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Thursday, 19 April

22:03

BREAKING: Biafra protesters hit London as Buhari meets Queen Elizabeth II (PHOTOS) Newtelegraph

Some Biafran sympathizers are currently protesting at the Pall Mall Street, Westminster, a few metres from Buckingham Palace as President Muhammadu Buhari meet Queen Elizabeth II and other heads of state. It would be recalled that Buhari while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster, was quoted as saying that most youths prefer to do []

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21:52

Lazy youths: Lamido 2019 campaign Coordinator lambasts Buhari Newtelegraph

North West zonal office of the Sule Lamido for President 2019 Campaign Organisation on Thursday in Kaduna lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for describing Nigerian youths as lazy. Speaking through the Zonal Coordinator of the Campaign Organization, Hon. Sani Liti, the office said Buharis statement was an indication that President Buhari is not in tune with []

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21:44

JUST IN: Police return stolen mace to Senate Newtelegraph

The Nigeria Police have returned the stolen mace to the Senate chamber, New Telegraph can report. Recall that the mace was snatched by suspected thugs on Wednesday. The mace was handed over the mace to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, by a Deputy Inspector General of Police. The Senate has been in []

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20:09

Watch your mouth: Uganda's president wants to ban oral sex because "mouth is for eating" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The mouth is for eating, not for sex. We know the address of sex," says President Museveni. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has issued what he calls a "public warning" against oral sex. The president claims the practice has been pushed on Ugandans by "outsiders," and argues that the mouth is solely for eating. "Let me take this opportunity to warn our people publicly about the wrong practices indulged in and promoted by some of the outsiders," he told the press during an address.

19:54

Saraki Explains Why Senate Suspends Omo-Agege Urhobo Today


LAGOS APRIL 19TH (Urhobotoday)- Contrary to belief in some quarters that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was suspended over his opposition to the election reordering bill, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has said the senator representing Delta Central was sanctioned for taking the Senate to court.
Taking the Senate to court, according to Saraki, smacks of gross indiscipline, which should not be condoned by the upper chamber.
Omo-Agege, who was billed to appear before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions over his comments on the amendment of Electoral Act, 2018, had sued the Senate in a bid to stop his appearance.
Saraki said he was particularly displeased with the Delta senator for taking an internal matter of the Senate to court. He harped on the importance of preserving the institution of the Senate and National Assembly as a whole. Saraki maintained that any issue bordering on the sanctity of the Senate must be dealt with in compliance with the rules of the institution. Omo-Agege had been suspended for 90 legislative days on Thursday, April 12.
Although Saraki said during the plenary that it was regrettable that the Senate was constrained to take such decisive action of suspending one of its members, the Senate President spoke against the way Omo-Agege and some other senators had been conducting the activities of the Parliamentary Support Group for President Buhari....

19:10

REVEALED: See Names Of Delta Youths Accused Of Stealing Senate Mace Urhobo Today


LAGOS APRIL 19TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The names of five persons who reportedly entered the Senate to steal the mace which is the symbol of authority of the Red Chamber have emerged.
According to Daily Independent, the names emerged on Wednesday, April 18, hours after they were arrested by the FCT Police Command.
The suspects were allegedly led into the Senate by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as a protest against his suspension.
The five suspects who are all from Delta state are: Tuoyo Mabiaku Warri North Local Government Area, Peter Orede Warri South LGA, Blessing Edjeke from Abraka In Ethiope East LGA, Lucky Okomu from Oghara in Ethiope West LGA and Prince Enayemo Ughelli South LGA.
It would be recalled that the protesters stormed the Senate chamber on Wednesday, April 18, and stole the mace. The protesters are supporters of a suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege.
The mace was reported to have been recovered under Abuja bridge

19:00

Health of Libyan Army Commander, Khalifa Haftar, Still Remains Unclear "IndyWatch Feed War"

WESTERN RESPONSE TO ISIS

On 14 April, attempts to negotiate peace between the Awlad Suliman, Tebu and Tuareg tribes, who have been clashing in and around the southern Libya city of Sebha since February of this year, have moved to Niger and are allegedly being facilitated by French diplomats after multiple attempts to reach a solution to the fighting have failed. The Awlad Suliman is an Arab tribe while the Tebu area traditionally nomadic non-Arab tribe, with members spread across southern Libya, Niger, and Chad. Both have a presence in Sebha, along with the Tuareg, an Amazigh (Berber) tribe.

The new negotiations follow a spate of drive-by shootings and kidnappings despite a supposed ceasefire being announced on the 10 April in Sebha by the Tebu Council of Elders the Awlad Suliman Council has allegedly denied that these were agreed upon. Likewise, on 9 April, the Awlad Sulimans 6th Brigade issued a statement declaring a unilateral ceasefire and giving its allegiance to the LNA.

THE ANTI-ISIS COALITION

On 10 April, unconfirmed reports began circulating that that Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar, after losing consciousness in Benghazi, was rushed to Amman in Jordan then transferred to the Val-de-Grace hospital in Paris, France. He is said to have suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. A torrent of contradictory reports on Haftars health quickly followed, ranging from LNA spokesperson Ahmed al-Mismari stating that Haftar is alive and well and due to return to Libya, to reports on 13 April that he had died. A tweet from UNSMIL on 13 April sought to allay rumors of his death, stating that UN Envoy Ghassan Salame had spoken to Haftar that day. The reality of the situation remains unclear at present.

On 11 April, the House of Representatives (HoR) President Agilah Saleh accepted the invitation of the new head of the Tripoli-based High State Council, Khaled Mishri, to meet for reconciliation talks at some point in the following days. Saleh said he accepted the invitation in the interest of reaching a consensus that would amend the Libyan Political Agreement and conclude the current political crisis.

Libya-Analysis is the most read independent English-language blog on Libyan affairs. It is run by Jason Pack, founder of EyeOnISISinLibya.com and researcher of World History at Cambrid...

17:55

JUST IN: Police recover stolen mace under flyover Newtelegraph

Barely twenty-four hours after suspected thugs invaded the Senate Chamber, and stole the Mace, the Nigeria Police have announced the recovery of the symbol of authority. A statement by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Aremu Adeniran, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said the Mace was recovered within the City Gate, after a passerby []

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16:59

Restored Republic via a GCR as of April 18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of April 18 2018

Compiled 12:01 am EDT 18 April 2018 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, Twenty Two Faces, www.22faces.com, Byingtons Before Its News articles on Cabal/Vatican child abuse: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

Source: Dinar Chronicles

The following is a synopsis of un-vetted information found on the internet. It would be up to the reader to make their own conclusions about what was actually happening.

A. April 18 2018 3:01 pm EST: Operation Disclosure GCR/RV Intel Alert for April 18, 2018 https://operationdisclosure.blogspot.com/

(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on rumors from several sources which may or may not be truthful or accurate.)

1. The Alliance has the Cabal surrounded and know their every move. Some rogue Cabal elements remained and were being offered a surrender. If not, it's death. Most chose the latter.

2. All events were falling into place as planned.

3. Zimbabwe was immensely rich in gold and rare earth elements - that was backing the country's currency under the new Quantum financial system.

4. GESARA would be enacted once the collapse of the global economy was visible.

5. The enactment of GESARA would result in activation of the new Quantum financial system. Upon the activation of the new financial system, all currencies would be reset based on each country's assets and agriculture.
...

16:49

Namibia suspected poacher killed in Bwabwata National Park Africa Sustainable Conservation News

The Namibian

News National | 2018-04-18Page no: 5

by Lugeretzia Kooper

RECOVERED The police, along with members of the anti-poaching unit in the Zambezi region, recovered eight elephant tusks during the weekend from suspected poachers.

POLICE in the Zambezi region are calling on community members who have a missing relative to come and identify the body of a suspected poacher who was killed during a chase over the weekend in the Bwabwata National Park.

Zambezi regional police commissioner Karel Theron yesterday said the man was killed during a shoot-out between the police, members of the anti-poaching unit, and suspected poachers on Saturday.

The police were on patrol in the park from the western to the eastern side on the B8 road. When they came to the Masambo village, they noticed a man who was acting suspiciously. They decided to pursue him, and they stumbled on six elephant tusks that he had dropped as he fled. Following this discovery, the police called for reinforcement, and the anti-poaching unit arrived to help trace the suspect. They followed his footprints until they caught up with a group of several suspected poachers crossing the B8 road. The poachers, upon noticing the officers, started shooting at them, and the officers retaliated, killing one of them, he said.

Theron explained that after the shooting, the poachers fled from the scene, and dropped two more elephant tusks and items including pots, blankets and knives. Although the exact number of poachers who fled could not be established, they were believed to be around six.

No police officer sustained injuries, and no arrests have been made. We only need assistance from the community to identify the suspected poacher because he had no form of identification on him, Theron stated.

In an unrelated incident, Theron said a case of culpable homicide was opened after a water guard drowned when he fell from a boat at the Sikunga channel during a scuffle. The guard, whose age was not given, was identified as Mubita Liseli.

Theron said Liseli and a colleague went on a routine patrol on Saturday, and found two Zambian fishermen illegally fishing in the channel.

They then apprehended the two fishermen, and put them on their boat to take them to their c...

16:44

Who are the ivory traffickers? Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Washington Post

April 18 at 7:00 AM
A Zimbabwe National Parks official holds an elephant tusk during a tour of the countrys ivory stockpile at the Zimbabwe National Parks headquarters in Harare on June 2, 2016. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)

As if Mark Zuckerberg didnt have enough to worry about, Facebook is being accused of harboring yet another illicit activity: making it easy for international wildlife traffickers to sell elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger teeth, reports the Associated Press. Since 2010, researchers say, the illicit ivory trade has been at record high levels. Although the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) reports that elephant poaching in Africa has declined each year since it peaked in 2011, the number of animals killed for ivory each year remains higher than a decade ago.

But who exactly are these traffickers?

Reporters and researchers alike usually blame this trade on international crime syndicates or multinational criminal gangs. Such statements are drawn from confiscation data. When shipments are seized, they often find more than 220 pounds of illegal ivory at a time. For example, in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respec...

16:21

Facebook will exclude 1.5 billion users from new data privacy protections "IndyWatch Feed World"

Next month the European Unions General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, which will give European Facebook usersand any users of Facebook who are subject to Facebooks terms of services in Irelandmuch more control over what data Facebook can access and store about them. Right now, all European Facebook users and Facebook users in

Next month the European Unions General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, which will give European Facebook usersand any users of Facebook who are subject to Facebooks terms of services in Irelandmuch more control over what data Facebook can access and store about them. Right now, all European Facebook users and Facebook users in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America are governed by the TOS with the companys international headquarters in Ireland. That means 1.5 billion users of Facebook who live outside Europe would nonetheless be protected by the GDPR.

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15:42

US urges Nigeria to change tactics against Boko Haram Nigeria says no doubt Boko Haram terrorists have been defeated "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nigerian forces battling Boko Haram jihadists need a change of mindset to overcome an evolving guerrilla threat, US military officials said this week on the sidelines of an African security summit.

Boko Harams tactics from improvised explosive devices to hiding within the local population necessitate a shift away from conventional strategies, said Lieutenant-Colonel Sean McClure, the US defence attache in Abuja.

We havent necessarily seen that kind of adaptation cycle, he told AFP. Theyre trying to figure out how to do this.

How they think in terms of combat, in my opinion, is still thinking of things as conventional warfare.

 File: AFP

As the United States steps up its military presence in Africa, it hopes to share lessons learned in the Middle East with Nigeria and other countries in the Sahel fighting extremist groups.

The Sahel region is host to a string of Islamist groups including Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali and Boko Haram in Nigeria and the wider Lake Chad area.

Nigeria, Africas most populous country with more than 180 million people, has been fighting Boko Haram since 2009 and has repeatedly claimed to have defeated the group.Nigerias Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, declared on Tuesday there was no doubt Boko Haram terrorists have been defeated, they dont have the capacity. . Image may contain: 1 person, smilingNigerias Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai

But persistent attacks against soldiers and civilians, including a brazen new kidnapping of over 100 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Dapchi on February 19, suggest otherwise.

Meanwhile, the emergence of an ISIS-allied faction of Boko Haram, whose strategy is to provide an alternative government for people living in the impoverished region, poses a new threat.

It starts to become a very wicked problem, McClure said.

 Acrimony 

At a military demonstration in Gwagwalada, a town on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigerian special forces performed a battle drill in front of Africas senior commanders.

Soldiers rappelled from helicopters as the midday sun blazed over the savannah, then the infantry moved in to liberate mock hostages from a compound.

But wit...

14:51

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Zimbabwe Nurses' Strike Takes Toll on Public Health Service
Government orders immediate dismissal of more than 16,000 striking nurses who demand better pay.

by Tendai Marima

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe - Defiant nurses in Zimbabwe have vowed to continue a nationwide strike, despite the government saying that they have all been sacked.

The striking staff continued on Thursday for a fifth day their labour action demanding better pay and improved working conditions.

The walkout is seen as the biggest mass action facing Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa since taking power after an army-led operation ousted veteran ruler President Robert Mugabe in November 2017.

On Tuesday, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga issued a directive ordering the immediate dismissal of more than 16,000 striking staff, accusing them of "politically motivated" actions.

Chiwenga, a former army general who led the anti-Mugabe military operation, said the sacked staff would be replaced by trained nurses and retirees.

But the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZiNA) said they were undeterred.

In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, the union said its members had not received any letters terminating their services by the Health Services Board (HSB), the medical employer.

It also said that it would take legal action if the HSB failed to confirm by Thursday at 4pm (14:00 GMT) that it would not act on Chiwenga's mass dismissal order .

"[W]e shall approach the High court on an urgent basis to protect our rights," the statement said.

Simangaliso Mafa, president of ZiNA, told Al Jazeera that the government had acted in "bad faith" and their action was not procedural.

"We only heard about the firing on the television; the pronouncement was not communicated formally so we are currently engaging our stakeholders and we are following our procedures so we can interrogate the decision and act," he said in a telephone interview.

Negotiations to pay outstanding allowances that date back to 2010 were under way and the Treasury had taken steps to release $17.1m for payment of arrears.

However, ZiNA said the backdated allowances had nothing to do with the c...

14:42

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Fired Striking Zimbabwean Nurses Refuse Dismissals
Thursday 19 April 2018 - 5:57am

Striking Zimbabwean nurses dismissed as misleading that the government had addressed their concerns

HARARE - Striking Zimbabwean nurses, that were fired by Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga have on Tuesday, refused to buckle to governments claims that they had been dismissed.

The Zimbabwe Nurses Association (Zina) , in a statement to its 15,000 members, maintained that their dismissals were an allegation, as their employer, the Health Services Board, still had subsisting contracts with them.

The position, as already submitted to government on behalf of Zinas suffering members, remains the same. As a result, we advise all nurses that nothing has changed thus far with regards to the industrial action which is ongoing, Zina said.

The nurses dismissed as misleading that the government had addressed their concerns.

Our grievances which relate to poor and dangerous working conditions, which threaten our health and affects the discharge of our duties, remain unaddressed, they said.

The US$17,144,446 referred to by the Vice-President in his press statement as having been transferred to the ministry of health relates to arrear allowances dating back to 2010. It is in no way related to our current demands that triggered the collective job action.

Nurses went on strike on Monday, claiming they wanted improved working conditions, salaries and allowances.

Chiwenga accused the health professionals of negotiating in bad faith, saying their strike was politically-motivated. On Monday, Chiwenga fired the  nurses.

The Apex Council, the civil servants umbrella body, on Tuesday said governments move was irrational and unconstitutional.

Apex Council boss Cecilia Alexander said the strike was a result of governments piecemeal and divisive approach in addressing condition of service in the civil service.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights as well as the Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights, in a joint statement, condemned governments move as dangerous, irresponsible and illogical, and accused the government of being reluctant in responding to legitimate concerns rai...

14:31

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Zimbabwe Will Rise Again 
Address by the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, His Excellency Comrade E.D. Mnangagwa, on Zimbabwes 38th Independence Celebrations, 18th April, 2018

Honourable Vice President, Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga and Amai
Honourable Vice President, Comrade Kembo Mohadi,
Honourable President of the Senate, Mai Edna Madzongwe,
Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda,
Honourable Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Mai Miriam Chikukwa,
The Chief Justice, Honourable Luke Malaba,
Honourable Members of Parliament,
ServiceChiefs,
Families of the Heroes of the Zimbabwe Liberation Struggle,
War Veterans, War Collaborators, Ex-Detainees and Restrictees,
Your Excellencies Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Our Traditional Leaders,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Comrades and Friends

It is my pleasure to warmly welcome you all to these historic national celebrations, marking 38 years of our hard-won independence. This years celebrations have a renewed significance, as they are the first under the new dispensation, the first in a new Zimbabwe.

Today, we remember all the heroes and heroines of our liberation struggle, who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy our freedom and national self-determination today. We honour and salute them for the independence and freedom that they bequeathed us. May their memory live on through the achievements and aspirations of our great nation, and may their souls rest in eternal peace.

Fellow Zimbabweans,
Five months ago, the people of Zimbabwe took to the streets in a peaceful revolution. They called for freedom, progress and a new way of doing things. Like the heroes before them, they called for a new Zimbabwe. We heard their voices, we shared their vision, and we are committed to delivering it.

Together, we are embarking on a new journey of nation building, irrespective of creed, language, age, religion, or political persuasion. In unity, peace, and harmony, guided by the love o...

14:20

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Zimbabwe Delegation Dazzles Investors on Wall Street
19 APR, 2018 - 00:04 
Andrew Bloomberry
Foreign Correspondent
Zimbabwe Herald

After decades of economic isolation, the Zimbabwe Government, led by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development Patrick Chinamasa, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International trade, Dr Sibusiso Moyo and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr John Mangudya had their inaugural non deal investor roadshow in New York City on Monday to update Wall St investors on the situation in Zimbabwe since the new Government came into power and also highlight investment opportunities in the country.

Accompanying the Zimbabwe delegation were the Zimbabwe ambassadors to US: Ambassador Fredrick Shava and Ambassador Ammon Mutembwa.

At the meeting, which was hosted by Exotix Capital, a specialist emerging markets investment banking firm with offices in New York, London, Dubai, Lagos and Nairobi, Dr Mangudya said that Zimbabwe would clear its debt arrears by September with the aim to tap international capital markets by the end of the year, though that timeline would be very fast-tracked.

Repayment would unlock more cash from the AfDB and is necessary to tap other sources of development financing.

We need to clear the ADB and World Bank before were able to go into a programme with the IMF, said John Mangudya, governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, at a press event following the investors meeting.

What we need is a bridge financing from the likes of these investors, he said. The timeline for the arrears payment and the added funding is possible, but it would be very fast-tracked, said Dean Tyler, head of fixed income at Exotix Capital.

Investors who attended the inaugural wall street Zimbabwe investor forum in New York include Goldman Sachs, Lazard Asset Management, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, TIAA, Alliance Bernstein and Greensledge Capital.

The Zimbabwe delegation followed up with hosting a press briefing with business media which included Wall Street Journal, AFP, BBC, Voice of America, Financial Times, Global Finance and Thomson Reuters.

After the non-deal investor roadshow in New York, the Zimbabwe delegation proceed...

13:58

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Zimbabwe President Pained by Cash Shortages
19 APR, 2018 - 01:04 
Fidelis Munyoro
Chief Court Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa has reaffirmed the countrys economy is forecast to grow by 4,5 percent this year on the back of a robust performance in agriculture, mining, tourism and the construction sector. He said his administration was alive to the pain caused by cash shortages at banks which he pledged would be tackled with vigour and urgency, but cautioned the crisis could not be resolved overnight.

In his 2018 National Budget Statement, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa forecast the countrys economic growth rate at 4,5 percent.

The President attributed the bullish economic sentiment partly to investor-friendly reforms being pursued under the new dispensation.

He spoke of a brighter future of prosperity if Zimbabweans remain united and preserve peace.

One of the most evident changes in the past few months has been the renewed spirit of unity, optimism and determination among our people, said President Mnangagwa yesterday in his address to a packed National Sports Stadium to mark Zimbabwes 38th Independence anniversary celebrations.

Once again we are free to dream, to hope and to believe. This new spirit has spread outside our borders and we are hugely encouraged by the goodwill our country continues to receive from around the world. This renewed domestic and foreign investor confidence has seen our projected economic growth increase from 3,7 percent last year to 4,5 percent in 2018.

President Mnangagwa said for the country to sustain the current growth trajectory, Zimbabweans must think big.

Let us believe that our tomorrow is greater. Let us boldly and proudly sing our national anthem and fly our flag high in renewed hope and unity. Let us think big of our country, said President Mnangagwa, quoting a biblical verse, which says, As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.

Let us also speak and confess well and the very best over our country, for the Bible again says, death and life are in the power of the tongue and t...

13:54

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Zimbabwe President Condemns Violence, Hate Speech
19 APR, 2018 - 00:04 

President Mnangagwa lights the Independence Flame during Zimbabwes 38th Independence anniversary celebrations in Harare yesterday. (Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)

Fidelis Munyoro
Chief Court Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa once again made a clarion call yesterday for leaders of all political parties to be exemplary in their conduct and shun violence ahead of the first harmonised elections under the new administration set for July. Addressing a packed National Sports Stadium during the countrys 38th Independence anniversary celebrations, the President said Government had invited election observers from across the globe.

I urge all leaders of political parties to heed the call of our national anthem and be exemplary during our contestations and canvassing for peoples support, he said.

Let us shun and condemn all forms of violence, divisive, hurtful (language) and hate speech.
President Mnangagwa said the Government had put in place measures to ensure free, fair and credible elections.

In that spirit, we have invited observers from across the globe to witness our democracy in action and have since received pre-election observer missions from Sadc, the AU and EU.

President Mnangagwa said in line with his pledge to be a listening President and his desire to hear first-hand issues affecting people, he would continue to engage Zimbabweans across socio-economic and political spheres.

To date, the President said he had held constructive meetings with captains of industry and commerce, traditional chiefs, church leaders, university vice-chancellors and senior administrators of institutions of higher learning and representatives of the Supreme Council of Islamic affairs in Zimbabwe.

I pledge that this culture of dialogue, unity of purpose and open communication will cascade through all levels of my administration in order to enhance our accountability to our masters, the Zimbabwean people.

President Mnangagwa said it was through listening to one another and working together that we could achieve the natio...

13:49

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Thousands Mark Zimbabwe Uhuru Nationwide
19 APR, 2018
Herald Reporters

Thousands of Zimbabweans from all callings, political parties and religious groups thronged the National Sports Stadium in Harare yesterday as the country celebrated its 38th independence anniversary. It was the first independence celebrations to be officiated by President Mnangagwa following the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe in November last year.

People started gathering at the giant 60 000-seater stadium as early as 6am and by 10am, the venue was full to capacity.

The celebrations brought together Government ministers, Zanu-PF senior officials, MDC-T officials led by Mr Nelson Chamisa, diplomats, service chiefs and ordinary Zimbabweans.

Official proceedings began with the arrival of dignitaries followed by the National Anthem and subsequent flypast by Air Force of Zimbabwe jets and helicopters.

President Mnangagwa then inspected a parade mounted by members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services.

This was followed by a march in slow and quick time as the Guard of Honour advanced in review order before torch bearers entered the stadium and handed the torch to President Mnangagwa who then lit the Independence Flame.

First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa released pigeons into the sky as a symbol of peace and love a message that has defined the new dispensation.

Bishop Trevor Manhanga took to the podium to bless the proceedings and was followed by Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo who paid tribute to diverse people who came for the event and then invited President Mnangagwa to give his keynote address.

Soon after President Mnangagwas address, people were treated to scintillating displays by the ZDF, the police and mass displays from schoolchildren.
Some of the displays by the ZDF included parachute and helicopter displays.

It was the police displays that mesmerised the crowd, with dogs and gymnastics displays drawing loud cheers.

Earlier on, sungura musician Alick Macheso and his Orchestra Mberikwazvo Band, together with Jah Prayzah, entertained the crowd.

Jah Prayzahs hi...

13:38

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Zimbabwe Government Attempts to Hire Non-Union Nurses
19 APR, 2018 - 00:04 
Takunda Maodza News Editor
Zimbabwe Herald

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has directed the Ministry of Health and Child Care to pay nurses who did not participate in the recent strike action benefits already agreed by Government under a $17 million pay review package released this week. He also ordered that nurses who heeded Governments call to return to work be awarded the same benefits.

On nurses who realised the full implications of their industrial action and want to rejoin the service, the President directed the ministry to follow procedures to re-engage them as appropriate and their terms be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The President advised the public workforce in general that Government was fully aware of their plight and the need for better conditions of service.

He however, said they must be wary of political incitement and getting entangled in the party agendas of those seeking to derail Government efforts to revive the economy.

President Mnangagwa conveyed his position yesterday through Presidential spokesman and Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Mr George Charamba.

Government has been watching closely the situation in all our (public) hospitals and it has become clear to us that the situation can be summarised as follows: there are nurses who never left their posts. The President applauds their actions and has directed that these be rewarded benefits already agreed to by Government and towards which $17,1 million was released.

We have nurses who heeded Governments call to return to work after an agreement had been reached. These too have received the Presidents praise for their reasonable conduct and as with the first group, the President has directed that they too be made to access the agreed benefits, said Cde Charamba.

He added: We have the third category of nurses who, upon realising the consequences of continued defiance both to themselves and the nation, have since revised their position. These have indicated their wish to rejoin the service. The President has directed that the Ministry of Health and Child Care follows procedures to re-engage them as app...

12:30

Strike: Patients stranded as JOHESUs strike paralyses hospitals Newtelegraph

  As Health Workers under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) yesterday began an indefinite strike nationwide, activities at many of the federal hospitals were paralysed, leaving many patients seeking care stranded. Among facilities where operations were paralysed include the ever busy National Hospital Abuja, the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Kwara []

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12:23

Ghanaian lawmakers watch in shock as thugs abduct Senate mace Newtelegraph

The Senate was, yesterday, thrown into pandemonium, as the suspended senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ovie Omo-Agege, invaded the apex legislative chamber while in session with some thugs and carted away the mace.   This is just as Ghanaian parliamentarians who were on a visit []

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12:22

IMF warns Nigeria on N21.725trn debt Newtelegraph

says borrowed funds should yield high returns lFund supports nations debt strategy As Nigerias debt profile continues to rise, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised the alarm that the debt level was creating some form of vulnerabilities.   The Funds Assistant Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, Catherine Pattillo, said this yesterday in Washington D.C. at []

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12:13

Court stops sale of 9Mobile over shareholders $43.3m Newtelegraph

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday stopped planned sales of the troubled telecommunication firm, Etisalat (now 9Mobile), following opposition to the move by some aggrieved shareholders.   The shareholders Afdin Ventures Limited and Dirbia Nigeria Limited who claimed to be major investors, complained of being left out in the firms decision []

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12:12

In Owaza, gas flaring comes with deadly consequences (II) Newtelegraph

Living in bondage of oil firms   More than 50 years of oil drilling at Owaza community in Abia State, rather than bring development, has brought environmental degradation and devastation. The community members cry of sicknesses, death, neglect and poor farm yields. JULIANA FRANCIS, who recently visited the community, captures their agony, experts views, and []

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12:11

Corruption war: Whistleblowing as economic gain Newtelegraph

From 1999 till date, all elected democratic governments came with different policy aimed, principally, to deal with corruption. Seen as the most potent challenge, a huge tumour on the body and soul of Nigeria, corruption wrecks a huge havoc to Nigerias economic progress. However, as hard each administration tried in changing the narrative, corruption perception []

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12:11

Mikel can solve Eagles creative problem, says Kanu Newtelegraph

Ex-international Nwankwo Kanu, believes former Chelsea of England star and current captain of the Super Eagles, Mikel Obi can be the solution to the teams lack of creativity if properly given the freedom to play in the role.   The former African Footballer of the Year, told AOIFootball.com that he was confident the Eagles attack []

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11:59

Bank robbery rumour shakes Osun Newtelegraph

Fear yesterday gripped residents of Ilesha in Osun State following the rumour that armed gunmen had stormed the town to rob banks. Reacting to the development, the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, said his men were combat ready to foil any perceived bank robbery and wage war against criminals.   Adeoye said his men []

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11:59

Robbers invade Abia school, beat, dispossess students of valuables Newtelegraph

Robbers yesterday invaded the All Saints Secondary School, Aba, Abia State and dispossessed students sitting for their Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) of their cash, handsets, clothing and food items.   It was learnt that the hoodlums gained entry into the school premises in the wee hours and broke into the hostel where they beat []

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11:59

National Assembly and missing mace Newtelegraph

Onwuka Nzeshi reports on the political intrigues that led to yesterdays invasion of the upper legislative chamber by thugs, who seized the Senates mace   The National Assembly, Nigerias highest law making institution witnessed a bizarre drama yesterday, when a four-man gang invaded the hallowed chambers of the Senate and carted away its mace, the []

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10:26

Painkillers in pregnancy harm unborn children Newtelegraph

Women who take painkillers during pregnancy could be harming the fertility of their unborn child. According to a new research, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, some popular analgesics including paracetamol and ibuprofen were found to reduce the number of cells which later become eggs or sperm in babies.   The study showed that []

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10:26

Dentists seek implementation of oral health care policy Newtelegraph

Worried by the low level of low oral health care awareness, dental practitioners across the country have set up a Dental Support Foundation (DSF) to galvanise efforts towards the promotion, encouragement and advancement of dental practice in Nigeria.   President of the Foundation, Dr. Bidemi Dawodu explained to journalists in Lagos last weekend that the []

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10:26

Nigeria lags behind in water, sanitation hygiene targets Newtelegraph

Seven in 10 people in Nigeria now has clean water to drink while only 30 per cent of the poorest people have access to clean water, compared to 89 per cent of the richest. Similarly, with fewer than three in ten people having a decent toilet, Nigeria has a big task ahead to achieve the []

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10:25

Alimosho General Hospital upgrades status for quality care Newtelegraph

With almost 800 staff, which includes over a hundred medical doctors, the Alimosho General Hospital has affirmed it would further improve on its patientcentred care, as it joined the league of three general hospitals recognised by the Lagos State Government for service charter delivery.   During the launch of the three hospitals for service charter []

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10:25

Rivers to sue FG over soot, seeks UNs intervention Newtelegraph

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday declared the readiness of the state to sue the Federal Government over its reluctance to tackle the menace of soot in the state, alleging that it was part of the plot to eliminate a greater percentage of the states population.   The governor blamed the Federal Government and its []

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10:25

NB boss admits tough operating environment Newtelegraph

The Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Jordi Borrut Bel, has admitted that the Nigerian operating environment is tough and reiterated the need for continuous business partnership with its key distributors and trade partners to achieve growth and development in the brewing sector. Jordi stated this at the Nigerian Breweries Plc 2017 award ceremony []

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10:23

Deeper Life opens new headquarters April 24 Newtelegraph

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, some state governors, dignitaries within and outside the country will, on Tuesday, April 24, witness the inauguration of the new headquarters building of the Deeper Life Bible Church in Gbagada, Lagos.   General Superintendent of the church, Pastor William F. Kumuyi, in a statement, commended leaders and members of the church []

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10:21

Active GSM lines rise by 2.5% Newtelegraph

Continuing with the positive trend that started in January, active Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) lines gained marginal traction by 2.5 per cent in February, 2017, New Telegraph has learnt.   Active GSM lines as at February 2018 stood at 147,961,791 as against 146 million in January.   Also, teledensity, which refers to the []

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10:20

Cloud-based toolset to enhance banks growth by 30% Newtelegraph

Microfinance institutions, microfinance banks and cooperative societies in West Africa have the potential to grow by over 30 per cent yearly by using Oradians cloud-based toolset, experts have said.   This was part of the conclusions of a networking event in Lagos, which brought together leaders of financial institutions, regulatory groups, financial inclusion experts and []

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10:19

Experts to discuss Blockchain technology in Lagos Newtelegraph

Nigeria is set to have her first conference on Blockchain technology, the worlds leading software platform for digital assets. The conference, organised by Fintech worldwide in association with Eka Consult, will bring together varying industries in Lagos to discuss issues surrounding energy, supply chain, governance and Blockchain in Africa.   Announcing this in Lagos, the []

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08:46

Republican Official Credits Voter ID Law for Trump Wisconsin Victory "IndyWatch Feed World"

Democrats and elected officials have long argued that a Wisconsin voter identification law allowed Donald Trump to win the state in 2016 by keeping thousands of voters from the polls. A top Republican official has now asserted the same.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, who defended the voter identification law in court, told conservative radio host Vicki McKenna Thursday, We battled to get voter ID on the ballot for the November 16 election. How many of your listeners really honestly are sure that Sen. [Ron] Johnson was going to win reelection or President Trump was going to win Wisconsin if we didnt have voter ID to keep Wisconsins elections clean and honest and have integrity?

Mother Jones reports:

The law, which went into effect in 2016, required specific forms of government-issued photo identification to vote. In a cover story last year, Mother Jones reported that the law kept tens of thousands of eligible voters from the polls and likely tipped the state to Trump. A federal court found in 2014 that 9 percent of registered voters in Wisconsin did not possess the identification necessary to vote. In a University of Wisconsin study published in September 2017, 1 in 10 registered voters in Milwaukee County and Madisons Dane County who did not cast a ballot in 2016 cited the voter ID law as a reason why. That meant that up to 23,000 voters in the two heavily Democratic countiesand as many as 45,000 voters statewidedidnt vote because of the voter ID law. Trump won the state by 22,000 votes.

African Americans, who favored Hillary Clinton over Trump by an 88-to-8 margin, were three times as likely as whites to say they were deterred from voting by the law.

Voter turnout indeed fell most dramatically in Milwaukees black neighborhoods, which were expected to vote for Clinton. Nearly 41,000 fewer people in Milwaukee voted in 2016 than in 2012. Rolling Stone reports that while Wisconsin ranked second in the nation in voter participation in 2008 and 2012, the state saw a 3.3 percent drop in voter turnout in 2016the largest decrease of any state other than Mississippi. About half of the decrease occurred in Milwaukee.

Neil Albrecht, executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, told Mother Jones, It is very probable that between the photo ID law and the changes to voter registration, enough people were prevented from voting to have changed the out...

08:43

EXCLUSIVE: Libya's Haftar 'suffering irreversible brain damage' "IndyWatch Feed War"

Undefined

Libyan military commander 'unable to talk or even fully comprehend', European diplomat tells MEE

08:29

Saudi Coalition in Yemen Courts Uganda to Resuscitate Failing Operations "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sanaa (GPA) A deployment of Ugandan soldiers would further solidify the Saudi coalitions failure to rally support from key branches of Yemens military.

Sudan again came under pressure last week to withdraw troops from Yemen when pictures depicting yet another failure surfaced on social media. Yemens Army and Popular Committees who control most of Yemens northern provinces ambushed and killed dozens of invading Sudanese troops.

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Request for Ugandan Troops Demonstrates Coalition Failure to Rally Yemeni Military Support

The United Arab Emirates reportedly reached out to Uganda this week seeking troops for an upcoming military operation along Yemens western coastline. Indigenous Yemeni forces currently control these areas.

This demonstrates the Saudi coalitions failure to rally support from the Yemeni military for their war. Throughout the course of the conflict, Yemens Republican Guard has fought on the side of Ansarullah aka. the Houthis. After the death of late Yemeni President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Saudi coalition expected most Republican Guard forces to join their cause.

That didnt work out. Many Republican Guard forces refused to join the Saudi coalition afte...

08:01

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ZCTU Calls for General Strike
April 18, 2018
Staff Reporter

HARARE President Emmerson Mnangagwas administration has been plunged into another crisis after the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) yesterday called for a general strike to protest against its disregard for workers.

ZCTU president Peter Mutasa told the Daily News yesterday that the main labour body was mobilising its stakeholders to support the general strike, whose major objective is to show solidarity with government workers who are demanding better pay and improved working conditions.

With the country hurtling towards general elections to be held not later than August this year, the cash-strapped government is already faced with industrial strife as almost all civil servants are demanding salaries that are consistent with the poverty datum line (PDL), estimated at about $600.

The lowest earning civil servant is presently taking home below $300, way below the PDL which represents the cost of a given standard of living that must be attained if a person is deemed not to be poor.

Only last month, doctors staged a strike that almost collapsed the countrys health delivery system until government gave in to their demands for a salary raise.

Nurses in public hospitals are currently on a crippling industrial action, demanding improved working conditions, while teachers have also threatened not to re-open schools for the second term next month if their salaries are not reviewed upwards.

Mutasa told the Daily News yesterday that Mnangagwas government had shown insensitivity towards the plight of civil servants and the general labour force at large.

What civil servants are demanding is legitimate, especially when one looks at the mockery of salaries that are being earned by doctors, teachers and nurses juxtaposed with the rate at which prices of basic commodities have been skyrocketing since September last year hence we have concluded that the best way forward is to protest in a very huge way, he said.

Asked if the call for the general strike was not political in view of the fact that the union is linked to the main opposition party, the MDC, Mutasa said their action was being driven by market forces.

I...

08:01

Northern Ireland Rape Trial Highlights Rough Deal for Victims "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

(HRW) An unlikely source took a stance on respect for women: professional rugby. Two Northern Ireland players had their contracts revoked following their widely publicized rape prosecution.

Both players, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, were acquitted of rape of a woman in 2016 when she was 19, but the trial revealed several players text messages bragging about what they considered sexual conquests, while referring to the woman in degrading, nauseating terms. On Saturday, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and Ulster Rugby let the players go for failure to uphold core values of the game, including respect and integrity.

These sports bodies have taken an important and sadly uncommon step in doling out consequences for unacceptable behaviour, even if it was spurred by financial concerns.

But in the Belfast courtroom, the woman herself seemed to be on trial. She was subjected to eight days of cross-examination by four lawyers. They critiqued everything from her grammar to the fact she didnt scream for help. She reportedly had to withstand jurors inspecting her underwear. And though a curtain shielded her from the accused, inside was a video camera broadcasting her face to the courtroom, which was open to the public. One reporter called it rape trial tourism as visitors came for the spectacle. Is it any wonder the victims identity sexual assault victims are guaranteed anonymity in the media   was revealed on social media?

For my work with Human Rights Watch, I document rape and other horrific rights abuses daily. Yet...

07:56

Journalist found stabbed and killed in Liberia "IndyWatch Feed War"

A view of Liberia's capital, Monrovia, in October 2017. Police are investigating the death of a journalist found stabbed outside his home in the city. (AFP/Issouf Sanogo)

New York, April 18, 2018--Liberian authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing of Tyron Brown, a video editor and camera operator with Super Communications, a privately owned outlet that runs Super FM and Super Television, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

07:53

Zimbabwe government fires striking nurses "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Zimbabwe government fired all striking nurses after they refused to return to work, even though the employer acceded to their demands.

07:49

Journalist found stabbed and killed in Liberia "IndyWatch Feed World"

New York, April 18, 2018--Liberian authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing of Tyron Brown, a video editor and camera operator with Super Communications, a privately owned outlet that runs Super FM and Super Television, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

07:43

How Much Longer Can the U.S. Remain a Superpower? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Having already violated every tenet of international law in its proxy jihadist war against Syria, including the seizure of one-third of the country, the United States invoked a Non-Law, a Law That Never Was, to justify its missile strikes against fictitious chemical warfare facilities. Syrian President Assad kills his own people, said Trump, leader of the nation whose police kill more of its own people than any country except (fellow white settler state) Brazil, and whose prisons entomb one-quarter of all the worlds inmates. (One out of every eight prisoners on the planet is an African-American.)

On the Saturday morning after the bombs fell in Damascus and Homs, Omalii Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, held a press conference in St. Louis to denounce Washingtons aggression. If you can use that justification, said Yeshitela, that, somehow, the Syrian state is attacking its own people and, therefore, the U.S. can rain missiles, along with France and England, on Syria, then what would prevent Russia from attacking the United States because of all the people that the United States is killing in our communities, all of the starvation that is imposed on our communities, the fact that more than a million Africans are lumped up in prison?

In his post-strike statement, President Trump called chemical weapons uniquely dangerousas if such uniqueness provided legal justification for Washingtons act of war. But the United States has been poisoning its own Black people for generations. They talk about chemical warfare, but books have even been written about how crack cocaine was introduced into the community through the CIAthe same CIA thats involved in murdering people in Syria and other places around the world, said Yeshitela.

The United States began in smallpox-infected blankets and mountains of Native American scalps-for-bounty, and remains true to its genocidal imperatives. We live in a country today where people are living in concentration camps that are euphemistically referred to as Indian reservations. What is it that would keep another country from attacking the United States based on that? asked Yeshitela.

Imperial Shriek

The fading empire refuses to accept the humiliation of defeat of its jihadist proxies, the head-cutters Washington and Saudi Arabia have nurtured as a foreign terror legion since deploying them against a leftist government in Afghanistan and its Soviet ally almost 40 years ago.

The billions in cash and arms that flowed into jihadist structures in Syria and Iraq since 2011 equipped and financed an al-Qaida army (al Nusra) mighty enough to absorb and dominate a menagerie of other murd...

07:04

Stolen Maze: Police Denies Arrest Of Omo-Agege Urhobo Today


LAGOS APRIL 18TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Contrary to reports that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was arrested after allegedly leading thugs into the Senate chambers to snatch the mace, the Police said the lawmaker was merely escorted out of the National Assembly complex.
The Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello; and some other police officers had taken Omo-Agege out of the NASS complex inside a black Toyota Hilux pick-up following the melee that ensued after the theft of the mace on Wednesday.
The embattled senator later came back to attend the Senate plenary few minutes after he was escorted out of the NASS premises.
A senior police officer confirmed that Omo-Agege was not arrested, adding that he was simply taken away from the NASS premises for security reasons.
Was he (Omo-Agege) arrested? He was only taken out of the premises for security reasons, he wasnt arrested or detained, the senior officer stated.
When asked if the Police would investigate the lawmaker as directed by the Senate leadership, the source declined comment and referred all inquiries to the FCT Police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah.
Manzah did not, however, respond to phone calls. He had yet to reply an SMS as of the time of filing...

06:50

(Video) The True Story of the USS Liberty "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Apr 17, 2018

Please share this important educational video on the USS Liberty. This is true history that is confirmed by scholars and historians. In 1967, the Zionist regime in Israel attacked a US navy vessel and tried to kill all of the sailors on board. The purpose was to frame Egypt for the attack and draw the United States into a war against Israel's enemy. It was a very similar plan to what Israel is doing to provoke the USA into a war with Iran today.

06:42

British peace demonstrators speak "IndyWatch Feed World"

Some of the protesters at the anti-war on Syria eally in Parliament Square in London

From the World Socialist Web Site in Britain:

Protesters in Britain speak out against air strikes in Syria

By our reporters

18 April 2018

On Monday evening, Socialist Equality Party members distributed hundreds of copies of the statement US-British-French missile strikes on Syria heighten danger of a catastrophic war to workers and young people at anti-war protests around the UK. At Londons Parliament Square, demonstrators rallied against the bombing of Syria by the United States, Britain and France.

Labour MPs spoke including Emma Dent Coad, Richard Burgon, Chris Williamson, and Lloyd Russell-Moyle

Russell-Moyle said, The struggle continues, and now with an anti-war Labour leader, we, united together, can lead this charge.

Williamson said, Lets get behind Jeremy Corbyns call for a War Powers Act, to prevent a prime minister from ever again taking us to war without a vote in Parliament.

Corbyn put forward the proposed Act in parliament Tuesday, but Labours pro-...

05:58

Saudi Arabia wants to construct a moat around Qatar "IndyWatch Feed World"

Saudi Arabia wants to cut off Qatar - literally. The Middle Eastern kingdom is considering building a 60-kilometer-long moat around Qatar, which would virtually isolate the country. Saudi state-linked news outlets reported this week that digging the so-called Salwa Marine Canal project would cost $750 million and aims to generate economic activity and tourism in the area. Other reports, from Saudi's Al-Riyadh newspaper, suggest the kingdom would construct a military base on one part of the border, while the other portion would be used as a dumping ground for nuclear waste. The project is still awaiting official approval, according to the reports. The construction plans come nine months after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the UAE imposed a blockade on Qatar - cutting off trade and transport routes - in response to Qatar's ties with Iran and alleged terrorism financing. Food imports were blocked, air travel barred, and Qatari diplomats were expelled from the quartet of countries. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, met in Washington this week to discuss de-escalating the tensions in the region and fighting ISIS.

05:51

DR Congo green militarisation and escalating violencein Virunga NP Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Conservation Watch

By Chris Lang, Conservation Watch, 16 April 2018

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On Monday, 9 April 2018, five rangers and a driver were killed in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A sixth ranger was wounded. In a statement, Virunga National Park said it is, deeply saddened to confirm reports of an attack on our staff today.

The attack on the rangers was the most deadly in the parks recent history. In the last 20 years, more than 170 rangers have been killed.

Jason Burke, a journalist with the Guardian writes that,

The rising toll has earned the park a reputation as one of the most dangerous conservat...

05:48

Kwale Court Orders Removal Of Delta Deputy Speaker Urhobo Today

Delta Deputy Speaker, Hon Friday Osaneni


LAGOS APRIL 18TH (URHOBOTODAY)-High Court sitting at Kwale in Ndokwa West LGA has ordered the removal of Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Friday Osanebi over alleged falsification of information.
The court which was presided over by Justice V.I. Ofezi ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to immediately withdraw the certificate of return it issued the deputy speaker and issue same to Emeka Odegbe, saying he is the validly nominated candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general election.
Meanwhile, the deputy speaker was not present at the house during todays plenary as he was said to be monitoring the court judgment. The lawmaker who represents Ndokwa East in the house was on his second term before his removal

05:20

JUST IN: FG orders probe of senate invasion Newtelegraph

The federal government has ordered a probe of the invasion of the Senate on Wednesday. Lai Mohammed, minister of information, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja. The statement said the government received the report of the theft of the senates mace with shock. Recall that Senator Ovie omo-Agege, representing Delta central, who was []

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05:15

VIDEO: Nigerian youths dont want to do anything Buhari Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari has said a lot of Nigerian youths just want to sit down and do nothing, banking on the notion that Nigeria is an oil-rich nation. He said this while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster on Wednesday. Buhari stated that many Nigerian youths have not been to school but they []

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05:08

Puerto Rico, no electricity seven months after Hurricane Maria "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 18 April 2018 video is called Puerto Rico is on a blackout as we speak. We are in an island wide mayor blackout.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Puerto Rico, with 3 million inhabitants, without electricity

Today, 18:20

Due to a major power outage in Puerto Rico, more than three million people are without electricity. Due to a still unknown cause, the power on the entire island has fallen out. It is expected that it will take 24 to 36 hours until the problem is resolved.

Last week, 800,000 people did not have electricity either after a branch fell on a wire.

Since the island was hit by hurricane Maria seven months ago, the electricity grid is unstable. Also then the power failed on the entire island. Since then, around 40,000 people are still not connected to the electricity grid.

Little compassion

The nearly 3.5 million Puerto Ricans are citizens of the United States, but the island is not an American state and its inhabitants are not allowed to participate in the presidential and congressional elections.

President Trump showed little compassion after the devastating hurricane....

05:02

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Zimbabwe Dismisses 16,000 Nurses Over Strikes
Retired Commander of Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) General Constatino Chiwenga reacts after taking an oath of office as Vice President during the swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 28,2017.

Published 18 April 2018

Zimbabwe said it had sacked 16,000 nurses taking part in strikes demanding the payment of their allowances and restructuring the grading salaries system, as the new government sought to keep a lid on labor unrest in the build-up to the first elections since the fall of Robert Mugabe.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, the retired army general who led a de facto military coup against Mugabe in November, accused the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZNA) of staging a politically motivated walkout, ignoring the government's good faith evidenced by the transfer of over US$17 to the health ministry, and said they would be replaced by retired and unemployed staff.

Government now regards this lack of remorse as politically motivated, and thus going beyond concerns of conditions of services and worker welfare, said Chiwenga late Tuesday and added accordingly, government has decided, in the interest of patients and saving lives, to discharge all the striking nurses with immediate effect.

He did not eleborate which political group he thought was behind the strike. Mugabe regularly accused opposition groups of trying to undermine his government by encouraging public sector strikes that marked his time in office.

The nurses went on strike Monday over unpaid allowances and other issues, leaving hospitals understaffed. The Zimbabwe Nurses Association ZNA, which has more than 16,000 members, said government negotiators had tried Sunday to avert the strike by promising to pay arrears but nurses decided nevertheless to go on strike.

They have been making promises for a long time and the nurses resolved to only go back to work when their money is in their accounts, Enoch Dongo, the ZNA secretary general said.

The nurses want to be paid other allowances they say were promised by the government in 2010 but never delivered. A majority of nurses were placed in lower grades making it harder for them to r...

04:51

APC to hold Convention May 14 Newtelegraph

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has released timetable for its Congresses and Convention According to the timetable signed by the partys National Organizing Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso, the National Convention of the party would hold on May 14. The timetable also shows that the Ward Congress, Local Government Congress and State Congress would hold on []

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04:47

Senate mace theft: Names of arrested 5 suspects emerge Newtelegraph

The names of the invaders who snatched the Senate mace earlier today has emerged after they were arrested by the FCT Police Command. The suspects were allegedly led into the Senate by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as a protest against his suspension. The five suspects who are all from Delta state are: Tuoyo Mabiaku Warri []

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04:33

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Zimbabwe Government Fires All Striking Nurses
18 APR, 2018 - 00:04
Takunda Maodza
News Editor
Herald

GOVERNMENT has, with immediate effect, fired all striking nurses after they refused to return to work even though the employer acceded to their demands and availed over $17 million. President Mnangagwa has endorsed the dismissal to ensure new people were immediately engaged to save the lives of patients.

The Health Services Board (HSB) has been instructed to speedily employ jobless trained nurses.
The HSB has also been directed to recall retired nurses.

In a statement yesterday, Vice President General Constantino Chiwenga (Retired), in his capacity as the supervisor of the Social Services Cluster, said the behaviour by the nurses was politically- motivated.

Against a background of a series of meetings involving Government, the Health Services Board and the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA), which were meant to resolve the industrial action by nursing staff in the public health sector and the subsequent decision by Government yesterday to accede to the demands made by the striking nurses, Government regrets to note that the industrial action in this essential service sector has persisted, said VP Chiwenga.

He added: What makes the whole action (by nurses) both deplorable and reprehensible is the fact that as agreed yesterday, Government released and transferred a sum of $17 114 446 into the account of the Ministry of Health and Child Care for on-payment to the striking nurses.

While this demonstrated good faith on the part of Government, the prompt transfers which have been effected against demonstrable economic challenges facing our nation has not, quite surprisingly, persuaded the striking nurses to go back to their work stations in the interest of saving lives and helping hapless patients placed under their care.

VP Chiwenga said Government now regards this lack of remorse as politically motivated and as going beyond concerns of conditions of service and worker welfare.

Accordingly, Government has decided, in the interest of patients and of saving lives, to discharge all the striking nurses with immediate effect, he said. ...

04:29

JOHESU strike grounds UCH, Ibadan Newtelegraph

Services at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, were on Wednesday paralysed as the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) at the hospital called out members out for the ongoing national strike. JOHESU officials went round the departments to enforce the strike. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that it was a total strike in []

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04:28

Police raid prostitution ring, detain more than 100 Newtelegraph

More than 1,500 officers of German police on Wednesday carried out nationwide raids against members of suspected illegal prostitution ring in the biggest single operation in the history of German police. A police spokesperson confirmed media reports that seven arrest warrants were successfully delivered and more than 100 individuals were temporarily taken into custody. Horst []

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04:24

Two legislators drag Kaduna Assembly to court over suspension Newtelegraph

Two members of the Kaduna House of Assembly Bittiong Nkom (PDP/Kaura) and Danladi Kwasu (PDP/Zango-Kataf) who were suspended on November 28, 2017, have challenged the suspension order in court. The duo, in a suit filed before Kaduna State High Court 7, are asking that the suspension be declared a nullity because they were []

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04:16

JUST IN: Ekweremadu, Osinbajo meet over Senate mace theft Newtelegraph

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has met with Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on invasion of the Senate chamber by thugs reportedly led by a suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege. Mr. Ekweremadu told State House correspondents after meeting with Mr Osinbajo that he was at the Presidential Villa to brief the Vice President on the matter. []

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04:08

Is The US Using Lies To Justify Bombing Syria? "IndyWatch Feed World"

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

The mainstream media and government have lied in the past to justify war. This is evident in the stories about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which did not exist and humanitarian intervention in Libya, which led to chaos on Libyan soil.

Now the US and allies have launched a missile strike on Syria. The justification is that President Assad has been using chemical weapons on civilians. This has been questioned by many and is the topic of this Reality Check with Ben Swann.

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04:02

EFCC, ICPC secure only 10 high profile convictions in 17 years, says Don Newtelegraph

Dr Esa Onoja, a senior lecturer at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, said on Wednesday that the nations two anti-graft agencies EFCC and ICPC have secured only 10 high profile convictions in 17 years. Onoja said this in Lagos at the public presentation of a report entitled: Letting the Big Fish Swim: How []

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04:00

Nasarawa killings: 17 get mass burial amidst tears Newtelegraph

Seventeen victims out of the 78 persons killed in the weekend attacks by the suspected AK47 wielding Fulani herdsmen on Tiv communities in Obi, Awe and Keana local government areas of Nasarawa state got mass burial amidst tears. Seven dead bodies were given mass burial at a Christian cemetery in Lafia, the state capital, while []

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03:27

A Conversation on Race Paul Craig Roberts "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A Conversation on Race

Paul Craig Roberts

We often hear that we need a conversation on race. Considering that Americans are a brainwashed people living in a false history, such a conversation would resemble the one the Russians were expected to have with the British in regard to the Skripal poisoning: Yes, we are guilty. We will pay reparations. Where would you like us to send Putin for trial? In other words, the only acceptable race conversation in the US is one in which white people accept the accusation that they are racist and offer to make amends.

Considering that the only slavery experienced by any living black or white person is income tax slavery, race is an issue only because it has been orchestrated as an issue along with gender and sexual preference. These divisive issues are the products of Identity Politics spawned by cultural Marxism.

In real Marxism, conflict is class conflict. Workers and capitalists have different interests, and history is a struggle between material interests. The capitalist is the villain and the workers are the victims.

In the pseudo Marxism of Identity Politics, the white race is the villain, especially the white heterosexual male, and racial minorities, women, and homosexuals are the victims.

There is, of course, no such thing as a white or black race. There are many different nationalities of whites, and they have done a good job throughout history of killing each other. Similarly, there are many different black tribes and Asian ethnicities who also have fought more among themselves than with others. But all of this goes by the wayside, along with the fact that in the world the racial minorities are actually majorities and the white majority is actually a minority. There are more Chinese or Indians alone than there are white people.

But orchestrated histories are not fact-based.

The working class, designated by Hillary Clinton as the Trump deplorables, is now the victimizer, not the victim. Marxism has been stood on its head.

The American ruling class loves Identity Politics, because Identity Politics divides the people into hostile groups and prevents any resistance to the ruling elite. With blacks screaming at whites, women screaming at men, and homosexuals screaming at heterosexuals, there is no one left to scream at the rulers.

The ruling elite favors a conversation on race, because the ruling elite know it can only result in accusations that will further divide society. Consequently, the ruling elite have funded black history, womens studies, and transgender dialogues, in universities as a way to institutionalize the divisiveness that protects them. These studies have replaced real history with fake history.

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03:10

How a rural community built South Africas Co-op ISP "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The Zenzeleni Networks project  Zenzeleni means do it yourself in isiXhosa, the Eastern Capes most prevalent language is, as far as were aware, South Africas first and only Internet Service Provider (ISP) thats owned and run by a rural cooperative. Just like any ISP, Zenzeleni installs and maintains telecommunications infrastructure and also sells telecommunications services like voice and data.

Yet whats special about the project is that it involves a registered not-for-profit company which works with cooperatives in the community to deliver affordable voice and data services. Crucially, the project also keeps money in communities like Mankosi, often beset by high rates of unemployment.

Read the rest at the P2P Foundation blog

 

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02:53

Iran rejects baseless UK, US accusations on Yemen missiles "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV April 18, 2018 Iran has firmly rejected fresh US and British allegations of Tehran sending missiles to Yemen, saying the two are seeking to whitewash their shameful complicity in the crisis gripping the war-torn country by leveling false charges against others. The US and UK complicity in Yemen crisis is shameful, Irans []

02:20

South Africa Kruger NP rhino poaching down but elephant poaching up Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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Kruger National Park head ranger Ken Maggs. Picture: Amanda Watson

An upward trend in elephant poaching of 46% year-on-year is continuing, according to Kruger head ranger Ken Maggs.

Nothing is off the table anymore when it comes to protecting South Africas core population of black and white rhinoceros kept at South African National Parks Kruger National Park (KNP).

Thats according to Kruger head ranger Ken Maggs who said yesterday even the extreme idea of fencing populations in, surrounded by lights and rangers, was an option when it came to protecting the ungulate.

While he wasnt allowed to give precise numbers for poaching this year, Maggs said indications showed a downward trend in rhino poaching was being maintained while worryingly, an upward trend in elephant poaching of 46% year-on-year was continuing.

And given the nature of poaching, it could change in an instant, Maggs noted.

Wildlife crime isnt seen as high a priority as some of the other criminality we have, particularly violent crimes such as murders and hijackings. Of course, the police must focus their attention there, Maggs said.

So it is understandable, but nevertheless, it does impact it.

Yet, there is a financial cost to each animal killed for its horn or ivory.

In 2014, SANParks sold 35...

02:16

Mozambique rhino horn seized from smugglers in Maputo Africa Sustainable Conservation News

AllAfrica
April 16, 2018

The Mozambican authorities on Sunday afternoon seized 4.2 kilos of
rhinoceros horn from a Chinese citizen who was about to board a flight at
Maputo International Airport.

According to a Monday press release from the Mozambique Tax Authority (AT),
the Chinese traveller was stopped before he could board a plane of Qatar
Airways heading to Doha. His final destination was Hong Kong.

?The arrest was thanks to the joint work which the Tax Authority, the
Mozambican police and other security forces have undertaken at entry and
exit points throughout the country?, said the release.

The Chinese national is being held in the Maputo 11th police precinct ?for
subsequent steps? in the investigation.

Since the trade is illegal, it is hard to estimate how much 4.2 kilos of
rhino horn would sell for. But in recent years demand for rhino horn in
Asia, particularly in Vietnam, has made it more expensive than gold or
cocaine.

This arrest follows the largest ever seizure of ivory in Mozambique last
Thursday, when the AT opened a container at Maputo port and found no less
than 867 elephant tusks, weighing over 3.5 tonnes, hidden among plastic
items that were about to be sent to Asia for recycling.

The container was supposedly being exported to Cambodia, but it was owned
by a Chinese company with premises in Beluluane, on the outskirts of Maputo.

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02:14

The human and animal toll of DR Congos elephant wars Africa Sustainable Conservation News

GQ

In Garamba National Park, in Democratic Republic of Congo, 13 park rangers have been killed in the past three years, and 256 elephants have been taken for their tusksand these days, the poachers often arrive in uniform, with an arsenal of weapons to match.

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Garamba National Park

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Fifteen shots felled the elephant. It was a few weeks into Congos springtime rainy season, and the animal, an adult male, collapsed among dense green stalks of yard-high grass. A few miles away, Dieudonn Kanisa, a compact and muscular Congolese ranger, heard the shots as he patrolled the northern bank of the meandering Garamba River, looking for poachers. With his four fellow rangers beside him, Kanisa moved toward the gunfire.

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Back at headquarters, the manager of Garamba National Park, Erik Mararv, grabbed his rifle and headed for the parks helicopter with pilot Frank Molteno, a South African with a lifetimes experience flying all kinds of aircraft, often in places without runways or rules. Mararv, a le...

02:10

Great March of Return organizers: Israeli claims that Hamas is behind protests are lies "IndyWatch Feed War"

As the Great March of Return enters its fourth week in the besieged Gaza Strip, the activists behind the massive peaceful demonstrations have a message for the world:

The Palestinian people, especially in Gaza, cannot bear the Israeli siege any longer, says Nabeel Diab of the National Commission to Break the Siege of Gaza. The Palestinian people are eager to achieve their freedom, their independence, and their right to return to the villages where they were forced out of 70 years ago.

Diab is a member of a grassroots organization of activists who helped plan the march. He says the idea was born after the massive Nakba Day demonstration in 2011 when thousands of Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and the Palestinian territory marched to the borders with Israel to demand their collective right of return to their homelands.

Diab says the message of the Great March of Return is the same as the message of the 2011 protests. The march is a massive, popular event, supporting the idea that the Palestinian people maintain their right to return and to stay on their lands, he tells Mondoweiss.

The Great March of Return protests have been portrayed by Israels government and military as Hamas-led, controlled, and inspired. Israeli media has largely maintained the governments narrative that Hams is inciting violence in Gaza.

But, Diab insists that is not the case.

The Israeli governments allegations that Hamas organized these protests are lies, and are defamatory statements that have no basis in reality, Diab says. This march is the embodiment of popular action involving children, women, and involving all the Palestinians that refuse to accept the occupation of our land.

Critics have argued that Israel has used the Hamas narrative to justify their excessive use of force against protesters.

As of April 14, 36 Palestinians had been killed in Gaza by the Israeli army since the protests began.

These protests have shown the world how the right-wing Israeli occupation government commits war crimes against us and our rights, Diab tells Mondoweiss.

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01:46

UAE forces intercept Iranian drone carrying explosives intended for Yemen targets "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Al Houthi drone downed over Saudi city of Abha

DUBAI: The UAE armed forces anti-aircraft defense unit has intercepted an Iranian Qassef-1 drone loaded with explosives aimed at Yemeni forces, state news agency WAM reported.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition emphasized the need to address the capabilities of Iran, which it said posed a direct threat not only to the Yemeni forces and people, but to the freedom of maritime navigation in the Red Sea.

Yemens government previously accused the Iranian regime of supplying the Houthi militia with drones.

At the time, the government said the aircraft were made in Iran as Yemen did not possess the capability to build them.

(Developing)

Arab News

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01:43

Over 20 dead and 33,000 displaced as flooding continues in Kenya "IndyWatch Feed World"

Further flooding in Kenya has left over 33,000 people displaced. Local authorities say that more than 20 people have died over the past 10 days. Several counties have been affected, with Kisumu, Samburu, Turkana and Tana River among the worst hit. Floods have cut major road networks, causing major transport issues. Homes and crops have been destroyed and power supply severely damaged. In many areas local officials have urged communities to vacate their homes near rivers and flood-risk areas and move to higher ground. Kenya Red Cross were called on to rescue around 50 people from flooded areas in Tana River County.

01:31

FLASHBACK: US supplied white phosphorus to Saudi Arabia in its war against Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

Saudi Arabia appears to be using U.S.-supplied white phosphorus munitions in its war in Yemen, based on images and videos posted to social media, raising concerns among human rights groups that the highly incendiary material could be used against civilians. Under U.S. regulations, white phosphorus sold to other countries is to be used only for signaling to other troops and creating smoke screens. When the munition explodes, it releases white phosphorus that automatically ignites in the air and creates a thick white smoke. When used against soldiers or civilians, it can maim and kill by burning to the bone. It is unclear exactly how the Saudis are using the munitions, but the government has already received widespread condemnation for its indiscriminate bombing in civilian areas since its campaign against rebel forces in Yemen began in 2015. U.S. officials confirmed that the American government has supplied the Saudis white phosphorus in the past but declined to say how much had been transferred or when. After reviewing a social media image taken from the battlefield that showed a white phosphorus mortar shell, a U.S. official said it appeared to be American in origin but could not trace it to a particular sale because some of the markings were obscured.

01:07

Charlottesville: Anti-Racist Activist Corey Longs Trial Delayed "IndyWatch Feed War"

Charlottesville organisers pledge support of African Americans on trial for 'self-defence' at white nationalist rally. The trial of Corey Long, an African American man who was allegedly shot at by a white nationalist during last August's "Unite the Right" Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia has been granted a continuance. Community organisers gathered outside the courtroom on Tuesday morning wearing all black in support of Long, whose lawyers asked for the continuance. Organisers told Al Jazeera they believe the trial will take place in June. Long has been charged with misdemeanour assault and disorderly conduct related to his use of a "flamethrower" at the rally. Long's lawyers asked for the delay after being offered a plea deal, which they did not accept, activists said. Organisers feel Long was unjustly charged after white nationalists present during the August 12 rally told law enforcement they were assaulted.

01:06

Haftar's military chief targeted in Libyan assassination attempt "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Car bomb attack comes days after renegade general Khalifa Haftar was reported to be on verge of death after suffering a stroke

00:40

Tenant allegedly beats landlady to pulp over quit notice Newtelegraph

A 30-year-old artisan, Kabiru Tajudeen, who allegedly beat his landlady to a pulp for giving him a quit notice on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates Court. Tajudeen, who resides at 28, Omoroga Street, Powerline, Meiran, a suburb of Lagos, is being tried for assault. The prosecutor, Inspector Raji Akeem, told the court that []

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00:39

METRO PLUS Mother, son arraigned for selling adulterated drinks Newtelegraph

A 57-year-old woman, Risikatu Abogunrin and her son, Ifetayo, were on Wednesday arraigned at an Ebute Meta Magistrates Court in Lagos, for allegedly selling adulterated drinks to the public. Risikatu and her 21-year-old son are facing a two-count of conspiracy and sale of adulterated drinks. They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. The Prosecutor, []

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00:37

BREAKING: Senate suspend controversial bill seeking to reshuffle Polls Newtelegraph

The Senate has suspended the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill which seeks to reshuffle the sequence of polls in a general election. The bill, which was considered for second reading, suffered a setback when several lawmakers across party lines who spoke in the debate on it, raised various issues against the amendment. The lawmakers resolved []

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00:37

Senate Invasion: APC calls for more arrest Newtelegraph

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for more arrest on the invasion of the Senate, which led to the removal of the Mace. It has been alleged that the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has been arrested for the invasion. In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by []

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00:08

JUST IN: Police Arrest Omo-Agege Over Stolen Mace Urhobo Today


LAGOS APRIL 18TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The police on Wednesday arrested Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
The senator was arrested in the Senate Wing of the National Assembly at 1:57pm.

This was after hoodlums he allegedly led into the Chamber carted away the mace of the Senate.
The Senate in a statement accused Omo-Agege, who was suspended on Tuesday, of leading the hoodlums into the chamber.

00:04

Black Panther to Mark Opening of Saudi Cinemas "IndyWatch Feed World"

RIYADH, Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia is to hold a private screening on Wednesday of the Hollywood blockbuster Black Panther to herald the launch of movie theaters in the kingdom that are expected to open to the public as early as next month.

Authorities are planning an invitation-only screening of the movie in a concert hall converted into a cinema complex in the capital, Riyadh. The screening will be followed by a rush to build movie theaters in major cities.

The Saudi government has dubbed Wednesdays event as the showing of the first commercial film in the kingdom after more than 35 years.

This is a landmark moment in the transformation of Saudi Arabia into a more vibrant economy and society, Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Alawwad said in statement ahead of the screening.

Its a stark reversal for a county where public movie screenings were banned in the 1980s during a wave of ultraconservatism that swept Saudi Arabia. Many Saudi clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt and Lebanon as sinful.

Despite decades of ultraconservative dogma, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has sought to ram through a number of major social reforms with support from his father, King Salman.

The crown prince is behind measures such as lifting a ban on women driving that will go into effect this summer, and bringing back concerts and other forms of entertainment to satiate the desires of the countrys majority young population. The social push by the 32-year-old heir to the throne is part of his so-called Vision 2030, a blueprint for the country that aims to boost local spending and create jobs amid sustained lower oil prices.

The Saudi government projects that the opening of movie theatres will contribute more than 90 billion riyals ($24 billion) to the economy and create more than 30,000 jobs by 2030. The kingdom says there will be 300 cinemas with around 2,000 screens built by 2030.

Over the past several years, Saudi Arabia has gradually been loosening restrictions on movie screenings, with local film festivals and screenings in makeshift theaters. For the most part, though, Saudis who wanted to watch a film in a movie theater would have to drive to nearby Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates for weekend trips to the cinema.

In the 1970s, there were informal movie screenings but the experience could be interrupted by the countrys religious police, whose powers have since been curbed.

Saudi writer and dissident Jamal Khashoggi describes the theaters of the 1970s as being like American drive-ins, except much more informal. In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, he wrote that to avoid being arrested at one of these screenings in Medina, a friend of his broke his leg jumping off a w...

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23:28

Omo-Agege Accused Of Leading Thugs To Attack Senate, Seize Mace Urhobo Today


LAGOS APRIL 18TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi has accused suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of having led protesters into the floor of the red chamber where they went away with the mace.
It would be recalled that protesters demanding the sack of the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki; his deputy, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, and other members of the Senate stormed the National Assembly on Wednesday.

23:23

How Dangerous Plastic Food Packaging Materials Are? Newtelegraph

If you are buying organic food, it is good for you. But still, you might be exposing yourself and your family to chemicals. It also points towards one word, the Plastics. Plastic is a big part of food product packaging and storage. Food Packaging Material Made from Plastic Mostly the food packaging materials are made []

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23:12

BREAKING: Senator Omo Agege arrested over mace theft Newtelegraph

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has been arrested by the Nigerian police for mace theft. Mr Omo Agege was picked immediately after plenary by policemen who ushered the Senator into a waiting pickup van. The lawmaker was suspended by the Senate for 90 days last week. He, however, attended the plenary today. The Senate had accused him []

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23:11

Macron: Migratory phenomenon is historic, Africans will be flooding into Europe for many years to come "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bombshell population growth in Africa means Europe is entering an unprecedented age of mass migration, Emmanuel Macron has said, asserting that the two continents destinies are bound. The French people may have a different vision, given their calls to outlaw radical Islam and their demands for the deportation of 11,000 known jihadists. Macron talks the []

22:37

FAO bemoans rapid destruction of forest in Ghana Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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Sui River Forest Reserve

The destruction of forests according to the FAO may cause huge financial losse for the nation

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has bemoaned the rapid destruction of Ghanas forest reserves.

They argue that the situation if not checked will not only lead to the extinction of some wild life species, but also result in huge revenue loss for the economy.

Ghanas forest reserves have in recent times been under threat from activities such as illegal mining.

In an interview with Citi Business News, Professor at the Department of Plant and Environmental Biology at the University of Ghana, Professor Alfred Oteng Yeboah said government institutions and agencies should be strengthened to ensure the conservation of forests.

Within the last three or four decades there has been a gradual change in forest cover, this is because of the kind of pressure that is coming in from all kinds of angles, people want land, they want to farm, people want timber, trees and so on, he lamented

He argued that every creature has the right to live and therefore their habitats should be preserved

Every life has to have an opportunity to exist and so in order not to completely exterminate the natural resource of the country which include wildlife it is important we protect animal species which are now in short supply.

Professor Oteng Yeboah made these comments at a ceremony on the development of a trans frontier conservation area aimed at linking forest reserves and protected areas in Ghana and Ivory Coast.

Reason for Trans Frontier Conservation Area

Fragmentation and loss of wildlife habitats has threatened the existence of many species in the high forest zones of West Africa over the last few decades.

Mega- Herbivores like forest elephants with a large home range and equally large food requirements have been among the most affected species with regards to this phenomenon.

These keystone species in the high forest zone of West Africa are now found in small isolated forest fragments.

There is a high risk of total extinction of most of these wildlife species unless pragmatic interventions are put in place to halt forest loss and degradation in the shortest possible time.

Area identified to preserve wildlife

The Bio Diambarakro Trans frontier Elephant Corridor between south- western Ghana and south eastern Cote dIvoire has been identified by government stakeholders a...

22:33

somervillesustainableconservation Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Lusaka Times

Residents of Kabale area in Muchinda Chiefdom in Serenje District are living in fear of elephants that have terrorised the area.

The wild animals are believed to have strayed from Kasanka National Park in Chitambo district.

ZANIS reports that Kabale Village Headman, Robert Kaseba Wanki said the elephants have been terrorising the area and have so far damaged sorghum, finger millet and maize fields.

Mr. Wanki stated that people in the area are not free to move about from the time the elephants started frequenting their crop fields which are distant from villages.

Mr. Wanki has since thanked Serenje Central Member of Parliament (MP), Maxwell Kabanda for rushing to the area with officers from Department National Parks and Wild Life (DNPW).

The two officers have since camped in the area to control the animals.

And Mr. Kabanda urged the people in the area to calm down as the officers will address the situation.

Meanwhile, Andrew Chisenga, one of the farmers whose field was destroyed by the elephants has called on government to help him with food.

Iam calling upon government to come to my aid as the damaged fields were my only hope of survival this year, he said.

22:23

BREAKING: Failed U.S Raid Cover Up Exposed By Survivor Who Lost 11 Family Members "IndyWatch Feed World"

In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on a failed U.S raid that was covered up but exposed by this interview, from a person who lost 11 of his family members during it. This is an important story about Africa and the world as it sheds truth that the media wont admit to.

Our travel to Mogadishu, Somalia with Jeff Berwick, the Dollar Vigilante was very eye-opening and only possible because of you, the views, shares and donations, so thank you so much!

You can watch this video on DTube here.

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22:22

Jeremy Corbyn | Response to Prime Minister's Syria Statement "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jeremy Corbyn | Response to Prime Minister's Syria Statement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ExK9yjWow


'Does the humanitarian crisis in Yemen entitle other countries to arrogate to themselves the right to bomb Saudi positions in Yemen, given their use of cluster bombs and white phosphorous? Will the PM commit to ending support to the bombings of Saudi Arabia?'




21:55

Falling tree kills three, injures 16 Nigerian students Newtelegraph

Three Nigerian students have been killed and 16 others injured in a wildlife park in northern Cameroon after a tree fell on them, the news agency AFP quotes state radio as saying. The students were part of a group of 50 who were on a tour of the Bouba Ndjida National Park. Regional governor Jean []

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21:54

Man City players dominate Premier Leagues team of season Newtelegraph

The PFA Premier League team of the year has been announced, with the leading contenders to win the PFA Player of the Year award Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne in the side. Salah is joined in attack by Tottenhams Harry Kane and Man City striker Sergio Aguero. In midfielder, De Bruyne is []

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21:50

Snatched Mace: Senator Omo-Ageges action is an act of treason Senate Newtelegraph

The Nigerian Senate has described the snatching of the mace by some armed hoodlums led by suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege as an act of treason. In a statement issued by the Senate Spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, he said the action is also an affront on the legislature and the leadership of the Senate. Mr []

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21:26

Kenyas empty nets: How cheap Chinese fish imports have hooked buyers "IndyWatch Feed War"

Kenyan fisherman pull up their nets in the early morning as they fish on Lake Victoria.

Story highlights

  • Perch, tilapia declined by 20% to 30%
  • Cheap frozen imported fish from China
  • Kenya companies turn to fish farming

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21:25

Efforts to defeat malaria flatlining as disease resurges in Africa "IndyWatch Feed World"

The fight against malaria is stagnating, said health experts ahead of a London meeting convened by the Malaria No More group.

21:02

BREAKING: Thugs Invade Senate, Snatch Mace (VIDEO) Newtelegraph

The Senate has was thrown into a pandemonium, as the suspended senator, representing Delta Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), rushed into the apex legislative chamber in session with some thugs and carted away the mace. Omo-Agege, who was accompanied into the chambers by three thugs, waited at the []

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20:11

Flesh-eating disease Buruli ulcer increasing at alarming rate in Australia "IndyWatch Feed World"

A flesh-eating disease known as the Buruli ulcer, which is usually found in West and Central Africa, has been increasing at an alarming rate in Australia over the past two years, especially in the state of Victoria. A report published Tuesday in the Medical Journal of Australia describes the disease as a "worsening epidemic, defined by cases rapidly increasing in number, becoming more severe in nature and occurring in new geographic areas."

20:02

Prominent American Islamist Wants Atheists Locked Up "IndyWatch Feed War"

American Islamist Daniel Haqiqatjou. (Photo: Screenshot from video)American Islamist Daniel Haqiqatjou. (Photo: Screenshot from video)

A prominent conservative Muslim commentator has caused controversy after praising the arrest of an atheist YouTuber in Egypt named Sherif Gaber. Gaber has gained a following making videos critical of Islam in Arabic and posting them online. His activities have drawn the ire of the Egyptian state.

On March 31, the Salafi Al-Nour party filed a criminal complaint against him for blasphemy. There is now a warrant out for his arrest.

When Gaber tweeted the news of his impending arrest, American commentator Daniel Haqiqatjou tweeted Finally.

This prompted a Twitter spat between the two of them.

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19:14

Brave birds save crocodile eggs from lizard "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from Africa is called Brave Birds Chasing Monitor Lizard To Save Crocodile Eggs | Animals Save Other Animals.

The birds are stone-curlews. The lizard is a Nile monitor. The crocodile is a Nile crocodile.

19:07

Yemen government accused of torture, rape and murder of African migrants "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Human Rights Watch says government employees abuse migrants in Aden detention centre, while UN rights agency reports similar abuse

16:48

Missing Dubai princess Latifa 'brought back' after attempted escape "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Latifa, 32, was allegedly seized from a ship off India after appearing on a YouTube video announcing her escape

12:57

Tinubu blames Jonathan, PDP for Nigerias woes Newtelegraph

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has again blamed successive Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administrations for the nations woes.   The former governor of Lagos State, who spoke yesterday as the special guest at the 35th annual Aminu Kano Memorial Symposium in Kano, accused the PDP governments of frittering []

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12:45

Small-scale farmers should be the centre of South African land reform "IndyWatch Feed World"

Smallholder farming has been neglected over the past 23 years of South Africas attempt to redistribute land taken away from black people during the apartheid era.

12:34

2019: Nigeriansll ease out Buhari Falae Newtelegraph

Obasanjo, SDP national chair parley The National Chairman of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Olu Falae, yesterday declared that everything possible will be done to ease out President Muhammadu Buhari from power.   Falae, who spoke in Abeokuta after a consultation meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, said the affairs of Nigeria are greater than []

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12:33

Herdsmen killings worsen as death toll rises to 78 in Nasarawa Newtelegraph

The death toll in the Sunday killings by suspected herdsmen in Nasarawa State has risen to 78.   The development came as displaced persons taking refuge at a primary school at Agwatashi in Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State yesterday pelted Governor Tanko Al-Makura and his convoy with stones.   Al-Makura had visited the []

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12:14

$81.9m debt: Bank petitions NJC, EFCC, DSS over judges conduct Newtelegraph

  Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. has dragged Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos before the National Judicial Council (NJC), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) over alleged professional misconduct. In the 44-page petition written through a law firm, A.O.S Practice, the bank []

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12:12

FG to auction N90bn bonds Newtelegraph

The Federal Government has offered for subscription by auction N90 billion worth of bonds in its April 25 auction, the Debt Management Office (DMO) said. The offer circular obtained from its website on Tuesday in Abuja, stated that it would sell N30 billion of a five-year new issue maturing in April 2023 at an undisclosed []

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12:11

IMF to Nigeria: You wont be lucky if oil price falls Newtelegraph

As Nigeria and other oil producing countries continue to enjoy relative stability in their economies occasioned by the rise in the price of crude oil, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that countries that refuse to diversify their economies will not be lucky if crude oil prices  drop again. It also warned on rising []

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12:11

The president I want to see in 2019 IBB Newtelegraph

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, speaks in this interview monitored on Channels TV on the state of the nation and developments ahead of the 2019 general elections. WALE ELEGBEDE reports   What do you make of the controversy around hate speech?   Why should you not regulate somebody who tells you lets go to []

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12:10

Senators to Buhari: Seek foreign assistance to combat killings Newtelegraph

    demand sack of service chiefs   Following the escalation of killings by Fulani herdsmen across many states in the country, some senators yesterday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to sack the service chiefs and heads of security agencies for their failure to tackle the security menace.   The lawmakers also urged the President []

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11:59

Poll: How Mimiko attempted to bribe me REC Newtelegraph

    Ex-governor: Ive never been part of illegality   A Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Olusegun Agbaje, yesterday, alleged that former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko attempted to bribe him to change the results of the presidential and National Assembly elections in 2015.   Agbaje, who []

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11:59

Senate okays 12 bills for presidential assent Newtelegraph

  35 state assemblies return resolutions   The upper chamber of the National Assembly, yesterday, passed a resolution endorsing the processing and transmission of 12 constitution amendment bills to the President for his assent.   The bills, which were part of the Fourth Amendments to the 1999 Constitution earlier transmitted to the State Houses of []

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10:33

Final Declaration of the 2018 Peoples Summit in Lima, Peru "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cumbre de los Pueblos 2018 Translation by Internationalist 360 Original Text in Spanish Below FINAL DECLARATION OF THE SUMMIT OF THE PEOPLES FOR THE SOCIAL ARTICULATION OF OUR AMERICA Lima , Peru 10 14 April 2018 We, the representatives of social and popular organizations of Peru, Latin America and the Caribbean, have met in...

10:00

Cuba: US Governments Moral Vacuum Cannot be a Point of Reference for Latin America "IndyWatch Feed War"

Bruno Rodriguez, Cuba Debate, April 15th 2018 Translated by Tortilla Con Sal The United States Vice President seems to be ill-informed, ignoring reality and concealing the truth. I want to ask Mr. Pence directly whether or not the Monroe Doctrine guides his government in its policy towards Latin America. I want to reply to him...

08:12

UK refuses to back UN inquiry into Saudi 'war crimes' "IndyWatch Feed War"


UK refuses to back UN inquiry into Saudi 'war crimes' amid fears it will damage trade 

Britains Middle East and North Africa minister Alistair Burt argued that the Saudi-led coalition itself should investigate any atrocities it committed in its conflict against rebel forces in Yemen
...

08:02

Space diamonds found in meteorite came from an ancient destroyed planet "IndyWatch Feed World"

What's cooler than finding a meteorite? Finding diamonds in that meteorite. And what's even cooler than finding space diamonds? Discovering that those diamonds may be from an ancient lost protoplanet that was destroyed in the early days of our solar system. According to a new study published Nature Communications, that's exactly what we have on our hands-one of the study's co-authors, Philippe Gillet, claims that the large diamonds his team found in the Almahata Sitta meteorite "cannot be the result of a shock but rather of growth that has taken place within a planet." The Almahata Sitta meteorite crashed into the Nubian Desert of Sudan in 2008 and has been a subject of study ever since. The team of scientists studying its interior found both graphite and diamonds and discovered that the latter contained crystals that are only formed under extreme pressure conditions-scientists estimated it would take around 200,000 bars, or 2.9 million pounds per square inch (psi) to create them.

08:00

A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

(HRW) This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains.

Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt used in smart phones and laptops has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution.

This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECDs Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves.

This is crucially important. Many companies still fall short of the Guidance and risk contributing to human rights abuses. Human Rights Watch has documented how civilians have suffered in armed conflict situations when armed groups have fought over access to mines. Communities near mines have faced ill-health and environmental harm as mines have polluted waterways with toxic chemicals. And children have risked their lives when working in small-scale mines in Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines.

We recently scrutinized 13 well-known jewellery companies for their sourcing practices and found that none of the companies were fully in line with the OECD Guidance. Most of the companies we analysed did not sufficiently assess human rights risks, had no or only partial traceability for their gold and diamonds, and failed to provide comprehensive public reports on their responsible sourcing efforts.

While this weeks meeting can and should discuss whether progress has been made, it cannot measure how the OECD Guidance is being put into practice. What is needed is government oversight. So far, governments have provided little, prompting Human Rights Watch and other civil society groups to call for change and outline what such a monitoring mechanism could look like. The OECD secretariat has taken a positive step by putting the issue on the agenda of this weeks meeting and requesting governments to provide information.

It is time for governments to make a commitment to check what companies on their territory are doing to protect human rights in their supply chains. They should name the companies that are making progress, as well as those that arent.

Communities affected by abuses in mining deserve their protection.

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07:15

A global leader: Kingsley Moghalus inspirational life By Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji OBLONG MEDIA

One evening in Medford, Massachusetts in March 2017, I was seated at the back of an elegantly designed classroom at More

06:20

Trudeau must resolve case of Canadian tortured in Sudan: Amnesty "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Abousfian Abdelrazik was detained and tortured in Sudan, allegedly with the involvement of Canadian intelligence officers

04:57

Conservatives deporting Caribbean British people "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from Britain says about itself:

Windrush Son Due To Be Deported Tomorrow In Heartbreaking Call To James OBrien

17 April 2018

The son of a Windrush immigrant is facing deportation tomorrow and this is his heartbreaking phone call to James OBrien. Mozi Haynes is helping care for his mother, Ruth Williams, 75, who has cancer. But, after two failed applications to stay, he is due to be removed from the country on Wednesday.

Every knock on the door you think theyre coming to get you, he told James in a heartbreaking call. I love Britain, its been my home for so long, but it is hostile, I dont know if they mean for it to be this way, but thats the way it is. The 35-year-old has paid for his own ticket back to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines because he because he felt too ashamed to be officially deported.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

May grovels over Windrush as pressure mounts over wrongful deportations

PRIME MINISTER Theresa May was forced to bow to pressure today and apologise over the governments shameful and hostile treatment of the Windrush generation.

Ms Mays apology came as a man who looks after his cancer-stricken mother had his deportation to St Vincent and the Grenadines tomorrow halted following an intervention by Labour Tottenham MP...

04:56

Trumps Syria withdrawal plan: Arab occupational force and Arabs will pay for it report "IndyWatch Feed War"

RT | April 17, 2018 Washington reportedly wants Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar to replace the US in terms of troop deployments and funding in stabilizing northeastern Syria, according to the Wall Street Journal. The US currently has two major points of military presence on the ground in Syria: one on the border with []

04:14

Trump/Little King Hope To Revive Islamist NATO Idea To Replace US Troops In Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Arabia says open to sending troops to Syria under wider coalition

Donald Trump asks SAUDI ARABIA and others to establish Arab ARMY to replace US in Syria

DONALD Trump is looking to end US engagement in Syria by forming an Arab military force to replace the US presence in the region and to help stabilise the north-eastern part of the country following the defeat of so-called Islamic State, it has been reported.

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03:37

Mysterious Flesh-Eating Ulcer Epidemic Cases Have Increased by 50 Percent "IndyWatch Feed World"

Something quite strange and yet terrifying is happening in Australia at the moment and it has doctors of all kinds baffled. As this epidemic grows, many are wondering: What can be done?

Cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa have literally surged by four hundred percent in the last four years. Doctors do not have a clue how to prevent this disease which is caused by bacteria that basically breaks down tissue. Last year there was a 51 percent increase in cases of this infection when compared to 2016.

This skin disease is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans. It emits toxins that work to destroy skin cells, fat, and blood vessels. This eventually forms ulcers and causes skin loss. It tends to affect the arms and legs, but depending on the person and severity, it can also be found on other parts of the body including the face.

One of the most terrifying things about this skin disease is that no one knows how it is transmitted to humans and some believe it is possible that mosquitoes can carry the bacteria. Please prepare yourself for the image below as this is not a pretty sight at all and is still even a more mild case.

Ella Crofts/BBC

 

Dr. OBrien co-author of the call for government funding to research this disease told BBC as follows:

No one understands whats happening and whats driving this epidemic. We can offer clues but not definitive advice. Its a mystery.

The problem is, we dont have the time to sit around and pontificate about it the epidemic has reached frightening proportions.

These ulcers are not easy to deal with and come with a recovery period of anywhere between six months to one whole year. Many people who come down with this skin disease end up having to undergo reconstructive surgery as it literally eats away the skin.

A study published just days ago in the Medical Journal of Australia cautions of thi...

03:25

FLASHBACK: Judge Kimba Wood presides over George Soros wedding - attended by Nancy Pelosi "IndyWatch Feed World"

Billionaire investor George Soros, 83, will marry 42-year-old Tamiko Bolton today, followed by a huge party at his Caramoor Estate in Bedford, with 500 guests. We're told the couple will say their vows in front of a select group of friends and family before they celebrate with hundreds from 4:30 p.m. onward. Those expected include World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and Toomas Hendrik Ilves, president of Estonia; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia; and Edi Rama, prime minister of Albania. Also there will be Paul Tudor Jones II and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Festivities started Friday night with a dinner at Le Bernardin, followed by cocktails with a few hundred guests at MoMA. Soros and Bolton, a health care consultant, will exchange vows in a small ceremony on Saturday morning at the Bedford, New York estate, which Soros bought in 2003 from "Jurassic Park" author Michael Crichton. Kimba Wood, a federal judge, will perform the non-denominational ceremony, which will be attended by members of the couple's families, including his five children, a source familiar with the arrangements told Reuters.

03:21

81 die in Lagos road accidents in 10 months Commissioner Newtelegraph

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said 81 persons lost their lives in 827 road accidents recorded in the state from May 2017 to March 2018. Mr Ladi Lawanson, Commissioner for Transportation, gave the figures at the 2018 Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the three years in office of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, at Alausa, Lagos. []

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03:20

Omo-Ageges suspension in order Senate Deputy Majority Leader Newtelegraph

Sen. Bala Naallah, the Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate has declared as being in order the suspension of Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege by the leadership of the Upper Legislative Chamber. Naallah, representing the President of the Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki said this at a legislative summit organised by Hallow Mace Communications Ltd. on Tuesday in []

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03:20

FG explains causes of soot in Rivers Newtelegraph

The Federal Government said the soot, currently being experienced in Port Harcourt and its environs, was caused by activities of illegal oil refiners, bunkers and burning of tyres. Mr Peter Idabor, Director General of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) disclosed this at the beginning of a Joint Activation and Drill Exercise []

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03:10

Corruption: Allegations against me pure blackmail Secondus Newtelegraph

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has challenged the Federal Government to show concrete evidence to prove that he collected money from former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki. Prince Secondus who stated that he did not want to join issues with the Federal Government on the matter since the []

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03:08

Air strikes kill scores of Boko Haram fighters NAF Newtelegraph

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have said scores of suspected Boko Haram elements had been killed in targeted air strikes within the Lake Chad general area. Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, who made the disclosure in a statement, said the gun truck that conveyed the suspected terrorists, was []

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03:07

NEMA fraud: Well not stop investigation Reps Newtelegraph

The House of Representatives has said it cannot be intimidated to discontinue its investigation into alleged violation of public trust and due process in the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). It however decried what it described as attempts by some individuals to pitch it against the presidency, saying it has nothing against Vice President Yemi []

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02:36

Unlikely scenario: Trump wants Arab nations to take over illegal occupation of Syria and pay to do it "IndyWatch Feed World"

Washington reportedly wants Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar to replace the US in terms of troop deployments and funding in "stabilizing northeastern Syria," according to the Wall Street Journal. The US currently has two major points of military presence on the ground in Syria: one on the border with Jordan in the south and one in northeastern Syria in an area controlled by the predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Force (SDF). President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw American troops from Syria, apparently dismayed by the cost of the operation. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Trump administration wants to shift the burden of occupying northeastern Syria - which is touted as an effort to stabilize the area by the newspaper - to Arab countries.

02:03

The Direct Relationship Between Your Name And Personality "IndyWatch Feed World"

Its a universal truth there is no sweeter sound in all of creation than ones own name. Unless of course, it isnt.

Tom, Dick or Harry; Peter, Paul or Mary; your name is your identity. It distinguishes you from some people and binds you to others. To you, you are unique.

But did you know that your name and your personality might be related? So says Lewis Lipsitt, professor emeritus of psychology at Brown University, who believes that the way parents choose their childs name is related to their genes.

Adventurous parents will choose adventurous names.

This means that a selected name can actually signal the underlying genes of the child.

You might be tempted to manipulate the system and name your son something like Max Power. But you should probably do your best to pick a name that matches your childs personality. If you impose a role on your child with his or her name, they may feel pressured to live up to its aspirations.

While this might sound a little far-fetched, it does underscore something truly important: You should be comfortable with your own name.

If your childs name doesnt line up with his self-image, he will very likely be unhappy. Imagine being a Biff on the chess club or a Cyril trying out for the football team or worst of all, Bertha the Ballerina.

To a great extent, having a positive self-image is linked to how you view your name.

Some experts say that the view of ones name is a reflection of how you feel about yourself. If your kids dont like their name, they probably dont feel great about themselves either.

There is also a darker side to all this. Even in todays society, people are still prejudiced against names that evoke certain cultural or economic backgrounds.

Marianne Bertrand, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, conducted an experiment where she sent fictitious resumes to various employers in Chicago. The catch? She kept the resumes identical except for the names. Some were given names that are considered very white such as Brendan,...

01:55

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Zimbabwe President Lauds Chinhoyi 7 Filmmakers
17 APR, 2018 - 14:04
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa speaks to Commander Defence Forces General Philip Valerio Sibanda while Zimbabwe National Army Commander Lieutenant-General Edzayi Chimonyo and Commander Air Force of Zimbabwe Air Marshal Elson Moyo look on after watching Chinhoyi 7 Battle film, at Ster Kinekor, Sam Levy Borrowdale, Harare today.-(Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)

Herald Reporter

President Mnangagwa and Vice President Chiwenga, together with Cabinet Ministers and service chiefs, today had a chance to view local liberation war movie Chinhoyi 7 at Ster Kinekor, Borrowdale in Harare.

The private viewing comes ahead of the launch of the film anytime soon.

Based on the Chinhoyi Battle of 1966, where first shots of the Second Chimurenga were fired, the film seeks to correct some misconceptions about the war.

President Mnangagwa hailed the film players for documenting the countrys history adding that Zimbabweans should safeguard the countrys hard-won independence.

The burden of defending our land and passing on the patriotism in our blood is upon us to pass on to generations to come, he said.

01:49

With WhatsApp update, you can regain deleted files Newtelegraph

Concerns have been raised about the new update of WhatsApp, which allows users to access videos and images they have deleted. It is believed the update clearly shows that the app stores users personal information for longer than it says it does. The update, which is now available to Android users worldwide, enables users to []

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01:49

Sudan: Release of Mr. Osman Salih, Mr.Salih Mahmoud Osman and Mr. Amjed Fareed "IndyWatch Feed World"

New information SDN 002 / 0218 / OBS 017.3 Release Sudan April 17, 2018 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Sudan. New information: The Observatory has been informed by the African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) about the release of Mr. Osman Salih, lawyer, Mr. Salih Mahmoud [...]

01:48

Senate confirms NHRC boss, NERC Chairman Newtelegraph

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Mr Anthony Ojukwu for appointment as Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The Senate also confirmed the nomination of Prof. James Momoh for appointment as Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). The confirmation of Ojukwu followed presentation of the report of the []

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01:39

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All Welcome to Observe Democracy in Action: ED
17 APR, 2018 - 00:04
Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa has reiterated his message that this years general elections will be free and fair, saying the world is welcome to come and witness the polls that are constitutionally due in July.

Posting on his Facebook page recently, the President said: We have promised to hold free and fair elections and that is exactly what we will do. We are inviting the international community to be a part of this new chapter in Zimbabwean openness, democracy and freedom.

Zimbabwe has invited 46 countries to observe the polls.

President Mnangagwas calls for a free and fair election are backed by amendments to the Electoral Act, which are already before Parliament.

Yesterday, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission urged political parties to make their proposed amendments to the Electoral Act in Parliament.

The MDC Alliance recently threatened to boycott the elections if their demands for electoral reforms were not met.

In an interview yesterday, ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba said: There are reforms to the Electoral Act that are before Parliament. We disseminate that information to political parties to make their input there.

ZEC is an independent body (and) we dont make laws, but we just make recommendations to the lawmakers. The political parties should propose the changes that they want in Parliament.

On staffing of ZEC, Justice Chigumba said: ZEC has no evidence of any of its permanent employees who is still a serving member of the military. If anyone has that evidence, they should bring it forward.

All our employees went through the interview processes and the law does not stop us from employing members of the military who have retired.

Apart from inviting 46 countries to observe the polls, Government has also invited several international organisations.

The Sadc Parliamentary Forum and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), including the Commonwealth and Non-Aligned Movement, are some of the key institutions that have bee...

01:35

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Zimbabwe Visit: Chinese Delegation Jets In
17 APR, 2018 - 00:04
Zimbabwe Herald

Zimbabwe Investment Authority chief executive Mr Richard Mbaiwa (right) in a business meeting with the Chinese delegation in Harare yesterday. Picture by Justin Mutenda

Felex Share Senior Reporter

China has sent an 11-member delegation to Zimbabwe as a follow-up to President Mnangagwas State visit to the Asian economic giant early this month where several business deals were signed, while relations between the two countries were elevated to the highest status.

The delegation is exploring investment opportunities in various sectors in response to President Mnangagwas invitation and call that Zimbabwe is now open for business.

The Head of State and Government was in China two weeks ago where he sealed multiple business deals that will result in new projects, including giving traction to those that stalled under the previous political administration.

The latest Chinese delegation to arrive in the country on a week-long exploratory mission is led by China Trade Promotion Centre director Mr Tan Wenbao.

The organisation falls under Chinas Ministry of Commerce.

The delegation includes managers from various companies interested in energy, agriculture, health and infrastructure development.

The group yesterday met Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) chief executive officer Mr Richard Mbaiwa before meeting Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) officials.

Mr Mbaiwa said the visit by the Chinese delegation was triggered by President Mnangagwas recent State visit to the Asian economic giant.

Their arrival is in response to the invitation that has been made by President Mnangagwa through his message that Zimbabwe is open for business, he said.

We met some of the officials who came from China a few days ago and they indicated that they wanted to come and they have done so. When the President spoke and we interacted with them, we then cemented everything and from our discussions more delegations are headed for Zimbabwe.

They are following up to look at potential areas of where they can invest. They have specific interest in the energy sec...

01:23

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Mozambique Leader Heads to UK for CHOGM
16.04.2018 15h21
by APA News

President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique is expected in the United Kingdom this week to join other leaders at the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which opens on Thursday, APA can report on Monday.The summit will focus on increasing intra-Commonwealth trade, which is projected to increase to $1 trillion by 2020.

This is seen by some analysts as being particularly important in the context of Britains planned exit from the European Union and its desire to secure new trade deals.

Currently, almost half of Britains trade is within the European Union, while trade with Commonwealth partners accounts for only ten per cent.

Australias Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, said in a media statement on Monday that the Commonwealth is looking at expanding its membership beyond English-speaking nations.

There is a big push to extend the Commonwealth beyond its old colonial image with a campaign to include new members which were not under British control, he said.

 In another development, Zimbabwe has been invited to attend the summit as an observer for the first time since the country was suspended from the Commonwealth over accusations of human rights abuses and election rigging.

In 2003, President Robert Mugabe withdrew the country from the Commonwealth, and it now looks likely that moves will be underway to repair relations, with Zimbabwes Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo attending the summit.

The Commonwealth is made up of 53 countries with 2.4 billion citizens, and Mozambique joined in 1995.

01:19

Britains New African Empire. OBLONG MEDIA

Companies listed on the London Stock Exchange control over $1trillion worth of Africas resources in just five commodities oil, More

01:17

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New Ruby Deposit Discovered in Mozambique
April 17, 2018
Mustang Resources

Rough rubies typical of the Montepuez project. Source: Gems & Gemology, Spring 2015, Vol. 51, No. 1

ASX-listed Mustang Resources has discovered a new ruby-bearing gravel deposit just 3.5 km from its processing plant at the Montepuez ruby project in Mozambique.

The discovery was made during an extensive exploration and test pitting campaign undertaken at Montepuez during the March 2018 quarter, which resulted in the development of 196 test pits during the period.

Preparations have now commenced to restart the exploration bulk sampling program at Montepuez as the rainy seasons ends, and the newly-identified Block D will form part of the upcoming bulk sampling program.

Q1 ruby operations update

During Q1, a total of 29,069.1 carats were recovered from the processing of 43,940 m3 (68,107 tonnes) of material at Montepuez, resulting in an average grade for the quarter of 0.42 carats/tonne.

The Q1 2018 recovery grades were approximately 13.5% higher than Q4 2017, while tonnes processed were approximately 15% lower.

In Q4 2017, approximately 80,658 tonnes were processed with 29,983 carats recovered at an average grade of 0.37 carats/tonne.

Heavy rains during the quarter adversely affected operations and processing of the stockpile.

Preparations have now commenced to restart the exploration bulk sampling program as the rainy seasons draws to an end.

Mustangs Montepuez ruby project is located in the heart of the globally significant Montepuez gem-field, adjacent to the advanced mining operations of JSE-listed Gemfields and early-stage exploration assets of TSXV-listed Fura Gems.

The discovery of the Block D ruby-bearing gravels and the success of our ongoing exploration activitites continue to show the significant prospectivity of the ruby project," says Mustang Resources MD, Dr. Bernard Olivier.

"When combined with the recent initial success of our newly-implemented sales and marketing strategy, we are confident that we can continue to steadily build value around this high-quality asset which is strategically located in the heart of the Montepuez gem-field, currently the worlds leading supply s...

01:01

Senate summons Emefiele, Adeosun, Dan-Ali over $462m helicopter Newtelegraph

The Senate on Tuesday summoned the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, for explanation on alleged withdrawal of 462 million dollars for purchase of helicopters from an American firm. Also summoned on the matter are the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and her Defence counterpart, Mansur Dan-Ali. The upper chambers []

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01:00

Govt to pay $8,000 to families of those killed by wild animals Newtelegraph

The Namibian Government will pay up to 8,000 dollars to families of people killed by wild animals, as long as the behaviour that led to their deaths was not reckless, the Tourism Ministry said in a statement. People, who were eaten by crocodiles or hippos while swimming in rivers known to be home to such []

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Mozambique Sets October 2019 for General Elections
13 APR, 2018 - 00:04
 
MAPUTO. Mozambique will hold presidential, legislative and provincial elections on October 15, 2019, President Filipe Nyusi announced on Wednesday.

The date was unveiled amid negotiations on consolidating peace between the government and former rebels, the Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo).

Renamo and the ruling Frelimo fought a 16-year civil war that ended with a peace deal in 1992, but Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama took to the bush again in 2013 as his supporters waged a new low-level insurgency.

In December 2016, Dhlakama announced a truce with the government, which until now is yet to culminate in a formal peace accord.

Dhlakama and President Nyusi have agreed on constitutional reforms that will decentralise power.

The reforms, currently under debate in parliament, will allow voters to directly elect provincial governors, who at present are appointed by the president.

Renamo has long sought greater decentralisation of power and better integration of its supporters into the police and military.

Analysts suggest that President Nyusi, who is eligible to run for one more term, is expected to narrowly win next years elections, as Renamo has been growing its support.

Frelimo has glided to victory in five previous multiparty elections since 1994 although the opposition alleges fraud.

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00:58

Cultist allegedly stabs neighbour to death over gay man Newtelegraph

An Ikeja High Court, Lagos has remanded an alleged member of Aiye Cult group, Adebayo Ahmed in prison custody for allegedly stabbing his neighbour to death over a gay man. It was learnt that Ahmed, 24, stabbed one Samuel Owawu to death with a broken bottle over a phone belonging to a gay friend of []

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00:55

PHOTO: Mistress damages maids private parts after torture Newtelegraph

A 12-year-old girl, Faith Nwanja who was allegedly tortured and mutilated by her mistress, Mrs Nkechi Bartholomew for being too stubborn has suffered serious damaged in her reproductive system. This was disclosed by the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development yesterday while briefing journalists on the development. The girl, who hails from Okoffia []

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00:53

Danjumas Belated Call to Action OBLONG MEDIA

Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) stirred up a hornets nest recently when he called on Nigerians to rise in self-defence More

00:39

WITH THE WORSE-THAN-APARTHEID 1999 CONSTITUTION OF NIGERIA IN PLACE, IGBO PRESIDENCY IS THE POISONED CHALICE SOUGHT ONLY BY IGBO EFULEFU. OBLONG MEDIA

If it be true indeed that Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria, did say More

00:26

Washington, D.C. fact of the day "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The National African Art Museum has a problem:

Attendance dropped to 159,000 last year from a high of 403,000 in 2009, when there was a special exhibition. Last years number is 43 percent below the 10-year average.

One of the under-reported stories about D.C. is how much the citys art museums have faded as intellectual and cultural centers for the city.  This seems to be extreme for the African museum, perhaps because of urban gentrification, and perhaps because the African museum has an especially hard time mounting blockbuster exhibits famous to the public eye.  Prince Twins Seven Seven just isnt as famous as he ought to be.

In the meantime, you all have the internet to keep you busy.

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00:23

Trump Asks Arab States to Create a Force to Replace U.S. Troops in Syria "IndyWatch Feed World"

MOVING FORWARD: Trump Asks Arab States To Create Force To Replace U.S. Troops In Syria

April 16, 2018

Source: Daily Wire | By HANK BERRIEN




Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Trump administration is communicating with friendly Arab nations about creating an Arab force to replace the U.S. military contingent in Syria. National Security Advisor John Bolton has reportedly spoken to Abbas Kamel, Egypts acting intelligence chief about Egypt being a linchpin in that effort. One administration official stated, "Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the U.A.E. have all been approached with respect to financial support and more broadly to contribute.

The Trump Administration has asked Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates for billions of dollars to heal northern Syria now that Islamic State has been driven out of the region.

When President Trump announced last Fridays missile strikes on Syria from the United States, Great Britain and France, he added, We have asked our partners to take greater responsibility for securing their home region, including contributing larger amounts of money.

That message was consistent with Trumps statements earlier this month when he spoke of a speedy withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Trump apparently wants to avoid the mistake the Obama Administration made when his withdrawal from Iraq provided a vacuum that led to the ascendancy of Islamic State.

What has slowed President Trumps efforts to bring American...

00:14

President Muhammadu Buharis Role In The N123 Billion Drop In Foreign Transactions, Exposed. OBLONG MEDIA

An Abuja Based Developmental Economist, Dr. Katch Ononuju, has revealed President Muhammadu Buharis role in the drastic decline of Nigerias More

Tuesday, 17 April

23:43

Every Kingdom Divided Against Itself "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Charles Sprague Pearce Lamentations over the Death of the First-Born of Egypt 1877   In Matthew 12:22-28, Jesus tells the Pharisees:   Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. In 1858, US Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln borrows the line:   On June

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23:35

IHEDIOHA DISMISSES OYES CALL TO QUIT PDP AS UNWARRANTED, MISCHIEVIOUS. INSISTS, PDP IS THE ONLY VEHICLE TO LIBERATE IMO, NIGERIA. OBLONG MEDIA

PRESS RELEASE The attention of former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, has been drawn to More

23:22

Somali poetess jailed for poetry "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2017 video is about Somali poetess Nacima Qorane reading a poem.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Somaliland: Three-year jail sentence for poet who read unity poem

POET Nacima Qorane has been jailed for three years in Somaliland after being found guilty of contempt for reading a unity poem.

She received the sentence in the self-declared republic after she called for Somaliland and Somalia to be reunited.

Prosecutors said she had referred to Somaliland as a region and insulted and defamed its government by reading the poem in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The court found that she had brought the state into contempt.

Home to about 4 million people, the area in the north-west of Somalia was formerly a British protectorate, uniting with the former Italian colony in 1960 to form the Somali Republic. It declared its independence in 1991 following a bitter civil war but is not recognised internationally, being seen as an autonomous region of the country.

In February Somaliland allowed the United Arab Emirates to open a military base to launch strikes against Yemens Houthi rebels in the countrys ongoing civil war.

Ms Qorane was arrested in January after returning from the Somali capital and rights groups have raised concerns over her treatment.

A number of artists and reporters have been sentenced for similar offences as Somalilands government cracks down on opposition voices and press freedom.

Journalists Mo...

23:01

Durham, NC votes for nations first ban on police exchanges with Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Late Monday evening, Durham voted unanimously to become the first city in the U.S. to prohibit police exchanges with Israel, after broad community pressure and popular petition by the Demilitarize! Durham2Palestine coalition, an affiliate of the Deadly Exchange Campaign. The policy, which states that, the Council opposes international exchanges with any country in which Durham officers receive military-style training, was voted into official policy of the City of Durham during heated debate at City Council.

In a time of increasing concern about policing and police violence, in particular for communities of color, the city of Durham is leading the way in declaring that safety for all means de-militarizing the police force. From traffic stops that target Black drivers, to checkpoints that target immigrant communities, to police murders of Black, Brown, and disabled people, police forces cause daily harm. Police exchanges between the U.S. and Israel explicitly offer U.S. police officers exposure to methods used against Palestinians that numerous international human rights groups say are discriminatory and lead to human rights violations.

This is an important step towards divesting from militarization and over-policing, and investing in Black and Brown futures, stated Laila Nur of Durham For All, one of the coalition members. I am proud to see Durham leading the way; its a huge victory towards a vision of safety and sanctuary for all.

The Demilitarize Durham2Palestine Coalition is leading the way as a model of how to build communities that value safety for all people. We are thrilled by this first win of the Deadly Exchange campaign, which is especially meaningful as a response to the ongoing targeting of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza and the call from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction Movement in response to end U.S./Israel police exchanges, stated Jewish Voice for Peace Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson.

Ending police training exchanges between U.S. law enforcement and Israeli security forces, according to the Deadly Exchange campaign, works towards reducing state violence and discrimination. Since the early 2000s, thousands of U.S. police officers, sheriffs, border patrol agents, ICE officers and FBI agents have trained with Israeli military and police forces. Through one of these programs, the Anti-Defamation Leagues (ADL) National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS), U.S. law enforcement agents visit checkpoints and prisons and meet with Israeli officials at other sites of violence and racial profiling, such as Hebrons settler-controlled areas and Ben Gurion ai...

22:44

Talas local approach to global growth fuels $50 million Series C "IndyWatch Feed World"

Microlender Tala has proven, in the seven years since its launch, that its possible to effectively underwrite borrowers in emerging markets without credit bureaus. Using nontraditional data pulled from mobile phones, the Los Angeles-based startup has extended credit to over 1.3 million customers. Now Tala is expanding from its existing baseKenya, Tanzania, and the Philippinesto

Microlender Tala has proven, in the seven years since its launch, that its possible to effectively underwrite borrowers in emerging markets without credit bureaus. Using nontraditional data pulled from mobile phones, the Los Angeles-based startup has extended credit to over 1.3 million customers.

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21:44

Trump Administration Wants Saudi-Coalition to Take U.S. Mantle in Syria "IndyWatch Feed World"

U.S. President Donald Trump is preparing to put his hybrid plan in place in Syria, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journals sources among U.S. officials claim the Trump Administration is attempting to establish an Arab force that would replace U.S. troops in the war-torn country.

According to the report, Trumps national security adviser John Bolton allegedly held a phone conversation with Abbas Kamel, Egypts acting chief of intelligence, to see if Cairo would be willing to contribute to the plan.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

The Trump administration is seeking to assemble an Arab force to replace the U.S. military contingent in Syria and help stabilize the northeastern part of the country after the defeat of Islamic State, U.S. officials said.

John Bolton, President Donald Trumps new national security adviser, recently called Abbas Kamel, Egypts acting intelligence chief, to see if Cairo would contribute to the effort, officials said.

The initiative comes as the administration has asked Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to contribute billions of dollars to help restore northern Syria. It wants Arab nations to send troops as well, officials said.

Details about the initiative, which havent been previously disclosed, have emerged in the days since the U.S.-led strikes on sites associated with the Syrian regimes chemical-weapons capabilities.

The U.S. had also allegedly requested that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE allocate billions of dollars to restore northeastern Syria, currently under the control of U.S. forces and asked the Gulf nations to send their forces there.

The plan is allegedly aimed at preventing a security vacuum in the U.S. occupied areas of Syria if U.S. troops withdraw. However, a U.S. troop withdrawal still remains in question as the U.S. military continues to establish new bases in the country.

The Wall Street Journal also reported that Erik Prince, best known for founding the government services and security company Blackwater USA, now known as Academi, has reportedly said that some Gulf state officials have contacted him to discuss the prospects of assembling a force in Syria.

Saudi Arabia and...

14:00

The Next Oil Boom Is About To Happen Here "IndyWatch Feed World"

Its one of the most unbelievable energy stories of the year.  A Chinese oil company was sitting on what might be a major oil discovery - a 182-million-barrel probable reserve, with great potential to grow. They spent hundreds of millions of dollars and sunk 13 wells, shot or acquired 6,700 km of 2D seismic, and shot over 1,000 km of 3D seismic. Then - thanks to a weird quirk of Sudanese geology - they gave away the entire African mother lode for free.

10:51

United Nations: Chancellor Highlights Bolivias Advances in Defense of Mother Earth and Indigenous Peoples "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cancillera Bolivia Translated by Internationalist 360 Within the framework of the XVII Forum on Indigenous Issues, under the theme Indigenous peoples, collective rights to land, territories and resources, the Chancellor of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Fernando Huanacuni Mamani, highlighted the important advances of the Plurinational State, which has consolidated the struggle for the recovery...

10:33

President Evo Morales: We Must Defend Mother Earth, Fight Imperialism and Policies of Genocide "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cancillera Bolivia Translated by Internationalist 360 The President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales Ayma, participated in the XVII Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations in New York.  In his speech he  highlighted the urgent need to fight against policies genocide. If we want to guarantee the rights of Mother...

10:00

We Demand that Peasants Rights are Guaranteed. Enough of FTAs, Enough Impunity for Corporations! "IndyWatch Feed War"

LA VIA CAMPESINA (Harare, April 17th 2018) After two decades of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), being advanced in an attempt to recolonize and 22 years after the de Eldorado dos Carajs massacre in Brazil, La Via Campesina denounces the impunity with which these actions are carried out. The global peasant movement issues a call to...

10:00

Where the International Front Against Venezuela is Heading "IndyWatch Feed War"

Mision Verdad Translated by Tortilla Con Sal The 8th Americas Summit was controversial thanks to the many corruption cases involving Latin Americas political classes. Its international impact was lessened by the absence of Donald Trump and another ten or so heads of State. But it still served as a platform to try and shape a...

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