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Saturday, 27 January

07:21

Mohamed Hasan Price of Life Africa Cartoons

Translation: 25 dinars, Free, 35 dinars, 37 dinars

07:18

Niger governors convoy saves students from hoodlums Newtelegraph

The convoy of the Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger on Friday saved the lives of injured students of the Army Day Secondary School, Minna, attacked by hoodlums. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governors convoy was on the way to Abuja when they saw the unfortunate incident. The students were on their []

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07:16

Mohamed Hasan Libyan Politics after February Africa Cartoons

Translation: Libyan Politics after February
Donkey: Imposed from the time of its inception

07:15

Buhari okays immunity on lawmakers, signs seven other bills Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday signed eight bills earlier passed by the National Assembly into law. The brief signing ceremony was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Ita Enang, senior special assistant to the president on national assembly matters (senate), briefed state house correspondents after the president gave assent to the bills. Enang said the []

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07:11

Kidnap victim recounts ordeal, thanks DSS, army Newtelegraph

Mrs Adeola Dawodu, a 46-year-old woman, has expressed gratitude to the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Army for rescuing her from kidnappers. Dawodu, a mother of four and wife to a Shell worker, was kidnapped on Jan. 20 and held captive for six days before her rescue on Thursday. The victim told the []

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06:58

BREAKING: EFCC Releases ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal Newtelegraph

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released detained former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal. A source in the commission told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Lawal was released on administrative bail on Friday evening. The source, however, did not give further details. Lawal was detained by []

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04:46

JUST IN: Teleology finally acquires 9mobile in over $500m deal Newtelegraph

Teleology Holdings, a special purpose vehicle promoted by a former Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria, Adrian Wood, has been selected as the preferred bidder of 9mobile, sources close to the ongoing sales of the debt-ridden telco confirmed to New Telegraph.   Teleology, a private equity firm with an investment portfolio of $11bn, offered more than []

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04:41

2019: IMO GUBER AND WHY IT SHOULD BE RT. HON EMEKA NKEM IHEDIOHA. OBLONG MEDIA

As a true IMO political son or daughter, I guess,we know virtually all the LGAs in IMO and probably, may More

03:31

Election Re-ordeing: NASS is in order- CCDI Newtelegraph

The Centre for Convention on Democratic Integrity (CCDI), has said that the House of Representatives did not err nor Contravene any law by changing the order of elections ahead of the 2019 polls. The Centre said the amendment of Section 25 which is replacing the extent in the principal Act with a new one, is in []

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01:13

Sycophancy: Yoruba Elders blast Shittu for wearing Buharis re-election cap at FEC meeting Newtelegraph

The Yoruba Council of Elders has described as sad and unfortunate the distribution of President Muhammadu Buhari 2019 re-election campaign materials by the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, during the Wednesdays Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja. The minister wore one of the caps, which had the logo of the All Progressives Congress and the []

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01:11

Herdsmen killings: Gov Ortom Blasts Defense Minister, Says Buhari Surrounded By Wrong People Newtelegraph

Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom has stated that the good intentions of President Muhammadu Buhari to salvage the country for the benefit of upcoming generations may be defeated because he is surrounded by a wrong set of people that cannot give him useful advice that would take the nation out of the woods. Governor Ortom []

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01:09

Deji Tinubu: Lagos Cancels Retreat, Awaits Autopsy Report Newtelegraph

The Lagos State Government has hurriedly cancelled its 3-Day Retreat by the members of the state executive council and permanent secretaries, taking place at Jubilee Chalets Epe, following the sudden death of the Special Adviser on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives at the venue of the retreat. This was even as reactions have continued to trail []

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00:57

Gov. Ganduje signs Kano appropriation bill into law Newtelegraph

Kano state governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has signed the state 2018 Appropriation bill into law, which is in the tune of N 246, 608, 850, 598. The governor had in November 2017, presented a proposed appropriation bill of N233, 828, 850, 598 to the state House of Assembly for ratification, which was reviewed upward []

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22:26

Oblong gives marching order to APC Nigerian Horn News OBLONG MEDIA

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20:29

Ivory Coast arrests after ivory, leopard parts and pangolin scales seized Africa Sustainable Conservation News

New York Times

DAKAR, Senegal Officials in Ivory Coast said Thursday that they had broken up an international ivory-smuggling network, the second announcement of such a bust on the African continent this month.

Law-enforcement officials in Ivory Coast said they had arrested six people and confiscated more than half a ton of ivory, leopard parts and illegal firearms. The loot also contained a half of a ton of pangolin scales.

The pangolin, a mammal sometimes confused with the armadillo, has become one of the most trafficked animals. Demand for its pinecone-ish scales, made of keratin, like fingernails, has soared in China, where they are used in medicines.

The operation was carried out with help from United States officials as well as by the Eco Activists for Governance and Law Enforcement, also known as the Eagle Network, an organization that supports the enforcement of anti-wildlife trafficking laws. A photo distributed by American officials showed dozens of elephant tusks seized in the operation.

The announcement on Thursday followed another bust of ivory trafficking in Africa: Last week,...

19:33

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18:49

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Thousands Flee to Uganda as DRC Violence Surges
by Malcolm Webb

People fleeing the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo) have reported a surge in arbitrary killings, rapes and abductions by unidentified armed groups.

The violence has pushed more than 10,000 people into neighbouring Uganda since the beginning of December, according to the UN.

Rebecca Salama, a refugee from Congo, told Al Jazeera in Uganda's Nyakabande refugee transit camp in western Uganda that armed groups kept attacking her village, forcing her to walk into neighbouring Uganda with her husband and five children.

"When you go to pick your crops, or go to the forest for firewood, if you're a man, they kill you, and if you are a woman, they'll rape you. That is why we came here," she said.

Along with other new arrivals, Rebecca continued her journey in a UN truck.

Everyone Al Jazeera spoke to said they did not know which armed group was attacking them, or why.

They said the fighters carried guns, wore uniforms, and spoke languages from all over Congo and neighbouring Rwanda.

Malnourished children

At the transit camp, the refugees go through a mandatory hand and foot disinfection and a medical check.

Rebecca's baby twins, Kelvin and Kelve, were identified as seriously malnourished.

She said she had not been able to harvest her crops for weeks, and so had not produced enough breast milk.

UN officials told Al Jazeera that those kinds of problems were typical among those arriving at the transit camp, before they could be assisted and taken to long-term refugee settlements.

"Most of the refugees arrive when they're very tired. Because when you talk to them they have walked for long distance," said Jimmy Ogwang of UN refugee agency.

"Also we have cases where women arrive and claim they have been sexually harassed or raped, by rebels or militias in DRC."

Innocent Ndagije, Rebecca's husband, said they might never go back.

"We've heard that here is peaceful, but we're still on the way. We're optimistic that everything will be better, and not like Congo," he said.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA NEWS

18:45

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DR Congo Tells Belgium to Close Development Agency, Visa Center
By Georgi Gotev
EURACTIV.com with AFP

The Democratic Republic of Congo has told Belgium to close its development agency in the country and shutter an EU visa-processing centre, in the latest spat between the DRC and its former colonial power.

The move comes on the heels of Belgian and EU protests over a crackdown on rallies against President Joseph Kabila.

In a press statement issued late Wednesday (24 January), the foreign ministry said the government sought the dismantling of a consular arrangement in Kinshasa.

Under it, Belgium handles visa requests for the European Unions border-free Schengen zone.

The government also wants the immediate cessation of activities by Belgiums new development agency, Enabel, the ministry said.

The demands are in response to a series of measures restricting bilateral cooperation announced on 10 January by the Belgian government, the statement said.

It was with surprise and indignation that the government learned about these measures through the press, by-passing all diplomatic traditions, it said.

In its 10 January statement, the Belgian government said it would carry out a fundamental revision of cooperation with the DRC until credible elections were held.

In a communiqu yesterday (25 January), the Belgian government regretted Kinshasas announcement which, it said, would prevent the Enabel agency from supporting projects focused on agriculture, public health and education.

Creating the agency was part of a programme to reorient a quarter of the available means for governmental cooperation towards more humanitarian aid and cooperation with Congolese civil society organisations, universities and scientific institutions, the Belgian government stated.

The EU has likewise been a highly vocal critic of Kabila, repeatedly warning him against pursuing a crackdown ahead of delayed elections this year.

EU warns DR Congo of election funding risk over 'harassment'

The European Union warned Democratic Republic of Congo it would cut off help to hold elections next year if the authorities fail...

18:38

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Angola: The Party's Over for the Former President
(Stratfor 2018)

In Stratfor's 2018 Annual Forecast, we wrote that Angola would continue moving away from former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, as his successor, Joao Lourenco, had already begun chipping away at the former ruling family's financial empire. Dos Santos has been powerless to stop the assault on his family's financial gains, and a rumor that he will soon step down could be one of the final nails in the coffin.

One of Africa's oldest leaders may soon leave his position of power again. In a Jan. 25 interview with French language magazine Jeune Afrique, Angolan Foreign Minister Manuel Domingos Augusto confirmed that the leader of the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, will step down from his post in 2018. A party head's departure is not normally a notable event, but dos Santos is a major national figure, having ruled Angola for 38 years before leaving the presidency in 2017. In the interview, the foreign minister also stated that there will be an intra-MPLA party meeting Jan. 25. That gathering will bring dos Santos together with his successor to the Angolan presidency, Joao Lourenco, and could give more clarity on dos Santos' trajectory after retirement.

Dos Santos has previously stated that he hoped to retire from active politics in 2018. However, the transition from his presidency to Lourenco's has not gone as smoothly as he may have planned. Since being elected in late 2017, Lourenco has quickly sought to turn the page on controversial elements of the dos Santos era by removing the former president's family members from positions of power in important sectors of the Angolan economy. This has included, among other things, removing Isabel dos Santos as the head of the country's critically important oil company, Sonangol, and firing Jose Filomeno dos Santos from the state's sovereign wealth fund. Given the loss of his family's lucrative political connections in recent months, dos Santos' impending forced retirement from the political scene may end up having little impact on the direction of Angola in the years to come.

18:34

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Graft Trial in Portugal 'Offends' Angola
By Cristina Krippahl
DW

Tensions are mounting between Angola and Portugal over the indictment for corruption of former Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente. Experts believe Portugal will cave in to Angolan efforts to nix the trial.

The case goes back to when Manuel Vicente (pictured above) was head of the state oil company Sonangol, before being appointed vice president in 2012. The year before, he was charged in Lisbon on suspicion of having paid a Portuguese state prosecutor almost 770,000 ($942,000) to have two cases of money laundering dismissed. The scandal kept him from running for the presidency in 2017, although he had been handpicked by then head of state Jose Eduardo dos Santos to succeed him in office.

The trial against Vicente opened in Lisbon on Monday, despite efforts by the Angolan government to have it transferred to Luanda. The government of President Joao Lourenco argues that an agreement with the former colonial power allows for such a transfer. True, says jurist, author and legal consultant Rui Verde. "The problem is Angola's amnesty law. If the file is transferred to Angola, no justice will be applied," Verde told DW.

Immunity guaranteed

The amnesty for those convicted of minor crimes committed before 2016 and punishable with up to 12 years in prison was a parting gift by dos Santos when he stepped down from power last year. As a former vice president, Vicente also has immunity from prosecution. There is no doubt in either Portugal or Angola that a transferal of the judicial proceedings to Luanda would mean "that no trial will take place," the Portuguese professor of law said.

President Joao Lourenco, who took over last August after almost four decades of authoritarian rule by dos Santos, has promised the country a new start with a strong emphasis on the fight against corruption and money laundering. In the opinion of Rui Verde, a legal consultant for and collaborator with Maka Angola, an Angolan civil society initiative that is against graft and pro democracy, Lourenco's stance in the Vicente affair discredits his declared aims. "This looks bad because it's exactly the cont...

18:28

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No Namibia-Angola Conflict Over Water
January 25, 2018
Albertina Nakale
New Era

Windhoek-The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa has dismissed media reports implying Angolan authorities want Namibia to start paying for the water that it draws from the Calueque Dam.

This follows a report by the Namibian Sun that it appears that Namibia has been defaulting on a deal with Angola under which the northern regions receive water from Angolas Calueque Dam.

He said the allegation that Angolan authorities want Namibia to start paying for water is superfluous and baseless.

Mutorwa countered that Namibia and Angola remain two sisterly nations with shared borders and shared resources such as water.

There are no impending water wars or conflicts between Namibia and Angola and the two countries are working hard together to realize better living standards for all of their people, Mutorwa said.

He explained that since 1926, Namibia and Angola through the then colonial powers have been collaborating on the use of water from the Kunene River.

The two countries adopted the principle of best joint utilisation in the planning and development of water resources of common rivers.

He said this cooperation has led to Angola conceding rights to Namibia to construct the Calueque Dam and related works in Angolan territory to be able to draw and convey water from the Kunene River free of charge.

This is due to the fact that north-central Namibia has periodically been inundated by floodwaters from the river.

Mutorwa noted that the historical water use agreements make provision for sharing of the waters of the Kunene River, adding that nowhere in the agreements is it provided or envisaged that Namibia would receive water from the Calueque scheme at a cost.

Further, Mutorwa maintained the two countries are currently engaged in bilateral discussions on how to share responsibilities, relating to operation and maintenance of the Calueque Dam.

He revealed that other projects are also underway, such as the Baynes hydropower project, through which the two countries are engaged in bi-national discussions and which are aimed at coming up with joint solutions to supply the peoples of the two...

18:21

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'We Fight With Each Other Over Water': Rivers Run Dry in Mozambique
In the absence of basic sanitation, life in rural Mozambique during the dry season involves a relentless cycle of arduous journeys to collect water unfit for drinking. The struggle for survival, which affects young and old alike, puts those affected at risk of disease and leaves little time for anything else.

Photograph: Mrio Macilau/WaterAid

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Thu 25 Jan 2018 08.51 EST

Water is evaporating from the beautiful landscapes of Mozambique. There is too little to keep people alive, and the lack of it is forcing them from their homes, splitting up families and killing children. Photographer Mrio Macilau travelled around his country, talking to people whose only supply of water is from filthy rivers that dry up quickly in the hotter months.

In northern Mozambiques Niassa province, only 21% of people have access to safe sanitation and just 42% have a clean water supply. Only half the areas boreholes and wells are operational, forcing women and children to spend a great deal of time walking to fetch water.

Eudicia and Josefina, both 12
 Josefina and Eudicia, both 12, fetch water

Eudicia lives in Muassi village. She and her friend Josefina miss school up to four times a week as they have to fetch water from the riverbed.

Going to collect water is not fun. Im not happy because its too far. Im not laughing because if Im just laughing I wont reach home until night. There are snakes and dogs there, Eudicia says.

We go in groups, because were afraid to go alone. Carrying the water is too heavy; it is dirty and has a bad smell, like grass or old leaves Even when we do have water to wash, the water is dirty, so if you wash you are not really clean. I feel shy when I am dirty or my clothes are not clean.

I miss school every other day or so, to collect water. I dont feel good because I am absent from school.

 Albertina, 10, scoops water from a hole dug in the dry Lurio riverbed, in Mmele village
My favourite subject is Portuguese I want to be a teacher, because teachers can receive a good salary

Josefina
...

17:58

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Mozambique: Rioting Breaks Out After Two People Lynched
Maputo Serious rioting broke out last Friday, after two people were lynched in the Zongoene administrative post, in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza.

According to a report in Tuesday's issue of the independent newssheet Mediafax, the disturbances began when a crowd seized three suspected thieves and lynched two of them. The third escaped because the police managed to rescue him.

As in previous cases where mobs have taken the law into their own hands, the killers defended their actions on the grounds that the police do not defend them against criminals.

Hoping to seize and kill their third victim, the lynch mob marched on the Zonguene police station. According to the spokesperson for the General Command of the police, Inacio Dina, the crowd vandalised the police station and the offices of the administrative post. They burnt down five houses, three of them owned by the suspected thieves. The other two belonged to the head of the administrative post and to one of his staff.

Dina said the rioters also set two police vehicles on fire, and wrecked two informal market stalls belonging to the alleged thieves.

Police reinforcements were sent to Zonguene, and the situation was brought under control. There's a riot police brigade there, said Dina, and together with the Limpopo district administrator and the district police command, they are trying to persuade the public to stop trying to exact justice with their own hands.

Dina urged members of the public to hand over to the police anyone whom they believe has committed a crime. He pledged that such accusations will be investigated, and if criminal activity is proved, the persons concerned will stand trial.

The police believe that the mob seized another three suspected thieves who are now effectively being held hostage.

17:51

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Trump Plans to Sign Order Keeping Gitmo Open, Leaked Doc Reveals
A draft State Department cable previews the president's plan to rescind one of President Barack Obama's first official actions and keep open a military prison for suspected terrorists.

By NAHAL TOOSI and ANDREW RESTUCCIA
01/25/2018 06:48 PM EST

President Donald Trump is preparing to sign an executive order that would reverse an Obama-era directive to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a draft document obtained by POLITICO.

Trump is expected to announce plans to sign the order during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, or in the days before or after the address, a person familiar with the issue said.

The executive order, according to a draft State Department cable that officials are planning to soon send to U.S. embassies around the world, would rescind part of a separate 2009 order signed by then-President Barack Obama mandating that the facility be closed as soon as practicable.

The order has limited practical effect: Obama was never able to make good on the order amid resistance from members of Congress, who blocked his efforts to move detainees to prisons in the United States and raised concerns that released inmates could revert back to terrorism. However, Obama moved nearly 200 Guantanamo inmates to the custody of foreign countries during his presidency. Just 41 detainees remain in the facility today.

But for Trump, it is a powerful political statement. Trump promised during the presidential campaign to keep the Guantanamo Bay detention center open, saying in February 2016 he wanted to load it up with bad dudes. Last year, he said he was considering sending a man who rammed a truck into people in New York City to the facility.

It is also a rebuke to Trump's predecessor, Obama, who worked for years to close the detention center, which he warned was a recruitment tool for terrorist groups. In a sign of his commitment to the issue, Obama signed his executive order on his second full day as president.

Trump has yet to send any captured terrorist to the controversial detention camp, and the cable suggests that is not about to change.

"At this time, we are not aware of any plans to bring...

17:41

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President Trump Threatens Palestinians Again Demanding They Follow the Dictates of Tel Aviv and Washington
By CATHERINE LUCEY
AP 8:45 PM EST

(DAVOS, Switzerland) President Donald Trump barreled into a global summit in the Swiss Alps on Thursday, threatening to stop U.S. aid to the Palestinians and dismissing as a false rumor the idea that there are tensions in the U.S. relationship with Britain.

Trumps debut appearance at the glitzy World Economic Forum was hotly anticipated, with longtime attendees of the free-trade-focused event wondering how the America First president would fit in. Crowds clustered around Trump as he entered the modern conference hall, the president telling passers-by that he was bringing a message of peace and prosperity.

Trump framed his visit as a sign of positive things happening for the U.S. economy.

When I decided to come to Davos, I didnt think in terms of elitist or globalist, I thought in terms of lots of people that want to invest lots of money and theyre all coming back to the United States, theyre coming back to America, the president told CNBC.


His meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close ally, was their first since the president announced earlier this month that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and move the U.S. embassy there. The declaration delighted Netanyahu and outraged Palestinians, who declared a new U.S.-led peace push dead and refused to meet with Vice President Mike Pence during his recent visit to the Mideast.

Trump took that as an affront.

They disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them and we give them hundred of millions of dollars in aid and support, Trump said. That money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace.

Netanyahu was effusive in his praise for Trump, saying the presidents recent announcement on Jerusalem was a historic decision that will be forever etched in the hearts of our people. The Palestinians, in turn, said Trumps language of dictation is unacceptable, in the words of spokesman Na...

17:28

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Trump Ordered Mueller Fired Last Year Before Backing Off, News Report Says
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
JAN 25, 2018 | 8:55 PM
WASHINGTON
 
Trump ordered Mueller fired last year before backing off, news report says

President Trump ordered the firing of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III last June before he reconsidered, news reports say. (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump ordered the firing of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III last June, but he backed off after White House Counsel Donald McGahn threatened to resign, according to a report Thursday in the New York Times.

The newspaper reports that Trump demanded Mueller's firing just weeks after the special counsel was appointed by Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein.

McGahn said he would not deliver the order to the Justice Department, according to the Times, which cites four people familiar with the request by the president.

Trump argued at the time that Mueller could not be fair because of a dispute over golf club fees that he said Mueller owed at a Trump golf club in Sterling, Va. The president also believed Mueller had a conflict of interest because he worked for the same law firm that was representing Trump's son-in-law and advisor, Jared Kushner.

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Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday night. Ty Cobb, a White House lawyer working on the response to Mueller's investigation, declined to comment Thursday night.

The response from Democrats was nearly immediate. Sen. Mark R. Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that if the report in the Times is true, Trump has crossed a "red line."

"Any attempt to remove the special counsel, pardon key witnesses or otherwise interfere in the investigation would be a gross abuse of power, and all members of Congress, from both parties, have a responsibility to our Constitution and to our country to make that clear immediately," Warner said.

The report comes as Mueller...

09:02

Mohamed Hasan Government of Reconciliation Africa Cartoons

Translation on cement block: Government of Reconciliation
Donkey: Great on you, lamp

04:58

South africa rhino poaching down marginally in 2017 but elephant poaching Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Times live

Rhino poaching worsens in 5 provinces as SA loses 68 elephants too

25 January 2018 12:44

BY TIMESLIVE

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Thursday a total of 1028 rhino were poached in South Africa from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Image: Times Media

A decrease of poaching rates in the Kruger National Park has been marred by increases in other provinces coupled with a sharp rise in elephant poaching.

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Thursday a total of 1028 rhino were poached in South Africa from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017 compared to 1054 in the same period for 2016 representing a decrease of 26 animals.

At the Kruger National Park which has traditionally borne the brunt of poaching a total of 504 rhino rhinos were poached in 2017. This is 24% less than 2016.

Fewer poaching activities in the park were also recorded with a total of 2662 incidents in 2017 compared with 2883 in 2016 she said in a statement.

Whilst there has been a decrease in the number of rhino killed for their horns in the Kruger National Park the number of rhino poached unfortunately increased in KwaZulu-Natal Northern Cape Mpumalanga Free State and North West.

Wildlife DNA forensic scientists are foiling poachers

When suspected poacher Joseph Big Joe Nyalunga was stopped by police somewhere between Nelspruit and Gauteng it appeared they were too late.

NEWS 16 days ago

It is with concern that we also report that in 2017 67 elephants were poached in the Kruger National Park and one was poached in KwaZulu-Natal.

In July last year the minister said 46 elephant poaching incidents had been recorded for the whole of 2016. She flagged this as an emerging threat.

Specific risk areas have been identified and strategies to address the threat are being adapted and implemented the minister said.

M...

04:01

VIDEO: Fighting Davido was bigger than Fighting Abacha Dele Momodu Newtelegraph

Publisher of Ovation magazine, Dele Momodu, has revealed that fighting pop star,  Davido, was bigger than combating the former military of Head of State, late Gen. Sanni Abacha. The Ovation boss made this known when he visited the celebrity housemates for a chat. According to him, getting involved in a fight with Davido was his []

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03:53

BREAKING: Abuja Airport Closed As Jet Skid off While Landing Newtelegraph

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has closed the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the nations capital, Abuja, temporarily. The runway will be closed for 30 minutes, according to FAAN. This is to enable the Authority to take safety precautions, as a private jet being operated by Nest Oil has just skidded []

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03:28

Kwankwaso tasked FG, security agencies on Benue killings Newtelegraph

*herdsmen kill policeman, farmer in Ortoms village Former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso yesterday tasked both the federal government and security agencies in the country to work assiduously towards putting an end to the senseless killing of innocent Benue citizens by Fulani herdsmen to guarantee the security to lives and property of []

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03:27

Buharis Govt Orders Security Agencies to Monitor Social Media Posts of Prominent Nigerians Newtelegraph

The Muhammadu Buhari led federal government has directed security agencies to tackle the propagation of hate speech, especially through social media, TheCable reports. The order was reportedly given at a security meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja. Mansur Dan Ali, minister of defence, had described the trend of hate speech on []

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03:19

Ex- Speaker, Bankole, 31 others as members of ADP Contact and Mobilization Committee Newtelegraph

Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Demeji Bankole and 31 others have been inaugurated as members of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) Contact and Mobilization Committee. Other members of the Committee are: Former Senate Whip, Senator Roland Owie (Chairman), Gen. Mohammed Gana (rtd), Amb. Mathew Adoli, former Peoples Democratic Party National Women Leader, Herbeta Okonofua, Dr. []

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02:10

Osinbajo noncommittal on Buharis 2019 election plans Newtelegraph

 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is focused on delivering on promises made for his current term rather than thinking about the next election, his vice president said on Thursday. Buhari, 75, has not publicly said whether he will contest the February 2019 election. Political insiders have privately questioned his willingness or ability to keep the top job []

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01:38

Buhari to attend AU summit in Addis Ababa Friday Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari is to depart Abuja for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday to participate at the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). This information is contained in a statement issued by Mr Femi Adesina, the Presidents Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in []

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01:35

End petrol scarcity queues in 7 days Senate tells NNPC Newtelegraph

The Senate on Thursday urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to, within seven days, end lingering scarcity of petrol and clear queues in filling stations across the country. This followed a unanimous adoption of report of the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) on the fuel crisis in the country, at plenary. In the report []

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01:34

N400m fraud: Court orders Metuh to appear in court Feb. 5 or risk jail Newtelegraph

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has asked former Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) spokesman, Mr Olisah Metuh, to be present at his trial on Feb. 5 or face jail. Justice Okon Abang gave the order on Thursday, when he delivered ruling in an application filed by Metuh, seeking an adjournment to his trial on health grounds. The judge said that the []

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01:33

New Kaduna CP vows to dislodge kidnappers, other criminals Newtelegraph

The new Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Mr Austin Iwar, on Thursday vowed to dislodge kidnappers and other criminals terrorizing the state. Iwar, who made the pledge at his maiden media briefing in Kaduna, pledged to introduce proactive measures involving communities to ensure peace and security in the state. Measures will be taken to []

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01:09

Suspected Robbers Killed UNIBEN Senior Lecturer In Benin Urhobo Today


LAGOS JANUARY 25TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A senior lecturer at the University of Benin, Dr Godwin Omofonwa, has been shot dead by a gang of suspected armed robbers in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State.
He was shot dead at his residence in Evbuomore quarters in the early hours of Wednesday.
It was gathered that the robbers dispossessed him and others of their belongings.
One of the armed robbers was, however, shot dead during a gun duel with the police while five others fled.
Confirming the incident, the Universitys Public Relations Officer, Mr Michael Osasuyi, said the deceased was the examination officer of the Faculty of Education.
It is a very big blow to the university; the vice-chancellor is saddened and commiserates with members of the family. We pray and hope that everybody puts hands together to support the government and the police.
The police cannot perform magic; they work with information. Anybody who has useful information should give it to the law enforcement agencies so that they can comb the area and restore peace to the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, told newsmen in Benin that the command received a distress call around 1.14am on Wednesday, adding that some policemen were immediately deployed in the scene.
In the ensuing gun battle, one of the marauders was shot dead, while others escaped. Sadly, Dr Godwin Omofonwa, a lecturer in the Department of Education, University of Benin, died from gunshot wounds he received fr...

Thursday, 25 January

21:09

BREAKING: 4 Killed, 10 Injured, Houses Razed as Fulani Herdsmen Attack Plateau State Newtelegraph

At least four persons have been confirmed killed following Wednesday night attack by Fulani herdsmen in Josho village, Daffo Chiefdom, Bokkos LGA of Plateau State. New Telegraph gathered that More than ten people were also injured in the attack with dozens of houses razed down. Confirming the attacks to New Telegraph Village Head of Daffo []

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19:50

Nominated MP Sarah Lekorere Africa Sustainable Conservation News

The Star (Kenya)

 

Eliud Waithaka,January 24, 2018

Nominated MP Sarah Lekorere

Laikipia North constituency MP Sarah Lekorere yesterday said more than 10
people have been killed by elephants in  the last three months.

Laikipia KWS Senior Warden Richard Chepkwony admitted that elephant attacks
...

19:47

Namibia elephants destroy boreholes and fences in Ruacana Africa Sustainable Conservation News

New Era

Loide Jason,
January 24, 2018

OTJORUTE: A herd of 28 elephants has destroyed 18 homesteads and fences, in
the village of Otjorute in the Ruacana constituency. The elephants also
destroyed the village borehole, in addition to the damage they caused in
the area.

...

19:43

After exporting baby elephants, Zimbabwe pledges to turn over new leaf on conservation Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Mongabay

  • On December 23, Zimbabwe officials quietly loaded thirty-five elephants between the ages of three and five onto planes that would fly them thousands of miles to safari parks in China. The elephants had been taken from the wild and their families in Hwange National Park.
  • Zimbabwe airlifted the elephants to their new homes just a month after a stunning bloodless coup in the country led to the ouster of Robert Mugabe, who oppressively ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, and the installation of Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former First Vice President and ally of Mugabes.
  • For years, Zimbabwe conservation policies have largely depended on exploitation, often via trophy hunting and selling animals abroad. But change may be in the air.

Less than a month after exporting thirty-five wild elephants to China, the new government of Zimbabwe has signaled it is moving in a new direction on conservation issues.

On December 23, Zimbabwe officials quietly loaded thirty-five elephants between the ages of three and five onto planes that would fly them thousands of miles to safari parks in China. The elephants had been taken from the wild and their families in Hwange National Park. Although not illegal, the repeated capture of wild elephants in Zimbabwe (this is the third time since 2012) has sparked international backlash, given what we know about elephant intelligence and social needs.

The order is for two hundred baby elephants and so far ninety-nine elephants have been exported to China to Chongqing Safari Park and to Daqingshan Safari Park, Johnny Rodrigues, the head of the NGO the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told Mongabay. We tried everything: we did petitions, we wrote letters, we had people phone in but we failed.

Zimbabwe airlifted the elephants to their new homes just a month after a stunning...

19:09

Presidency plots fresh assault against Saraki Newtelegraph

Ex-governor, minister, four senators fingered Drama as Senate moves to check undemocratic tendencies   Indications emerged yesterday that the Presidency, in collusion with some lawmakers in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, has hatched a fresh plan to impeach the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, as a final onslaught to cripple his []

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13:54

CSOs to Buhari: Nigeria descending into chaos Newtelegraph

says President must live up to expectation kicks against alteration of election timetable   Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room yesterday said that with the developments in the country, it shows that the Nigerian nation is descending into chaos with the inability of the Federal Government to confront the challenges head on.   The group, which []

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13:34

Stop distracting Buhari, FG tells Obasanjo Newtelegraph

The Federal Government has cautioned former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other Nigerians to stop distracting President Muhammadu Buhari from focusing on taking developmental initiatives that will improve the country. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated this yesterday while reacting to a letter written to President Buhari over the performance of his government.   []

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13:31

Buhari places more value on cattle BBOG Newtelegraph

blocks Aso Rock gate, demands apology   Members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement yesterday defied the police and marched from the Unity Fountain and blocked the Ask Rock entrance gate. The protesters demanded an apology from President Mohammadu Buhari over Tuesdays harassment of their members by security operatives.   The movement said []

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13:31

Pains, gains of caesarean sections Newtelegraph

Caesarean Sections appear to be the latest fad among modern women in Nigeria. Some claim its the convenient and best way to quickly deliver babies and still keep their shapes. In this report, AKINPELU JEDIDAH speaks with some women, who had gone through caesarean section   Mrs Basirat Olufowobi is a fair complexion woman in []

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13:20

Glut threatens Nigerias 600,000 tons wheat production Newtelegraph

farmers face low RoI   Amid the prediction by the International Grains Council (IGC) that global wheat production is expected to fall this year, the first time in six years, there are indications that the fate of the countrys 600,000 tons of wheat production is in jeopardy as glut and low return of investment (RoI) []

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13:19

Benue, Taraba oppose cattle colonies Newtelegraph

Benue and Taraba State have agreed to forge a common front against the reported plot by Fulani pastoralists to takeover lands belonging to indigenous people of the two states.   The two state governors, Samuel Ortom (Benue) and his Taraba State counterpart, Darius Ishaku, reached the agreement yesterday in Takum during the burial of a []

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13:14

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Trump Derided as Lunatic
Pyongyang Times

On January 20 Rodong Sinmun, central organ of the Workers Party of Korea, carried a comment under the title of Trumps health checkup is the talk of the world.

Saying that the first health checkup Trump had after he took office as the US president has become the heated worldwide topic, the comment noted that Trump cannot remove his stigma as he has been branded as a madman for using all kinds of abusive language and committing rash acts.

Though he decried his predecessors as incompetent just after he was sworn in and whipped up the extremely reckless nuclear war frenzy while vowing ostentatiously that he would settle the nuclear issue of north Korea and incessantly letting loose such violent remarks as lull before the storm and fire and fury, it noted, the Americans are trembling with fear and uneasiness and the US has brought disgrace upon itself.

Trump came under fire from the American media as he recently made such a brag that he has a bigger nuclear button than north Korea, it stated. It said that the argument about his insanity is rapidly growing with the publication of book Fire and Fury written by an American journalist as a momentum, the US is isolated from the international community and its allies due to the America First devised by insane Trump, and he gave rise to the extreme hostility of Islamic nations by declaring in December last year that he recognized Palestines Kuds as the capital of Israel.

He is now the butt of criticism of the world as he belittled the African countries as the den of beggars on January 11, it emphasized.

Medical experts of the US who have been keeping close watch on his behaviour unanimously described his conduct as an abnormal psychopathic symptom, rather than a manifestation of his disposition, it added.

It referred to the need to write down dotard Trump in the case history sheet in place of his name and send him to the mental hospital by removing him from office at once.

KCNA

13:14

2019: Atiku parleys Fayose, Lamido visits Wike Newtelegraph

Nigeria in coma, say Rivers governor   Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, visited Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, to broker alliances ahead of the 2019 general elections.   This is as the immediate past governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, also yesterday visited Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State at Government House, Port []

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13:14

Grandma, daughter chain boy, 12, for stealing Newtelegraph

Police in Ogun State have arrested a grandmother, Mrs. Yemi Kazeem, and her daughter, Yomi, for allegedly putting a 12-year-old boy, Segun Azeez, in iron chains and locking him inside a room for about two months. The victim is the son of 33-year-old Yomi, who claimed to be a trained auxiliary nurse.   The state []

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13:14

Northern youths back Obasanjo, ask Buhari to give way Newtelegraph

Junaid: President shouldnt contest in national interest SEast Senators: OBJs letter has vindicated us Reps: Ex-President cant stop Buhari in 2019   Youths from the 19 Northern states under the aegis of Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) have thrown their weight behind former President Olusegun Obasanjo, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari not to re-contest in 2019. []

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13:10

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Field Guidance to Pyongyang Teachers Training College
Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the Workers Party of Korea, Chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission and Supreme Commander of the Korean Peoples Army, provided field guidance to reconstructed Pyongyang Teachers Training College.

He was accompanied by Pak Thae Song, vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, and Jo Yong Won, deputy department director of the WPK Central Committee.

He got familiar with reconstruction and modernization, and instruction and edification while looking round the room dedicated to the colleges history, education and science exhibition hall, education control room, multifunctional lecture room, library, gym, dormitory and other places of the college with a total floor space of over 24 100 square metres.

Established in September 1968, the college could follow the proud course of its development under the wise leadership and meticulous care of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il, he said. The officials and teaching staff of the college, he noted, should keep in mind the importance of their duty and dedicate their intelligence and enthusiasm to education so as to add eternal brilliance to the undying exploits of the great leaders.

The college has made notable achievements in scientific research in the past, he said, adding an improvement in education cannot be expected apart from success in educational science.

Saying that all the lecture rooms including a room for practical training in how to teach primary school pupils, a room for acquiring teaching methods for experiment in natural science and a room for diffusing the technique of developing childrens intelligence have been turned into multifunctional ones to conduct specialized practical training, he described the method of giving lessons in virtual and actual situations as novel and distinctive.

The method of evaluating students performance by teachers standard and other teaching methods adopted in a classroom furnished to combine school education and family education are also advantageous, he stated.

He was very pleased to see that the college is equipped with such cu...

13:05

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US Blasted for Their Military Provocation
The Director of Press of the Institute for American Studies of the DPRK Foreign Ministry, gave an answer to a question raised by KCNA on January 23 as regards the increased level of military threat by the United States to the DPRK.

A rare atmosphere of easing tension on the Korean peninsula is now being created as the inter-Korean talks are held on the DPRKs participation in the 23rd Winter Olympics. On the contrary, the United States is making extremely unusual military moves targeting the DPRK, the director said, and went on:

The US has moved the strike group of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Carl Vinson into the waters around the Korean peninsula and plans to dispatch soon another strike group of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Stennis under the pretext of countering a possible "provocation" of the DPRK during the Winter Olympics.

Meanwhile, the US is going to send a special operation unit to south Korea under the pretext of "anti-terror" during the Winter Olympics, and it has made public that it would conduct the test launch of ICBM "Minuteman-3" around February.

Such provocative military manpeuvres of the US are acts that throw a wet blanket over the atmosphere of improving inter-Korean relations and defusing tension on the Korean peninsula hard-won by the DPRKs initiative and magnanimity, and these cannot be justified by any means.

The recent continued military moves of the US are based on a cunning scheme to block the improvement of inter-Korean relations by inveigling the DPRK into taking hard-line countermeasures and to impute the blame of increasing tension on the latter.

The DPRK cherishes peace but never begs for it, and it will take resolute countermeasures against any acts of destroying peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

In case the situation on the Korean peninsula falls again into a vortex of aggravation due to the reckless military moves of the US, full responsibility for the consequence will rest with the US.

KCNA

13:02

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CPRC Spokesman Warns against Anti-DPRK Outrage
We value the relationship with south Korea, but we have no intention of keeping goodwill and tolerance towards confrontationists even as we see them dare to challenge our supreme dignity and the sacred symbol of our state in an unheard-of provocative act, a spokesman for the DPRK Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country said in a statement on January 23.

Such statement came as south Korean confrontationists are working to dampen the enthusiasm for improved inter-Korean relationship.

Following the arrival in Seoul of a field survey team of the DPRK prior to an artistic mission, those from the patriotic party of Korea held a press conference at Seoul railway station plaza to launch an anti-DPRK campaign, saying that the Phyongchang Olympics are turning into the Pyongyang Olympics that publicize the norths system and make its nukes a given and the norths bid for dispatching a group of rooters and ensuring a joint training at Masikryong Ski Resort is an attempt at bringing to naught the sweat and efforts of the locals in Kangwon Province and Phyongchang. And they went so far as to set afire to a portrait of the DPRKs supreme dignity and its national flag.

This is an intolerable mockery of the DPRKs sincere effort to improve relations, and it is also an intentional political provocation designed to make the Olympics an event of confrontation between the north and south, the spokesman said, adding it is an absolutely unforgivable class-A criminal act.

He criticized the south Korean authorities for their equivocal response, saying that they talked about freedom of speech and called for restraint. Such act is nothing less than a wrongdoing of aiding and abetting the conservatives, he noted.

We will never tolerate the heinous acts of the conservative scum who violated our sacred dignity and symbol and the wrong behaviour of the south Korean authorities who connived at the outrage, and cannot but reconsider the follow-ups to our measures for the upcoming Winter Olympics, he emphasized.

He warned that the DPRK would closely watch the approach of the south Korean authorities in the wake of the anti-DPRK outrage.

12:57

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Decision of Political Bureau of WPK Central Committee
February 8, Juche 37 (1948) is a historic day when President Kim Il Sung proclaimed the birth of the Korean Peoples Army (KPA) by strengthening and developing the Korean Peoples Revolutionary Army (KPRA) into a regular revolutionary army.

The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea adopted on January 22 the following decision in order to add eternal lustre to the immortal revolutionary exploits of Kim Il Sung, the founder and builder of the heroic KPA:

February 8, Juche 37 (1948) will be marked as the Founding Day of the KPA, and April 25, Juche 21 (1932) as the Founding Day of the KPRA.

February 8 will be commemorated as the Army Day.

12:56

Nasarawa: Herdsmen attacks force 7,000 children out of school Newtelegraph

Over 7,000 children have been forced out of both primary and secondary schools in Nasarawa State in the wake of armed herdsmens attacks in both Benue and Nasarawa states. Affected are schools in Awe, Keana, Obi and Doma local government areas of the state.   This followed the displacement of residents of border communities between []

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12:56

Alleged N223m fraud: EFCC quizzes ex-SGF, Lawal Newtelegraph

There were indications last night, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had interrogated a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal over an alleged N223 million fraud.   It will be recalled that an ad-hoc committee set up by the Senate, to investigate disbursement of funds for Internally []

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12:56

Secondus, PDP BoT chairman, others eulogise Ekwueme Newtelegraph

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, Board of Trustees (BoT) chairman, Wali Jibrin and other top members of the party yesterday eulogized former second republic vice president, late Alex Ekwueme. They described Ekwueme, who passed on last year November, as a great loss to the country. They were in Enugu []

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12:54

Lassa fever cases rise to 61, 16 deaths Newtelegraph

Ebonyi, Ondo and Edo, most affected states   The number of new cases of Lassa fever in the country has risen to 61. According to the Lassa fever outbreak update issued by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Abuja: as at 21st January 2018, the total number of confirmed cases is 61, with []

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12:54

Anambra lawmakers to FG: Name Oko Poly after Ekwueme Newtelegraph

The Anambra State House of Assembly yesterday at a plenary held at the Assembly complex called on the Federal Government to immortalize the late former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme by naming the Federal Polytechnic Oko, located in his country home after him. The lawmakers, who took turn to pay glowing tributes to the late []

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12:54

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Forgotten Lesson, Doom of Provocateurs
On January 23, 1968, the Navy of the Korean Peoples Army captured on the sea off Wonsan the US armed spy ship Pueblo which conducted espionage activities after intruding into the territorial waters of the DPRK.

Due punishment

As soon as the spy ship was captured, the US held national security meetings and decided to put pressure on the DPRK to release the ship and its crew through all diplomatic channels and take military retaliatory measures in case it failed.

Accordingly, it dispatched huge task forces involving the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Enterprise and other 25 cruisers and destroyers on the sea off Wonsan and posed a military threat to the DPRK, saying that it would bomb Wonsan and blow up an airfield and that it might use a nuclear weapon if the DPRK does not surrender the ship.

In order to cope with the prevailing situation, the DPRK resolutely declared that it would return retaliation for retaliation and all-out war for all-out war, and its entire army and all the people turned out in making combat preparedness for a war while stepping up socialist construction.

Frightened by their unyielding spirit and mettle, the US withdrew silently its forces from south Korea and around the Korean peninsula and begged to hold talks with the DPRK. With the confessions of the Pueblo crew and the letter of their apology and confiscated documents and secret data made public one after another, it had no option but to acknowledge its crimes.

On December 23, 1968, on the 11th month after the ship was captured, the US delivered a letter of apology to the DPRK. In the letter, the US government, acknowledging the intrusion into the territorial waters of the DPRK, wrote that it shouldered full responsibility and solemnly apologized for the grave acts of espionage committed by the ship against the DPRK and gave firm assurances that no US ships would intrude again into the territorial waters of the DPRK. The captured crew were expelled from the DPRK and the Pueblo became a war trophy of the DPRK.

The Pueblo is now moored on the Pothong River near the captured arms exhibition ground of the Victorious Fatherland Li...

12:53

U.S. stocks fall on trade talk as dollar declines Newtelegraph

US stocks declined as Trump administration officials stepped up protectionist rhetoric. The dollar sank to a three-year low after American officials endorsed a weaker currency to boost exports. Comments from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin set the tone on global financial markets Wednesday, with the officials blaring the Trump teams America []

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12:53

Stock market plunges for third day with N143bn loss Newtelegraph

  The Nigerian equity market yesterday tumbled for the third consecutive trading day as sell pressure was unabated, producing 43 losers against 11 gainers. Key market indicators, the NSE ASI declined by 0.96 per cent as bargain hunters continued take profits following the bullish rally witnessed recently. Consequently, the All-Share Index dipped 426.45 basis points []

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12:49

Arms importation: DSS denies coercing accused person to write statement Newtelegraph

Head of Investigation at the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Wale Odu, yesterday told Justice Ayokunle Faji of a Federal High Court in Lagos that a retired Assistant Comptroller of Customs, Mahmud Hassan, was never tortured while in the custody of the DSS.   He made the disclosure while testifying in a trialwithin- trial []

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12:47

Obese children may die 20 years earlier than healthy peers Newtelegraph

Scientists have raised the alarm over the danger obese children face, saying they may die 20 years earlier than their healthy peers. This was contained in a report by the United Kingdom (UK) based Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), which said child health would not only be impaired as a result of []

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12:45

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Lesson from Disgrace of the Pueblo Incident Must Be Remembered
Half a century has elapsed since the Pueblo Incident occurred terrifying the United States of America.

On January 23 Juche 57 (1968) a US armed spy ship, Pueblo, flying no flag, had trespassed on Korean waters 7.6 miles from Ryo Island off Wonsan (3917.4N, 12746.9E) and been conducting acts of espionage. Naval vessels of the Korean Peoples Army, during a routine patrol, captured the US armed spy ship and over 80 of its crew that attempted to escape amid reckless firing.

The Pueblo, a 1 000-ton ship, was equipped with modern facilities for the purpose of espionage and dispatched by the Central Intelligence Agency. Its crew had maps that marked the locations of military bases of the DPRK, and the ships locations records showed that it was ordered in December Juche 56 (1967) to leave Sasebo Port in Japan for the Korean seas to intrude into Korean waters and conduct acts of espionage on several occasions.

Its capture was the outcome of the DPRK exercising its sovereignty and due punishment for the US menacing peace in Asia and the rest of the world.

Despite the fact, the US spread a preposterous lie that the Pueblo was an oceanic electron research ship and it was apprehended in the international waters. On the other hand, they convened a National Security Council meeting that adopted resolutions for military retaliation, and deployed their massive aggressive forces in the Korean waters, posing a grave military threat. It had the impudence to bring the incident to the United Nations.

The whole world was very apprehensive of the developments on the Korean peninsula.

At that juncture the DPRK declared its resolute and principled stand that it did not want war but it was not afraid of it, and it would retaliate against the retaliation of the US and return all-out war for the all-out war. It published material evidence that disclosed the acts of espionage the Pueblo had conducted against the DPRK and other countries.

Lloyd Mark Butcher, captain of the Pueblo, and its crew confessed that their assignment was to ascertain the movements of the naval force and all electronic signals transmitted by the KPA, assess the...

12:43

Elumelu seeks more multilateral organisations support for African entrepreneurs Newtelegraph

The Chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, and founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Mr. Tony Elumelu, has stressed the need for global organisations and multinational institutions to support the much-needed growth in the African continent. Elumelu, who stated this on the side-lines of the 2018 World Economic Forum currently ongoing in Davos, Switzerland, pointed []

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12:41

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Abes Anti-DPRK Sanctions and Pressure Moves Censured
Japanese Prime Minister Abe, on a recent visit to several European countries to consult bilateral relations, picked a quarrel with the DPRK over its nuclear and missile development and abduction issues and viciously tried to involve these nations in cooperation for anti-DPRK pressure, a spokesman for the Institute of Japanese Studies of the DPRK Foreign Ministry told KCNA on January 18.

The statement came as the Abe clan pursues sanctions and pressure moves against the DPRK more persistently.

Abe said during the tour that north Korea fired a ballistic missile whose range will cover even Vilnius and Belgrade, it poses a grave threat to Europe as a whole and they should put maximum pressure on north Korea to change its policy, the spokesman said.

On a trip to the UAE and Canada, Foreign Minister Kono also said north Korea is gaining time to continue its nuclear and missile programme and they should not turn their eyes away from north Koreas smiling diplomacy, and argued for pressure against it including the breakdown of diplomatic relations, he noted.

The Abe clan, he said, is now plunging the whole of Japan into a terror atmosphere by fabricating a national crisis at home while creating an anti-DPRK pressure atmosphere on the pretext of the DPRKs self-defensive nuclear deterrent, in a desperate bid to revise the current constitution by all means and make Japan a state with the right of belligerency.

The clan still raises the already settled abduction issue here and there, he said, adding it is nothing more than a deceptive farce aimed at remaining in power for long and that the group would be held wholly accountable for all consequences.

It should be aware that the more crimes Japan commits against the Korean people without making reparations for those against humanity it had committed in the past by kidnapping millions of Koreans and imposing mental and physical sufferings on them, the heavier blow the DPRK will deal to it, he said.

Abe is advised to see the changed strategic position of the DPRK squarely and switch his Korean policy, he warned.

12:39

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US Decried for Anti-DPRK Intrigue
The DPRK is maintaining a constant alert, following every move of the US that is taking disturbing military actions while continuing to dispatch its strategic nuclear assets to and around the Korean peninsula even at this moment, a spokesman for the Institute of American Studies of the DPRK Foreign Ministry told KCNA on January 18.

The statement came after the US and Canada conspired to arrange a meeting of foreign ministers of 20 countries, including those that had participated in the 1950-53 Korean war by servilely following the US, in Canadas Vancouver on January 15-16.

According to the spokesman, the US Secretary of State at the war-oriented confab talked about a military option, clamouring for intensifying anti-DPRK pressure until it abandons its nuclear programme, including restrictions on export of crude oil and industrial goods, strengthened maritime control and deportation of DPRK citizens working overseas.

Many countries including neighbours, he said, are unanimous in arguing that the character and contents of the recent meeting are unhelpful to the dtente in the Korean peninsula and that it will rather have the reverse effect.

Through the recent meeting the US revealed its intention to trigger another war in the Korean peninsula, though it talks about dialogue, he asserted.

He also called the attention of the countries, which attended the dubious meeting bereft of legal justification by blindly following the US without their own principles, to the aftereffects.

12:37

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Priority Given to Heavy Industry in DPRK
The DPRK lays great stress on developing heavy industry, taking into account its position and role and the countrys specific conditions.

According to the basic line of socialist economic construction it has maintained the principle of giving priority to the development of heavy industry, concentrating funds, materials, equipment and labour on it.

It adheres to the line of building a self-supporting, modern heavy industry, the policy of properly combining rehabilitation, renovation and new construction, and the policy of developing heavy industry not for its own sake but in such a way as to render substantial services to developing light industry and the rural economy.

It has built up the material and technological foundations of a self-supporting heavy industry centred on machine-building industry.

07:42

THE POLICE HAVE FAILED. By Sanusi Aliyu Muhammad. OBLONG MEDIA

It is very common and easy to hear people say the police have failed in protecting lives and property anytime More

07:37

National Intervention Movement, NIM: PROVISIONAL TASKS TEAMS & STEERING COMMITTEES MEMBERSHIP LIST. OBLONG MEDIA

Is this OBJs 3rd Force/Coalition ? A. *STEERING TEAM* 1. Olisa Agbakoba 2. Rabiu Ishyaku Rabiu 3. Pat Utomi 4. More

07:03

To Counter Wildlife Trafficking, Local Enforcement, Not En-Route Interdiction, Is Key (commentary) Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Mongabay

by Vanda Felbab-Brown on 19 January 2018

The global poaching crisis has induced large segments of the conservation community to call for far tougher law enforcement. Many look to policing lessons from decades of counter-narcotics efforts for solutions.

Boosting enforcement of wildlife regulations is overdue, as they have long been accorded the least priority by many enforcement authorities and corruption has further eviscerated their enforcement in many critical wildlife supply, transshipment, and demand countries.

But better and tougher law enforcement is not a silver bullet. In fact, some designs of interdiction modeled on counter-narcotics efforts, including the current conservation community emphasis on greater en-route seizures of smuggled wildlife, can be outright counterproductive.

The point in the smuggling chain at which enforcement and interdiction take place matters enormously. In the case of drugs a non-depletable resource than can be produced in very large volumes indefinitely seizing drugs close to producti...

06:07

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED, ON WEDNESDAY, 24 JAN. 2018 OBLONG MEDIA

We have read the press statement by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the State of the Nation. For the record, More

05:19

NIGERIAN YOUTHS, SHINE YOUR EYES. OBLONG MEDIA

Tribalism is not our problem. Tribalism and religion are artificial problems created by selfish leaders for their own personal interest. More

05:12

Yorubas Always Regret Associating With Northerners Doyin Okupe OBLONG MEDIA

Doyin Okupe, has said that when Northerners and the Yorubas associate together, the Yorubas always regret the association. He said More

04:10

Liberia-Guinea endangered forest species finding refuge in border forest area Africa Sustainable Conservation News

 Front Page Africa

Henry Karmo,
January 23, 2018

MONROVIA: A survey conducted by environmental and conservation groups, the
Collaborating Conservation Organizations, shows that many animals and
plants living in upper Guinea forest find their last home in Liberia as
many of these plants and animals are internationally threatened.

...

04:05

Zimbabwe confusion over future of live elephant exports Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Bulawayo 24 News

by Adam Cruise and Christina Russo
23 Jan 2018 at 10:37hrs | 981 Views
Photo: Conservation Action Trust
Three weeks after 31 young elephants were exported, presumedly to China, Zimbabwes office of the president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, announced the nation would examine its conservation policies.

In light of the recent export of elephants from Zimbabwe, the government is reviewing conservation decisions of the previous dispensation and formulating a policy to move forward, said Christopher Mutsvangwa, the Chief Advisor to the President.

A media report in the Zimbabwes Daily News claims that the new president actually went further than a review: the news story says the president fully banned the export of live elephants, as well as the export of rhinoceros, pangolin and lion.

This unconfirmed information has now been extensively quoted on social media.

However, no official statement from the Presidents office or any other official Zimbabwean source has confirmed this. Nor could any confirmation of the source of the Daily News article be obtained from the newspaper, whos editor suggested it came from the initial statement. This clearly did not say the practice would be banned, only that conservation policies would be reviewed.

At least, five other well-informed Zimbabwean sources were unable to corroborate the existence of a ban. Yesterday, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the body that governs the international export of live elephants, tweeted the Daily News article announcing the ban but John Scanlon, the CITES Secretary General, was also unable to confirm its validity.

For those who are familiar with Zimbabwe politics, contradictory messages arent entirely out of character. Whilst I am grateful to read of President Mnangagwas commitment to preserving Zimbabwes wildlife, it is clear that there is often a disconnect between the Zimbabwes governments rhetoric and what happens on the ground, says former Senator David Coltart, based in Bulawayo. It is time for actions rather than words. We need new policies to be implemented to address the very serious concerns raised by environmentalists

Zimbabwes export of elephants, which has seen alm...

04:04

FLASHBACK: 18th January 2015. Appropriate Response To Obasanjo by Simon Kolawole: Obasanjo as Nigerias moral compass OBLONG MEDIA

For the life of me, I will never understand how former President Olusegun Obasanjo does it. When you think he More

03:55

Nepotism Smelling All Over Nigeria. OBLONG MEDIA

Words of Dr. Junaid Mohammed a northern ethno-religious irredentist. Let me say straight away that whether one calls it a More

03:38

This thing called killer herdsmen By Mahmud Jega OBLONG MEDIA

There is no denying what is obvious. Herdsmen have attacked rural communities in different parts of Nigeria. The attacks are More

02:48

NNPC confirms Oil in Sokoto Basin, asks Governments of Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Katsina states to acquire Oil blocks OBLONG MEDIA

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has through its Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru urged the governments of Sokoto, More

02:38

I Didnt Hand Over A Collapsed Nation To Buhari Dr. Goodluck Jonathan- OBLONG MEDIA

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has replied his critics who accused him of handing over a nation at the verge More

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