner at Atomico, a technology investment group, which compiles an annual report, The State of European Tech. Over the past two years, he says, industry has been increasingly tapping into these innovations with small acquisitions happening all the time.

The trajectory is very strong for these areas, especially with government policies of encouraging entrepreneurship with tax breaks and other measures, Mr Khaliq adds. More than 30 national and regional initiatives for digitalising industry have been launched across the continent over the past few years.

Help us find Europes digital transformation leaders

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The Financial Times, in partnership with Google and Nesta, the innovation foundation, is looking for organisations and people across Europe who are showing best practice in digital transformation.

We are looking for companies, big and small, as well as individuals and non-profit organisations, who are using digital technologies to grow, create jobs, reach new markets or transform their business. We would also like to hear about excellent skills training programmes and the creation of new technologie...

16:45

EU migration crisis: Special Summit called could introduce new EU migration rules "IndyWatch Feed War"

A special meeting on the EU migration crisis could take place as early as next weekend. Meanwhile, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has said no one is interested in toppling the chancellor over the issue.

    
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning a special short-notice meeting with several other EU nations to deal with a migration crisis affecting the region, German mass-circulation daily Bildreported on Sunday.

The possible meeting comes as Merkel struggles to avert a crisis within her coalition government on migration policy. She is engaged in a standoff with her interior minister, Horst Seehofer, over his plans to introduce stricter asylum laws, which would include turning people away at Germanys borders.

The meeting could take place as early as next weekend, the newspaper reported, ahead of the regular EU summit scheduled for June 28 and 29 in Brussels.

The German chancellor is looking forward to finding solutions to the current crisis with EU member states, including Greece, Italy and Austria, Bild reported, citing government sources from several EU countries.

The migrant situation has threatened to worsen in recent weeks, especially after Italys new government...

16:11

In pursuit of heavenly mandate Newtelegraph

To escape Satans trap by prophetic insight is another dimension of spiritual warfare. Some warfare is fought by the application of spiritual or prophetic wisdom. Millions of life and careers have been saved from shipwreck this way. However, this is not possible unless there is a clear understanding of this prophetic insight.   Davids throne []

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16:09

Trend du jour: Bold stripes are back Newtelegraph

If you know anything about fashion, you would know for a fact that everything is recycled. We keep seeing different fads come in and after a while, they fade out. Some may take longer than others to fade, but fade they do.   Give such items a few years or decades and they are back []

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16:07

The Senate can legally summon the IGP (4) Newtelegraph

  CURTAIN CALL We shall today continue our discourse on the undoubted power of the Senate to have invited IGP Idris recently over Police maltreatment of Senator Dino Melaye and the rampaging and unrestrained bloodletting by herdsmen across the country.   LEGISLATIVE HOUSES (POWER AND PRIVILEGES) ACT (continues) It could also be sent by registered []

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16:06

EFCC is being used to silence opposition Nwaoboshi Newtelegraph

Chief Peter Nwaoboshi is the Senator, representing Delta North Senatorial District in the National Assembly on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview with DOMINIC ADEWOLE, he says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been witch-hunting him and other principal officers of the National Assembly for opposing dictatorship and []

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16:06

Edo, reference point for good governance Osinbajo Newtelegraph

Vice president Yemi Osinbajo has said that Edo State in the last one decade has retained its status as a reference point with regards to good governance in the country.   Osinbajo gave the commendation at a state dinner held in his honour at the Edo Government house in Benin, following his two-day official visit []

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16:06

Wrongful detention: Nigerian-born Canadian sues govt for $8m Newtelegraph

A Canadian citizen was held by immigration authorities for eight months in a top-security prison when he was mistaken for a refugee with a different name. Now, hes suing the Canadian government for C$10m ($7.6m, 5.7m). When 47-year-old Olajide Ogunye, born in Nigeria, woke up on the morning of June 1, 2016, he found his []

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16:05

Listen to your acne Newtelegraph

Ladies who do not often have breakouts sometimes find that they suddenly break out.   Other ladies who have learnt to live with their acne as their fate too have a thing or two to learn about their condition.   Your acne break out is often pointing to some other underlying condition. Acne on your []

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16:05

NPA doesnt have powers to order SON out of portsSenate Newtelegraph

Says fight against fake, substandard products must be from within   Contrary to the position of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) stating that Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) should not operate from within the ports, the Senate Committee on Industry has canvassed for SONs return to the ports, blaming the influx of fake and substandard products []

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16:04

2019: Buhari goes for broke Newtelegraph

Judicial process not a clampdown Keyamo   Beyond the need to ensure prosecution of persons indicted of committing crimes, the opposition has said that the renewed offensive against corruption and other crimes levelled against prominent politicians might be part of a clampdown on those who pose a threat to President Muhammadu Buharis re-election bid or []

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15:57

Italian coast guard ship with Aquarius migrants arrives in Spain "IndyWatch Feed War"

An Italian coast guard ship arrived in the Spanish port of Valencia on Sunday, carrying migrants rescued by the Aquarius charity-run vessel, which Rome refused to allow to dock a week ago.

The coast guard ship is one of two Italian vessels that took on some of the Aquariuss passengers before escorting it to Spain, at the invitation of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

Jose Jordan, AFP | The Italian navy boat, the Dattilo, carrying some of the 630 migrants from the Aquarius rescue boat, enters the port of Valencia on June 17, 2018.

The Aquarius became the source of a heated political row in the EU about the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.

For the migrants, mainly from Africa, the arrival in Valencia marked the end of a week-long odyssey in the Mediterranean Sea.

European odyssey exposes extent of migrant crisis

The Aquarius crisis was sparked by Italys refusal to let the rescue ship dock in any of its ports. Malta, a tiny Mediterranean island nation, also refused, with each country accusing the other of failing to meet their humanitarian and EU commitments.

Spain eventually stepped in and agreed to receive the refugees as a political gesture to oblige Europe to forge a common policy to a common problem, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said.

Madrid on Saturday said it had accepted an offer from France who had angered Rome by branding it irresponsible over the vessel rejection to welcome Aquarius migrants who meet the criteria for asylum.

Two countries will work together to handle the arrival, Spains deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo said.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez thanked French President Emmanuel Macron for his gesture, saying it was exactly the kind of cooperation Europe needs at this hour.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

15:10

French Special Forces on the Ground in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

French Special Forces Yemen(ANTIWAR.COM)  French newspaper Le Figaro is quoting unnamed French military sources as saying that French special forces have been deployed to Yemen. The troops are said to be present with Emirati troops on the ground. They did not specify where in Yemen. Frances Defense Ministry is not commenting specifically on the special forces report, but did deny []

14:38

*Divided: Why Were Living in an Age of Walls* "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

That is the new book by Tim Marshall, yes Trump and Israel and the like, but it goes much further than that.  Here is one excerpt:

Since 1971, Assams population has more than doubled, from 14.6 million to over 30 million, much of which is due to illegal immigration.  Hindu nationalists have argued that the area might have a Muslim majority by 2060.  In 2015 there were 19 million Hindus and 11 million Muslims, nine of the twenty-seven districts being Muslim majority.  Equally importantly, the 2017 census showed that people who are ethnically Assamese are now a minority in the state as a whole, and as people continue to arrive their proportions will continue to drop.

This is a depressing but thought-provoking book.  Bangladesh, by the way, is smaller than the state of Florida, but has 165 million people.  And I had not known there are about 800,000 Nigerians in South Africa.  You can order the book here.

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14:34

Yemeni Tochka Missile Hits Saudi Mercenaries on Western Coast: Dozens Killed or Injured "IndyWatch Feed War"

June 15, 2018 The Yemeni rocketry forced fired on Friday a Tochka missile onto the gatherings of teh Saudi-led invaders and mercenaries, killing or injuring scores of them. The strike, which caused a panic amid the ranks of the aggression forces, had been based on accurate intelligence reports detected by drones. Yemen has been since []

12:06

It was difficult being only black girl in Canadian medical college Newtelegraph

Canadian-born Nigerian CHIKA STACY ORIUWA is a student at the medical college at the University of Toronto, Canada and was incidentally the only black student in her class of 259. Being the only person of colour had its challenges but rather than allow that weigh her down, it sparked in her a desire to create []

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11:59

Okrika handbag that cost N66m Newtelegraph

  In light of the recent news of the death of Famous designer, Kate Spade, perhaps collectors are more willing to shell out more for their favourite designer items. That would be a great explanation for the sale of an okrika or second hand Hermes Birkin bag that sold at an auction in London for []

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11:57

Presidency: Buhari, his staff are servants of the people Newtelegraph

The Senior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, on Saturday disclosed that President Muhammadu Buharis government was the most transparent. Enang stated this when lawyers from Akwa Ibom under the auspices of Akwa Ibom Lawyers Forum, visited him in Abuja. President Buharis government is the most transparent in []

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11:56

Ohanaeze, Afenifere insist on total restructuring of Nigeria Newtelegraph

Say No JAMB, no education quota system   No restructuring, no Nigeria Ayo Adebanjo   We reject 1999 Constitution Nwodo     Pan-Igbo Organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in agreement with her Yoruba counterpart, Afenifere, yesterday, demanded total restructuring of Nigerian federal system, to allow for equity, justice, growth and development of each region of the federation. []

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11:56

Oyegun is a malignant tumour in APC Newtelegraph

He is a cancer to our party Oyegun   Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 general elections in Ebonyi State, Senator Julius Ucha, yesterday berated the outgoing National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun for allegedly causing parallel congresses in the party across the states, by taking sides in []

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11:54

Kaduna Dry Port needs rail service to operate ICNL MD Newtelegraph

Ismail Yusuf is the Managing Director of Inland Container Nigeria Limited (ICNL), operators of the newly commissioned Kaduna Dry Port. In this interview with PAUL OGBUOKIRI, he explains the companys long term desire to emerge winner of the concession bid for the Onitsha River Port   Your company, ICNL is the promoter of the Kaduna []

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11:53

Poverty cant be expressed in words, says Pope Newtelegraph

Pope Francis has said that the growing level of poverty worldwide cannot be expressed in word, urging Catholics to take action in helping the poor out of penury.   The Pope said this while giving his message for this years World Day of the Poor, titled: This poor man cried and the Lord heard him, []

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11:53

APC National chair contest: Endorsements clear coast for Oshiomhole Newtelegraph

  Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is not new to leadership having been president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for many years and the immediate past governor of Edo State. But of all his leadership contests, Oshiomholes path to becoming National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming days appears to be the []

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11:52

Samba Boys, German Machine take centre stage in Russia Newtelegraph

The World Cup enters day four today with two of the favourites, Brazil and Germany in action. Tunde Sulaiman previews the big hitters   Finally, after three days of some exhilarating football action, two of the favourites to lift the World Cup trophy on July 15 in Moscow, the Russian capital, take to the field []

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June 12: Kingibe doesnt deserve national honour Balarabe Musa Newtelegraph

Elder statesman and former Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has faulted the honour given to Babagana Kingibe, saying the running mate to Chief MKO Abiola did not deserve any recognition in relation to the June 12 struggle. In this interview with BABA NEGEDU, Musa, who was at the thick of the struggle for []

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11:23

Link Pan-African News Wire

Ebola Vaccine Brings Hope, and Challenges, to the Democratic Republic of Congo
In our weekly news roundup: a vaccine for Ebola in the DRC, confronting sexual harassment in the sciences, and more.

06.15.2018
BY Jane Roberts

As the Democratic Republic of Congo battles its ninth outbreak of Ebola since the virus was first discovered four decades ago, public health officials are hopeful that faster testing and an experimental vaccine will help stave off the type of devastation that befell West Africa in 2014.

That epidemic, the largest outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic disease on record, killed thousands of people across Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Back then, health workers had to wait days to get lab results that would detect the Ebola virus, during which time people could unknowingly spread the infection.

Now armed with a genetic test that takes just hours, health personnel have confirmed 38 cases so far, including 14 deaths and the spread of the disease seems to be slowing. Still, the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, cautioned this week that its too early to declare the outbreak under control. While more than 2,000 people have been vaccinated and health workers are carefully tracking who may have come in contact with those infected, many barriers to stopping the spread remain.

In the city of Mbandaka, for example, where four cases of Ebola have been confirmed, motorcycle taxi drivers argue that they should be vaccinated, as theyre often the ones called to transport patients to the hospital. Its not fair that only doctors and nurses are considered to be on the red line, Benjamin Leli, president of the citys taxi association, told the Associated Press. Were on the red line too, and I dont want our people to get Ebola.

While tracking down these drivers presents its own set of challenges, theres also the issue of getting the vaccine to people in more rural areas like Iboko, where two new suspected cases were recently reported. Health workers there have encountered a lack of paved roads and cold storage, along with a general mistrust of the vaccinations being provided.

The Ebola vaccine isnt guaranteed to stop the outbreak, of course, but the WHO decided its the best option after ex...

11:20

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DR Congo's Parliament to Consider Legal Protection for Ex-presidents
16 June 2018 - 11:52
BY AMEDEE MWARABU
South Africa Sunday Times

Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila addresses a news conference at the State House in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo January 26, 2018.

Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament will, at President Joseph Kabila's request, hold a special session to consider legislation providing legal protection for former presidents, lawmakers said.

The announcement could be a further sign that Kabila intends to step down after an election in December despite speculation that he is trying to circumvent term limits that forbid him from running again.

Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala told Reuters this week that Kabila would not be a candidate, the clearest declaration yet from a senior government official on the matter.

But Kabila himself has refused to publicly commit to leaving office and some of his supporters have in recent weeks floated a legal rationale that would allow him to stand again.

"At the request of the president of the republic, an extraordinary session will be convened," lower house speaker Aubin Minaku told deputies on Friday at the close of the latest parliamentary session.

"We will examine several items including the law on the status of former chiefs of state, the designation of a new member of the constitutional court and the law on the tax to promote industry," he said.

It was not immediately clear when that session would take place.

Under the constitution, former presidents already receive broad immunity from prosecution as senators for life.

Modeste Mutinga, a senator from an opposition party, introduced legislation in 2015 to reinforce those protections in an effort to encourage Congo's first ever democratic transition.

It stipulates that former presidents and their aides will not be liable for arrest for common law violations committed in the exercise of presidential functions. It also provides for bodyguards for ex-presidents and increases in their pension.

However the bill never came up...

11:15

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Somalia, Ethiopia to Jointly Invest in Four Seaports on the Red Sea
Somalia and Ethiopia announced they were jointly investing in four seaports to attract foreign investment to their two countries, the latest move in a tussle for access to ports along one of the worlds most strategic waterways.

After Somalias president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo hosted Ethiopias prime minister Abiy Ahmed for a meeting at the presidential palace in Mogadishu, the two leaders issued a joint statement of pledges to cooperate on everything from the development of infrastructure including roads linking the two countries to expanding visa services to promote cultural exchanges.

The statement did not elaborate on which ports the two countries would develop.

The leaders further agreed to invest in logistics and service provision specially to leading ports in the continent that can serve both the Indian ocean and the Red Sea.

Ethiopias thirst for access to the sea
The Horn of Africas Red Sea coastline extending north of Somalia through Djibouti and Eritrea toward the critical Suez Canal is already dotted with ports owned or run by countries locked in a regional struggle: the United Arab Emirates and its ally Saudi Arabia on one side, and Turkey which backs Qatar on the other.

Landlocked Ethiopia, which has a population of 100 million, has been led since April by 41-year-old former intelligence officer Abiy, who has moved swiftly to assert his nations interests on the international stage.

The leaders further agreed to invest in logistics and service provision specially to leading ports in the continent that can serve both the Indian ocean and the Red Sea, the statement read.

UAE deals in the Horn of Africa

The day before Abiys visit to Somalia, the United Arab Emirates pledged to give $3 billion to Ethiopia in aid and investments, in a major show of support for the new leadership in Ethiopia.

The strengthened partnership between Ethiopia and the oil-rich Gulf monarchy is significant in the context of Addis Ababas ties with Mogadishu.

Somalia and the UAE have been at odds for months over the broader dispute in the Gulf region.

That Middle East...

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South Africa Proposes 5% Black Ownership in Mining Firms
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South Africa plans to raise black ownership at permit-holding mining companies to 30 percent from 26 percent within five years, the latest draft of a hotly-contested new industry charter showed on Friday.


The new draft charter extends to five years from one year the time that existing mining permit holders will have to meet the new black ownership requirement.


Publishing of the Charter moves us a step forward in terms of ensuring regulatory and policy certainty for the industry, mines minister Gwede Mantashe said in a statement.


The charter, published for public comment before being refined into law, is part of South African affirmative action rules that aim to reverse decades of exclusion under apartheid.

A new addition to the latest charter is that at least 50 percent of the seats on mining company boards will have to be allocated to black South Africans, and that at least 20 percent of those must go to black women.

For new mining right applicants, they must have a minimum of 30 percent black shareholding before securing the permit, according to the draft.

But the requirement that 10 percent of that ownership target be granted for free to communities and qualifying employees, dubbed free carry, might cause controversy among mining companies.

The Minerals Council South Africa, an industry lobby group, said it was against the free carry stipulation.

The industry does not favour a requirement of 10 percent free carry on new mining...

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Wage Protests Threaten South Africa Power Supply
Eric Oteng 
15/06 - 09:45

About 1,000 union members picketed Eskoms headquarters on Thursday in a wage dispute that threatens the cash-strapped South African utilitys ability to deliver power.

There have been no reports of outages in Africas most industrialised economy, but Eskom said that some plants had cut output, with shortages more likely now during peak winter demand.

Threats of total shutdown

Labour unions have threatened a total shutdown of Eskoms operations if it does not meet their demands for a 15 percent increase in salaries.

Zero percent is nonsense, we wont stand for it. Petrol is going up, VAT is going up, so our pay is decreasing.

The pickets come a day after protests at about 10 Eskom power plants forced the utility to switch off some generating units because trucks carrying coal and buses ferrying staff were blocked from entering.

Eskom, which produces more than 90 percent of South Africas power, narrowly avoided a liquidity crunch early this year and was embroiled in corruption scandals.

The picketing workers demanded to be addressed by Eskom Chief Executive Phakamani Hadebe, and about 12 police cars were stationed outside the companys Megawatt Park headquarters to protect Eskom staff and equipment.

More picketing promised

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), who say they represent more than 20,000 of Eskoms 47,000 employees, warned that thousands of their members would picket at Megawatt Park.

Thabiso Masha, an Eskom employee who works in the research department in Germiston, said: Zero percent is nonsense, we wont stand for it. Petrol is going up, VAT is going up, so our pay is decreasing.

Another employee, who works in Eskoms distribution operation in Johannesburg but asked not to be named, said: Its not the workers fault that the company is suffering because of corruption. We are not the root cause They are preparing for job cuts.

Two workers held up a placard emblazoned with 0% equals 0 Megawatt. Another read: To hell austerity measures. Workers can...

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America is Better Than This: What a Doctor Saw in a Texas Shelter for Migrant Children
By Kristine Phillips
Washington Post
June 16 at 5:23 PM

A 2-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12 in McAllen, Tex. (John Moore/Getty Images)

The small shelter along the Texas border to Mexico held 60 beds and a little playground for children. Rooms were equipped with toys, books and crayons. To Colleen Kraft, this shelter looked, in many ways, like a friendly environment for children, a place where they could be happy.

But the first child who caught the prominent pediatricians attention during a recent visit was anything but happy. Inside a room dedicated to toddlers was a little girl no older than 2, screaming and pounding her fists on a mat. One woman tried to give her toys and books to calm her down, but even that shelter worker seemed frustrated, Kraft told The Washington Post, because as much as she wanted to console the little girl, she couldnt touch, hold or pick her up to let her know everything would be all right. That was the rule, Kraft said she was told: Theyre not allowed to touch the children.

The really devastating thing was that we all knew what was going on with this child. We all knew what the problem was, Kraft said. She didnt have her mother, and none of us can fix that.

The girl had been taken from her mother the night before and brought to this shelter that had been redecorated for children under age 12, Kraft said staffers told her.

President Trump told reporters June 15 that he hates "to see separation of parents and children," but that "Democrats forced that law upon our nation." (AP)

The little girl is among the multitude of immigrant children who have been separated from their family as part of the Trump administrations zero-tolerance policy, meaning any adult who crosses the border illegally will face criminal prosecution. That also means parents were taken to federal jails while their children were sent to shelters.

Nearly 2,000 immigrant children were separated from their parents during six weeks in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security....

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THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS TAKING MIGRANT CHILDREN AS POLITICAL HOSTAGES
The family separation policy isnt being used just as a deterrent, but also as a bargaining chip.

BY EMMA STEFANSKY
Vanity Fair
JUNE 16, 2018 4:29 PM

Over the last two months, the Trump administration has forcibly taken about 2,000 children away from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and placing them in detention centers as a deterrent against illegal immigration. The new border policy has inspired outrage, nationwide protests, and a number of ACLU lawsuits, and even Donald Trump has said that this horrible and cruel practice must end.

I hate the children being taken away, Trump told reporters on Friday morning. The Democrats have to change their lawthats their law.

But its not their law. In fact, its not a law at all.

Trump has been continuously citing an immigration and border protection policy implemented by the Obama administration that placed hundreds of families in immigration detention centers at the height of the 2014 migrant crisis, when there was a surge in unaccompanied minors and women fleeing violence in Central America. In other cases, children would be separated from parents facing criminal prosecution, as they would not be able to accompany them into federal detention centers. But previous administrations made allowances for immigrants traveling with childrenmany of them seeking asylum in the U.S.allowing the families to stay together while being processed. The Trump administration, however, has decided that all adults crossing the border must be criminally prosecuted, with no exceptions. The new zero tolerance policy put in place by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April requires that children are taken away from their parents and are treated as unaccompanied minors, as if they tried to cross the border alone.

White House chief of staff John Kelly, when asked about the policy last month, referred to it as a deterrent. Critics say it is more akin to child abuse. Theres ample evidence that taking children from their parents at such young ages (many of them are younger than 4) causes lasting developmental and emotional damage. What we find from a neurobiological sense is that the circuitry in t...

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Nearly 2,000 Children Have Been Separated From Their Families During Trump Border Crackdown
By KATIE REILLY
Time.com
June 16, 2018

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families during a six-week period in April and May, as the Trump Administration cracked down on illegal immigration with a zero-tolerance policy of separating families at the border.

From April 19 through May 31, there were 1,995 children separated from 1,940 adults by U.S. Border Patrol, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed on Saturday.

The figures represent families who were separated because of illegal entry, immigration violations, possible criminal conduct by the parent, and cases where officials could not verify the family relationship, the DHS spokesperson said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in early May that officials would separate parents and children who are caught illegally crossing the border while prosecuting the parents for a federal misdemeanor. While the parents are incarcerated, children who are not charged with a crime are separated and kept in juvenile facilities with no clear process for reunification. In the past, families in this situation have typically been subject to civil deportation proceedings instead of criminal prosecution.

The Trump Administrations controversial new policy sparked outrage this week, as more stories emerged about families who had been unexpectedly separated and as visits by reporters to juvenile immigration shelters shed light on the facilities where many of those children now find themselves.

Sessions defended the separation policy this week by citing the bible, after religious leaders, including a cardinal in the Catholic Church, called the separation of families immoral.

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Just the Fear of a Trade War Is Straining the Global Economy
The ThyssenKrupp steel mill in Duisburg, Germany. At factories from Germany to Mexico, orders are being cut and investments delayed. CreditLukas Schulze/Getty Images

By Peter S. Goodman, Ian Austen and Elisabeth Malkin
New York Times
June 16, 2018

LONDON Only a few months ago, the global economy appeared to be humming, with all major nations growing in unison. Now, the worlds fortunes are imperiled by an unfolding trade war.

As the Trump administration imposes tariffs on allies and rivals alike, provoking broad retaliation, global commerce is suffering disruption, flashing signs of strains that could hamper economic growth. The latest escalation came on Friday, when President Trump announced fresh tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods, prompting swift retribution from Beijing.

As the conflict broadens, shipments are slowing at ports and airfreight terminals around the world. Prices for crucial raw materials are rising. At factories from Germany to Mexico, orders are being cut and investments delayed. American farmers are losing sales as trading partners hit back with duties of their own.

Workers in a Canadian steel mill scrambled to recall rail cars headed to the United States border after Mr. Trump this month slapped tariffs on imported metals. A Seattle customer soon canceled an order.

The impact was felt immediately, said Jon Hobbs president of AltaSteel in Edmonton. The penny is really dropping now as to what this means to peoples businesses.

The Trump administration portrays its confrontational stance as a means of forcing multinational companies to bring factory production back to American shores. Mr. Trump has described trade wars as easy to win while vowing to rebalance the United States trade deficits with major economies like China and Germany.

Mr. Trumps offensive may yet prove to be a negotiating tactic that threatens economic pain to force deals, rather than a move to a full-blown trade war. Americans appear to be better insulated than most from the consequences of trade hostilities. As a large economy in relatively strong shape, the United States can find domestic buyers for its goods and services when export opportunities shrink.

Even so, histor...

07:53

UN envoy in Yemen for emergency talks on Hudaida crisis "IndyWatch Feed War"

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06:46

UN Report determines that US is a "shithole country" "IndyWatch Feed World"

Instead of corporate media basically ignoring the UN report, there should be screaming headlines. Philip Alston is the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He traveled to the United States last December to some of our most destitute communities such as Skid Row in LA, poor African American areas in the Alabama, impoverished coal communities in West Virginia and to Puerto Rico. He issued his report on June 1, 2018. It should be front page news.

06:07

Necessity to Expose Israels Self-indictments in Gaza Protests "IndyWatch Feed War"

In May 2018 Gaza demonstrations, by its arrogant and aggressive stance toward legitimate demands of a people it has oppressed for decades, Israel indicted itself several times, validated Palestinian actions, and exposed its tyrannical manner. Translating Israels self-indictments to actions by the world community is an obligatory challenge for those who comprehend Israels oppressive policies.

One self-indictment

Israels effort to divert attention from its oppression by posing the protests as Hamas instigated and orchestrated. Kudos to an authority that coalesces a subjugated people and enables vocalization of legitimate demands to their oppressor. The Israeli government showed that Hamas is a well-organized authority, which has support of the Palestinian people, and by not engaging with this recognized authority, Israel deliberately closes all avenues to a peaceful resolution of the crises it has caused.

Regardless of who organized the demonstrations, the Gazans had legitimate demands to which any democratic government would respond with we hear your words, and will make amends. Israel replied with bullets, killing and wounding harmless demonstrators, causing more grief, and instilling more fear. Dubiously claiming that most of the casualties were Hamas militants is another self-indictment. Does Israel have the right to maim anyone it does not like?

History explains the demands of the Gazan Palestinians

Coastal territory awarded to the Palestinians in the United Nations Partition Plan extended to Ashdod, 38 kilometers above Gaza. Contrary to Israels claim of being attacked in the 1948 war, the Egyptian army tried to protect the Palestinian state and refrained from entering into territory awarded to the Jewish state. Egypts army stopped at Ashdod, crossed the Negev, proceeded to defend Beer Sheeva, which had also been awarded to a Palestinian state, and continued through Palestinian territory to safeguard Hebron. The Egyptian army did not try to occupy territory awarded to Ben Gurions government. Regard Al-Majdal, one of many towns in Palestinian territory, captured by Israel.

In August 1950, Israel expelled and trucked Al-Majdals 1000-2000 inhabitants to Gaza. According to Eyal Kafkafi (1998): Segregation or integration of the Israeli Arabs two concepts in MapaiInternational Journal of Middle East Studies 30: 347-367, David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan promoted the expulsion, while Pinhas Lavon, secretary-general of the Histadrut, wished to turn the town into a productive example of equal opportunity for the Arabs. The Egyptian-Israel Mixed Armistice Commission ruling that the Arabs transferred from Al-Majdal should be returned to Israel was never fulfilled. Why?

The nightmares for the residents f...

05:34

Senators Call On Pentagon To Fully Disclose Its Role In Saudi-Led War In Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

Three US senators have demanded that the Pentagon immediately reveals the full extent of US military support to the Saudi-led coalition that just launched an attack on Yemens key port city of Hudaydah, which has [...]

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04:38

Please, let Ochereome Nnanna go! Newtelegraph

In one of my earliest columns after President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn -in in 2015, I predicted that the president would preside over a divided nation. The existing animosity and mutual suspicion among all the ethnic groups, I had insisted would be more pronounced.   My position was a function of the campaign of calumny []

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04:17

French Forces On The Ground In Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

French special forces are reportedly present on the ground in Yemen supporting the Saudi-led military operation in the port city of Hudaydah A report in Le Figaro newspaper on Saturday cited two military sources but provided no further [...]

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03:57

Maine: Man dies after brutal beating by Muslim migrant mob in Lewiston park "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Press Herald doesnt see fit to mention the fact that this teen mob was made up of Somali Muslim migrants. Why cover this up? Because apparently Lewiston officials, as well as the local media there, are intent upon covering up migrant crime, so that the non-Muslim natives will remain ignorant and complacent regarding the []

01:34

A Palestinian disfigured by tear gas canister reflects on change in his life "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Gazan disfigured by tear gas canister says it was like death
The National (UAE) 14 June by Nagham Mohanna The gruesome photos show a man desperately grasping at his throat for air as smoke pours from his cheek. The young Palestinian falls to the floor, bloodied, as the gas continues to spew out of the hole in his face. A tear gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier had directly hit Haitham Abu Sabla in the head, penetrating the front of the left side of his skull. The incident at a Gaza border protest on 8 June left the 23-year-old on life support after the canister was surgically removed. Witnesses say he was standing hundreds of metres from the border fence, watching stone-throwers at a rally east of the southern city of Khan Younis. Haitham, who has since been taken off of critical care, speaks exclusively to The National in his first interview after the horrific injury. It was like death, I didnt think I would survive, Haitham said, describing his feelings while pointing to his throat with his right hand, as though trying once again to stop the gas from entering his body. As he lies in the first floor of Khan Younis Nasser Hospital, a bandage covering the lower left side of his face where the canister hit and surrounded by seven family members and friends, Haitham mumbles what he remembers of the moment that would change his life. I saw the Israeli sniper looking at me, then he fired toward me, he said. I was just standing, I didnt do anything else He lives with 15 other family members in a small home and has no job to accrue an income. The Friday protests were his outlet and he never missed one, his family said. But that Israeli canister may now leave him unable to eat as he once did, disfigurement of the face and the long-term effects of gas entering his body. We did not see a case like Haithams before, Dr Hossam Al Majaida, head of the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Nasser Hospital told The National. The gas canister stayed for 45 minutes in his face until we made a plan to start to operate on him. It means that the gas continued to enter to his body for a long time and that will affect him in the long term. Haithams only hope now is that he can leave Gaza to receive the treatment he requires. He has a fracture in his upper jaw, and a breakdown in his left mouth muscle, while losing most of his teeth, the doctor continued. He needs to get out of Gaza to continue treatment or he will have a permanent malformation in his face. [I you can stand to look at some awful photos, look here at...

00:02

Promoting diversity? Non-Muslim teacher wears full face veil, reads from Koran in Swiss school "IndyWatch Feed World"

A teacher in Switzerland has made headlines after wearing a full face veil and reading passages from the Koran out loud during a lesson on Islam, local media reports. The stunt was apparently aimed at promoting diversity. "She [the teacher] came into class completely veiled without warning and started reading lines from [the] Koran out loud", students from a vocational school in the Swiss capital told local 20 Minuten newspaper. Though nobody is said to have left the class, the extraordinary move raised a few eyebrows. Some of the students claimed later that "it did not belong in a classroom," the news outlet reports. The video released by 20 Minuten claims to show the teacher in question wearing a niqab - a Muslim face-covering veil - reading passages from the Koran. Some of the words are bleeped out. The teacher, however, is not a Muslim and reportedly bought the niqab during a vacation in Egypt.

00:02

France to take in Aquarius ship migrants "IndyWatch Feed War"

Madrid said Saturday it had accepted an offer from France to take in migrants from the Aquarius rescue ship, currently en route to Spain with more than 600 people on board.

The French government will work together with the Spanish government to handle the arrival of the migrants scheduled for Sunday, Spains deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo said in a statement.

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France will accept migrants who express the wish to go there once they have been processed in Valencia, the statement said.

The vessel is at the heart of a major migration row between European Union member states.

Chartered by a French aid group, the vessel rescued 629 migrants including many children and pregnant women off Libyas cost last weekend.

Italys new populist government and Malta refused to let it dock in their ports, accusing each other of failing to meet their humanitarian and EU commitments.

Medecins Sans Frontieres/AFP | This handout picture from French non-governmental organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres shows migrants on board the MV Aquarius as it makes it way to Spain after being refused permission to dock in Italy

Spain eventually stepped in and agreed to receive the refugees.

France who had angered Rome by branding it irresponsible over the vessel rejection offered Thursday to welcome Aquarius migrants who meet the criteria for asylum.

The ship is making the 1,500-kilometre (930-mile) voyage to Spain accompanied by an Italian coast guard vessel, which has taken on board some of the migrants.

High waves and winds forced the convoy to take a detour on the way.

The plight of the Aquarius has again highlighted the failure of EU member states to work together to deal with the influx of migrant arrivals since 2015.

After Romes decision to ban the Aquarius, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met on Friday and agreed that the EU should set up asylum processing centres in Africa to prevent voyages of death.

They also demanded profound changes to the EUs asylum rules which put the migrant burden on their port of entry to Europe mainly Italy and Greece.

Italys far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini warned Sat...

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23:50

The Hitler of South Africa Tells White People, He Wont Kill Them Yet "IndyWatch Feed World"

Earlier this week while most of the world was transfixed on the World Cup, the Trump/Kim handshake, or a multitude of other sundry events, Julius Malema, aka the Hitler of South Africa, was busy telling white people in his country that hes not going wage genocide against them. Yet. In an interview with TRT World News published this []

23:34

Yemen: Saudi coalition claims to have control of Hodeidah airport "IndyWatch Feed War"

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23:08

US senators request Pentagon to fully disclose its role in Saudi-led war in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

Three US senators have called on the Pentagon to immediately reveal the extent of US military support to the Saudi-led Arab coalition that launched an attack on Hodeidah, a key port city and last humanitarian lifeline in Yemen. "We call on you to immediately disclose the full extent of the US military role in the Saudi-led war against Yemen's Houthis, including the use of special operations forces; disclose any role that the Pentagon is currently performing, has been asked to perform, or is considering performing regarding an attack on the port of Hodeida," says the letter sent to Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday, and signed by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) Sanders, Lee and Murphy also asked Mattis to "issue a public declaration opposing this impending assault," and restate the Trump administration's position that Saudi Arabia and other participants in the conflict "should accept an immediate ceasefire and move toward a political settlement."

23:04

World Cup 2018: France beat Australia 2-1 Newtelegraph

Paul Pogba scored a late goal to earn France a hard-fought 2-1 win against Australia as technology played a major part in their opening World Cup Group C game on Saturday. Midfielder Pogba, who was criticised after recent below-par performances, found the back of the net with a lob after a fine one-two with second-half []

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22:43

Saudi-led coalition frees Yemens Hodeidah airport, begins de-mining operations "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Forces from the Arab Coalition entered the airport in Yemens main port city on Saturday, the coalition-backed Yemeni military said, in the biggest offensive of the coalitions war against the Iran-aligned Houthis.

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Victory for the coalition in their first attempt to capture a strategic part of a well-defended city could put the Houthis in their weakest position since the conflict erupted three years ago.

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A defeat would also cut off supply lines to the Houthi-controlled capital, Sanaa, and possibly force the movement to negotiate.

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Army forces backed by the resistance and the Arab coalition freed Hodeidah international airport from the grip of the Houthi militia, the media office of the pro-alliance Yemeni military said on Twitter on Saturday.

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Troops have surrounded the main airport compound but have not seized it, a Yemeni military source and residents said.

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We need some time to make sure there are no gunmen, mines or explosive in the building, the military source said. The militarys media office said technical teams were de-mining the surrounding area.

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Fighting in the airport area led to the closure of the northern entrance of Hodeidah, which leads to Sanaa, residents said.

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That has blocked a key exit out of the city and made it more difficult to transport goods from the port, the countrys largest, to mountainous regions.

UN envoy lands in Hodeidah

The UN envoy for Yemen arrived in the militia-held capital Sanaa for talks on the key aid port.

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Martin Griffiths is expected to propose to militia leaders that they cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee to avoid further fighting with advancing government troops which are backed by the Arab coalition.

Seized entrance

Yemeni forces backed by Arab states seized the entrance to the airport in Yemens main port city on Friday, in an offensive against the Houthi militia.

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The swift advance was an important early success for the Yemeni forces, which launched the operation in Hodeidah four days ago and says it can liberate the city quickly enough to avoid interr...

22:19

Italy bans more migrant rescue boats No human cargo in Italys ports "IndyWatch Feed War"

Italys Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Saturday warned another migrant rescue mission off the Libyan coast that it would not be allowed to land its human cargo at an Italian port.

The new rightwing and anti-immigrant Italian government last week banned the French NGO operated vessel the Aquarius, with more than 600 rescued migrants on board, from docking in Italy, causing uproar and a sharp spat with France.

SOS MEDITERRANEE/AFP | A migrant onboard the Aquarius rescue ship as it heads towards Spain

Spain subsequently offered to take the Aquarius and it is expected at the port of Valencia on Sunday.

Salvini showed no sign Saturday of softening his position.

While the Aquarius is sailing towards Spain, two other Dutch NGO operated vessels (Lifeline and Seefuchs) have arrived off the Libyan coast, to wait for their human cargos once the people smugglers abandon them, Salvini said in a Facebook post.

These people should know that Italy no longer wants to be any part of this business of clandestine immigration and they will have to look for other ports to go to, he said.

As minister and as a father, I take this action for the benefit of all, he added.

After Romes decision to ban the Aquarius, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met on Friday and agreed that the EU should set up asylum processing centres in Africa to prevent voyages of death.

At their meeting in Paris, Macron and Conte also demanded profound changes to the EUs asylum rules which put the migrant burden on their port of entry to Europe mainly Italy and Greece.

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21:09

Ethiopian Prime Minister Visits Somalia "IndyWatch Feed War"

The new Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has arrived in the Somali capital Mogadishu amid tight security. Ahmed was received at the airport by Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. In a message posted on Twitter, Farmajo told the Ethiopian prime minister: Welcome to Mogadishu your excellency its an honor to host you and your []

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21:06

Stories of resilience and growth from drought hit Somalia, with UN projects "IndyWatch Feed War"

Meet two farmers and two female entrepreneurs, whosupported by the Somalia Emergency Drought Response and Recovery Project (SEDRP)share their experiences of grit, hope, and resilience despite years of drought and famine risks. In observation of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, delve into four stories of resilience from desert lands in Somalia. Meet two []

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21:01

Kenya: Mandera farmers count losses after River Dawa breaks banks, ask for help "IndyWatch Feed War"

Farmers in Mandera are counting losses for the third time this year after their lands were submerged when River Dawa burst its banks. In Mandera East Sub-County, Mr Ali Hassan Hamo, who grows onions, water melons and maize says his losses amount to more than Sh3 million. We have had floods since March. Unfortunately, the []

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20:57

South Africa: Malmesbury Mosque attacker had been treated for bipolar disorder VIDEO "IndyWatch Feed War"

The man who killed two worshipers inside the Malmesbury mosque before he was shot dead by police is understood to have been treated for bipolar disorder previously and had no history of violence, said Amir Sheikh, chairperson of the Somali Community Board of SA. As worshipers try to make sense of the attacks that took []

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20:35

Saudi-led Coalition Captures Al-Hudaydah Airport, Repels Houthis Attack In al-Tuhayat (Photos, Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

On June 16, the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni proxies captured the al-Hudaydah airport, south of the port city, along the western Yemeni coast, according to the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV. Yemeni sources said that heavy clashes between the coalition and the Houthis are currently taking place north of the airport.

Saudi-led Coalition Captures Al-Hudaydah Airport, Repels Houthis Attack In al-Tuhayat (Photos, Map)

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A day earlier, the Saudi-led coalition managed to reach the southern entrance of the airport after conducting more than 300 airstrikes on the Houthis positions and troops there. Sources in the Saudi-backed forces claimed that 255 fighters of the Houthis were killed and 500 others were injured since the beginning of the coalition attack on the airport.

Meanwhile, the Sky News Arabia TV reported that the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies repelled an attack of the Houthis on their positions in the district of al-Tuhayat, 65km south of al-Hudaydah. According to the TV station, coalition forces killed 35 fighters of the Houthis and captured 80 others during the clashes in the district.

Once the airport of al-Hudaydah is secured, the Saudi-led coalition will begin advancing towards the city itself. Unlike the open areas around the airport, the urban areas inside al-Hudaydah may allow the Houthis to organize an effective defense.

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20:25

Yemen The Starvation Siege Has Begun "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Saudis and Emirates have the active support of Britain and the United States. The attack on Hodeidah, the siege on all Houthi controlled territory and the coming famine can still stopped. Britain and the U.S., the Saudis and the Emirates are on the verge of committing a war crime that will exceed the war on Iraq by any measure.

19:36

French special forces on the ground in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday, citing two military sources.

The newspaper gave no further information about their activities. The Defence Ministry was not immediately available for comment, but its usual policy is not to comment on special forces operations.

A French parliamentary source recently told Reuters French special forces were in Yemen.

Forces from an Arab alliance entered the airport in Yemens main port city on Saturday, in the biggest battle of the coalitions war against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.

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The French Defence Ministry said on Friday that France was studying the possibility of carrying out a mine-sweeping operation to provide access to the port of Hodeidah once the coalition had wrapped up its military operations.

The ministry stressed that France at this stage had no military operations in the Hodeidah region and was not part of the Saudi-led coalition.

France, along with the United States and Britain, backs the Arab coalition in the Yemen conflict and provides weapons to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Reporting by Leigh Thomas and John Irish; Editing by Adrian Croft

Reuters

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19:19

South Africa: Violent and Illegal Eviction Underway at the Barcelona 2 Transit Camp, #Lamontville "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mayor Zandile Gumede has started her dealing with Abahlali.

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

This morning at around 10:00 a.m. the Anti-Land Invasion Unit, accompanied by heavily armed security guards, attacked the Barcelona 2 Transit Camp in Lamontville. It is a short walk from where Sibonelo Mpeku, our chairperson in the Sisonke Village land occupation, was kidnapped and murdered on 19 Novemberlast year.

No court order was provided therefore this is eviction, carried out at gunpoint, is an illegal and criminal act. 

Barcelona 2 is a so called transit camp that was built by the Municipality to hide impoverishment and homelessness during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Many families were forcibly evicted from their homes and moved into transit camps.

Transit camps were also used by the apartheid regime. They are like concentration camps used to hide impoverished black people and to take control over their communities. They are not fit for human beings. It is incredible that a democratically elected black government would do this to our people.

The people moved into Barcelona 2 were told that they would not stay there for longer than three to six months. They have now been there for more than seven years. The houses that were meant for them were instead given to ANC members via SANCO and people claiming to be MK veterans. 

The Councillor in the Ward is Eunice Khanyile. A large number of ANC supporters in the ward refused to vote for her in the last local government election and instead voted for an independent candidate. After the election there were sustained claims of fraud. Boxes of ballot papers were found at a local dumpsite.

We managed to hold a meeting despite the ongoing attack on the community. The residents reported that Khanyile has said that she is cleansing the area of amaMpondo....

18:39

Policemen, Soldiers exchange gunfire in Aba Newtelegraph

It was more of a Hollywood war film yesterday in Aba, Abia State, as soldiers believed to be attached to the Forward Operation Base and Mobile Policemen engaged in heavy shoot out over alleged assault on one of them. The shoot out, which created tension and panic around Osisioma Ngwa junction along the Enugu []

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18:39

Ronaldo gets two-year jail in Spain Newtelegraph

Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has reached a deal with Spanish prosecutors in his tax-evasion case, agreeing to a massive fine and a prison sentence, though he is unlikely to serve any time because hes a first offender. The news was reported Friday by Spanish newspaper El Mundo. Ronaldo, who plays for La Liga club []

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18:38

APC Convention: Why APC govs, leaders are behind me Oshiomhole Newtelegraph

Immediate past Governor of Edo State and aspirant for the post of the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday gave reasons why he is enjoying the support of APC governors and other party leaders across the nation ahead of the June 23 National Convention of the party. Oshiomhole []

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18:38

Ortoms wife warns against trafficking of IDP children Newtelegraph

Wife of the Benue State Governor, Mrs. Eunice Ortom, has cautioned against trafficking of displaced children for farming or business activities in parts of the country. Ortom who gave the warning yesterday at LGEA Central Primary School Gbajimba, one of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Guma Local Government Area of the state, said []

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18:37

Namibia the huge cost of repairing Etoshas fences Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Namibian Sun
Ellanie Smit,
June 14, 2018
The environment ministry has confirmed it will need N$500 million each year
over the next five financial years to complete the elephant- and
predator-proof fence around Etosha National Park.

This is for the materials and construction associated with the mammoth
project and follows previous ministry statements, which said it would need
N$419 million to complete the fence over a ten-year period.

While outlining several challenges including limited financing over the
years and contractor delays the ministrys director of planning and
technical services, Boas Erkki, also retracted a recent statement that only
112km of the fence had been completed over the past six years.

He said it was likely that 145km of the 842km boundary fence would be
completed by the end of this year.

With regard to the N$419 million figure previously released by the
ministry, he said that was only for a section of the fence.

The boundary consists of various types of fencing at various stages. The
predominant fence is a 1.8m-high, game-proof fence, and the rest is
approximately 80km of stock-proof fence that is 1.2m high.

The fence was erected in the early 1960s and has badly deteriorated in some
areas.

To improve the status of Etoshas boundary fence, the ministry has since
2010 started with the construction and electrification of an elephant- and
predator-proof fence which consists of mesh and steel wire, cabling and
electrification.

According to Erkki, a total of 118km of the 370km northern boundary fence
has already been upgraded, of which 70km has been electrified.

With regard to the Karos fence in the south-western part of Etosha, he said
27km of the fence would be completed this year in two sections. At what is
known as section K1, 12km of the fence is 70% complete. At K2 60% of the
15km is completed.

However, challenges remain. According to Erkki, certain sections of the
upgraded 118km fence must already be redone because of a lack of regular
maintenance. Figures indicate that maintenance of the fence alone will cost
N$10 million.

Capacity Issues

He added there was also a lack of manpower to maintain the fence, adding
there were only 30 ministry staff working in Etosha.

?There is a lack of a proper dedicated fencing team to look after the
fence.?

He explained that even if a fence was repaired in the morning, migrating
elephants could destroy it the very next day.

Erkki said upgrading the Etosha fence had experienced many challenges, with
delays having been caused by the governments Targeted Intervention
Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (Tipeeg).

For instance, a company was only...

18:37

United States government theocratic xenophobia "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Rev. William Barber: Jeff Sessions Using Religion to Justify Family Separations Is Biblical Heresy

15 June 2018

More than 300 Catholic bishops have blasted the Trump administrations immigration policies, calling for an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents and condemning Attorney General Jeff Sessionss policy of ending the right of domestic violence survivors to seek asylum in the United States.

On Thursday, Sessions quoted the Bible to justify his departments immigration policies. Sessions was speaking to an invitation-only crowd in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes, stated Sessions. Critics seized on his reference to Romans 13, noting it was a favorite passage of defenders of the Confederacy used to justify slavery. We speak to the Rev. William Barber.

18:37

Budding songster, Tino Tipsy, releases new songFresh Newtelegraph

Fast rising singer, Paul Egbule, better known as Tino Tipsy is a Nigerian singer and songwriter whose music delivery is unique. With several other songs to his credit, Tino Tipsy, is out with a brand new song titled Fresh as produced, mixed and mastered by Brym. The SBG record act was born in Warri Delta []

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18:36

Visit National Orthopaedic Hospital, lose your limbs Patients Newtelegraph

An orthopaedic hospital is supposed to be a place where issues that have to do with bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons are treated. But what happens to patients in some of such hospitals leaves much to be desired. JOSEPH AGUMAGU, reports   The day started well for 76-yearold grandmother, who identified herself simply as []

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18:31

Eid-el-Fitr: Govs, politicians, others felicitate with Muslims, preach peace Newtelegraph

As Nigerian Muslims join their counterparts all over the world to celebrate this years Eid-el- Fitr, the Islamic end of Ramadan fast, notable personalities including politicians and clerics, have felicitated with the faithful while admonishing them to continue to abide by the lessons of the holy period. In many places monitored by our correspondents, many []

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18:30

AKINNIBOSUN, OFFA ROBBERY LEADER: DANGEROUS CULT MEMBER, DEADLY ROBBER Newtelegraph

Suspect lavishes mum with sweet words on her birthday Friends praise, mock him on social media Police seal off politicians home in Kwara   In this no-holds-barred report, a special team of Saturday Telegraph correspondents, detailed from the Lagos headoffice of this newspaper, unraveled whom the Offa robbery kingpin, Ayoade Akinnibosun is. Until his arrest []

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18:30

Malawi differing views over poaching Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Think there is a propaganda element and a great deal of exaggeration in the African Parks statement that most of the animal species in the countrys game reserves were now extinct as a result of poaching, except of course in the ones managed by African Parks. KS

allAfrica/Malawi News Agency

Blantyre Experts have expressed different views over the rate of illegal killing of wild animals in both government and privately managed game reserves and protected areas.

On its part, government says the rate of poaching has reduced in all the game reserves especially in areas under the management of African Parks Malawi (APM). It has been observed that the crimes have only shown signs of decreasing in places that are under co-management.

On Tuesday, APM Country Director, Patricio Ndadzera told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the rate at which wild animals were being killed has reached an all-time low in game reserves being managed by government and private players.

Governments partnership with African Parks has reduced acts of poaching in places that are co-managed. However, the numbers are still as high in those that are single handedly being run by government, said Ndadzera.

He attributed the increasing cases of poaching in such places to lack of resources in most national parks and game reserves, adding that most of the animal species in the countrys game reserves were now extinct as a result of poaching.

Poaching has led to the struggle of many game reserves. A good example is Lengwe National Park that is struggling to operate.

This has left infrastructure in shambles, turning it into a liability other than an asset, said Ndadzera. In a separate interview, Director of National Parks and Wildlife, Bright Kumchedwa admitted that government and its partners were still grappling with the problem of poaching.

However, Kumchedwa was quick to point out that the crimes have reduced reasonably, saying: The problem of poaching still persists but at a reduced rate. The situation cannot however be compared to some three years ago when it was worrisome.

Kumchedwa cited Kasungu and Liwonde national parks as places that have seen a steady reduction in such malpractices.

Poaching of animals such as elephants for their ivory is still on the decline as opposed to the situation a few years ago, s...

17:36

The Charge of the Light Brigade" "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Charge of the Light Brigade"
 Compiled By CP

All the talk about war, with N. Korea, with Russia, with China, with Iran... "operations" in Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, seemingly everywhere, and endless. Perhaps Mankind does indeed have a death wish- a certain segment of it certainly appears to- and all of history has been mere preparation for some final nuclear-war apocalyptic event. I don't know, but it made me think of this event in history, among others, and I thought I'd share it with you. Food for thought, at least... - CP

All the talk of history is of nothing almost but fighting and killing, and the honor and renown which are bestowed on conquerors, who, for the most part, are mere butchers of mankind, mislead growing youth, who, by these means, come to think slaughter the most laudable business of mankind, and the most heroic of virtue. - John Locke

The Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War. The charge was the...

16:17

Why There Wont Be a Yemeni Version of the White Helmets "IndyWatch Feed War"

Yemeni White Helmets(ZHE Op-ed)  Have you noticed the almost complete lack of video footage showing the ongoing Arab and US coalition aerial bombardment of Yemens key port city of Al Hudaydah? Reuters reports the following: People are scared. The warships are terrifying and warplanes are flying overhead all the time,university student Amina, 22, who lives near the port, told Reuters by telephone. []

15:49

UN Rejects Plan for Immediate Ceasefire in Yemen Port "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIWAR.COM)  A Swedish call at the UN Security Council for an immediate ceasefire in the Yemen port of Hodeidah was derailed during a closed session Friday. The US and Britain both expressed opposition to the measure, designed to prevent Saudi-led forces attacking a port responsible for feeding 8.4 million civilians. Britain insisted on the meeting being a closed session, []

14:00

War of Aggression: The Saudi & UAE Slaughter in Yemen isnt a Proxy Conflict with Iran "IndyWatch Feed World"

Alongside their throttlehold over which reporters can visit what parts of Yemen, and thus what story they can tell, Saudi and Emirati investments in public relations, lobbying, think-tanks, and political consultants are shaping the narrative about their war there. Headline writers, pundits, Wikipedia, news correspondents, and even some so-called experts frame the asymmetric conflict as a proxy war. Sunnis nations led by Saudi Arabia are battling Shi`a Iran and its regional proxies, the story goes; the worlds worst man-made humanitarian disaster thus appears as un-named collateral damage.

French special forces on the ground in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday, citing two military sources.

THE SWAMP: Judge Who Jailed Manafort Also Cleared Hillary Clinton In Benghazi Case "IndyWatch Feed World"

The judge appointed by Barack Obama who put Paul Manafort in jail this week previously cleared Hillary Clinton of responsibility for the deaths of four American servicemen in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Manafort was put in jail for allegedly engaging in witness tampering, but most people see the jailing as a fraud to divert public attention away from the IG report that slammed James Comey and bolstered President Donald Trumps arguments against the corrupt Deep State.

UN Rejects Plan for Immediate Ceasefire in Yemen Port "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Swedish call at the UN Security Council for an immediate ceasefire in the Yemen port of Hodeidah was derailed during a closed session Friday. The US and Britain both expressed opposition to the measure, designed to prevent Saudi-led forces attacking a port responsible for feeding 8.4 million civilians. Britain insisted on the meeting being a closed session, meaning specific comments during the hearing, and the reiteration from UN officials of the humanitarian crisis threatening to kill millions, would not be done for the public to see.

13:55

Killings: Im no longer the CSO of Zamfara Yari Newtelegraph

urges indigenes to seek Gods help   Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari, yesterday said he had dropped his responsibility as Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the state as he had no control over security machinery in the state. Speaking to journalists in Talata-Mafara, Yari said his decision stemmed from the seeming helplessness of the state []

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13:53

Anti-Buhari elements are public looters Kalu Newtelegraph

Former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, yesterday in Daura, Katsina State, condemned those trying to frustrate President Muhammadu Buharis re-election bid, describing them as treasury looters. Speaking during his sensitisation effort to promote the second term ambition of President Buhari, Kalu said there were many people who were bent on frustrating Buharis re-election []

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13:52

Buhari: Im medically fit to face challenges Newtelegraph

says hes suffered for Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that he is now medically fit to face the countrys numerous economic and political problems. The President stated this yesterday while receiving a delegation of residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) led by the Minister, Mohammed Bello and other well wishers, during a homage []

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13:51

Encomiums as Aboderin is buried Newtelegraph

Nigerians from all walks of life were in Ikoyi yesterday to bid a final farewell to the Chairman of PUNCH Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbadebowale Aboderin, who died on May 30, at the age of 60. The funeral service of the late media icon, which held earlier at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, GRA, Ikeja, []

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13:50

My probe, relationship with president, by Babachir Lawal Newtelegraph

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has said he is happy with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)s investigations into allegations of corruption against him. Lawal stated this yesterday during an interview with Channels Televisions Hard Copy. He said: I like it (the investigation). In fact, I had []

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13:49

We are ready for Croatia, Eagles declare Newtelegraph

Mikel, Onazi, Omeruo dare Balkans   Since France 1998, the Super Eagles have not won their World Cup opening match but the current team has vowed to halt that unflattering streak when they face Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium today. The Eagles shock 3-2 defeat of starstudded Spain in 1998 was their last victory in []

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13:33

How houseboy burnt naval officer Newtelegraph

         strangled officers girlfriend   Please help me! I didnt mean to kill them. I was so angry. Please help me to beg these policemen. Intervene on my behalf. Im so sorry. This statement is the voice of Mr Taddues Jaja, 28, a houseboy to a naval officer, Lieutenant Abubakar Yahaya Yusuf, serving at Port []

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13:32

OMOBA YEMISI SHYLLON: Being Africas la rgest art collector, reward for my passion Newtelegraph

With his vast collection of art works and his house standing as an embodiment of the beauty of African art and culture, it comes as no surprise that Omoba Yemisi Shyllon is the largest collector of art in Africa. The successful businessman, who is a qualified lawyer, engineer, chartered stockbroker among others, spoke to ADEDAYO []

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13:24

Kwese ambassador role excites Oshoala Newtelegraph

2017 African Womens Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshoala, is on cloud nine after she was unveiled as brand ambassador in Nigeria for sports TV station, Kwes Free Sports. The Nigeria professional footballer and Dalian Quanjian F.C. forward, will become the face of the Kwes Free Sports brand promoting the channels sporting content and supporting []

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13:22

Nigerians must de-emphasise parties for competent candidates Ogunbanjo Newtelegraph

Ademola Ogunbanjo is a governorship aspirant of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) in Ogun State. The 44-year-old spoke with KUNLE OLAYENI on his vision and mission ahead of the 2019 elections. Excerpts   If given the mandate to govern the state, with the reality on ground, dont you feel your manifesto seems Utopian? The []

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12:06

UN Rejects Plan To Demand Immediate Ceasefire In Yemen Port "IndyWatch Feed War"

The UN security council rejected a move to demand an immediate end to the fighting around the strategic port. The 15-strong body failed to agree to a statement calling on forces led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire, with the US and UK both voicing opposition to the text introduced by Sweden. The council instead called for restraint and urged all sides to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law in fighting for the city currently held by rebel Houthi forces. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned on Friday that more and more fighters were arriving in Hodeidah, a city with a population of around 600,000 people.

08:18

Dark Precedents: Matteo Salvini, the MV Tampa and Refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"

In August 2001, Australias dour Prime Minister John Howard demonstrated to the world what his countrys elite soldiers could do. Desperate, close to starvation and having been rescued at sea from the Palapa I in the Indian Ocean, refugees and asylum seekers on the Norwegian vessel, the MV Tampa, were greeted by the crack troops of the Special Air Services.

A bitter, politicised standoff ensued.  The Norwegian vessel had initially made its way to the Indonesian port of Merak, but then turned towards the Australian territory of Christmas Island.  Howard, being the political animal he was, had to concoct a crisis to distract.  The politics of fear had a better convertibility rate than the politics of hope.

Australian authorities rebuked and threatened the container ships captain, claiming that if Rinnan refused to change course from entering Australias territorial sea, he would be liable to prosecution for people smuggling.  The vessel was refused docking at Christmas Island.  As was remarked a few years later by Mary Crock in the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, The stand taken by Australia in August 2001 set a precedent that, if followed by other refugee receiving countries, could only worsen the already deplorable problems facing asylum seekers in the world today.

And so it has transpired. Italys response to the migrant rescue ship, MV Aquarius, eerily evoked the Tampa and its captains plight.  The charity ship, carrying some 629 African refugees, found all Italian ports closed to it under the express orders of Matteo Salvini, who has debuted in stormy fashion as Italys new deputy prime minister and minister for the interior.

Salvini had, at first instance, pressed Malta to accept the human cargo, but only got an offer of assistance with air evacuations.  The good God, he bitterly surmised, put Malta closer to Africa than Sicily.  The result was initial diplomatic inertia, followed by growing humanitarian crisis, and a Spanish offer to accept the vessel.

The situation clearly, as it did in the case of the Tampa, was calculated for maximum political bruising.  One of Salvinis many political hats is federal secretary of the populist Lega party, which capitalised, along with the Five Star Movement, on the shambles of Prime Minister Giuseppe Contes failure to form a government in May.  The nature of that calculation was made clearer by the uneventful rescue of 937 refugees off the Libyan coast who were taken to Catania in Sicily by the Italian warship, the Diciotti on Tuesday. Little fuss arose from that engagement.

...

06:52

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Freedom Now! ...Western Sahara Pushes for Independence
Southern Times
June 11, 2018
By Ranga Mataire in Harare and Colleta Dewa in Johannesburg

President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) Brahim Ghali recently embarked on a charm-offensive tour of Southern African nations ahead of the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union summit scheduled at the end of this month in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

 His tour coincided with Zimbabwes support for a joint United States, Mexico and Canadas bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, snubbing Morocco which has been occupying Sahrawi for 43 years since its independence in 1975. ZIFA president Phillip Chiyangwa on Wednesday announced that Zimbabwe supports the bid by the Confederation of North, Central and Caribbean Association Football countries (CONCACAF).

A few weeks ago, Morocco dispatched its World Cup bidding team to the Southern African region, but it appears this will come to naught due to political differences with a number of countries in the region over its occupation of Sahrawi.

President Ghali was this week in Zimbabwe for a two-day official visit where he held talks with President Emmerson Mnangagwa and discussed several issues, including strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

Prior to his visit to Zimbabwe, President Ghali had been to Botswana, Namibia and South Africa where he put across his countrys plight of still being under colonial occupation by Morocco.

 In an interview after meeting President Ghali, President Mnangagwa said; There has been a long-standing revolutionary relationship between the Zimbabwean revolution and theirs during our armed struggle until we became independent.

President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe recognised the independence of SADR and was among a horde of countries that pushed for the countrys membership in the AU.

In South Africa, President Ghali met President Cyril Ramaphosa who reiterated his countrys commitment to supporting the people of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic until they gain independence.

We would like to assure you of South Africas continued support for, and solidarity with, the Sahrawi people. We do so...

06:47

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South African High Commission to Namibia Hails Women in Leadership Conference
Southern Times
June 13,2018
By Sharon Kavhu

Windoek-South African High Commissioner to Namibia, Mr William Whitehead has hailed The Southern Times (TST) newspapers Women in leadership Annual Conference, which is scheduled for 17 August this year.

Whitehead expressed his warm welcome for the project when the TST management led by General Manager, Gwen Synders visited him at the embassy on Tuesday.

 The initiative is very good especially the fact that you have scheduled it at the same time with the SADC 38th  Summit where South Africa will be handing over the chairmanship to Namibia, said Whitehead.

He committed his support  to the event, meant to empower women in the region.
This years Women in Leadership Conference is being held under the theme: African women taking control and it is being held simultaneously with the SADC Heads of States 38th Summit. It is aimed at bringing together SADC First

Ladies to share their experiences, motivate and encourage other women in the region.
During the conference, there will be a dialogue for discourse on the inclusion of women in leadership roles, challenges and instil positive reinforcement in women from all spheres of life in economic activities.

06:42

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MSF Appeals for Financial Assistance to Fight Ebola in DRC
Southern Times
June 15, 2018
Colleta Dewa

Johannesburg - Doctors Without Borders in Southern Africa has appealed for financial assistance to help the Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a statement sent to The Southern Times, MSF said the move is aimed at assisting in providing needed health care facilities to the affected communities.

Since the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was declared on 8 May 2018, 54 people who presented symptoms of haemorrhagic fever, including 35 confirmed Ebola cases and 25 deaths (of whom 12 were confirmed as Ebola), have been notified by the national health authorities in the Equateur region, where the outbreak started.

To this effect, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa has launched an appeal to raise funds to fight the Ebola outbreak in DRC. Every second counts, every patient matters, every donation is vital, said MSF.

MSF says the funds will assist their team in the DRC in executing the intervention, which is based on six pillars.

The pillars include care of diagnosed patients and isolation; outreach activities to find patients; trace and follow-up with patient contacts; health promotion activities to inform people about the risks and how to avoid them; support of regular health care as well as safe burials to avoid infections.

The outbreak is currently affecting the city of Mbandaka and the health zones of Bikoro (Bikoro and Iboko villages), and Iboko (Itipo and Iboko villages).

Bikoro is a small city where some Ebola cases have been detected that is approximately four hours drive from Mbandaka. Connections with Bikoro are also possible via Lake Tumba, which the local community uses to reach the Congo River.

This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in DRC in the last 40 years.

So far, most of the previous outbreaks have occurred in relatively remote and isolated areas, with little spread of the disease. The last Ebola outbreaks in DRC occurred in Likati district in May 2017, with eight people infected, of whom four died, and in Boende (Thsuapa region) in 2014, with 66 people, of whom 49 died.

MSFs first priority...

06:41

Remembering Dorothy Cotton, movement educator for democracy and freedom "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Lucas Johnson

Dorothy Cotton was the director of education for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the King years. (Twitter / @natcivilrightsmuseum)

On June 11, the world lost another veteran of the 20th century struggles for freedom and democracy. Dorothy Cotton, director of education for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, or SCLC, when it was led by Martin Luther King Jr., passed away at the age of 88.

As an invaluable member of a legendary team of preachers and organizers, she was one of the few women at SCLC to have served in a senior leadership position. Amid the efforts to register black voters in the segregated South, SCLC came to realize that registration was not enough for a population that had been disenfranchised for centuries. Cotton wanted people to understand the mechanisms of a government that had never really represented them or their interests and, ultimately, make that government their own a process that would involve much more than voting.

She devoted herself to this work in the 1960s, ensuring that black people were taught black history and lessons important to economic empowerment, alongside classes on the constitution and ways to pass literacy tests. After the movement years, she went on to become the director of student activities at Cornell University and, among other things, supported students who were organizing in solidarity with the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.

I didnt meet Dorothy until long after she retired from Cornell. In 2012, Vincent Harding had asked me to join a historic delegation to Palestine that was being organized by the Dorothy Cotton Institute. I was uneasy about joining the delegation which was mainly veterans of the black freedom struggles of the 1950s and 60s but eventually agreed. It was a tremendous honor to be among such a remarkable group. Led by Cotton and Harding, the delegation was, in part, a testament to her commitment to education. Even before leaving, we read, discussed and shared insights. Since the delegation was composed mostly of African Americans and Jews, we delved into the complicated history of relationships between the two groups in the United States. But that w...

06:38

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Botswana, a House Divided as EVMs Stir Controversy Ahead of Polls
Southern Times
June 11, 2018
By Mpho Tebele

Gaborone Vote-rigging allegations have been levelled against Botswanas ruling party Botswana Democratic Party after the countrys electoral commission introduced Electronic Voting Machines.

As a result, the country is seized with fears that the upcoming general elections, scheduled for October 2019, are likely to be marred in controversy and violence following the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)s decision to abolish paper ballots, replacing them with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

The introduction of the machines has bitterly divided the southern African nation. Opposition parties, which are accusing the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) of being behind the introduction of EVMs have warned that there would be violence should the machines be used. BDP has since distanced itself from the vote-rigging claims.

IEC has also expressed concern that court cases which have been launched by the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Manual Workers Union are affecting their preparations for the general elections.

It emerged this week that IEC is having difficulties convincing the Election Commission of India to come in as a key witness and depose an affidavit on the credibility of EVMs.

IEC wants its Indian counterpart to be a key witness in the two cases BCP and Manual Workers Union launched.

According to media reports from India, a delegation from Botswanas IEC visited the Nirvachan Sadan, headquarters of Election Commission of India recently to convince their Indian counterparts to depose before the High Court on the merits of using the EVM.

India reported that the Election Commission of India finds itself in a difficult position to accede to the Botswana request because of the debate in India over the credibility of the EVMs.

At the time when the IEC delegation was in India, the deputy secretary for the commission, Doreen Serumola reportedly told councillors in Selebi Phikwe in northern Botswana that the court cases lodged by BCP and the Manual Workers Union against the IEC were affecting the commissions preparations for next years general elections.

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Namibia Urges Media Coordination at the SADC 38th Summit
Southern Times
June 13, 2018
By Sharon Kavhu

Windhoek- The Ministry of Information Communication Technologies (MICT) has urged the media to coordinate effectively in the coverage of the 38th Summit of SADC Heads of States scheduled for August 17 in Windhoek.

Briefing the media on Tuesday, MICT Permanent Secretary Mbeuta Ua- Ndjarakana has urged the media to thoroughly  cover the event starting with pre-summit, during the summit and the post-summit effectively.

Our sister countries have been doing a great job in terms of media coverage in the previous summits and we have to maintain that, and do even better. We need to give the next SADC Chairmanship a tough time in meeting the standards of our media coverage, summit branding and visibility, said the PS.

We should effectively coordinate in the covering and all the materials we may need after sessions will be provided in the media center at the venue. It is also important for the media people to have intensive pre-summit coverage, during the summit and after the summit.

This year's summit will be held under the theme: Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development.

Meanwhile Ua- Ndjarakana said preparations for the summit are underway and deadlines for budget submissions have already been set.

We have started the preparations and currently, we are in the framework of readiness as sub committees are doing final touches on their proposals and budget.  The deadline of the budget submission is next week Thursday, as such by mid-July we would have reached the bottom of our readiness and done final polishing, he said.

The MICT is part of the organizing sub-committee that is responsible for branding and visibility of the summit. The preparatory committee meeting was attended by a representative from the SADC Secretariat and MICT staff.

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Angolan Slides Deeper Into Debt
Southern Times
June11, 2018
By Samuel Pascoal

In addition to the various loans accumulated since the beginning 2014 economic crises in attempts to desperately hold the countrys economy afloat, the Angolan government has now applied for US$2 billion loan from the African Export Import Bank.

Afreximbank president, Benedict Oramah, has confirmed that it is preparing a financing line of up to US$2 billion to guarantee imports of food and medicines into Angola.

The bank stated that the loan is aimed at allowing Angolan imports, namely through international credit lines.

Oramah, who met Angolan Head of State Joo Loureno in Luanda on May 24, said the money will help Angola to import essential products, including food and medicines.

He added that negotiations with the Angolan government include a proposal for an additional US$1 billion credit facility through Afreximbanks Investment Guarantee Refinancing Facility to be channelled to the private industrial sector, including export, manufacturing, fishing, agri-business and tourism to boost exports.

Oramah said the financing would also support the financial service sector by enabling selected Angolan banks to issue letters of credit, to be confirmed by Afreximbank, for the continued importation of essential commodities.

The Afreximbank executive also held meetings with Archer Mangueira, Minister of Finance of Angola and Dr Jos de Lima Massano, the Governor of the Banco Nacional de Angola, to agree on modalities for the implementation of the proposed financing as well as on Angolas participation in the Intra-African Trade Fair being organised by Afreximbank in Cairo from December 11 to 17.

Due to the prolonged drop in the international price of oil, from the end of 2014, Angolan oil export revenues have fallen to around half, forcing public indebtedness in order to ensure the continuity of several public works.

The government has told investors in an official report dubbed Palanca 2, that presently public debt surpasses 70% of the GDP and is expected to increase to US$77.3 billion, equivalent to 70.8% of GDP, by the end of 2018. Public debt in 2017 stood at 67% of GDP.

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Angola Discusses Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance in SADC
Luanda, ANGOLA, June 14 - An Angolan delegation, led by the minister of Justice and Human Rights, Francisco Queiroz, will participate in the debate on extradition and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The debate is taking place at a meeting of the Committee of Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General of SADC, which began last Monday in the Republic of South Africa, according to a press note from the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights that has been sent to ANGOP.

Representatives of the SADC countries are addressing, inter alia, the protocols on extradition and mutual legal assistance, as well as the status of the SADC Regional Police Chiefs Committee (SARPCCO) on the cooperation protocol in the areas of policy, defence and security.

In analysis are also the responses of the SADC member states regarding the degree of implementation of regional agreements and how to overcome the difficulties encountered.

Regarding cooperation in the areas of politics, defence and security, members of the Committee of Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General of SADC analysed a draft amendment to the existing agreement.

SARPCCO is an agency of the Inter-State Committee for Defence and Security of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and serves to promote, strengthen and perpetuate cooperation and encourage joint strategies for the management of all forms of cross-border crime, with sub-regional implication.

Created in 1980, SADC brings together the Republics of South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

SADC aims to promote regional development and economic growth through regional integration.

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Tanzania Orders All Unregistered Bloggers to Shut Down Their Sites
11/06 - 19:34

Tanzania ordered all unregistered bloggers and online forums on Monday to suspend their websites immediately or face criminal prosecution, as critics accuse the government of tightening control of internet content.

Several sites, including popular online discussion platform Jamiiforums, said on Monday they had temporarily shut down after the state-run Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) warned it would take legal action against all unlicensed websites.

Regulations passed in March made it compulsory for bloggers and owners of other online forums such as YouTube channels to register with the government and pay up to $900 for a licence. Per capita income in Tanzania is slightly below $900 a year.

Digital activists say the law is part of a crackdown on dissent and free speech by the government of President John Magufuli, who was elected in 2015. Government officials argue the new rules are aimed at tackling hate speech and other online crimes, including cyberbullying and pornography.

All unregistered online content providers must be licensed before June 15. Starting from today June 11 until June 15, they are prohibited from posting any new content on their blogs, forums or online radios and televisions, the regulator said in a statement on Monday.

The statement said legal action would be taken against any unregistered websites posting new content.

Anyone convicted of defying the new regulations faces a fine of at least 5 million shillings ($2,200), imprisonment for a minimum 12 months, or both.

Tanzanias blogosphere could die

Jamiiforums, a whistle-blowing website, said it had shut down its online discussion platform after the threat from the communications watchdog. The website has been enmeshed in a court battle for nearly a year to keep the site online.

The websites slogan is where we dare to talk openly. Most users post their comments under pseudonyms, but the website has been accused by authorities and individuals of allowing people to post fabricated allegations.

The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders group has said the new online content rules will kil...

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Tanzania Mining Event to Provide Clarity on New Legislation
by Phila Mzamo
June 14, 2018

 The Tanzanian government has overhauled the fiscal and regulatory regime of its mining sector this year.

Under nine new regulations, which the mining ministry passed this year, Tanzania will now make it compulsory for foreign-owned mining groups to offer shares to the government and local companies.

Furthermore, the new regulations will restrict the way in which foreign-owned banks, insurance companies and law firms conduct business with mining firms.

According to the Mining (Local Content) Regulations of 2018 regulation, a contractor, sub-contractor, licensee (mining company) or other allied entity shall maintain a bank account with an indigenous Tanzanian bank and transact business through banks in the country.

The local content regulation imposes a fine of at least $5 million for mining companies that fail to implement the new requirements. In terms of the amendments, the mineral right holder is required to submit to the Commission a procurement plan of five years indicating the local services which will be used.

Among the notable features of the Mineral Rights Regulations is the requirement of giving an indigenous Tanzanian company first preference in the granting of mining licenses. Furthermore, Tanzanian President John Magufuli has appointed a chairperson and commissioners for the countrys new mining commission, Idris Kikula.

The appointment of the mining commission and new regulations published this year mean the country can now resume issuing new mining licenses to investors. The commission has started a process of issuing some 7 000 mineral licences that had been pending after the Tanzanian government placed a ban on new licenses in July last year.

Under legislation passed in July last year, the mining commission has been given extensive powers to regulate and monitor the mining industry and mining operations in Tanzania.

AIE will host the Tanzania Mining Law, Local Content Policy & Tax Regime event on 26 & 27 July in Dar Es Salaam. The briefing will provide insight into the new mining regulations and orders of Tanzania and will also offer 2 interactive workshops on the Tanzania Fiscal Regime and Local...

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Tanzania to Stimulate Industrial Economy in 2018 Financial Year
2018-06-14 21:32:17

DAR ES SALAAM, June 14 (Xinhua) -- The Tanzanian government on Thursday outlined five priority areas and development projects for the 2018 financial year, focused on construction of industries to foster economic growth.

Presenting the economic survey report for 2017 and the national development plan for 2018 in parliament, the Minister for Finance and Planning, Philip Mpango, said the plan will also focus on creating an enabling environment for doing business in Tanzania and human resource development.

He said 12 trillion Tanzanian shillings (about 5.3 billion U.S. dollars), equivalent to 37 percent of the total budget for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year, have been allocated for implementation of the outlined development plan and projects.

An amount of 9.8 trillion shillings will be sourced locally while 2.1 trillion shillings will come from foreign sources, Mpango said.

Mpango said the core objective of the government will be to establish industries that utilize locally available agricultural raw materials, minerals and natural gas.

The minister said that to ensure an enabling environment for doing business, emphasis will be focused on construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure including airports, railways, roads, bridges and ports.

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05:48

Reps and Dems join forces to stop US support of genocide and mass starvation in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

Republicans and Democrats are coming together to call for an end the horrific military action in Yemen that has mercilessly killed thousands of women and children and has left millions of innocent civilians at risk for starvation. In a letter addressed to Defense Sec. James Mattis, Democratic Reps. Mark Pocan, Ro Khanna, Barbara Lee, and Ted Lieu; and Republican Reps. Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, and Walter Jones called for the United States to immediately end its support for the current military assault on a major port city in Yemen that is putting millions of lives at risk. As Modern Diplomacy reported this week, the U.S.-Saudi-UAE plan is to destroy the Yemenese port city of Al Hudaydah, which is the only entry-way by which food reaches approximately seven million Shiites, members of the Houthi tribe, who occupy the western third of Yemen, and who had recently ruled all of Yemen. The U.S. provides the weapons and the training, and the United Arab Emirates supplies the pilots for this operation, which is financed mainly by the Saudis. "We urge you to use all available means to avert a catastrophic military assault on Yemen's major port city of Hodeida by the Saudi-led coalition, and to present Congress with immediate clarification regarding the full scope of U.S. military involvement in that conflict. We remind you that three years into the conflict, active U.S. participation in Saudi-led hostilities against Yemen's Houthis has never been authorized by Congress, in violation of the Constitution."

05:42

Yemens Houthis Strike Back Amid Saudi-led Bombardment of Hodeida "IndyWatch Feed World"

HODEIDA, YEMEN Human rights organizations say the ongoing Saudi-led coalition attack on Hodeida threatens to cut the lifeline to millions of Yemenis, putting up to 18 million civilians at risk. Signs of a nascent humanitarian crisis are already clear amid an acute shortage of vital supplies in Hodeida and surrounding provinces as a result of this attack.

Despite Saudi attempts to starve Yemens Houthis into submission, the Houthi leadership shows no signs of retreat even in the face of the overwhelming invasion. Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi said in a televised speech on Tuesday,

Yemeni forces will do all in their power to push back invading forces and reclaim captured Hodeida. The western coast will turn into a big swamp for the invaders.

Although outgunned by the massive military force aligned against them, the Houthis and their allies have had some success in making the coalition pay a price for its siege of Hodeida.  

Yemens Army, allied with the Houthi government, launched a Soviet-era SCUD missile dubbed the Tushka against UAE troops and allied mercenaries gathering on the west-coast battlefront. The strike, which was based on intelligence reports derived from drones, killed or injured a dozen members of the invading forces, according to a Houthi military sources statement given to MintPress News. On Wednesday, the Houthis targeted a gathering of Saudi-UAE troops on the west coast with a domestically-produced Qaher 2M ballistic missile.

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African Judges Attend Gender Equality Conference
13 JUN, 2018 - 00:06 

ARUSHA. A conference on Gender and the Judiciary in Africa kicked off on Monday in Tanzania, aimed at addressing legal barriers for women in African countries.

Poverty levels in Africa was locking out women from accessing judicial services, said Tanzanian Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan at the three-day conference, which is jointly organized by the Judiciary of Tanzania and the World Bank Group. Hassan appealed to the Chief Justices and Lawyers from 51 countries in Africa to expedite cases facing women and children to ensure justice.

Women and children are the ones who bear the brunt of dragging of cases on the continent. I urge you to fast track such trials in a bid of helping them to get justice, said Hassan, urging justices to review the laws governing the welfare of women and children to ensure that they serve the right purposes when the two are faced with judicial hurdles.

They (women and children) grapple with a lot of issues, from rape offenses to probate cases. It is therefore prudent, to ensure that the existing laws work to their advantage, she said.

Equal access to justice is an integral part of human development and poverty eradication and is a fulcrum for a human rights-based approach to economic development, said Ibrahim Juma, Tanzanias Chief Justice.

To ensure the trust in, and effectiveness of, any judicial system, the judiciary needs to broadly reflect the racial and gender composition of a country, said Sandie Okoro, World Bank Senior Vice President, and Group General Counsel.

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SA official: Calls to 'kill Boers' in South Africa affect all races, not just whites "IndyWatch Feed World"

Calls to kill Boers in South Africa are directed against farmers of all races, not necessarily whites, according to the head of the agriculture department, Mike Mlengana. "That is not the stance of our government... by the way if it is 'kill the Boer, kill the farmer,' it's killing me, because I am the Boer," said Mlengana, as quoted by News24 TV channel. "Boer means farmer... When they say kill the Boers, they are not just talking about whites, they are talking about farmers," Mlengana said. 'Boer' is the Dutch and Afrikaans noun for 'farmer' and also denotes the descendants of the then-Dutch-speaking settlers in southern Africa during the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, descendants of the Boers are also referred to as 'Afrikaners' - a South African ethnic group descended from predominantly Dutch settlers.

04:40

Plague Strikes Idaho: Officials Confirm First First Human Case Since 1992 "IndyWatch Feed World"

A child in Elmore County, Idaho has contracted the plague according to the state health officials. While the plague has been diagnosed in squirrels as recently as 2016, this marks the first human transmission in Idaho in over a quarter-century according to the Central District Health Department.

The child, whose age and sex are unknown, is currently recovering while receiving antibiotic treatment.

Officials are unsure whether the child contracted the plague at home in Idaho or during a recent trip to Oregon where there have been eight human cases of plague since 1990 vs. two in Idaho.

Plague epidemics have occurred in Africa, Asia, and South America but most human cases since the 1990s have occurred in Africa. Almost all of the cases reported in the last 20 years have occurred among people living in small towns and villages or agricultural areas rather than in larger towns and cities. CDC

Plague is spread to humans through a bite from an infected flea. People can decrease their risk by treating their pets for fleas and avoiding contact with wildlife, Sarah Correll, a Central District Health Department epidemiologist, said in a statement. Wear insect repellent, long pants and socks when visiting plague affected areas.

The symptoms of plague typically appear within two to six days of exposure, and include sudden fever, chills, headache and weakness. There is typically a painful swelling of the lymph nodes in the armpit, groin or neck.

Plague symptoms in animals include fever, loss of appetite and lethargy along with swollen lymph nodes under the jaw. Prompt diagnosis and immediate antibiotic treatment can greatly reduce the risk of death in both people and pets.

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Libyan National Armys Advance To Capture Derna Is At Its Final Stage (Map) "IndyWatch Feed War"

On June 15, the Libyan National Army (LNA) continued its advance in the center of the northeastern city of Derna and captured al-Muahshah, Shaabiat Ghazi, the al-Asta Omar school, the main office of the al-Jabal al-Akhdar company and the neighborhoods of al-Daman al-Ijtmai and al-Kab al-Ali, according to the Libyan outlet Africa Gate News.

Libyan National Army's Advance To Capture Derna Is At Its Final Stage (Map)

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Earlier this week, the LNA captured the district of al-Qalaa and secured the district of Shiha al-Sharqiyah in Derna after heavy clashes with the Shura Council of Mujahedeen in Derna (SCMD).

Africa Gate News said that LNA had slowed down its advance in Derna in order to avoid any civilian casualties and to deal with the threat of the SCMDs vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIEDs) and suicide bombers.

From its side, the SCMD appears to be on the verge of defeat, especially that its fighters failed to conduct any successful defensive operation against the LNA in Derna during the last three days.

The LNA will likely mange to neutralize the SCMD before the end of this month. Egypt and the UAE played a key role in the LNA success by supporting it financially, politically and even militarily through the air force.

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04:30

China, Libya Discuss Return of Chinese Companies to African Country Reports "IndyWatch Feed World"

(Sputnik) The Libyan authorities have established a committee to look into suspended projects started by Chinese firms, and other steps to resume active cooperation after the end of Eid holidays are being considered, Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday, citing Wang.

On Tuesday, the Chinese diplomat met with Fayez Sarraj, the prime minister of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), while on Monday, he signed documents to provide medical aid to Libya, worth up to $6 million.

Libya signed multiple large-scale contracts with foreign companies back when Muammar Gaddafi was in power. Since 2011, when Gaddafis government was toppled, the country has been torn apart by conflicts between various tribes and political movements. Many projects were frozen amid instability and violent altercations.

The GNA controls territory in the west of Libya, while the elected parliament backed by the Libyan National Army is operating in the east.

Originally published by Sputnik

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04:28

In Yemen, Selling, Borrowing, Begging To Save Loved-Ones as Cholera Rages "IndyWatch Feed World"

SANAA, YEMEN When his wifes vomiting and diarrhea simply wouldnt stop, 40-year-old Ali Sherwaid, an English teacher, did a quick accounting in his head, calibrating the catastrophe that had befallen him. With cholera ravaging his wife, 28 years-old and nine-months pregnant with the couples first child, Sherwaid needed to get her medical treatment. Problem was, the constant Saudi airstrikes had decimated the healthcare infrastructure in Yemens northern Saada province, and his village of Fudh was at least 6 hours drive, on bad country roads, to the nearest hospital.

Compounding the crisis was the fact that Sherwaid had no money Yemens civil servants havent been paid in months and he had nothing to pay a doctor to treat his wife, Fatimah.

And so Sherwaid auctioned off his wifes jewelry, borrowed money from neighbors, bundled his wifes doubled-over frame into his car, and sped off in the night, headed for al Jomuri Hospital in the city of Saada, some 80 miles away. Days later, as her health continued to break down, his wife was taken to Al Sabeen Hospital in Sanaa, the capital.

In an interview, Sherwaid told MintPress News:

When we finally reached the hospital, my wife was inching towards death.

What is taking shape across this Texas-sized nation at the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula is an awful, perfect storm, a disastrous collaboration between nature and man that has caused a cataclysm, unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Yemens is the 21st centurys worst humanitarian crisis and, when measured by the proportion of the population affected, it might well be the worst in a century. Since the armed conflict erupted in March of 2015, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died, and 22.2 million people out of a total population of just under 28 million are now in need of food, medicine, water and shelter. Of that number, 11.3 million mostly women, children, and the elderly are at risk of dying, according to international relief agencies.

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02:49

The South African Usutu virus has made its way to Europe "IndyWatch Feed World"

A mosquito-borne virus that was discovered in South Africa in 1959 and that can spread to humans who have been bitten has arrived in southwest France, health experts have said. The Usutu virus, which attacks the nervous system, was first identified among animals in the Occitanie in 2015. It is carried by the most common variety of mosquito in France - the Culex.

02:33

As Saudi-Led Coalition Bombards Key Port, Yemenis Rush to Hodeidas Defense "IndyWatch Feed World"

HODEIDA, YEMEN On Wednesday, the Saudi-led Coalition launched its attack on the Red Sea port city of Hodeida in western Yemen, despite the warnings by the UN and international rights groups that the move would have catastrophic humanitarian repercussions.

The Houthis, targeted in the attack along with countless civilians in Hodeida, have pledged a firm response to the offensive. Residents of Hodeida are helping the Houthis against the invasion, and Yemenis from other parts of the small nation have rushed to the port city to assist the Houthis and Hodeida`s residents.

The residents of Hodeida have been unable seek shelter due to of the volley of airstrikes and artillery that targets anything that moves. More than 25,000 people are at immediate risk in what is a deepening humanitarian catastrophe, already the worst in the world.

With the Saudi-led Coalition bombing the port, which is a key entry point for United Nations aid, markets and fuel stations across Hodeida swelled with huge crowds of Yemenis trying to buy food and fuel before the situation becomes even worse.

The current clashes are concentrated south of the Hodeida airport, but there are intense airstrikes over the entire province, especially against the port itself, which serves as a lifeline for aid delivery to the war-stricken country. In conjunction with this escalation, U.S.-Saudi-led Coalition forces have attacked the Directorate of Dremi, southern Hodeida, with hundreds of military armored vehicles, foreign mercenaries, and air cover for the operation.

 

UAEs deadline and UN concern

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a key member of the Saudi-led coalition waging the war on Yemen, had set a Tuesday deadline for the Yemeni fighters to pull out of Hodeida.

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02:32

Italy and France call for 'profound' changes to EU asylum rules - African asylum processing centers "IndyWatch Feed World"

France and Italy on Friday called on the European Union to set up asylum processing centres in Africa to prevent "voyages of death" by migrants across the Mediterranean, in a crisis that has divided Europe. At a meeting in Paris President Emmanuel Macron and Italy's new premier Giuseppe Conte also called for "profound" changes to the EU's asylum rules, which put the migrant burden on their port of entry to Europe -- mainly Italy and Greece. The two leaders were at pains to put on a united front after a bitter row this week between Macron and the new populist government in Rome over Italy's rejection of a rescue boat with hundreds of migrants on board. The clash underscores deep splits in Europe over how to handle the massive influx of migrants from across the Mediterranean in recent years. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel is embroiled in a showdown with the right wing of her governing coalition, which is demanding that she immediately ditch her liberal migration policy and tighten border controls. Conte called for "European protection centres" to process asylum claims in migrants' countries of origin -- currently mainly Africa -- "before their arrival in Europe".

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FDI: A Breath of Fresh Air for the Job Market
15 JUN, 2018 - 00:06

President Mnangagwa officially opens the $30 million Pepsi plant in Harare on Wednesday. At least 600 people have already been employed at the plant

Victoria Ruzvidzo
In Focus
Zimbabwe Herald

Zimbabweans are looking for jobs so they can enjoy a better quality of life. Their hope has been rekindled by the new dispensation that is operating in overdrive to ensure the economy begins to function normally again.

Decades of under-performance have drowned employment opportunities as economic activity almost ground to a halt.

Therefore, jobs have been long in coming but such projects as the $30 million Pepsi plant launched on Wednesday are sweet music to the ears of the many that have been waiting for years, if not decades to be gainfully employed.

At least 600 people have already been employed at the Varun Beverages Plant while its chairman, Mr Ravi Jaipuria, yesterday said their potato project would generate an additional 600 direct jobs to farmer families. This means many more indirect jobs will be created through this project.

This is arguably the whole essence of investment. Creating jobs for the people, generating wealth and other sweeteners that will contribute to the countrys Gross Domestic Product.

Thousands of people have been laid off over the past decade or so as firms succumbed to economic challenges and had to shut down or scale down operations significantly.

Thousands of graduates from universities and other tertiary colleges have also found the going tough in terms of securing employment or resources to start income-generating projects. Hence the demand for employment is quite high.

President Mnangagwa was quite apt on Wednesday when he said the entrance of more foreign companies is aimed an upgrading peoples standard of living and creating a middle income economy by 2030.

Certainly the majority have had to make do with very little, with many living below the Poverty Datum Line but increased investments by both foreign and local companies will bring a better quality life for the people.

So the more investments we have the...

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ED Mulls Tax Incentives to Lure Investors
15 JUN, 2018 - 00:06

President Mnangagwa (right) on tour of the Pepsi plant accompanied by RJ Corp Group head Technical Rajinder Bagga and other dignitaries during its official opening in Harare on Wednesday. - Picture by Justin Mutenda

Ishemunyoro Chingwere
Business Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has implored Finance and Economic Planning Minister Patrick Chinamasa to consider tax incentives and tax holidays for foreign investors to encourage investment and grow the domestic economy.

The President said this on Wednesday while officiating at the commissioning of a $30 million Varun Beverages plant in Harare. Varun Beverages is a subsidiary of global conglomerate RJ Corp and produces Pepsi products.

Tax holidays and incentives, the President said, will help attract more attract foreign investment into the country, which will go a long way in creating decent jobs for the populace and help the country to attain the Governments agenda of making Zimbabwe a middle income state by 2030.

When I arrived (at Pepsis plant) I saw Patrick Chinamasa, Minister of Finance (and Economic Planning), I said why are you here, said the President.

He said I just wanted to see whether this is a taxable entity and I think he is smiling, but Minister (Chinamasa), such investments also require incentives.

I know he (Minister Chinamsa) will agree with me. As Government we will have more companies coming here if we give them incentives, tax breaks. . .

While this investment (by Varun Beverages) attests to the steadily increasing attractiveness of our business climate to investors from far and wide, my Government is continuously monitoring our investment climate to ensure that it remains conducive and open for business to grow and succeed, he said.

Minister Chinamasa on his part has previously conceded that Zimbabwe had high taxes compared to other international destinations, pointing out Government was working on a framework to reduce as an incentive to grow the cake.

Taxation, I agree with you, is too high, said Minister Chinamasa while responding t...

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Presidential Race Breaks Record 23 Vie for Zimbabwe's Highest Office Its Biggest Number Since 1980
15 JUN, 2018 - 00:06 
Tendai Mugabe
Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

A record 23 people yesterday successfully filed nomination papers to contest as presidential candidates in the July 30 harmonised elections. The record figure, the highest since independence in 1980, has been described by political analysts as a sign of mature democracy and the opening up of political space by President Mnangagwas new dispensation.

In the 2002 presidential elections, there were five candidates Messrs Robert Mugabe (Zanu-PF), Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC), Wilson Kumbula (Zanu Ndonga), Shakespeare Maya (National Alliance for Good Governance) and Paul Siwela (Independent).

In 2008, the number of presidential hopefuls declined to four Messrs Mugabe (Zanu-PF), Tsvangirai (MDC-T), Simba Makoni (Mavambo Kusile Dawn) and Langton Towungana (Independent).

In 2013, there were five presidential candidates Messrs Mugabe (Zanu-PF), Tsvangirai (MDC-T), Dumiso Dabengwa (Zapu), Weshman Ncube (MDC) and Mr Kisinoti Mukwazhe (Zimbabwe Democratic Party).

This year, the number rose by more than 500 percent to reach 23.

Among those who successfully filed nomination papers yesterday were President Mnangagwa (Zanu-PF) and Messrs Nelson Chamisa (MDC-Alliance), Peter Gava (United Democratic Front), Hlabangana Kwanele (Republicans Party of Zimbabwe), Divine Mhambi (National Alliance of Patriotic and Democratic Republicans) and Blessing Kasiyamhuru (Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity).

Other candidates were Dr Thokozani Khupe (MDC-T), Professor Lovemore Madhuku (National Constitutional Assembly), Messrs Noah Manyika (Build Zimbabwe Alliance), Bryn Mteki (Independent), William Mugadza (Bethel Christian Party), Evaristo Chikanga (Rebuild Zimbabwe) and Joseph Busha (FreeZim Congress).

Ms Violet Mariyacha (United Democracy Movement), Joice Mujuru (Peoples Rainbow Coalition), Dr Nkosana Moyo (Alliance for Peoples Agenda), Messrs Johannes Chiguvare (Peoples Progressive Party), Daniel Shumba (United Democratic Alliance), Elton Mangoma (Coalition of Democrats), Peter Munyanduri (New Patriotic Front), Ambrose Mutinhiri (...

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ED Commissions $30m Pepsi Plant
14 JUN, 2018 - 00:06

President Mnangagwa unveils the plaque while commissioning the $30 million Varun Beverages plant, which produces Pepsi products, in Harare yesterday. (Picture by Justin Mutenda)

Tendai Mugabe
Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa yesterday commissions a $30 million Varun Beverages plant in Harare and called for more foreign companies to be part of the countrys new economic drive aimed at upgrading peoples living standard and creating a middle class economy by 2030.

Varun Beverages is a subsidiary of global player RJ Corp.

The firm produces Pepsi products, among other beverages like Miranda and Mountain Dew.
It has operations across Africa.

The state-of-the-art plant worth commissioned by President Mnangagwa has capacity to produce 600 000 bottles of soft drinks daily.

Since it started operations locally, Varun Beverage Group aggressively penetrated the market, forcing competitors in the same industry to slash their prices.

Officially opening the plant, President Mnangagwa urged Zimbabweans to partner foreign investors to strengthen their business aptitude.

Let me once again invite more companies, both local and foreign to join us in this journey of progress and a new wave of prosperity for all the people of Zimbabwe, said the President.

While this investment attests to the steadily increasing attractiveness of our business climate to investors from far and wide, my Government is continuously monitoring our investment climate to ensure that it remains conducive and open for business to grow and succeed.

Meanwhile, I urge prospective local and foreign investors to form partnerships and joint ventures in order to strengthen their business aptitude and enhance their competitive edge.

We are indeed confident that this investment will be an important contributor to the economic development of our country through the creation of both upstream and downstream employment opportunities which will impact on the standard of living of numerous families across the country.

President Mnangagwa hailed Varun Beverages which...

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Were Satisfied With Nominations: ZEC
15 JUN, 2018 - 00:06 

President Mnangagwas election agent, Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, fields questions from journalists after filing the Presidents nomination papers in Harare yesterday. (Picture by Innocent Makawa)

Herald Reporters

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) yesterday said it was satisfied with the way the nomination process proceeded, despite incidents of violence by the MDC Alliance. In an interview at the Harare Magistrates Courts where she visited to assess the process, ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba, however, said there were reports violence.

It is quite satisfactory. I just want to reiterate that ZEC has availed copies of the provisional voters roll. We are assisting aspiring candidates, those who might not know if those who have nominated them are in the voters roll, said Justice Chigumba.

She said the announcement of candidates would be done by end of day yesterday since the Nomination Court would only have one sitting.

From the reports that have come through, we have few issues of intra party violence where people tore each others papers, but that has since been addressed, she said.

MDC-T national deputy treasurer Mr Charlton Hwende confirmed that some of their candidates had their papers torn by disgruntled party members in Manicaland Province.

He said they signed new nomination papers for the affected candidates.

Some MDC Alliance members complained that the MDC-T had declined to sign their papers at the eleventh hour.

They took our nomination papers in the past three days only to tell us that they could not sign them, said Zanu Ndonga spokesperson Mr Reketayi Semwayo, who was due to contest in Chipinge Central.

The Herald understands that the MDC Alliance refused to sign nomination papers for all Zanu-Ndonga candidates and the Multi-Christian Democratic Party led by Mathias Guchutu.

It is also further understood that MDC-T unilaterally reduced the number seats it had allocated to other political parties in the alliance, affecting the Welshman Ncube-led MDC and Transform Zimbabwe.

It was still not clear how many seats were...

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Military Contractors Are Making Tens of Millions Helping Trump Tear Families Apart "IndyWatch Feed World"

While outraged Americans across the country are calling their elected representatives and taking to the streets to protest the Trump administrations forcible separation of parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, intelligence and defense contractors are raking in millions thanks to the cruel practice.

According to reporting by the Daily Beast, the intelligence contractor MVM, Inc. won an $8 million five-year contract to provide assistance in detention centers for unaccompanied children, and has made $42.9 million in less than a year, transporting minors to centers in Texas.

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