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Thursday, 22 March

03:26

Dapchi abduction, release, a fraud PDP Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that the kidnap and release of Dapchi schoolgirls were staged managed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to score cheap political point. The Federal Government said 110 students of the Government Girls Secondary School (Technical), Dapchi, Yobe State were kidnapped on February 19 but disclosed that 101 of them []

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03:22

$9 million allegation: Boroh threatens lawsuit against media houses Newtelegraph

Former Special Adviser on Niger Delta to President Muhammadu Buhari and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh, rtd has threatened to sue some media houses (New Telegraph not inclusive) over allegations of Security Operatives recovering $9 million in his house in Gwarinpa, Abuja. Boroh, who gave the threat yesterday through his []

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01:59

Reps begin fresh process to pass electoral act, Peace Corps bill Newtelegraph

The House of Representatives have began a fresh process that will lead to the passage into law of the Electoral Act (amendment) bill, 2018 and the Nigeria Peace Corps bill, 2018. Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had withheld assent to both bills recently and the House promised to re-gazette them with 18 others. Both bills []

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01:58

Electoral Act: Reps move to suspend another member Newtelegraph

For allegedly maligning the House of Representatives on its unwavering stance on the amendment of the Electoral Act, Hon. E. Johnson Agbonayinma (APC, Edo) may be suspended from the parliament. The lawmaker is to face the ethics and privileges committee headed by Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai to defend himself. Agbonayinma is alleged to have in []

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01:32

Police kill six suspected kidnappers in Ogun Newtelegraph

Six suspected kidnappers have met their waterloo in Ogun State as they were shot dead during a gun duel with operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in the state. The hoodlums were killed on Tuesday in a forest at Fidiwo area, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed []

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01:29

BREAKING: DSS Arrests Ex-Commissioner, Retired Captain Over Planned Boko Haram Attack in Kano Newtelegraph

A Former Commissioner in the Government of Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Dr Adamu Yunusa Dangwani and a retired Army has been arrested for allegedly planning an attack in Kano. The former Commissioner was alleged to have hired the retired Military Captain after paying him part payment N1.5 million to carry out Boko Haram like attack []

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01:23

JUST IN: Bandits Kill 12 Soldiers, injure 9 vigilantes in Kaduna Newtelegraph

Daredevil bandits on Tuesday night killed 12 soldiers and injured 9 vigilantes in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state. The incident took place in Doka and Maganda districts on the border between Kaduna and Zamfara state. The bandits in their numbers were said to have launched the attack in retaliation of the killing []

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01:07

VIDEO: Dino Melaye lambasts Yahaya Bello, denies gun running Newtelegraph

Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi West on Wednesday released a video where he denied an accusation of gun-running and hiring thugs to destabilise Kogi State.

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00:11

Threats cant stop us from criticizing poor governance in Imo Catholic priest Newtelegraph

The Curate of St. Michaels Catholic Church, Amakohia Uratta, Owerri North North council area of Imo State, Rev. Fr. Hypolitus Onyema, has said that no amount of threat can stop the church from condemning bad governance in the state and country. Onyema who spoke in a homily during a mass last Sunday, was reacting to []

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Wednesday, 21 March

23:52

Deport All Illegal Fulani Herdsmen, Northern Christian Group Tells FG Newtelegraph

The President of Tarayar Ekklesiyoyin Kiristi A Nigeria (TEKAN) which is a conglomeration of churches in Northern Nigeria, Rev. Dr. Caleb Anima, has called on the Federal Government to deport all Fulani herdsmen who migrated illegally into the country to avert further killings of farmers Rev. Ahima disclosed while briefing journalists after an emergency meeting []

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22:43

Could Saudi Arabias nuclear ambitions shake up the Middle East? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has stated that the Kingdom could develop nuclear weapons if Iran also does so. What would this mean for the Middle East and how would Israel and Egypt view such an arms race?

Saudi King Mohammaed bin Salman during a cabinet meeting (picture-alliance/dpa/Saudi Press Agency)

In an interview with US broadcaster CBS last week, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman said that Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bombs, but without a doubt if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.

Saudi Arabia and Iran cut off relations in 2016 after an attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. Since then, the Saudis have been even more wary of Iran expanding its influence in the Middle East. 

Riyadh expressed its nuclear ambitions in 2009 when a royal degree said that the development of atomic energy is essential to meet the Kingdoms growing requirement for energy to generate electricity.

Israeli view very negative

When asked how Israel would respond to Saudi Arabia ultimately developing nuclear weapons, Shlomo Brom, an Israeli senior research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies said: The Israeli view would be very negative and they would do whatever is needed to prevent it. While the relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia is reasonably stable right now, that could change in the future, he explained, making it risky for Israel should the Saudis pursue nuclear weapons.

If you are talking about mutual deterrence between two parties, that is a relatively simple situation, Brom said. If you are talking about three parties, that is less stable and much more complicated.

Egypt growing closer to Saudi Arabia

22:28

Low Energy, High Profits: How Privatizing Public Utilities Left Us All In The Dark "IndyWatch Feed War"

More than a generation after President Ronald Reagan barked at his subordinates, Dont just stand there; undo something! government officials from South Africa to southern California have embarked upon an unprecedented dismantling of the public sector, hiring for-profit enterprises to manage everything from homeless shelters, to toll roads, parking meters, and utilities. While there are no known comprehensive studies, the best available evidence strongly suggests that consumers worldwide have never spent so much of their paycheck to park downtown, or for a liter of water, or a kilowatt of electricity. No demographic has been squeezed more than communities of color, which have borne the brunt of Wall Streets restructuring of the economy, and its 40-year effort to hollow out the manufacturing industries that Blacks and Latinos have heavily relied on for jobs that pay a decent wage.

22:28

Boko Haram releases 76 Dapchi girls - 34 remain "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Nigerian government has confirmed the released of 76 of the girls abducted by Boko Haram militants from a secondary school, leaving 34 not yet accounted for.

21:36

JUST IN: 76 of 110 abducted Dapchi school girls released by Boko Haram FG Newtelegraph

The Federal government has confirmed the release of 76 of 110 abducted students in the early hours of Wednesday. The school girls were abducted 19 Feb. 2018 by Boko Haram terrorists. In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the 76 are those who have been []

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21:26

#DapchiGirls: See Photo of the Christian girl Boko Haram refused to release Newtelegraph

Boko Haram has refused to release the only Christian girl among the kidnapped #DapchiGirls. The terrorists had released kidnapped students of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, early Wednesday morning. The students were abducted by the Boko Haram sect on February 19. But Liah Sharibu was not released. Below is here photo

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20:28

Thailand Premchais wife charged with possession of ivory Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Nation (Thailand)

Premchais wife charged with having two pairs of African elephant tusks

 March 20, 2018 17:46

By Kanathit Srihirandej

The wife of embattled construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta was on Tuesday charged with having two pairs of African elephant tusks without a permit.

Kanitha Karnasuta, wife of the CEO of the Italian-Thai Development company, claimed during a meeting with police that she did not know the tusks were from Africa and said they were inherited from her relatives.

The seizure of the tusks and 43 guns from Premchais house in Bangkok was the result of investigation after Premchai was arrested in early February on nine counts of poaching in a Kanchanaburi wildlife sanctuary.

A woman, Wandee Sompoom, was also charged as she countersigned the permit application as a witness which said that the tusks were from local elephants.

Deputy national police chief Pol General Srivara Rangsibhramanakul, as chief investigator, said that both suspects denied the charge, insisting they did not know that the tusks were from African elephants.

Kanitha claimed that she inherited the tusks from her relatives who were already dead, Srivara said.

However, forensic officials identified the tusks as being from Africa and police could find no record of them being imported.

Therefore, the presence of the tusks was violating customs laws. However, in their defence, they claimed they thought the pairs were from Thai elephants, he said.

Meanwhile, Banyat Sai-arun, director of the wildlife protection division, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife revealed that photos of the tusks and their sizes were provided during the permit application.

The permits were registered in 2015.

...

20:10

Presidency confirms release of Dapchi school girls Newtelegraph

The Presidency has confirmed the release of students of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State. The students were abducted by the Boko Haram sect on February 19. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed their release on Wednesday morning in Abuja. The presidential spokesman promised to give further []

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20:02

Kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls freed in Nigeria Boko Haram running low on food? "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC News

A signpost of the Government Girls Science and Technical College is pictured in Dapchi in the northeastern state of Yobe, Nigeria March 3, 2018.The girls were taken from a boarding school in Dapchi, Yobe state, in February. Reuters photo

Many of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by militants from the town of Dapchi have returned, according to residents who spoke to the BBC.

People said that many of the 110 schoolgirls were brought back in a vehicle convoy this morning.

The circumstances of their return is still not quite clear, but there are indications five of the girls may have died.

They were taken from the school more than a month ago.

Parent Kundili Bukar told the BBC the militants believed to be Boko Haram drove into the town in a motorcade and surrendered the girls to the community.

The militants are said to have left immediately. He said the girls were looking haggard and tired although some reportedly found the strength to run home to their families after being released.

Another parent, Manuga Lawal, said he had managed to speak to his daughter Aisha, who was among the kidnapped girls, on the phone.

The police chief in Yobe state, Abdulmaliki Sunmonu, would not confirm whether or not the girls had returned, but said he had heard the same reports.

However, a military officer working at a checkpoint near the town told Reuters news agency : Boko Haram have brought the girls.

The girls were taken from their school on the evening of Monday, 19 February, by a group of militants who had attacked the...

20:00

PCLG DIGEST OF CONSERVATION-RELATED PAPERS ON HUMAN-WILDLIFE CONFLICT Africa Sustainable Conservation News

PCLG Digest

 February 2018

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The February 2018 edition of PCLG digest features 26 newly published journal articles, books or grey literature publications. Also, of interest to PCLG readers is a recently launched library of resources on human wildlife conflict by IUCNs HWC Taskforce and partners. Please get in touch with anything youd like us to include in future editions. And, if you have any feedback well be happy to hear from you.

  Francesca (pclg@iied.org)

In this issue

Equitable / just conservation

Conservation Governance

REDD+ and community base forest management

Wildlife trade (legal and illegal)

Community based wildlife management

Ecosystem services and people

Culture and Conservation

Hunting (subsistence, traditional, trophy)

Methodological Approaches

Social impacts of PAs

19:24

Murdered Brazilian Marielle Franco, dont forget her "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 19 March 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Former Brazilian President Lula: Its Clear Marielle Francos Assassination Was Premeditated

In a Democracy Now! exclusive, we spend the hour with Brazils former President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva, who is now running for president again. We begin our discussion with the assassination of 38-year-old Rio city councilmember and human rights activist Marielle Franco, who was killed last week.

Franco, who was a black lesbian, was known for her fierce criticism of police killings in Brazils impoverished favela neighborhoods. Her death comes at a pivotal moment for Brazil and the future of democracy in South Americas largest country. Just last month, President Michel Temer ordered Brazils military to assume control of police duties in Rio. The only thing that she did was to work against the assassination of black people in the peripheral areas in the defense of human rights, says Lula da Silva.

This 16 March 2018 video is called Protests in Brazil after politician Franco was shot dead | Al Jazeera English.

By Miguel Andrade in Brazil:

Mass protests in Brazil against death squad assassination of Marielle Franco

21 March 2018

The brutal execution of...

19:11

BREAKING: Boko Haram Returns Kidnapped Dapchi Schoolgirls, Five Dead Newtelegraph

At least, 105  kidnapped schoolgirls from Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, in Yobe State, have been returned to the town by Boko Haram insurgents, reports reaching New Telegraph says. The insurgents invaded the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, in Yobe State on February 19, and abducted the students. According to a []

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19:08

Fighting leaves six al-Shabab fighters dead in southern Somalia "IndyWatch Feed War"

At least six al-Shabab fighters were killed and several others injured in heavy fighting with the Somali National Army in southern Somalia, officials said Tuesday. Somali Army official Abdirahman Ibrahim Muhamed said the militants ambushed an army base in Budhubo town, in Gedo region, on Monday evening, sparking fighting that lasted several hours. Somalia National []

Source

18:18

PDP Reacts To Orubebes Indictment, Says Itll Not Disappoint Nigerians Urhobo Today

Elder Godsday Orubebe


LAGOS MARCH 21ST (NEWSRANGERS)-The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that it remains the best political party to return Nigeria to its path of good governance and national unity.
The party said it had been aggregating opinions of its members and Nigerians at large on the way forward and had since perfected a level playing ground as no individual or group can claim ownership or control of the party under its present leadership.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Tuesday, said the fears expressed by one of the party leaders and a former minister, Elder Godsday Orubebe, was rather misplaced as the issues contemplated in his open letter are no longer obtainable in the repositioned PDP.
Ologbondiyan in the statement said it was obvious to all, that PDP, under the leadership of Prince Uche Secondus, had since been thrown open to all Nigerians for equal and unhindered participation.
He said, We have already moved forward by inviting members who had left the party and the responses, which we have received so far, have been very encouraging. Not just that, our party is also receiving new members from other political parties and we will soon commence an online registration to capture the old, new and returning members with equal rights, opportunities and privileges.
It is imperative to inform that...

17:57

Obaseki signs Criminal Justice Administration Bill into law Newtelegraph

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki yesterday signed the Edo State Criminal Justice Administration Bill into Law. The governor, who assented to the bill at the Government House, Benin City, the Edo State capital, said the law would strengthen the protection of the rights of citizens and ensure fair and speedy administration of justice in []

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17:54

Dicksons legacy projectsll transform Bayelsa Ayawei Newtelegraph

Nimibofa Ayawei is the Chairman, Bayelsa State Board of Internal Revenue. The former Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development in the state, in this interview with PAULINE ONYIBE, speaks on the increased Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) profile of the state as well as the legacy projects of the Governor Seriake Dickson administration   You have []

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17:27

Treason: Kanus co-accused, re-arraigned on fresh charges Newtelegraph

The Federal Government yesterday re-arraigned four of Nnamdi Kanus co-accused, Bright Chimezie, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on a three-count amended charge bordering on treasonable felony.   The four accused persons whose trial had been separated from that of the still being sought leader of []

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17:14

Update on the Oblong 2019 campaign. OBLONG MEDIA

For a candidate to win election in Nigeria, he/she must be prepared to spend lots of money. Money has long More

17:11

N150bn poll money: Osinbajo lied Jonathan Newtelegraph

FFormer President Goodluck Jonathan has dismissed insinuations by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that his government stole N150 billion which it shared two weeks to the conduct of the 2015 general elections. Osinbajo had, while speaking at the 7th Presidential Quarterly Business Forum for private sector stakeholders at the presidential villa on Monday, lamented that it []

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16:27

Sudan, world's last male northern white rhino, is euthanized "IndyWatch Feed World"

Sudan, world's last male northern white rhino, is euthanized | 20 March 2018 | The world's last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of it said, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive in the world, although scientists still hope to save it from extinction through in vitro fertilization. Ol Pejeta Conservancy said it had made the decision with wildlife officials to put down the 45-year-old rhino named Sudan on Monday because of a rapid deterioration in his condition. Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that had affected his muscles and bones and also gave him extensive skin wounds.

15:37

GOVERNANCE WITH INTEGRITY AND HONOUR. OBLONG MEDIA

On January 20, 2017 immediately after Donald Trumps inauguration, the Obama family moved to a rented apartment after spending eight More

15:23

Possible reversal of political fortunes in two southern states By Dele Sobowale OBLONG MEDIA

Beware! When Fortune would elect to trick a man, she plots his overthrow/By such a means as he would least More

15:02

Whats inside Nigerias foreign reserves? By Feyi Fawehinmi. OBLONG MEDIA

It was former president Obasanjo who started this whole business of turning the nations foreign reserves into an achievement to More

13:41

Dangote Cement reports N204bn FY2017 PAT Newtelegraph

raises dividend to N178.9bn   Dangote Cement Plc has posted a 42.97 per cent increase in profit after tax for the financial year ended December 2017. The companys financials released on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday, indicated that the group posted profit after tax of N204.248 billion in 2017 as against []

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13:33

Nigeria wont survive without North ACF Newtelegraph

Coomasie: Boko Haram spreading to North Central, South   The Chairman of apex northern socio-cultural organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Alhaji Ibrahim Coomasie, yesterday, declared that Nigeria would not survive without the North.   The former Inspector- General of Police stated this in Kaduna, when he received northern women socio-cultural organisation, Jamiyya Matan Arewa (JMA) []

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13:33

UTME: JAMB withholds results of 111,981 candidates Newtelegraph

Releases 1,502,978 candidates results, to release 350 blind candidates soon Following intense pressure from members of the public, especially candidates, who took part in the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has revealed the details of the results released so far. JAMB said a total of 111,981 []

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13:29

Dapchi: Military attacks Amnesty Newtelegraph

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has accused Amnesty International (AI) of undermining efforts at ending the ongoing counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism war in the North-East. In its reaction to claims by AI, that the military received phone calls hours before the attack on Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, the DHQ challenged the []

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13:23

Assailants bathe UNIMAID final year student with acid Newtelegraph

Doctors at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) are battling to save the life of a 26-year-old lady, Fatima Habu Usman, who was bathed with acid.   Usman, a final year student of the Department of Nursing at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), according to PRNigeria, was attacked by two suspected criminals in a []

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13:22

Iranian FM blasts Bin Salman for war crimes in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

Iran's Foreign Ministry has described Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as "delusional" and "naive" following remarks he made on a recent US TV show. Among his claims, the Saudi royal alleged Iran was harboring terrorists. "Bin Salman's claims on Iran hosting Al-Qaeda's leaders is a big lie," Bahram Qasemi said as cited by Al Masdar News. "They were arrested and extradited to their respective governments, according to their documents and nationalities, including a number of Bin Laden's family members, that because of their Saudi nationalities, Riyadh was informed. Following the coordination, Bin Laden's daughter was extradited to Saudi embassy in Tehran." Bin Salman is scheduled to meet with US President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Adviser HR McMaster. However, the Iranian Foreign Ministry sees the whole tour as a cynical exercise in self-promotion ahead of Bin Salman's assumed ascension to the Saudi throne.

13:17

SENATOR SAMDADDY ANYANWUS GUBER AMBITION RECEIVES RECORD 2.4m ENDORSEMENTS IN 4 WEEKS. OBLONG MEDIA

It is no longer news that the Senator representing Owerri Zone in the Senate, Sen Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu has joined More

13:13

Customs seizes N2.5bn exotic cars, rice Newtelegraph

  Officials of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have seized 7,201 bags of parboiled rice and other contraband valued at N2.5 billion.   The Controller of the unit, Comptroller Mohammed Uba, said in Lagos yesterday that unit recorded 89 seizures within 19 days and arrested five smugglers.   []

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13:13

9mobile sinks deeper, loses 23% subscribers Newtelegraph

Subscriber data falls from 22m to 16.8m   Despite the announcement of Teleology as the new preferred investor for the debt-ridden 9mobile (formerly Etisalat), the network witnessed acute subscriber flight of up to 23 per cent on its network between 2017 and January 2018, New Telegraph has learnt.   This was contained in the latest []

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13:11

Ortom parleys Miyetti Allah cattle breeders, insists on ranching Newtelegraph

Were ready to obey grazing law MACBAN Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday held talks with state and zonal leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), where he insisted that there was no alternative to ranching law enacted by the state government to regulate livestock business. The meeting took place []

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13:11

Dapchi: Were vindicated by AI report PDP Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it has been vindicated by the revelation by Amnesty International (AI) that security agencies got advanced warning on the abduction of Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe State.   The party said the report has vindicated its earlier stand that President Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) []

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13:11

Mikel doubtful for Poland tie Newtelegraph

as 22 Eagles train in Wroclaw Ezenwa, Akpeyi to arrive today   Super Eagles could miss the services of their captain Mikel Obi for the international friendly match against Poland on Friday because the Tianjin Tieda was still struggling to sort out his work permit in China as at Tuesday evening. Team Administrator Dayo Enebi []

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12:50

Yemeni so-called President "IndyWatch Feed War"

Western media have not reported that Mansour Hadi has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia.

12:48

Banks step up anti-fraud controls Newtelegraph

With latest industry data showing persistent increase in fraudulent transactions in the banking system, deposit money banks (DMBs) in Nigeria are stepping up efforts to tackle the problem, New Telegraph has learnt.     The move comes in the wake of a statement by the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) last week in which it []

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12:45

When love beckons Newtelegraph

Book Title: Scars in the Heart of Pain Author: Uche Uwadinachi Publisher: Virgilis Communications Year of publication: 2009 Number of pages: 70 Reviewer: Oladipo Kehinde   Scars are indelible marks ripple with pains and pangs of memory.   It is a pathetic incident or situation that affects the collective consciousness with the pulsation of pains. []

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12:44

Cwealth Games: Crisis rocks NTTF over womens exclusion Newtelegraph

Federation boss, Tikom, exits sports forum in anger   The exclusion of women in Nigerias table tennis team to the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia took a new dimension on Tuesday when the ministry of sports stated that there was no request made by the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation for extra slots.   []

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12:44

Fidelity Bank promotes financial literacy in schools Newtelegraph

Fidelity Bank has tutored 3,500 students in 31 schools across Nigeria, as part of activities to mark this years Global Money week and Financial Literacy Day.   The banks Managing Director, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, who was represented by its Divisional Head, Brand and Communication, Mr. Charles Aigbe, was at the Government Day Secondary School, Lokoja, []

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12:44

Rohr: Kanu, Okocha better than Mikel, Moses Newtelegraph

  Coach shops for striker as Lewandowski insists Eagles tie, key for Poland   Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr admits current stars in the national team including Captain Mikel Obi and Victor Moses are not as influential as those in the 1990s but they could do great things because of the teamwork imbibed by the []

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12:43

Obsolete technology slows port business Newtelegraph

One of the challenges facing the port industry in Nigeria today is lack of modern technology and infrastructure to achieve optimal efficiency, which have increased the cost of doing business in the country. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports.   Globally, managements of ports are investing more funds on ICT infrastructure such as Big Data, in order to []

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12:41

Stock market falls 5th day with N52bn loss Newtelegraph

  The Nigerian equity market yesterday tumbled for a fifth consecutive trading session as sell pressure was unabated, producing 31 losers against 16 gainers. Key market indicators, the NSE ASI declined by 0.35 per cent as bargain hunters continued to take profits following the bullish rally witnessed recently.   Consequently, the All-Share Index dipped 146.27 []

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12:39

$878bn infrastructure deficit: Nigeria to attract more investments Newtelegraph

  With an infrastructure gap estimated to hit $878 billion by 2040 coupled with an economy projected to grow to over $650 billion by 2022, Nigerias medium to long term prospects look optimistic and the country will attract more investments, the Founder/ Group CEO, Quantum Global Group, Jean-Claude Bastos De Morais, has predicted. Bastos De []

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12:39

Court dismisses suit seeking removal of Kogi gov Newtelegraph

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday dismissed a suit seeking the removal of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, from office. The suit marked FHC/ ABJ/CS/488/2017 was filed by Michael Elokun, Ibrahim Sule and Mrs. Hawa Audi. Joined as defendants in the suit were the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), []

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12:39

Heritage Bank attains ISO 27001 Newtelegraph

Heritage Bank Plc has achieved the Information Security Management Certification from International Standards Organisation (ISO), the lender said in a statement.     According to the bank: This certification also known as the ISO 27001: 2013 is part of the ISO 27000 family of standards, which helps organisations keep information assets secure. The certification was []

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12:11

Ahead of 2019 Governor Okorochas ego and political rascality will bring about APCs downfall Oblong OBLONG MEDIA

By Collins Osuji Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Chief Chimazuru Nnadi, 2019 Federal House of Representatives aspirant for Owerri More

11:24

Empresa china lanza construccin de puerto brasileo como principal inversionista "IndyWatch Feed World"

16 Mar 2018 | XinhuaEl nuevo puerto debe favorecer la regin que forman varios estados del noreste de Brasil (Maranhao, Tocantins, Piau y Baha), conocida como Matopiba, y cuyas cadenas de produccin deben verse favorecidas con las nuevas instalaciones.

10:00

French former president Sarkozy in custody "IndyWatch Feed World"

Frances former president Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed in custody as part of an investigation that he received millions of euros in illegal financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

A judicial source with direct knowledge of the case told The Associated Press that Sarkozy was being held at the Nanterre police station, west of Paris.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to discuss the matter publicly.

Sarkozy and his former chief of staff denied wrongdoing in the case, which involved funding for his winning 2007 presidential campaign.

Though an investigation has been under way since 2013, the case gained traction some three years later when French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine told the online investigative site, Mediapart, that he delivered suitcases from Libya containing 5 million euros in cash to Sarkozy and his former chief of staff Claude Gueant.

A lawyer for Sarkozy did not immediately respond to a message from the AP seeking comments.

Investigators are examining claims that Gaddafis regime secretly gave Sarkozy 50 million euros overall for the 2007 campaign.

Such a sum would be more than double the legal campaign funding limit at the time of 21 million euros.

In addition, the alleged payments would violate French rules against foreign financing and declaring the source of campaign funds.

According to Le Monde newspaper, investigators have recently handed to magistrates a report in which they detailed how cash circulated within Sarkozys campaign team.

In January, a French businessman suspected of playing a role in the financing scheme, Alexandre Djouhri, was arrested in London on a warrant issued by France for offences of fraud and money laundering.

Le Monde said French investigators were also in possession of several documents seized at his home in Switzerland.

Sarkozy had a complex relationship with Gaddafi.

Soon after becoming the French president, Sarkozy invited the Libyan leader to France for a state visit and welcomed him with high honours.

But Sarkozy then put France in the forefront of NATO-led airstrikes against Gaddafis troops that helped rebel fighters topple his regime in 2011.

It is not the first time that Sarkozy has faced legal troubles.

In February 2016, he was handed preliminary charges by French magistrates for suspected illegal overspending on his failed 2012 re-election campaign and ordered to stand trial.

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09:43

Liberal Media Remains Totally Silent About US-Backed Decimation of Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

MSNBC Russia Yemen(FAIR)  What use is having a liberal cable network if it remains silent on the major issues facing the left? As FAIR noted in January (FAIR.org, 1/8/17), MSNBCs coverage of the US-assisted bombing and siege of Yemen is virtually nonexistent. In the year 2017, MSNBC ran only one segment that focused on the USs role in Yemen; zero in the []

09:41

15 Years After the Invasion of Iraq, Here Are the Dems Who Just Voted for Endless War in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

Just one day after the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, 10 Democrats voted to indefinitely stall a bill that would have withdrawn U.S. support from the Saudi-led war on Yemen. The 10 Democrats helped Republicans table the new legislation, S.J.Res.54, that was introduced in late February by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah). The bill invokes the 1973 War Powers Resolution to force the Senate to hold a vote on withdrawing the U.S. military from the [...]

08:28

NAFDAC returns to Ports, Borders Newtelegraph

After months of ban from operating from the nations ports, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), is returning to the ports to enable the Agency execute its mandate including  ridding the country of fake and substandard food and drugs. In a statement issued by NAFDAC on Tuesday, the Director General of []

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07:58

Laos remains a major route for illicit ivory entering China Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Sixth Tone

Shi Yi

Mar 19, 2018

LUANG PRABANG, Laos Strolling through streets lined with faded colonial houses and ornate Buddhist temples, Chinese tourists wondering what to bring home from any of the myriad handicraft shops often receive the same answer: ivory.

At the start of this year, China, formerly the worlds leading destination for ivory, completely outlawed its domestic market. Trade in the country is down, but ivory is regularly smuggled into China from Laos, where the illicit industry continues unabated.

Sixth Tone visited Luang Prabang, a Laotian UNESCO World Heritage-listed town along the Mekong River that attracts many visitors with its well-preserved architecture, and where many ivory traders have opened outlets. Posing as a prospective customer, Sixth Tone found that, for the mostly Chinese shop owners in Luang Prabang, the ivory ban back home has done wonders for business. (Sellers names have been changed or omitted because they did not speak on the record.)

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With Chinas ban on ivory sales taking effect this year, business is booming for ivory merchants in Laos, who target Chinese customers. By Shi Yi and Lu Yunwen/Sixth Tone

At one shop in Luang Prabangs old colonial quarter, the display cases are full of rosewood handicrafts. But when customers walk in, the proprietor Qian, a middle-aged Chinese woman is quick to pull out hidden boxes of bracelets, amulets, and other jewelry made from ivory. In Laos, ivory is a specialty, she says. A young Chinese couple decide on an ivory necklace composed of 108 beads a number considered sacred in Buddhism and other religions. Its a good number; your family will like it, Qian tells the couple, who pay her some 2,000 yuan ($300) via WeChat, a popular Chinese social media app that supports mobile payment.

Most of the ivory for sale in Luang Prabang comes from Africa, shopkeepers say, though they are not sure how exactly it ended up in the country nor do they seem to care. Qian says all she knows is that it usually enters Laos through Vietnam and Thailand. Based on close-up photos Sixth Tone took of the shops ivory, an appraiser of wildlife products confirmed that the ivory was real and that it had African origins, based on so-called Schreger lines that show patterns in tusks from African elephants.

We have to hide [the ivory] now. Only when Chinese people come do we take it out.

Qian, ivory seller


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07:50

S Africa current account deficit dips to 2.5% of GDP 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Account deficit to GDP has narrowed in South Africa, according to 2017 statistics

The South African current account deficit on the balance of payments narrowed to 2.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) from 2.8% in 2016, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said in its latest Quarterly Bulletin.

On a quarterly basis however, the current account deficit widened to 2.9% of GDP in the fourth quarter from 2.1% in the third quarter as import growth outpaced export growth resulting in a narrowing in the trade surplus in goods.

The import penetration ratio (real merchandise imports as a ratio of real gross domestic expenditure) increased to 26.8% in the fourth quarter from 25.4% in the third quarter. On a full year basis, the volume of total merchandise imports rose by 2.6% in 2017 after a 4.0% fall in 2016.

South Africas terms of trade improved further in the fourth quarter of 2017 as the rand price of exports, including gold, increased at a faster pace than that of imports. For 2017 as a whole, the terms of trade strengthened by 4.8% after only a 1.4% gain in 2016.

The shortfall on the services, income and current transfer account widened by
11.0% in the fourth quarter of 2017 causing the deficit as a percentage of GDP to increase to 4.4% in the fourth quarter from 4.1% in the third quarter.

On a full year basis, the deficit on the services, income and current transfer account relative to GDP increased to 3.9% in 2017 from 3.6% in 2016.

Gross dividend payments to non-residents contracted by 2.4% for 2017 as weak South African economic growth impeded dividend payments. This was the second consecutive annual decline in gross dividend payments since the global financial crisis of 2008/9. Similar to dividend payments, 2017 also marked the second consecutive annual decline in dividend receipts.

The increase in net payments for services was moderated by a second consecutive quarterly increase in gross travel receipts. However, gross travel receipts improved by only 1.0% for 2017 as a whole, compared with an increase of almost 11% in 2016, as xenophobia, the strong rand and Day Zero headlines have slowed tourism growth to only 2.4% in 2017 from 12.8% in 2016.

The slower growth in tourism receipts in 2017 was affected by the significant strengthening in the external value of the rand against major currencies on an annual average basis, for the first time since 2010.

A noticeable increase in net current transfers contributed to a widening of the d....

07:15

Markets in everything, probably more where this came from edition "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Mr. Sarkozy, 63, was taken into custody in Nanterre, northwest of Paris, after answering a police summons, according to a French judicial official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, in line with department policy

The suspicions behind this case first emerged in 2012, when the investigative news website Mediapart published a report suggesting that Mr. Sarkozys 2007 campaign had received up to 50 million euros, or nearly $62 million at current exchange rates, from the regime of Colonel Qaddafi, the longtime Libyan strongman who was killed in 2011. Such support would have violated Frances strict campaign finance laws, which cap spending and prohibit foreign funding.

Here is the NYT account.  Here is my earlier post on Gerhard Schrder.

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07:08

Sudan, The Last Northern White Rhino On Earth, Has Died "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Jess Murray Truth Theory

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino on our planet has died due to age-related complications, marking a sad day for conservationists and animal lovers worldwide. Sudan, who was 45 years old when he died, lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where he was protected and looked after by conservationists.

After suffering from muscle and bone deterioration and extensive skin wounds, the decision was made to euthanise Sudan on Monday evening after his condition meant that he was unable to stand. Prior to this, he had spent two weeks lying in his pen due to the discomfort caused from a deep wound on his leg.

Over recent years Sudan has become well-known around the world as a symbol of the destruction that humans have brought upon the planet. In an attempt to save the subspecies from becoming extinct, huge efforts were made to get him to mate with the two surviving females of his kind, 27-year-old Najin and 17-year-old Fatu. Following these failed attempts, a Tinder dating profile was even created for the rhino, in an attempt to raise the $9million funds needed for fertility treatment.

The conservancys CEO, Richard Vigne, ...

06:46

It's official: Gaddafi's son is running for Libya's presidency "IndyWatch Feed World"

The news was announced by Ayman Abu Ras, the spokesman for the Libyan Popular Front, at a conference in Tunisia. Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, has been nominated as a candidate for the Libyan presidency in the 2018 elections, Libyan Express reported on Monday. Abu Ras said Saif is striving for national reconciliation as well as aiming to rebuild the war-torn nation. "By running for presidency, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is seeking not power but the country's rescue," Abu Ras said. Gaddafi's intention was first announced last December, when it came to light that he was plotting a comeback to Libyan politics after a six-year prison term. According to reports, Saif planned to establish a constructive dialogue between all the Libyan factions, as well as to boost the country's defense "to impose more security and stability in accordance with the Libyan geography."

06:26

Brazil not forgetting murderd Marielle Franco "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

20 March 2018

As Brazil prepares for more mass demonstrations in memory of Marielle Franco, and protests continue around the world, we speak to David Miranda, a close friend of the murdered activist, and like her, a member of Rios City Council and fellow LGBT activist.

06:13

Iraq invasion WMDs or not, US wanted regime change ex-Pentagon official "IndyWatch Feed World"

Recent actions by the United States in the Middle East suggest it hasnt learned anything from its monumental debacle 15 years ago by invading Iraq, under a preemptive policy of regime change.

The strategy, led by the neocons in the Pentagon, was to throw out then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, replace him with a government favorable to the US, and then proceed to regime change in Syria, Iran, and Libya, due to their close ties to Hussein.

Given the pro-Israeli neocons running the Pentagon at the time, such as then-Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and his undersecretary of defense, Doug Feith, their strategy had the effect of having the Pentagon become an instrument of carrying out the foreign policy of Israel, which regarded these Middle East countries as a threat to its survival.

Even prior to becoming the deputy secretary of defense, Wolfowitz had designs of taking out Hussein.

He sought to develop a basis for invasion, based initially on Iraqs support for terrorism and later possession of weapons of mass destruction, or WMD.

There was a time constraint the United Nations was about to lift years of sanctions that had been imposed on Iraq following Desert Shield/Desert Storm, actions the US and its allies took to kick Iraq out of Kuwait.

In the spirit of transparency, I was director of Technology Security Operations in the Office of the Secretary of Defense during this period. Despite having WMD inspectors in and out of Iraq for a decade, however, my office at the time, which monitored technology to Iraqi research and development facilities over the years, had determined that there was no evidence of operational WMD left in Iraq.

However, that didnt stop the Central Intelligence Agency, then led by George Tenet, to publish in October 2002 a National Intelligence Estimate that Iraq indeed had WMD. Then in December 2002, Tenet briefed President George Bush, saying that the evidence...

06:03

BREAKING: UTME: JAMB withholds results of 111,981 candidates Newtelegraph

Releases 1,502,978 candidates results, to release 350 blind candidates soon   Following the intense pressure from members of the public, especially the candidates who took part in the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has revealed the details of the results released so far, and those currently []

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05:53

Jims Mailbox "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

JB, Wait until they have something real to freak out about! Best, Bill Dave, Did you expect anything else? Best, Bill Bill, As you have said if it comes out of MSM it is B.S. here is a perfect example. This Prince with help of the USA has bombed Yemen killed thousands the UN has... Read more

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05:48

Abahlali baseMjondolo: ANC Continues to Encourage Tribalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Africa: Our movement (Abahlali baseMjondolo) is built from the unity of families, neighbours and communities in struggle. If you live in a land occupation you are from that land occupation irrespective of what language you speak, or the province or country in which you were born.

Submitted to Enough is Enough. Press release by Abahlali baseMjondolo.

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

Abahlali baseMjondolo: ANC Continues to Encourage Tribalism

South Africa: Our movement (Abahlali baseMjondolo) is built from the unity of families, neighbours and communities in struggle. If you live in a land occupation you are from that land occupation irrespective of what language you speak, or the province or country in which you were born.

However the ANC continues to try and weaken the power of impoverished people by attempting to divide us according to the provinces and countries where we were born. The ANC constantly encourages tribalism and xenophobia, especially at the local level. In Durban it is normal for Ward Councillors in the eThekwini Municipality to openly discriminate against people from the Eastern Cape. There are many examples of this.
For instance people have been living in inhuman conditions in the Barcelona 2 transit camp since 2007. When they were moved into the transit camp they were promised houses in a nearby housing project. The promises made to them turned out to be lies and more than ten years later they remain stuck in terrible indignity. The ward councillor in the area does not recognise them. She has called them AmaMpondo and said that they are not entitled to benefit from housing projects that are meant for the Zulu community. She continues to say that they deserve to live like pigs in a pig sty because t...

05:44

Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino dies Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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The Last Male Standing. The Most Eligible Bachelor. These are some of the affectionate epithets that were bestowed on Sudan over the years.  Born in the wild in Sudan in 1973, Sudan has subsequently evolved into a legend in part due to his status as the last male member of a rhino subspecies. He was captured in Sudan shortly after birth in 1975 and taken to Dvr Krlov Zoo in the Czech Republic along with 5 other northern white rhinos.

He lived at Dvr Krlov Zoo until December 2009 when he was relocated to Ol Pejeta Conservancy together with three other northern white rhinos Suni (deceased), Najin and Fatu. The move was prompted by the fact that northern white rhinos had been declared extinct in the wild in 2009. It was thought that a more natural habitat would overcome the rhinos reluctance to breed in captivity and thereby ensure the continued existence of this subspecies.

The deaths of Suni and Angalifu in 2014 two of the three remaining males suddenly brought the impending end to this magnificent species of animal to everyones attention. This left Sudan in an extraordinary position the last male of his species.

All hope for the future hinged on him but,  sadly,...

05:36

Super Eagles begin training as 22 players hit camp Newtelegraph

The Super Eagles Radisson Blu Hotel camp in Wroclaw has become a beehive of activities following the arrival of 22 players and the beginning of training sessions on Tuesday. Technical and backroom staff, alongside six players opened the camp on Monday, but the facility exploded into life with the arrival of goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, defenders []

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05:35

Dapchi girls: Military attacks Amnesty Intl, says body undermining terrorism war Newtelegraph

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), has accused Amnesty International (AI) of undermining efforts at ending the ongoing counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism war in the North East. In its reaction to claims by AI, that it received phone calls hours before the attack on Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, the DHQ challenged the []

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05:18

Australian Man Has Tracked Down Missing Flight MH370 With Google Earth "IndyWatch Feed World"

Flight MH370 was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Bejing on March 4th of 2014 when it literally disappeared. On that plane were 239 people, and until recently, this plane was nowhere to be found.

That being said, a man is currently claiming to have managed to track down this missing plane all on his own. He used Google Earth to track its passage and may have located the plane. The search that went on for this plane was one of the biggest in history. It ended up costing millions of dollars and involved China, Malaysia, and Australia. While the search was basically called off/suspended last year small pieces of the plane did manage to wash up on shore around several islands in the Indian Ocean as well as on the coast of Africa.

Peter McMahon is the man who believes he has managed to do the impossible and locate this plane. He is an Australian mechanical engineer with over 25 years experience in crash investigations. He has found what he believes is the outline of a plane below the surface of the water about 10 miles south of the islet. McMahon told DailyStar that he sent his findings to the Australian Transport and Safety Burea and that they did, in fact, confirm that this might be the missing plane.

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McMahon also went on to tell the DailyStar that US officials who are supposed to be working now to find the plane instructed those searching to stick to their assigned areas and not investigate where he had shown them the plane might be. It seems four Americans were sent to Australia to oversee the findings of MH370 and that while it could easily be there something fishy is going on.

He said as follows:

They have made sure that all information received has been hidden from the public, even our government but why?

McMahon claims that authorities do not want it found as its full of bullet holes, finding it will only open another inquiry.

Does this sound like some kind of cover up to you? What really happened to flight MH370? We can only hope that the truth abo...

04:58

Only God will take charge of the remains of Boko Haram activities Oyegun Newtelegraph

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun yesterday submitted that the Boko Haram Insurgence has been decimated and whatever that was left of it can only be handled by God. The APC national chairman, who spoke at the party National Headquarters in Abuja when the Management of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, []

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04:55

JUST IN: Collapsed church building kills six, injured four in Ondo (PHOTO) Newtelegraph

Tragedy struck in Uja-Ugbo in Arogbo-Ijaw in Ese-Odo Local Government area of Ondo State when a church building under construction collapsed and killed six people and injured four persons in the coastal community. The victims according to sources included Morenike Bubuma, Margret Goloba, Mayama Goloba, Kowei Aboa and the pregnant woman, Dali Gunuboh. Relating the []

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04:54

BBNaija: I was raped by popular entertainer, Ifu Ennada reveals Newtelegraph

An evicted contestant in the ongoing reality TV show, BBNaija Double Wahala, Iheme Faith Uloma, popularly known as Ifu Ennada, says she was raped and infected with a Sexual Transmitted Infection. Ifu Ennada, who is also an actress, content producer, TV host and fitness entrepreneur took to her instagram handle, @ifuennada on Tuesday to make []

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04:51

ECWA Pastor assassinated in Bauchi Newtelegraph

A newly ordained pastor of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) of Toro District Church Council, Rev. Isah Nanaf has been assassinated in Toro village near Jos. The late reverend was said to have been shot severally at close range by a gunman. The gunman whose name has not been disclosed has been arrested by []

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04:11

Historically Anti-Apartheid New Zealand Confronts Risks of BDS and Standing Up to Israel "IndyWatch Feed World"

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND If we were to truly honor the late, great Stephen Hawking, perhaps it would pay to remind ourselves of the principles the acclaimed physicist really stood for. One of those principles was Hawkings commitment to the boycott of Israel in response to Israels longstanding policy of egregiously violating the rights of millions of ordinary Palestinians.

In 2013, Hawking publicly withdrew himself from a conference in Jerusalem on the future of Israel stating that he had decided to respect the boycott, having received advice from Palestinian academics.

A people under occupation will continue to resist in any way it can. If Israel wants peace it will have to talk to Hamas like Britain did with the IRA [Irish Republican Army], Hawking said in 2009, speaking in regard to Israels brutal assault of Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. Hamas are the democratically elected leaders of the Palestinian people and cannot be ignored.

One Guardian commentator in particular called Hawkings support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement a turning point.

However, boycotting Israel is nowhere near as risk-free as boycotting and sanctioning states such as Syria, North Korea or Iran. Boycotting Israel comes with unforeseen consequences that shed light not only on the power and reach of the Zionist lobby and to adherents of the Zionist agenda, but also on how weak the argument in favor of promoting Israels human rights-abusing agenda is. If their argument were strong, would they need to actively and forcibly silence those who dissent?

States such as New Zealand have found this out the hard way and continue to grapple with the issue to this day. The problem that Israel will always have with New Zealand is that New Zealand has long held itself as a beacon of human rights and individual freedom. Whether or not this is, in fact, the case is irrelevant because New Zealand has to continue to maintain that faade, particularly regarding its approach to the international community. To this day, the country continues to point to its boycott of Apartheid South Africa not too long ago, mind you as a moment of historical pride.


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03:56

The Tax Scam Is Starting to Sink In "IndyWatch Feed World"

(Otherwords) Its no fun being scammed.

I distinctly remember looking for my first big city apartment and finding an ad that looked perfect. Beautiful picture, cheap rent, great location. It sounded too good to be true and, sadly, it was.

Just send a check in the mail, and dont forget to send over your Social Security number, they said. Well mail you a key.

Fortunately, I didnt take the bait. Ive also managed to dodge the countless Nigerian royalty looking to make me rich via e-mail, and the endless robo-calls about lowering my utility bills.

Not everyone is so lucky. If theres one constant of scams, its that given enough opportunities, theyll get somebody to give up the goods.

Today, that somebody is the United States.

As their W-2s arrive in the mail, U.S. workers are starting to see the minimal impact of the new tax changes passed by Congress late last year. While the budget-busting package was a boon for millionaires, it means next to nothing for ordinary people.

Still, theres a massive public relations campaign being waged right now by Republican donors backing the Trump tax cuts. Make the rich richer, they say, and well all benefit.

And while youre at it, theyve got some swampland in Florida for sale.

The Koch Brothers alone will spend $20 million on ads selling the tax bill. This is a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.4 billion they stand to gain every year in tax breaks. Its also a tiny fraction of their overall campaign spending on the 2018 midterms elections, which is projected to reach $400 million.

The Kochs have their work cut out for them. A new poll from Politico shows most workers report seeing no increase in their take home pay after the new tax laws took effect.

This is important.

The whole premise behind adding $1.5 trillion to the debt, giving massive handouts to the ultra-wealthy, and giving a tax break to the nations most profitable corporations was that working folks would also get a bit of cash.

Turns out, theyre not seeing that money. But the PR push is having an impact.

While majority of the American people never supported the bill, most polls...

03:50

Be Open to Solutions to National Security, Atiku tells Buhari Newtelegraph

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has called on President Muhammadu Buhari administration to be open to solutions from well-meaning Nigerians on how to solve the nations security challenges. In a statement by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, Atiku said he welcomed the decision by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to withdraw security personnel []

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03:41

Four countries weigh diplomatic snub of Russias World Cup Newtelegraph

The diplomatic snub of Russias World Cup gathered steam Tuesday as four countries said they were either not sending officials in support of Britains partial boycott or considering the move. London last week said British ministers and royals would not attend the showpiece in protest over the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and []

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03:40

Dont use religion to divide Nigeria- Methodist Prelate warns Newtelegraph

Dr Samuel Uche, Prelate of Methodist Church of Nigeria, has warned Nigerians against the use of religion to cause disunity in the country. He gave the warning during a visit to Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger in Minna on Tuesday. Uche said that Christianity and Islam were religions of peace and love that have been []

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03:36

Buhari reacts to Putins re-election Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended sincere congratulations to President Vladimir Putin of Russia on his victory in the recent presidential election. The Presidents Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement in Abuja. Buharis congratulatory message was contained in a letter on behalf of himself, the government []

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03:36

Police arrest 4 suspected armed robbers in Kano Newtelegraph

The Police in Kano have arrested a dismissed police Sgt and three other persons for allegedly robbing the Guest House of the Deputy Governor of Jigawa. SP Magaji Majiya,the Public Relations Officer of the Kano State Police Command disclosed this while parading tthe suspects before newsmen in Kano on Tuesday. The suspects are :Sani Danjuma, []

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03:32

Arewa Consultative Forum slams FG over Killings, kidnapping of school girls Newtelegraph

The Umbrella Organization of all northerners Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Tuesday charged the Federal Government to immediately bring the menace of killings and kidnapping across the country, especially in the north to an end. ACF also said the region is tired of being at the receiving end of every negative activity since the beginning []

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03:30

Instagram shoppers employ scamburst to combat scam Newtelegraph

Instagram shoppers have taken to an anonymously run account Scamburst to review pages of vendors and verify their authenticity. The account @scamburstng has been trending on various social media platforms for helping shoppers check scam pages, which has become prevalent on Instagram. Instagram, which is regarded by communication experts as one of the biggest online []

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03:28

Delta: Four Killed By Suspected Fulani Herdsmen In Urhobo Community Urhobo Today


LAGOS MARCH 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-At least four farmers who were on fishing expedition have been reportedly shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Their bodies were found in a bush in Uwheru community, in the Ughelli North Council Area of Delta State, Punch report.

The incident, which was said to have occurred over the weekend, has resulted in palpable tension in the area, as other members of the fishing expedition reportedly sustained different degrees of gun wounds from the attack.
The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, had, last week, while receiving the Assistant Inspector General Police Zone 5, Mr. Rasheed Akintunde, disclosed that herdsmen occupied three Uwheru communities and that farmers might have to pay Fulani herdsmen before being allowed access to their farmlands.
The governor had told the AIG to urgently mobilise police operatives to the area to prevent a breakdown of law and order.
A security personnel who confirmed the incident noted that the attack, which took place at a bush in Oreba village of Uwheru community on Saturday, had since sparked tension in the area.
Our sources added that scores of persons who survived the attack with gunshots injuries were currently receiving treatment at undisclosed hospitals within the state.
A senior Police officer at the Ughelli Police Area Command, who also confirmed the incident, disclosed that the corpses of the deceased were recovered from the scene of the inciden...

03:27

Alleged N4.7bn corruption charge: Oyo Director testifies against Ladoja Newtelegraph

Mr Yinka Fatoki, a Director in the Oyo State Civil service, on Tuesday testified for the prosecution in the ongoing trial of N4.7 billion money laundering charge against a former governor of Oyo State, Rasheed Ladoja. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Ladoja and a former Commissioner for Finance, Waheed Akanbi. Ladoja []

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03:25

Trump pushes arms sales to Saudi Arabia as he lauds bin Salman "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Senate votes to dismiss resolution that sought to end US support for Saudi's campaign in Yemen

03:19

JUST IN: Herdsmen invade, kidnap on Kwara-Oyo boundary roads Newtelegraph

Social and economic activities between Kwara and Oyo state have been paralysed since Sunday following the invasion of Ilorin-Igbeti highway by suspected herdsmen. Investigations revealed that several travellers have fallen victims of the hoodlums who reportedly kidnapped and collected huge ransom from their victims. One victim, a businessman, was said to have paid the sum []

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03:14

Dapchi: Were vindicated by Amnesty International report PDP Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it has been vindicated by the revelation by Amnesty International (AI) that security agencies got advanced warning on the abduction of Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe State. The party said the report has vindicated its earlier stand that President Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) should be []

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02:38

Saif Ghaddafi Attempting Libyan Presidential Campaign 7 Years After Pantsuit Murdered His Father And Plunged Libya Into Chaos "IndyWatch Feed World"

Seven years after Pantsuit Hillary Rodham Clinton threw Libya into chaos and caused the murder of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, son Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is attempting a presidential campaign to bring stability back to Libya. The 45 year old scion of the late Libyan leader is rumoured to be in exile successfully evading all manner of "summons" and "indictments" including an in absentia death sentence ordered by a local pantsuit puppet court (archived). Until June 2017 Saif Gaddafi had been continusly in the custody of the local militia which captured him in 2011. Said militia refused to carry out the July 2015 in absentia death sentence and released Gaddafi for reasons uncertain at present.

02:15

Activists protest Saudi Crown Princes visits to US cities, call on elected officials to oppose US role in Saudi war on Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Protestors told de Blasio to denounce prince visit; told Schumer & Menendez to immediately commit to vote to end US support for Saudi war on Yemen

CONTACTS:
New York, NY:   Isaac Evans-Frantz, 347-756-1896, actioncorps.nyc [at] gmail.com 

Washington, DC:   Ariel Gold, 510-599-5330, ariel [at] codepink.org

Tuesday the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is meeting with President Trump. Meanwhile, the Senate likely will vote today on ending US support for the Saudi war on Yemen. The prince plans to travel to NYC next week, where protestors this morning called for cancellation of his visit. The Saudi Crown Prince is the chief architect of the 3-year-long bombing and blockade in Yemen.

The NYC protest began at 9:00 on NY City Hall Steps, while another protest is scheduled to begin at 11:00 in front of the White House, where Trump is expected to receive bin Salman. Additional protests of the prince are planned for the rest of this week in Washington, DC:

Wednesday March 21st 6:00 pm in front of the Kennedy Center
Thursday March 22nd 11:30 am in front of the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Thursday March 22nd 6:30 pm in front of the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave NW

Protests are being planned in additional US cities where the Saudi Crown Prince is expected. 

QUOTES FROM SPEAKERS

For three years now, I have witnessed the total destruction of my ancestors homeland and the pain and suffering of family, friends, and millions of innocent Yemenis as my beloved America continues to fuel and support Saudi Arabias war on Yemen. Rabyaah Althaibani, NYC Protest Co-Organizer

"For more than three years I have seen the world forgetting the war on Yemen. I have seen the people who didn't get killed by rockets and Saudi bombs killed by slow death. Sixty-five percent of the Yemeni people have been w...

02:12

US CENTCOM Chief General Votel's three stunning admissions to Congress on the Mid-East "IndyWatch Feed World"

Assad has won, Iran deal should stand and Saudis use American weapons without accountability in Yemen: head of U.S. military's Central Command's stunning Congressional testimony The top U.S. general in the Middle East testified before Congress this week and dropped several bombshells: from signaled support for the Iran nuclear deal, admitting the U.S. does not know what Saudi Arabia does with its bombs in Yemen and that Assad has won the Syrian Civil War. U.S. Army General Joseph Votel said the Iran agreement, which President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from, has played an important role in addressing Iran's nuclear program. "The JCPOA addresses one of the principle threats that we deal with from Iran, so if the JCPOA goes away, then we will have to have another way to deal with their nuclear weapons program," said U.S. Army General Joseph Votel. JCPOA, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is the formal name of the accord reached with Iran in July 2015 in Vienna.

02:11

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Rwanda's Kagame Hosts African Leaders Meeting to Sign Free Trade Deal
Daniel Mumbere
Africa News

The African Union Extraordinary Summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area that is being held in Kigali, Rwanda is steadily making progress despite earlier setbacks including snubs by Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari and Ugandas Yoweri Museveni.

The Free Trade Area is one of the flagship projects of Agenda 2063 and aims to deepen the integration process, by allowing Africans to trade and move freely across the continent.

The project is being driven forward along with other key related initiatives such as the Single African Air Transport Market and the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and the African Passport.

By signing and ratifying it, we would signal that we are determined to play our part as a global player while promoting the continents economic interests as one, through a single African market.

The Kigali Extraordinary Summit was agreed to during the ordinary session of the Assembly of the Union held in Addis Ababa in late January 2018.

Rwandas president Paul Kagame who also took over as chair of African Union pledged to achieve free movement of persons this year.

Nigerias Buhari opted out of the Kigali conference on Sunday, saying he wanted further domestic consultation on the continental deal after media reports said labour unions in Africas largest economy warned against the deal.

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat urged countries to overcome fears and self-interests as they continue to be barriers of regional trade and growth.

Rwandas foreign affairs minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, who also doubles as the Chairperson of the Council of Ministers said the agreement should come into force as soon as possible.

By signing and ratifying it, we would signal that we are determined to play our part as a global player while promoting the continents economic interests as one, through a single African market, she said.

Intra-Africa trade currently stands at about 14 per cent with the agreement expected to facilitate an increase to about 52.3 per cent by 2022.

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CFTA: Africa Positions for the Worlds Largest Free Trade Area. What are the Implications?
AFRICAN BUSINESS MAGAZINE
19 MARCH 2018

As African heads of state and government meet in the Rwandan capital Kigali to formally sign the much-talked about Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) this Wednesday, Rafiq Raji looks at what lies ahead. Is Africa ready?

More than two years after the signing of the Sharm-el-Sheikh Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) agreement in June 2015 which brought together member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), East African Community (EAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) trade ministers from all of Africas 54 countries, including those of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which already have a common external tariff, met in Niamey, the capital of Niger, in early December last year to agree final terms for the African Unions Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).

By and large, they made good progress. However, there are still issues to iron out. Member states have yet to agree on tariffs on all goods, for instance although on services, they successfully closed the book.

Intra-African trade grew by 8% in the first nine months of 2017, with Guinea, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, and Sierra Leone in the lead.

In order to make a meaningful impact, the CFTA will have to improve the quality as well as the quantity of intra-African trade. The objective of the CFTA is primarily to engender more intra-African trade, which currently comprises just 15% of the continents total merchandise trade. When compared with intra-regional trade in other continents 67% in Europe, 58% in Asia and 48% in North America this is quite low.

Efforts, thus far, at improving the low trade interactions within the continent, have clearly not been very effective. There are signs of improvement, though. According to most recent data from Cairo-based African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), intra-African trade grew by 8% in the first nine months of 2017, with Guinea, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, and Sierra Leone in the lead. This is definitely better than the marginal 0.6% gro...

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Africas Free-Trade Future
Mar 20, 2018
FRANCIS MANGENI

With the launch of the African Union's long-awaited Continental Free Trade Area this month, African leaders have an opportunity to set their countries on a path toward social and economic transformation. But they will first need to come together to ensure that the new framework's power is not merely symbolic.

LUSAKA When African leaders launch the massive Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) on March 21, 2018, at a summit in Kigali, Rwanda, their top priority should be to avoid rolling out something that is either hollow or redundant. The CFTA one of 12 flagship programs under the African Unions (AU) Agenda 2063 framework could double intra-African trade and bring enormous benefits to the continent. But much will depend on the arrangements final shape.

One positive sign is that the CFTA will include trade in services, which already contribute more than 50% of African countries GDPs, on average. A growing body of research suggests that services will provide new social- and economic-development pathways for Africa. In their recent book The Unexplored Potential of Trade in Services in Africa, Nora Dihel and Arti Grover Goswani of the World Bank marshal data to show that services have the potential to provide much-needed employment and incomes for ordinary people across the continent.

Service industries such as communications, transportation, banking, insurance, energy, education, and health are key drivers of development, while both tourism and construction currently have high growth potential. Moreover, for many young professionals, services are the only way to earn a living. And with the emergence of entrepreneurial universities where course work and dissertations produce business propositions rather than just paper degrees vibrant services markets will become more necessary than ever.

But Dihel and Goswani also warn of regulatory hurdles. African policymakers will need to go beyond the initial framework that has already been agreed under the CFTA, to identify sectors that can be brought into the fold of a wider, integrated services market. And a comprehensive framework to establish the terms and conditions of trade and investment in specific sectors, and to attract investment, should follow....

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Robots and Automation: How Africa Is at Risk
19 March 2018
BBC World Service

US companies could move manufacturing operations back home due to falling costs of automation
Within less than two decades it will be cheaper to operate robots in US factories than hire workers in Africa, a new report warns.

Falling automation costs are predicted to cause job losses as manufacturers return to richer economies.

Some analysts say poorer countries could be less impacted by this trend, however the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) suggests otherwise.

But its report adds African nations have time to prepare for the change.

"African countries must not shy away from manufacturing, but instead prepare by increasing access to internet, investing in technical skills and promoting technological innovation," said Karishma Banga a senior research officer at ODI.

"If done well, automation can present important opportunities for African countries by improving labour productivity in manufacturing," she said.

It has been suggested that poorer countries will not as be affected by automation because they have less money to invest in it.

"Our research shows that this is overly optimistic. Currently the cost of operating robots in furniture manufacturing is still higher than labour, but this will not be the case within 15 years", Dirk Willem te Velde, director of the Supporting Economic Transformation programme at ODI, said in a statement.

ODI's report, Digitalisation and the Future of Manufacturing in Africa, found that in furniture manufacturing, the cost of operating robots and 3D printers in the US will be cheaper than Kenyan wages by 2034.

In Ethiopia, ODI predicts robotic automation will be cheaper than Ethiopian workers between 2038 and 2042.

This gives the continent between one to two decades to build up its capabilities in sectors less at risk of automation, "such as food and beverages, garments, metals", the report writes.

It advises African nations to expand access to broadband and develop locals' technical skills through vocational training, technology hubs, and a bigger focus on STEM subjects in African educational bodies.

01:52

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African Governments Are Withholding Millions of Dollars Meant to Increase Internet Access
Somali athlete Abdullah Bare Kuulow browses the internet at a cyber-cafe after a training session as part of their preparations for the 2012 London Olympic Games in Somalia's capital Mogadishu March 14, 2012. Picture taken March 14, 2012. Not fully connected yet. (Reuters/Feisal Omar)

Abdi Latif Dahir
Quartz Africa

At just 22%, Africa is the region with the lowest levels of internet use in the world. But as a new research shows, countries continue to fall short of financing projects aimed at removing barriers to internet access in rural, remote, and poor urban areaseven when they have those funds.

The joint report, from the Web Foundation, the Alliance for Affordable Internet and UN Women shows that 37 countries on the continent have what is known as the Universal Service and Access Funds (USAF). The purpose of these funds, usually collected through levies on telecommunication licenses, appropriations from the government as well as grants and donations, is to promote connectivity to underserved communities. Yet an estimated total of $408 million remains unspent in government coffers, with disbursement rates remaining low over the years.

Across Africa, just four countriesnamely Cte dIvoire, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Ugandacarried a zero balance. But even then, the authors questioned how transparent their distribution mechanism was, and referenced the timely allocation of funds in Nigeria and Cte dIvoire to laws requiring authorities to spend the money every fiscal year. Just three countries explicitly planned to improve internet connectivity for women and girls through the USAF funds.

The internet has a vital effect on economic growth and social transformation. But while the internet contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) stands at 3.7% globally, it averages 1.1% in Africa. The continent also has the slowest internet speeds in the world, while high data costs and inadequate infrastructure keeps millions from achieving universal digital access. Besides, governments from Ethiopia to Cameroon, Egypt to DR Congo continue to shut down the internet or block access to social media outlets costing economies millions of dollars in reve...

01:33

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Theres a Crucial Link Between Better Road Networks and International Trade for African Countries
Contractors work on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway construction project in Athi River Kenya
Smoothing things over. (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)

Yinka Adegoke
March 20, 2018
Quartz Africa

I recently asked a business acquaintance how long it took to travel by road between DR Congos two biggest cities, Kinshasa to Lubumbashi. There was a long sigh, a pained look, then a helpless shrug. It could take a week or two.

DRC is Sub Saharan Africas largest country but this seemed remarkable. A Google Maps search tells you the 1,451 miles (2,335 kilometers) between both cities should take 36 hours, but as my contact noted, its not quite that straightforward. A similar distance in the US, from New York to Oklahoma City, (2,373 km), would take take 22 hours, says Google.

The DRC conversation came to mind while reading a report (pdf) from London School of Economics International Growth Centre, which argues that despite years of trade liberalization and tariff reductions across Africa, the impact has been significantly limited by the internal costs of moving goods within African countries and between neighbors.

The high cost of moving goods from or to ports eats into the benefits of free or lower tariff trade. Research shows a one-day reduction in inland travel times could lead to a 7% increase in exports, the equivalent to a 1.5 percentage point reduction on importing country tariffs. Other research shows a 10% drop in transport costs could increase trade by 25%.

As is likely in the case of DRC, 2015 research estimated the cost of transporting goods could be up to five times higher (per unit distance) in some sub-Saharan African countries when compared to the US. In Ethiopia its thought to be 3.5 times while in Nigeria its said to be 5.3 times higher.

Some of the recent infrastructure partnerships and investments such as those backed by China give some hope that it wont always be this way. But the LSE report cautions that just building better road and rail networks has not been enough to win meaningful cost reductions. A plethora of challenges include the price of fuel, labor, and equi...

01:28

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Nicolas Sarkozy, Ex-President of France, Is Held for Questioning on Libyan Cash
By AURELIEN BREEDEN
New York Times
MARCH 20, 2018

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, left, welcomed Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya to the lyse Palace in 2007. Credit Franck Fife/Agence France-Presse Getty Images

PARIS Former President Nicolas Sarkozy of France was questioned by the police on Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether his 2007 election campaign received illegal financial support from the Libyan regime of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

Mr. Sarkozy, 63, was taken into custody in Nanterre, northwest of Paris, after answering a police summons, according to a French judicial official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, in line with department policy.

Under French law, Mr. Sarkozy can be held for up to 48 hours before either being released or formally placed under investigation and charged.

The corruption investigation involving Mr. Sarkozy and his 2007 election campaign was opened in 2013, but Monday was the first time he had been questioned by police in that case. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Brice Hortefeux, a close ally of Mr. Sarkozys and one of his interior ministers, was also summoned for questioning by the police on Tuesday as part of the investigation.

In France, complex criminal cases are handled by special magistrates with broad investigative powers. Defendants placed under formal investigation do not automatically go to trial: Magistrates can drop cases they believe have insufficient evidence.

The suspicions behind this case first emerged in 2012, when the investigative news website Mediapart published a report suggesting that Mr. Sarkozys 2007 campaign had received up to 50 million euros, or nearly $62 million at current exchange rates, from the regime of Colonel Qaddafi, the longtime Libyan strongman who was killed in 2011. Such support would have violated Frances strict campaign finance laws, which cap spending and prohibit foreign funding.

Since those first reports, aides to Mr....

01:26

Dear Amir, you dont need to describe what death means to me "IndyWatch Feed War"

I am the Gaza correspondent for a blog called Canada Talks Israel Palestine. In response to my introduction, an Israeli man named Amir wrote the message below, which sparked an intense exchange. My reply to Amir might be helpful if you encounter similar arguments in defense of Israeli policies and behavior.

Ahmed,

You are 23. I am more than double your age. You never faced wars and killing. I did. Too much. It is indescribable what death means. I write to you as I think that your motto, your starting point, is very bad. You say that your dream is to advance the cause of Palestinian human rights and to expose the human face of the Israeli occupation. But the Israeli occupation is humane. It is much more humane than your own regime and your people, the Arabs.

Lets take your place, Gaza. The occupation supplies you with everything you need. Your problem is that your (elected?) regime takes all of it from you, the people, and uses it for military/destructive purposes or uses it for their private uses, selling it on the market and taking the money. If Israel was not supporting you with food, water, energy and power, you would have never survived. Please do your job properly. Before you start writing, learn the matter. You dont know the facts. what you read/hear in Gaza is not the truth. It is Arab propaganda. Just look at the support/help that Israel gives to Jordan, Egypt and even your people who get medical treatment free of charge in Israeli hospitals. Israel is a humane state. Yours is not. So, instead of pulling us, Israel, down to your low level, you should write, bravely, the truth and pull your people up. You must help them rebuild the ruins your leadership caused. If you do the opposite, blaming Israel for everything, you ruin your chance to get out.

Amir

* * *

Amir,

Thank you for taking the time to comment. I am sorry I am replying late; my mother was diagnosed with cancer this week, and I have not been in the best of spirits. (Your humane government limits the treatments available to her.)

Its true I am half your age. However, you are wrong when you say I have not faced wars and killing. I assume you held a gun and defended yourself while serving in the Israeli militaryprobably when invading Palestinian lands and homes, as it so often does. (If you are really unaware of, or unwilling to admit, the terror inflicted by the Israeli military during its operations, simply read the testi...

01:16

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Sarkozy: France's 'Bling-Bling' President Dogged by Legal Woes
20th March 2018
AFP

Nicolas Sarkozy, who governed France as a tough-talking rightwing president from 2007 until 2012, is a divisive figure in French politics who has been dogged by legal cases since leaving office.

Taking a hard line on immigration, security and national identity, the 63-year-old attempted a comeback during last year's presidential campaign.

Sarkozy tried to bury his "bling-bling" image, which he earned during his time in office owing to his love of the high-life, by casting himself as a defender of the "down-and-outs against the elites".

But the man known universally in France as "Sarko" was humiliated in the rightwing's primary vote, finishing third behind Francois Fillon, who served for five years as prime minister under Sarkozy.

The ex-president's lavish lifestyle -- he is married to former top model Carla Bruni -- and failure to make good on many of his promises while in power had relegated him to a one-term presidency after he lost to Socialist Francois Hollande in 2012.

- Pugnacious -

The son of a Hungarian immigrant father has a pugnacious style which is seen as an asset by his admirers but a liability by his detractors who fault his apparent lack of self-control.

Many remember when Sarkozy visited the 2008 agriculture show in Paris -- a fixture on any top politician's calendar -- and said "get lost, dumbass" to a man who refused to shake his hand.

His temper also flared during a televised debate before last year's primary vote, when he slammed as "disgraceful" a question on fresh claims that he received millions in campaign funding from the regime of late Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi.

Born on January 28, 1955, the football fanatic and cycling enthusiast is an atypical French politician.

He has a law degree, but unlike most of his peers did not attend the exclusive Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA), the well-worn production line for future French leaders.

After he won the presidency at age 52, he was initially seen as injecting a much-needed...

01:16

JUST IN: We Are Ready To Obey Anti-Open Grazing Law, Miyetti Allah Says Newtelegraph

Alhaji Danladi Chiroma, the North Central Zonal Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN. has said the group is ready to obey the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law and to cooperate with the Benue State Government. He stated this when the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, held talks with the state []

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01:13

Rising Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Another South China Sea? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Summary

The Eastern Mediterranean has seen the birth of some of historys greatest civilizations, and the most disparate cultures have met along its shores through trade and war. Today, this tradition continues in the form of a continuously shifting mix of cooperation and competition among the states located in the area. As a matter of fact, this maritime region witnesses a complex and dynamic interplay of interests among its main players, each one of which has a distinctive socio-political nature and specific objectives. The recent discovery of lucrative gas and oil deposits below its waters has the potential to reshape the regional geostrategic framework and open a new phase in the relations between the states along its shores, notably one marked by increased competition and maritime skirmishes. Its a dynamic that shares a lot of similarities with the South China Sea dispute in Asia.

 

Background

A prominent feature that has marked the geopolitical asset of the Eastern Mediterranean since the rise of civilization has been its position as a crossroad between three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa. Todays regional power distribution reflects this centuries-long status. States like Greece, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt all play a major role in this area; but Iran and the EU (through Greece and Cyprus but also Italy and France, whose energy firms are present in the region) have also considerable stakes there. Moreover, great powers like the U.S., Russia and now even China (with the OBOR initiative) are involved as well.

This intricate network of diverging interests and opposed identities, combined with the areas intrinsic geostrategic importance, explains why the Eastern Mediterranean is characterized by so many conflicts and territorial disputes. In this context, the recent discovery of important hydrocarbon deposits has the potential to make the situation even more tense. Drilling exploration activities have increased in recent years, and a number of promising offshore gas fields have been discovered, thus attracting the attention of major energy firms like Exxon Mobil, Total, and ENI. A 2010 study...

01:09

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Frances Sarkozy Detained Over Allegations of Bribery by Libya
French President Nicolas Sarkozy greets Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi as he arrives for dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Dec. 10, 2007. (Maya Vidon/Epa-Efe/Rex/Shutterstock)

By James McAuley
Washington Post
March 20 at 9:57 AM

PARIS Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody early Tuesday over allegations that he illegally accepted 50 million euros ($68.5 million) from the government of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi to finance his successful 2007 presidential campaign.

The detention of Sarkozy Frances president between 2007 and 2012 represented a major development in what is now likely to become an explosive political scandal. For years, Sarkozy denied allegations that he took money from Gaddafi, and Tuesday marked the first time that authorities have questioned the former president.

If the allegations are true, it would mean that Sarkozy knowingly violated Frances campaign finance laws, which in 2007 capped campaign funding at 21 million euros ($28.8 million).

Under French law, authorities can hold a suspect in custody for up to 48 hours, at which point they can decide whether there are sufficient grounds to launch a formal investigation.

The case against the former center-right president has been brewing for years.

 An armed police officer stands guard outside the headquarters of the central office for the fight against corruption and financial and fiscal crime (OCLCIFF), on Tuesday, in Nanterre, outside Paris, during the detention of former president Nicolas Sarkozy. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)
In 2012, Mediapart, a French investigative news outlet, published a report suggesting that Sarkozys campaign had taken 50 million euros from Gaddafis government.

In November 2016, Ziad Takieddine, a French-Lebanese millionaire, claimed that he had personally overseen the cash transfer of 5 million euros ($6.3 million) from Libya to Sarkozys entourage in 2006, when Sarkozy was Frances interior minister. Takieddine said he delivered the money to Claude Guant, Sa...

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Ex-French President Sarkozy Held on Gadhafi Claims
Associated Press 
SAMUEL PETREQUIN

FILE - In this Dec. 10 2007 file photo, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, greets Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed in custody on Tuesday March 20, 2018as part of an investigation that he received millions of euros in illegal financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

PARIS (AP) In the latest judicial setback for the former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy was placed in custody on Tuesday as part of an investigation that he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

A judicial source with direct knowledge of the case told The Associated Press that Sarkozy was being held at the Nanterre police station, north-west of Paris. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Sarkozy has vehemently and repeatedly denied wrongdoing in the case, which involves funding for his winning 2007 presidential campaign.

Though an investigation has been underway since 2013, the case gained traction some three years later when French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine told the online investigative site, Mediapart, that he delivered suitcases from Libya containing 5 million euros ($6.2 million) in cash to Sarkozy and his former chief of staff Claude Gueant.

A lawyer for the 63-year-old Sarkozy did not immediately respond to a message from the AP seeking comment.

Investigators are examining claims that Gadhafi's regime secretly gave Sarkozy 50 million euros overall for the 2007 campaign. Such a sum would be more than double the legal campaign funding limit at the time of 21 million euros. In addition, the alleged payments would violate French rules against foreign financing and declaring the source of campaign funds.

A former top aide of Sarkozy, former minister Brice Hortefeux, was reportedly questioned on Tuesday but was not detained. Sar...

00:40

Ex-French President Sarkozy in police custody for questioning over 'Libyan aid' for his 2007 campaign "IndyWatch Feed World"

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed in police custody for questioning over alleged Libyan aid to help fund his 2007 presidential election campaign, Reuters and local media report citing judicial sources. According to Le Monde, this is the first time Sarkozy, 63, has been questioned in relation to the investigation, which was launched in April 2013. Sarkozy was placed in police custody in Nanterre, in the western suburbs of Paris. His detention could last up to 48 hours, L'Obs reported.

00:10

Trump to Greet Visiting Saudi Prince with a Crowded Agenda "IndyWatch Feed War"

Both countries touting this weeks meetings as reflection of growing ties between Washington and Riyadh.

President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman shaking hands last year in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman shaking hands last year in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC. PHOTO: NICHOLAS KAMM/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

WASHINGTONPresident Donald Trump is expected to meet Tuesday with Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office, where the two leaders are likely to focus on combating Irans influence in the Middle East and strengthening ties between their two countries.

Mr. Trump has made relations with the ambitious 32-year-old heir to the Saudi throne a cornerstone of his Middle East strategy and visited the kingdom last spring on...

00:03

Trumps war on drugs, with Duterte-style death penalty "IndyWatch Feed World"

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

President Trump has reiterated his calls for the U.S. to impose the death penalty on drug dealers, praising countries like the Philippines, China and Singapore that apply capital punishment to drug traffickers.

During a speech on Saturday, Trump recounted conversations with Chinese and Singaporean leaders who, he said, solved their countries drug problems by executing drug traffickers.

Trump has also repeatedly expressed admiration for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and said hes done an unbelievable job on the drug problem. Last month, the International Criminal Court opened a preliminary investigation into accusations that Duterte had committed crimes against humanity by overseeing the killing of up to 8,000 people in his so-called war on drugs.

We speak to Widney Brown, the managing director of policy at the Drug Policy Alliance.

By Niles Niemuth in the USA:

Trump demands death penalty for drug dealers as answer to opioid overdose crisis

20 March 2018

Speaking at an event in Manchester, New Hampshire Monday, President Donald Trump announce...

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23:58

US Political Meddling is Very Real, Spans the Globe "IndyWatch Feed War"

March 14, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar NEO) The United States has spent over a year now leveling accusations against the Russian Federation regarding alleged political meddling during the 2016 US elections. While accusations range from everything including fake news spread across the Internet to direct ties to the administration of US President Donald Trump used to assist him into power, no evidence has yet to surface to prove Russia has meddled at all in Americas internal political affairs.

 

And while Russia certainly possesses a large and growing presence across the international media, concerted attacks against this presence stems more from the fact that decades of uncontested control over global public opinion by the US and Europe is now shifting toward a multipolar balance of power in information space.

In stark contrast to the whispers of shadows cited by the US and Europe regarding Russia, to begin understanding the scope of US political meddling abroad, one needs only to visit the US State Department and corporate-funded National Endowment for Democracys (NED) own website.

Industrial-Scale Meddling 

US meddling is so extensive that NED is broken into multiple subsidiaries (National Democratic Institute (NDI), International Republican Institute (IRI) and Freedom House) which in turn, are joined by parallel organizations such as George Soros Open Society Foundation, USAID, the UKs DFID and many more.

The NED website is broken into several regions including:

Africa;
Asia;
Central and Eastern Europe;
Eurasia;
Global;
Latin America and Caribbean and;
Middle East and Northern Africa.

Within each region, NED lists its extensive funding for organizations and fronts in over 100 different nations around the globe....

23:41

JUST IN: Police sergeant, three others arrested for robbing a Deputy Governor Newtelegraph

A police sergeant and three others have been arrested for robbing the residence of the Deputy Governor of Jigawa State, Abubakar Hadejia. The suspects were alleged to have attacked the house on Sunday, Premium Times is reporting. The Nigeria Police Force has also confirmed the arrest Details later

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23:22

Tambuwal: Four million residents in danger as Goronyo Dam shrinks Newtelegraph

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, yesterday urged stakeholders in the state to work together to tackle problem of water shortage at Goronyo Dam, the level of which had shrunk by almost 90 per cent. The dam had served as the primary source of water for close to four million people in Sokoto and Kebbi states []

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23:21

Ondo Govt. to spend N50b on road rehabilitation, says Commissioner Newtelegraph

Ondo State government has said it had earmarked about N50 billion in the 2018 budget for rehabilitation of roads in the state toward making them free of potholes. The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Yemi Olowolabi said this in an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Akure. Olowolabi said that the people of the []

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23:14

Jos businessman, 25, jailed 2 years for raping minor Newtelegraph

A Jos Upper Area Court sitting in Kasuwan Nama, on Tuesday sentenced a 25-year-old businessman, Isiaka Rabiu, to two years imprisonment for raping a 6-year-old girl. The presiding Judge, Mr Yahaya Mohammed, handed down the sentence after the convict pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of rape, and begged the court for leniency. Mohammed, who []

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23:13

Senate suspends plenary in honour of late Wakili Newtelegraph

The Senate on Tuesday suspended plenary in honour of its late member, Sen. Ali Wakili, who died on Saturday. Until his death, Wakili, 58, represented Bauchi South Senatorial District in the Red Chamber and was Chairman, Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Welfare. Leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, who moved a motion for suspension []

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23:05

Dapchi Kidnap: CSOs accuses Amnesty International of Undermining Nigerias Sovereignty Newtelegraph

The Coalition of Civil Society Groups against Terrorism in Nigeria has called on international rights organization, Amnesty International, to desist from what it described as its judgmental reports on the security situation in the troubled North eastern part of the country. The group in a statement issued today in Lagos and jointly signed by its []

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22:32

Trump Blasts IRGC in Iranian New Years Greeting "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. President Donald TrumpU.S. President Donald Trump (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

In a message to the Iranian people on the occasion of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, U.S. President Donald Trump said, I wish a beautiful and blessed Nowruz to the millions of people around the world who are celebrating the arrival of spring.

However, he used the message to call out the regimes rulers who serve themselves instead of serving the people and expose the countrys powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps as a hostile army that brutalizes and steals from the Iranian people to fund terrorism abroad.

Trump said the Guards spent more than $16 billion financing Syrias government and supporting terrorists in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Twenty-five centuries ago, Darius the Great asked God to protect Iran from three dangers: hostile armies, drought, and falsehood, Trump said in a statement. Today, the Iranian regimes Revolutionary Guard Corps represents all three.

In January, the president informed his European counterparts that unless the flaws in the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers are fixed, he will not extend the existing waivers for sanctions relief that expire May 12.

In a bid to persuade the U.S. not to pull out of the agreement, France asked the European Union on March 19 to consider new sanctions on Iran due to its involvement in the Syrian civil war and its ballistic missile program.

The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reported that Iran rejected any negotiations on the nuclear deal or its ballistic m...

22:29

Donald Trump, US Senate and Saudi war on Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Will Congress Affirm its Constitutional Power to Stop the War in Yemen?

19 March 2018

This week Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman heads to Washington to lobby support for the war in Yemen. However, the Constitution and the War Powers Act are very clear that only Congress has the power to authorize war, says Col. Larry Wilkerson.

By Alexander Bolton in the USA 03/20/18 06:00 AM EDT:

Senate, Trump clash over Saudi Arabia

The Senate is headed for a clash with the Trump administration over Saudi Arabia this week.

The chamber is expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution directing the U.S. military to stop cooperating with Saudi bombing operations in Yemen, an action the administration strongly opposes.

The vote comes at an awkward time, as President Trump is meeting Tuesday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his first trip to Washington since becoming next in line to the throne.

Supporters of the bipartisan Senate resolution, which has the backing of conservative Sen. ...

21:54

U.S. Senate set to vote on ending U.S. war operations in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Militants loyal to Yemens President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi take their positions in Taiz, Yemen, March, 30, 2015. The United States military has been engaged in Yemen since 2015 but a vote on Tuesday could end its operations there. File Photo by Anees Mahyoub/UPI
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March 20 (UPI)  The Senate is scheduled to hold a vote Tuesday on whether to end the U.S. militarys involvement in Yemens civil war.

The GOP Senate Cloakroom on Twitter said the Senate will vote on S.J. 54 at approximately 4:15 if all debate time on the measure is used.

The measure, brought forth by Senators Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., seeks to end U.S. militarys now three-year involvement in Yemen by invoking the War Powers Resolution of 1973, which says that the U.S. president can approve engagement in combat abroad only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.

Neither of those conditions have been met, the senators argue, making the U.S. operation in Yemen illegal.

The United States began supporting Saudi Arabias military involvement in Yemen under President Barack Obama in 2015. That operation has continued under President Donald Trump and today, U.S. troops are on the ground conducting various ground operations, the Pentagon confirmed.

But if the Sanders-Lee-Murphy resolution passes the Senate, it will likely have little affect on troop levels in Yemen because it gives an exception to U.S. military attacks on Al Queda and Islamic State.

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21:25

United States Democrats betrayal of Dreamers "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Democrats Sell Out Dreamers AGAIN

19 March 2018

Typical corporate Democrats. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

President Trump on Friday blamed Democrats for a lack of progress on saving a program that defers deportation for certain undocumented immigrants known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Senate Democrats and the House Democrats have totally abandoned DACA. They dont even talk to me about it, theyve totally abandoned it, Trump said Friday during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

We want to do something about DACA, get it solved after all these years. The Democrats have been totally unresponsive. They dont want to do anything about DACA. Its very possible DACA wont happen, its not because of Republicans, its because of Democrats.

Read more here.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Democrats drop DACA recipients from budget talks

20 March 2018

Congressional Democratic leaders have decided that there will be no protection for DACA recipientsthe young undocumented immigrants brought to this country as childrenin the omnibus budget bill that must pass the House and Senate by midnight Friday night.

The budget bill, a...

21:07

Africas Free-Trade Future "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

With the launch of the African Union's long-awaited Continental Free Trade Area this month, African leaders have an opportunity to set their countries on a path toward social and economic transformation. But they will first need to come together to ensure that the new framework's power is not merely symbolic.

20:48

Former French President Sarkozy In Police Custody Over Illegal Campaign Funding "IndyWatch Feed World"

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken into custody at the judicial police station in Nanterre over illegal campaign financing. He will be questioned over suspected Libyan financing of his 2007 election campaign. In [...]

20:33

Princess Vanishes See Her Final Video "IndyWatch Feed War"

Princess Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is one of the 30 children of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. She has been missing since March 4.

According to Latifa, she fled Dubai via boat to escape years of torture and imprisonment by her father.

The following video made by Latifa was uploaded to YouTube by Latifas attorney who was instructed to do so in the case of her death or disappearance. The video expresses her desire to escape the UAE and her concerns that, if it is being shown, she and her friends are in danger or dead.

In the video, Latifa also describes the failed escape attempt by her older sister Shamsa and a previous escape attempt she made in 2002. After being captured, she relates how she was tortured and imprisoned for more than three years. She states that her father and his men are responsible for the murders of family members and as well as countless others.

Clarion Project cannot confirm the veracity of this video.

 

 

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20:00

PRESS RELEASE: Womens March on the Pentagon "IndyWatch Feed War"

Washington D.C. (WM) A Womens March on the Pentagon Is Planned for October 20th and 21st 2018 to Confront the Bipartisan War Machine with Calls for Grassroots Solidarity Marches Across the United States and the World.

March 19, 2018  In direct response to ongoing military aggression and mind-boggling increases in military funding that pass with bipartisan support in the United States, as well as the absence of the issue of war in the popular Womens Marches held in 2017 and 2018, anti-war activists are calling for a Womens March on the Pentagon, akin to the 1967 anti-war event in Washington D.C. and subsequent march on the Pentagon. The march is slated to take place on October 20th and 21st 2018, the 51st anniversary of the anti-war march that drew upwards of 50,000 people.

Anti-war voices have been marginalized by popular protest movements since Trump took office. While anti-war champions are in solidarity with most social and environmental movements, discussion of the effects of preparations for war, the consequences of war and war itself, have largely been absent from these popular movements.

Detailed Coverage from Yemen

The goals of the Womens March on the Pentagon are simple. Our goals include the complete end to wars abroad, closure of foreign bases and dramatic slashing of the Pentagon budget.

On October 7th, 2001, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan under the pretext of apprehending those behind the September 11th attacks. U.S. forces have remained in active occupation since, making the illegal and immoral war on terror the longest and most misdirected war in U.S. history, overseen by presidents belonging to both major political parties.

The bloated military budget is draining communities and families in the U.S. of precious blood and treasure while decimating foreign nations and peoples in the process. The U.S. government is constitutionally mandated to provide for national defense, not offense.

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No woman is truly free until the United States stops spending trillions of dollars bombing millions of people while militarily occupying over 150 countries around across the globe. War affects each of us and is detrimental to our natural environment.

This movement is not a rally for any part of the bipartisan war party. Instead, this movement is a call to action against the entire bloodthirsty U.S. empire....

19:52

French ex-president Sarkozy arrested "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 18 March 2011 video says about itself:

END WAR: A Month Ago Sarkozy Was A Pussy Cat Begging Libya To Buy Jets, But Now Calls For No-Fly-Zone

a no-fly zone which became a pretext for a bloody regime change war

Sarkozy inks major arms deal with Libya

August 5, 2007

LONDON Libya has signed an agreement to purchase offensive weapons from France.

From Metro daily in Britain today:

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy in police custody over campaign financing

Richard Hartley-Parkinson

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is in police custody over allegations relating to campaign financing.

He is being questioned by police in relation to financing from Libya

by the then Gaddafi government. In 2011, Sarkozy waged a regime change war against Libya; which led to the murder of Gaddafi (said to be instigated by Sarkozy), and much more b...

18:54

Nigeria the riddle of the elephant killed at Idanre Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Independent (Nigeria)

The elephant reportedly killed in a lone hunting expedition recently in Idanre poses a riddle for the state of governance in Nigeria. Unlikely to be a stray from nowhere animal, the killing by a local hunter which has turned out to be a misadventure could not be as unthinkable as the depth at which deficits of governance appear to have descended. Idanre may sound like another sleepy backwater community, but the town is reputed as a tourist monument owing to its sprawling hills. Having earned literary celebration long ago in one of Wole Soyinkas celebrated literary work fittingly titled Idanre and other Poems, the killing of an elephant has beamed spotlight on the tourist town; unfortunately for the wrong reason. Curiously however, there are analogies to be drawn from the fate that befell the elephant considering the incident would be considered tragic in other clime.

Indeed, there is a way the riddle, to a larger extent, approximates the pervasive faltering that is now a daily occurrence in political governance in Nigeria. The Idanre incident eloquently speaks to the tragedy of governance in Nigeria! The flip-flops now arrogantly peddled and defended around the corridors of governance across the country should prick the conscience of anyone who expects a modicum of responsibility from political leadership. The critical challenge here is not that government appears at a loss that elephants could still be roaming the precincts of Idanres forest before now. Rather, it is the mediocrity so far demonstrated around governance regarding responsibility to protecting endangered species of wildlife that is rather unbelievable if not unthinkable.

A new twist was introduced to the debate barely a week after the incident following comments from officials of Ondo state government. The Commissioner for Environment, Funso Esan was reported to have said if the elephant pose danger to the lives of the people, they are justified...

17:59

Security Forces Operate Against Al Shabab in Somali Capital "IndyWatch Feed War"

Somali security forces executed today a raid against the Al Shabab organization in this capital, following the most recent attacks by the armed group, press reports stressed. According to Radio Shabelle, the actions were carried out again in the Kahda neighborhood, in the south of the city and caused an unknown number of wounded. Last []

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17:05

Nigeria repeatedly warned before Boko Haram abducted 110 schoolgirls: Amnesty A War They Dont Want To Win "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nigeria forces repeatedly warned before Boko Haram abducted 110 schoolgirls: AmnestyA picture taken on Feb. 28 at the Government Girls Technical College at Dapchi town in northern Nigeria shows a classroom deserted by fleeing students after Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped 110 schoolgirls. Nigerias government on March 1 said it had set up a committee to establish how Boko Haram jihadists managed to kidnap the 110 girls from their school in the countrys remote northeast. | AFP

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Nigerias military was on Tuesday accused of ignoring repeated warnings about the movements of Boko Haram fighters before they kidnapped 110 schoolgirls in the countrys restive northeast.

The students the youngest of whom is aged just 10 were seized from the town of Dapchi, Yobe state, on Feb. 19 in virtually identical circumstances to those in Chibok in 2014.

Then, more than 200 schoolgirls were taken in an attack that brought sustained world attention on the Islamist insurgency and sparked a global campaign for their release.

President Muhammadu Buhari has called the Dapchi abduction a national disaster and vowed to use negotiation rather than force to secure their release.

But as in Chibok nearly four years ago, human rights group Amnesty International claimed the military was warned about the arrival of the heavily armed jihadists yet failed to act.

In the hours that followed both attacks, the authorities also tried to claim the girls had not been abducted.

Amnestys Nigeria director Osa Ojigho said no lessons appear to have been learned from Chibok and called for an immediate probe into what she called inexcusable security lapses.

The governments failure in this incident must be investigated and the findings made public and it is absolutely crucial that any investigation focuses on the root causes, she added.

Why were insufficient troops available? Why was it decided to withdraw troops? What measures have the government taken to protect schools in northeast Nigeria?

And what procedures are supposed to be followed in response to an attempted abduction?

There was no immediate response from the Nigerian military w...

16:44

NDelta Militants Urge Buhari To Reinstate Boroh Or Face Fresh Attack Urhobo Today

Paul Boroh


LAGOS MARCH 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A coalition of nine militant groups in the Niger Delta, under the aegis of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), has given President Muhammadu Buhari a four-week ultimatum to reinstate sacked Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd.).
The militants vowed to resume fresh attacks on oil installations and facilities across the length and breadth of the region if the president failed to reinstate the former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta after the expiration of the ultimatum.
The leader, RNDA, General Johnmark Ezonbi, made the threat yesterday via an electronic mail sent to newsmen after an enlarged meeting of the militant groups in Bayelsa State. He said that it had become obvious that the federal government was toying with the destiny of the Niger Delta region.
He alleged that nothing tangible had been recorded since the coming of the present All Progressives Congress-led government at the centre.
He said they found it curious that President Muhammadu Buhari sacked Boroh, claiming that he (Boroh) succeeded in setting a template for the smooth operation of the Amnesty Office.
He warned that the militants striking units across the Niger Delta had been put on the red alert to commence Operation Zero Oil to cripple the economy in a well-coordinated dest...

16:27

Egyptians who took part in Arab Spring say voting useless I wont put the effort and vote in an election that is already predetermined. "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | A picture taken on March 7, 2018 shows posters supporting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hanging in a street in the downtown Cairo district of El-Gamaleya, where he was born

CAIRO (AFP)  As banners supporting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisis bid for a second term fill Cairos streets, some who participated in the 2011 democratic uprising say they will boycott this months predetermined elections.Its been a downwards slippery slope since the last presidential elections (in 2014): nothing is improving, said Sami, who took part in the January 2011 uprising which toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak.

Sisi, as defence minister, led the July 2013 ouster of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi following mass protests against his divisive one-year rule.

Now, Sisi is seeking another term in the March 26-28 elections, running against Moussa Mostafa Moussa, a candidate who had previously expressed support for the incumbent.

Other presidential hopefuls were arrested or withdrew.

Its a nominal participation. They couldnt have just one person running unopposed, so they brought someone just as a show so they can say there is competition, said Sarah.

Like Sami and everyone else interviewed in this story, she asked to be identified by a pseudonym.

I wont put the effort and vote in an election that is already predetermined, she said.

2011 hopes dashed

The situation is a far cry from Sarahs high hopes in 2011, when she joined protests excited to have free and fair elections, and to vote in competitive elections where my voice would make a difference.

Over 18 days, mostly young Egyptians overcame thousands of security forces, capturing Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo.

There, they camped day and night until Mubarak, who had been in power for nearly 30 years, left office. The military then took charge of the country.

Soon after, major Mubarak-era officials were arrested and courts began examining cases of police brutality.

It was an incredible moment of hope; the sky was the limit, said Sami.

After the militarys year in power, Morsi, who hailed from the Muslim Brotherhood group, became Egypts first democratically elected civilian president in 2012.

A...

16:10

Tension In Burutu Community As Policeman Kills Soldier During Argument Urhobo Today


LAGOS MARCH 20TH (URHOBOTODAY)-There is palpable fear and tension in Odimodi community, in the Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State as an unidentified mobile policeman guarding an oil facility operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company reportedly shot dead a soldier, Punch report.
The incident occurred on Saturday during a misunderstanding between the two men.
A credible community source, who confirmed the incident, said he could not tell what led to the argument.
He noted that witnesses had seen the two security men engage in a fierce exchange of words.
Other members of the team were said to have gone on a patrol of oil facilities in the area at the time.
He said the argument was followed by multiple gunshots a few minutes later.
The source explained that the policeman, after killing the victim, shot continuously into the air to scare away residents before absconding with the victims rifle.
It was gathered that operatives of the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, later sent some of its men to remove the corpse from the scene.
A community leader, who did not want to be identified, said the development had created tension among residents, adding that there was fear that the military might invade the community to search for the fleeing policeman.
He said, The incident happened on Saturday at noon. The two officers a mopol and the military officer were members of a combined security team stationed to guard oil facilities in Odimo...

16:04

The Mediterranean Sea Also Dried Up in the Past "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: Enjoyed your article on The Persian Gulf and climate change. In a related topic we did a field trip once to the South of Spain and saw whole cliff faces of gypsum at Sorbas near Almaria. This very thick layer of gypsum is evidence that the Mediterranean Sea had once totally dried up. One explanation is that the Salinity Crisis in the Messinian was caused by tectonic plates shifting the Straits of Gibraltar closed, turning the Sea into an evaporite basin, leaving behind thick deposits of salt. Of course, this allowed migration of animals from Africa to Europe.
It is postulated that this could happen again in the future with the Mediterranean drying up in less than 1000 years. Any comment on this? Thanks a lot!

JW

ANSWER: Yes, that is something we have tried to work out a cyclical model. Most people are unfamiliar with the  Messinian Event, and in its latest stage as the Lago Mare event. These were geological events during which the Mediterranean Sea went into a cycle of partly or nearly complete desiccation throughout the latter part of the Messinian age. This appears to have taken place between 5 and 6 million years ago which ended with a breach of that point at the Strait of Gibraltar resulted in a major flood where suddenly the Atlantic reclaimed the Mediterranean basin.

The Mediterranean is much saltier than the North Atlantic because it is virtually isolated by the Strait of Gibraltar. It has a very high rate of evaporation. When the Strait of Gibraltar closes again at some point in the future (for which we will be blamed no doubt), the Mediterranean would mostly evaporate in about a thousand years or less. This would theoretically result in the rise of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Keep in mind that there is the ongoing northward movement of the African continent which could eventually drastically reduce the size of any future Mediterranean to just a lake.

The Mediterranean maintains its level depth simp...

16:00

Mali health project makes significant cuts in child deaths "IndyWatch Feed World"

Communities served by a community health trial in Mali have reduced deaths among under-5s to a level lower than any country in sub-Saharan Africa.

15:00

The New Latin American Dictatorships "IndyWatch Feed War"

Jorge Beinstein Translation by Internationalist 360 The authoritarian rise The reactionary radicalization of the governments of countries like Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico or Honduras generates controversy around their characterization. None of these regimes have been the result of military coups. In the cases of Brazil, Honduras or Paraguay the dismissal of the presidents was carried...

15:00

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in police custody "IndyWatch Feed World"

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is in police custody today accused of receiving 42 million ($82m) in illegal payments from the late Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi.

Ex-French president Sarkozy held on Gadhafi claims "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the latest judicial setback for the former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy was placed in custody on Tuesday as part of an investigation that he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

14:59

Dapchi: Security forces alerted before abduction Amnesty Newtelegraph

says Army, Police aware of Boko Harams movement     Amnesty International, yesterday, revealed that Nigerian security forces got advance warnings that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters was heading towards Dapchi, a town where 110 schoolgirls were abducted by terrorists on February 19. The girls were abducted from Government Girls Science and Technical College, []

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14:58

Senate screens CBN nominees, presidency begs Newtelegraph

The Presidency, yesterday, appealed to the Senate to lift its ban on the screening and confirmation of presidential nominees forwarded to it by President Muhammadu Buhari, since last year, for appointments into agencies not captured by the constitution. The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, made []

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14:57

Ekweremadu: How ex-Chief Judge, politicians stole,doctored my Will Newtelegraph

accuses Buharis aide of smear campaign Obla threatens legal action     The Deputy President of the Senate (DSP), Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, has revealed how his Will was allegedly stolen from the Probate Registry of Enugu. He accused the former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezulike and some unnamed politicians of doctoring the []

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14:56

2,000 policemen deployed to 300 North-East schools Newtelegraph

No fewer than 2,000 policemen have been deployed to 300 public primary and secondary schools across the troubled North-Eastern states. This is part of efforts to curb the menace of the rising violent attacks in the region by Boko Haram, especially following the recent abduction of 110 students of the Government Girls Science and Technical []

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14:56

IG withdraws policemen attached to VIPs, others Newtelegraph

Worried by the state of insecurity in the country and the urgent need to contain same, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the immediate withdrawal of personnel attached to very important personalities (VIPs) across the country. The directive will affect personnel attached to political and public office holders, corporate organisations/ individuals []

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14:54

Firms stole $3bn from NNPC/NPDC contracts Osinbajo Newtelegraph

says corruption still ongoing insists Jonathan shared N150bn for poll   Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that $3 billion was stolen by some firms in the strategic contracts with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its subsidiary, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC). He, however, did not name the companies involved in the deal. []

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14:53

PDP: Buhari afraid of 2019 elections Newtelegraph

Secondus to Oyegun: President not Nigerias best     The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the reason President Muhammadu Buhari is not in a hurry to declare for re-election in 2019 was because of his growing unpopularity. The party said the blame of imaginary opponents by Buharis media adviser, Femi Adesina, was a confirmation that []

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14:51

Police nab armed thugs linked to Melaye Newtelegraph

Its a plot to shut me up Senator     Police yesterday said they had arrested two suspected criminals who claimed to be working with the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the Senate, Dino Melaye. This is contained in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), ACP []

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14:51

Teaching hospital detains Edo street sweeper over N.6m bill Newtelegraph

Management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Edo State, has detained a 59-year-old woman, Mrs. Josephine Nwokolo, for her inability to settle her N600,000 bill. Unfortunately, Nwokolo, an employee of the Edo State Waste Management Board, was on duty when she was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver. Her waist and leg were []

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14:50

2019: Ogun PDP battles defection hurdles Newtelegraph

With less than a year to the general elections, it is not yet Uhuru for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State as the party faces threat of mass cross-carpeting, KUNLE OLAYENI reports   Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Ogun State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is trudging on with baggage []

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14:47

Sagay, Ali hail withdrawal of policemen from VIPs Newtelegraph

Ozekhome doubts implementation   Two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Prof. Itse Sagay and Yusuf Ali, have hailed the decision of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to withdraw police officers attached to Very Important Personalities (VIPs), political and public office holders across the country. According to them, the withdrawal will put an end []

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13:19

OML 38: Oil community accuses Seplat of neglect Newtelegraph

No complaint received, says firm The host community to Okpohuru Oil Wells, under Oil Mining Lease (OML 38), Ajawuini Community in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, has accused SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Plc, of neglect. The community, which made this allegation in a document, blamed the oil company operating the wells in []

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13:18

CO2: U.S. cuts 4.5mmts harmful gas from Nigeria Newtelegraph

Facilitates clean energy to 261, 938 Nigerians   The United States (U.S.) has aided the cut down of 4.5 million metric tons of poisonous Carbon dioxide (CO2) gas from Nigerias atmosphere. Chief of party for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)s Nigeria Renewable Energy Efficiency Project (REEEP), Javiar Betancourt, disclosed this to New []

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13:18

$23bn Greenfield project: The morning after Newtelegraph

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has confirmed New Telegraphs report on the flopped Greenfield refineries project in Nigeria, earlier expected to be majorly financed by China State Construction Engineering (CSCEC). ADEOLA YUSUF examines implication of the projects failure to meet the 2015 delivery date on Nigerias foreign direct investment (FDI) drive     In []

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13:17

Nigeria raises oil prices, premium to $1.32 per barrel Newtelegraph

   begins investors, partners hunt for $23bn refineries funding   The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) has hiked oil prices and premium for Nigerias crude grade slated for exports in April by $1.32 per barrel. The Corporation, in a document obtained by New Telegraph, showed official selling price differentials for mainstay crude grades Bonny []

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13:17

13 candidates jostle for Kwara colleges provost position Newtelegraph

At least 13 candidates are pushing for the next Provost of Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin, following the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent Provost, Dr. Saka Opobiyi on April 1. To appoint a new provost for the college, a five-member Selection Board raised by the authorities of the institution, as specified by []

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13:17

FG pledges support for 2018 World Report Newtelegraph

  The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has promised the full participation of the Federal Government at the launch of the 2018 World Development Report (WDR18), which is focused on education. The report, which has as its main research finding: Schooling not the same as Learning, is scheduled for launch by the World Bank []

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13:17

IMT: Corruption allegations rattle institute Newtelegraph

Enugu House of Assembly wades into controversies For the management and students of the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, one of the foremost monotechnics in the country, this is not the best of times for the institution riddled with series of controversies. The institution, which has produced prominent Nigerians who are shakers and []

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13:16

Strike: At last, normalcy returns to varsities Newtelegraph

RESOLUTION The three months and 10 days indefinite nationwide strike of the three non-teaching staff unions SSANU, NASU and NAAT was, last weeks, suspended for five weeks, with a threat by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the unions to resume the strike if the Federal Government failed to honour its promise   []

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13:16

KolaDaisi Varsity to task students intellectual, overall development Newtelegraph

  Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo, has challenged ivory towers, as part of their duties, to be clear about what benefits they intend to offer the students, and what life-long changes they plans to make to their lives. This was as he advised the students that the era in which some of them passed through the []

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13:16

Council chair pledges to raise academics, research standard Newtelegraph

The newly inaugurated Governing Council of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), led by its Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, has vowed to promote and advance academic and research profile of the institution. Abayomi also pledged to mobilise individual and collective strength and influence of Council members to add value []

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11:24

Dubai-based Phoenix Group to invest in rose exporter Karuturi's Kenyan biz "IndyWatch Feed World"

19 Mar 2018 | VC CircleDubai-based agriculture and food company Phoenix Group will invest in debt-laden Kenya operations of rose exporter Karuturi Global Ltd.

11:06

IFAD, Ogun empower 6,533 farmers Newtelegraph

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ogun State government have trained and empowered no fewer than 6,533 farmers on value chain development programme for cassava and rice production in the state. Coordinator of VCDP/ IFAD Programme in the state, Samuel Adeogun disclosed this in Abeokuta during the mid-term review mission of the []

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11:05

ABCON boss named private sector personality of the year Newtelegraph

The President of the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, at the weekend won the Private Sector Personality of the Year 2018 Award. He got the award at the 7th Anniversary Lecture & Man of The Year Award organised by the Nigerian NewsDirect. According to the organizers, Gwadabe emerged []

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11:04

LITE-Africa, CFLI patner on security, human rights Newtelegraph

In the face of growing insecurity and human rights abuses across Africa, some non-governmental organisations have taken the initiative of providing research materials and other field-data collections, to raise awareness on the inherent danger of ignoring the twin pillars of security and human rights.One of such NGOs, is The Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment []

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11:00

Can the Monroe Doctrine Triumph in the 21st Century? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sergio Alejandro Gmez | internet@granma.cu Can the United States achieve its current goals to dominate Latin America and the Caribbean with a doctrine based on principles from the 19th century? Although many of us would like to answer this question with a resounding No! and insist that our region is well prepared to defend itself...

National Indigenous Congress: The Result of Irreverence "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ral Romero On February 19 the time period expired for turning in (INE) the signatures of citizens that supported the initiative of the Indigenous Government (CIG, its initials in Spanish) to the National Electoral Institute (INE). In its latest public report, the INE realizes that 266, 114 people signed so that the CIGs spokeswoman, Mara...

09:45

Where Is Yemen and Why Is the US Helping Saudi Arabia Bomb It? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sanaa (GPA) For the past three years, Saudi Arabia has killed or injured over 35,000 Yemeni civilians through their blockade and military invasion. But where is Yemen and why is Saudi Arabia committing these war crimes?

The Saudi campaign against Yemen has destroyed nearly all civilian infrastructure including schools, airports, seaports, water plants, factories, roads, and much more. Dozens of airstrikes rain down on Yemen every day often targeting homes. The United States provides weapons, fuel for planes, training for Saudi-backed mercenaries, and intelligence support for selecting airstrike targets. But where is Yemen and why is this happening?

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Yemen sits at the bottom of the Arabian peninsula its one of Saudi Arabias southern neighbors. Saudi Arabia lines Yemens northern border and Oman lies to Yemens east. Yemen has over 1,000 miles of coastline. Its southern coast provides access to the Gulf of Aden while the western coastline provides strategic access to the Red Sea.

Where is Yemen? A very strategic location for global capital.

Within the Red Sea not far from Yemens west coast lies the Bab al-Mandeb Strait. 61% of the worlds oil supply and other crucial products pass through this chokepoint every single day: nearly 60 million barrels. Two crucial islands in the Bab al-Mandeb are technically Yemeni territory. Whoever controls these waterways c...

08:52

Act Now: Stop Fueling War in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Today marks 15 years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq. While we rally in the streets to demand accountability for the violence visited upon Iraqis for more than a decade, our collective responsibility to dismantle militarism wherever it roots, in whatever form it takes, cannot be ignored. Thats why, as we look towards a future free of war and violence, today were asking you to take action against U.S. support for Saudi bombing in Yemen.

Take action today! Call your representatives and ask they vote YES on Sanders-Lee S.J. Res. 54 to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen and vote NO on the Young-Shaheen S.J. Res. 55.

Although Congress has never authorized U.S. military involvement in Yemen, for three years the United States has literally fueled the conflict. U.S.-supported naval blockades and airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition are the leading cause of casualties in Yemen. Airstrikes targeting schools, hospitals, weddings, and public markets frequented by civilians have decimated infrastructure and destroyed Yemens medical system.

As a result, Yemenis are facing a massive humanitarian catastrophe, with widespread famine and the worst cholera epidemic in the modern history. Since the beginning of the intervention in March 2015, the United States has provided midair refueling to coalition jets, shared intelligence for targeting assistance, and sold U.S. bombs to the coalition.

Thats why Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced S.J. Res. 54, which proposes the end to U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalitions war on Yemen. The resolution ends U.S. intelligence-sharing and refueling of coalition warplanes conducting aerial bombings in Yemen, and invokes the War Powers Resolution of 1973, passed in the wake of Vietnam, to force the withdrawal of U.S. military forces engaged in unauthorized wars. While the bill carves out an exception for forces engaged in operations directed at al Qaeda or associated forces, creating a troubling endorsement of the war on terror, right now this legislation presents the best ex...

08:50

NeoCons at Work: Trump Administration Scrambles to Convince Congress Not to Halt Yemen War "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

NeoCons at Work: Trump Administration Scrambles to Convince Congress Not to Halt Yemen War by Jason Ditz  Anti-War With the Saudi crown prince set to visit the US this week, the Trump Administration is scrambling to kill off a Senate bill...

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08:18

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to run for Libya president "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Muammar Gaddafi's son seeks to implement a 'reform' programme that will focus on reconstruction, spokesman says

08:00

Why is $400m to expand internet access sitting dormant? "IndyWatch Feed World"

About $408 million collected to expand internet access is sitting unused in public coffers throughout Africa, say researchers.

07:39

How troops averted bloody clash in Benue community Army Newtelegraph

The Nigerian Army yesterday, said the timely intervention of troops, averted a possible disturbance in a town in Guma local government of Benue State. Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Texas Chukwu, in a statement, said tension had enveloped Agasha town in Guma council, when about 500 youths took to the streets, in protest []

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07:38

Buhari is jittery, afraid of 2019 election PDP Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the reason President Muhammadu Buhari is not in a hurry to declare for re-election in 2019 was because of his growing unpopularity. The party said the blame of imaginary opponents by President Buharis media adviser, Femi Adesina, was a confirmation that the president was jittery and afraid of what []

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07:35

Nigerians dont obey road use regulations- Fashola Newtelegraph

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has berated Nigerians on-road use. According to him, Nigeria roads get spoilt because road regulations were not obeyed. The Minister, who spoke at one day public enlightenment on developments in the road sector said, what makes a nation to be prosperous is compliance on laws and []

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07:34

Massive protests rocks Glo over sack of married women Newtelegraph

Women activists under the aegis of Coalition of women for Justice yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Enugu over alleged sack of married women by Globacom, one of Nigerias telecom giants. The women marched through some major streets of Enugu metropolis, with placards accusing Globacom of unjust sack of women who helped to build up []

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07:22

DRC security forces harass journalists covering Kabila protests "IndyWatch Feed War"

Catholics sing and dance during a December 31, 2017 demonstration to call for the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to step down. At least three journalists covering the rallies in Kinshasa say police harassed them. (AFP/John Wessels)

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on December 31, 2017, harassed at least three journalists who were reporting on protests in the capital, Kinshasa, over President Joseph Kabila's refusal to stand down when his second five-year term in office expired in 2016 and his refusal to hold elections, according to local journalists and media reports.

07:15

DRC security forces harass journalists covering Kabila protests "IndyWatch Feed World"

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on December 31, 2017, harassed at least three journalists who were reporting on protests in the capital, Kinshasa, over President Joseph Kabila's refusal to stand down when his second five-year term in office expired in 2016 and his refusal to...

07:03

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Who Murdered Rio Councillor Marielle Franco?
Marielle Franco paid for those efforts with her life. Her assassination was clearly meant as a warning to those who would follow in her footsteps.

By Michael Royster
The Rio Times
March 19, 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL The Curmudgeon was blithely finishing the third part of his desultory philippic on Brazils confusing presumption of innocence admittedly an abstruse topic when Rios reality intervened. City councillor Marielle Franco was assassinated while sitting in the back seat of a car.

A man (Anderson Gomes) universally identified as her driver was also executed; an unidentified woman in the front passenger seat was only slightly injurednone of the bullets that entered the car struck her.

What do we know about this killing? We know Ms. Franco had been in a meeting in downtown Rio. We know she got in the car and (at least) one car followed her. We know that in a (relatively) deserted area of Rio at 11PM, a car overtook Ms. Francos car and nine shots were fired into her car. We know where the bullets came from.

What dont we know? We dont who the surviving passenger is. We dont know where Ms. Franco was going in the car. We dont know if it was one car or two that ambushed Ms. Franco; we dont know who was in the car or who fired the shots. We dont know who ordered the crime.

Why dont we know these things?

Clearly, the identity of the surviving passenger is being withheld, because she probably knows the answers to many things essential to the investigation. Her own life may (or may not) be in dangernine (nine) shots entered the car and killed the other passengers. Was she knowingly spared by the assassins, clearly professional hitmen?

We dont know who fired the shots, because among other reasons, the murder happened in a street where there were no surveillance cameras to film the hitmen as they committed the crime. Professional killers know their territory.

We dont know who called for the hitalthough suspicion has fallen on two separate groups: (a) an organized drug lord syndicate; or (b) the so...

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The Assassination of a Black Human Rights Activist in Brazil Has Created a Global Icon
Demonstrators rally against the death of Rio de Janeiro city councilor Marielle Franco who was shot dead in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Kiratiana Freelon
March 18, 2018
Rio de Janeiro

When Michel Temer became the president of Brazil in May of 2016, replacing the impeached Dilma Rousseff, he nominated a 23-member cabinet of all white men. His bold rejection of diversity shocked women and blacks, who had grown accustomed to at least some minimal representation in national politics. Four months later, Marielle Franco, a black lesbian woman hailing from the Mar favela, received the fifth-most votes in the Rio de Janeiro city council elections. Her dominant win and her subsequent follow through on her promises gave hope to many Brazilians who longed for representation and had grown tired of Brazils corrupt and disconnected politicians.

That hope didnt last long.

On the night of Mar. 14, Franco, 38, was assassinated in her car after leaving a black womens empowerment event that she had organized. Of the nine shots fired, four hit her head. Her driver, Anderson Pedro also died. The news of her death quickly spread through messaging and social media networks. According to Piau, over the next 42 hours, Franco became the subject of more than 3.6 million tweets from 400,000 users in 54 countries and in 34 languagesmore than the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff.

By the next morning, there were already vigils, and protests planned in 15 cities across Brazil. More than 20,000 people showed up in Rio de Janeiros Cinelandia neighborhood the night she was buried. These protests spread across the world as people in New York City, Paris and even Buenos Aires held gatherings and protests in her honor.

Although Franco had yet to enter Brazils divisive national politics, her assassination reverberated with people nationally and internationally. Brazil lost a politician who helped those who had long been ignoredwomen, the poor, and blacks. But with her death, it seems the world has gained a martyr.

She was deep in the fight and she seemed to do it with so much compassio...

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Just as U.S. Media Does With MLK, Brazils Media Is Trying to Whitewash and Exploit Marielle Francos Political Radicalism
Glenn Greenwald
LEIA EM PORTUGUS

ON SUNDAY NIGHT, Brazils most powerful television outlet, Rede Globo, devoted 45 minutes of its highly watched Fantastico program to the assassination of Rio City Council Member Marielle Franco and the killing of her driver, Anderson Gomes. This story has dominated headlines in Brazil for a full week, and, as protests proliferate around the country, it continues to be covered as a major story by news outlets around the world.

This was not a case in which Globo has elevated a story to major prominence. This was the opposite: Globo trying to take hold of a story that has exploded through citizen-driven online activism and anger without any need for bolstering from major media outlets.

For once, Brazils major media has been a bystander in this story, not its driver. Globo could see that the reaction to Marielles killing was growing, getting stronger, moving in directions that make many Brazilian elites extremely uncomfortable. Last nights Fantastico coverage was Globos attempt to get this story under control under its control.

There were parts of Fantasticos reporting that were genuinely informative and journalistically excellent particularly Sonia Bridis detailed, evidence-based exposition of how this horrific crime was carried out with such chilling professionalism and competence, convincingly showing that whoever engineered the murders knew exactly how police would investigate and exactly how to prevent detection.

That terrorizing fact is an important piece of the puzzle when understanding who ordered Marielle to be killed; whoever killed the activist who devoted herself to denouncing police abuses is intimately familiar with how the police function.

Other parts were genuinely moving and beautifully presented, particularly the interviews with Marielles devastated widow Mnica, and, separately, with Marielles 19-year-old daughter, her parents, and her sister. The prominent inclusion of Andersons life and death, and the delicately handled and wrenching interview with his grieving widow, was commendable given the temptation to forget about the death of Ma...

06:48

Silicon Valley women leaders on mentorship visit to Nigeria Newtelegraph

A 16-member delegation of senior women technology executives and professionals from Silicon Valley, California are visiting Nigeria from March 18-23 as part of the TechWomen programme. They represent organisations as diverse as Twitter, LinkedIn, Netflix, Mozilla, Autodesk, WomenCollegeTech, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Juniper Networks, as well as Fairrer Samani Group, Northgate Environmental Management, Jessica []

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06:48

US$400m dormant public funds designed to expand internet access Newtelegraph

New research from the Web Foundation, the Alliance for Affordable Internet and UN Women, released today at the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women, calls on governments to invest at least 50 per cent of funds collected for expanding connectivity in projects targeting womens Internet access and use. With an estimated US$408 million []

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06:46

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Marielle Franco Had to Resist No Wonder She Didnt Survive
Chitra Ramaswamy
Guardian

The Brazilian political activist a black, gay single mother was a fearless fighter in a country mired in racism and inequality. Her murder should reverberate around the world

Mon 19 Mar 2018 14.19 EDT

Being a black woman is to resist and survive all the time. So said Marielle Franco, the Rio de Janeiro city councillor shot dead in a targeted assassination last week, just 18 months after she was elected. Franco was 38 years old. She was a black, gay, single mother from the Mar favela who stood up for poor people, LGBT people, black people and women. When her car was hit by nine bullets four of which entered her skull, killing her instantly she was on her way home from an event titled Young Black Women Who Are Changing Power Structures. This is what can and does befall such extraordinary women.

And Franco was extraordinary. She was a fearless, charismatic and popular politician with integrity, operating in a country, characterised by president Michel Temers all-male, almost exclusively white cabinet, in which more than half the population is black, mixed race or female. No wonder she had to resist all the time. No wonder she did not survive.

The world is at once shrinking and becoming more frightening, and the reverberations of such hateful and emblematic acts travel far and fast. So, too, does the response: tens of thousands turned out across Brazil to protest about the murder of Franco. Hundreds of thousands have pledged their refusal to forget in more than 30 languages using the hashtag #MarielleFrancoPresente. Franco was apparently the subject of more tweets (3.6m in 42 hours) than Dilma Rousseff, after the ex-Brazilian presidents impeachment.

However, we can no longer shake our heads in barely disguised relief at the track records of other countries on human rights, political crisis, economic recession or even murder. Such atrocities happen here too: think of Jo Cox. And, wherever it happens, it is always as much about the hatred of women as it is about political ideology. It appears that Franco, like Cox, was a woman murdered for her beliefs. (In Francos case, you can also add race and se...

06:40

JUST IN: Fulani herdsmen kill Traditional ruler, 10 others in Kogi Newtelegraph

At least ten persons including a traditional ruler, Onu Okemu Agbenema, Musa Edibo killed while several houses razed down by suspected herdsmen in fresh attack on Agbenema, AjIchekpa, Opada and Iyade Villages, in Omala.local Government Area of kogi state. The attackers who were were said to well armed with sophisticated weapons hid in the bushes []

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06:24

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Ammunition Which Killed Marielle Franco in Rio Stolen from Police
The ammunition was stolen from a lot purchased by the Federal Police and was also responsible for a killing spree in So Paulo in 2015.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter
The Rio Times

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL The ammunition used to kill Rio de Janeiro councilwoman, Marielle Franco and her driver on Wednesday night came from a lot sold to the Federal Police in 2006 and stolen from a post office storage facility in the state of Paraiba, confirmed Public Secretary Minister Raul Jungmann on Friday night.

The Federal Police has already opened more than fifty inquiries due to this unaccounted ammunition. I believe that these shells found at the scene of the crime were effectively stolen, said Jungmann.

The official also links this lot of ammunition to the one used in So Paulos Metropolitan Area in August of 2015 where in a single night seventeen people were killed in several spots around the region. Three military police officers and a local police officer were convicted of the crimes.

According to a report aired on GloboTVs main news program, the batch of ammunition in question contained 1,859,000 bullets, which were distributed to many federal police units around the country.

The report said that bullets from this lot were also used in crimes involving rival drug trafficking gangs in Rios Metropolitan area of So Gonalo between 2015 and 2017.

Meanwhile, police believe that the killers involved in the assassination of the councilwoman and her driver followed Franco for several days before the crime. An aide to the lawmaker said she was approached by a stranger earlier this week asking about Francos schedule.

Videos from street cameras around the building where Franco held a meeting on Wednesday night shows a car following the councilwomans automobile as it left the area. Police believe that is how they knew where Franco was sitting, since the automobile had tinted windows. Of the nine shots fired, five hit the lawmaker.

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Is Brazils Most Famous Art Movement Built on Racial Inequality? A New Generation Argues Yes
MoMA's "Tarsila do Amaral" show puts a fresh spotlight on how Afro-Brazilians have been sidelined in the country's art history.

Sara Roffino, March 13, 2018
Artnet News

Slowly, the tectonic plates of the Brazilian art world are shifting. While established curators, critics, and artists in Brazil have long resisted viewing art or art history through the lens of race, a small but increasingly influential group is beginning to build a platform for that conversation. Scholars are re-examining Brazils most influential movements from a new perspective, while artists are creating work that confronts the countrys racial complexities and the ways they have manifested in the art world head on.

Thanks to this coterie of artists and scholars, topics that have long been taboo are now being addressed in public. This marks a major change. Even the most high-profile exhibition of Brazilian art on view anywhere in the world right now, Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, consciously (and glaringly) avoids the subject of race in the artists work. Its a dated position for the museum to take, considering the fact that Tarsilas most famous series of paintings deal directly with racewhether she intended them to or not.

The Shifting View on Anthropofagia

Tarsila is closely associated with the establishment of the Brazilian art movement known as cultural cannibalism, or Anthropofagia: the then-radical idea that a truly Brazilian art would emerge by ingesting all the different cultures that intermingled within the country, rather than simply copying European styles.

But most scholarship on the movement to date has avoided its complex relationship to race. In a conversation with this reporter, the MoMA exhibitions co-curator, the Venezuelan-born Luis Prez-Oramas, said: Racial tensions exist in Brazil, but the way the culture deals with it, the way the society deals with it is totally different than the way the Americans deal with it. Thats why I am very careful to not racialize a reading of Tarsila because that would be unfair. That would be a colonial take on Tarsila do Amaral....

06:11

Threat: Israel will assassinate Hamas leaders in next war "IndyWatch Feed World"

Israel has warned Hamas that any future war on the Gaza Strip would lead to the assassination of the movement's leaders, Channel 2 reported. Quoting unnamed sources the Israeli channel reported that the warning was conveyed via the senior Egyptian delegation which is currently visiting Gaza. "The Egyptians have informed the movement that in any future escalation, Israel will strike back harshly and may reach the point of toppling the Hamas regime in Gaza. None of the Hamas leaders will be safe," the sources said. "A senior Egyptian delegation conveyed a clear message to the Palestinians about the consequences of any new escalation in Gaza and according to this message, it is better for Hamas not to play with fire. This is the senior Egyptian intelligence delegation currently visiting Gaza which Arab media channels say aims to discuss the Palestinian internal reconciliation."

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African Enslaved Descendants in Brazil Braced for Land Titles' Fight
Karla Mendes

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Brazil marks 130 years since the abolition of slavery this year, the descendants of runaway slaves have been celebrating two major victories in their long fight to get legal title to their land.

In the northern state of Para, 500 of them in Quilombo Cachoeira Porteira took formal ownership of 220,000 hectares (543,631 acres) this month, one of the largest such awards, after a legal fight that lasted more than two decades.

It is a story that has involved crying, remorse and attack by many who thought it was impossible, Ivanildo Souza, head of the Quilombola Association of Cachoeira Porteira, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.

When Brazil abolished slavery in 1888, at least 4 million slaves had been brought there from Africa to work on sugar plantations and in other sectors of the countrys flourishing economy.

Some 16 million of the quilombolas, as the slaves descendants are known, live in around 5,000 rural settlements, according to the Fundao Cultural Palmares, a government body that preserves and promotes Afro-Brazilian art and culture.

They are among the poorest people in Brazil, with a poverty rate of around 75 percent among quilombolas, compared to 25.4 percent in the general population, government data shows.

In Quilombo Cachoeira Porteira where Souza, 43, lives, the quilombolas eke out a living by harvesting nuts, and through subsistence farming and fishing.

Estimates vary but it is thought only around 250 of the countrys quilombolo settlements have title deeds to their land, benefiting some 31,000 families, according to government data.

Without land titles, the quilombolas dont have access to social benefits, such as subsidized housing.

These communities can only have access to public policies if they have land titles, Erivaldo Oliveira, head of Fundao Cultural Palmares, said.

But threats are also looming from illegal loggers and gold miners encroaching on quilombola land, activists said.

SUCCESSES AND CUTS

The land titles for Quilombo Cachoeira Porteira came just a month after the Supreme Court dismissed a 15-year legal f...

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Package Bombings Reveal The Racist Underbelly Of Austin
By Daina Ramey Berry and Christen Smith, Guest Writers
Huffington Post

When people think about March in Austin, Texas, they probably think about tacos, brisket, listening to music in the park, South By Southwest and drinking craft beer from a local brewery. This March has been different.

News broke on Monday that two package bombs had exploded in our community. One killed Draylen Mason, 17, and critically injured his mother. The second struck 75-year-old Esperanza Herrera. Even more terrifying: It quickly became apparent that these bombings were connected to the package bombing that killed Anthony Stephan House, 39, in northeast Austin on March 2.

Amidst heated debates on gun control and terrorism on U.S. soil, the Austin package bombings feel like one more chapter of violence in the story of our increasingly dangerous country. They also invoke another aspect of our national history that too many Americans are hesitant to acknowledge: our history of racial terrorism.

In a city with a black population that hovers around just 6 percent, two black residents killed by package bombs feels like much more than coincidence.

All four victims of this months bombings were people of color. Mason and House were both African-American. Masons mother is African-American, and Herrera is Latina. The families of Mason and House are prominent in the black community, and they both attend the historic Wesley United Methodist Church, which was founded by freed slaves in 1866. In a city with a black population that hovers around just 6 percent, two black residents killed by package bombs feels like much more than coincidence.

For many people of color in Austin, particularly black people, the recent attacks have been an alarming reminder of the citys deep-seated racial tensions. Although Austin is known for festivals, hipster culture and keeping it weird, racial tension has always been a prominent part of the citys identity.

Austin is deeply segregated. The physical and cultural dividing line is Interstate 35, which separates the East Side and the West Side. The East Side is the district where African-Americans and Latinos have traditionally lived; it is also where b...

04:10

ITS OFFICIAL: NZE SYMPATHY NWOSU TO CONTEST THE 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN NIGERIA. OBLONG MEDIA

Nze Sympathy Chibiko Nwosu, a Philanthropist and Prominent UK based Lawyer, former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (UK) and More

04:06

Votel, Mattis and Dunford must be on the same page. "IndyWatch Feed War"

"The top U.S. general in the Middle East testified before Congress this week and dropped several bombshells: from signaled support for the Iran nuclear deal, admitting the U.S. does not know what Saudi Arabia does with its bombs in Yemen...

03:16

BREAKING: Police arrest criminal suspects allegedly armed by Dino Melaye Newtelegraph

Two suspected criminals paraded by Nigeria Police Force in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital on Monday has named Senator Dino Melaye from Kogi West Senatorial District for arming them with weapons against 2019 election. The suspects Kabir Saidu a.k.a Osama and Nuhu Saliu a.k.a Small were said to have been on the police wanted list []

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03:13

Why I Support Restructuring Dogara Newtelegraph

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has expressed support for auditing and restructuring the existing federal system to give a sense of belonging to all Nigerians   He said that for true federalism to be achieved in Nigeria, a unique system of federalism that best suits Nigerian people and the local circumstances []

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03:02

UTME: 110 blind candidates sit exam in Lagos, hail JAMB over welfare Newtelegraph

The about 110 visually-impaired candidates, who sat the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), in Lagos today, have commended the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for what they described as an improved conduct of the examination. The candidates, who sat for the examination at the Distance Learning Institute of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, []

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02:55

Yahaya Bello gave herdsmen blank cheque to operate in Kogi Faleke Newtelegraph

A federal lawmaker and running mate to late Abubakar Audu in the 2015 governorship election in Kogi state, James Faleke, has accused Yahaya Bello, the Kogi state governor, of giving herdsmen a blank cheque to operate in Kogi. Suspected herdsmen had invaded three communities in the state, killing 25. The attacks, which occurred in Oganienugwu []

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02:50

Man arrested with 16 cartons of fake food seasoning product Newtelegraph

The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Abia State Office, has arrested one Samuel Akin Chukwu for faking a food seasoning product owned by another importer. The Abia State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr Olisa Okeke, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Aba. Okeke []

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02:34

My body no be wood or stone, sex-starved wife tells court, urges dissolution of union Newtelegraph

Barely after five years of nuptial bliss, a 35 -year-old businesswoman, Mrs Bilikisu Azeez, on Monday approached an Igando Customary Court in a Lagos suburb to dissolve her sexless marriage. Please dissolve this union so that I can move on with my life, my body is not wood or stone, the sex-starved wife opened up []

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02:30

Commonwealth Games: Team Nigeria to depart March 24 Newtelegraph

Team Nigeria athletes for the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia are expected to depart for the games on March 24, an official of the Federal Ministry of Sports, Yemi Usikaye, said on Monday. Usikaye, the Deputy Director, Para-Sports and coaching department in the ministry, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that 56 []

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02:25

Italy seizes migrant rescue ship Owned by Spanish non-governmental organisation Impounded on suspicion it was aiding illegal immigration "IndyWatch Feed War"

AFP

AFP | Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms spoke to the media in Spain after its rescue boat was impounded in Italy

ROME (AFP)  Italian authorities impounded a migrant rescue boat operated by a Spanish non-governmental organisation on suspicion it was aiding illegal immigration, the NGO said Monday.

The group, Proactiva Open Arms, said on Twitter its boat was being kept at the Sicilian port of Pozzallo, where it docked on Saturday after rescuing more than 200 people off the coast of Libya.

A Sicilian prosecutors office was quoted by Italian media as saying it had opened an investigation against the NGO and impounded the boat.

On Thursday, the rescue ship went to the aid of two boats that were in difficulty 73 miles off the Libyan coast, after being alerted by the Italian coastguard.

But Italian authorities then informed the Spanish groups ship that the Libyan coastguard was in charge and a Libyan coastguard speedboat soon arrived at the scene.

In such cases, the Libyan coastguard frequently intervenes before a rescue ship sent by the Italian authorities arrives.

But an NGO spokeswoman said it was the first time that Italy had actually asked a humanitarian ship to participate in an operation coordinated by Tripoli.

If the rescue is coordinated by Tripoli, the migrants will be sent back to Libya instead of being taken to Italy.

For this reason, the Open Arms vessel refused to hand over the rescued migrants and headed north instead, evacuating a mother and her newborn child in Malta, because they were in need of urgent care.

The ship then arrived in Italy and was allowed to dock on Saturday by the authorities because of the frail condition of the migrants on board.

According to organisations such as the United Nations Refugee Agency, migrants face appalling conditions in Libya.

A 22-year-old Eritrean, rescued at sea by the Open Arms ship last week after spending 18 months in detention in Libya, died from severe malnutrition just hours after landing in Sicily.

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02:19

Alleged N4.7bn fraud: Witness absence stalls Ladoja, aides trial Newtelegraph

The absence of a prosecution witness yesterday stalled further hearing in the trial of a former Oyo State Governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and one of his aides, Waheed Akanbi, over alleged N4.7 billion before Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos. The duo were on December 14, 2016, re-arraigned by the Economic []

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02:13

JUST IN: IG withdraws policemen attached to VIPs, others Newtelegraph

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Monday ordered the withdrawal of all police offices attached to Very Important Persons, including political and public office holders nationwide. The police boss announced this in Abuja during a conference with senior officers, stated that the directive also affected private businessmen, multi-national companies and other corporate organizations who []

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01:49

Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Gratitude in all Things! "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Lectionary: 252

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Reading 1 NM 21:4-9

From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,
to bypass the land of Edom.
But with their patience worn out by the journey,
the people complained against God and Moses,
Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
where there is no food or water?
We are disgusted with this wretched food!In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,
which bit the people so that many of them died.
Then the people came to Moses and said,
We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.
Pray the LORD to take the serpents away from us.
So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses,
Make a saraph and mount it on a pole,
and whoever looks at it after being bitten will live.
Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole,
and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent
looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21

R. (2) O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.
O LORD, hear my prayer,
and let my cry come to you.
Hide not your face from me
in the day of my distress.
Incline your ear to me;
in the day when I call, answer me speedily.
R. O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.
The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,
When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
and appeared in his glory;
When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
and not despised their prayer.
R. O Lord, hear...

01:27

Militant blows self up during stand-off with Tunisian forces - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed World"

Militant blows self up during stand-off with Tunisian forcesThomson Reuters Foundation... (Reuters) - A militant blew himself up as Tunisian security forces surrounded him and another fighter in a house near the Libyan border on Monday, the interior ministry said. Forces then shot the second man dead in the coastal town of Ben Guerdan ...and more 

01:25

Vote NO against Dutch Big Brother law, 21 March "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 13 March 2018 Dutch video is by the Party for the Animals in the Netherlands. It is about a girl Fleur, who has a pet Tyrannosaurus rex. Supposedly, that carnivorous dinosaur is for security. However, the tyrannosaur ends up eating Fleur.

On 21 March 2018, there will be elections for most local authorities in the Netherlands. On that day, people can also vote in a referendum, for or against the governments new Big Brother law which supposedly is for security. It gives the secret police new powers to spy on everyone and to share the results of that spying with foreign services like Trumps CIA, the secret police of Erdogan, NATO ally and warmongering dictator of Turkey, the secret police of Saudi Arabia (that warmongering dictatorship is an ally...

01:24

Pentagon Struggles to Defend Americas Secret War in Niger "IndyWatch Feed War"

Secret War in Niger(ANTIWAR.COM)  The Pentagon, already struggling to manage growing concern about the US military operations ongoing in Africa, is now facing a second problem. Last week, it was revealed that the Pentagon had kept a number of recent clashes in Niger a secret. Pentagon officials are now trying to defend not just the war effort, but the idea []

00:42

EXCLUSIVE: The secret yacht summit that realigned the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Arab leaders from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan plotted to counter Turkey and Iran, and replace the GCC and Arab League

00:34

Protest Saudi Crown Prince in DC, NY, Boston "IndyWatch Feed War"

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Tuesday or Wednesday on continuing U.S. participation in the U.S./Saudi war on Yemen. The Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, will meet with President Donald Trump Tuesday and with other members of the government over the next two days. He likely will travel to NYC Friday and then to other US cities. He is the chief architect of the 3-year-long bombing campaign and blockade in Yemen which is creating the worlds worst humanitarian disaster in decades. We need to make a clear public statement that we want Congress ending the war-making, not welcoming a fellow war criminal to town.

Join in these events!

March 19 Washington, DC Congress: Stop U.S. Participation in Saudi-led War in Yemen

March 20 Washington, DC 11am in front of the White House while the Prince meets with Trump.

March 20 New York, NY Protest Saudi Prince

March 20 Washington, DC Korea at the Crossroads

March 21 Washington, DC   6pm in front of the Kennedy Center during Saudi Arts and Cultural event in honor of the Princes visit.

March 22 Washington, DC 11:30am during a private luncheon for Saudi Arabia. Meet in front of the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW.

March 22 Washington, DC 6:30pm during a gala dinner for the Prince. Meet in front of the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave NW

March 23 Washington, DC Demand Japan Drop Charges Against Anti-Base Activists

March 24 Washington, DC and around the US March For Our Lives (march agai...

00:20

A World without Colonies: The Fight for Freedom in Western Sahara "IndyWatch Feed War"

Last November marked 42 years since 350,000 Moroccans crossed into the Western Sahara as part of the staged manipulation called Green March. November 6 is a dark day for the Saharawi people, because it epitomises Moroccos illegal military invasion and partial occupation of Western Sahara.

In October 1975, the International Court of Justice totally rejected Moroccos claim of sovereignty over Western Sahara, and having failed to win the legal argument, Moroccan King Hassan II responded with force. He ordered the Green March, a manufactured civilian invasion, which was reinforced with a deployment of 20,000 heavily armed Moroccan troops.

 

Francos legacy is still alive

With Francisco Franco on his deathbed, the Spanish colonial forces that had controlled the territory since 1884 did nothing to resist the annexation. In fact, that time Spanish dictatorship struck a deal to cede control of the territory to Morocco and Mauritania. The Madrid Accords between Spain, Morocco, and Mauritania deliberately excluded any representatives of the indigenous Saharawi people of Western Sahara in the best fashion of neo-colonialism. Mauritania later relinquished its claim in a move applauded by all the progressive word. However, Morocco has continued the legacy of Dictator Franco and its occupation has remained in defiance of international law and the world community ever since.

The Saharawi people refused to stand idly by and watch while their land was stolen. For fifteen years, the Frente POLISARIO resisted the invasion and fought a war with Morocco. In 1991 the Organization of African Unity (the precursor to the African Union) and UN backed by the NAM/G-77 jointly brokered a ceasefire between the Frente POLISARIO, the legitimate political representatives of the Saharawi people, and Morocco with the agreement that the Saharawi people would be allowed to exercise their right to self-determination through a referendum. The Western Sahara nation is still waiting its people divided between a brutal and oppressive Moroccan occupation in the west and the harsh desert refugee camps of southwest Algeria.

Western Sahara is divided by 2,700 kilometres of sand berm that is littered with landmines and manned by tens of thousands of Moroccan troops. The landmines, in direct contravention of the Ottawa Treaty on anti-personnel mines, pose daily risks and dangers to the lives of the Saharawi population and their livestock in the liberated area of the territory. Those under occupation are denied basic human rights and freedoms; they are discriminated against and are frequently subject to arbitrary ar...

Monday, 19 March

23:59

France urges tough EU approach on Iran to save nuclear accord "IndyWatch Feed War"

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FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shakes hands with French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, in Tehran, Iran, March 5, 2018. President.ir/Handout via REUTERSREUTERS

BY ROBIN EMMOTT

BRUSSELS (Reuters) France urged the European Union on Monday to consider new sanctions on Iran over its involvement in Syrias civil war and its ballistic missile program, as Paris tries to persuade Washington to preserve a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

U.S. President Donald Trump has given the European signatories a May 12 deadline to fix the terrible flaws of the deal, which was agreed under his predecessor Barack Obama, or he will refuse to extend U.S. sanctions relief on Iran.

In response, the three European signatories France, Britain and Germany have proposed new EU sanctions targeting Iranians who support Syrias government in that countrys civil war and Tehrans ballistic missile program, according to a confidential document seen by Reuters.

We are determined to ensure that the Vienna accord is respected, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters on arrival for talks with his EU counterparts, referring to the city where the 2015 deal was signed.

But we must not exclude (from consideration) Irans responsibility in the proliferation of ballistic missiles and in its very questionable role in the near- and Middle East, he said. That must also be discussed to reach a common position.

The confidential document cites transfers of Iranian missiles and missile technology to Syria and allies of Tehran, such as Houthi rebels in Yemen and Lebanons Shiite Hezbollah.

Irans foreign ministry criticized Le Drians comments, saying there could be no negotiation over what Iran says are pu...

11:39

The Conquest of Rights, the Murder of Marielle Franco and Latin America "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ivonaldo Leite The story of Marielle Franco and other women who have been murdered, as well as the history of young people and peasants who have had the same destiny, shows the big risk of claiming rights and citizenship in many regions of Latin America. Many times, the person who is labeled as an outsider...

11:00

Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras: 25 Years of Struggle and Revolution "IndyWatch Feed War"

Roberto Barra Translation by Internationalist 360 The beginning of the decade of the 1990s was marked by the ebb and flow of revolutionary struggles in the Central American region. This reflux not only meant the modification of the political situation in the region, with the legalization of the guerrilla forces as electoral parties, but also...

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