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Thursday, 15 November


Kenya olice arrest five people, recover ivory worth Sh5m in Samburu Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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By James Munyeki

Tue, November 13th 2018

Police in Laikipia west have arrested five poachers with 21 pieces of ivory weighing 54.7 kilograms.

The suspects were arrested at Mowarak area following a tip off from members of the public. Laikipia west Deputy County Commissioner Benard Munywoki said that Kenya Wildlife Service officers laid a trap and arrested them as they planned to transport them to Nairobi. He said three of them were from Samburu County where it is suspected the ivory had been transported from while the other two were aiding in the transportation. We received information from our intelligence that the three had brought the ivory and were to meet the two at a marked place at Mowarak area. That is when we laid a trap and arrested all of them as they engaged in a conversation on how to transport the ivory and the price, he said. Mr Munywoki said that the five were locked up at Rumuruti police station awaiting further investigations as to where the ivory had come from. Know if news is factual and true. Text NEWS to 22840 and always receive verified news updates. We will definitely arraign them in court to face charges. The case is still with the police who are conducting further investigations, he said. The Deputy County Commissioner warned others who would be involving themselves in such vices that the law would catch up with them. This is a vice that we have been fighting as there has been an increase in deaths of elephants in the surrounding areas. We will not allow this to happen and that is why our officers are on the ground, he noted.
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House Leadership Aims to Stop Debate on US Involvement in Yemen War "IndyWatch Feed War"

End War in Yemen(ANTIWAR.COM)  On Wednesday, a measure is being advanced at the behest of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) aiming to derail House Continuing Resolution 138, a War Powers Act challenge which would force an end to the US military involvement in the Saudi-led War in Yemen. Under the War Powers Act, any individual lawmaker is intended to []


With all First World War veterans dead - the 11th of November has become a macabre event glorifying militarism "IndyWatch Feed World"

Of all the modern wars that have claimed millions of lives, the First World War was the most tragic as its origins were in futility, its outcomes were universally negative and its veterans experienced a perfect storm of modern weaponry combined with comparatively primitive medical care. Thus, those who died often experienced painful deaths while those who lived often lived with deep physical and psychological wounds for the rest of their lives - the likes of which those who are not veterans could scarcely imagine. The new political maps of Europe, western Eurasia and the Arab that were carelessly drawn during and after the First World War were not only the proximate cause of the Second World War but remain the underlying cause of multiple contemporary conflicts including those in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, the Israel-Palestine conflict and even the war in Yemen. As the root causes of all of these conflicts were the artificial divides of the Arab world among the imperialists of Britain...


UAE supports early convening of UN Yemen talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United Arab Emirates, a leading member of a pro-government coalition fighting in Yemen, said Wednesday it supports a UN plan for peace talks to be held in Sweden by the years end.

We welcome early convening of UN-led talks in Sweden, the UAE state minister for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, tweeted in English.

Gargash said the pro-government coalition would urge all parties to take advantage of window of opportunity to restart the political process at a UN Security Council meeting on Friday.

We look forward to hosting (UN Yemen envoy) Martin Griffiths this week in Abu Dhabi, Gargash added.

Emirati minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, speaks during a press conference in Dubai about the situation in Yemen on August 13, 2018. (File photo / AFP)

After failed peace talks in September, the UN is pushing to host a new round of negotiations between the Yemeni government alliance, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and the countrys Iran-linked Huthi rebels by the end of the year.

The United States, Britain and France three of the main arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia have also called for an end to nearly four years of conflict, particularly in the Red Sea city of Hodeida.

The Saudi-led alliance this month stepped up an offensive to take Hodeida, controlled by the Huthis since 2014. The city is home to Yemens most valuable port, crucial for food imports and aid delivery.

The Hodeida campaign has sparked fears of a new humanitarian crisis in war-hit, impoverished Yemen, where 14 million people face mass starvation.



AFCON: Okowa Excited At Super Eagles Training, Promises $25, 000 Per Goal Urhobo Today

LAGOS NOVEMBER 14TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Ahead of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match between Nigerian Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana football club of South Africa, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has promised to give the Super Eagles $25, 000 for every goal scored.
Governor Okowa gave the assurance on Tuesday while interacting with members of the Super Eagles after watching them train at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
According to the governor, who watched the training with some members of the state executive council, we are truly excited as a state to have you train at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, we are glad that you are in Asaba and from what we can see, this is a team for today and the future.
The fact that you are leaving Asaba for South Africa, we are sure you will get victory; you are doing very well and we welcome you to Asaba; as a state government, we will contribute to what you are going to do out there in South Africa, for every goal, we are going to give you $25, 000, the governor said.
He continued, when you are back, we are also going to host you here in Asaba, we want you to stay strong and success will be yours, because, we are a praying state and we are confident that you are going to South Africa to get a lot of goals; continue to work hard, you are on a national assignment, a call to service and you will succeed.
President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Pinnic...


Families of missing Egyptian rights defenders plead for their release "IndyWatch Feed War"


Prominent lawyer Hoda Abdelmonem and tens of others have gone missing for two weeks, prompting fears for their safety


Ritualists Besiege Oghara, Kill And Harvest Vital Organ Of Victims Urhobo Today


LAGOS NOVEMBER 14TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Suspected ritual killers in the early hours of yesterday beheaded an unidentified man in the Scot area of Oghara community, Ethiope West local government area of Delta State.
The ritualists harvested the vital organs of their victim, leaving his headless body in a pool of blood.
Yesterdays gory sight came exactly two weeks after another victim, a 60-year-old woman, was killed in the same manner, in the same community with vital organs harvested for purposes suspected to be ritual.
The development has, however, set the entire community on the edge. When contacted, the Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Muhammed Mustafa, said the police had already commenced investigation into the development.
It is true, someone was killed. Police is on top of the matter. We are working in concert with the vigilance group members and other community security outfits to unravel what really happened and arrest the culprits behind the killing, Mustafa said.


Report From the Battlefields of Hodeida: Yemeni Locals Push Back Amid Saudi Bombs, Mercenaries, Blockade "IndyWatch Feed World"

HODEIDA, YEMEN Following twelve days of clashes in Yemens strategic port city of Hodeida, the Yemeni Army, supported by local volunteer fighters as well as Ansar Allah (Houthi), has pushed back a large-scale offensive by Saudi Arabia, its coalition allies and the mercenary fighters it employs. The attack is the latest of multiple failed attempts by the coalition to seize and occupy Hodeida, considered the most important stronghold of Yemens resistance and home of the port responsible for supplying the country with up to 70 percent of its much-needed food imports.

Fierce battles for control of the city are ongoing and have centered on Hodeidas southern and eastern outskirts. Mercenaries supported by heavy coalition airstrikes have managed to capture the Yemen Company for Flour Mills and Silos (YCFMS) and the Ekhwan Thabit Company, located to the southeast of the citys main entrance. The noise of Apache helicopters, artillery and gunfire continue to echo through the citys streets without pause.

In the first days of the attack, the coalition managed to overwhelm local fighters on the southern outskirts of the city, especially in the areas near Hodeida University, the international airport, the strategic Kilo 16 district, and towards Alsaleh`s Buildings. But Houthi fighters, together with local volunteer fighters, have turned the tides in recent days, absorbing the blitzkrieg and restoring many of the aforementioned areas to local control, including the 22 May Hospital.

The coalition has resorted to heavy bombing of the city in order to pave the way for the advance of heavily armored mechanized ground units. The bombing has provided the mercenaries enough cover to reach the residential Saleh Buildings and City Max neighborhoods in eastern Hodeida, but battle-hardened Houthi fighters and their allies usually fare better in street battles and are expected to put up a fierce defense. The close-quarter street fighting which is expected to occur is raising fears over the safety of civilians still trapped in the city.

In their offensive against Hodeida, Gulf countries and their allies have employed the latest in heavy weapons and armaments and have enlisted about 30,000 mercenaries from Yemens southern districts, various African count...


Gaza in photos: ceasefire, mourning and protests of the destruction of a television station "IndyWatch Feed War"

Over the last 24 hours of escalated tensions between Gaza and Israel, Israeli forces targeted 160 sites in Gaza and Palestinian militants fired 460 rockets into Israel. In Gaza, six high-rise buildings were leveled, including the Hamas-run television station for al-Aqsa TV. Palestinians spent Tuesday clearing away rubble, journalists staged a protest on fallen debris, and funerals were held for some of the seven Palestinians killed in an Israeli raid inside of the Gaza Strip on Sunday retaliating for a s where members of Hamas military-wing killed one Israeli officer.

A ceasefire was brokered by Egypt late Tuesday, yet protests in Gaza against the Israeli air campaign continued into the evening hours after the truce.

Palestinians look at the rubble of a building after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on November 13, 2018. Renewed violence in Gaza threatened to thwart efforts to end months of unrest as Israeli air strikes killed four Palestinians and destroyed a Hamas TV building while a barrage of rocket fire from the enclave left one dead on November 13. (Photo: Mahmoud Khattab/APA Images)

A picture taken on November 12, 2018, shows a ball of fire and smoke rise above the building housing the television station al-Aqsa TV during an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. Israels military said it was carrying out air strikes throughout the Gaza Strip after a barrage of rocket fire from the Palestinian Gaza Strip towards Israel. The flare-up follows a clash that erupted during an Israeli special forces operation in the Gaza Strip the previous night that killed eight people of Hamas movement. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)


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Congo opposition unites and then quickly divides "IndyWatch Feed World"

Congos opposition had a unified presidential candidatefor a few hours.


The Hidden Toll of American Drones in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

ATAQ, Yemen The United States has waged a drone war in Yemen for 16 years, trying to suppress al-Qaidas branch here. But the campaign has had a hidden cost: civilians cut down by the drones missiles.

There is no comprehensive count of civilian deaths because of the difficulty of confirming identities and allegiances of those killed. But in an examination of drone strikes this year alone, The Associated Press found that at least 30 of the dead likely did not belong to al-Qaida.

That is around a third of all those killed in drone strikes so far in 2018. The Pentagon does not release its assessment of the death toll, but an independent database considered one of the most credible in tracking violence in Yemen counted 88 people militants and non-militants killed by drones this year.

The AP count gives a glimpse, even if incomplete, into how often civilians are mistakenly hit by drone strikes, at a time when the Trump administration has dramatically ramped up the use of armed drones. It has carried out 176 strikes during its nearly two years in office, compared to the 154 strikes during the entire eight years of the Obama administration, according to a count by the AP and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

The AP based its count on interviews with witnesses, families, tribal leaders and activists. Most of those killed, 24, were civilians; at least 6 others were fighters in pro-government forces meaning ostensibly on the same side as the U.S. who were hit in strikes away from the front lines while engaged in civilian life.

The drone toll goes almost unnoticed in the regions conflicts. Immensely greater destruction has been wreaked by U.S. allies in the Saudi-led coalitions air campaign against Iranian-backed Shiite rebels known as Houthis. More than 57,000 civilians and combatants have been killed in Yemens civil war, by some estimates, and thousands more may have died of starvation caused by the conflict.

Yet the killing of a single man Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, slain by Saudi operatives in his own countrys consulate has raised more international uproar than any of those deaths in a war waged by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and baked by the U.S.

In comparison, the toll from U.S drones in Yemen runs in the hundreds, including both militants and civilians. Several databases are trying to track the deaths, with varying results. The Bureau for Investigative Journalism counted up to 1,020 killed by strikes from 2009 to 2016, under President Barack Obama, compared to up to 205 killed in 2017 and 2018. Another database, by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, counted 331 killed the past two years.

Counting civilians among those numbers is complicated by the difficulty in determining who belongs to al-Qaida in a country...


Central Security Forces Eliminate Suicide Bomber In Egypts Arish City (Map Update) "IndyWatch Feed War"

On November 12, Egypts Central Security Forces (CSF) foiled a suicide bombing attack on their checkppint in the city of Arish. According to the Interior Ministry, the CEF eliminated the suicide bomber at the Batal 5 checkpoint on the ring road in Arish. The CSF also kicked off combing operations around the checkpoint, the ring road and the surrounding areas.

The Egypt military launched a large-scale security operations against terrorists in the province of North Sinai. Since then, the CSF has eliminated over 450 terrorists, 1,200 explosive devices and 1,900 vehicles, according to the Egyptian military.

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Mentally unstable, cleaver-wielding migrant walks free in Berlin after 107 arrests "IndyWatch Feed World"

A migrant from Ghana, notorious for his shoplifting sprees and violent outbursts, was arrested 107 times in Berlin, but none of them stuck. He even walked free after threatening to hack a woman with a meat cleaver. For years, a 59-year-old man known as Bismark B. made a living out of stealing from supermarkets in central Berlin. He would show up "three to four times a week" to steal food, a store employee told local media. Witnesses also said that he often grabbed the most expensive items and kept a journal of the things he stole. Bismark B. racked up 107 arrests, but was released each time because he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.


Yemeni War Deaths Have Been Underestimated by 5 to 1 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project had originally estimated that about 10,000 people had been killed in the war in Yemen, roughly the same number reported by the World Health Organization.


US-Saudi Coalition Launches Direct Attack on Hodeidah but Yemenis Resist Advances "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sanaa (GPA) The US-backed Saudi coalition in Yemen has launched a series of airstrikes on portions of Hodeidah port for the first time since beginning their offensive against indigenous Yemenis in June. A major lifeline for imports, a direct attack on Hodeidah port puts the lives of some 24 million Yemenis at risk for starvation and disease.

Head of Yemens Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi condemned the US-backed Saudi coalitions recent airstrikes on Hodeidah port. Al-Houthi called on the international community to condemn the military escalation against his country and called on the United Nations Security Council to put an end to hostilities to save millions of lives in Hodeidah and Yemen.

Earlier in the war, the Saudi-led coalition destroyed cranes at Hodeidah port so food and vital aid could not be unloaded. This fits with the coalitions strategic blockade which restricts Yemens imports and exports to utilize starvation and disease as a weapon of war and beat the Yemeni people into submission.

US Calls for Future Ceasefire Serve as Approval for Full-Blown Assault on Hoediah

At the end of October, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced a ceasefire would take place within 30 days followed by peace negotiations in Sweden. US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo echoed the same sentiment calling for a halt of all missile attacks from Yemeni forces as well as airstrikes from the Saudis and Emiratis.

However, this announcement calling for a ceasefire in 30 days just served as a smokescreen for the US-backed Saudi-led coalition to launch a no-holds-barred assault on Yemens strategic and life-sustaining Hodeidah port. The coalitions attempts to invade and capture Hodeidah port from indigenous Yemeni forces have remained unsuccessful since declaring the operation Golden Victory to occupy Hodeidah in June of 2018.

Since the beginning of November, the US-backed Saudi coalition has essentially carpet-bombed various areas of Hodeidah province while Saudi and Emirati-backed mercenaries attempt to make gains on the ground.

Coalition warplanes have not let up their attacks on innocent civilians either. Yesterday, fighter jets pounded a passenger bus leaving nine civilians dead and ot...


Deradicalization Starts at the Dinner Table "IndyWatch Feed War"

Libyan family shares a traditional meal. (Photo: Mahmud Turkia / AFP / Getty Images)A Libyan family shares a traditional meal. (Photo: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

Deradicalization starts at the dinner table at least that is the possibility for every family across America. No matter what your background, the act of breaking bread and the tradition of a shared meal cuts across cultural and religious boundaries. For traditional families, including immigrant families, dinnertime is still the one tradition that continues no matter how far behind members of that family have left other traces of their inherited culture and identity.

Everyone comes together at the dinner table. If a family is very traditional, chances are the extended family comes together about once a week or once a month for extended periods of time. Given that most adults and children are often distracted by smart phones and other devices, the moments between spending time together, including the evening meal, becomes an even richer opportunity for a conversation. Its a window to cradle a familys collective attention in an environment that is safe, comfortable and disarming.

The question is: What do you bring up? How do you raise a tough conversation especially when you cant control who else will be at that table? The best way to go about it is to use stories. They can be real stories, news events, other peoples lives, things youve read, a movie, a TV show just about anything. 

Heres what you dont do:

  • Dont start with a religious point of reference
  • Dont give a judgment or strong opinion

Heres what you can do:

  • Start with a cultural point of reference
  • ...


War Criminals in High Office Commemorate the End of World War I "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky Global Research, November 12, 2018 In a bitter irony, several of the Worlds leaders who were peacefully commemorating the end of World War I in Paris including Trump, Netanyahu, Macron and May are the protagonists of war in Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen.  To put it bluntly they are war criminals under international []


The destroyers of Libya are now for Libya , by Manlio Dinucci "IndyWatch Feed War"

After Emmanuel Macron's failure to solve the Libyan crisis, it's now Giuseppe Conte's turn to take a shot at it. It's true that Rome is better placed than Paris, insofar as it enjoys the support of the White House. However, there is little chance that any progress of any sort will be made, since these fairy godmothers are in fact the big bad wolves who recently devoured Libya.


Nwaoboshis trial over N322m fraud starts afresh Newtelegraph

The trial of a Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District, Peter Nwaoboshi, over alleged N322 million fraud yesterday commenced afresh before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Federal High Court in Lagos. He was first arraigned before Justice Mohammed Idris (now of the Court of Appeal) by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside two []

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NDIC begins verification of failed MFBs depositors Newtelegraph

  Following the Central Bank of Nigerias (CBN) revocation of the licences of 154 Micro Finance Banks (MFBs) and six Primary Mortgage Banks (PMBs), the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has commenced verification of the depositors of the affected institutions and would soon begin payment of verified claims. The Managing Director and Chief executive of []

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Hidden elegance in Isicheis paintings Newtelegraph

At Rele Art Gallery, Onikan, Lagos, Rom Isicheis recent works cast a thoughtful atmosphere. As one of Nigerias most visible and prolific artists, Isicheis impressive paintings that make up the body of work for his recent exhibition, gives sufficient inklings to his mastery of both medium and message. Beholding the show titled Reverence of Thoughts, []

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Im eager to lead Falcons to glory Ebi Newtelegraph

Super Falcons skipper, Onome Ebi, has expressed her eagerness to lead the team to retain the Africa Womens Cup of Nations won in Cameroon two years ago when actions starts on November 17 in Ghana. The 35-year-old will be making her sixth appearance at the 11th edition of the competition after previous outings in 2008, []

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Budget phones at war: Can itel mobile weather the storm? Newtelegraph

If youve recently shopped for an affordable smartphone, you will realize how less challenging that could be. The mobile market is fiercely competitive with the likes of Xiaomi, Gionee, TECNO, itel, Fero and others churning out every quarter top-of-the-line smartphones without the top-of-the-line prices, all in a bid to claim the top as the number []

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For the Bony Bodies of Yemeni Children Youd Never Become Poor by Giving! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Zeinab Daher In Yemen, people get up early in the morning because of war, death and famine Although Yemen occupies a large noticeable area on the world map, it can barely go noticed in the hearts and minds of the entire people. {The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah []


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No Evidence Democrats and Their Allies Manufacturing Voters in Florida Recount

By John Kruzel
Politi Fact
Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at 2:24 p.m.

Workers load ballots into machines at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office during a recount on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Lauderhill, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

A recount is underway in Florida, where three statewide races remain undecided a week after Election Day.

Despite no final vote tally in the gubernatorial U.S. Senate and agriculture commissioner contests, some conservative pundits have accused their political opponents of fraud.

"The forces on the left, the Democrats and their allies, are trying to push this to what I call within the margin of litigation," Ken Blackwell, a former Republican Ohio secretary of state, said during an appearance on Fox News Tucker Carlson Tonight. "They are manufacturing voters. And they're doing it with an architect, Superintendent (Brenda) Snipes, who has a record of gross incompetence and fraud."

We previously looked at the Broward election supervisor's track record.

Here, we found no evidence to support the claim Democrats and their allies and manufacturing voters.

No sign of manufactured voters

Florida law stipulates that races separated by razor-thin margins trigger mandatory recounts.

By law, a recount was implemented in the too-close-to-call governors race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum, where DeSantis winning margin was less than 0.5 percent.

A recount is underway in the Senate race between outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, who trails Scott by less than 0.25 percent. The contest for state agriculture commissioner is also under recount.

Blackwell accused Democrats and their allies of fraud during an appearance on Fox News on Nov. 9, three days after polls closed, but while votes were still being counted.

Its unclear exactly what Blackwell meant with the term "manufacturing voters," and he did not respond to our request for comment.

According to David Becker, the executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, a non-profit focused on election integrity, the claim is baseless.

"Theres ze...


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Price Increases Fuel Inflation

14 NOV, 2018 - 00:11
Business Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

Following the unjustified price increases experienced in the month of October 2018, the countrys inflation rate for the month jumped to 20,9 percent from 5,4 percent, latest figures from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency have shown.

According to ZimStats, the year-on-year inflation rate for the month of October 2018 as measured by the all items Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 20,85 percent, gaining 15,46 percentage points on the September 2018 rate of 5,39 percent.

This means that prices as measured by the all items CPI increased by an average of 20,85 percent between October 2017 and October 2018.

The CPI for the month ending October 2018 stood at 118,73 compared to 101,97 in September 2018 and 98,24 in October 2017.

ZimStats, however, said the data used for the latest inflation data was collected during the period covering five days around October 15, 2018. The changes in prices in this report refer to that period, explained ZimStats.

The month of October saw prices of most consumer goods and services skyrocket to levels last witnessed before dollarisation.

The period was also characterised by panic buying and hoarding, further pushing prices beyond the reach of many.

While hoarding and panic buying seem to have subsidised, prices are still on an upward trend, with pharmacies in particular demanding US dollar payments or five times the amount if using other payment methods such as bond notes and swipe.

The year-on-year food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation prone to transitory shocks stood at 26,78 percent while the non-food inflation rate was 18,06 percent.

The month-on-month inflation rate in October 2018 was 16,44 percent gaining 15,52 percentage points on the September 2018 rate of 0,92 percent.

This means that prices as measured by the all items CPI increased by an average rate of 16,44 percent from September 2018 to October 2018.

The month-on-month food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation rate stood at 20,12 percent in October 2018, gaining 19,07 percentage points on the September 2018 rate of 1,05 percent. The month-on-month non-food inf...


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The Occupied Connolly Barracks Enters Its 15th Month

Morning Star, UK

Not content living in poverty during one of Europes worst housing crises, ALEX HOMITS leads a crew of young communists to seize an abandoned building in Cork, south west Ireland

Alex Homits in the Connolly Barracks, a socialist squat in Ireland

IN AUGUST 2017, members of the Connolly Youth Movement (CYM) moved into a derelict block in Cork city centre.

We did so as a form of direct action, where we both received what we needed, housing, while demonstrating the issue to the wider public, undermining the right of landlords to deny the homeless homes and calling into question private property itself.

Rather than simply protest, our action was explicitly aimed at denying the landlord class some of its power in a small but significant way.

Up until this point, occupations and squatting in Ireland were, and still are to some degree, directed by mostly anarchist or non-aligned tendencies rather than explicitly socialist groups like ours.

While the method is correct, we consider them to lack real political direction or to properly utilise the occupations as a form of political protest rather than promoting a DIY-lifestyle. By contrast we wanted our action not to stand alone or inspire individual responses to the housing crisis but to plug into a wider, mass organised class struggle over the issue.

The house was in a significant state of deterioration. Eight years empty with no care is a long time. Damp walls, mould everywhere, dead wood lice on the floors, rotten couches and furniture. Our entire branch in Cork mobilised together to clean the building and step by step we brought it up to scratch. We cleaned the layers of dust, swept the floors and did the best we could with the mould.

Bear in mind that we also had no electricity, so cleaning properly was a significant challenge.

We lived with no electricity for a while before it was reconnected and, while I cant comment for legal reasons how or who reconnected it, suffice to say it didnt last long and led to our first encounter with the Garda and alleged landlord. He had smashed open the front door and ordered the residents to get out.

I returned about fifteen minutes into this incident and simply shut the door on this alleged landlo...


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November 1918 One War Ending, Another Continues

JOHN ELLISON gives a history of how the left press reported the end of WW1 and the start of hostilities towards socialist Russia

Morning Star, UK

NEWSPAPER readers in Britain looking back from November 1918 would have appreciated that the balance of military forces on the Western Front, after four years of relative stability, had changed crucially in the Allies favour since August, causing the front to move remorselessly eastwards towards Germanys frontiers.

But readers remained insulated from the human reality of the wars daily horrors by authoritarian censorship and by unconditional support for the war given by war correspondents and mainstream editors, who were generally even reluctant to draw attention to the decisive role since the summer of the fresh million-plus US army.

In 1936, the then editor of this papers predecessor, the Daily Worker, Rajani Palme Dutt summed up the war in his classic World Politics. The war of 1914 was inevitable in the sense that imperialism could find no other solution for its conflicts The outbreak of the war revealed that the world forces unloosed by imperialism had fully outstripped the control of the statesmen of imperialism The war, once begun, drove forward with its own murderous logic The Gordian knot was finally cut by the sword of the revolution The Russian Revolution ended the war in the East. The German Revolution ended the war in the West.

An armistice with Turkey the Ottoman empire took effect on October 31. Its surviving empire dissolved, with Britain and France eager to digest vacant properties such as Palestine and Syria. Then came an armistice between the Western Allies and Austria-Hungary, just after Hungary had declared itself a separate republic.

A preliminary overture to the US from Kaiser Wilhelms Germany in early October was succeeded by exchanges of messages and increasing readiness to concede defeat. So, wrote communist journalist Allen Hutt, in his 1937 Post-War History of the British Working Class, Hapsburg and Hohenzollern followed Romanov into the dust.

In Britain, at the highest political level, prophecies about when the war would end changed swiftly. At a meeting on October 19...


Land seizures in South Africa wont violate Constitution... once its changed Ramaphosa "IndyWatch Feed World"

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told the European Parliament on Wednesday that his countrys land reform will faithfully adhere to the countrys constitution with respect to the rights of all its citizens. The Ramaphosa-led African National Congress (ANC) aims to change the constitution to allow the government to expropriate land from white landowners without compensation. The land is to be distributed to the countrys landless black majority. Ramaphosa says the change in law is necessary in order to address racial disparities in ownership persisting more than two decades after the end of apartheid.


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Britain and E.U. Agree On a Plan for Brexit

By Stephen Castle
New York Times
Nov. 13, 2018

LONDON British and European Union officials reached a long-awaited draft agreement on Tuesday on Britains troubled withdrawal from the bloc, opening the way for a high-stakes meeting of Prime Minister Theresa Mays most senior ministers to consider the plans, the prime ministers office said.

Cabinet ministers will have a chance to review the draft text before a critical meeting of the full cabinet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, the prime ministers office said.

After months of deadlock over the terms of Britains exit from the bloc, the presentation of the draft agreement is a moment of truth for Mrs. May, who is desperate to avoid a chaotic and disorderly no-deal Brexit. But she cannot be assured of support from hard-line Brexiteers in her cabinet, whom she may need to face down.

In the worst case, defections from the cabinet or an outright rejection of the pact could threaten her leadership.

Mrs. May was reportedly meeting Tuesday evening with officials like the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and the Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, whose support she cannot afford to lose.

Details of the agreement were not immediately available. Presumably, it contains language pertaining to the backstop plan to settle the contentious issue of the Irish border, the part of the agreement that is likely to set off the most sparks in the cabinet discussions.

The breakthrough followed months of discussions over an issue that has divided Britons and split the governing Conservative Party. But the prime ministers problems are far from over.

Even assuming she gains the cabinets approval on Wednesday without a politically damaging raft of resignations not a given Mrs. May faces daunting odds in pushing the compromise plan through Parliament, where it has many opponents.

Britain is scheduled to quit the European Union on March 29. The draft agreement, if approved, would at least avert the prospect of a disorderly and chaotic departure without any deal something that could clog ports and lead to shortages of food and some medicines.

If Mrs. Mays cabinet signs off on the draft agreement, the next step is for European Union leaders to give it their ble...


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Rick Scott Wont Commit to Certifying Recount Results If He Loses, Top Adviser Says

The recount was legally required.

By Aaron Rupar
Nov 13, 2018, 2:50pm EST

Republican Gov. Rick Scotts senior campaign adviser, Brad Todd, repeatedly refused to commit to certifying the results of Floridas US Senate election, during CNN interviews Monday night and Tuesday morning, if Scott ends up losing in a recount to Democrat Bill Nelson.

You talk about having to make a decision the governor has a decision to make, CNNs Chris Cuomo said to Todd on Monday night. Is he going to do that [certify the results] or will he recuse himself, because of his own conflict in this?

The governor respects the process. He respects the law in Florida, Todd said.

Even if he loses? Cuomo interjected.

Hes not going to lose unless they steal it from him in court, Todd replied. The governor is going to be the senator.

Todd was pressed about those comments hours later during an interview with CNNs John Berman, and he again refused to commit to Scott certifying the election results.

Well John, Im also not going to answer whether Rick Scott is gonna win the Heisman Trophy, because hes not. But he is gonna be the senator from Florida, Todd said, before going on to falsely claim that Scott has won the election.

 On CNN, Brad Todd, senior adviser to Rick Scott, repeatedly refuses to confirm that Scott would certify election results if Bill Nelson wins recount.

"I'm also not going to answer whether Rick Scott is gonna win the Heisman Trophy, b/c he's not. But he is gonna be the senator."

The results of the recount wont be known until after it ends on Thursday. Todds comments leave open the possibility that Nelson wins, but Scott has repeatedly insisted that he is the winner, regardless of what happens with a recount.

Scott has already shown a willingness to exploit his current office for political gain. During a news conference held from the governors mansion last Thursday evening, Scott called for state law enforcement agencies to investigate elections officials in two Democratic-leaning counties that took longer than others to tally their ballots.

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Georgia Election Officials Ordered to Review Thousands of Provisional Ballots

By Sophie Tatum and Kaylee Hartung
7:56 PM ET, Tue November 13, 2018

A federal judge has blocked the Georgia secretary of state from certifying election results before Friday, as the state's governor's race remains unsettled.

Late Monday night, Judge Amy Totenberg ruled that state and local officials must conduct a "good faith review" of all provisional ballots that had been rejected because a voter's name was not found on the voter registration list.

This includes using "all available registration documentation" from voters to verify their identity, instead of solely relying on the voter registration list. The Secretary of State's office has reported that more than 21,000 provisional ballots were cast.

Totenberg has ordered the state to establish a hotline for voters to determine whether their provisional ballots were counted -- and if not, the reason why.

Totenberg's ruling does not require the extension of any certification deadlines. Counties in Georgia had a 5 p.m. deadline on Tuesday to certify their results. The ruling, however, does bar the secretary of state from certifying election results before Friday, giving the state more time to address various issues stemming from the election.

The state must certify the results by 5 p.m. on November 20.

As the deadline for Georgia counties to certify their election results passed, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams' campaign asked a federal judge to order all counties to count absentee ballots even if voters failed to include their date of birth and provisional ballots cast by eligible voters outside of their county.

A previously filed court order mandated only Gwinnett County count all absentee ballots with missing birth dates.

US District Judge Steve Jones said he would deliver a ruling by noon Wednesday and declined to delay today's deadline for counties to verify their results.

"Whether or not it results in a run-off is to some extent just one point of this," said Abrams campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo outside the federal courthouse.

She said the campaign "remains steadfast on our mission to use the courts, to use all as...


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Democrats To Investigate Voter Suppression In Georgia Governor Race And Other 2018 Midterms

Stacey Abrams has accused Brian Kemp of using his elected position to suppress African-American votes.

By Paul Blumenthal

Stacey Abrams, who has refused to concede her gubernatorial race in Georgia against the states Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, has had little recourse to address her concerns that Kemp used his role as Georgias chief election official to aid his campaign by making it harder for black people to vote. President Donald Trumps Justice Department has demonstrated little to no interest in investigating or upholding voting and civil rights laws. Republicans in Congress have shown no interest in standing up for voting rights. And Trump and congressional Republicans spent the past two years attempting to justify laws that make it harder to vote by investigating baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.

But now that Democrats won control of the House of Representatives, thats all about to change. Power will shift from a nearly all-white political party that refuses to support a reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act to a multiracial political party that announced its first act of 2019 will be to pass legislation greatly expanding voting rights. Key Democrats are giving signs that they will investigate voter suppression in the 2018 elections.

Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has refused to concede the election until all the votes are counted.

Voting rights will return to being a high priority for Congress in the session that gets under way in January, and particular attention will be given to widespread allegations of vote suppression in places like Georgia, Tennessee, North Dakota and elsewhere, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, said in a statement to HuffPost. I expect the Judiciary Committee will want to hold early hearings. Voting rights are a cornerstone of our democracy and we cant permit them to be eroded.

Cohen is the likely next chairman of his subcommittee, which is the first layer of oversight in the House for federal voting and civil rights issue...


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Here are the Seven Senators Most Likely to Lose Their Seats in 2020

Jacob Pramuk | John W. Schoen

A generous Senate map in last week's midterm elections helped Republicans keep a majority in the chamber even as they lost control of the House.

The GOP will not have such an easy path in 2020.

So far, Republicans have unseated three Democratic senators in this year's midterms, while Democrats have won two GOP-held Senate seats, according to projections. Depending on how a recount in Florida and runoff in Mississippi play out, Republicans could hold their current 51 seats or expand their majority to 53 seats in January. The election could have gone worse for Democrats: 26 Democratic senators and independents who caucus with them faced re-election this year, while only nine Republican-held seats were up for grabs.

The parties will battle on a more balanced map two years from now. The GOP is expected to defend 22 seats, including a special election for the late Sen. John McCain's office, while Democrats are set to face re-election in 12 states.

As the GOP will likely expand its majority when all the 2018 ballots are counted and most of the senators running in 2020 appear safe, Democrats still have a difficult path to a majority. Both parties have a few good opportunities to unseat incumbents in the next congressional elections.

Here are the seven Senate seats most likely to flip in 2020, although the dynamics could change depending on whether all incumbents seek re-election. The graphics include margins of victory for recent presidential and Senate races in the states.

Alabama (held by Democratic Sen. Doug Jones)

Jones won a special election last year to replace Republican Jeff Sessions, who served as President Donald Trump's attorney general until last week. The Democrat will likely have a tough time winning again in the regular election for Sessions' seat.

Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore, the pro-Trump former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. The GOP candidate faced accusations of sexually abusing teenagers decades ago, which led to fewer voters turning out for him than they would for a typical Republican.

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Staff Anger Spills Over at White House

A drumbeat of exits is mixing with Trumps anger after the midterms and a much-criticized trip to Europe.

11/13/2018 07:32 PM EST

Bottled-up hostility in President Donald Trumps administration flowed to the surface Tuesday during a remarkable 12-hour period following an awkward midterm dtente and tense trip to Paris over which the president is still seething.

Its like an episode of Maury, one former Trump aide observed to POLITICO as the spectacle unfolded. The only thing thats missing is a paternity test.

At the White House, Trump appeared poised to dismiss Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a source of personal frustration for months over what Trump views as weak leadership on border security and other immigration enforcement policies hes sought to implement.

The fresh round of backbiting and post-midterm turnover could also sweep out Trumps chief of staff John Kelly, a close Nielsen ally, and see him replaced with Vice President Mike Pences chief of staff, Nick Ayers, who is re-emerging as a leading candidate, according to several White House officials and others close to the presidential orbit.

On Tuesday, the West Wing staff morass which had long been building but which the president personally subordinated to put up a unified front for the midterms spilled over to the East Wing, with first lady Melania Trump openly calling for the ouster of one of the top officials on the National Security Council in a rare public rebuke.

The first lady's office said in a statement that Mira Ricardel, deputy to national security adviser John Bolton, did not belong in the White House anymore. While it didnt elaborate, The Wall Street Journal reported that the president had decided to fire Ricardel at Melania Trump's urging after clashes regarding her recent solo trip to Africa.

And earlier in the day, Trumps chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, lashed out at White House trade adviser Peter Navarro after Navarro, a trade protectionist, took aim at Wall Street and corporate influencers pushing a less aggressive stance against China. Navarro did Trump a great disservice, Kudlow told CNBC....


Saudi-led coalition agrees to UN evacuation of injured Houthis in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Saudi-led coalition, supporting the Yemeni internationally-recognized government in the civil conflict with the Houthis, has agreed to allow the UN to evacuate up to 50 injured rebels to neighbouring Oman after the visit of UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the UK Foreign Office said. "The Saudi-led Coalition have agreed to the evacuation of wounded Houthis from Yemen, one of the key stumbling blocks to the UN Geneva talks in September. Subject to final reassurances, Coalition forces will now permit the UN to oversee a Houthi medical evacuation, including up to 50 wounded fighters, to Oman, ahead of another proposed round of peace talks in Sweden later this month," the office said in a statement published on its official website.


Gaza Burns Hotter Than Hollywood But There's Nobody To Put The Fires Out "IndyWatch Feed World"

 Gaza Burns Hotter Than Hollywood 
But There's Nobody To Put The Fires Out
by George Galloway

"The world is fixated by the forest fires in Hollywood burning down stars' mansions. With supreme irony some of them belong to those who helped raise millions of dollars for the Israeli Army which is now burning the hovels of Gaza. The Hollywood warriors have insurance of course, and other homes too, sometimes many of them. The hovel-dwellers of Gaza have neither. The brave firefighters of California are well-equipped and have the wind of hope of millions of well-wishers at their backs. There are no firefighters in Gaza.

The hovels of Gaza are unfortunately well-known to me, since long before Hamas even existed. In fact I saw Hamas be born, and Israel was the midwife. I was a comrade of Yasser Arafat then the Chairman of the secular PLO, an Arab nationalist, whose executive committee consisted of Arab nationalists and Moscow-aligned leftists like the PFLP led by the late Dr George Habash.

Israel feared this then zeitgeist in the Arab world so they turned, as the British had earlier in seeking to undermine Egypt's President Nasser, to the Islamists. The Muslim Brotherhood, a client of the British in Egypt had brothers in Gaza of course. Those brothers became Hamas with the full cooperation of Israel. I saw with my own eyes the open development of Islamism in Gaza, a catspaw against Arafat and the PLO. While the gaols (and the graveyards) were full of PLO men, the roads were choc-a-block with Islamist socie...


Umahi has created robust economy in Ebonyi Orji Newtelegraph

Uchenna Orji is the Commissioner for Economic Empowerment and Job creation in Ebonyi State. In this interview with UCHENNA INYA, he reveals how the state government has created wealth through its various empowerment programmes     The Ministry of Empowerment and Job Creation was not in existence in the past administrations in Ebonyi State. Why []

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$5.8bn NEMA fraud: Osinbajo has questions to answer, Reps insist Newtelegraph

Contrary to a rebuttal from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that he did no wrongdoing in the approval of N5.8 billion for emergency intervention of food security to the North-East in June 2017, when he was acting president, the House of Representatives has insisted that the Number Two man may have questions to answer, as chairman []

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Osoba to chair New Telegraph Awards Night Newtelegraph

Yahaya Bello accepts, applauds recognition   Veteran journalist and former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, will preside over activities at the New Telegraph Awards Night as chairman. The event, slated for this Saturday at Balmoral Hall, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, is expected to recognise and honour some prominent Nigerians, who have []

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Jonathan, PDP knock Osinbajo on debt, corruption Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday challenged Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to show the scorecard of the present administration instead of bandying figures that had no bearing on realities of the economic situation in Nigeria. National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, accused Osinbajo of peddling rumours and false claims on the debt profile []

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Senate adjourns plenary for lack of quorum Newtelegraph

Less than 20 senators in attendance The Senate, yesterday, adjourned plenary session for one week due to lack of quorum, as majority of the senators have travelled for oversight functions outside Abuja, the nations capital. When the apex legislative chamber resumed plenary, it was observed that less than 20 senators, out of the 108 senators, []

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Kogi: NLC lauds Bello over Paris Refund utilisation Newtelegraph

The organized labour in Kogi State has hailed Governor Yahaya Bello for constituting an independent committee to commence prompt payment of 3 to 4 months salaries arrears to civil servants in the state. The Chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Onuh Edoka, who spoke during the inauguration of the committee by Governor Bello on Monday []

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Intervention funds: Senate beams searchlight on Buhari, Jonathan Newtelegraph

CHUKWU DAVID reports that the Senate has undertaken a Herculean task of investigating the two intervention funds initiated and administered by President Muhammadu Buhari and his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, with the ultimate goal of determining the propriety or otherwise of their applications   The Senate witnessed a rancorous plenary session on Wednesday last week. The []

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500 APC members defect to PDP in Adamawa Newtelegraph

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State, Hon. Umaru Fintiri, yesterday received more than 500 defecting members as well as stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from Ganye Local Government Area. He assured them of equal treatment. The defectors were received by the governorship hopeful at his residence []

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Olokun Festival: When Badagry came alive Newtelegraph

  The ancient city of Badagry was agog on October 23 and 24, as thousands of people from Nigeria and outside the shores of the country, converged at the Suntan Beach, Badagry, Lagos State for the annual Olokun Festival organised by Olokun Festival Foundation. The foundation was led by chief promoter of the foundation and []

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Canadas Arms Lobby supports Sale of Light Armoured Vehicles to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"

Will they cancel the contract or wont they? In order to understand Ottawas decision-making process regarding General Dynamics massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia one must look closely at industry lobbyists.

While the Trudeau government is under substantial public pressure to rescind the $15 billion Light Armoured Vehicle sale, to do so would challenge the company and the broader corporate lobby.

Last week a senior analyst with the GD-financed Canadian Global Affairs Institute boldly defended the LAV sale. There has been no behaviour by the Saudis to warrant cancelling this contract, said David Perry to the London Free Press. Perry must have missed the Kingdoms violence in Yemen, repression in eastern Saudi Arabia and consulate murder in Istanbul.

Two weeks ago Perry told another interviewer that any move to reverse the LAV sale would have dire consequences. There would be geopolitical implications. There would be a huge number of economic implications, both immediately and in the wider economy cancelling this, I think, would be a big step because as far as I understand the way that we look at arms exports, it would effectively mean that weve changed the rules of the game.

Amidst an earlier wave of criticism towards GDs LAV sale, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute published a paper titled Canada and Saudi Arabia: A Deeply Flawed but Necessary Partnership that defended the $15-billion deal. At the time of its 2016 publication at least four of the institutes fellows wrote columns justifying the sale, including an opinion piece by Perry published in the Globe and Mail Report on Business that was headlined Without foreign sales, Canadas defence industry would not survive.

Probably Canadas most prominent foreign policy think tank, Canadian Global Affairs Institute is a recipient of GDs generous donations. Both GD Land Systems and GD Mission Systems are listed among its supporters in recent annual reports, but the exact sum theyve given the institute isnt public.

The Conference of Defence Associations Institute also openly supports GDs LAV sale. Representat...


Des villageois veulent faire plier une multinationale "IndyWatch Feed World"

12 Nov 2018 | Africa N1En RDC, neuf communauts villageoises ont dpos plainte contre la socit canadienne Feronia auprs de la Banque de dveloppement allemande. Ils dnoncent le vol illgal de leurs terres. On en parle avec Jean-Franois Mombia Atuku, reprsentant de RIAO-RDC.


Palestinian Militants declare ceasefire with Israel amid Gaza escalation "IndyWatch Feed World"

The hostilities on the Israeli-Gaza border resumed after the Palestinian militants launched rocket attacks at Israel in revenge for seven militants killed during an Israeli special forces operation at the weekend. Gaza militant groups have announced an Egypt-backed ceasefire with Israel amid the escalation of hostilities. "Egypt's efforts led to the cessation of fire between the resistance factions and the Zionist enemy. The Palestinian movements will adhere to it, provided that the enemy does the same," according to the joint statement by movements led by the Hamas movement ruling the Gaza Strip.

Gaza defense forces declare ceasefire with Israel amid intense escalation of airstrikes "IndyWatch Feed World"

The hostilities on the Israeli-Gaza border resumed after the Palestinian militants launched rocket attacks at Israel in revenge for seven militants killed during an Israeli special forces operation at the weekend. Gaza militant groups have announced an Egypt-backed ceasefire with Israel amid the escalation of hostilities. "Egypt's efforts led to the cessation of fire between the resistance factions and the Zionist enemy. The Palestinian movements will adhere to it, provided that the enemy does the same," according to the joint statement by movements led by the Hamas movement ruling the Gaza Strip.


AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: Super Eagles Players Train In Asaba Urhobo Today

LAGOS NOVEMBER 13TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Stand in Captain Ahmed Musa and 21 other players trained at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Tuesday evening as the Super Eagles stepped into gear for Saturdays 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying battle against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Johannesburg.
At training as well were goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi, Theophilus Afelokhai and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, and defenders Olaoluwa Aina, Adeleye Aniyikaye, Semi Ajayi, Bryan Idowu, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo and Jamilu Collins.
There were also midfielders Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu and Mikel Agu, and forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Victor Osimhen, Henry Onyekuru, Alex Iwobi, Isaac Success and Samuel Chukwueze.
Only France based forward Samuel Kalu is expected on Wednesday.
Table toppers Nigeria actually need just one point from Saturdays encounter inside the FNB Stadium in Soweto, outside Johannesburg, to be sure of a slot at next years continental house party.
The Nigeria delegation to Saturdays big match will depart the country aboard a chartered flight from the Benin City Airport on Thursday evening....


Delta APC Gov Candidate: Ogboru, Ochei, Others To Know Their Fate On Dec 4 Urhobo Today

LAGOS NOVEMBER 13TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Tuesday, fixed December 4 to deliver judgement on a suit seeking to nullify the governorship primary election the All Progressive Congress, APC, conducted in Delta State.
The suit was lodged before the court by former Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Ochei.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba okayed the matter for judgement after all the parties adopted their final briefs of argument. Aside the APC, other Defendants in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1085/ 2018, were the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the declared winner of the primary poll, Chief Great Ogboru.
The Plaintiff had through his lawyer Mr. Ahmed Rahi, SAN, prayed the court to declare that the APC gubernatorial primary election that held on September 30, was illegal and unlawful on the ground that delegates not known to law were used for the exercise.
He averred that the high court had in a judgment that was delivered by Justice Anwuri Chikere on June 19, authenticated a list of delegates of APC in Delta state. He alleged that the national leadership of the Party sidelined the said list during the primary election. The former Speaker told the court that contrary to the judgment, the...


Big anti-Trump demonstration in Paris, France "IndyWatch Feed World"

Anti-Trump demonstrators in Paris

From the World Socialist Web Site in France:

Thousands protest Trumps visit to Paris for centenary of World War I armistice

By our reporters

13 November 2018

As Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and 70 other heads of state met in Paris on Sunday, thousands of people demonstrated on Republic Square to show their opposition to the US president and to imperialist wars being waged today. WSWS reporters interviewed the protesters, who also spoke out against Macrons recent call to honor the military career of Frances Nazi-collaborationist dictator, Philippe Ptain.

One protester, Simon, criticized the hypocrisy of political leaders praising peace in Paris while waging war from Afghanistan and Syria to Mali, and the silence on the role of the October 1917 revolution in Russia and the revolutionary uprisings of the German workers in ending the war.

He said, We are greeting a few kilometers from here the worlds five biggest arms dealers, who are spouting phrases about peace and hiding the fact that what ended World War I was the German revolution. It was the workers and working people of Germany who carried out a revolution. It was not ended via a military victory. And then they were made to pay for it afterwards, with the punitive Versailles peace treaty. So it is important for us to show, about...


The Short War With Gaza Exposed Israel's Weakness - Updated "IndyWatch Feed War"

Updated below --- Last week a ceasefire was agreed upon between Palestinian factions in Gaza and Israel: The aim of the change, in a plan mediated by Egypt and with money supplied by Qatar, is to provide much-needed relief for...


Overview Of Military Situation In Yemen On November 13, 2018 (Map, Videos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Overview Of Military Situation In Yemen On November 13, 2018 (Map, Videos)

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The advance of the Saudi-UAE-led coalition is slowly turning in another failure. Coalition-led forces have not been able to develop their initial success in the battle of al-Hudaydah. Clashes around the city are still ongoing. However, no progress has been made by coalition-led forces over the past few days.

The coalition continued its attacks on Ansar Allah positions northeast of Malahit and in the Kitaf area in northern Yemen. Ansar Allah has carried out several attacks on position of coalition-led forces near the area of Damt.

Summing up the recent developments, the conflict in Yemen is once again moving towards a stalemate. The Saudi-UAE coalition is not able to capture al-Hudaydah or Sanaa as well as deliver a devastating blow to Ansar Allah. In turn, the Yemeni resistance is not able to force Saudi Arabia and its allies to admit their defeat in the conflict.

According to a spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces (allied with Ansar Allah), Ansar Allah and its allies have killed 876 fighters of Saudi-led coaltion and wounded 2,150 others as well as destroyed 311 vehicles since the start of November.

Clashes between Ansar Allah and coalition-led forces:

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SOTT FOCUS: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs "IndyWatch Feed World"

At the risk of sounding repetitive, October this year was, yet again, a month of major and destructive amounts of precipitation across the globe. At this point, the intensity and frequency of rainfall (often including hail) in so many places is getting a little worrying. From Asia to the Americas to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, towns, cities and villages in all these areas experienced massive downpours in just a few hours that destroyed property and took lives. Winter also arrived early this month in many places, with the European Alps, the Canadian and US Rockies (including further south in Arizona), China, South Korea, Pakistan and India all receiving unusually large amounts of the white stuff. As usual, there were meteorites/fireballs aplenty and, of course, the increasingly common sinkholes made their appearance, in one instance killing two people. For residents of Florida, October was marked by the arrival of Hurricane Michael with 155mph (250kmph) winds while Cyclone...


Lessons on building democracy after nonviolent revolutions "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Jonathan Pinckney

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In 2011, Egypt began a political transition following a nonviolent revolution. There was tremendous optimism both from within the country and abroad that the transition was likely to lead to a democratic outcome. In 2014, Burkina Faso also began a political transition after a nonviolent revolution overthrew longtime authoritarian President Blaise Compaor. While many admired the revolution, its unfavorable conditions low levels of economic development and a region that was less conducive to democracy made the prospects for democratic advancement less optimistic. Yet, today, Egypt is once again under autocratic rule, following a 2013 coup by General Abdel-Fatah al-Sissi. Popular mobilization defeated a similar coup in Burkina Faso in 2015, and the country has now had democratic elections, putting it on the road to a long-term sustainable democracy.

What explains these differences? Why do some nonviolent revolutions end in democracy while others do not? And is nonviolent resistance really that much of a factor in promoting democracy in the first place? These are the questions that I examine in a new monograph from ICNC press: When Civil Resistance Succeeds: Building Democracy after Nonviolent Uprisings. The monograph builds on statistical research into 78 political transitions initiated by nonviolent resistance from 1945 to 2011, as well as interviews and in-depth examination of three particular transitions: Brazils transition away from military rule in the 1980s,...


Ice Age American elephants "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

15 June 2017

The proboscideans are a group of animals that contains the elephant and mastodont families. Many of us will be well-aware of these groups, but what of some of the lesser-known proboscideans? One such family are the gomphotheres and in this episode were introduced to them by Dr Dimila Moth, of the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

By Alexandra Witze in the USA, 12:30pm, November 13, 2018:

How mammoths competed with other animals and lost

Human hunters helped wipe out mammoths, mastodons and gomphotheres

The Gray Fossil Site, a sinkhole in northeastern Tennessee, is full of prehistoric treasures. Between 7 million and 4.5 million years ago, rhinoceroses, saber-toothed cats and other creatures, even red pandas, perished here by the edge of a pond. But that bounty of fossils pales next to the sites biggest find: a mastodons skeleton, nearly 5 million years old, preserved in exquisite detail all the way down to its ankle bones. It is just fantastic, says Chris Widga, a paleontologist at East Tennessee State University in nearby Johnson City.

The ancient elephant relative became known as Ernie because it was enormous, calculated soon after its 2015 discovery to have weighed 16 tons in life. The name came from musician Tennessee Ernie Ford, known for the coal-mining song Sixteen Tons. Since then the researchers have revised the mastodons weight down to 10.5 tons, says Widga, but the name stuck.

Ernie is still the biggest mastodon ever found in North America. He would have dwarfed todays large African eleph...


California Burning: the Sad Reality of a Dry State History's Shadow

California has a lot of fires; its a pretty dry state. The increasing frequency of devastating blazes such as those currently raging to the north of Los Angeles is leading to unsurpassed human and economic loss. Climate change proponents are quick to identify Californias prolonged droughts and wildfires as direct evidence that they are right. Continue reading "California Burning: the Sad Reality of a Dry State"


Washington Post op-ed contributor ordered deaths of 26 journalists in Yemen jihad "IndyWatch Feed War"

In rushing to show how much they oppose the Saudis after their killing of their pro-jihad journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post has embraced Iran, its clients the Houthis, and the Shiite jihad. WashPo contributor Mohammed al-Houthi pictured with rifle in past interviews, Al Arabiya, November 11, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Users []


Bin Salman 'tried to persuade Netanyahu to go to war in Gaza' say sources "IndyWatch Feed War"


War was among scenarios suggested by damage-limitation task force established to advise Saudi crown prince in aftermath of Khashoggi killing


Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport records 3.36m passengers in 9 months Newtelegraph

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), says a total of 3.36 million passengers travelled through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja between January and September. FAAN disclosed this in its 2018 Passengers Traffic Statistics obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Abuja. The report showed that a total of []

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$5.8bn NEMA fraud: Osinbajo has questions to answer Reps Newtelegraph

Contrary to a rebuttal from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that he did no wrongdoing in the approval of N5.8 billion for emergency intervention of food security to the northeast in June 2017, when he was acting president, the House of Representatives of Representatives has insisted that the number two man may have questions to answer, []

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BREAKING: Anambra Speaker, Rita Maduagwu, impeached Newtelegraph

The Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Rita Maduagwu, has been impeached. She was impeached by 20 out of the 30 members of the House on Tuesday. The motion to impeach her was moved by Ikem Uzozie, representing Aguata II constituency. He was seconded by Onyebuchi Offor(Ekwusigo constituency) Maduagwu was accused of financial []

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Ebola in DRC: A Lingering Threat "IndyWatch Feed War"


The latest WHO situation report sheds new light on the evolving Ebola outbreak in the DRCs North Kivu province. According to the report, there have been 29 new cases over the past week, 15 of which are located in Beni.

With 329 confirmed and probable cases, the WHO has now declared this Ebola outbreak to be the worst in the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Yet there are also some positive developments of late. For one, despite a series of false alarms, the disease has yet to spread to neighboring countries like Uganda, South Sudan, or Rwanda. A vaccination drive has also seen some 27,360 people receive an experimental vaccine, including over 9,000 frontline health workers, with encouraging early results.

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CNN sues Trump over White House reporter Newtelegraph

CNN filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Trump administration over the revocation of press credentials for White House correspondent Jim Acosta, whose questions and reporting have been a frequent target of criticism by President Donald Trump. We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and []

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US Calls for Ceasefire, Keeps Attacking Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

In case you missed it, US efforts to prolong the worlds most serious humanitarian crisis in Yemen continue to succeed spectacularly. US military support enables the Saudi coalition to continue to bomb markets, docks, mosques, hospitals, school buses, weddings and funerals, and other civilian targets with impunity. The Saudis Yemeni enemy, the Houthi rebels, have no effective air defenses. On March 26, 2015, with the blessing and tactical support of the Obama administration, Saudi Arabia and its allies launched an illegal, genocidal, aggressive war on Houthi-controlled Yemen. Yemen was and is in the midst of a civil war in which the long-oppressed Houthis overthrew the legitimate government that the US and others had imposed on Yemen. Since March 2015, the US and the Saudi coalition have subjected Yemen to daily war crimes, not only killing civilians but destroying non-military targets of all sorts, causing a form of biological warfare with a cholera plague, as well as massive famine for more than half the countrys 25 million people. The UNs World Food Programme (WFP) head said on Septembe...


Falana, NHR to police: Stop parading suspects Newtelegraph

Human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, and the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Mr Tony Ojukwu yesterday called for the immediate eradication of the act of parading suspects, yet to be charged to court, by the Nigerian police. Falana and Ojukwu spoke during the inauguration ceremony of the hearing of []

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Palestinians in Gaza flee homes moments before Israeli airstrikes: I rushed to my childrens bedrooms to check if they were alive "IndyWatch Feed War"

Israeli forces leveled six buildings overnight Monday in the most serious escalation of hostilities since the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas. By Tuesday afternoon, Israel and Palestinian factions had signed to an Egyptian brokered ceasefire, yet worry remains across the Strip.

Hours before the agreement was reached, Suhair Habboush, 39, was panic-stricken, fleeing her apartment in the middle of the night after a relative received a warning call from the Israeli military at 11:30 p.m. 

I fell asleep early Monday night and about 20 minutes into my sleep everything turned into massive chaos mixed with my brother-in-law loudly screaming, Suhair said who shares a flat with her six children, I rushed to my childrens bedrooms to check if they were alive.

My brother-in-law received a warning call from an Israeli officer telling him to evacuate the six story building within 10 minutes, she said, The scene was similar to the 2014 war. We are scared that those black and bloody days might repeat themselves again. Nobody wants to lose their beloved.

The target was the al-Amal Hotel, a site that rents Hamas offices for Gazas Ministry of Interior according to witnesses who said Israeli forces first fired three warning strikes, then five minutes later three direct hits from F-16 planes.

Suhair Habboush (center) in her apartment near the al-Amal Hotel, November 13, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Tuesday morning Suhair went back to her home to assess the damage: thousands of tiny pieces of debris were strewn across the floor, the windows were knocked out from the blasts and their wooden door were popped out the of the frames.

Suhairs eldest daughter, Reem, went along to assist in the clean up.

I no longer care about the air strikes. If I am still alive or fatally hit by shrapnel, then its all the same for a girl who has already experienced three wars, Reem said, It is like a ridiculous movie.

Suhairs son Abdullah, 7,  toyed...


Court orders Yahoo boy to pay N100.000 for defrauding American lady Newtelegraph

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos, has ordered an internet fraudster (aka yahoo yahoo boy), Abraham Sunday to pay the sum of N100,000 or risk spending one year in jail. Justice Taiwo gave the order while delivering a judgement against Sunday after he expolited the opportunity of a plea bargain agreement []

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Deaths from the War on Yemen Have Been Underestimated by 5 to 1 "IndyWatch Feed World"

An NGO responsible for reporting on war deaths in Yemen has acknowledged that it has underestimated the casualties in the three-year-old conflict by at least five to one.

Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project had originally estimated that about 10,000 people had been killed in the war in Yemen, roughly the same number reported by the World Health Organization. WHO surveys are regularly cited as estimates of war deaths in Yemen by UN agencies and the worlds media.  But ACLED now estimates the true number of people killed in Yemen is probablybetween 70,000 and 80,000.

ACLEDs estimates do not include the thousands of Yemenis who have died from the wars indirect consequences, such as starvation and preventable diseases like diphtheria and cholera. UNICEF reported in December 2016 that a child was dying every 10 minutes in Yemen, and the humanitarian crisis has only worsened since then.  At that rate the total of all deaths caused directly and indirectly by the war must by now be more than one hundred thousand.

Another NGO, the Yemen Data Project, revealed in September 2016 that at least a third of Saudi-led airstrikes, many of which involve U.S.-built and (until Friday U.S.-refueled warplanes) using U.S.-made bombs, were hitting hospitals, schools, markets, mosques, and other civilian targets. This has left at least half the hospitals and health facilities in Yemen damaged or destroyed, according to the Yemen Data Project, leaving them hardly able to treat the casualties of the war or serve their communities, let alone to compile meaningful figures for the WHOs surveys.

Even comprehensive surveys of fully functioning hospitals would capture only a fraction of the violent deaths in a war-torn country like Yemen, where most of those killed in the war do not die in hospitals. And yet the UN and the worlds media have continued to cite the WHO surveys as reliable estimates of the total number of people killed in Yemen.


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Ethiopia arrests ex-head of army firm as crackdown targets security services "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ethiopia arrested the former head of the military-run industrial conglomerate METEC on Tuesday, state media reported, a day after authorities announced investigations targeting senior members of the powerful security forces.

Kinfe Dagnew, a Brigadier General in Ethiopias army, was detained near the northwest town of Humera, close to the border with Sudan and Eritrea, state-run broadcaster EBC said. Footage showed him surrounded by soldiers.

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Kinfe Dagnew

The arrest came after the attorney general announced a series of inquiries and detentions that one Western envoy described on Tuesday as a full frontal assault on the establishment. The diplomat asked not to be named.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed promised to rein in security services after he became prime minister in April part of a series of radical reforms that have upended decades-old policies and hierarchies.

He also promised to let private investors get stakes in the huge conglomerates run by the army and other state bodies that have dominated the economy since the ruling EPRDF coalition came to power in 1991.

On Monday, attorney general Berhanu Tsegaye said investigations had uncovered corruption at METEC, which manufactures military equipment and is also involved in many other sectors from agriculture to construction. Reuters has not been able to contact METEC for comment senior public relations officials were among those arrested.

The attorney general said several METEC officials had been detained alongside intelligence officers, police and other military officials targeted by separate investigations into abuse of prisoners.

He also accused senior members of the security services of ordering an attack on the prime minister in June.

Dozens of METEC employees and security officials appeared in court later on Monday. A judge denied the suspects bail and gave police 14 days further to investigate. None were charged.

A list of the arrest warrants released by the attorney generals office named 27 METEC current and former executives including the head of military equipment production and the head of corporate logistics and supply. Six of those on the list are current and former deputy directors at METEC. Army officers hold senior positions in the company.

One of those arrested was caught while trying to destroy evidence, the document read.

Abiy Ethiopias first leader from its largest ethnic group, the Oromos was chosen by the EPRDF after three years of street protests and strikes piled pressure on the coalition to reform....


Black security guard killed by Illinois police while stopping a bar shooting "IndyWatch Feed World"

Responding to reports of a bar shooting, police in a southern suburb of Chicago shot and killed the heroic security guard as he was subduing the gunman. Local residents say the killer cops are unlikely to be punished. Jemel Roberson, 26, was shot dead by Midlothian police officers after they mistook him for the suspect in a shooting call. The victim turned out to be a security guard at the bar where the incident took place - and had been in the process of restraining the perpetrator when police officers shot and killed him. Local residents told the media that Roberson hoped to one day become a police officer. Now he is the latest case in a long string of police shootings of African-American men. Officers were responding to a report of a shooting at Manny's Blue Room Bar in Robbins, Illinois, a short distance south of Chicago. After the establishment asked a group of drunken men to leave the bar around 4am on Sunday, one of the men then returned to the bar and began to open fire,...


PHOTOS: 19-year-old female suicide bomber arrested Newtelegraph

A female suicide bomber has been arrested in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Nineteen-year-old Shaidatu Adamu was arrested by soldiers after an attempt to detonate a suicide vest in Maiduguri. She was arrested by troops of the 251 Task Force Battalion in Maiduguri. She also disclosed that she had been in Sambisa Forest for about []

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FG denies landing permit to UN country representative visit to Benue Ortom Newtelegraph

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has disclosed that a team of the United Nations delegation led by the country representative who were billed to visit the state on a humanitarian visit to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Fulani herdsmen attacks were yesterday denied landing permit at the Makurdi airport on the orders of []

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N5.7b fraud: Ex-SURE-P boss testifies against ex-Gov. Shema Newtelegraph

Mr Nasiru Ingawa, Special Adviser to ex-Gov. Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State on SURE-P, on Tuesday told a Federal High Court in Katsina how Shema allegedly directed him to use about N5.7 billion state SURE-P funds for politics during his tenure. The former special adviser testified at the resumed hearing of a fraud case against []

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237 die in Ogun road crashes in 10 months FRSC Newtelegraph

The Ogun Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday said that no fewer than 237 persons died in road crashes within the last 10 months in the state. Mr Oladele Clement, FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun, made the disclosure at the 2nd Bi-Annual Retreat /Zonal Operators meeting in Ota, Ogun. The News []

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Malaysia: 93% of Muslim women have undergone female genital mutilation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Establishment media treatments of female genital mutilation routinely insist that it is an East African cultural practice and has nothing to do with Islam, but actually FGM is mandated in Islamic law: Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the []

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'Poop vault' of human feces could preserve gut's microbial biodiversity "IndyWatch Feed World"

Whether in villages on the coast of Ghana or in the mountains of Rwanda, asking for people's poop is a good icebreaker, Mathieu Groussin says. "Everybody laughs," says Groussin, a microbiologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. "Especially when we stress that we need the whole fecal sample and show them the big bowl." He's asking on behalf of the Global Microbiome Conservancy (GMC), an effort to identify and preserve gut bacteria from different peoples around the world. Most microbiome research has focused on Western, urban populations, which typically eat processed foods and use antibiotics. The few studies of traditional peoples have found a far more diverse gut microbiome that appears to be linked to the absence of certain diseases.


Hamas Is the Sworn Enemy of America "IndyWatch Feed War"

Iranian hardline students burn a U.S. flag in 2009 to celebrate Hamas' Iranian hardline students burn a U.S. flag in 2009 to celebrate Hamas victory at the end of a three-week battle with Israel. (Photo: BEHROUZ MEHRI / AFP / Getty Images)

The Hamas terror organization fired at least 400 rockets and mortars into Israel in 24 hours November 12-13, killing one person (a Palestinian) and injuring 70 Israeli civilians (some critically). But why should we care in the U.S.? Well, simply put, Hamas is the sworn enemy of America.

Here are just a few of the many facts that lead us to only one conclusion Hamas is the bad guy.


Hamas is committed to destroying the U.S. Back in 2007, the acting speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Hamas Ahmad Bahr declared the U.S. would be annihilated, and called on Allah to kill every American:


If you dont want to take Clarions word for it, here are some of the countries and organizations that have designated Hamas a terror organization: United States, Canada, Egypt and the European Union. Saudi Arabia banned the Muslim Brotherho...


Lalong, Useni, 19 others jostle for Plateau guber seat Newtelegraph

As the 2019 General Elections draw closer, 21 candidates have been cleared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to contest for the Plateau governorship seat. Their names are contained in a list released on Tuesday in Jos by Mr Imahiyereobo Osaretin, the commissions Head of Voter Education and Publicly in Plateau. According to Osaretin, []

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Kogi govt commences payment of 4 months salary to workers Newtelegraph

Kogi State Government on Tuesday commenced table payment of all its workers in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as part of efforts to clean the payroll of ghost workers. The Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Ayoade, who made this known in Lokoja, said that the exercise would involve payment of between three to []

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Court sentences man to death by hanging for killing aged father Newtelegraph

A Jos Court of Appeal (COA) on Tuesday sentenced a middle-aged man Jibril Idrisa, to death by hanging for killing his aged father over N56,000.00 being proceeds from the sale of Guinea Corn. Delivering judgment, Justice Habib Abima, over-turned the judgment of the Lower Court that acquitted Idrisa. The court sets aside the judgment delivered []

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Man docked over alleged attempt to rape toddler Newtelegraph

A 25-year-old man, Ashofo Monday, was on Tuesday brought before an Ota Magistrates Court in Ogun over alleged attempt to defile a toddler. Monday, who lives at No. 23, Ogundele St., Iyana-Iyesi in Ota, is facing a count charge of attempted defilement. The Prosecutor, Insp. Rosemary Samson, told the court that the accused attempted to []

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Real estate: Developers eye mid-tier market Newtelegraph

While other real estate developers are closing shops due to Nigerias unimpressive business climate, others have put on their thinking caps, eyeing opportunities in untapped segment of the market. Dayo Ayeyemi reports   Despite the downturn in the real estate sector, many developers and investors have been creating a niche market for themselves to ensure []

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Triangular market: Airlines undoing? Newtelegraph

Most of the airlines in Nigeria jostle and compete for the triangular market of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt considered to be the money spinner for operators. But concentration on this route has eroded other routes development, WOLE SHADARE writes   The clincher The triangular route of Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt seems to be clincher []

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BREAKING: Senate adjourns till next week over lack of quorum Newtelegraph

The Senate on Tuesday adjourned for a week following the inability of the red chamber to form a quorum. The chamber needs at least 38 senators to carry out legislative activities at plenary but our correspondent observed that 20 members were seated at the commencement of the days session. The Minority Whip, Senator Phillip Aduda, []

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Saudi-led Invaders Face Heroic Resistance in Push to Seize Yemens Al-Hudaydah "IndyWatch Feed War"

Local Editor Yemeni officials announced that a massive Saudi push against al-Hudaydah on the west coast of Yemen was repelled, with a number of Sudanese mercenaries killed or captured.   Based on reports, fighting reached residential streets on Sunday, with locals and Ansarullh revolutionaries mounting fierce resistance to the invaders. Meanwhile, medics and military sources reported that more than 60 combatants []


MTN to apply for mobile money license in Nigeria Newtelegraph

South African mobile phone group MTN Group plans to apply for payment banking license in Nigeria and launch a service in Africas biggest economy by the second quarter of 2019, its chief executive said on Tuesday. We will be applying for a payment service banking license in Nigeria in the next month or so, and []

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UK says Saudi-led coalition to allow Houthi medical evacuations from Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"


Up to 50 wounded fighters, along with civilians, to be allowed evacuation from Yemen, a key sticking point in previous attempts at peace


Israel and Hamas are plunging into an all-out war that neither side wants "IndyWatch Feed War"

Both are under intense pressure and are determined to deter each other, but there is yet hope they can come back from the brink

Gaza's Hamas leader Ismail Haniya flashes the V for victory sign at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza city, on October 12, 2018. (Said Khatib/AFP)

Gazas Hamas leader Ismail Haniya flashes the V for victory sign at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza city, on October 12, 2018. (Said Khatib/AFP)

On Tuesday morning, Palestinian Islamic Jihads military wing, the al-Quds Brigades, announced that Ashdod and Beersheba will soon enter the line of fire. And indeed, it currently looks like there is nothing stopping Israel and the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terrorist groups from continuing the escalation toward a full-blown war.

The traditional brokers of ceasefires between both sides, Egypt and the United Nations, seem to have put aside their efforts to calm the situation, and the pessimism is evident in their statements.

But while Israel and the Hamas terror group both appear ready, even eager, for deeper battle, that is mostly a facade. The two sides are engaged in a game of brinkmanship in a bid to demonstrate their superiority and create deterrence. The problem is that it is highly doubtful that either Hamas or Israel have the ability to achieve those goals without taking steps that will inevitably plunge the area into war.

At least for now, Hamas and Israel look like two trains reluctantly speeding toward a chasm.

In attempting to understand what exactly went wrong over the past few days, it is hard to point to a clear strategic decision. Hamas and Israel had already entered a truce. The Gazan organizations leadership had invested tremendous efforts in reaching the ceasefire, in which the Strips economy was to improve, the supply of electricity was to increase and even Hamas officials were to receive payments using cash suitcases transferred by Qatar with Israels approval.



All hail the UAE Tolerance Summitor else "IndyWatch Feed War"

Another cynical and expensive PR exercise on behalf of a velvet police state


Libyan govt says Gaddafi's billions were 'not misused', but they're still missing "IndyWatch Feed World"

Interest on Muammar Gaddafi's frozen funds in Belgian banks is not subject to UN sanctions and has not been misused or embezzled, the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) insisted following reports to the contrary. The interest payments amounting to nearly 5 billion ($5.7 billion) had been deposited in "special authority accounts abroad," until the end of October 2017, when the payments stopped, the LIA said, as quoted by the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya network. The accounts are in Luxembourg, the UK and Bahrain, the Libyan agency noted. Gaddafi's assets were frozen in 2011, when NATO intervened on behalf of rebels in Libya to overthrow the long-time leader. Citing British and Belgian legal documents, the LIA insists that interest on frozen assets is not subject to the sanctions, and had been regularly paid out to their accounts. Where exactly the funds went, however, is still being investigated, the agency said in a statement provided to RT.


Tanzania lifts restrictions on trophy and residents hunting permits Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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Park wardens drive through the Mikumi National Park

Park wardens drive through the Mikumi National Park, which borders the Selous Game Reserve, in Tanzania on October 13, 2013.

The country has lifted a ban on hunting that had been imposed in October 2015 following misuse of hunting permits. PHOTO | AFP

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  • Hunting will now be allowed for Tanzanian citizens and holders of foreign residence permits in specified game reserves.
  • The government has allocated hunting blocks in five regions across Tanzania rich in wildlife where resident hunting permits will be issued.
  • The ban on resident hunting was aimed at controlling wanton killing of wildlife and poaching by holders of resident hunting permits.
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Tanzania has lifted a ban on hunting that had been imposed in October 2015 following abuse and misuse of hunting permits.

Hunting will now be allowed for Tanzanian citizens and holders of foreign residence permits in specified game reserves, specifically for game meat and trophies.

The government said the move has been taken to support conservation of wildlife through sustainable hunting, which is closely supervised by the government.

In a statement released last week, Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (Tawa) director general James Wakibara said resident hunting will be carried out in five hunting blocks located in five regions as an experiment that would build new conservation strategy through sustainable use of wildlife resources.

The government has allocated hunting blocks in five regions across Tanzania rich in wildlife where resident hunting permits will be issued.

These are Manyara in northern Tanzania, Lindi (Southern), Coast (Coastal zone), Singida (Central) and Tabora-Katavi (Western).


Mr Wakibara said citizens hunting for game meat ha...


Italy hosts Macron-snubbing Libya peace conference as energy vultures circle petroleum assets "IndyWatch Feed World"

A two-day Libya conference is starting in Palermo, Italy - an event widely perceived as a counter to a similar gathering organized by France in May - as two European countries compete for the fractured nation's oil and gas assets. The meeting in Sicily is meant to bring together key stakeholders involved in the ongoing turbulence in Libya. The North African country, which once prided itself for high standards of living that were paid for by oil exports, remains in chaos seven years after a NATO-backed uprising ousted long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi. There are two rival governments in Libya and numerous smaller players with various tribal, ideological and political affiliations playing their own games. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte denied that the meeting organized by Macron last May had placed the two European countries at odds over Libya. However, Italy traditionally considers its former colony to be within its sphere of influence. France, which briefly occupied the...


USA, UK still supporting Saudi war on Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 12 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

US & UK Not Truly Committed to Ending Saudi Total War on Yemen

While the US and UK have called for a ceasefire in Yemen, Col. Larry Wilkerson says they are not truly committed to ending Saudi Arabias total war on Yemen. Trump and May are saving face after the Khashoggi killing, and the kingdom is still bombing civilian areas with American and British help.

Saudi Arabia pays UK firms millions to boost image: here.


Libyan commander Haftar will attend meetings in Italy, not conference "IndyWatch Feed War"

Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar has arrived in Italy for meetings with heads of state, but will not attend a conference on Libya hosted by Rome, his command said on Tuesday.

Italy organized the conference in Palermo, hoping it would resurrect U.N. efforts to stage elections in Libya. Haftar arrived in Palermo late on Monday but did not take part in the opening dinner.

Italys Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte welcomes Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar as he arrives at the venue of the international conference on Libya in Palermo, Italy, November 12, 2018. (Reuters)

Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli; Editing by Andrew Heavens



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Libya rivals arrive for Italy summit after December election shelved


A Look at Yemens Domestic Defensive Missile Production Over the Past 3 Years "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sanaa (AMA) After more than three years of the US-Saudi-UAE aggression on Yemen, the curse of Yemeni ballistic missiles continues to haunt the enemies. They stand helpless trying to destroy or limit the missiles launch and development capabilities. Even the most advanced Patriot missile defense system was neutralized and no longer effective in the face of the updated Yemeni ballistic missiles. In turn, such missiles have changed the military equation and made them stand at the top of the list of the enemies targeting list.

The leadership promised on the anniversary of the war against Yemen to step-up use of long-range weaponry and recruit more fighters in a bid to confront the US-Saudi war effort against Yemen. In the fourth year of the war, we will use more developed and far-reaching missile systems, which will penetrate all American and non-American air defense systems to target Saudi Arabia, Sayyed Abdulmalik Al-Houthi said.

President Saleh Al-Sammad announced shortly before he was assassinated by a US-Saudi airstrike that from now on, we will launch missiles every day and Saudi Arabia will not be safe from Yemeni missiles, no matter how they plan their defense systems. For his part, Brigadier-General Sharaf Luqman echoed Al-Sammad, stating rocketry operations will continue as long as the aggression continues to commit crimes against the Yemeni people.

Less than three months as the Saudi war on Yemen began, domestic missile production was operational and on June 6, 2015, the Rocketry Force of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees launched its first homegrown ballistic missile, a Scud with a range of more than 800 km, toward the King Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Airport in southern Saudi Arabia.

Three months later, the Yemeni Air Force launched its newly created Tochka ballistic missile against a Saudi military base in Safer, eastern Yemen, causing a huge blast and inflicting numerous casualties on the aggression troops. Dozens of Emirati, Saudi, Bahraini troops, as well as dozens of Saudi-mercenaries, were killed in the attack.

yemen badr 1 missile defense systemYemens Badr-1 short-range ballistic missile system.

On September 7, 2016, a new ballistic missile dubbed the Borkan H-1 was...


Libya's Haftar meets with rival Sarraj in Italy for first time since May "IndyWatch Feed War"


Military leader Khalifa Haftar had said he would not attend peace talks in Italy - but later reportedly committed to a UN action plan


Indian Navy ship seizes arms and ammunition off Somali coast "IndyWatch Feed War"

An Indian Navy ship has seized arms and ammunition off the Somali coast, in a swift anti-piracy operation, officials said Monday. The ship, Sunayna, carried out the operation on Friday in which two high-calibre AK 47 and AKM rifles, as well as some ammunitions, were seized from a number of boats, approximately 400 nautical miles []



Anambra: 17 political parties back Ekwunifes ambition Newtelegraph

Seventeen political parties under the aegis of Anambra Rainbow Coalition in Anambra state yesterday threw their weight behind Senator Uche Ekwunife, who recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to their spokesman, Elder Philip Umezinwa, who spoke with reporters in Awka yesterday, said we the members of this organization officially declare our support []

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Why Umahi is succeeding despite meager allocation Nweze Newtelegraph

Engr. Fidelis Kings Nweze is Ebonyi State Commissioner for Works and Transport. In this interview with UCHENNA INYA, he explains the secret behind the massive infrastructural development of the administration of Governor Dave Umahi     Before now, Ebonyi was regarded as the dust of the nation because of bad roads, but this has changed. []

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Sturridge charged with breaching betting rule Newtelegraph

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been charged by the Football Association with misconduct for alleged breaches of its betting rules. Sturridge, 29, has been given until 18:00 GMT on Tuesday, November 20 to respond to the charge, which relates to the period of January 2018. It is alleged he breached one rule relating to betting []

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Weve delivered on roads, power, housing Fashola Newtelegraph

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has declared that his ministry has delivered visible and qualitative achievements to Nigerians since his appointment in November 2015. Fashola said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has brought abandoned Second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Bodo-Bonny Bridge, among other projects, back to life. He []

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Olufekos Death Ground Strategy: The relationship of Art And Technology In Africas Second Scramble Newtelegraph

As Nigeria remains the most populated black nation on the continent, it continues to expand in challenging ways. The commonality of Africas professionals, its traditional, its cultural elite, and its have-nots including its diaspora are all bracing for economic turbulence in a second scramble for the region. One multifaceted technologist is leveraging data science as []

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Ekong, Ronaldo in Serie A Team of The Week Newtelegraph

Super Eagles reliable defender, William Troost- Ekong, was on Monday named in the Serie A Team of the Week alongside Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo. Troost-Ekong, expected to be solid in the heart of the Super Eagles defence against South Africa this weekend, scored a 7.8 when he featured for Udinese in the 2-1 loss at []

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Badagry prince, James, re-arraigned for fraud Newtelegraph

Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police Force yesterday re-arraigned the prince of Kweme Land, Badagry, Lagos, Semasa James, for allegedly defrauding the estate of his late father, Oba Afolabi James, and leasing the late kings property to Ecobank Plc. Semasa, who was arraigned before an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos, was initially arraigned []

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EFCC recovers N794bn, $261m, seizes 407 mansions Newtelegraph

Magu laments delay in UKs trial of Diezani The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that a total of N794 billion suspected to have been stolen from public treasury was recovered in the last three years. Also within the period under review, the commission said $261 million, 1,115, 930.47 Pounds, 8,168, 871.13 Euros []

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Court orders Kalu to report to EFCC after medical treatment Newtelegraph

Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday, ordered a former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, to report to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) upon his return to Nigeria from Germany. Kalu is presently recuperating at a German hospital after undergoing a surgical operation. The trial of the []

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Dangote: BlocMaster is affordable, best value for money Newtelegraph

The management of Dangote Cement, at the weekend, assured blockmoulders and other stakeholders in the building construction business of the durability and the extra power its new product: BlocMaster possessed. The new product is described as the best quality cement in the country for now. The company also said the new product was available everywhere []

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NDIC: Mgt, directors of Skye Bank under investigation Newtelegraph

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are monitoring the investigations of law enforcement agencies instituted against the Directors and management of the failed Skye Bank Plc. to determine their culpability in the failure of the bank. Managing Director and Chief Executive of the NDIC, Umaru Ibrahim, said this []

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Jony Ive has gone from designing iPhones to diamond rings "IndyWatch Feed World"

And Ives diamond ring is made entirely from diamonds.

And Ives diamond ring is as unique as youd expect it to be. Thats because the only material in the ring is diamondno metals at all, even for the band. He made the jewelry with longtime collaborator Marc Newson exclusively for the (RED) Auction, which raises funds to help eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa. As Sothebys explains:

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President Trumps Iran Policy Is It Normal? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Its not often that US Government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a liberation. The 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a humanitarian intervention. And so on. So, in a way, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was refreshingly honest last week when, speaking Continue reading "President Trumps Iran Policy Is It Normal?"

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Yemeni War Deaths Have Been Underestimated by 5 to 1 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project had originally estimated that about 10,000 people had been killed in the war in Yemen, roughly the same number reported by the World Health Organization. WHO surveys are regularly cited as estimates of war deaths in Yemen by UN agencies and the worlds media.  But ACLED now estimates the true number of people killed in Yemen is probably between 70,000 and 80,000.


Britain's Hunt meets King Salman and crown prince in Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"


UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he expressed 'frank' concerns about Khashoggi's death to crown prince and Saudi King Salman


Buhari: Im frustrated over stolen funds, assets Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said that he is getting frustrated over the amount of funds stolen from the national treasury currently stashed in banks in the United States of America and Europe. The President stated this during an interactive session with the Nigerian community in Paris, France. As part of his administrations anti-corruption war, Buhari []

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Okowa, Ganduje applaud New Telegraph Awards Newtelegraph

Kano gov: Why were investing in health, education Governors Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta) and Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Kano) have applauded New Telegraph over their recognition in various sectors of the economy. Okowa has emerged as Governor of the Year in Human Capital Development and Infrastructure while the Kano helmsman is Governor of the Year in Health []

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1,801 killed, 50,212 displaced in Plateau attacks IDP Cittee Newtelegraph

says 87 villages destroyed, annexed by herdsmen   At least 1,801 people were killed, while 50,212 others were displaced from their ancestral homes in the recent attacks on communities in Plateau State. The Committee on Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), set up by the state government, disclosed this yesterday while presenting its report to []

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Teleology finally takes over 9Mobile Newtelegraph

Ado Bayero heads new board   Teleology Holdings, the preferred bidder for acquisition of the telecommunications company, 9Mobile, has finally taken over the company. The telecommunications regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is believed to have sanctioned the take over after being satisfied with the technical capabilities of the new owners. Teleology, in statement signed by []

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Obasanjo chides govs opposed to LGs autonomy Newtelegraph

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, criticised state governors opposed to local government autonomy in Nigeria, describing them as enemies of the people.Obasanjo, who decried how state governments have financially incapacitated local governments, said there must be sustained efforts by stakeholders to liberate councils to enhance their development. He spoke when members of a non-governmental organization, []

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Lagos: Two kids, dog found dead inside freezer Newtelegraph

Residents of Ikorodu in Lagos were on Sunday thrown into mourning when the corpses of two children and a dog were found in a freezer. The incident, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), occurred at 2, Christian Onoja Street, Igbogbo in Igbogbo- Baiyeku Local Government Development Area at 4.30p.m. A neighbour, who preferred []

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My arrest, a hoax sponsored by Okorocha Uzodinma Newtelegraph

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has said that there was no iota of truth in story trending online that he was arrested Sunday night by the Special Presidential investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Properties. But a statement from the panel said that it had been investigating []

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Zinc deficiency increases autism risk Newtelegraph

A new research has confirmed that there is a link between zinc deficiency and the early development of autism. The new findings, published in the journal; Frontiers, had been confirmed in a study of brain cells connections from rats hippocampal neurons. Autism or autism spectrum disorders refers to a broad range of conditions characterised by []

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Atiku: My search, a premeditated intimidation tactic Newtelegraph

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has maintained that the search of his chartered jet by security operatives on Sunday, was a premeditated intimidation tactic on him by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government. Atiku, in a statement by his campaign organization, yesterday, said his Dubai trip []

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15 Things You Should Never Google You Have Been Warned! "IndyWatch Feed World"

There is no arguing the fact that Google has come to be an integral part of our society today. Even the simplest, most mundane questions are met with the phrase Ill Google it as if there is no other obvious answer. After all, the internet holds the answer to everything, right?

Sure, there are other search engines available, but Google is currently used for over 63% of searches in the United States today. However, if there is one thing that our generation has learned the hard way, its that we need to be careful what exactly we are searching. After all, a seemingly innocent search may return some REALLY messed up results especially if you dont have Safe Search enabled!

While no one can predict every questionable search out there, many people have taken to social media to share their own errors in an effort to help others learn from their mistakes. Unless youve got a fascination with the disturbing, frightening and gory corners of the internet, you may just want to take this advice to heart.

Here are 15 things you should avoid searching on Google:

#1 2 Kids, 1 Sandbox

The title sounds innocent enough, but the video that this will trigger is anything but! There are a few questionable adult videos that have made their way around the internet and this is one that has left many men cowering in fear. The video shows a couple seemingly having a good time, in a 69 position. She is rubbing his penis with a dildo; however, the disturbing part comes when she proceeds to shove the half-inch thick object inside his penis, stretching his urethra out. Dont worry, it appears hes used to this treatment as he seems to be enjoying the process

#2 Jiggers

This is a search that is very real, and very disturbing. Unless you are going to be in a location where the chigoe flea or jigger is found (Central and South America, and sub-Saharan Africa) you may want to avoid acknowledging these disturbing parasitic insects exist at all. The jigger is so small in the beginning that its nearly invisible, burrowing into a persons skin to feed and lay its eggs. However, they then swell up reaching up to 1000 times their original size, while their eggs also start to hatch and take over the area. An infestation is painful and disturbing to see. Graphic images of the infestations are something you cant unsee.

#3 Tub Girl

Returning to the perceived sexy video topic, the ti...


Falode condoles with Ajuma Otaches family Newtelegraph

The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, has on behalf of the board of the NWFL, sent a condolence message to the family of late former Super Falcons player, Ajumah Otache, over the sudden death of the ex-international, who was also a member of the coaching staff of the national U-17 Womens []

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Bademosis murder: Court remands Togolese cook Newtelegraph

An Igbosere Magistrates Court, Lagos yesterday remanded a 22-year-old Togolese cook, Sunday Adefonou Anani, in prison custody for the alleged murder of the Chairman of Credit Switch Technology, Opeyemi Badamosi. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. O. O. Oshin, ordered that Anani be remanded in prison, pending the legal advice from the office of the Director of []

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SAfrica vs Nigeria: Omeruo, Idowu, Chukwueze hit camp today Newtelegraph

Three Super Eagles players -Kenneth Omeruo, Brian Idowu and Samuel Chukwueze- are expected to join the teams camp in Asaba, Delta State, ahead of the African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa scheduled for November 17 in Johannesburg, South Africa.Leganes defender, Omeruo, posted on social media on Monday morning the []

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NDelta: Amnesty Office distributes N90m relief materials to flood victims Newtelegraph

Victims of flood in Niger Delta may soon benefit from the N90 million relief materials being distributed by the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP). Mr. Murphy Ganagana, the Special Assistant (Media) to the PAP Coordinator, Prof. Charles Dokubo, said in a statement yesterday in Abuja that the body had commenced the distribution of the relief materials []

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NYSC decries vandalism of transformer, others in Imo Newtelegraph

The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in Imo state has decried vandalism of its transformer and other equipment at its permanent orientation camp and appealed to government to come to its aid. NYSC State Coordinator, Mr. Sunday Aroni made the appeal yesterday at the official closing ceremony of orientation course for the Batch C Stream []

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Mutual Benefits Badminton: Adesokan, Adeyori vow to defend titles Newtelegraph

Reigning champions, Dorcas Adesokan and Anu Opeyori, have vowed to defend their titles at the Mutual Benefits Badminton Championship which begins today (Tuesday) at the Mutual Benefits/Police Badminton Hall, Police College, Ikeja, Lagos. Adesokan said she was expecting to repeat her last years gold-winning performance despite challenges from her rivals. My desire is to win []

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EFCC seeks final forfeiture of Amosus N2.2bn Newtelegraph

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday urged Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court in Lagos to order final forfeiture of N2.2 billion allegedly recovered from a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu Nunayon (rtd). The judge had on 13th June 2018, upon the granting of an ex parte []

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AFCON qualifiers: Nine players arrive camp in Asaba Newtelegraph

Super Eagles camp in Asaba for the crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, Desk Western Plus Hotels, came alive on Monday as nine players arrived camp. Galatasaray of Turkey striker, Henry Onyekuru, was one of the early arrivals, ready to transform his club form into action with the []

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NB Plc charges Eagles to beat S Africa Newtelegraph

as team begins training today in Asaba   Nigerias leading brewing company, Nigerian Breweries Plc, has urged the Super Eagles to extract their pound of flesh from the Bafana Bafana of South Africa when the two sides meet on Saturday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match day five game at the FNB stadium []

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ASUU strike: Varsities groan as FG keeps mum Newtelegraph

FACE OFF As the indefinite nationwide strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) entered its second week, students and parents, who are already counting their losses, have accused the federal Government of keeping quiet unjustly over the action Union: Babalakin treating us like junior lawyers in his chamber   NANS ultimatum []

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Israel, Hamas Trade Heavy Fire After Deadly Incursion "IndyWatch Feed World"

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Palestinian militants bombarded Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Monday, while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in what appeared to be the most intense exchange of fire since a 2014 war.

Palestinian officials said at least three people, including two militants, were killed by Israeli fire and nine were wounded, and an Israeli airstrike destroyed the ruling Hamas groups TV station. In Israel, the national rescue service said at least 20 people were wounded, including a 19-year-old soldier and a 60-year-old woman who were in critical condition.

The fighting cast doubt over recent understandings brokered by Egypt and U.N. officials to reduce tensions. Just a day earlier, Israels prime minister had defended those understandings, saying he was doing everything possible to avoid another war.

The United Nations said it was working with Egypt to broker a halt in the violence. Rockets must STOP, restraint must be shown by all! the U.N. Mideast envoys office tweeted.

The rocket fire was triggered by a botched Israeli military raid in Gaza on Sunday. Undercover troops, apparently on a reconnaissance mission, were discovered inside Gaza on Sunday, setting off a battle that left seven militants, including a Hamas commander, and an Israeli military officer dead.

Around sundown on Monday, militants launched some 100 rockets in less than an hour, the most intense barrage since the 50-day war four years ago. The outgoing rockets, which continued into the evening, lit up the skies of Gaza and set off air raid sirens throughout southern Israel.

The military said warplanes, helicopters and tanks had struck over 70 militant targets, including military compounds, observation posts and weapons facilities. It also said it targeted a squad that was launching rockets.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said the army had sent additional infantry troops, rocket defense systems and intelligence units to the Gaza frontier.

We continue to strike and retaliate against the military targets belonging to terrorist organizations in Gaza, and as for our intentions we will enhance these efforts as needed, he told reporters.

Late Monday, an airstrike destroyed the Gaza City headquarters of Hamas Al Aqsa TV station. Israel had fired warning shots ahead of the airstrike, prompting the station to halt programming and replace it with a logo. Minutes later, the airstrike flattened the three-story building and the station went black.

Workers had evacuated the building after the warning shots, and there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum condemned the bombing as a barbaric, brazen aggression. Ten minutes later...


Bnin : mobilisation des paysans ouest-africains pour l'accs scuris la terre, l'eau "IndyWatch Feed World"

11 Nov 2018 | BanoutoSamedi 10 novembre 2018, les organisations paysannes du Bnin taient devant la presse nationale : Par la caravane, nous voulons crier notre ras-le-bol nos dirigeants pour qu'ils cessent de faire le jeu des multinationales contre les intrts des paysans .


German bank caught in DRC colonial land dispute "IndyWatch Feed World"

12 Nov 2018 | AFPA German state-owned bank has found itself at the centre of a battle in the Democratic Republic of Congo over agricultural land dating back to the Belgian colonial period


Indigenous Colombians Reach Bogota as Violence Continues "IndyWatch Feed War"

A group of over 400 Indigenous people is set to resume talks with the national government to ensure the fulfillment of agreements reached in 2017. Over 450 Indigenous peoples of the Embera, Wounaan, and Zenu nationalities of the Choco region in the Colombian Pacific reached Bogota Monday to demand the fulfillment of a set of...


Brazil: Military Police Begin Evictions of Landless Workers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Juca Guimares MST, Brasil de Fato The Maranho Military Police, in compliance with a judicial decision, began an operation to evict the approximately 250 families of landless rural workers linked to the MST, who live in Pindar-Mirim, 255 kilometers from So Lus. The operation began at 5:30 in the morning and, according to the rural...


PT Appeals for Solidarity at European Left Forum Against US Re-colonisation of Brazil and for Lulas Freedom "IndyWatch Feed War"

Fiona Edwards Senator Lindbergh Farias addressed the European Left Forum on behalf of Brazils Workers Party (PT) in Bilbao on Friday 9 November 2018. He asked the participants of the Forum to build an enormous movement in solidarity with the Brazilian people who are resisting US intervention, the rise of fascism and the political persecution...


New Israeli Military Escalation in Gaza Strip "IndyWatch Feed War"

PCHR 2 Palestinian Civilians Killed and 20 others Wounded, including 5 Children and 4 Women, and Israeli Warplanes Carry out Airstrikes against Many Civilian Facilities, Residential Houses and Security Sites and Completely Destroy them Within the last 48 hours, the Gaza Strip has witnessed a military escalation, where the Israeli forces have unprecedentedly used warplanes...


CPJ outraged at Tanzania's treatment of its Africa program team "IndyWatch Feed World"

New York, November 12, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed indignation at statements from Tanzanian authorities and South Africa's foreign minister justifying the detention of CPJ's Africa team in Dar es Salaam on November 7. Officials from both countries falsely claimed CPJ's Africa program coordinator Angela Quintal and sub-Saharan...


Egypt tortures Palestinian resistance combatants: Report "IndyWatch Feed War"

MEMO | November 12, 2018 We were a group of 15 combatants returning from a training mission from one of the countries that supports the Palestinian resistance. When we arrived at Cairo airport, we were taken to an underground place. We were blindfolded, handcuffed, and transferred to a number of prisons. This is a part []


29 Years After Fall of Berlin Wall, Europe has 1,000 km of Walls to Stop Refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pavan Kulkarni By last year, when a total of 68.5 million people were displaced due to armed conflict and violence across the world about 25.4 million of whom were forced to flee from their countries about 15 walls stood tall in their way to safety on European soil. A report released on the...


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Dozens in Court as Ethiopia Says Security Chiefs Ordered Attack on PM
Nov. 12, 2018, at 7:46 a.m.
U.S. News & World Report

FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERS/File

ADDIS ABABA (REUTERS) - Dozens of Ethiopian security officials appeared in court on Monday after the attorney general accused security chiefs of ordering a grenade attack on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The arrests appeared to mark a crucial moment for Abiy, who has embarked on a whirlwind series of economic, political and diplomatic reforms since he came to power in April.

Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said evidence showed "the senior leadership of the national security agency" told members of Abiy's Oromo ethnic group to attack him at a rally in June.

The assertion is jolting in an ethnically diverse country that has seen recent ethnic clashes and because Abiy is the ruling coalition's first Oromo leader.

Berhanu said at a news conference that arrest warrants have been issued for 36 security agents accused of abusing prisoners and for more than 30 officials from a military-run firm, where he said inquiries had uncovered mismanagement.

Reuters could not immediately contact the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), or the industrial conglomerate named by the attorney general - Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC).

Several hours later, 36 officials from branches of the security forces including NISS and the federal and Addis Ababa police forces and 26 officials from METEC appeared in the Federal High Court in the capital.

The court session ran until 9 p.m., a rarity in Ethiopia, and a judge denied the suspects bail and gave police 14 days further to investigate. None were charged.

Among those in court was METEC deputy director general Tena Kurunde and the wife of former deputy head of NISS Yared Zerihun, witnesses said. Yared was moved from that role to head the federal police in April but resigned three months later.

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Ethiopia Detains 36 Spy Officers Over Corruption, Rights Abuses
Africa News

After five months of investigations, Ethiopian authorities have arrested over thirty officials of the intelligence services, the attorney general Berhanu Tsegaye told reports on Monday.

According to him, the 36 officials currently being held have questions to answer over human rights abuses and alleged corruption. The officials were detained over the weekend, he added.

Local media portals quotes him as revealing grim details of rights violations on especially Ethiopians suspected and detained in connection with terrorism.

He said investigators have uncovered 7 illegal dungeons in Addis Ababa, used purposefully to torture victims. Some of the actions of the detained officials led to death, rape and castration in some cases.

He also gave details with regards to the case of a bombing at a pro-Abiy rally in Addis Ababa.

The third detailed corruption within the business wing of the Ethiopian National Defence Forces commercial wing.


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Dow Falls 500 Points as Apple Drags Down Markets
Monday's stock market is coming off a two-week winning streak for the benchmark S&P 500.Richard Drew / AP
Nov. 12, 2018 / 1:26 PM EST
By Associated Press

A broad sell-off in technology companies pulled stocks sharply lower Monday, knocking off more than 450 points from the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Apple, Amazon, and other big names fell. Banks and consumer-focused companies and media and communications stocks also took heavy losses.

By midday, the S&P 500 index had dropped 43 points, or 1.6 percent, while the Nasdaq composite had slid 178 points, or 2.4 percent, to 7,228.

The stock market was coming off a two-week winning streak for the benchmark S&P 500.

"Tech is definitely weighing (on the market)," said Lindsey Bell, investment strategist at CFRA. "The question really is growth. We continue to like tech going into next year, but we think it could be a little bit of a rocky period for the group as we continue through the last two months of the year."

For the last doctors of the Santa Fe school shooting, the world has moved on but they haven't
Apple tumbled 4.2 percent to $195.97 after Wells Fargo analysts said the iPhone maker is the unnamed customer that optical communications company Lumentum Holdings said was significantly reducing orders. Shares in Lumentum plunged 30.6 percent to $38.84.

Banks and other financial companies also took heavy losses. Goldman Sachs slid 7 percent to $207.11.

"Expectations are really that the deregulation process that has benefited banks up to this point is going to be slowed down with the Democrats in charge," Bell said.


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Wisconsin School Investigated After Students Perform Nazi Salute 'For Junior Prom Photo'
'We even got the black kid to throw it up,' says post accompanying image

Tom Embury-Dennis @tomemburyd
The Independent US

A school in Wisconsin is being investigated after a photo emerged showing dozens of students performing Nazi salutes.

The image surfaced on Twitter after it was shared by an account named Welcome to Baraboo. The post now deleted was captioned: We even got the black kid to throw it up."

It shows more than 50 young men in suits smiling and laughing on the steps of the county courthouse in Baraboo, a town of around 10,000 people. Most of them are lifting their right arms above their head, apparently to mimic the 'Sig Heil' greeting popularised in Hitler's Germany.

A man in the front row can also be seen forming his index finger and thumb into an "ok" sign, a symbol co-opted by followers of far-right and white supremacist movements.

The huge majority of the group appear to be white, and all but a few appear to performing the salute. Only one of those shown in the photo is neither performing the salute, nor laughing.

Lori Mueller, the school district superintendent in Baraboo, told The Independent she was investigating the image.

The photo of students posted to #BarabooProud is not reflective of the educational values and beliefs of the School District of Baraboo, she said. We are investigating and will pursue any and all available and appropriate actions, including legal, to address.

Ms Mueller confirmed there was only one secondary school in the district; Baraboo High School.

In a letter to parents on Monday, Ms Mueller said the photo was taken "last spring" and features Baraboo students "who appear to be making extremely inappropriate gestures".

"The Baraboo School District is a hate-free environment where all people, regardless of race, colour, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry," it read.

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Police Officer Shoots and Kills African American Security Guard With a Gun
Jemel Roberson was a 26-year-old armed security guard who apprehended a shooter. He was also black

Think Progress
NOV 12, 2018, 1:12 PM


Around 4:00 a.m. ET on Sunday morning, a disgruntled group of drunken men were asked to leave Mannys Blue Room Bar in the Chicago suburbs. According to WGN-TV,  one of those men returned with a gun and opened fire.

Amid the chaos, 26-year-old armed security guard Jemel Roberson chased one of the suspects outside of the club and apprehended him at gun point.

Roberson seemingly did everything right. But when Midlothian police officers arrived to the scene, one of them saw the security guard pointing a gun at the suspect, and shot and killed Roberson on the spot.

Everybody was screaming out, Security! He was a security guard, a witness, Adam Harris, told reporters. And they still did their job, and saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him.

Many anti-gun control politicians and advocates, including President Donald Trump, frequently say that armed security guards are the only way to stop mass shootings. Last month, after eight people were killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue, Trump suggested that there should be armed guards at churches and synagogues.

This is an offshoot of a frequent National Rifle Association talking point, that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Roberson was both an armed security guard and a good guy with a gun. He risked his life to apprehend a shooter. And police killed him anyway.

Like many NRA-based talking points, this one doesnt seem to apply to black people.

On social media, loved ones mourned the loss of Roberson. LeAundre Hill, a pastor and family friend, said that he was a great pianist who had just played at HIlls grandmothers funeral on Friday.

Roberson was also reportedly studying to be a police officer.

The officer who killed Roberson has already been placed on paid administrative leave, per protocols. WGN-TV reports that the Cook County Sheriffs Office is cond...


Messiah Mahdi Maitreya -- Response and Advice to BF's WDS Article on November 12th, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Response and Advice to BF WDS article on November 12th 2018

Even though I do not have access and read full article, but it is seem a good public content.

- At present there are several competing plans being presented at the highest levels of world power

=> plans by who? How can they even know & contact to the highest level of Earth world power?

Have any online platform of that Earth world power?

- The problem of Earth is humanity mind-set not money, so I highly recommend do not release GESARA, NESRA and Global Currency Reset at the moment, it only bring more chaos.

- About future planning agencies

Sound great, but why only 2? Why not 8?

Australia, South America, North America, Africa, CIS, Europe, Asia, Arab Middle East.

The HQ locations I suggest a quite place, do not have history Earthquake, Tsunami and more importantly must be ready to work in a case of Mega Natural Catastrophe happen like some prophecies in many religions & books.

- Fighting to subdue the remaining Khazarian satanists continues in the U.S., the EU, Israel, and Japan.

When the battle end? Do not tell that you do not have the extract date, it seem you guys fight more than 12 months already.

Do fighting stop the root problems? No, only giving out working real life solution and policy.

Frankly If I was a US leader, I would easily win at least 90% of people vote. What the US Patri...


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Cameroon School Kidnap: Final Four Hostages Freed in Bamenda
The other 77 boys and girls were freed last Wednesday

BBC World Service

The final four hostages of the 82 people kidnapped from a boarding school in Cameroon have been released.

The principal, one teacher and two students were dropped off on the outskirts of Bafut, a town 15 miles (24 km) from Bamenda, local officials say.

It remains unclear who was behind the kidnapping in Bamenda - the government has blamed Anglophone rebels but they have denied responsibility.

Separatists took up arms in English-speaking parts of Cameroon a year ago.

Bamenda journalist Peter Tah said a family member of one of the hostages, who did not want to be named, confirmed that the four had been released at around 08:00 (07:00 GMT) local time.

He added that the school's principal was receiving medical attention. Family sources said she had been traumatised by her ordeal.

Why were the two students not freed earlier?

The other 77 boys and girls were freed last Wednesday, after being seized from a secondary school run by the Presbyterian Church in Bamenda on Sunday 4 November.

It had initially been reported that all of the students, aged 11-17, had been released but it later emerged that two students were still being held.

"From what I gather, the gunmen tried to find out which of the children had parents who worked for the government," Tah told the BBC.

"People whose parents worked for the government were held and separated for more questioning. The last two children were held because of their parents' jobs."

The North-West and South-West regions are Cameroon's two English-speaking regions
Cameroon's English-speaking minority have long accused the government in the mostly French-speaking country of ignoring them.

Last year, protests became violent and spiralled into an armed movement, demanding independence for the North-West and South-West regions - the country's two Anglophone areas.

Cameroon - still divided along colonial lines:

Africa's borders were "carved up" up by colonial powers
Colonised by Germany in 1884
British and French troops force Germans to leave in 1916
Cameroon is split thre...


Northern carmine bee-eater in Sweden "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video shows a northern carmine bee-eater (Meropus nubicus) in Stockholm, Sweden.

This African bird was much further north than usually.


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Nelson Charges Scott is Undermining Florida Election, Demands Recusal From Recount
The Democratic senator said his GOP rival is "using his power as governor to try to undermine the voting process."

Nov. 12, 2018 / 1:59 PM EST
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By Allan Smith

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida on Monday called on his opponent, Republican Gov. Rick Scott, to recuse himself from "any role" in the recount process that will determine the winner of their race.

It's "obvious that Scott cannot oversee this process in a fair and impartial way," Nelson said in a two-minute video released by his campaign.

"And, thus, he should remove himself from any role in the recount process so the people can have confidence in the integrity of the election. Given his efforts to undermine the votes of Floridians, this is the only way that we can ensure that the people's votes are protected."

The recount is overseen by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, a Republican who was appointed to his position in 2012 by Scott.

Nelson accused his GOP opponent of not being "interested in making sure every lawful vote is counted" and of "using his power as governor to try to undermine the voting process." The Democrat pointed to Scott's suggestion, without evidence, that rampant "voter fraud" may be taking place in the Democratic strongholds of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

"He's stood on the steps of the governor's mansion and tried to use the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the Broward elections chief," Nelson said. "He's filed lawsuits to try to stop votes from being counted and to impound voting machines. The reason he's doing these things is obvious: He's worried when all the votes are counted, hell lose the election."

Nelson's video comes as the recount battle between him and Scott has heated up. On Election Day, Scott appeared poised to defeat the longtime incumbent. But as more votes have been counted in counties such as Broward and Palm Beach, Scott's lead has narrowed to the point where, under Florida law, an automatic machine recount is triggered.

That recount began this weekend and must be completed by Thursday, though lawsuits filed by both Scott and Nelson's camps co...


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One Day In, Floridas Senate Recount Gets Messier
Gov. Rick Scott wants to block the state from counting ballots not tallied by the deadline for submitting unofficial results.

By Sam Levine

The race to count Floridas votes got even messier on Sunday as Gov. Rick Scotts campaign filed a handful of lawsuits seeking to give law enforcement custody of election equipment and prevent certain ballots from being included in official results.

A recount began Saturday in the U.S. Senate race between Scott, a Republican, and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Scott narrowly leads Nelson by about 0.15 percentage points, well within the states 0.25 percent threshold for a manual recount.

Scott accused Brenda Snipes, the supervisor of elections in Broward County, of violating state law by refusing to provide information to his campaign about the number of outstanding ballots. He also alleged Susan Bucher, the supervisor of elections in Palm Beach County, had run afoul of state law by duplicating and damaging certain ballots. He asked a state judge to authorize law enforcement officials to impound and secure all voting equipment when it wasnt in use for the recounts or other election-related activity. He also asked the judge to require both officials to preserve all ballots related to the 2018 elections.

In a separate suit against Snipes, Scotts campaign asked a judge to block Broward County from counting any of the ballots it didnt include in the unofficial results it submitted to the Florida Department of State by noon Saturday, a deadline set by state law. That request, if granted, could mean some valid ballots would not be counted. Florida accepts vote-by-mail ballots until 7 p.m. on Election Day and the county may not have them all counted by Saturdays deadline.

The populous and heavily Democratic Broward County is a key area for Nelson if he is to overcome Scotts lead. In a Sunday statement, Nelsons campaign accused Scott of trying to stop valid votes from being counted.

If Rick Scott wanted to make sure every legal ballot is counted, he would not be suing to try and stop voters from having thei...


Libya leaders arrive in Italy for peace talks "IndyWatch Feed War"


Italy hopes conference resurrects UN efforts to stage elections in Libya, but peace talks off to rocky start as PM Giuseppe Conte arrives late


China temporarily reverses decision on rhino horn and tiger bones for TCM Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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A market for traditional medicine ingredients in Guangzhou, China. While doctors generally prefer herbal remedies, there is a small but lucrative trade in rhino and tiger parts.



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By Javier C. Hernndez

Nov. 12, 2018

BEIJING The Chinese government, bowing to pressure from environmental groups, said on Monday that it would temporarily reinstate a ban on the use of rhinoceros horns and tiger bones in medicine.

Making a rare concession, the State Council, Chinas cabinet, said that it had decided to postpone an order made last month to undo a 25-year ban on the trade.

The Chinese government has not changed its stance on wildlife protection and will not ease the crackdown on illegal trafficking and trade of rhinos, tigers and their byproducts, Ding Xuedong, a top official with the council, said in remarks...


Is the Great March of Return winding down after Egyptian deal? Gazas protesters speak "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestinians are still demonstrating along the Gaza-Israel border on Fridays, but in fewer numbers and with less fury than seen in recent months as Egyptian mediators work to lessen confrontations along the fence.

For the last six months Palestinian youth have protested by the tens of thousands along the fence that separates Gaza from Israel. Locally the demonstrations reignited a conversation about return to their historic cities and villages that now part of Israel, as 1.3 million of the 1.9 million residents in the Strip are refugees from lands inside of Israel.

But the movement could be winding down.

In late October the Lebanese outlet al-Akhbar reported an agreement between Israel and Hamas that aims to soften violence along the border through the end of 2018.  The deal would have Palestinian factions drawing back their support of the weekly marches, thus lowering the number of protesters, in exchange for Israeli forces easing up on lethal fire.

Egypt is expected to pressure Israel to lift 70 percent of the blockade on Gaza and expand the fishing zone by 14 nautical miles. Five thousand Gazan workers under the age of 40 will be allowed to enter Israel for employment, and Egypt will open the Rafah border crossing.

But will the terms approved by the top brass prove effective on the ground? I asked Palestinians in Gaza if they believe protest should be suspended in exchange for an easing of the blockade?

Ayda Darweesh, 50, housewife. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Ayda Darweesh, 50, housewife

I question why these protest should stop since I am a mother of a martyr and one who was wounded? The sacrifice from my son should not be in vain. Do the Israelis think that creating amputees will be priceless? Then suddenly w...


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Rhino poacher who shot at Kruger helicopter sentenced to 33 years in jail

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Friday 9 November 2018: When Mozambican Patrick Nkuna entered Skukuza court today, he did so with the weight of doom on his shoulders. After a slew of tactical delays dating back to his arrest in November 2015, including his demand for better Shangaan interpreters on three previous occasions, he could no longer outrun the consequences of his actions. As I looked into his eyes, hollowed and without emotion, it was as if he had already accepted his fate.

Trial would proceed today with the formidable senior state prosecutor Ansie Venter calling up the first witness, SanParks helicopter pilot Bradford Grafton. In a dramatic testimony, the pilot with 18 years experience described how the accused was finally apprehended after a long chase that began with a sighting of poachers in the Pretoriouskop area. At the time, Bradford was carrying a SANParks delegation on board, which included General Johan Jooste, Kruger South Regional Ranger Don English, CEO Fundisile Mketeni, and one board member, Mr India.

Grafton and English flew north to try locate...


I Hope In Christ Foundation Brings Succour From US To Delta State Urhobo Today

By Young Erhiurhoro
LAGOS NOVEMBER 12TH (URHOBOTOAY)- I Hope In Christ Foundation, a global and international foundation with headquarters in the United States is currently making great waves of development and rehabilitation/social programmes across so many communities in Nigeria especially in the Niger-Delta region.
The Foundation is established by an Urhobo man, Apostle AK Akpojotor Oduaran based in the United States. The headquarters of the foundation is in the US. But as a good spirited man with the love of his people in his heart, he brought the foundation to Nigeria . With Mayor Akpobome Ezekiel Okpako as the National Director of the foundation in Nigeria.
According to him, The foundation is very young. We are not even up three years old in existence in Nigeria. The Nigerias headquarters of the foundation is based in Ughelli here. But as it is now, the foundation has already started making great waves of development and rehabilitation and social programmes in many of our communities across Delta state. Our practical impacts are there for everybody to see.
When asked to give some of the objectives of the foundation and some of the achievements recorded so far in the country, the national director; Akpobome Okpako said, As a foundation, some of the basic objectives of forming it are to support Gods work. This is by way of active and practical evangelism, to support the less privileged ones in the society, empowering people through our skill acquisition training and a...


Islamist NATO "IndyWatch Feed War"

Image: Saudi Arabias King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (2nd L) welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump to dance with a sword during a welcome ceremony at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Creating a New Arab Alliance

Donald Trump doesnt like the original NATO, so why does he want a second one?

by Doug Bandow

Rather, the regions greatest problems are internal, often exacerbated or even created by the U.S. government. Indeed, Washington is the regions most destabilizing force: blowing up both Iraq and Libya, attempting to overthrow the Syrian government, pushing barely disguised regime change in Iran, and backing the Saudi regimes reckless military intervention in Yemen and elsewhere. No other government has wreaked nearly as much havoc throughout the region.

Some Americans care much more about Israel than they do about U.S. energy supplies or regional stability. However, the radical Likud government also is playing the United States. Israel is a nuclear-armed regi...


President Trumps Iran Policy Is It Normal? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ron Paul | November 12, 2018 Its not often that US Government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a liberation. The 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a humanitarian intervention. And so on. So, in a way, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo []


Trump, Like Obama and Bush, Fixes World Attention Upon Shiite Iran In Order To Create More Sunni Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed War"

An Arab NATO and Americas militarized Mideast policy



The "two state solution" is the sanctification of Israeli apartheid "IndyWatch Feed World"

I expect you are all familiar with the maps showing the radical shrinking of Palestinian land over 70 years due to the expansion of colonial Israeli settlement. Startling and appalling, yes, but to me they bring back strong memories of other maps, in a precisely analogous situation, which goes to the heart of why Israel is an apartheid state. The original apartheid state of South Africa created "homelands", known colloquially as "bantustans", and proposed that, as the apotheosis of apartheid, these "homelands" would become independent states and house the majority black population of the country in fenced-off areas which had been too arid, rocky or commercial mineral free to attract significant white settlement over three centuries of theft. South Africa actually did recognise some of these as Independent states, while the rest were supposed to be on a course to recognition.


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Mishaps, Protests and Litigation Overshadow Florida Recount
Florida again at center of vote recount battle

November 12 at 10:38 AM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Mishaps, protests and litigation are overshadowing the vote recount in Floridas pivotal races for governor and Senate, reviving memories of the 2000 presidential fiasco in the premier political battleground state.

All 67 counties are facing a state-ordered deadline of Thursday to complete their recounts, and half had already begun. Many other counties were expected to begin the work Monday after a weekend of recount drama in Broward and Palm Beach counties, home to large concentrations of Democratic voters.

The developments make this a tumultuous political moment in Florida. This recount process is unprecedented even in a state notorious for settling elections by razor-thin margins. State officials said they weren't aware of any other time a race for governor or U.S. Senate required a recount, let alone both in the same election.

In Broward County, the recount was delayed for hours Sunday because of a problem with one of the tabulation machines. That prompted the Republican Party to accuse Broward's supervisor of elections, Brenda Snipes, of "incompetence and gross mismanagement."

Broward officials faced further headaches after acknowledging the county mistakenly counted 22 absentee ballots that had been rejected. The problem seemed impossible to fix because dismissed ballots were mixed in with 205 legal ballots and Snipes said it would be unfair to throw out all the votes.

Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for Senate, filed suit against Snipes. He's seeking a court order for law enforcement agents to impound all voting machines, tallying devices and ballots "when not in use until such time as any recounts." The suit accused Snipes of repeatedly failing to account for the number of ballots left to be counted and failing to report results regularly as required by law.

The court didn't immediately respond, though the outcry from Democrats was immediate.

Juan Penalosa, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, accused Scott of "using his position to consolidate power by cutting at the very cor...


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Mississippi Senator, Whose Runoff Opponent is Black, Jokes About 'Public Hanging'
"If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row," Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said.

Monday, November 12th 2018
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Cindy Hyde-Smith; Mike Espy (AP Images)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A newly published video shows a white Republican U.S. senator in Mississippi praising someone by saying: "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row."

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who faces a black Democratic challenger in a Nov. 27 runoff, said Sunday that her Nov. 2 remark was "exaggerated expression of regard" for someone who invited her to speak and "any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous."

Mississippi has a history of racially motivated lynchings of black people. The NAACP website says that between 1882 and 1968, there were 4,743 lynchings in the United States, and nearly 73 percent of the victims were black. It says Mississippi had 581 during that time, the highest number of any state.

Hyde-Smith is challenged by former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary Mike Espy.

"Cindy Hyde-Smith's comments are reprehensible," Espy campaign spokesman Danny Blanton said in a statement Sunday. "They have no place in our political discourse, in Mississippi, or our country. We need leaders, not dividers, and her words show that she lacks the understanding and judgment to represent the people of our state."

The video was shot in Tupelo, in front of a statue of Elvis Presley, who was born in the city in northeastern Mississippi. It shows a small group of white people clapping politely for Hyde-Smith after a cattle rancher introduced her.

"I referred to accepting an invitation to a speaking engagement," said Hyde-Smith, who is also a cattle rancher, in a statement Sunday. "In referencing the one who invited me, I used an exaggerated expression of regard, and any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous."

Hyde-Smith and Espy each received about 41 percent of the vote in a four-person race Tuesday to advance to the runoff. The winner gets the final two years of...


Gaza Under Attack! Stand with Palestine, Stand with the Resistance "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Gaza, Palestine under attack The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine calls in an urgent action for the friends of Palestine, movements for justice and liberation and the Palestinian and Arab communities everywhere in the world to stand with Gaza under attack at this critical moment....


Filming in the Most Depressing City on Earth: Jakarta "IndyWatch Feed War"

It stinks, it is the most polluted city on earth, but that is not the most terrible thing about it.

You can drive for ten or even twenty kilometers through it, and see only ugliness, fences and broken pavements. But there are many miserable cities on this planet, and I have worked in almost all of them, in 160 countries.

So why is Jakarta killing me?  Why am I overwhelmed by depression whenever I decide to film here, or to write about the state in which its citizens are forced to live? Why, really, do I feel so desperate, so hopeless?

I am tough. I hardly succumb to depression even in such places like the war-torn Afghanistan, Iraq, or in the middle of the toughest slums of Africa.

So, what is it, really, about Jakarta?

Here, I often speak about immorality, but again, what do I mean by this term? I am not a moralist, far from it. I have no religion, and I very rarely pass moral judgments, unless something truly outrageous unveils in front of my eyes.

So why, as so many others, do I land in this city in good spirits, and leave one or two weeks sick, broken, literally shitting my pants, full of wrath, despair?

Why? The Western mass media and local servile sheets are constantly bombarding the world, describing Jakarta as a sprawling metropolis, or to use the terminology of the Australian National University, as a normal city.

But it is not. In fact, it is the most immoral place on earth that I know. It is one enormous monument to fascism, intellectual collapse, Western neo-colonialism and turbo-capitalism.

This time, right here, I will explain, briefly and determinately, why!


You can actually avoid feeling this way, if you decide to land in Jakarta, work for a week or two surrounded by local elites (usually shameless thugs), sail through life here with half-closed eyes. Or if you get paid well not to see. You can also be a Western journo who lives in one of high-rise condominiums, gets himself local bimbo for a girlfriend, and collects his news from official briefings and press conferences.

Such foreign visitors are warmly welcomed in Jakarta, and they get incorporated into the life of local tsars, of feudal cream, of bandits who double as business people or politicians.

It is not so difficult! You land at that lavish Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (half of things do not work here, already, or yet, but the terminal does look lavish), you can take a luxury limo to one of so many 5-star hotels, have meetings at a steel-and-glass office tower, dine in a posh mall where nobody shops (a money laundering concept), but where those with unlimited budgets, often dine. After all...


New film on police brutality in the USA "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

The Hate U Give | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for whats right.

THE HATE U GIVE is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas and stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie.

By Nick Barrickman in the USA:

The Hate U Give: Police brutality in America and its consequences

12 November 2018

The Hate U Givedirected by George Tillman, Jr., written by Audrey Wells and based on the 2017 novel of the same title by Angie Thomasaddresses itself to the phenomenon of police brutality and its effect on a young, African-American working class girl and her family.

It is of some significance that a film dealing directly with police violence and issues of social class has been widely released and viewed. Undoubtedly, the interest in such social questions reflects deeper processes occurring in the population. While watching the film, this reviewer noted that the audience was comprised largely of teenagers and young adults.

The film (whose title is drawn from a lyric by rapper Tupac Shakur: The Hate U Give Little Infants Fs Everybody T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E.) begins with a flashback depicting a much younger Starr Carter and her siblings receiving The Talk from her father, Maverick (Russell Hornsby), a former drug dealer who has since chosen the straight and narrow. They are told, in the event they are pulled over by a police officer, to always keep their hands clearly visible and not to...


Deaths before data "IndyWatch Feed World"

Weighing whether famine will be declared in Yemen, as fighting intensifies and peace talks are delayed


Are You Buying Oil from Saudi Arabia? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The strong response to Jamal Khashoggis brutal murder stands in stark contrast to the relative indifference the West has shown to the vastly larger number of victims of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. To rein in the Saudi regime, the West must not only stop selling it arms, but also stop buying its oil.


Truthdig Contributors Nominated for National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards "IndyWatch Feed World"

Truthdig contributors received six nominations for the 2018 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards sponsored by the Los Angeles Press Club. Journalists from press clubs across the nation selected the finalists.

This year, more journalists entered the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards than ever before. The quality of their work has truly set a new standard for media professionals nationwide, writes the Los Angeles Press Club.

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer was cited for his Scheer Intelligence interview titled Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black on Risking Career for LGBT Rights, as well as for a two-part podcast with entertainment great Norman Lear, which you can listen to here and here.

Truthdigs Alexis Camins, whose expert book reviews can be read here, was nominated for his work as a book critic. Allen Barra was nominated for his film commentary, as well as for his piece RIP, Printed Village Voice. In the Film/TV/Theater Feature category, documentary maker Kenneth Carlson was named for his  piece Finding Calcutta in The Heart of Nuba,  in which he recounts his journey through a world of horror and commitment as he films Tom Catena, the only remaining surgeon in Sudans war-torn Nuba Mountains.

The 11th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award winners will be announced Dec. 2 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.


Yemen forces cut off Saudi supply line "IndyWatch Feed World"

Yemens Ansarullah fighters and allied army units have cut off the main supply route used by invading Saudi Arabian forces between the Aden and Taizz provinces in the impoverished countrys southwest.

Yemens al-Masirah television reported the development on Friday, saying that the pathway had been being used as the main channel by the invaders to procure arms and ammunitions.

Separately, in west-central Yemen, the Yemeni forces recaptured the areas that had been seized by Saudi mercenaries in the Marib Province.

Sources, meanwhile, reported that a Bahraini trooper fighting alongside the Saudi forces had been killed during border clashes between the Yemeni forces and the Saudi military in northwestern Yemen. The soldier has been identified as Issa Abdullah Badr Aid.

Also on Thursday, two Saudi unmanned aerial vehicles went down in the Nihm district of the Sanaa province, similarly located in west-central Yemen, and the Saada province in the countrys extreme northwest.

Yemen has been under Saudi military strikes since late March 2015. The war was launched in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to reinstate Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has stepped down as Yemens president but is now seeking to grab power by force.

The aerial campaign, carried out without any international mandate, has killed about 10,000 people, most of them civilians, according to local Yemeni sources.

Recently, Paris-based relief agency Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced that it was evacuating its staff from six hospitals in northern Yemen, following a recent Saudi bombing of an MSF-run hospital in Yemen.

The international charity organization said it could not get assurances that its hospitals will not be bombed Saudi Arabia again.

Subsequently, the Saudi-led troops central command expressed deep regret over the MSFs decision and said it was trying to set up urgent meetings with the medical aid group.

Saudi Arabia has several times targeted MSF-run hospitals. The most recent case was carried out on Monday on the Abs Hospital in Yemens Hajjah Province. The airstrike killed at least 19 hospital staff and patients and wounded 24 others.


Pro-government forces close in on rebel-held Yemeni city, killing at least 43 Houthis in ground offensive and air raids. "IndyWatch Feed World"

At least 43 Houthis have been killed in Yemens flashpoint city of Hodeidah over the past 24 hours as pro-government forces close in on rebel-held areas in the east of the city.


Heavy clashes as Houthis dig in near Hodeidah university "IndyWatch Feed World"

Yemen rebels also take up position near biggest hospital, forcing staff and patients to flee.

Yemeni government forces engaged in fierce clashes with Houthi rebels who entrenched themselves near the University of Hodeidah and the Al Rabsa neighbourhood in the south-west of the port city on Sunday.

The Yemeni Joint Resistance forces had imposed a tight cordon around the Houthis, who retreated into the residential areas in the centre of the city, Col Mamoon Al Mahjami, spokesman of the Al Amalikah Brigades, told The National.

The rebels stationed artillery and mortars in populated neighbourhoods and hundreds of snipers on the roofs of buildings near the university, Col Al Mahjami said

Residents in the southern outskirts of the port city said the battle had been raging since early Sunday morning, with huge explosions around of the university as well as in the 7 July neighbourhood in the east of the city.

Aircraft from the Arab Coalition supported the government troops, with Apache helicopters launching several strikes at Houthi fighters near the university and in the eastern areas of the 7 July district and the Al Khamseen Street area in the north-east of the city.

The residents said four civilians were injured in the fighting, three of them children.

The Houthi militia has been shelling the southern areas of the city randomly with mortars and with rockets which has spread fear and anxiety among the residents who havent fled the city and those who have been prevented from leaving the city centre by the Houthis to use them as human shields, a resident who asked not to be named told The National.

The resident said many people in Hodeidah who had co-operated with the Iran-backed rebels now wanted to defect to the government side. However, they feared reprisals because some activists in areas of Hodeidah that were already liberated had been threatening collaborators on social media, forcing those who wanted to defect to keep fighting for the Houthis.

The Houthi fighters had also taken up positions near Al Thawra hospital, the citys biggest, staff there told Reuters.

Sources at the hospital said several staff members and patients able to move had fled the complex. It was not clear how many patients remained inside.

The Houthis are reinforcing their positions near the hospital and that is what scared people, a staff member said.



Battle for Hodeidah: 110 Houthis, 7 civilians killed in 24 hours "IndyWatch Feed World"

Pro-government forces close in on port city, killing at least 110 Houthis nearly a month ahead of planned peace talks.

At least 149 Yemenis, including seven civilians, have been killed in the past 24 hours as forces loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi close in on areas held by Houthi rebels in the strategic port city of Hodeidah.

Medics in hospitals across the city which is the main gateway for imports and relief supplies into Yemen said on Monday that 110 Houthi fighters and 32 pro-government soldiers had been killed in overnight fighting.

Sources at the Al-Alfi military hospital, seized by the Houthis during their 2014 takeover of the city, said charred body parts had been delivered there overnight.

Meanwhile, a military official in Hodeidah told the AFP news agency that seven civilians had died in clashes without giving further details.



Ex-Houthi minister gets a shoe thrown at him just like George W. Bush "IndyWatch Feed World"

Echoing the infamous shoeing attempt of George W. Bush in 2008, an ex-Houthi minister was stuck by the footwear of an angry Yemeni journalist during his first media outing since his defection to Saudi Arabia. The shoe went flying at Abdul-Salam Ali Gaber, who had served as the Houthi's information minister since civil war broke out in Yemen in 2014, as he spoke to gathered media in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Sunday. In Arab culture, the throwing of a shoe at someone is seen as a mark of deep contempt - and an insult - for the intended target. The practice came to the attention of those outside the Arab world in 2008, after Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi hurled both of his shoes at former US President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad.

Monday, 12 November


Black November: Its Time to Reaffirm the Resistance of the Brazilian People "IndyWatch Feed War"

Wesley Lima The National Black Consciousness Day, November 20, recalls the death of Zumbi dos Palmares, the late leader of the quilombo of Palmares, who was murdered in 1695. For decades the month of November has become a reference for activities that inspire struggle, resistance and the rebelliousness of black people, who historically have been...


Afro-Colombians and Indigenous Peoples Struggle for Water "IndyWatch Feed War"

Francia Mrquez In a recent report from Colombias national health institute, only 15.1 % of people living in the Colombian countryside (barely 900,000 people) have access to good quality water. Water is guaranteed mostly to the urban people living in the city. The population that does not have water is mostly in the Colombian-Pacific and...


Brazil: Army Chief Admits Threatening Supreme Court to Jail Lula "IndyWatch Feed War"

Editorial Comment:  It is clear that under the current regime, there is no security. Any political or ideological opponent is at risk of arbitrary arrest and detention. Brian Mier On April 3, on the eve of the judgment which resulted in the arrest of former President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva and his subsequent removal...


Yemeni War Deaths Have Been Underestimated by 5 to 1 "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nicolas J. S. Davies An NGO responsible for reporting on war deaths in Yemen has acknowledged that it has underestimated the casualties in the three-year-old conflict by at least five to one. Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project had originally estimated that about 10,000 people had been killed in the war in Yemen, roughly...


Fabricated Guardian Stories Aid Violent Failed Coup in Nicaragua "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nora McCurdy Cathedral protests highlight Ortegas broken Alliance with Nicaraguas church an article in todays Guardian by Toby Stirling has no true facts this has become typical of The Guardians reporting on Nicaragua. Even the pictures used are full of lies. The opposition put a number of crosses around the Managua Cathedral a few...

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