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Wednesday, 23 May


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SACP Gauteng Condemns the Shameless Feeding Frenzy Off the Life Esidimeni Tragedy
15 May 2018

The South African Communist Party (SACP) Gauteng Province condemns with the contempt it deserves the opportunistic and shameless attempt by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to use the pain of families who lost their loved ones in the Life Esidimeni tragedy to gain political points.

It is precisely for the simple reason that in the DA "black life is cheap" that the it has once again violated and directly attacked the plea by the families that the tragic loss of life not be used for narrow political interests.

We are convinced that the motion of no confidence of the DA has absolutely nothing to do with the interests of the affected families but narrow political interests of the DA. Yet again, the DA's obsession with the 2019 National and Provincial Elections has proven to be at the expense of working class families and that of the survivors of the tragedy.

We welcome the defeat of this senseless Motion of No Confidence against Premier David Makhura by our revolutionary Alliance partners the African National Congress (ANC) in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and the commitment by the Gauteng Provincial Government to continue working with the families and survivors.

We commend Premier Makhura for a sterling and profound leadership he tirelessly and consistently demonstrated by working with the families, appointing an investigation led by Professor Malegalapuru Makgoba, appointing Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke for the arbitration process and finally for publicly taking final responsibility for the tragedy. This we believe constitute the essence of the best that humanity could be and therefore applaud the leadership of the Premier.

We also salute the ANC Caucus members for their revolutionary combative defeat of the DA teetering on the brink of internal racial implosion and lingering racial heritage.

We also thank the families for their absolute confidence in the leadership of the provincial government led by David Makhura.

We remain resolute that the outcomes of the Moseneke report and that of Professor Makgoba confirm th...


Buhari fight against corruption is bias, targets opposition Group Newtelegraph

The President of Church of Christ in Nations COCIN Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri has disclosed that the church has distanced itself from President Muhammadu Buhari Fight against corruption which he said, is bias and gives a semblance of targeting the Opposition in the Country. The clergy stated this on Tuesday in Jos during the 94th General []

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NEHAWU Distances Itself From Afro Voice Article on PSCBC Wage Negotiations
21 May 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union [NEHAWU] distances itself from the article published in today's edition of Afro Voice titled "NEHAWU backs new wage deal".

The article suggests that the national union has indicated that its members are happy with governments' latest offer. In the statement released on Saturday afternoon as NEHAWU we confirmed that we were engaged in a process of reporting back to our members on the details of the offer made by government on Friday night. During an interview done with the media liaison officer of the union yesterday morning the journalist was clarified that the reporting back process is starting from Monday, 21st May 2018 until completed within two weeks, therefore it can't be true that members are happy with something that has not been reported to them. This article is misleading and not factual as it is the misrepresentation of the union's view.

The national union abhors distorted reporting and will immediately approach the press ombudsman if the publication does not withdraw the false article meant to isolate the leadership from members. As NEHAWU, we remain a worker-led national union that take mandates from its members and always chooses its members. The exercise of reporting to our members is for purposes of listening to them. In this regard, we want to say on record and categorically put it clear that the national union has not signed any offer regarding the public service salary negotiations as it is still waiting to receive the mandate from its members. It has always been our tradition and norm to report back and seek approval from our members and we shall never pre-empt the views of our members before the process is concluded.

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat

Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968; December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969; Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500 or email: Visit NEHAWU website:


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ANC Statement on the Outcomes of the Land Summit
21 May 2018

The ANC National Executive Committee convened a consultative summit over the weekend of 19-20 May 2018, focusing on its 54th National Conference resolution on land redistribution, and in particular the use of expropriation without compensation as a primary instrument to speed up land and agrarian reform.

The summit included representatives from COSATU, SACP and SANCO, from NGO's, communities, black farmers associations, lawyers, valuators and other professionals working in the sector.

The summit focused itself on broad issues of land redistribution and its recommendations will be submitted to the next ANC National Executive Committee meeting expected to sit this coming weekend from 26th to 28th May 2018.

At the core of the issues discussed was the review of Section 25 of the Constitution. The workshop recommends that the ANC make a submission to the Constitutional Review Panel of Parliament, based on the Conference resolution.

It furthermore interrogated the need for a law of general application on the issue of expropriation as required by the Constitution. Other legal issues which the workshop looked at included provisions for expropriation in other legislation such as the SA Schools Act, and more specifically expropriation in the' public interest' and for 'public good.'

The workshop also reiterated the ANC's position in other policy documents - that land ownership in South Africa continue to be a mix of state, private and communal land ownership and that the challenges and opportunities for redistribution, urban development and agrarian reform, as well as the rights of black communities, be considered in each of these 'sectors' of land ownership.


The consultative summit acknowledged the ANC's historical role is the key player in the creation of South Africa's democratic order and bill of rights.

Accordingly, the ANC will continue to defend the core values of our constitution while ensuring that its transformative impulses and democratic intentions are strengthened and clarified through the current Constitutional review processes.

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Desperate DA Will Stop at Nothing to Hog Attention
18 May 2018

The ANC has noted with disgust the desperate attempt by the DA who of late seem to stoop as low as is necessary in a poor attempt to remain relevant.

So deep is the level of desperation that the DA want to mislead the nation using an unfortunate fire incident that happened earlier today in Tswelopele Ext 8, Tembisa where two stands caught fire, affecting 10 informal dwellings.

The ANC as led by President Cyril Ramaphosa is in the area to launch the Thuma Mina campaign happening today at Makhulong Stadium this afternoon.

Following the fire breakout, President Ramaphosa immediately instructed the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni Comrade Mzwandile Masina to attend to the unfortunate incident and ensure that the situation is stabilized, the safety of the families is secured and the necessary relief is dispersed.

The leadership of the ANC in Ekurhuleni wasted no time in attending to the situation, coordinating food parcels and blankets for the affected families.

Emergency services arrived with 4 major pumps fire engines to put out the fire. The City's Disaster Management is currently busy with impact assessment while the Ekurhuleni Human Settlements Department is busy with measures to ensure that the families will have a roof over their head by the end of the day.

It is unfortunate that the first point action for the desperate DA was to issue a media statement instead of coming to the aid of the community. The DA, which is never on the ground, was in such a hurry to score empty moral points while deliberately misrepresenting facts to suite their narrow agenda.

Today's incident, unfortunate as it was, to the contrary, validates the ANC's reasons to launch the Thuma Mina Campaign to decisively intervene on issues affecting society.

Issued by the African National Congress


Pule Mabe
National Spokesperson


Activities grounded as Catholics defy downpour to protest wanton killings in Edo Newtelegraph

Activities including vehicular movements were brought to a halt for several hours along major routes and streets of Benin, the capital town of Benin, Edo State as Catholic faithful of Benin Archdiocese in their large numbers protested against the killings of their priests and members as well as others across the nation. This came as []

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Catholics protest killings of priests, appeal for calm Newtelegraph

Catholic faithful on Tuesday in Uyo protested the killing of two Catholic priests and 17 worshipers recently in Benue. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the placards carried by the protesters read: No weapon fashioned against Christians shall prosper; Say no to terrorism in places of worship; Christians lives matter; live []

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Economic saboteurs had no love for Nigeria Buhari Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said those who mismanaged Nigerias economy in the past, through fraudulent electricity projects and misuse of revenue earnings from oil, had no love for the country. The president stated this when he received members of the Buhari Support Organisations (BSO) led by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, at []

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JUST IN: Oshiomhole meets Senate APC caucus Newtelegraph

Adams Oshiomhole, who is contesting for the national chairmanship of the ruling All Progressives Congress, is currently meeting with the Senate APC caucus. Oshiomhole who is a former Governor of Edo State is accompanied by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, and several others, particularly from []

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Senior US Defense Official Arrives in Ecuador for Military Deal
Ecuador's Defense Minister Oswaldo Jarrin speaking about restructuring security forces on the northern border. May 14, 2018. | Photo: EFE

Sergio de la Pea arrived to Ecuador to consolidate a security cooperation agreement that could bring back U.S. military bases to the Latin American country.

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Sergio de la Pea arrived to Ecuador for a two-day visit aimed at strengthening bilateral relations and security cooperation between the two countries, as informed by the U.S. Embassy in Quito.

De la Pea will meet with Oswaldo Jarri, Ecuador's defense minister, to deal with the Latin American country's recent security problems on the border with Colombia, its northern neighbor.

Border security has been a major concern for Ecuador in the last few months, as several violent attacks had taken place at the country's border with Colombia. A group, led by a man known as Guacho, have allegedly killed four soldiers and injured about 30 people in bomb attacks.

The group also kidnapped a group of three journalists, who were doing a special coverage of the region's violence for the El Comercio newspaper, based in Quito, who were later murdered in controversial circumstances.

Guacho claimed their execution was a response to military landing near their encampment where the three hostages were being held.

De la Pea was appointed as deputy assistant for Latin American affairs byU.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on May 2017, and has been a strong supporter of President Donald Trump and his policies. He's also in charge of cooperation programs for both the Northern and Southern Commands.

On April 25, Ecuador signed a cooperation agreement with the United States to fight transnational organized crime and drug trafficking.

The agreement, signed by Ecuadorean Interior Minister Cesar Navas and U.S. ambassador Todd Chapman, will support the creation of an Office for Investigating Transnational Criminals.

On the same day Chapman told El Telegrafo the U.S. is waiting for an official request by the Ecuadorean government for the return of a U.S. military team in charge of cooperation in s...



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Over 492 persons killed by Herdsmen in Benue so far in 2018 Governor Ortom Newtelegraph

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, says over 492 people have been killed by herdsmen since January 2018. Speaking at the funeral mass and interment of Mbalom martyrs, Ortorm expressed concern that the number may continue to rise should the Federal Government fail to act decisively to curtail the situation. The Governor, who noted that sponsors []

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Cuba and China to Begin Pharmaceutical Production
Cuba and China have signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing for the creation of joint enterprises to produce world renowned Cuban-developed pharmaceuticals

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May 17, 2018 16:05:44
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Cuba and China have signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing for the creation of joint enterprises linked to the healthcare sector, specifically the production of world renowned Cuban-developed pharmaceuticals.

The agreement was signed by Eduardo Martnez, president of the BioCubaFarma group and Huang Lianshen head of Guang Xi Fukang Investment, at the Cuban embassy in Beijing.

According to Martnez - leading a delegation of BioCubaFarma representatives to China, in order to continue strengthening over 15 years of bilateral cooperation in the field of biotechnology - the memorandum is broad and provides for the creation of joint enterprises on the island and in China to produce an important group of new patented Cuban medicines to resolve important health conditions such as heart attacks and strokes, as well as cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, he noted.

The Cuban official went on to highlight that the document sets out the bases for strategic cooperation with Guang Xi Fukang Investment over the short, medium, and long term, with the aim of introducing Cuban medicines in to the Chinese market, as well as Latin America and other regions around the world.

The facilities will be based in the Mariel Special Development Zone, located in the islands western region, and contribute to stimulating direct foreign investment, explained Martnez.

Meanwhile, Huang emphasized the great social and economic benefits of the initiative for both countries, as well as the demand for Cuban-developed medicines in his country. He also stated that such collaboration will help to raise the profile and stimulate Cubas pharmaceutical industry.

(With information from ACN)


Ondo assembly deputy speaker impeached Newtelegraph

Hon Iroju Ogundeji, the deputy speaker of the Ondo state House of Assembly has been impeached. Hon. Abimbola Fojolu representing Ileoluji/Okeigbo state constituency has emerged as new Deputy Speaker. The former deputy speaker was removed on Tuesday during plenary following receipt of signatures of 18 members of the House by the Speaker, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun. []

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Wife laces husband food with rat poison Newtelegraph

A Sharia Court sitting at Magajin Gari in Kaduna, on Tuesday dissolved the marriage between Sirajo Abdullahi and Nazira Ahmad over irreconcilable differences. The wife took the case before the court on May 2, and accused the husband of assault and failing in his matrimonial duties. On his part, the husband accused the wife of []

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World Leaders Congratulate Nicols Maduro for His Reelection
As final results of this Sundays elections in Venezuela were announced, with President Nicols Maduros winning more than six million votes, leaders around the world applauded this new victory for Chavista forces

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May 22, 2018 09:05:53
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CARACAS. As soon as the final results of this Sundays elections in Venezuela were announced, with President Nicols Maduros winning more than six million votes, leaders around the world applauded this new victory for Chavista forces.

From Havana, Army General Ral Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, emphasized the courage of the Venezuelan people in a message that was shared by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.

With revolutionary pride, I send you, in the name of the Communist Party of Cuba and my own, the warmest congratulations for your transcendental electoral victory, the message read.

Miguel Daz-Canel Bermdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, in his message of congratulations, noted the continuity of the Bolivarian Revolution initiated by Comandante Hugo Chvez, and reiterated Cubas solidarity with Venezuela.

The Bolivarian, Chavista people have shown once again their determination to defend the legacy of Chvez, which you so honorably represent, he wrote to the reelected Venezuelan President.

For his part, Bolivian President Evo Morales described the election results in Venezuela as a victory over U.S. interventionism.

The sovereign Venezuelan people have again triumphed in the face of the U.S. empires coup-plotting and interventionism. Free peoples will never be brought to our knees. Congratulations to our brother Nicols Maduro and the courageous people of Venezuela, he wrote on his Twitter account.

RT reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin wished his Venezuelan counterpart good health and success in resolving the nations socio-economic problems, and in promoting national dialogue in the interest of the countrys entire people.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rejects New US Sanctions
Published 21 May 2018

Venezuela's Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, rejected on Monday the new sanctions imposed by the United States Government against the South American nation, based on non-compliance with international law.

During a press conference, the Venezuelan minister mentioned that these issues were touched upon during a meeting with the international observers of Sunday's elections, in which he pointed out the interventionist actions of U.S. President Donald Trump against the public debt and Venezuelan bonds.

Arreaza criticized the U.S. administration for not allowing the liquidation of assets in the territory of the North American country, in order to make Venezuela surrender, while stressing that Venezuelans remain strong.

"There is no unilateral measure, no type of pressure from that power that can intimidate the Venezuelan people, we are going to continue with our friends around the world opening paths for freedom," said the Venezuelan official.

For her part, the Panafrican parliament deputy, Suilma Dairuk, highlighted the transparency of the Venezuelan electoral system, "in which the citizens expressed their will".

"It is a great victory for democracy and transparency in which the will of the Venezuelan people and its president Nicols Maduro has been clearly expressed," said the African deputy.

African leader Roland Lumumba affirmed that the people of Africa have always reiterated their support for Venezuela, former President Hugo Chvez and re-elected President Nicols Maduro.

"We have to go beyond the speeches and move on to real events (...) different peoples of Africa have been at the side of this country supporting it," added Lumumba.

The Palestinian representative and specialist in human and international rights, Shady Abuzarqa, showed solidarity with the Venezuelans and established a fraternal common bridge, because both nations "share the same enemy, the enemy of the peoples of the world, but both Palestine and Syria and Venezuela, we are winning, and you so demonstrated yesterday, "said the academic.

For his part, Syrian political observer and analyst Tarek Ahmed added: "President Maduro is resi...


This Is Not The Change We Clamoured For APC Chieftain Attacks Buhari, Apologises To Jonathan. OBLONG MEDIA

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Ceela Electoral Experts Say Venezuela Vote Reflects 'Will of the People,' Must Be Respected
Published 21 May 2018

"We have not observed any element that can disqualify the electoral process," said Ceela President Nicanor Moscoso.

Representatives of the Council of Electoral Experts of Latin America (Ceela) stated that the results of Venezuelan elections on May 20 must be recognized because they represent the popular will expressed by the people.

Speaking during a press conference, alongside Delcy Rodriguez, president of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), the international commission, which was deployed to Venezuela to monitor the electoral process, assured that the decision made by some countries to ignore the results is politically motivated.

"Technically, up until today, we have not observed any element that can disqualify the electoral process," said Ceela president Nicanor Moscoso. "We can emphasize that these elections must be recognized because they are the result of the will of the Venezuelan people."

The organization, which routinely carries out as accredited international chaplains for the presidential and legislative elections in the Americas, highlighted that Venezuela is the only country that audits their voting procedures.

Rodriguez, for her part, stated that despite difficulties, the people of Venezuela expressed themselves and voted for peace and sovereignty.

While many countries in Latin America and elsewhere have recognized the Venezuelan elections and congratulated President Nicolas Maduro, such as Cuba, Bolivia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia and China, right-wing governments have dismissed the vote as "illegitimate," echoing statements by the United States, Canada and other Western countries who had dismissed the electoral process and the results even before it took place.

The so-called Lima Group - Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Santa Lucia, Colombia, Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala plus Canada, issued a statement Monday saying it did not recognize the legitimacy of Venezuela's presidential election. It noted that their respective countries will recall their ambassadors from Caracas for consultati...


Wife seeks dissolution of 24 year-old-marrige, says theres no more love Newtelegraph

A housewife, Salamat Aladejobi on Tuesday asked a Customary Court sitting in Oye-Ekiti in Ekiti to dissolve her 24 year-old-marriage to her husband, Kadri Aladejobi due to lack of love. The petitioner, in her application for divorce, told the court that her husband was very fetish, saying that she was no longer in love with []

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Cazorla leaves Arsenal after reaching end of contract Newtelegraph

Injury-plagued midfielder Santi Cazorla has left Arsenal after six seasons in north London as his contract has expired, the Premier League club has said. The 33-year-old has not played since October 2016 and underwent several operations, one resulting in a loss of eight centimetres from the tendon in his right ankle. He also nearly lost []

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US, Allies Continue Interventionist Agenda After Venezuela Vote
Published 21 May 2018

After incumbent Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro received an overwhelming majority of the votes in Sunday's elections, the United States and its allies slammed the electoral process and called for further measures aimed at keeping up with the interventionist policies to topple the Bolivarian revolution in the name of democracy and "humanitarian intervention."

The U.S. State Department had announced earlier Monday that President Donald Trump put in place new economic sanctions aimed at Venezuela in an executive order banning U.S. citizens from being involved in sales of that country's accounts related to oil and other assets.

"Today's executive order closes another avenue for corruption that we have observed being used: it denies corrupt Venezuelan officials the ability to improperly value and sell off public assets in return for kickbacks," a senior administration official told reporters.

Venezuelas election was a sham neither free nor fair, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said shortly before the sanctions order. The United States will not sit idly by as Venezuela crumbles and the misery of their brave people continues ... The Maduro regime must allow humanitarian aid into Venezuela and must allow its people to be heard, he said.

In a separate statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States will take swift economic and diplomatic actions to support the restoration of their democracy. He did not elaborate.

And in a series of tweets written in English and Spanish, the infamous Senator Marco Rubio called the Venezuelan elections a fraud and even said there was no electoral exit while the Bolivarian revolution is in power, echoing previously declarations in which he directly called for a military coup. The only mafia in Venezuela is its regime. Today is the beginning of its end, tweeted Rubio.

Across the Atlantic, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson issued a statement Monday saying he was disappointed by a neither free nor fair electoral process that has further eroded Venezuelan democracy.

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Imperialists and Their Agents React to Socialist Victory in Venezuela
May 22, 2018
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Venezuela's President Nicols Maduro is facing an international backlash after winning his second six-year term, in a landslide vote marred by an opposition boycott and claims of vote-rigging.

Fourteen countries including Argentina, Brazil and Canada have recalled their ambassadors from Caracas in protest.

The US has imposed new economic sanctions after Sunday's election.

Venezuela is suffering from food shortages stemming from its economic crisis and voter turnout was low.

US President Donald Trump called for new elections to "end the repression" of Venezuelans.

However Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Mr Maduro on his re-election on Monday, wishing him "success in resolving the social and economic issues facing the country" in a statement.

What was the result?

With more than 90% of the votes counted, Mr Maduro had 5.8 million votes, or 67.7% of the total, the electoral council announced. The main opposition candidate, Henri Falcn, stood on 1.8 million votes or 21.2%.

What has the international reaction been?

The US has imposed new economic sanctions on Venezuela, aimed at preventing its officials from selling off state oil assets in return for kickbacks.

Mr Trump said in a statement: "We call for the Maduro regime to restore democracy, hold free and fair elections, release all political prisoners immediately and unconditionally, and end the repression and economic deprivation of the Venezuelan people."

The US Vice President Mike Pence earlier denounced the election as a "sham" and "illegitimate".

The US had already slapped sanctions on Mr Maduro and his senior aides, as well as banned US companies from buying any more debt from Caracas or the state oil company.

"The United States stands with democratic nations in support of the Venezuelan people and will take swift economic and diplomatic actions to support the restoration of their democracy," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

Venezuelan foreign minister Jorge Arreaza called the sanctions "madness...


2019: UPU Youth Leader Rebukes Urhobo Monarchs For Endorsing Okowa Urhobo Today

LAGOS MAY 22ND(URHOBOTODAY)-The President-General of the youth wing of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Mr Blessing Ovwata, has denounced the action of Urhobo traditional rulers for giving their collective blessing to the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, in his bid to return as governor in 2019.
Ovwata said that he took strong exception to the decision of the Urhobo royal fathers to pass a vote of confidence on Governor Okowa, another way of saying they were throwing their weight behind Okowas re-election bid.
The UPU youth wing president described the action of the Urhobo monarchs last Thursday as divisive and never a true reflection of the diverse political interest of Urhobo sons and daughters, who the royal fathers by their very position ought to represent.
He wondered how the monarchs who should be non-partisan, being traditional fathers of all Urhobo people, should take such a purely political action.
He said that the action of the monarchs was, therefore, misleading, unsolicited, political and morally unjustifiable, stressing that even the ancestors of Urhobo ethnic nations were also displeased by their action.
The visibly angry Ovwata said: It is highly unbelievable that monarchs who are known to be non-political could deviate from their revered role as custodians of the traditional and cultural values of their people to pass a vote of confidence on a governor because of their own parochial and selfish interests.
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Suspected Assassins Kill Delta Businessman Urhobo Today

LAGOS MAY 22ND (URHOBOTODAY)-A 47-year-old businessman, Christopher Utulu has been murdered by suspected assassins in Ogwashi Uku community, near Asaba, Delta State.
It was gathered that Chris, as he was fondly called by his business associates, was allegedly killed on Monday night by his assailants few metres to his house after a prolonged shouting match
Tthe police spokesman, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, who confirmed the incident said the victim was killed by suspected assassins few metres to his house at about 9pm after a prolonged shouting match, he was shot in the chest and died on the spot. We are investigating the gruesome murder, no arrest has been made yet; we will do our best to bring to book the culprits.
The victims wife, Mrs,Val Utulu said My husband was killed because of the money he got from their meeting; one of the members had threatened to kill him for inexplicable differences two weeks before this incident, we reported to the police but there was no result, the man is very Influential, the police did not arrest him.
I heard a shouting match in the night, I did not know it was my husband, I waited till 11pm he did not come home, I called his GSM, it was switched off, and I shouted for help before I met him in a pool of blood, the assassins ran away in their car.
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Man, 45, faces N8.5m Kerosene fraud charge Newtelegraph

For allegedly defrauding six people of N8.5 million, a 45-year-old man, Afolabi Samuel, was on Tuesday brought before an Ota Magistrates Court in Ogun. Samuel, whose address is unknown, is facing charges of fraud and obtaining money under false pretences. The accused committed the offences on March 26 at Sutaked Branch, Ota, the Prosecutor, Sgt. []

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Osun Guber: APC lifts campaign ban as Oyetola outshines other aspirants Newtelegraph

Ahead of the September 22nd gubernatorial election coming up in Osun state later this year, the All Progressives Congress APC in the State has formally lifted the ban placed on political activities, making it possible for all aspirants jostling to succeed Ogbeni Aregbesola on the platform of the party to commence mobilization and campaign. It []

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$15 Million Ownership: Patience Jonathans Suit Against EFCC Stalled Newtelegraph

Absence of Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court Lagos on Tuesday, stalled the continuation of hearing in a suit filed by the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, against the EFCC, challenging freezing orders on her account. The judge was said to be attending a workshop. The case was then fixed for June []

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The Truth About Hamas and Israel "IndyWatch Feed War"

Dozens of Palestinians died to further the terror groups liesand the Western media ate it up.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri addresses the media in Gaza City, 2015.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri addresses the media in Gaza City, 2015. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Sami Abu Zuhri is the spokesman for the extremist group Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist organization funded by Iran. Hamas controls Gaza and has killed innocent Israeli, American, Brazilian, Kenyan, British, French and Chinese civilians. As chief intelligence officer of the Israel Defense Forces Gaza division from 2012-14, I came to know Mr. Abu Zuhri and other Hamas spokesmen from a distance. Their modus operandi is simple: Lie. Their lies support the stated goal of Hamas: the delegitimization and destruction of Israel.

For weeks the international media has reported on violence on the border between Gaza and Israel. Hamas has continued to lie to the world, which is why their rare acknowledgments of truth are especially revealing. Hamas spokesmen raced to the press last week to lament the death of innocent civilians. But a senior Hamas leader, Salah Bardawil, said in a May 16 interview with a Palestinian TV station: In the last round of c...


Saudi Arabia Arrests Women Driving Activists. Why Now? "IndyWatch Feed War"

A Saudi woman learns to drive ahead of the lifting of the ban on women driving in the kingdom on June 24, 2018 (Photo: YOUSEF DOUBISI/AFP/Getty Images)A Saudi woman learns to drive ahead of the lifting of the ban on women driving in the kingdom set for June 24, 2018 (Photo: YOUSEF DOUBISI/AFP/Getty Images)

The ban on women driving in the Saudi Arabia is set to be lifted June 24, 2018. So why would the kingdom now arrest the leading activists who pushed for this moment for years?

One of the most prominent activists, Loujain al-Hathloul, was studying in the United Arab Emirates at the time of her arrest. Her colleagues say Saudi security forces arrested her there and forcibly brought her back to Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hathloul previously spent 70 days in a Saudi jail in 2014 when she drove her car across the border from the UAE into the kingdom. She was arrested again in 2017 at Damman Airport in eastern Saudi Arabia with no reason given.

Listen to Clarion Projects national security analyst and director of Clarion Intelligence Network Ryan Mauro for insights into the machinations of the royal minds:



Saudi Pro-Women Driving Acti...


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Putting a New Squeeze on Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"

Pompeo lays out a strategy of severe economic pressure.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., May 21. Pompeo demanded Iran halt all uranium enrichment, stop its ballistic-missile program and give nuclear inspectors access to the entire country.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., May 21. Pompeo demanded Iran halt all uranium enrichment, stop its ballistic-missile program and give nuclear inspectors access to the entire country. PHOTO: ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG NEWS

Hard on the heels of U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday laid out a new strategy to contain Irans nuclear ambitions and regional imperialism. The U.S. plans to impose severe financial and economic pressure while offering Iran better diplomatic and commercial relations if it changes its threatening course.

In 2015 Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made a $100 billion bet that their Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) would end Irans nuclear program while transforming the Islamic Republic into a responsible member of the world community. The wager didnt pay.



Egypt intensifies Sinai home demolitions in bid to fight IS, says rights group "IndyWatch Feed War"


Sattelite imagery and testimony show thousands of homes destroyed by Egypt's army in Sinai


At these camps, refugees can give real-time customer feedback "IndyWatch Feed World"

By simply asking the displaced people at a camp in Uganda what was broken and if they had ideas on how to fix it, the American Refugee Service has found ways to quickly improve the quality of life.

When a refugee at the Nakivale refugee camp in Uganda goes to a water point to fill up a jerry can with water, someone in a bright yellow shirt will walk up with a tablet and ask them to swipe left or right to a smiley face: Were they satisfied with the process of getting water? Then theyll ask if the refugee has any ideas to make it better.

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Zimbabwe elephants poisoned with cyanide near Lake Kariba Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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The dead elephant was a lactating female on the shores of Lake Kariba; its thought there could now be an orphaned calf in need of rescue.

FILE: A female elephant and her calf in the Tembe Elephant Park Foundation 27 September 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

HARARE A female elephant has been poisoned with cyanide on the southern shores of Lake Kariba.

Conservationists say its the first incident of its kind in this area, which includes the Matusadona National Park.

And a major disaster was averted after they decontaminated four sites laced with the poison. The dead elephant was a lactating female; its thought there could now be an orphaned calf in need of rescue.

Rangers discovered four sites contaminated with cyanide mixed with coarse salt.

The method has been used to poison hundreds of elephants in Hwange National Park far to the west, but this is the first recorded case of cyanide being used in this area.

Conservation group Bumi Hills Foundation says rangers burnt the carcass of the dead elephant and decontaminated affected areas.

But the killing will be seen as a worrying change of tactic by poachers in this area.


Anti-poaching boost for Zimbabwe as Japan partners Zimparks Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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Japan has partnered the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority in its quest to curb the illegal killing if elephants.

In a move that has been recommended by Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species (CITES), Japanese ambassador, Toshiyuki Iwado handed over a strategic Anti-Poaching Operations Centre located in the Chewore Safari Area.

The centre serves as a post for field rangers conducting operations, and has significantly strengthened the Wildlife Management Authoritys capacity to address current and emerging threats impacting this important site of the CITES MIKE programme to monitor levels of illegal killing of elephants.

The Chewore Safari Area, a World Heritage Site, is one of the last truly wild ecosystems left in the world.

Chewore faces a real threat from poaching and, in recent years, elephants have come under increasing pressure.

In 2016, seven elephants were poached between January and July in this area alone.

The capability of the Zimbabwe authorities in keeping surveillance over, and preventing elephant poaching in the area has been enhanced through the establishment of the Centre, allowing for better and more secure planning and management of patrol activities by the rangers, CITES said in a statement.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Japan Ambassador to Zimbabwe said the Asian giant is committed to conservation.

The illegal wildlife trade is an urgent global issue. Japan is deeply committed to the cause of protecting elephants from atrocious acts by international criminal organizations and others.

Thus, Japan attaches great importance to supporting range states, such as Zimbabwe, in the fight against elephant poaching, including through the assistance via the CITES MIKE Programme, said Mr. Iwado.

Japan continues to make utmost efforts in implementing the trade control of ivory under CITES, and to work together with our international partners to tackle the problem of elephant poaching.

The Anti-poaching Operations Centre was established at a cost of USD 60,000. It has been operational since October 2017.

Receiving the donation, Zimparks Director Conservation Arthur Musakwa said; Today we are witnessing an initiative that demonstrates the importance of collaborative work and all interested parties are bringing to conservation. This facility we are celebrating today plays an important role in easing patrol operations in the sub-region.


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INEC flags off issuance of 100,000 PVCS in Nasarawa Newtelegraph

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nasarawa State yesterday flagged-off the issuance of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to 100,000 registrants in the state. Nasarawa State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Uthman Abdurahman Ajidagba, who flagged off the exercise in Lafia, the state capital, said 100,000 PVCs were ready for collection.   Ajidagba said all []

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INEC distributes 156, 000 new PVCs in CRiver Newtelegraph

The Independent National Electoral Commission in Cross River yesterday has commenced distribution of 156,000 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state. Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr. Frankland Briyai, who flagged off the exercise at the Calabar Municipal Local Government Areas, explained that the figure represented those who registered []

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South-East unions task governors on job creation, security Newtelegraph

Association of South East Town Unions (ASETU), has challenged governors of the zone to initiate programmes that would tackle unemployment with a view to curbing violent crimes among youths in the region. Their presidents in a 15-point communique issued at the end of the associations first security and economic summit held in Enugu at the []

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Mr. Real: Street style savvy Newtelegraph

  Uchenna Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Real or Mr. Legbegbe is a hip hop musician and the rave of the moment in the Nigerian music world.   Following the release of his single late in 2017, it became one of the most played songs in the clubs, radio stations and topping charts nationwide, he []

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Lagos APC: Obanikoro, Igbokwe condemn parallel congress Newtelegraph

Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) Publicity Secretary, Engr. Joe Igbokwe, have condemned the conduct a parallel congress that produced Mr. Fouad Oki as factional chairman of the party in the state. It would be recalled that former Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Alhaji []

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NLC to govs: Dont copy el-Rufai, he is not God Newtelegraph

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned northern governors not to adopt the policies of Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, especially in the area of retrenchment of workers; a policy the body said was targeted at inflicting pain and sorrow on the people. The NLC made this known in a statement released yesterday to []

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#Dasukigate: Metuhs Collapsed In Court Stalled Proceedings Urhobo Today

LAGOS MAY 22ND (NEWSRANGERS)-Mr. Olisa Metuh, former National Publicity Secretary, Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), charged for fraudulently receiving N400 million on Monday collapsed in the Federal High Court Abuja.
Metuh allegedly missed his step and fell as he was attempting to enter the dock when his case was called.
Following the incident, the Justice Okon Abang adjourned the matter the case briefly and a doctor was invited to attend to Mr Metuh.
Moving forward, Justice Abang asked the prosecutor, Mr Sylvanus Tahir, the position of the case and the prosecutor said that the matter was for cross-examination of the 11th defence witness
The judge then asked Metuhs counsel, Mr Emeka Etiaba, (SAN) to call the witness, but Etiaba said that although the witness was in court, he could not proceed with the matter given the condition his client was in.
The sequence of what happened in this court as I saw, is not what I am hearing, the defendant fell while trying to enter the dock when his matter was called. I do not even know whether he is alive or dead.
But since the court has insisted on going on with the matter, I announce my withdrawal from this case. Etiaba said.
The doctor spoke to the judge, following which the judge announced that he had asked that Metuh be taken to see his doctor.
Justice Abang however ruled that the application of Etiaba to withdraw from the case was refused.
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Coping with economic realities in Abuja Newtelegraph

Times are hard and the role of women in many families are changing. In Abuja, many women have dumped their traditional status as housewives. DEBORAH OCHENI reports   The economic hardship in Nigeria has unleashed a silent revolution in many homes in Abuja. The rate at which women financially support their families to make ends []

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Creating partnerships for transparency Newtelegraph

The Open Government Partnership Week which held recently in Abuja, brought together government functionaries and civil society groups where they linked public confidence in any government to the level of transparency and accountability in that government. CALEB ONWE reports   The Open Government Partnership( OGP) Week is a global dialogue platform for both the government []

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AAUA: Mass withdrawal of students looms over fee hike Newtelegraph

Visitation panel report: Stakeholders chide govt over delay Weve handed over report to councils Commissioner   WITHDRAWAL Some indigent students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) are said to be prepared to withdraw from the institution as they are yet to make headway in their efforts to raise their new school fees     []

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Oshiomhole has capacity to lead APC Idahosa Newtelegraph

Hon. Dennis Idahosa, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was Edo State Commissioner for Investment, Public/Private Partnership and Other Related Matters during former Governor Adams Oshiomholes administration. In this interview, he speaks on his ambition to run for Ovia Federal Constituency seat in the 2019 general elections, the partys congresses and the []

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Nigerias crude faces glut as 25 cargoes scamper for buyers Newtelegraph

More cargoes risk deferment   Glut, last weekend, rocked crude oil from Nigeria as 25 cargo-loads of the commodity in June loading programme scampered for buyers, New Telegraph has learnt. This came just as Bonny Light, one of the major grades from the country, remained under force majeure while a pipeline, which exports Forcados was []

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Despite huge outlay, NAMA lacks navaids Newtelegraph

Agency requires over $40m facility funding     Despite huge funds spent to overhaul navigational equipment for seamless air navigation, the Federal Government needs over $40 million to confront challenges faced by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), New Telegraph has learnt. The agency had recently indicated plans to embark on aggressive deployment of communication, []

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FCT students shine at Korea, FG art competition Newtelegraph

No fewer than 30 primary schools across the six Area Councils of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja participated in the ninth Drawing competition, jointly organised by the Federal Government and South Korea. The competition was instituted in 2010 to mark the diplomatic ties between South Korea and Nigerian governments. This years edition of the competition, []

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As oil makes history, Nigeria bleeds Newtelegraph

The prices of oil, Nigerias biggest revenue earner, last week, hit $80highest since November 2014. ADEOLA YUSUF, in this report, reveals how Nigeria lost out from benefiting in the price surge, which was partly buoyed by exports hindrance from Africas biggest crude exporter   Shell, Nigerias biggest international oil company (IOC) in terms of asset []

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NNPC explores commercial opportunities in real estate Newtelegraph

  The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is currently exploring all commercial opportunities available in the real estate market to efficiently position itself as one of the key players in the sector, New Telegraph has learnt. Besides, the move is hinged on the need to increase its revenue generation aside from oil and gas business. []

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African vultures under the gun as lead ammunition takes a toll "IndyWatch Feed World"

Lead bullet fragments in animal carcasses left by game hunters could be poisoning vultures in Botswana, says a study that echoes similar findings elsewhere around the world.


UNIZIK: Stakeholders criticise poor budget process, implementation Newtelegraph

A former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu has bemoaned what he described as politics of interest which revolves round the nations budgeting process and resources allocation. According to him, rather than invest in the country, Nigerian leaders preferred to engage in reckless spending and increase in the cost of governance. []

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The cost of change by Livy-Elcon Emereonye. OBLONG MEDIA

Everything, including the minutest and unnoticeable change, has a cost an opportunity cost. Change is not only a constant More


Imolites and APCs Congresses of Shame. By Dr. Austin Uganwa OBLONG MEDIA

Imolites watched with disgust and disbelief on Friday, May 11, 2018 as All Progressives Congress (APC) state secretariat on Okigwe More


PDP tackles Buhari, APC on fuel subsidy controversy. OBLONG MEDIA

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of corruption in the handing of the fuel subsidy regime More



Senator Dino Melaye, on Monday afternoon, released a lengthy statement detailing how he was arrested by over 200 policemen and More


Kalu: My APC chairmanship candidate must support Buharis re-election Newtelegraph

lOshiomhole: APC needs a negotiator   Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has said that he would only support a national chairmanship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who supports the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. The former governor spoke at his office in Abuja, when the former Governor of Edo []

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Unending crisis in CRiver APC Newtelegraph

CLEMENT JAMES writes on the current crisis in the Cross Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC)   The current crisis in the Cross River State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not come to many political observers as a surprise. Before the situation became public, there was a cold war, []

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Cleric to politicians: Shun politics of violence, killings Newtelegraph

The Diocese of Gombe Anglican Communion yesterday called on politicians across the country to desist from politics of violence, killings and thuggery as political activities kick started ahead of 2019 general election. Rising from the first session of its Seventh Synod held at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Bolari, Gombe, a communiqu issued and signed []

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ICAEW, ICAN partner to strengthen accounting in Nigeria Newtelegraph

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the accountancy profession in Nigeria. ICAEW President Nick Parker and ICAN President Alhaji Ismaila Muhammadu Zakari signed the agreement, according to a statement, during an official ceremony in []

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20 years after, FG flags off N20bn Ikorodu-Sagamu road project Newtelegraph

as Ashafa, Dabiri-Erewa laud Buhari At last, the Federal Government yesterday flagged off N2billion Ikorodu-Sagamu road rehabilitation project with a promise to ensure that thousands of Nigerians would be directly or indirectly engaged in the project. New Telegraph gathered that the much dilapidated road had been begging for repair for nearly 20 years while the []

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NDDC: Delivering impactful intervention for devt Newtelegraph

  There is a quiet revolution in the affairs of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) that many are not aware of, largely because those now in charge of the commission have chosen to work and stay under the radar. It is hard to believe that the NDDC had existed for more than a decade. []

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Road projects: FG approves N133m compensation for Abia communities Newtelegraph

Mi n i s t e r of Power, Works and H o u s i n g , Mr Babatunde Fashola has said that the federal government had compensated Abia communities with N133 million for land acquired for the construction of trailer park on Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway at Lokpanta in Umunneochi council area of []

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Keystone Bank happy with empowerment programme at Okpekpe Newtelegraph

Keystone Bank has expressed satisfaction with the women empowerment programme it undertook at the first-ever IAAF silver label road race in West Africa, the Okpekpe international 10km road race which came to a historic climax penultimate Saturday in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State. All over the world, the issue of women empowerment has continued []

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Rivers APC declares Amaechis ally, Flag-Amachree party chairman Newtelegraph

The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has declared Ojukaye Flag- Amachree, the former chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area as the new state chairman of the party. Ojukaye, who is a strong ally of Transport Minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, takes over from Chief Davies Ibiamu-Ikanya who sources say is expected to []

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CJN to judges: Be vigilant when taking evidence Newtelegraph

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, yesterday called on Judges to be very vigilant when they are taking evidence in any of the trial before them. The CJN equally charged Judges to be extra careful while evaluating electronically generated evidence that will arise from 2019 election petitions.   The CJN, who stated []

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Bataclan-Paris Attack -- Gladio Network and Swiss CIA are Guilty! "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Bataclan-Paris Attack: Gladio Network & Swiss CIA are Guilty!

Did Donald Trump and his Military forces knows this info?

Does american activists journalists knows this secret story?

As already posted previously by exposing the fake Obama to Benjamin Fulford in a PDF, Swiss CIA is Guilty for the major terrorists Attacks around the Globe, according the reporter American homeless, David Chase Taylor:

14-02-2017-Obama Was Not Born in Indonesia or Kenya, But in Switzerland!

Now, posted on May 14 2018, on a French WordPress Blog, Marc Delantre, a Belgian, 56 years old, IT and Intelligence agent, has been forced hired by the GLADIO Headquarters in Belgium (as a slave, he know the man who is behind the Gladio Network), he has been undercover for France authorities (DNEF), as an informant, and has been also protected by a Mossad Belgium informant agent (alleged) for the Belgian Secret Services... In order to serve as an "agent IT prisoner" (with the help of his computer and his servers) on behalf of a mysterious organization of the Gladio network, responsible for exposing (and archiving) all their terrorist attacks s...


Ebola outbreak in Congo: What you need to know "IndyWatch Feed World"

A quick Q&A to get you up to speed on the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo


Heavy rains, landslides kill 5 in Sri Lanka, while Cyclone Sagar kills 15 in Somaliland "IndyWatch Feed World"

Heavy monsoon rains in Sri Lanka have killed five people, prompting authorities to warn against landslides and floods in low-lying areas after spill gates had to be opened across the Indian Ocean island. Lightning killed three people, a landslide a fourth, and the fifth death was the result of a fallen tree, said officials at the country's Disaster Management Centre. The centre's spokesman, Pradeep Kodippili, said flooding has forced the evacuation of people in areas where several rivers are overflowing, while four districts are on "red alert" for possible landslides. People in those four districts have been cautioned to be vigilant," Kodippili told Reuters. The army has sent more than 100 soldiers with more than 25 boats to tackle the emergency, its spokesman, Sumith Atapattu, told Reuters.


Saudi Arabia intercepted Yemeni missiles; Houthis targeted military airports "IndyWatch Feed World"

Saudi air-defense systems have reportedly managed to intercept a ballistic missile launched from Yemen after Houthi rebels said they had targeted a "military airport" in the city of Jizan. The alleged Scud-type missile was destroyed before the projectile hit the intended target in the port city, which lies in the southwest corner of Saudi Arabia and directly north of the border with Yemen, local media reported. Earlier, Saudi air defenses reportedly intercepted another ballistic missile, which targeted a military airport near the southern border. The launches on Monday morning were the latest in a series of missile attacks on Saudi positions which have intensified over the weekend. Riyadh has repeatedly accused Iran of being responsible for ballistic missile launches from Yemen, warning that such acts could be considered an "act of war," while the Islamic Republic firmly denied such accusations.


Gender segregation and the West "IndyWatch Feed War"

You know what is ironic? Western governments used to complain against any manifestations of gender segregations among Muslims.  Now, Western governments encourage gender segregation. This is about a "women-friendly" (i.e., women-only) garden in Cairo.  It is funded by USAID.  According to this writer, this is unprecedented in Egypt.  


Kenya why the idea of executing poachers is a bad one Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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Council of Electoral Experts of Latin America: Venezuelan Vote Reflects Will of the People, Must be Respected "IndyWatch Feed War"

We have not observed any element that can disqualify the electoral process, said Ceela President Nicanor Moscoso. Representatives of the Council of Electoral Experts of Latin America (Ceela) stated that the results of Venezuelan elections on May 20 must be recognized because they represent the popular will expressed by the people. Speaking during a press...


SOTT FOCUS: Saudi Arabia and Western Allies Continue War on Poverty-Stricken Yemen; Yemen Fights Back "IndyWatch Feed World"

March 26th this year marked the third anniversary of the US/UK/Saudi war on Yemen. So far, the Saudis and their allies have been unable to win the war. The resistance from the Yemeni people and army to the aggression of Saudi Arabia and its US and UK allies, has been remarkably strong.


PDP To Buhari: Youll not escape defeat in 2019 Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to be ready to accept defeat in the 2019 presidential election. The party wants the president to also respond to issues raised by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank in an open letter to him on Sunday. PDP National Publicity Secretary, []

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The economics of Ethiopian floriculture "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Most cut flowers have a high value-weight ratio, and are very perishable.  Flowers are consumed throughout the year, and must respond to varying consumer requirements through time.  Thus, the industry depends on air transport and cold-chain logistics throughout the value chain.  Air transport fees account for more than half the total cost of the productand combined with marketing account for up to 75 percent of total costs.  Frequency and timeliness of flights and other logistical arrangements are of utmost importance in meeting orders on time and ensuring that flowers arrive fresh to maximize vase time.  The strategic and role of EAL [Ethiopian Air Lines] becomes clear from this perspective.

That is from Arkebe Oqubays Made in Africa: Industrial Policy in Ethiopia.  In Ethiopia, they sell this book for less than half of its Amazon list price.

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Somalia: Somaliland-Puntland Clash Leaves 4 Dead - Official
By Harun Maruf

Heavy fighting broke out early Tuesday in a disputed part of Somalia's Sool region, leaving at least four people dead, a security official told VOA.

The fighting between Somaliland and Puntland erupted outside the village of Tukaraq. It lies between the main towns of Las Anod in Somaliland a breakaway Somali state and self-declared republic and Garowe in Puntland.

The office of Puntland's president, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, issued a statement accusing Somaliland of launching an "unprovoked" attack on its territory.

Somaliland officials accused Puntland of attacking their positions, local media report.

Both sides reported casualties including deaths, but neither side provided any figures to confirm those provided by the security official.

The official, who is not being named because he is not authorized to speak with journalists, described "intense" fighting with heavy weaponry.

Both Puntland and Somaliland reportedly have well-armed forces, and troops have massed in the disputed area in recent weeks. Michael Keating, the United Nations' special representative for Somalia, visited Puntland and Somaliland over the weekend and urged de-escalation.

Somaliland forces captured Tukaraq village in January after a surprise attack. At the time, Somaliland military officials said their forces conducted an operation "within our own borders." Puntland leaders, meanwhile, said Somaliland was "occupying" parts of its own territories and vowed publicly to "retake" the land.

Territorial disputes in the region go back to the colonial era, when Britain colonized Somaliland and Italy colonized the rest of Somalia. The people in Sool region are represented in both the Somaliland and Puntland administrations.

Somaliland announced its secession from the rest of Somalia in 1991, but has not been recognized as an independent state.

Observers worry that continued fighting will aggravate humanitarian concerns in a region prone to recurrent droughts.


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Review KDF Strategies to Reduce Deaths in Somalia, MP Tells Uhuru
May. 20, 2018, 12:00 pm
By MATHEWS NDANYI @ndanyi_mathews

 A file photo of Kenyans planting flags beside KDF helmets, at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, during a vigil to honour soldiers killed in Somalia. /PATRICK VIDIJA

Ainabkoi MP William Chepkut wants a review of the strategies KDF uses to fight terrorists as many of them have been killed in Somalia.

Chepkut said on Saturday that the government needs to employ modern security strategies and equipment  that will keep soldiers more secure.

"North Rift counties of Uasin Gishu, Nandi and Trans Nzoia have the highest numbers of widows, whose husbands were KDF soldiers and members of other security agencies," he said.

Even America is fighting in Somalia without ground troops ... we need to device strategies that will minimise loss of lives."

He spoke at Wounifer in his constituency after attending the burial of Duncan Kimutai, one of the soldiers killed in Somalia two weeks ago.

Seven troops died when the vehicle they were travelling hit a landmine.

Five were from the North Rift counties and three were buried at the weekend.

Chepkut, however, thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto for helping the families of slain soldiers and finding jobs for some of them.

There are many cases that the President has followed up," he said. "We are indebted to the many young soldiers sacrificing their lives for the country."

Kenya is among several countries that have contributed troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia. The others are Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia and Djibouti. Uganda began withdrawing its soldiers in December last year.

 Police contributing countries are Ghana, Kenya, NIgeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia.

 Following calls for Kenyans to leave the war-torn country, the President noted in March last year that KDF troops will remain there until peace and stability are restored.

 Uhuru noted that more needs to be done before a planned Amison drawdown and transition to Somali security forces next year.


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Fire destroys 12 rooms, 1 shop in Kano Newtelegraph

No fewer than 12 rooms and one shop were razed in a fire that occurred at Tudun Murtala Layin Maiunguwa in Kano. The spokesman of the State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Monday that the incident happened around 11:50 a.m. We received a distress call []

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Security Council Extends Support for African Union Force in Somalia
Ethiopian soldiers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on foot patrol in Halgan village, Hiran region, on 10 June 2016, a day after a battle with Al-Shabaab militants.AMISOM/Ilyas Ahmed

15 May 2018

The Security Council on Tuesday gave its backing to the African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM, extending its deployment until at least the end of July.

In the resolution, unanimously adopted, the Council also recalled its earlier decision to authorize the AU to reduce the Missions level of uniformed personnel to 20,626 by 30 October this year from 22,126 now;  but to include a minimum of 1,040 AMISOM police personnel, including five specialist Formed Police Units.

It also requested that the UN SecretaryGeneral continue to provide logistical support for AMISOM, its 70 civilian personnel; the 10,900-strong Somalia National Army jointly operating with AMISOM, and the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

The Council resolution adopted at the end of August last year, requested the AU and the UN to conduct a joint assessment of AMISOMs operations - but this assessment has been delayed, leading to Tuesdays decision to extend the deployment of AMISOM for just over two months, in order to assess the merits of a longer extension.

Briefing the Council, Michael Keating, the Secretary-Generals Special Representative for Somalia, said that AMISOM continues to play an indispensable role, at great human cost, in protecting population centres, main supply routes and Somalias overall political progress.

Suffice to say that successful security transition will require not just deep reform of the Somalia security forces but also, as the AU Commission Chairperson and UN Secretary-Generals Envoys noted, transformation of AMISOM, he said.

Such transformation would entail more flexible joint operations and combat mentoring; greater emphasis on policing; adequate enablers and force multipliers, together with stronger accountability.

More flexible operational support by the UN Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) will also be needed, along with predictable financing.

The AU-UN joint review i...


'Strongest sanctions in history': State Secretary Pompeo issues 12 demands to Iran, vows 'unprecedented pressure' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Tehran will struggle to "keep its economy alive" if it does not comply with a list of 12 US demands, including Iranian withdrawal from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed on Monday. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing Washington think tank, Pompeo laid out a list of 12 "basic requirements"for Iran. The demands call on Iran to withdraw from Syria, "release all US citizens," end support for Houthi rebels in Yemen, stop "enrichment" of uranium, and promise never to process plutonium. Iran must also allow "unqualified access to all nuclear sites throughout the country," Pompeo said. He promised that the US would impose the "strongest sanctions in history" if Iran failed to comply with these demands.


Hacker arrested for defrauding Lagos dealer of N28m Porsche car using fake bank alert Newtelegraph

A 28-year-old suspected hacker has been arrested for defrauding a Lagos car dealer of N28 million Porsche car, using false bank alert. Parading the suspect on Monday, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said that the suspect was also capable of shutting down CCTV Cameras for 67 minutes using software. On March 23, my []

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Police arrest suspected killers of DPO in Rivers Newtelegraph

The Rivers State Police Command on Monday said it arrested seven suspects in connection with the killing of Mr Kingsley Chukwueggu, Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Rumuolumeni Division. Rivers Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Zaki Ahmed, said this in Port Harcourt while parading the suspects. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Chukwueggu was []

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KDF Troops Begin Gradual Withdrawal From War-torn Somalia After UN Vote
By Dominic Wabala
East African Standard
May 18th 2018 at 23:12 GMT

Last year, Kenya withdrew 200 troops from Amisom and another 200 are set to return by December task accomplished   Kenyan soldiers will leave in December 2020 after mentoring Somali security forces to take over control from Amisom  The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) are scheduled to withdraw from Somalia in two years according to timelines drawn by the United Nations Security Council.

The planned withdrawal comes seven years after KDF troops entered Somalia under the aegis of Operation Linda Nchi on October 14, 2011 in pursuit of Al Shabaab terrorists who had been entering Kenya at will to abduct and kill aid workers and tourists in North Eastern and Coast. 

According to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2372 (2017), Kenyan troops will leave Somalia in December 2020 after mentoring Somali security forces to take over control from Amisom.

If the schedule works as planned, all sixteen Forward Operating Base (FOB) occupied by KDF troops working under Amisom will be taken over by Somalia National Army (SNA) and Jubaland Security Force who are currently being mentored to take over security responsibility of their country.

The FOBs include Amisom Sector II headquarters Dhobley, Afmadhow, Tabda, Fafadun, Hoosingow, Kismayo New Airport, Kismayo Old Airport, Kolbio, Buale, Badhaadhe, Beles Qoqaani and Burgavo among others.  Last year, Kenya withdrew 200 troops from Amisom as part of its share in the 1,000-man strong force in the drawdown authorised by the UN Security Council.

Another 200 KDF troops are scheduled to withdrawn from Somalia by December. It is expected that the drawdown will be escalated ahead of the 2020 deadline leaving all security responsibilities to Somalia security agencies. The five Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) namely Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia are bound by the UN Security Council drawdown resolution. Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Zambia are contributing police officers to Amisom.

However, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission ambassador Fra...


You are not God, NLC lambasts El-Rufai Newtelegraph

The Nigeria Labour Congress,NLC, has warned northern Governors to distance themselves from emulating the policies of the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, especially the retrenchment of workers, targeted at inflicting more pains and sorrows on the people. The NLC made this known in a statement released on Monday to newsmen in Abuja, in []

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US Forces Accused of Complicity in Somalia Raid That Left Five Civilians Dead
Locals say unarmed men were banana farmers and were killed trying to flee during operation against al-Shabaab extremists

Jason Burke Africa correspondent
Thu 17 May 2018 09.21 EDT

 A Somali soldier near the wreckage of a car bomb in Mogadishu in April. There are several hundred US troops in Somalia helping the local military in its fight against al-Shabaab.

US special forces have been accused of complicity in the deaths of civilians after five unarmed men were killed during a raid by Somali troops last week that they aided and assisted.

The casualties were described as banana farmers by local inhabitants, and appear to have been shot while trying to flee the site of the operation, which officials say targeted commanders of the al-Shabaab extremist group.

Somali intelligence officials say three men detained in the raid on a village in the Lower Shabelle region were senior militants.

Mohamed Sheikh Mohamud, a farmer in the village of Maalinka, 37 miles south of Mogadishu, told the Guardian the operation started at about 1am last Thursday when forces came down from a helicopter and started shooting the people in the farm.

Mohamud said he knew the five men killed. Two were tractor drivers at a banana farm, and three were cattle farmers.

Anisa Abdullahi, a mortuary attendant who inspected the bodies when they were brought into the Medina hospital in Mogadishu the day after the raid, said four of the men died from fatal bullet wounds to the back and one was killed by a wound to the chest.

After checking, we found all died because of gun shots. The type of the weapon is one type, as the wound holes have similar sizes, Anisa Abdullahi told the Guardian.

There are no accounts of any sustained resistance to the special forces during the raid. Four Somali security officials and a senior officer with the Amisom regional force based in Mogadishu said they did not believe any weapons had been seized during the operation.

A second resident in the area said he just left the farm when he heard the first shot.

It was past midnight and all was peaceful when the shooting...


Waffle House Has a History of Supporting Reactionary Far-Right Politics "IndyWatch Feed World"

Anyone who has spent a lot of time listening to southern hip-hop has no doubt heard of Waffle House. The restaurant chain has been mentioned in countless hip-hop and modern R&B recordings and has had plenty of black customers over the years. But following some racially troubling incidents in 2018, Dr. Bernice A. Kingdaughter of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.has urged African-Americans to boycott the restaurant chain, which has a strong connection to far-right politics and the Republican Party.

On May 10, King sent out a tweet saying, Family, lets stay out of @WaffleHouse until the corporate office legitimately and seriously commits to 1) discussion on racism, 2) employee training, and 3) other plans to change; and until they start to implement changes. Kings tweet followed an incident at a Waffle House in Warsaw, North Carolina, where a video showed 22-year-old Anthony Wall being choked by a burly police officer. Wall had just attended his 16-year-old sisters prom and got into an argument with Waffle House employees, who according to attorney Benjamin Crump, used homophobic slurs to insult him before calling the police.

King has also tweeted about the arrest of Chikesia Clemons at a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama near Mobile on April 22, when Waffle House employees called 911 after an argument with the 25-year-old African-American woman. Clemons friend, Canita Adams, filmed the arrest with her smartphone, and the video shows an officer grabbing Clemons and throwing her onto the floor.

In the video, the officer is heard threatening to break Clemons arm. And Clemons breasts were exposed during the arrest:

Adams video quickly went viral, and she is being represented by Benjamin Crumpthe same civil rights attorney who is representing Wall. According to Crump, Adams video clearly demonstrates that...


U.S. Issues Steep Demands for New Iran Nuclear Deal "IndyWatch Feed World"

WASHINGTONThe United States on Monday issued a steep list of demands to be included in a nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the deal scuttled by President Donald Trump and threatened the strongest sanctions in history if Iran doesnt change course.

Drawing sharp contrasts with the 2015 deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said a stronger pact should require that Iran stop enrichment of uranium, which was allowed within strict limitations under the previous deal. Iran would also have to walk away from core pillars of its foreign policy, including its involvement in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

This list may seem long to some, but it is simply a reflection of the massive scope of Iranian malign behavior, Pompeo said. America did not create this need for changed behavior. Iran did.

Pompeo vowed that Trumps approach would ensure Iran has no possible path to a nuclear weapon, ever. As he called for a better agreement to constrain Irans activities, he said the U.S. would apply unprecedented financial pressure to bring Tehran back to the table.

These will end up being the strongest sanctions in history by the time we are complete, Pompeo said at the conservative Heritage Foundation in his first major policy speech since taking over as top diplomat.

At the same time, Pompeo offered Iran a series of dramatic potential U.S. concessions if it agrees to make major changes. Under a new agreement, the U.S. would be willing to lift all sanctions, restore full diplomatic and commercial ties with Iran, and even support the modernization of its economy, Pompeo said.

It is Americas hope that our labors toward peace and security will bear fruit for the long-suffering people of Iran, Pompeo said.

Still, Pompeos list of 12 requirements included many that Iran is highly unlikely to consider. He said Iran must allow nuclear inspectors unqualified access to all sites throughout the country, Pompeo said, alluding to military sites that were off-limits under the 2015 deal except under specific circumstances. To that end, he also said Iran must declare all previous efforts to build a nuclear weapon, reopening an issue that the U.N.s International Atomic Energy Agency has already deemed a closed matter.

Pompeo also demanded that Iran cease from a range of activities throughout the Middle East that have long drawn the ire of the U.S. and its allies. He said Iran must end support for Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, withdraw all forces from Syria, halt support for its ally Hezbollah and stop threatening Israel.

Iran must also release all U.S. citizens missing in Iran or being held on spurious charges, he said.

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Morocco Accuses Algeria of Supporting Iran in Western Sahara Struggle
Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita says Algeria provided 'operational support' to Iran but expressed desire for dialogue.

13 May 2018

Morocco's foreign minister has accused Algeria of being directly involved in Iran's support of the Polisario, an independence movement in the disputed Western Sahara territory.

Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita told French publication Jeune Afrique in an extensive interview that Algeria offered more than a meeting venue for members of the Polisario Front and Lebanese group Hezbollah, which Rabat accused Iran of using in its support of the independence movement.

"Algeria has given more than its blessing. It has given an opening, backing and operational support," Bourita said.

"In addition, some meetings between the Polisario and Hezbollah were held in a secret Algiers hideout, leased to a certain 'DB', an Algerian woman married to a Hezbollah cadre, who acts as a liaison officer for Hezbollah, notably with the Polisario," Bourita added.

Earlier in May, Morocco severed ties with Iran over its alleged support of the Polisario through Hezbollah and in coordination with Tehran's diplomatic mission to Algiers.

Algiers summoned the kingdom's ambassador at the time to protest Moroccan allegations that it played any role in Tehran's purported support for the rebel movement.

Bourita added in the interview, revealed a day ahead of its scheduled publication by Morocco's foreign ministry, that he believed Algeria resorted to diversionary tactics, such as its support for the Polisario, to shift attention away from the country's more pressing concerns.

"Let's not forget that the Algerian regime, confronted by a grave institutional, political, economic and social crisis could not survive but for the problems and tensions that it has itself generated or intends to create, in order to deflect Algerians' attention from their real concerns," the foreign minister said.

'Our most ardent wish'

Bourita, however, switched tone and insisted that a different path does exist for the two countries, pointing out that France and Germany were able to reconcile after two world w...


South Africa Cato Crest: Blockades at Vusi Mzimela Road and Jan Smuts Highway "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Africa: Today at 3 am Abahlali baseMjondolo in Cato Crest took to the street and blockaded Vusi Mzimela Road and the Jan Smuts Highway.

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South Africa: Abahlali took to the streets in Cato Crest this morning

Today at 3 am Abahlali baseMjondolo in Cato Crest took to the street and blockaded Vusi Mzimela Road and the Jan Smuts Highway. 

For a long time the community has been side-lined by the Ward Councillor when it comes to providing basic services, including those which are urgently required for basic human dignity and safety. The community has been living in the area without electricity, proper water and toilets. People are raising children in these dangerous conditions.

Earlier this year the current Mayor Zandile Gumede promised to speed up the process of providing electricity and sanitation in the settlement. These were empty promises. Politicians continue to lie to people to get their votes and then send in the police to attack people when they demand what was promised to them in the first place by politicians.

This is the very community where we lost Nqobile Nzuza, a 17-year-old girl who was brutally murdered by the police. This is the community where Nkululeko Gwala, the chairperson of Abahlali in the area, was assassinated

The Municipality continues to defy Abahlali. They dont regard the people of Cato Crest as human beings. We are seen as rubbish. The politicians are only interested in our votes, they are not interested in our dignity, or even our lives. 

The protest forced the officials from the Municipality arrived to address the community. The community were very clear that the politicians were continuing their lies.

The community in Cato Crest is sick and tired of being lied to by politicians. They want services to be provided to them now. Instead of providing services the Municipal...


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From Camels to Catfish, Algeria Boosts Fish Farming in the Sahara Desert
by Thin Lei Win | @thinink
Sunday, 20 May 2018 04:00 GMT

TOUGGOURT, Algeria, May 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a corner of his sprawling farm, Milouda Mohammed proudly unveiled his latest venture - a pond full of catfish that could herald a new future for farmers like him on the Sahara desert.

He is hoping to earn extra income from selling fresh, farmed fish from the world's largest and hottest desert and use the water to irrigate his olive and date trees and vegetables.

"Five years from now, I'm expecting different kinds of products from this land," said Mohammed, 49, clad in thick, long-sleeved overalls, oblivious to the searing afternoon sun.

The 15-hectare farm, some 600 km (370 miles) by car from the capital Algiers, bustled with chickens, quails, ducks, camels, goats and sheep - a hive of activity in this stark landscape where, for miles, there is little else besides sand.

"I'm excited about this. Inshallah, it works," he added, using the Arabic phrase for "God willing" as he threw some home-made feed of leftover chicken and vegetables into the pond.

Farming fish in the desert might sound counterintuitive but Algeria hopes to tap the huge aquifers beneath the Sahara - that covers about 80 percent of the country - as it seeks new ways to feed its growing population and diversify its oil based economy.

Algeria's population is forecast by the United Nations to rise 25 percent to nearly 50 million people by 2030, increasing demand for food and jobs in the North African nation, one of many countries battling water scarcity and population growth.

For several years the government has been promoting agriculture in southern Algeria, offering cheap loans and concessions to farmers willing to take up the Sahara challenge - and with some success, according to government officials.

Taha Hammouche, director-general for fisheries at Algeria's agriculture ministry, said about 13,000 farmers have expressed interest in aquaculture projects, enthused after the Sahara yielded its first harvest of farmed desert shrimp two years ago.

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Algeria's Islamist Opposition Urges National Consensus on Economic Reform
Algeria must build a national consensus to undertake deep economic reforms and end its dependency on volatile gas and oil revenues, the new leader of the main Islamist opposition party said.

19 May 2018 01:16AM

ALGIERS: Algeria must build a national consensus to undertake deep economic reforms and end its dependency on volatile gas and oil revenues, the new leader of the main Islamist opposition party said.

Abderazak Makri, elected last week as the new head of the Islamist MSP party, also told Reuters he will stand in the presidential election in April 2019 if the government does not bring the opposition into its plans for taking the oil-producer country forward.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the veteran leader in power since 1999, has not declared yet whether he will seek a fifth term though the ruling FLN party and the biggest labour union have asked him to run again.

Should the 81-year-old, who is wheelchair-bound following a stroke in 2013, run again this would provide short-term stability in the OPEC oil producer giving the military-backed power brokers time to sort out a smooth transition.

But Makri said the oil producer had no time to lose to agree on economic reforms as Algeria's model of a state dominated economic dependent on oil and gas revenues no longer worked.

"A government needs full support from political parties, unions and organizations to implement difficult reforms. This is why we need a consensus," Makri said in an interview.

"If we do not reach a political consensus, all options will be then open. We may participate. We may boycott," he said.

Islamist parties now play no big role in Algeria where the FLN has dominated since independence from France. The MSP won only 6 percent in the 2017 election and it boycotted the presidential elections in 2014.

Makri said rising domestic gas consumption eating into gas exports showed that the Algeria need to diversify its economy even if oil prices were continuing to pick up.

Oil and gas revenues have halved since 2014, straining a welfare state used to discourage dissent.

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Migrant Crisis Emerges in Sahara Desert on Algeria-Niger Border, IOM Says
In the desert heat, one day without water is enough to cause death from dehydration.

by Alastair Jamieson
May.16.2018 / 9:06 AM ET
Image: Algeria-Niger border

Dozens of migrants have died in the searing heat of the Sahara Desert and thousands more are stuck there amid a wave of expulsions by Algeria.

The United Nations migration agency, IOM, says it is providing shelter for 3,500 migrants in neighboring Niger, a landlocked nation that has become a crossroads on the trail toward Europe and a hotspot for human traffickers.

Algeria last year launched a crackdown on illegal immigration across its southern border, and has stepped up patrols along the largely unmarked desert frontier.

It has also begun deporting thousands of sub-Saharan Africans who are living in Algeria without consent typically from countries such as Mali, Cameroon and Nigeria.

The result is a southward stream of migrants across the sparsely populated region in temperatures of up to 120 degrees.

On a single day last month, 1,500 arrived at the remote border village of Assamakka, according to Giuseppe Loprete, IOM chief of mission in Niger.

Migrants dropped there by Algerian authorities face a 250-mile journey to the nearest town, Agadez. Many give up seeking transport and walk.

Most of them have no money or identity documents, food or water, Loprete said. They are traumatized. In some cases they have been unable to get transport and have walked or they have been abandoned by human traffickers and dont know where they are."

At least 7,000 are expected to pass through in the year to June, according to IOM estimates, often carrying children or a few belongings.

In the desert heat, one day without water is enough to cause death from dehydration.

The territory makes it difficult to verify numbers but most groups we find have reported deaths along the way, Loprete said. Recently we found a group that started out as 50 but only six remained alive. The total number of deaths must be in the dozens in this current crisis and definitely in the thousands since 2015.

Niger's border with Libya is formally closed and heavily m...


EXPERIMENTAL Ebola Vaccine Will Be Administered In Congo As Ebola Death Toll Climbs "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

EXPERIMENTAL Ebola Vaccine Will Be Administered In Congo As Ebola Death Toll Climbs by Mac Slavo SHTFPlan An experimental Ebola vaccine is being rolled out in Congo as the death toll from the infectious disease continues to climb. The vaccination...

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The Poisoned SkripalsPushed Down The Memory Hole With Aleppo And Libya "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

So to recap, an ex-spy who had been retired and strategically irrelevant for years was reportedly poisoned by the Kremlin with Novichok, a scary Russian-sounding word which refers to a group of extremely deadly and fast-acting nerve agents that start shutting down the bodys muscles and respiratory system within 30 seconds to two minutes. Except in the case of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia it was several hours with a leisurely stroll, a meal, and beers in between.


Herdsmen kill five farmers, five soldiers, kidnap two others in Benue Newtelegraph

A deadly clash between armed Fulani herdsmen and men of the Nigerian Armys newly formed Operation Whirl-Stroke last Sunday night in Logo local government area of Benue state left at least five soldiers dead. The attackers also set ablaze the army patrol vehicle during the clash which saw hordes of local inhabitants mainly women, children []

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Bwl agency awarded best public relation in Western Africa at Sabre awards Newtelegraph

Agency, founded by 30-year-old Ronke BamIsedun have surfaced as winners of The Gold SABRE Award for Public Relations campaigns in Western Africa and have been awarded two certificates of excellence in two categories. They were also shortlisted alongside some of the largest brands and agencies in the world for The Platinum SABRE Award for Best []

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Billboard Awards: Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, win big Newtelegraph

Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran were the biggest winners at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) held on Sunday. The Award is an annual honour given by Billboard, a publication and music popularity chart covering the music business since 1990. The 2018 awards, held at MGM Grand Las Vegas, were hosted by Kelly []

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Tunisias First Woman Party Leader Dies
Maya Jribi cofounded secular liberal political party

19:54 May 19, 2018
Gulf News
Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief

Manama: Maya Jribi, a Tunisian politician who was one of the first women to lead a political party in the Arab world, died Saturday afternoon.

Born in 1960 to a Tunisian father and an Algerian mother, Maya engaged in political activism within the students union when she was a biology student at a university in Sfax, Tunisias second largest city, 260 kilometres south of the capital Tunis.

She joined the Tunisian League of Human Rights and penned several articles in Al Rai weekly newspaper.

Maya was a member of a study group looking into the status of women and her social activism promoted her to join an anti-cancer society and to form an association for studies about women and development.

In 1983, she contributed, alongside Ahmad Nejib Chebbi, to establishing the Progressive Socialist Rally, a secular liberal political party. When she became member of its politburo in 1986, she was one of the rare women to hold an advanced position within the party.

The party gained legal recognition in 1988 and was renamed the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) in 2001.

In 2006, she was elected as the head of the PDP, succeeding Chebbi and becoming the first woman in Tunisia to lead a national political party.

On October 23, 2011, she was elected to the parliament representing a district in Ben Arous, in the southern suburbs of Tunis.

While she achieved a comfortable majority, her party fared poorly, prompting anger and dismay.

We will look carefully into the reasons for this failure and will analyse them, Maya then told Gulf News. We do appreciate however the massive participation of the people in the elections and which exceeded all expectations.

Affected by disease, Maya announced her retirement during the party convention in 2017.

Social media in Tunisia were filled with expression of condolences and sympathies for her family.


N8bn CBN currency scam: EFCC accuses defence counsel of arm-twisting, disrespecting court Newtelegraph

Mr Adebisi Adeniyi, counsel to the EFCC on Monday accused Mr Olayinka Bolanle of arm-twisting and disrespecting the court by deliberately absenting himself from defending his client in court. Expressing his frustration over the general attitude of all the defense counsel in the case of alleged N8 billion CBN currency scam, Adeniyi called on Justice []

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INEC commences distribution of 69,363 PVCs in Ebonyi Newtelegraph

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) in Ebonyi, on Monday commenced distribution of 69,363 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in preparation for the 2019 general elections. The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof Godswill Obioma performed the inauguration at Nkaliki, Headquarters of Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi. The commissioner said the exercise was taking place []

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Police Capture Most Wanted Offa Armed Robbers Newtelegraph

The police have arrested the most wanted suspects and other key members of the gang that took part in a deadly armed robbery in Offa, Kwara State. On Thursday, April 5, armed robbers invaded five banks in Offa, killing scores of residents, including policemen, bank workers and passersby. The confessed gang-leaders arrested are 1) Kunle []

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British government supports Saudi genocidal war on Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

This September 2016 video says about itself:

Yemens Children are Starving

Yemen is on the brink of famine. BBC Arabic reveals exclusive footage of the growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where 2 million people are malnourished and over 325,000 children are at risk of starvation.

If you dont die from an airstrike you die from being ill or starvation. And the hardest way to die is from starvation, laments Dr Ashwaq Muharram. The war in Yemen has pushed a country which traditionally suffers from a shortage of food to the brink.

The city of Hodeida was once prosperous, but airstrikes and conflict on the ground have isolated people in the surrounding villages and forced the closure of hundreds of hospitals. Furthermore, the Saudi-led coalition has blockaded Yemens ports resulting in a shortage of supplies, medicine and fuel.

Without access to food or healthcare, millions are at risk. Children are those most affected. I never imagined I would ever see a child like this in Yemen. It scares me that this may be the beginning of famine, says Dr. Muharram. As she watches ov...


Cult clash claims 9 in Anambra Newtelegraph

Nine persons were reportedly killed on Sunday in Awka, Anambra State, following clash between rival cult groups in the area. It was gathered that the cult groups had threatened to attack themselves during the recently celebrated annual cultural festival of the town, known as Imo Awka over undisclosed reasons. A source said two cultists were []

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The African Union gets its own #MeToo reckoning "IndyWatch Feed World"

A group of women at the African Union have sent memos to senior officials and spoken to the media about being held back by prejudice at the organisation.


Benue varsity students mount barricades, protest against tuition fees hike Newtelegraph

Normal academic activities at the Benue State University Makurdi was paralysed following the over three-hour protest by students over 90 percent increase in tuition fees. The protest which started at about 7: 00 am, led to the blockade of the ever busy Makurdi-Gboko expressway as the students made bonfire which obstructed both human and vehicular []

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Dogaras wife assists 7, 000 women farmers in Bauchi Newtelegraph

As part of efforts to encourage women farmers, the wife of the Speaker House of Representatives Mrs Gimbiya Yakubu Dogara has distributed farms seeding to seven thousand women farmers in Bauchi state. Mrs. Dogara represented by the Coordinator of the Sun Of Hope Foundation Mrs Darambi Kefas explained that the organization had supported 3, 500 []

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Modi meets Putin in informal meeting in Sochi "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Russia has sold more arms to India than any other country [Image: PPIO]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Sochi, Russia today for informal talks with Russian President President Vladimir Putin in a visit billed as further strengthening the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia.

The trip was planned over the course of a few weeks following Putins re-election and at his invitation; it is likely to have high on its unofficial agenda significant Russian arms sales to India.

Our Defense Ministries maintain very close contacts and cooperation. It speaks about a very high strategic level of our partnership, Putin told Modi.

He said that the two strategic allies had worked together in many multilateral platforms such as BRICS along with Brazil, China and South Africa as well as meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly every year.

Modi thanked Russia for helping India join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The last time the two leaders met was at the September 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China.

One of the more important issues to dominate talks is the conclusion of Russian arms exports to India, including the advanced anti-missile S-400 weapons system.

With a range of 400 kilometers, S-400 Triumf is designed to shield from air strikes, strategic, cruise, tactical and operating tactical ballistic missiles and medium-range ballistic missiles.

The S-400 is believed to be able to engage all types of aerial targets including aircraft and VLO (Very Low Observable) craft. The S-400 can seek and destroy targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 32 km.

Military analysts say that acquiring the S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems will drastically boost Indias war potential, capacity and capability.

But India has lately come under pressure from the US to cancel the arms weapons purchases from Russia on the pretext that it could violate US congressional sanctions on Moscow.

The two countries have been trying to finalize the arms deal, particularly of the S-400 system, since 2015.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

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Saudi Arabia: Womens Rights Advocates Arrested "IndyWatch Feed World"

(HRW) Saudi authorities since May 15, 2018, detained a total of seven prominent womens rights defenders, Human Rights Watch said today. The activists have long advocated ending the ban on women driving and abolishing the discriminatory male guardianship system. Among those arrested are Eman al-Nafjan and Lujain al-Hathloul, along with two male activists, but authorities have not revealed the reason behind the arrests.
Saudi rights defenders said that in September 2017 the royal court had called the countrys prominent activists, including some of those just detained, and warned them not to speak to the media. The calls were made the day the authorities announced that they would lift the driving ban on women in June. Saudi authorities should release the activists immediately or charge them with a recognizable criminal offense.
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salmans reform campaign has been a frenzy of fear for genuine Saudi reformers who dare to advocate publicly for human rights or womens empowerment, said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. The message is clear that anyone expressing skepticism about the crown princes rights agenda faces time in jail.
Al-Nafjan and al-Hathloul have publicly advocated an end to discrimination against women for many years. They signed a September 2016 petition, which had more than 14,000 signatures, to King Salman asking him to abolish the male guardianship system. Under Saudis male guardianship system, women are not allowed to travel abroad, marry, or obtain a passport without the permission of a male guardian, who can be their father, husband, brother, or even their son. The activists had also participated in a campaign against the driving ban before the announcement that it would be lifted in June.
Authorities previously arrested al-Hathloul in November 2014 after she drove herself from Abu Dhabi to the Saudi border and attempted to cross. She was held at a juvenile detention center for 73 days before being released in February 2015. Authorities...


JUST IN: nPDP visits APC, meets NWC members Newtelegraph

Members of the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) in the All Progressives Congress (APC) have stormed the National Headquarters of APC to meet with the national leadership of the party. The members led by the former Acting National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje are being met with by the APC Deputy National Chairman []

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Rivalry in the land of the dragon blood tree: Saudi, UAE make plans for Yemen's Socotra "IndyWatch Feed War"


The UAE arrived on the "Galapagos of the Indian Ocean to help out after a cyclone - and then decided to stay


I didnt visit ex-Plateau Governor in prison Atiku Newtelegraph

Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President of Nigeria has denied visiting a former Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, in prison. The former governor is being prosecuted for alleged fraud by the EFCC and was ordered to be remanded in prison by the court pending his bail hearing. In a statement by his office on Monday []

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Investigators summon 40 people over massive theft of public funds Newtelegraph

Kenyan investigators have summoned 40 people for questioning after a massive theft of public funds at the countrys National Youth Service (NYS), the head of the directorate of criminal investigations has said. Domestic media reports said 10 billion shillings (100 million dollars) had been stolen through fictitious invoices, and multiple payments on one supplier invoice, []

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An Arab Plan B for Containing Iran "IndyWatch Feed War"


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Plan A was the nuclear deal. Thats over. Now key Gulf states want the U.S. to flex more muscle.

May 21, 2018, 12:01 AM EDT

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President Donald Trumps withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal didnt draw much international applause, but three U.S. allies in the Middle East  Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates  warmly welcomed the move.

Israel had long said that the deal didnt do enough to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power, and Gulf Arab countries believed it gave Iran cover for an intensified campaign of destabilizing the Arab world. And they have plenty of ideas when it comes to drawing up a Plan B for a U.S.-led containment campaign against Iran.

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Houthi rebels launch an Iranian made ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia...


13 die after drinking toxic alcohol Newtelegraph

Police on Monday said 13 people died after consuming toxic alcohol in Indias northern Uttar Pradesh state. Senior Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Kumar said five people died on Saturday and eight on Sunday after consuming the locally-brewed alcohol in Kanpur district. Kumar said 10 others are being treated at various hospitals and the death toll []

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5 die,7 missing as heavy wind, rain sweep through Sri Lanka Newtelegraph

Five people were killed and seven reported missing as strong wind and heavy rain lashed out across Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Centre said in its latest update on Monday. The five deaths were reported from the eastern district of Trincomalee, and in the lower central hills of Badulla. Over 9,000 people were affected by []

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Atiku, others visit Jang in prison Newtelegraph

Notable politicians, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar have paid solidarity visit to former Plateau Governor Jonah Jane, being remanded in Jos prison over allegation of money laundry and misappropriation. Mr Luka Ayedoo, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Plateau Command of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), confirmed this to the News Agency of []

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Driver gets 4 years jail term for rape Newtelegraph

An Upper Area Court 3, Kasuwan Nama in Jos, on Monday, sentenced a 35-year-old driver, Ahamed Talib to four years in prison for raping a nine-year-old girl. The judge, Yahaya Mohammed, who passed the sentence without an option of fine, also ordered Talib to pay N1,300 to the minor for compensation and medical expenses. Mohammed []

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Ezili Danto: Windsors Last Gasp The Appropriation of Meghan Markle and Her Blackness to Extend Empire "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ezili Danto

Make no mistake. The royal wedding is a strategic move by the House of Windsor to rebrand and survive

zili Dants brief note on a Black woman marrying into the royal House of Windsor on Malcolm Xs birthday (below the fold)

Sooooo, England doesnt have a Black presence?

I wont give you a litany of the House of Windsors history with genocide, monopoly capitalism, enslavement of Blacks, plunder, pillage, the deceit, weaponized drugs, their imperialism templates, general destruction of Black history, people, information and artifacts worldwide nor Britains current participation in the recolonization of Africa through AFRICOM and Haiti with the UN proxy presence in Haiti. Lets just simplify and ask: What about justice for the Windrush generation? (Go to Britains Windrush generation threatened with deportation Deportation scandal hits thousands who helped rebuild U.K. after WWII

Does the Empires love marriage today, between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, extend love to the Windrush generation in England who, like the 1929 Haitian-Dominicans in the DR, are threatened with civil genocide, ethnic cleansing, and expulsions? Extend to us? Or, is Meghan Markle an Obama with titswhere her personal success is used politically to emphasize the end of racism in England?

What does it mean that Markle maintained her cultural anchor in the middle of all that Buckingham Palace whiteness? That she didnt submerge her Blackness? Wasnt this royal wedding fanfare also a real political and strategic move by the House of Windsor to rebrand and survive? And how should we feel about the lone Black mother, who raised her child alone, standing alone at the wedding? Could Doria Loyce Ragland have followed protocol and, at least, accepted an escort from Buckingham Palaceto celebrate the marriage of her daughter, now the Duchess of Sussex. Where was her Black family, sister girlfriends? Was it choice, courage, feminism or what? These are questions involving the Black woman narrative. All this made the ceremony interesting and unique. But above all, this was also a teaching moment a US story related to the Black Civil-Rights industry integration stories. A mulatto factor/tragic Black elite story about re-entrenching collective Black op...


Iran calls EU efforts to save nuclear deal inadequate "IndyWatch Feed War"

Tehran has said Europes attempts to save the 2015 nuclear deal are insufficient. Iran sees a particular problem with European companies halting investment in the country.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Europes attempts to salvage the nuclear deal were inadequate, in comments in Tehran on Sunday.

He said he was particularly concerned by the decisions of various European companies to halt their Iranian operations until the future of sanctions was clear.

Read more: European allies struggle to curb impact of US sanctions


New War Opponents "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson, May 20, 2018.

For those of us who fully expected most U.S. peace activists to vanish once Barack Obama became president but expected them to come back once Donald Trump ascended the throne, the failure of our second expectation has been hard, crushingly hard. But there are a few silver linings.

First, there is now a multi-issue campaign that, unlike the womens march or the climate march or so many other marches, and perhaps because it draws its platform in part from one written 50 years ago, opposes war and militarism. Its called the new Poor Peoples Campaign.

Second, there are large, well-funded organizations beginning to edge toward opposition at least to certain wars, organizations that as far as I know didnt oppose any wars when George Bush II was president, much less when Obama was.

One of these is the ACLU. Ive never known the ACLU to oppose any war, much less the institution of war, much less the military spending that generates many of the symptoms that the ACLU regularly does oppose. Im sending this article to the ACLU and requesting any updates or corrections. What is new, as far as I know, is this statement in which the ACLU rejects a U.S. attack on Syria as illegal without a Congressional authorization, plus this one in which the ACLU admits that Congress has no legal power to authorize something that is a crime under a treaty that the United States is party to in this case the UN Charter. The ACLUs recommendation, despite that admission, is that Congress authorize the war or decline to a position that is weak, nonsensical, and amoral, yet a gigantic step in the direction of the ACLU engaging with the existence of war and militarism in the world.

Another is Oxfam, which has actually set up an email action for urging your Congress member to block U.S. participation in the U.S.-Saudi...


PDPs secret deal for Saraki, Dogara, Tambuwal, others. OBLONG MEDIA

Partys Contact and Integration Committee gets two-week extension Jonathans ex-minister emerges dark horse in the race Ex- Gov. Boni Haruna More


Giraffes, new research "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video is called Giraffes 101 | National Geographic Wild.

From the University of Bristol in England:

Giraffes surprise biologists yet again

May 18, 2018

New research from the University of Bristol has highlighted how little we know about giraffe behaviour and ecology.

It is commonly accepted that group sizes of animals increase when there is a risk of predation, since larger group sizes reduce the risk of individuals being killed, and there are many eyes to spot any potential predation risk.

Now, in the first study of its kind, Bristol PhD student Zoe Muller from the School of Biological Sciences has found that this is not true for giraffes, and that the size of giraffe groups is not influenced by the presence of predators.

Zoe Muller said: This is surprising, and highlights how little we know about even the most basic aspects of giraffe behaviour.

This study investigates how the grouping behaviour of giraffes differed in response to numerous factors, such as predation risk, habitat type and the characteristics of individuals.

Habitat type had some effect on group size, but the main effect on group size was in the behaviour of adult females, who were found to be in smaller groups when they had calves.

This is contrary to another popular belief that female giraffes form large groups to communally care for their young this study, published this week in the Journal of Zoology presents the first evidence to show that actually, the opposite is true.

Giraffe populations have declined by 40 percent in the last 30 years, and there are now thought to be fewer than 98,000 individuals remaining in the wild.

In recognition of their drastic decline in the wild, they have recently been listed as ...


A DRAFT OF THE IGBO POSITION On the Future of Alaigbo and the Future of the Federal Republic of Nigeria THE ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ADF) OBLONG MEDIA

1. We speak on behalf of Alaigbo: The Igbo-Speaking Peoples in Nigeria and elsewhere in the World, particularly those in More


Olisa Metuh collapses in court Newtelegraph

The former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, who is standing trial over alleged money laundering of N400 million, has, Monday, collapsed while in court. However, the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, was not deterred by the former spokesman of the now opposition partys predicament as he went ahead []

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Nuclear energy to offer Nigeria stable electricity pricing Newtelegraph

The proposed plan by the Federal Government to construct a nuclear power plant would offer Nigerians a cheaper and stable source of electricity pricing in the long run borne out of lower operating costs. Viktor Polikarpov, Vice-President, ROSATOM Sub-Saharan Africa, revealed this recently. Recall, the Nigerian Federal Government, last October, signed an agreement []

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Group lauds Army board of inquiry over report Newtelegraph

A pressure group of middle belt extraction, the Middle Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG) has commended the report recently released by the army board of enquiry set up to look into the allegation by Gen. TY Danjumas of soldiers collusion with armed militia in Taraba State. The group said the report of the panel which exonerated []

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More pro-environment activism needed "IndyWatch Feed World"

Protesters stage a climate camp outside the European Climate Exchange in Bishopsgate, London, in 2009

By Ian Sinclair in Britain:

Monday, May 21, 2018

A rejuvenated green movement is needed now more than ever

LOOKING back from today, we can now see the mid to late-2000s marked a high point in activism, media interest and government action regarding climate change in Britain.

Increasingly large and prominent Climate Camps, drawing attention to climate endangering infrastructure, were organised every year between 2006 and 2010.

The direct group Plane Stupid occupied runways and the roof of Parliament to highlight the danger of airport expansion and Climate Rush, inspired by the suffragettes campaign for the womens vote, carried out media-friendly actions, including a picnic at Heathrow departures and dumping a pile of horse manure on Jeremy Clarksons driveway.

With documentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth in 2006 and The Age of Stupid in 2009 attracting huge audiences, David Camerons Tories sensed the shift in public opinion and rebranded themselves as an environmentally friendly party.

The slogan vote blue, go green was adopted and famously the old Etonian hugged a husky.

Ridiculous and shameless as this PR campaign was, the political arms race created by Camerons supposed green shift both proved the power of the green movement and produced the political landscape it needed to win several important victories for the cl...


Nkire lauds Abia APCs peaceful congress, congratulates winners Newtelegraph

Leader of the Abia State All Progressives Congress Caucus, Chief Sam Nkire has congratulated Chairman of the party, Comrade Donatus Nwamkpa and other members of the State Executive Committee for a well-deserved victory. In a statement after the State congress in Umuahia at the weekend, Nkire also ongratulated other leaders including a former governor, Dr. []

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Ebri, Owan-Enoh reject APC congress in CRiver Newtelegraph

Major stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State have rejected the state congress of the party conducted last Saturday, accusing the national leadership of pandering to the wishes of a faction of the party. Addressing journalists yesterday on the state congress, which the faction of Mr. Usani Uguru Usani, held at []

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Why I stabbed my girlfriend to death Suspect Newtelegraph

A 24-year-old man, Mr Saliu Ladapo, who allegedly killed his 19-year-old girlfriend, Miss Confidence Nwama, has told homicide detectives attached to the Ondo State Police Command, that he stabbed her to death because she laid a curse on him. According to the police, Ladapo allegedly killed Nwama after she laid a curse on him for []

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2019: Amosun anoints Chief of Staff as successor Newtelegraph

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has settled for his Chief of Staff, Chief Tolu Odebiyi for the governorship ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 elections. He is to formally announce his choice after the conduct of the APC National Convention in Abuja. The governor, notwithstanding his decision, will not []

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The Other Art of the Deal, Tehran-style "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Iranian governments response to the Trump administration boils down to a Sun Tzu variant; silence especially after the Fall of Flynn, who had put Iran on notice after a ballistic missile test that did not infringe the provisions of the Iranian nuclear deal, and the idea of an anti-Iran, Saudi Arabia-UAE-Egypt-Jordan mini-NATO. The Iranian naval drills from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean had been planned way in advance.


Germanys refugee agency faces new claims in asylum scandal "IndyWatch Feed War"

Germanys migration office reportedly knew about improper asylum decisions in its Bremen branch earlier than previously admitted. Migration officials in Bremen are suspected of taking bribes to approve applications.

BAMF in Nuremberg (picture-alliance/dpa/D. Karmann)

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) was informed about possible improprieties in the approval of asylum applications at its branch in the northern city of Bremen earlier than it admitted, German media reported on Monday.

The news magazine Der Spiegel reported that emails it had seen suggested that BAMF head Jutta Cordt had received internal information regarding massive irregularities in Bremen as early as February 2017.

Broadcaster NDR and the daily Sddeutsche Zeitung also reported on internal emails allegedly showing that BAMF headquarters knew about questionable procedures at that time but were reluctant to look into the matter.

They quoted an email from the responsible department head in which he called for an examination to be carried out without fuss and without too much detail.

On Friday, Cordt gave an account of internal investigations into the Bremen affair to the domestic affairs committee in the German parliament, but did not mention the correspondence of February 2017, the reports said.

Read more: Illegal African migration to Germany: What can and should be done

BAMF denial

BAMF has rejected the media claims.

The head of the federal office did not receive the mail stating that everything should not be examined in detail and where the words without fuss occur, a spokesman said on Sunday evening in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, where BAMF headquarters are situated.



Russian ambassador to US: Developing relations with BRICS countries a top foreign policy priority for Moscow "IndyWatch Feed World"

Developing close relations with the BRICS states remains one of Moscow's top foreign policy priorities, Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said ahead of Narendra Modi's meeting with Vladimir Putin in Sochi. "Deeper strategic partnership in BRICS is one of the priorities of Russia's foreign policy. Over recent years, the alliance has matured, turning into a full-scale mechanism of cooperation," Antonov said last week, answering media questions following the VI Annual Conference 'Doing Business with the BRICS' in Washington DC. Noting the increasing global role of BRICS countries, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, Antonov highlighted the main benefits of the association of five major emerging world economies, noting that the New Development Bank serves to reform the "outdated" global financial system.


How a Ghanaian entrepreneur uses recycled plastic to make cheaper roads and building blocks "IndyWatch Feed World"

This is really promising. To start with it works.  That means we can set up a regulatory system in which all plastics made new are charged out a deposit per pound of plastic that it set to underwrite the whole underlying collection process.  We do this with glass bottles and plastic bottles and metal cans already.

Thus the processor uses the revenue from his product sales to support the manufacturing operation and pay for the equipment.

The bricks easily fits into the local building culture anywhere. There is no particular need for great strength either as the market for paving stone is unending.

How a Ghanaian entrepreneur uses recycled plastic to make cheaper roads and building block

Laying the recycled plastic-infused blocks in Ghana (Courtesy/Nelplast) 




Experimental Ebola vaccine to be distributed in Congo "IndyWatch Feed World"

Experimental Ebola vaccine to be distributed in Congo | 21 May 2018 | Health authorities will begin distributing an experimental Ebola vaccine in Mbandaka, a major city in the Democratic Republic of Congo this week, to try to stop the spread of the deadly virus. The confirmation of the first case in Mbandaka, a city of 1.2 million people, has raised concerns that the virus could spread faster than expected. So far, 25 people have died in the outbreak, and of 45 suspected cases, 14 have been confirmed, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, will likely be distributed to some 8,000 to 10,000 people in its first phase, Peter Salama, deputy director-general of emergency preparedness and response at the WHO, said Friday.


Ebola outbreak in DR Congo spreads to Mbandaka, a city of one million people "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo spreads to Mbandaka, a city of one million people | 17 May 2018 | The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control. Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million about 130km (80 miles) from where the first cases were confirmed. The city is a major transportation hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa. At least 44 people are thought to have been infected with ebola and 23 deaths are being investigated. [Now WHO can 'justify' the roll-out of its experimental vaccine - which will likely explode the outbreak. See how that works?]


Saudi Arabia shoots down Houthi missile over Jazan "IndyWatch Feed War"


Air defences shoot down 'Badr-1' missile heading for city's airport, says Saudi military


Saudi air defenses destroy ballistic missile fired from Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Saudi Air Defense forces destroyed a ballistic missile fired by Yemens Houthi movement over the southern city of Jazan, the Saudi-led coalition said on Monday.

Earlier, the Houthis said the group had fired a Badr-1 ballistic missile at Jazans airport, without giving any further details.

The Houthis, an Iran-allied group that holds much of Yemen including the capital, Sanaa, have fired a series of missiles into the kingdom in recent months, part of a three-year-old conflict in Yemen widely seen as a proxy battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

A U.S.-backed military alliance intervened in Yemens civil war in 2015 to fight against the Houthis on behalf of the government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi, who lives in exile in Riyadh. Iran and the Houthis dismiss Saudi accusations that Tehran arms the group.

Coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki said Saudi air defense forces destroyed the missile over Jazan and accused the Houthis of targeting residential areas, according to a report from the official Saudi Press Agency.

The Houthis have fired a salvo of missiles at Saudi Arabia in recent months, including the capital, Riyadh, while the coalition launched thousands of air strikes against Houthi-held areas, killing hundreds of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets.



Hold the plane Stop the deportation charter flight to Pakistan "IndyWatch Feed War"

UK: Call to stop a deportation flight on May 22.

Originally published by End Deportations Facebook event page.

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.

Hold the plane Stop the deportation charter flight to Pakistan

May 22, 2018, 17:00  19:00 UTC+01, Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, SW1P 4DF London, UK.

In the wake of the Windrush scandal, ALL deportation charter flights must stop. Pakistan is a Commonwealth country, once colonised by Britain, and people whos homes and families are here have been subjected to the same brutal treatment by the Home Office as the Windrush generation who have been forced to Jamaica.

Come to the Home Office, 2 Marsham St, as close to 5pm as you can while staff on still in the office to call on them to stop the flight. If you have more information on the time of the flight please get in touch. We expect it to be between 10pm-11pm.

Bring banners, voices and love.

**FULL LIST OF SPEAKERS TBC, pls get in touch if you want to speak**

*Please share with your networks!*

And come to next weeks demo to stop a deportation charter flight to Nigeria:

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Deportation charter flights are a brutal, secretive and barely legal way of forcing people out of the UK. The Windrush scandal has shed light on just how many people are being ripped away from their homes, families and communities, when they may have lived here for decades. Their homes are here. They belong here. 

The scandal goes beyond Windrush. People from other Commonwealth countries, colonised by Britain, have been subject to the same, brutal, treatment by the Home Office. The Windrush scandal is not a mistake, nor an aberration. It is the intention of policy. Mothers, fathers, siblings, best friends and ne...


Unsettling the Summits: John Boltons Libya Solution "IndyWatch Feed War"

The inevitable stop, start and stuttering of the Korean peace process was bound to manifest itself soon after the hugs, expansive smiles and sympathetic back rubs.  Dates have been set the Kim-Trump summit is slated to take place in Singapore on June 12, though there is much time for disruptive mischief to take place.

One field of possible disruption lies in air exercises between the US and South Korea known as Max Thunder.  Such manoeuvres have been of particular interest to the DPRK, given their scale and possible use as leverage in talks.

The latest irritation was occasioned by claims in Pyongyang that the US had deployed B-52 Stratofortress bombers as part of the exercise despite denying that this would take place.  This was construed, in the words of Leon V. Sigal, as inconsistent with President Trumps pledge at President Moons urging to move toward peace in Korea.

The position against using such nuclear-capable assets had been outlined in Kim Jong Uns 2018 New Years Day address.  The South, he insisted, should discontinue all the nuclear war drills they stage with outside forces, a point reiterated in Rodong Sinmun, the Party newspaper, ten days later: If the South Korean authorities really want dtente and peace, they should first stop all efforts to bringing in the US nuclear equipment and conduct exercises for nuclear warfare with foreign forces.

While these matters were unfolding, President Donald Trumps national security advisor was being his injudicious self, doing his bit for global insecurity.  Never a diplomat in the true sense of the term, John Bolton remains a traditional head kicker for empire, the rustler of discontent.

Bolton, history teacher incarnate, wants to impress upon the North Koreans certain jarring examples.  A favourite of his is the so-called Libyan solution. How well that worked: the leadership of a country maligned but convinced in its international rehabilitation to abandon various weapons programs in the hope of shoring up security.  More specifically, in 2003, Libya was convinced to undertake a process US diplomats and negotiators parrot with steam and enthusiasm: denuclearisation.

We should insist that if this meeting is going to take place, claimed Bolton on Radio Free Asia with characteristic smugness, it will be similar to discussions we had with Libya 13 or 14 years ago: how to pack up their nuclear weapons program and take it to Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

The problem with this skewed interpretation lies in its false premise: that US th...


2019: PDP, SDP, ADC mull joint presidential candidate Newtelegraph

Presidency: Vote for PDP, return to days of corruption APC, nPDP leaders meet over grievances   Barring any last-minute change in plan, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) might field a joint presidential candidate with the Olu Falae- led Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC) against President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. Former []

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Buharis ministers lose out, organise parallel congresses Newtelegraph

Dalung, Ogbeh shut out APC factions emerge in 10 states   The cracks in the All Progressives Congress (APC) deepened at the weekend as some members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) conducted parallel state congresses and elected factional State Working Committees (SWC) in their respective states. The ministers, who had earlier lost in the []

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CBN: Currency swap to open more export opportunities Newtelegraph

says Nigeria wont be dumping ground for Chinese products Deal to ease forex pressure on naira   The currency swap agreement between Nigeria and China is certain to boost the local economy on many fronts, including providing wider export opportunities for local manufacturers. Disclosing this yesterday in Abuja, Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Central Bank of []

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Dangote: I want to be Africas biggest philanthropist Newtelegraph

President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has declared that he is not satisfied being known only as Africas richest man. Dangote said his dream was becoming the biggest philanthropist in Africa, not just the continents richest man. His words: I do not only want to be known as Africas richest man, but the biggest philanthropist. []

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Gunwa: Why its difficult to enforce compliance in Nigerias maritime Newtelegraph

Chief Executive Officer, Maritime Service Limited, Mrs Juliana Gunwa, in this interview with BAYO AKOMOLAFE, says the only way to address Nigerias maritime sectors challenges is to domesticate and enforce necessary maritime conventions. She also speaks on sundry issues impeding maritime development in Nigeria. Excerpts   What is your take on maritime pollution reception facilities []

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My enemies plotting to assassinate me-Wike Newtelegraph

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has revealed that his enemies have finalised plan to kill him through a security operative that would shoot him in a crowd and claim that it was not intentional, but caused by accidental discharge. Wike accused the Federal Government and its associates of being behind the plot. The governor, however, []

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Worrying reduces vitamin D levels, weakens bones Newtelegraph

Anxiety, a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying, may increase a womans risk for weak, fragile bones. A new study by researchers from the University Hospital of Messina, Italy, has found a link between womens anxiety levels and the strength of their bones. The researchers found women with anxiety []

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NGE mourns New Nigerian newspapers MD, Abdulrahman Newtelegraph

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has commiserated with families of the Managing Director of New Nigerian Newspapers, Alhaji Tukur Abdulrahman, who died on Thursday, May 17, after a brief illness. In a statement issued and signed by its President and Secretary, Funke Egbemode and Victoria Ibanga respectively, the Guild described the late journalist as []

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APC,PDP leaders meet over grievances Newtelegraph

The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and members of the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) are set for a meeting today in a last-minute effort to address allegations of marginalisation by former PDP members in the ruling party. Acting chairman of nPDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, made the disclosure yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara []

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$45m, N3.38bn loot: FGs gain, Diezanis loss Newtelegraph

AKEEM NAFIU writes that of the trillions of naira President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend boasted to have recovered from alleged corrupt politicians, about $45 million and N3.38 billion was recovered from former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke   When President Muhammadu Buhari said three years ago that he would rid the nation []

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Ofoke: How Ebonyi revived justice system Newtelegraph

Ebonyi State Justice Commissioner and Attorney-General, Chief Cletus Ofoke in this interview with UCHENNA INYA, speaks on justice delivery system, rule of law, police, prison reforms, among others   How has it been as Chief Law Officer in Ebonyi State? Well, God has been faithful and government is a continuum. When I met activities in []

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Im a special masquerade Tinubus wife Newtelegraph

Senator Oluremi Tinubu represents Lagos Central in the Senate. In this interview, she speaks on the outcome of the All Progressives Congress (APC) state congresses in Lagos, stressing the need for the incoming executive to leverage on the legacies of the outgoing state executive led by Chief Henry Ajomale. TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE reports   What is []

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The return of populism Newtelegraph

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, politicians have returned to their usual game of appearing to empathize with the public through pulling of stunts in order to increase appeal across the political spectrum, FELIX NWANERI reports   The build up to the 2019 general elections is gradually taking shape with the various political parties, their []

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Saraki: We must prepare for possible Ebola outbreak Newtelegraph

Wife of the Senate President and founder, Wellbeing Foundation, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, has called on the government to scale up border surveillance to curtail the possible spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), into the country. Saraki, who made this known over the weekend at the maiden edition of Walk for Health Challenge, organised by []

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Egypt: Costs of Economic Growth
Niveen Wahish
Wednesday 16 May 2018

The government has been caught between the need to streamline spending and to keep people happy during Ramadan

This was a good week for Egyptian economic policy-makers, as the country received the first upgrade to its credit rating in seven years when Standard & Poors (S&P), the international credit-ratings agency, upgraded its rating for the Egyptian economy from B- to B.

The upgrade reflects strengthening GDP growth and rising external foreign-exchange reserves, alongside the implementation of reforms, S&P said, referring to the governments economic reform program supported by a three-year $12 billion Extended Fund Facility from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

We also anticipate that ongoing economic and fiscal reforms will underpin rising business confidence and sustain capital inflows, the agency added. It gave Egypt a stable outlook taking into consideration risks from still-high fiscal deficits and a high stock of relatively short-dated government debt issued at high-interest rates.

Egypts budget deficit has come in at an average of 12 per cent during the last five years, and the government aims at trimming it to 8.5 per cent during the current fiscal year. Public debt has increased to more than 100 per cent of GDP and exceeds LE3 trillion.

On Monday, Moodys, another international credit-ratings agency, included Egypt among seven emerging markets having the largest risks to global rising debt costs due to its high proportion of short or average maturity debt.

However, while the long-awaited S&P upgrade was good news, many people in Cairo were more concerned with the price of the citys metro tickets, which this week increased by between 50 to 250 per cent to reach LE3, LE5 or LE7 depending on distance.

According to the government, the actual cost of the ticket is around LE16. Dozens of commuters protested against the rise in prices in some metro stations amid clashes with police that ended with the arrest of some protesters.

While the government has said before that it intended to increase the Cairo metro fares, the timing of the move took many by surprise as it had not previously embarked on price hikes before th...


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Egypt's FM Shoukry Travelling to Algeria for Tripartite Meeting of North African States on Libya 
Ahram Online
Sunday 20 May 2018

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will head on Monday to the Algerian capital of Algiers to participate in a meeting of the tripartite initiative of Arab states neighboring Libya, which includes Egypt, Tunisia, and Algeria, Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in statement

"The meeting comes in the framework of regular meetings of the tripartite initiative held continuously between the three states to discuss the latest developments in Libya and how to support the Libyan brothers on the political and security levels to achieve a national consensus and political solution to the crisis in the country," the statement said.

Abu Zeid added that the meeting comes amid intensified international efforts to break the stalemate in the country, and to complete the Libyan political roadmap through holding parliamentary and presidential elections.

"Egypt's participation in the meeting comes in the framework of Cairo's special interest in supporting a political resolution to the Libyan crisis as well as efforts to counter terrorism and unite the Libyan military institution," the statement added.


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Sudan, Chad Agree to Establish Second Border Free-trade Area
May 19, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The government of West Darfur State said Sudan and Chad have agreed to establish a free-trade zone inside the Chadian territory in parallel to the free zone in El-Geniena.

The Minister of Urban Planning in West Darfur, Faisal Hassan Haroun said an agreement was reached during the recent border conference to establish a free-trade zone in Chad.

He pointed out that the move would enhance border trade between the two countries, describing the security situation and the flow of trade between the two countries as excellent.

Haroun added the implementation of border trade agreements is underway, saying they are keen to develop the border villages between Sudan and Chad.

Last month, the Sudanese-Chadian border development conference was held in West Darfur State capital, El-Geniena.

The two-day conference discussed a number of papers covering the economy, security, trade, social, cultural, media and sports cooperation between the two sides.

In January 2010, Sudan and Chad signed a normalization agreement ending a long history of mutual hostility in which both sides provided support to each others insurgents.

The joint border force has been deployed along the joint border in 2010 in line with a deal to stop support to rebel groups and cross-border attacks.

Last year, the two countries announced their intention to expand the deployment of the joint force to include counter-terrorism and disarmament.



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Sudan, Russia Discuss Promotion of Military Cooperation
President Putin shakes hands with President al-Bashir at the Black Sea resort of Sochi on 23 Nov 2017 (Photo Kremlin)

May 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan and Russia have discussed ways to promote military cooperation between the two countries.

On Thursday, the deputy head of a presidential committee tasked with the relations with BRICS countries, Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Awad Ahmed al-Jaz met with the Russian Ambassador to Khartoum, Vladimir Zheltov.

In press statements following the meeting, the Russian envoy said the meeting discussed issues of common concern within the framework of bilateral cooperation as well as within the BRICS.

He pointed out that his country attaches great importance to promoting its relations with the friendly countries to achieve common interests and goals.

Zheltov added the meeting also discussed ways to promote the political dialogue and cooperation in the economic, trade, investment and industrial fields, pointing to the need to exert more efforts to reach the highest levels of relations.

During his visit to Russia in November 2017, President Omer al-Bashir proposed to President Vladimir Putin to build a military base on the Red Sea coast and to re-equip the Sudanese army with the Russian weapons including SU-30 fighter jets and surface-to-air missiles.

Politically, Russia is seen as a major ally of the government of al-Bashir that faces isolation from the West. However, economic cooperation between the two countries has remained very low, with a trade balance that does not exceed $400 million.

In December 2015, Sudan and Russia signed 14 cooperation agreements in different domains, including oil, minerals and banks.

The agreements also include a concession contract between Sudan and the Russian Rus Geology to prospect for oil in Sudans Bloc E57 and another accord for the geological mapping of the Jebel Moya area, North Kordofan State.



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Sudans al-Bashir Travels to Turkey for Islamic Summit
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and President Omer al-Bashir, exchange cooperation agreement between the two countries in Khartoum on 24 Dec 2017 (SUNA Photo)

May 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir on Friday travelled to Istanbul to participate in the extraordinary summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on Jerusalem.

Turkey decided to call the OIC to an extraordinary meeting on 18 May to discuss the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the killing of dozens of Palestinian protestors.

Al-Bashir was seen off at Khartoum Airport by the First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Salih and a number of ministers.

Founded in 1969, the OIC comprises 57 member states representing over 1.6 billion Muslim. Its purpose is to "safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony".

Al-Bashir is under two International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants since 2008 for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur.

Turkey is not a state party to the tribunal of war crimes but has the obligation as a member of the United Nations to cooperate with the court.



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More Than 200 Child Soldiers in South Sudan Released: UN
May 19, 2018 (JUBA) - Armed groups in South Sudan have released more than 200 children who have been serving as fighters, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said, amid estimates that there are some 19,000 child soldiers in the war-torn nation.

The release of the 210 child soldiers, a UN spokesperson said, brings the total number of underage fighters freed so far this year to 806.

Farhan Haq said additional releases are expected in the coming months that could result in more than 1,000 children being freed.

Most of those released, he said, were from the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) while eight are from the National Salvation Front.

The children and their families would be provided with three months worth of food, vocational training and education, Haq told reporters.

The release of child soldiers, he added, was the third this year alone.

According to UNICEF, more than 2,600 children have been released from armed groups since South Sudans civil war began in mid-December 2013.

South Sudans civil war, now in its fifth year, started when forces loyal to President Salva Kiir clashed with those allied to his former deputy, Riek Machar. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced as a result of the civil war.



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South Sudan Former Ministerial Adviser Joins Paul Malong
Lewis Anei Madut-Kuendit (L) and Paul Malong pose for picture on 19 May 2018 (ST photo)

May 19, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese ministerial advisor and a secretary general of the Dinka Council of Elders has resigned from his position and joined armed opposition under the leadership of former army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan.

In a statement released Saturday, Lewis Anei Madut-Kuendit who was also the former leader of the Republican Party of South Sudan (RPSS) said he decided to join the armed opposition because the grip of misrule continued to deepen upon the nation.

He further opted for armed struggle to correct a belief by many people that the country is mismanaged by the Dinka from Bahr El Ghazal region, adding that "in my view, it is a clique of selfish and unpatriotic individuals from all tribes and regions".

" Because of all these, I here submit to declare having Joined my fellow citizens and leaders in the South Sudan United Front/Army, to throw in my lot as the only viable way to bring a change of this situation in our country," declared Kuendit in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

Kuendit who was the former governor of Warrap state has also participated and played a formidable role in the establishment and running of the Dinka Council of Elders, a tribal group that has seen as an advisory body to president Salva Kiir.

He was the secretary general of the Dinka council of elders until his resignation.

In a separate resignation letter from the Republican Party of South Sudan chairmanship on 19 May, Kuendit said he "underwent acute personal safety problem three days ago in Juba". Adding that this security problem forced him to move outside the country.

However, he didnt give further details about the nature of this problem. But it is admitted that figures suspected of having links to the armed opposition groups are targeted by the security organs.

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Lessons for South Sudan and IGAD-Led Peace Forum
James Okuk, PhD

The polis exists to assure the good life Aristotle. For however strong a ruler may be, he will always have need of the goodwill of the inhabitants if he wishes to remain in power Machiavelli. It is not by the concentration of powers, but by their distribution, that good government is effected Thomas Jefferson. There is no time to waste. We must either unite now or perish Julius Nyerere.


All the above quoted political wisdom should serve as reminders for finalizing the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) without further delays. The conscience of stakeholders of the de facto Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU)whose term of office ended in April 2018and the loosed opposition groups should get awakened so as to reach an urgent conclusion of a peaceful settlement that must end the filthy civil war in South Sudan.

Also, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) should rethink its institutional bottleneck to become a trustworthy peace mediator with the commendable achievement of the desired goal. The hierarchical decision-making organs of the IGAD (i.e., Assembly of Heads of State and Government that determines the policies and guidelines; Council of Ministers that approves the work programs and budget of the Secretariat; and Committee of Ambassadors that influence the Heads of State and Government, the Ministers and officials of the Secretariat, etc) have often undermined the work of HLRF mediation experts, especially on issues of good governance and credibility of leadership of the awaited post-war South Sudan.

At the end of the game, all the stakeholders (nationals and foreigners alike) should get tough lessons from the evolution of the political history of South Sudan so as to avoid dangerous blunders of unending crises. They must know that absence of good life, deflated peoples will, concentrated power and decayed national unity usually put BIG QUESTION MARKS on the essence of existence of a modern democratic state in the globalized era of universal human rights.

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AIBs damning verdict on pilots Newtelegraph

Aircraft accidents have remained the most tragic in the history of disasters across the world as the ratio of survival is often times zero to 100. This fear has even discouraged some people from flying. And it was a shocking revelation recently by the Nigerias Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) that over 85 per cent of []

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Delta North: Nwaoboshi donates generators to ward secretaries Newtelegraph

Determined to ease their political assignments, 98 ward secretaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta North senatorial district at the weekend received 6.4 KVA generating sets each. This gesture came through a senator representing Delta North senatorial district in the National Assembly and Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Senator []

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Adewale mourns Kole Ajayi, suspends campaign activities Newtelegraph

The governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Ekiti State, Otunba Segun Adewale has described the death of All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant, Barr. Kole Ajayi, as a rude shock and frightening. Ajayi, until his death on Friday, was a chieftain of APC and contested the ticket of the party for the []

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Olujimi to Fayose: We reject continuity of slavery Newtelegraph

Senate Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi, has voiced her opposition to the imposition' of Ekiti State deputy governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose. Olujimi, representing Ekiti South Senatorial district, also raised the alarm that members of the party had []

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Broadband: Trading policy raises hope for $128m ditched spectrum Newtelegraph

  The approval of spectrum trading among telecommunications companies in Nigeria is set to trigger a new wave of revolution in the sector, New Telegraph has learnt. Aside the new policys propensity to accelerate broadband deployment in the country; operators are now looking forward to participating in fresh spectrum auctions, especially, the abandoned 2.6Ghz, which []

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Ecobank boosts financial inclusion among youths Newtelegraph

Ecobank Nigeria has commenced a youth engagement programme in tertiary institutions across Nigeria as part of efforts to deepen financial inclusion by banking the youths. In a statement, the lender said that the initiative, themed, Ecobank Xpress Campus Stormwill avail students of tertiary institutions the opportunity to open the Ecobank Xpress account, a digital account []

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Nigerias leadership in the Gulf of Guinea Newtelegraph

  The Gulf of Guinea (GoG) is unarguably one of the most dangerous maritime spaces in the world as it now attracts war insurance premium. Threatened by increased piracy, illegal fishing, resource theft and general insecurity, the GoG is analogous to a large swathe of honey in a thorn cluster. Strategic and lucrative but highly []

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Clarity on Malongs SSUF Status Also Crucial for Peace and Accountability
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi

While declaring the formation of his armed movement in the name of SSUF early last month, the former SPLA chief of general staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan announced the intention of his newly formed movement to join the South Sudan Opposition Alliance SSOA and to participate in the ARCSS Revitalization Forum HLRF being led led by IGAD.

Gen. Malong further stated that SSUF will be appending their signature to the addendum to the cessation of hostilities already signed by the other parties.

-On SSOAs Membership

SSOA is made up of FDP/SSAF led by Gabriel Changsong Chang, FDs led by Pagan Amum Okiech, NAS led by Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka, NDM led by Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, PDM led by Dr. Hakim Moi, SSLM/A led by Gen. Bapiny Monytuil, SSNMC led by Gov. Joseph B. Bakosoro, SSPM led by Dr. Costello Garang Ring, SSUM/A led by Gen. Peter Gadet Yak and UDRA led by Dr. Gatweth K. Thich.

Membership of the SSOA (according to a document published by Gurtong described as SSOAs Charter) is open to any group or persons of standing, which or who are opposed to the regime, abhors the regimes destructive policies, programs and practices, which or who has accepted to adhere to the objectives, policies and programs of the SSOA.

Article 7(2) of the Charter states that membership shall be approved by the Leadership Council of the SSOA.

Further, article 9 (2) provides that the Leadership Council shall consist of the Leader of each member of the SSOA (meaning the leaders mentioned above herein).

Already over a Month since SSUF declared their intention to join SSOA, it still remains unknown to the public as to whether or not SSUF has been admitted into the opposition alliance.

-On SSUFs Participation in HLRF

Also, it is still unknown to the public as to whether or not SSUFF has appended their signature to the agreement on cessation of hostilities reached between the rests of the parties as Gen. Malong announced last month.

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Promoting tourism for cultural diversity Newtelegraph

Today, May 21, we are celebrating the 2018 World Day for Cultural Diversity. Each year, the global community celebrates the day. In 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. Hence, in December 2002, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in its unanimous resolution, declared May []

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Winners emerge in FirstBanks Visa Gold card promo Newtelegraph

First Bank of Nigeria Limited in partnership with Visa International has announced the emergence of two lucky winners, Mrs. Hadizat Bello and Mr. Ado Ibrahim Idris, in the just concluded FirstBank Visa Gold card issuance and usage promo. In a statement, the lender said the winners along with their partners will be going on a []

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Presidency to Nigerians: Vote for PDP, return to days of corruption Newtelegraph

says Buharis govt bad business for corrupt politicians, civil servants   The Presidency has warned Nigerians from falling to the calls for changing the change, which is a deliberate attempt to return the country to the dark days of corruption. It said a vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 general elections is []

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U.S. Pompeo and African Union Faki Discuss South Sudan Peace
May 18, 2018 (JUBA) - Newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Friday discussed with African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki ways to end the over four-year South Sudanese conflict.

According to a statement released by the State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauret, Pompeo called Faki to reaffirm the "strong partnership" between the United States and the African Union.

He discussed with the head of the African Union executive body the mutual interest to advance peace, security and human rights in Africa.

"They, also, discussed the need to continue our cooperation on diplomatic efforts, including urgently working to end the conflict in South Sudan" and ongoing preparations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the general election in December of this year.

The United States is strongly involved in the IGAD and the African Union efforts to resolve the South Sudanese crisis. Also, Washington is the first providers of humanitarian to the east African nation.

Ten days ago, the White House said deeply frustrated with the lack of progress in the IGAD-led peace process and announced a comprehensive review of assistance programs to South Sudan.

The review will include the U.S. support for the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanism (JMEC) and other mechanisms established to support the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).

The American administration questions its support for an agreement that does not bring peace to the country where the parties continue to wage war.



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UN Deploys More Peacekeepers to South Sudans Unity State
May 17, 2018 (JUBA) - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is sending 150 peacekeepers to Unity state to protect civilians who are being targeted in clashes between the government and rebel troops, the world body announced on Thursday.

The move comes just days after the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock urged all the warring parties involved in South Sudans conflict to cease hostilities and protect civilians and aid workers.

"The conflict in South Sudan is now in its fifth year. Ordinary people are suffering on an unimaginable scale. The peace process has so far produced nothing. The cessation of hostilities is a fiction. The economy has collapsed," he said after a two-day visit to the country.

The senior UN official, as part of this tour of the war-torn nation, met South Sudan government officials, members of armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO), various humanitarian entities and UN partners.

"Belligerents use scorched-earth tactics, murder and rape as weapons of war. All these are gross violations of international law. Seven million people need humanitarian assistance in 2018. And things are simply getting worse," he said.

According to the world body, about 4.3 million people have been displaced, including more than 1.76 million who are internally displaced and about 2.5 million in neighboring countries.

Fighting broke out in mid-December 2013 between troops loyal to South Sudan President Salva Kiir and the former first vice president, Riek Machar, killing tens of thousands of people.



The Dogons Extraordinary Knowledge of the Cosmos and the Cult of Nommo "IndyWatch Feed World"

France, 1920: Marcel Griaule is a young man who is very well-established in his studies, especially in mathematics. He has recently served as a volunteer in the French Air Force and aspires to attend the prestigious Lyce Louis le Grande.

Although his future already seems marked, fate has other plans for him - a new road that begins to take shape when he decides to attend a conference that same year. The speakers are Marcel Mauss, anthropologist, sociologist, and historian of religions, and Marcel Cohen, linguist.

Griaule is struck by their words and decides to devote himself entirely to the study of anthropology. Between 1928 and 1933 he took part in two ethnographic expeditions, and in this period (1930) he came into contact with a mysterious African tribe: the Dogon.

The opportunity was given to him during a period of study in Mali alongside his pupil Germaine Dieterlen, who was also a pupil of Mauss and deeply interested in the study of ancient myths. From that moment, the mystery of the Nommo is born. It is an element of an ancient heritage of which we cannot expand without having first spoken of the Dogon people.

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South Sudan President Sets Conditions for Future Peace Deal
President Salva Kiir addresses the National prayer day at the John Garang's Mausoleum in the capital Juba, March 10, 2017. (Photo Reuters)

May 17, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has unveiled conditions for a future peace agreement, saying he would not accept any agreement creating two armies, dissolution of the security sector and the return of his former frits deputy in government and party in an official capacity.

The South Sudanese leader made the remark during a brief to the Dinka Council of Elders members who paid a courtesy visit to his official residence in Juba on Thursday evening.

"I told them you go, go to Addis Ababa and talk to those who are in the opposition and tell them clearly we are ready to expand the government so that they are accommodated if this is what they want," said president Kiir on Thursday.

"Yes, the cause of this situation is because they were reshuffled," he further stressed.

Kiir cited his former army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan as an example of those who rebelled because of removal from their positions in the government.

"Somebody like Paul Malong, do you think he would have rebelled if he was not removed. This thinking of people rebelling when they are reshuffled will not take us anywhere and this country will remain like this. There will never be progress and people are right to question the cause of war, what we fought for, said Kiir.

He said he will not accept any proposal that seeking the creation of the two armies, dissolution of the security sector and the return of his main political rival in an official capacity.

"I told them go, you have my permission to go and negotiate but dont even consider asking me about the two armies, the dissolution of the security sector and the coming of Riek (Machar) in an official capacity, as the vice-president. if he wants to come as a private citizen, he is welcome."

"He is a South Sudanese. Nobody has the issue with that but in the government, Taban is already here. where we will take him," he wondered.

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IGAD Meets South Sudan Parties on Governance, Security Matters
May 16, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has convened a meeting that brings together South Sudanese warring parties to discuss governance and security issues ahead of a new round of peace talks scheduled for May 17.

The consultation session taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from May 15 to 16 reportedly aims a providing the various South Sudanese parties with key information to enable them to identify optimal security arrangements, power-sharing options and challenges in relation to the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

In the intervening period between Phase II of the HLRF [High Level Revitalization Forum] and today [Wednesday], IGAD Council of Ministers has been engaging with your respective parties in Juba, Addis Ababa, and Pretoria, in order to bridge the gaps in your divergent views on the outstanding substantive issues, said IGADs Director of Peace and Security Division, Tewolde Gebremeskel.

According to Tewolde, IGAD arranged the current seminar to stimulate insightful discussions and broaden participants perspectives, expressing optimism that the outcome will contribute to the deliberations at the next phase of the HLRF starting on 17 May.

The two-say seminar, the regional bloc said, provides an opportunity for the key representatives of the parties, leading on governance and security issues, to revisit general principles and practices relating to governance and security issues during political transitions.

The session on South Sudans governance system and security situations will be followed by a new HLRF, which according to IGAD officials, seeks to ensure a peace agreement is signed the warring parties involved in the conflict that has displaced millions of people.

While the sessions are not for negotiation, the case studies and presentations are meant to enable participants to reflect, in a non-adversarial environment, on the specific challenges of transitioning in the South Sudanese context, the regional bloc said in a statement.

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Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo Spreads
May 17, 2018

Congolese Health Ministry officials arrange the first batch of experimental Ebola vaccines in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 16, 2018.

by VOA

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported another case of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

WHO officials said on Thursday the case was confirmed in Mbandaka, a city of more than one million people, in the countrys northwest.

Mbandaka is about 150 kilometers from Bikoro, a rural area where Ebola was found earlier this month.

The appearance of the deadly virus in the city has raised fears of a new Ebola epidemic.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was a concerning development.

A total of 44 confirmed, probable or suspected cases of the disease have been reported since the Ebola outbreak was discovered. Officials say at least 23 people of those patients are now dead.

The WHO says it is sending about 30 experts to Mbandaka. The first shipment of 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines arrived Wednesday in Congos capital, Kinshasa. The vaccine will be given to health care workers and those who have had contact with the virus.

Drug company Merck, the vaccines manufacturer, has told the WHO it will supply whatever is needed for this outbreak.

International reaction

There are a few similarities between the current Ebola outbreak in the DRC and one the that struck West Africa between 2014 and 2016.

For one, the World Health Organization is already involved. Doctor Tedros led a delegation to Congo on May 13. He and others went there to study the early reaction to the outbreak and meet with Congos president and health minister.

Stephen Morrison is head of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He led research on the West African outbreak that killed more than 11,000 people.

Morrison says he is closely watching the latest outbreak in the DRC.

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Why Does Ebola Keep Showing Up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?
The country has been roiled by nine outbreaks of the disease

By Dina Fine Maron
Scientific American
May 11, 2018

When news broke this week that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing yet another Ebola outbreak, many public health experts were not surprised. The vast central African country has dealt with more outbreaks of this often-fatal hemorrhagic disease than any other nation. Yet exactly why the DRC is hit so often remains an unanswered question.

The DRC Ministry of Health announced the latest outbreak this week after laboratory testing confirmed two cases had occurred in the northwestern part of the country, near the its border with the similarly named Republic of the Congo. This is DRCs ninth Ebola outbreak since scientists first identified the disease.

Most of the countrys outbreaks burn out quickly because they occur in relatively remote areasbut each has had a high fatality rate. The worlds first-known Ebola cases occurred in the DRC in 1976 (when the country was called Zaire), killing 280 of the 318 people known to have been infected. Last year eight cases were reported, and half of the infected people died.

The disease spreads among humans through direct contact with the bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola. It can be transmitted via sexual contact. It can also spread to people who encounter the bodily fluids or viscera of infected primates or bats, such as when someone prepares these animals for food. Most outbreaks have originated in Africa or from lab accidents elsewhere, and have remained smallbut people traveling from sites of a 2014 outbreak that roiled west Africa led to isolated cases in locations including the U.K., Italy, Spain and the U.S.

Ebola experts have various suspicions about why the DRC remains so vulnerable. Most theories involve the countrys large forested areas, and the possibility that infected fruit batswidely believed to be the primary reservoir animal for the diseaseare common in the affected areas. If you live or work in a forest where bats roost, you may have the bad luck to be in touch with bat guano from an infected animal. Or perhaps you encountered saliva or guano on a pi...


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DRC: Experimental Ebola Vaccine to Be Administered in Mbandaka
Campaign aims to prevent spread of disease into other parts of DRC and neighbouring countries

Jason Burke Africa correspondent
Sun 20 May 2018 19.20 EDT

 People arrive at the Wangata Reference hospital in Mbandaka. Photograph: Kenny Katombe/Reuters
Health authorities and NGOs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine on Monday in Mbandaka, the north-western city of 1.2 million people

The campaign aims to ringfence the outbreak. The risk of Ebola spreading within DRC is very high and the disease could move into nine neighbouring countries, the World Health Organization has said.

The death toll has risen to 26, with one new fatality and three new suspected cases declared on Saturday evening. Only one of these was in Mbandaka, raising hopes that the spread of the often lethal and highly contagious disease in the city could be contained. Forty-six people are now known to have been infected.

Oly Ilunga, the countrys minister of health, said the vaccine would initially target the health staff, the contacts of the sick and the contacts of the contacts,

The vaccine, developed by Merck, is not licensed but proved effective during limited trials in west Africa, where the biggest recorded outbreak of Ebola killed 11,300 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from 2014 to 2016. More than 4,000 doses are in DRC and more are on the way, according to officials.

The vaccination campaign would be a major challenge even for medical services in developed countries, but the DRC is one of the worlds poorest. Four times the size of France, the country has been  since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960. Hospitals, roads and electricity have problems, especially in remote areas. A major challenge will be keeping the vaccines cold.

In Mbandaka, a busy traffic corridor that lies on the Congo River and is an hours flight from the capital, Kinshasha, medical staff have been issued with infrared pistol thermometers to check travellers for high temperatures, as well as soap, basins of water and logbooks for recording visitors names and addresses.

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