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Thursday, 08 November


APC not aware of Oshiomholes arrest Onilu Newtelegraph

National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Lanre Issa-Onilu has stated that the party was not aware of the arrest and quizzing of its National Chairman, Comrades Adams Oshiomhole. Onilu stated this at the party secretariat in Abuja in reaction to a report that the APC national chairman was quizzed by the Department of []

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PHOTOS: SSS parades allege killers of Southern Kaduna traditional ruler Newtelegraph

The Department of State Security Service (SSS) Kaduna State command has paraded 6 suspected kidnappers and killers of the paramount ruler of the Adara people in the southern part of Kaduna State, the Agwom Adara, Mr. Maiwada Raphael Galadima. The SSS disclosed that they have been trailing about 20 suspects said a manhunt is already []

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Minimum Wage: Buhari cannot be trusted Atiku Newtelegraph

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari cannot be trusted to implement the new minimum wage of N30, 000 the tripartite committee recently pushed forward to the federal government. In a statement issued by his media office, the presidential hopeful said Mr Buhari, who is []

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Stacey Abrams Refuses to Concede Georgia Governor's Race, Hoping for Runoff
By Veronica Stracqualursi and Devan Cole
9:55 AM ET, Wed November 7, 2018

Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams is not conceding the Georgia governor's race to Republican candidate Brian Kemp, arguing that the high stakes contest is too close to call with the possibility of a runoff next month.

Kemp is currently ahead of Abrams by nearly 68,000 votes with 99% of precincts reporting, according to CNN election results. But he only has 50.4% of the vote. If neither candidate receives 50%, there will be a runoff in early December.

"I'm here tonight to tell you votes remain to be counted. There's voices that are waiting to be heard," Abrams, who would be the nation's first black female governor, told supporters early Wednesday morning gathered in Atlanta.

Kemp told supporters he is confident of his victory.

"There are votes left to count. But we have a very strong lead. And folks, make no mistake, the math is on our side to win this election," he said.

According to a statement provided to CNN by her campaign, Abrams is holding off on conceding to see if a runoff is possible.

The campaign cited several specific places in the state that could play a role in a scenario to force the runoff, including three of the state's largest counties that "have reported only a portion of the votes that were submitted by early mail" and four other large counties that "have reported exactly 0 votes by mail," according to the campaign. Together, it said, the seven counties "are expected to return a minimum of 77,000 ballots."

"These counties also represent heavily-Democratic leaning constituencies, and the majority of those votes are anticipated to be for Stacey Abrams," the statement read. The campaign also said absentee ballots could make a difference.

"Across our state, folks are opening up the dreams of voters in absentee ballots, and we believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within reach," Abrams said Wednesday morning.

Voters rights issues have taken front and center in the the high-profile gubernatorial race between Kemp, the GOP secretary of state,...


INEC displays 1.9m provisional voters register for verification in Sokoto Newtelegraph

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has displayed provisional register of 1,910,281 voters at 3,035 polling units across Sokoto State for verification to ensure that credible voters register for 2019 general elections. Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) told newsmen on Wednesday in Sokoto that the register was displayed for community members to []

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Defective microphones stalls House of Reps plenary Newtelegraph

Defective microphones thwarted Wednesdays proceeding at the House of Representatives, thereby forcing the house to adjourn plenary to Thursday, Nov. 8. The Speaker of the house, Mr Yakubu Dogara said that the Green Chamber had to halt proceedings as most of the microphones were faulty. Dogara explained that the malfunction was as a result of []

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Kemp and Abrams at Standoff in Georgia Governors Race
By Richard Fausset and Alan Blinder
New York Times
Nov. 7, 2018

ATLANTA Democrats and Republicans entered another bitter phase of the Georgia governors race early Wednesday a standoff with no announced winner and county elections officials scrambling to tally absentee ballots.

Unofficial returns gave Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee and Georgias secretary of state, a lead of about 95,000 votes over Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate, with 99 percent of the states precincts reporting at about 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

But news organizations, defying pressure from Republicans, did not immediately project Mr. Kemp as the winner, and Ms. Abrams would not concede. A runoff remained a possibility, and threatened to intensify the political turmoil that has gripped Georgia.

I want to say this: If I wasnt your first choice, or if you made no choice at all, youre going to have a chance to do a do-over, Ms. Abrams said at the Atlanta hotel where her supporters had gathered to watch election returns.

Republican officials argued that Ms. Abrams had no viable path to a victory that would make her the first black woman elected as governor in any state. Throughout the night in Athens, Ga., Mr. Kemps allies stood on the stage and confidently predicted that he, not Ms. Abrams, would move into the Governors Mansion in January.

There are votes left to count, but we have a very strong lead, Mr. Kemp said when he spoke at about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday. Folks, make no mistake: The math is on our side to win this election.

Although Mr. Kemp stopped just short of declaring victory, the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, John Watson, left no doubt in his own assessment. We have the votes, and the next governor of Georgia is going to be Brian Kemp, he said.

But with tens of thousands of absentee ballots outstanding and officials still counting votes that were cast on Election Day, especially in the Atlanta-area counties where Ms. Abrams held an edge, Democrats insisted that their nominee could make up enough of the deficit to keep Mr. Kemp from immediate victory.

Her best hope seemed to be to whittle down M...


INEC begins display of voters register in Borno REC Newtelegraph

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Wednesday that it had commenced display of voters register in the 27 Local Government Areas of Borno. The states Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that the commission had also embarked on the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards []

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2019 Polls: NSCDC warns personnel against partisan politics Newtelegraph

Mrs Abosede lsimi, Assistant Commandant General (ACG), in-charge of Zone D, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has warned corps personnel against partisan politics. Addressing officers and men of the Niger command, on Wednesday in Minna, Isimi said the corps would not tolerate any despicable act capable of dragging the reputation of the organisation []

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President Buhari swears in 23 NPC Commissioners, Code of Conduct members Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in 23 National Commissioners of the National Population Commision (NPC) and seven members of the Code of Conduct Bureau including its chairman, Malam Muhammed Isah. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president performed the exercise shortly before the commencement of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive []

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Kano State Govt awards N159m contract for ultra-modern complex at AKTH Newtelegraph

Kano State Government has awarded a contract worth N159 million for the construction of an ultra modern Community Medicine Complex at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) in Kano. This was announced in a statement signed by the Asst. Director, Public Relations of the Hospital, Hajiya Hauwa Abdullahi, which was made available to newsmen in []

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Okorocha vs Ohakim: Court seals 4 banks in Owerri Newtelegraph

The National Industrial Court in Owerri on Wednesday sealed four banks for disregarding its order which was issued in favour of a former Gov. Ikedi Ohakim of Imo. The banks are: Diamond bank Item St.branch, First Bank Plc, Bank road branch, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Mbari St. branch and the branch Union Bank at []

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Wednesday, 07 November


'Significant decline' in FGM in Africa "IndyWatch Feed World"

The rate of girls under14 who undergo female genital mutilation in Africa has seen a huge and significant decline over three decades, according to a new analysis.


United States bombs killing Syrian children "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video is called US coalition forces using white phosphorus in Mosul [in Iraq] | June 4th 2017.

From daily News Line in Britain today:

THREE children were killed in air strikes carried out by the US-led coalition on the small Syrian town of Al-Shaafah in the Deir Ezzor region on Monday. They used banned white phosphorus munitions for the second time in three days.

Local witnesses say these attacks are the most aggressive in several months, claiming the lives of 15 civilians and wounding many others, most of them women and children who had been living in the houses near the Khaled Ibn al-Waleed Mosque. On October 29th, the US-led coalition launched attacks on several areas in Hajin using internationally-banned white phosphorus bombs.


Democrats Seize House, but GOP Holds Senate "IndyWatch Feed World"

WASHINGTON Democrats seized the House majority from President Donald Trumps Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened whats left of the presidents governing agenda. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a blue wave that never fully materialized.

The mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Trumps young presidency underscored the limits of his hardline immigration rhetoric in Americas evolving political landscape, where college-educated voters in the nations suburbs rejected his warnings of a migrant invasion.

Blue-collar voters and rural America embraced his aggressive talk and stances. However, the new Democratic House majority will end the Republican Partys dominance in Washington for the final two years of Trumps first term with major questions looming about health care, immigration and government spending.

The presidents party will maintain control of the executive and judicial branches of the government, in addition to the Senate, but Democrats suddenly have a foothold that gives them subpoena power to probe deep into Trumps personal and professional missteps and his long-withheld tax returns.

Tomorrow will be a new day in America, declared House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who would be in line to become the next House speaker.

It could have been a much bigger night for Democrats, who suffered stinging losses in Ohio and in Florida, where Trump-backed Republican Ron DeSantis ended Democrat Andrew Gillums bid to become the states first African-American governor.

The 2018 elections also exposed an extraordinary political realignment in an electorate defined by race, gender, and education that could shape U.S. politics for years to come.

The GOPs successes were fueled by a coalition thats decidedly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have college degrees. Democrats relied more upon women, people of color, young people and college graduates.

Record diversity on the ballot may have helped drive turnout.

Women won at least 85 seats in the House, a record. The House was also getting its first two Muslim women, Massachusetts elected its first black congresswoman, and Tennessee got its first female senator.

Three candidates had hoped to become their states first African-American governors, although just one Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams was still in the running.

Overall, women voted considerably more in favor of congressional Democratic candidates with fewer than 4 in 10 voting for Republicans, according to VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 115,000 voters and about 20,000 nonvoters conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.



You Didnt Hear About This Mob Attack in Minnesota "IndyWatch Feed War"

The roller coaster at Minnesota's Valleyfair amusement park (Photo: Larry ieniazek/WikimediaCommons/,_version_1.2)The roller coaster at Minnesotas Valleyfair amusement park (Photo: Larry Pieniazek/WikimediaCommons/,_version_1.2)

On Saturday, September 22, 2018, while the world focused on the tragedy in Iran of the Ahvaz military parade attack carried out by ISIS, a mob of Somali Muslim men and boys rushed the entrance to Valleyfair, a family amusement park that had set aside the day to honor law enforcement in Minnesota.

The mob overcame security, jumping fences avoiding metal detectors while bringing in weapons. It was a direct, premeditated attack on police and security. Backup had to be called in along with fire trucks, ambulances and even a police helicopter. This attack should be understood as a dry run test (in counterterrorism parlance).

When my kids were little, we used to go to Valleyfair, just like these law enforcement families were doing this past September for a special and fun summer day. How Minnesota has changed.

The mob action occurred even after the Somali community had just enjoyed their very own special Somali day with reduced ticket prices at Valleyfair in July!

The incident has gone virtually unreported in the mainstream media. This shows that a vocal number of troublemakers  have been effective in paralyzing honest reporting concerning the deepening of Somali violence in Minnesota.

The media is afraid to report the truth. Allegedly, the reason being given is that Minnesota is facing midterm elections and four Muslims are running for government positions.

Of note in the running is Keith Ellison, the Democratic nominee for attorney general (who is not Somali). Ellison, who is under investigation for domestic violence, formerly associated with the Nation of Islam, a virulently anti-Se...


Qatar announces aid for Gaza amid Israel truce talks "IndyWatch Feed War"

Qatar has announced it will provide temporary support to 50,000 impoverished Gaza families as mediators attempt to broker a truce between the Palestinian territorys Islamist rulers Hamas and Israel.

The Gulf state will provide $100 each to 50,000 poor families in the next few days, a statement from Qatars Gaza Reconstruction Committee said late Tuesday.

The beneficiaries are being selected in coordination with the Hamas-led authorities.

AFP/File | Qatar has announced it will provide temporary financial relief to 50,000 impoverished Gaza families as mediators attempt to broker a truce between the Palestinian territorys Islamist rulers Hamas and Israel

Separately on Tuesday, cash-strapped Hamas announced that civil servants would receive the majority of their salaries for the first time in months.

Hamas has controlled Gaza since ousting forces loyal to the internationally recognised Palestinian Authority in a near civil war in 2007.

Since then, the Islamists have fought three wars with Israel, which maintains a crippling blockade of Gaza.

Egypt and the United Nations have been brokering indirect negotiations that would see Hamas end months of often violent protests along the border in exchange for Israel easing its blockade.

In an Israeli-approved deal, Qatar has started buying additional fuel for Gazas sole power station, allowing planned outages to be reduced to their lowest level in recent years.

Qatar is a longtime ally of Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.



Cholera Is Becoming A Serious Problem. Heres Why. "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sanaa (CFW) Cholera is a familiar name for an ailment that is not well understood in modern western society. It was eradicated in many developed nations years ago, though cholera has recently made a comeback across the globe due to changing weather patterns, increased globalism, and other factors that are not well understood.

Cholera is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae.

Cholera was last common in the U.S. in the 19th Century, before modern water and sewage treatment systems prevented its spread via contaminated water. Today, only 5-10 cases of cholera are reported annually in the U.S., and half of those are contracted abroad. Due to its waterborne nature, rare cases of cholera outbreaks can occur in the U.S. due to contaminated seafood.

In spite of its extreme rarity in the U.S. and Western Europe, cholera outbreaks are still a serious health problem in other parts of the world. The World Health Organization documents over 150,000 cases each year.

Cholera is most common in places with poor sanitation systems, overcrowding, active war zones, and famine. Cholera is still considered an epidemic in parts of Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.

Tropical climates that never get cold enough to kill bacteria combine with wet soil and unsanitary groundwater to mix with most drinking water supplies, allowing a single case of cholera to spread to entire communities and preventing the bacteria from ever being truly eradicated from regions with overcrowded, rapidly developing cities.

In recent years, storms and political turmoil have interfered with local water supplies and created sanitation crises and cholera outbreaks in countries across the globe.

Global Disease Transmission

A recent cholera outbreak in Haiti claimed tens of thousands of lives, and the country has repeatedly claimed that it had the disease completely under control before visitors from foreign countries brought it back into its borders.

After deliberations dating back to 2010, it was determined that the outbreak began near a United Nations peacekeepers camp, where nearly 500 people freshly arrived from Nepal, where an ongoing cholera outbreak was occurring at the time.

The disease has killed over ten thousand people and infected hundreds of thousands more in Haiti since its reintroduction, and since its recent natural disaster woes critically damaged infrastructure, the nation is now struggling to manage cholera once again.

This story is tragically familiar across the globedeveloping nations manage to radically reduce the infection rate of cholera and other sanitation-related diseases, only to suffer a setback in the form of natural disaster or...


First two Muslim women elected to US Congress "IndyWatch Feed War"

US voters elected two Muslim women, both Democrats, to Congress on Tuesday, marking a historic first in a country where anti-Muslim rhetoric has been on the rise, American networks reported. Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House seat in a heavily-Democratic district in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, where she will succeed Keith Ellison, []



Eritrea hopes UN Security Council will soon lift sanctions "IndyWatch Feed War"

Eritrea is hoping that the UN Security Council will soon lift sanctions it imposed on the East African nation in 2009, now that its relations have thawed with Ethiopia and other neighbouring countries. The Security Council imposed an arms embargo and other tough sanctions on Eritrea for supplying weapons to al-Shabab Islamic militants opposed to []



Niger French NGO to manage largest nature reserve Africa Sustainable Conservation News

VOA Africa
November 6, 2018

Une jeune fille marche dans le desert prs de la ville d'Agadez, Niger, le 25 mai 2015.

Niger has entrusted the French NGO Noah with the management of its largest
natural reserve, Termit and Tin Toumma, which is home to several protected
and endangered plant and animal species, the Nigerian Ministry of the
Environment announced on Tuesday.

A delegation of management convention was signed Monday in Niamey by
Almoustapha Garba, Nigerien Minister for the Environment, and Valerie
Collin, secretary general of the NGO Noah.

The agreement grants Noah a 20-year mandate for the management of the Termit
and Tin Toumma reserve, which is endangered by poaching, deforestation and
oil exploitation.

This unprecedented delegation of management of a Nigerian protected
area entrusted to Noah will make it possible to mitigate the threats
which compromise the safeguarding of the fauna of which the persistence
of the poaching and the overgrazing, specified Almoustapha Garba, the
minister Nigerien Environment.

The wildlife of the reserve is still present, but it is highly
threatened, was alarmed Valerie Collin.

The protection of this area provides for surveillance using drones, said
Bazoum Mohamed, the Nigerien Minister of the Interior and sponsor of the

Created in 2012, the Termit and Tin Toumma reserve covers 97,000 km2 and
straddles the Nigerian regions of Agadez (north), Zinder (center-south) and
Diffa (south-east), near Lake Chad Basin, scene of deadly incursions by the
Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram.

It is home to protected and threatened species: the dama gazelle, the
addax, the Saharan cheetah, the mountain sheep, the Arabian and Nubian
bustards, the fennec, and foxes and turtles, according to the Nigerian
Environmental Services.

A hundred varieties of plants have also been listed by the University of

For local NGOs, the active oil fields within the reserve and its periphery
constitute dangers for this biodiversity.

Noah says that in 2015, he supported a Nigerian NGO campaign aimed at
getting the oil companies to respect their commitments to participate
in the preservation of the reserve, also the largest land reserve in


AU Peacekeepers Accused of Killing 4 Somali Civilians "IndyWatch Feed War"

Authorities in Somalia are investigating the deaths of four civilians reportedly killed by African Union troops Tuesday, after a roadside bomb targeted the peacekeepers convoy. The bombing occurred in Mogadishus northern Huriwaa district, near Ex-Control Balad Junction, and damaged a water truck. Witnesses tell VOAs Somali Service that afterward, AU troops looking for the perpetrators []



Midterm elections in the USA results "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 6 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Can Progressives Make the Democratic Party End its Collaboration with Republicans?

There are important differences between Republicans and Democrats, but there also are many areas where the differences are more cosmetic than real, especially in the area of foreign policy and militarism. Will progressive successes in the midterms push the party as a whole more to the left? TRNN midterm panel with Eugene Puryear, Jacqueline Luqman, Paul Jay, Lester Spence, Danny Glover, and host Marc Steiner.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

US midterm vote: Democrats win control of House of Representatives

7 November 2018

The Democratic Party won control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections on November 6, gaining more than the 23 seats required for a majority. With many House races too close to call or with large numbers of votes still uncounted, particularly in states like California and Washington, which provide for voting by mail, the five television networks projected a Democratic victory with a gain of 30 seats or more.

The Republican Party retained control of the US Senate, gaining several seats in states where President Trump campaigned heavily against Democratic incumbents. It is noteworthy that Democratic senators who capitulated most cravenly to Trumps vicious persecution of immigrantsJoe Donnelly in Indiana and Claire McCaskill in Missourilost their races by wide margins. Republicans also captured Senate seats in North Dakota and Florida, with seats in Montana, Nevada and Arizona undecided as of this writing.

The Democrats made some gains in state governorships, where the Republicans held 26 of the 36 statehouses. Democratic candidates won Republican-held governorships in Illinois, Maine and Michigan, and defeated the most right-wing anti-immigrant Republican, Kris Kobach, in Kansas, usual...


The elephant as a person "IndyWatch Feed World"

An interesting concept and i think that it applies to the Sasquatch and perhaps a couple of the larger primates as well and perhaps to dolphins as well.  What i am also sure of is that all animals communicate mind to mind in particular and that the rest is an adjunct to this talent.

I would like to see a test herd established in the Boreal forest in Canada.  They would need access to winter protection in the form of a simple large shed.  Just closing up will quickly warm up the space.

We know that they can consume brush and trees including pine, so it should be possible.  The climate change should also produce a thick coat soon enough even with minimal breeding.  One way of bringing back the Mamoth.

What is happening is that we are now learning to actually communicate with elephants.  I consider this to be promising, but mind to mind will be central, just as hand gestures still need some form of explanation ussily verbal to work,...

The elephant as a person 

Elephants might have the necessary capacities for personhood we just need to help them acquire the cognitive scaffolding

have you ever stood in a field full of cows? Its obvious that theyre aware of one another, but in a minimal kind of way. They tend to stay loosely clumped together as they graze, and they dont deliberately knock into other members of the herd. Shouting gets their attention, but it tends to elicit a flickering inspection at most, which subsides into cud-munching indifference when they realise you represent neither a threat nor a treat. Cows dont gauge how to respond to sights, sounds and smells by carefully studying the subtleties of one anothers reactions (which is why they can startle each other into stampeding). When youre with a herd of cows, youre basically alone.

Stand or walk among a herd of elephants, however, and youll appreciate how different the experience is. Even the most peaceful group feels electric with communicative action. Theres continuous eye contact, touching, trunk and ear movements to which others attend and respond. Ele...


NYSC, CBN, BoI parley to assist corps members Newtelegraph

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier- General Sulaiman Kazaure, yesterday said that the scheme was collaborating with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bank of Industry (BoI) and other international organisations to provide funds for corps members to become entrepreneurs. Kazaure stated this while addressing Batch C Stream One []

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EFCC removes oil mogul, Benedict Peters, from wanted list Newtelegraph

The Nigerias anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has removed the name of the Executive Vice Chairman of Aiteo Group, Benedict Peters, from its list of wanted persons, the integrated oil company said on Tuesday.   This action, a statement signed by General Counsel, Aiteo Group, Andrew Onyearu read, confirms EFCCs compliance with []

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NDIC: Skye Banks resolution saved 6,000 jobs, N949bn deposits Newtelegraph

  The adoption of the bridge bank option in resolving the defunct Skye Banks failure enabled the Nigerias financial services regulators to save more than 6000 jobs and over NN949.60 billion in customers deposits as at June 2018. Managing Director and Chief Executive of NDIC, Umaru Ibrahim, at the Corporations Special day at the ongoing []

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Volleyball League: NSCDC, Nigeria Customs win first matches Newtelegraph

Actions continued yesterday in the ongoing Volleyball League with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp and Nigeria Customs Service male teams winning their respective opening matches in Abuja. NSCDC beat Kano Pillars 3-1 in an entertaining match which saw fans of both teams put up entertaining display at the indoor sports hall of the []

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Need for re-organization of Nigerias healthcare system Newtelegraph

Title: Fixing Healthcare in Nigeria Author: Dr. Ola Brown Year of Publication: 2018 Pagination: 40 Reviewer: Tony Okuyeme     Public health is not doubt imperative to national development. As an important element of national security, it serves not only to provide adequate and timely medical care, but also track, monitor, and control disease outbreak. []

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Sanwo-Olu, Hamzats ticket excites Lagos APC chairman Newtelegraph

Ahead of 2019 general elections, the chairman of Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Tunde Balogun has urged Lagosians, to vote for the partys governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat. Speaking at the weekend during the presentation of Hamzat as Sanwo-Olus running mate, Balogun said Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat []

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Buhari: Im depressed by killings in Nigeria Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he is distressed and depressed by the atrocious ethno-religious killings across the country. The President appealed to Nigerians to learn to live together in peace and harmony. Buhari spoke yesterday while receiving leaders of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) at the State House, led by Rev. (Dr.) []

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Amosun: Well accommodate minimum wage in 2019 budget Newtelegraph

releases N11.8bn for gratuity, workers welfare   Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday said the 2019 budget of the state would be readjusted to accommodate the new minimum wage. Amosun assured that his administration was ready to implement the minimum wage as agreed by state governors with the organized labour and the Federal Government. []

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Emergent Ventures grant recipients, the first cohort "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Here is the first round of winners of the new Emergent Ventures initiative at Mercatus, led by me.  The list is ordered roughly in the order grants were made, and reflects no other prioritization.  All project descriptions are mine alone and should not be considered literal attributions of intent to the project applicants.  Here goes:

Anonymous grant for writing in Eastern Europe.

Pledged grant to San Franciscos Topos House, conditional on finding a social science prodigy to live in the house for a while and interact with the other Topos fellows.  Topos is a San Francisco house where several tech prodigies live and periodically seminars and larger group interactions are held there or connected to the house.

Travel grant made to 18-year-old economics prodigy, to travel to San Francisco to meet with members of the rationality community.  The hope is to boost her career trajectory.

Grant to support the work of Mark Lutter and his Center for Innovative Governance Research, on charter cities and also an attempt to create a new charter city in Zambia.

Grant to Harshita Aurora to help her pursue work in brain science, including brain-computer interfaces to help disabled people manipulate and move objects.  Harshita is a 17-year-old Indian prodigy, who first received attention for her programming work in the app space.  Harshita made her bio and proposal public:

Leonard Bogdanoff has a project to scrape Instagram and create a searchable concordance of street art around the world.  His website is, and his blog is  One use of this project is to amplify the voice of protest art against the constraints of...


Jahana Hayes Declares Victory, Will Become 1st Black Woman From Connecticut in Congress "IndyWatch Feed World"

Jahana Hayes Declares Victory, Will Become 1st Black Woman From Connecticut in Congress | 06 Nov 2018 | Jahana Hayes declared victory Tuesday over Republican Manny Santos, the former mayor of Meriden, a historic win that will make her the first African-American woman to represent Connecticut in Congress. Hayes, 45, was driven by a powerful personal narrative, a network of young volunteers and public speaking skills honed in her years as a teacher...Like other Democrats who are shaking up the party establishment, she embraced progressive policies and won the endorsement of organized labor and the Working Families Party.


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Florida Votes to Restore Ex-felon Voting Rights With Amendment 4
The victory means more than 1 million people will regain the right to vote.

By German Lopez
Nov 6, 2018, 8:53pm EST

Florida voters during Tuesdays midterm elections approved Amendment 4, automatically restoring voting rights in the state for people previously convicted of felonies.

Floridas Amendment 4 restores voting rights for people in the state convicted of felonies as long as they have completed their sentences, although anyone convicted of murder or felony sex offenses would be excluded.

Based on the Sentencing Projects 2016 estimates, this benefits more than a million people. The organization estimated in 2016 that nearly 1.5 million people in Florida have completed felony sentences but cant vote about 9.2 percent of the voting-age population in Florida. The total, though, includes some people convicted of murder and felony sex offenses, so not every one of those people benefits under Amendment 4.

Black people, who are disproportionately arrested and incarcerated, will benefit the most. In 2016, more than 418,000 black people out of a black voting-age population of more than 2.3 million, or 17.9 percent of potential black voters in Florida, had finished sentences but couldnt vote due to a felony record, according to the Sentencing Project. (Again, this includes some people convicted of murders and felony sex offenses.)

The amendment was officially supported by Floridians for a Fair Democracy, which gathered more than 1.1 million petitions to put it on the ballot. It received bipartisan endorsements from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Koch brothersbacked Freedom Partners.

Most states have at least some voting restrictions for people convicted of felonies. Most often, the law bars people who are currently in prison from voting. Some prohibit voting until a person finishes parole or probation, too.

Florida, however, barred people from voting even after theyve completed their sentences. Only two other states Kentucky and Iowa currently do this. Virginia technically does under its Constitution, but former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and current Gov. Ralph Northam, both Democrats, have used th...


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Russia, China Abstain on UN Vote to Punish Libya 
Russia and China on Monday refused to back a UN resolution that will allow the Security Council to slap sanctions on perpetrators of rape and sexual violence in Libya.

The British-drafted resolution renewing sanctions on Libya was adopted by a vote of 13 in favour in the 15-member council.

Russia and China abstained but did not use their veto power to block the measure that expanded the criteria for applying sanctions to include gender-based violence.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the Netherlands and Sweden, which pushed for the new sanctions criteria, of trying to score political points at home.

"This is populism distilled in its purest form," Nebenzia told the council, who noted that preventing sex crimes in Sweden and the Netherlands "is the remit of the national governments."

"Sexual and gender-based violence are part of crime in any specific country," said the ambassador, adding that the council should focus on threats to international security.

The council has added sexual violence as a criteria for sanctions in recent resolutions on the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

Swedish Deputy Ambassador Carl Skau said he hoped that adding the new sanctions criteria will have a "deterrent effect and that there will be accountability for such crimes."

Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom said it was "an important step forward" for the UN council to slap sanctions on perpetrators of sexual violence "for instance in the refugee camps that rape women refugees."

The UN officials have warned that militia members, migrant smugglers and criminal gangs often resort to rape in Libya, which has descended into chaos since the ouster of revolutionary Pan-Africanist Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The council in June for the first time imposed sanctions on six individuals linked to Libyan migrant trafficking networks.


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'They Killed My Children and Raped Me': Sexual Violence Remains Rife in DR Congo
Agencies sound alarm over sexual attacks, murder and torture in southern areas where violence was thought to be waning

Jason Burke
Fri 2 Nov 2018 13.27 EDT

Continuing violence in southern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has led to thousands of violent sexual assaults, accompanied by widespread killing and torture, aid agencies have said.

International attention has focused on the east of the sprawling central African country in recent months, where there is an ongoing insurgency and a lethal outbreak of Ebola.

But a conflict in Kasai Central province that was thought to have subsided after a peak of violence more than a year ago continues to cause massive suffering, reports suggest.

Mdecins Sans Frontires say that, between May 2017 and September 2018, they treated 2,600 victims of sexual violence in the town of Kananga in Kasai Central province, 80% of whom reported having been raped by armed men.

Victims also told MSF about decapitations, children hacked to death in front of their parents, multiple rapes of teenagers, and systematic theft and beatings.

I was raped in my home, next to my husbands body, in the presence of my children. It was last year, during the violence. I had five children. They killed three of them, leaving me with just two. They raped my three oldest girls before killing them, said Mamie, in testimony recorded by aid workers in Kananga in September.

Of the 2,600 people treated by MSF since May 2017, 32 were men, some of whom reported having been forced under armed threat to rape members of their own community. Another 162 were children under the age of 15, including 22 below the age of five.

These figures are an indication of the high level of violence that has persisted throughout the past year, said Karel Janssens, MSF head of mission in DRC. The shocking testimonies from survivors that we have heard on a daily basis describe how peoples lives and communities have been torn apart, making it very difficult for them to rebuild and move forward.

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Rebels Kill at Least Seven Civilians in Eastern DRC: Army
2018-11-04 18:01

Rebels killed at least seven civilians and abducted 15 others, including children, in fresh overnight raids in the far eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, civilian and military sources said on Sunday.

Fighters of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) staged two raids on Saturday night in the North Kivu region bordering Uganda, Teddy Kataliko, leader of the civilian administration in Beni district, told AFP.

According to his account, rebels at Mangboko burnt a lorry driver in his vehicle and killed six other civilians, while in Oicha, they killed one person and abducted 15 others - for a total death toll of eight.

Beni district administrator Donat Kibwana said seven people were killed and 15 people were abducted, including 10 children.

Army spokesperson Captain Mak Hazukay also put the death toll at seven.

Kataliko denounced the army as ineffective, saying: "It is not normal that the army cannot manage to keep the population safe," but Hazukay insisted that soldiers had reacted quickly to stop the rebel incursions.

The ADF, which US authorities designated a terror group in 2001, is a militia created by Muslim rebels to oppose Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni but which also operates in the DRC.

It is blamed for a string of attacks in the region since 2014 that have killed at least 700 civilians, and 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers in a December assault last year.


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Senior Sudanese Official to Visit Eritrea Soon for Normalization Talks: Sources
Eritrean President Issaias Afeworki(R), seen here in March 2007 with Sudanese President Omer al-Beshir

November 6, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese Presidential Assistant Faisal Hassan Ibrahim would visit Asmara soon to discuss normalization of bilateral relations between Sudan and Eritrea, an informed source told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday

n January 2018, Sudan accused Eritrea of supporting rebel groups and closed the border after the deployment of thousands of troops. Four months later, Asmara accused Sudan, Ethiopia and Qatar of supporting armed opposition groups to overthrow President Isaias Afewerkis government.

But in July, Ethiopia and Eritrea reconciled and normalized relations between the two neighbouring countries.

An informed source told Sudan Tribune that contacts between the two countries have been activated during the previous period, disclosing that Eritreas Ambassador to Khartoum has recently met with several Sudanese officials.

He pointed out that the Eritrean Ambassador has conveyed to the Sudanese officials President Isaias Afewerkis queries about the reasons that led to the tensions and whether or not there were other parties that have intervened to spoil relations between the two countries.

The same source added the Sudanese officials told the Eritrean envoy that the deployment of troops on the border last January was a mere preventive measure to respond to any potential attack on the country.

It is noteworthy that Presidential Assistant Musa Mohamed Ahmed last week denied reports that he has engaged in talks with the Eritrean officials to ease tensions between the two countries during a recent visit to Asmara, saying he travelled to Eritrea to spend his annual holidays with his family.

However, the source underlined that Ahmeds visit to Asmara wasnt necessarily a private affair.

The same source stressed that Presidential Assistant Faisal Hassan Ibrahim is preparing to visit Asmara soon to normalize relations.

Sudans ruling National Congress Party (NCP) last June reiterated its keenness to develop a constructive relationship with neighbouring Eritrea.

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Military Cooperation Top Priority on Sudanese-Turkish Relations: al-Bashir
Sudan's Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf receives the visiting Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar on 6, Nov 2018 (Photo Anadolu)

November 6, 2018 (KHARTOUM) President Omer al-Bashir on Tuesday has instructed the Ministry of Defence to give priority to military cooperation over all other aspects of the Sudanese-Turkish relations.

Al-Bashirs instructions came during his meeting with the visiting Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar in the presence of Sudan Armys Chief of General Staff Kamal Abdel-Marouf.

The Sudanese President pointed to the strong will in both countries to cooperate on all fields particularity military domain.

In press statements following the meeting, Abdel-Marouf said the visit of the Turkish Defence Minister and his meeting with President al-Bashir comes within the framework of the strategic cooperation between the Sudanese and Turkish armies.

He pointed to the visit of Sudan Armys Chief of Joint Staff to Turkey last May and the visit of the Turkish Armys Chief of Joint Staff to Khartoum last December.

Abel-Marouf underscored that military cooperation between the two countries is progressing steadily, pointing to historic and eternal relations between Sudan and Turkey.

The meeting discussed among others, the establishment of military training centres in Sudan one of the issues agreed by the two countries, according to the Turkish news agency Anadolu.

Sudan and Turkey to open military training centres in Sudan were also part of the topics discussed at the meeting.

The Turkish-Sudanese relations have reached a high level, especially after President Erdogan visit to Sudan last December.

During Erdogans visit to Khartoum, the two sides signed 12 cooperation agreements and agreed to launch a strategic partnership covering agriculture, industry, minerals and health.

They also approved the establishment of a higher political committee headed by the two presidents, saying the committee would annually meet in Khartoum and Ankara alternately.

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South Sudan Army, SPLA-IO Agree to Allow Humanitarian Access
Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers singing pro-war song (AFP file photo)

November 6, 2108 (JUBA) - Officials from the South Sudanese government army, SSPDF, and the main opposition army, SPLA-IO, agreed to allow humanitarian access and free movement of people around Juba.

Upon the instruction of their two chiefs of staff, the SPLA-IO forces based around Juba, and their peace partners from the South Sudan Peoples Defence Forces (SSPDF) held a meeting on Sunday 4 November to discuss security measures to ensure humanitarian access to civilians and enable free movement of persons and goods.

In a statement released on Tuesday, SPLA IO Deputy Military Spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel said the meeting was fruitful. He further said the SSPDF delegation was led by Brig Gen Chol Deng Chol was known as Chol Gutkom and the SPLA delegation was headed by Brig. Gen Warnyang Laku Buyu.

The meeting agreed to "give humanitarian organizations unhindered access to the most vulnerable population so that basic services can be provided to them," he said.

He further said that the two delegations agreed to allow "free movement of soldiers or security personnel with departure orders," he said before to add that "The soldier must be unarmed and in none uniform".

The two peace partners who will form the new national army agreed also to permit free movement of civilians, non-military logistics and goods through or to the SPLA-Io controlled areas.

This measure means that all the roads from North of Juba to Terekeka, Mundri and to Lainya should be open to everyone. There will be no detention or checking "unless a person is carrying a gun and wearing uniform".

President Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar repeated that ending the suffering of civilians was their principal motivation to strike the revitalized peace agreement in order to end the five-year war.

The signed deal is in line with the security arrangement of the signed revitalized peace agreement which provides that the signatories allow and facilitate unfettered access for people in need of humanitarian assistance and to guarantee free movement of citizens, commodities and services....


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Government Supports Maintaining 32 States in South Sudan: Wani
South Sudans vice-president, James Wani Igga, speaks at the opening of the national reconciliation and peace conference in Wau on 2 September 2014 (ST)

November 4, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government would support the 32 states federal system which the opposition groups demand to bring to an end, said Vice President James Wani Igga Sunday during a visit to Yei River state.

Wani made his remarks at a ceremony of ordination of eight pastors, consecration of five bishops and one archbishop for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Yei River State. he was flanked by the Emmanuel Adil Anthony, Governor of Yei River State and Julius Tabuley, deputy chairman of the NAS-Lagu faction.

Addressing the religious ceremony, Wani pointed out that the opposition contest the current federal system established by President Salva Kiir but his government would work within the agreed mechanism to defend it.

"I want to tell you that the issue of the states will be addressed by the IBC (Independent Boundaries Commission). We support the 32 states, and the people of Yei want the 32 states to remain so that services can be delivered," he said.

He further said that the IBC will launch its activities soon to determine the number of the states.

The government and the opposition groups agree on the federal system of governance but diverge on the number of the administrative territorial entities and its boundaries.

IBC has to review the establishment of the new states and their boundaries and to make recommendations for addressing the consequences of these changes based on the tribal borders at the independence of Sudan in 1956.

The opposition forces say the current system is made in a way to legalise the control of fertile land by the Dinka ethnic groups.

Also, they say the expansion of the states from 10 to 32 states violates the 2015 peace agreement because it was implemented in October of the same year after the signing of the peace deal in August.

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Non-signatory Group Calls for New Alliance to Achieve Fundamental Change in South Sudan
Hakim Dario PDM leader

November 4, 2018 (JUBA) - The opposition Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) has called for a new National Alliance for Democracy And Freedom Action (NADAFA) saying it would be a popular tool to achieve fundamental change in South Sudan.

The PDM which calls for a federal government in South Sudan with three regions is a non-signatory of the revitalized peace agreement and several times denounced the support of the IGAD countries particularly Sudan and Uganda to President Salva Kiir.

"It is our strong conviction that the elites alone, suffer a high deficit of incentive to bring decisive and fundamental change to transform South Sudan without the people driving the transformation mindset," said the PDM Chair Hakim Dario in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

In his four-page call, Dario said the Sudan-Uganda brokered agreement was designed to pacify SPLM-IO by creating a role for its leader Riek Machar, as First Vice President. But, it ignored the inspiration of South Sudanese for a freedom, a fair power-sharing and social justice.

He went further to say that President Kiir, his would be FVP, and the three other vice-presidents "are not competent and credible to transform South Sudan after their pillage, and failure to govern in the public interest".

The statement defined the NADAFA as a national "social justice and democratic political movement" to take back democratic control of the country, to "clean up the system, clean up endemic impunity, clean up the country and its shattered image to regain our dignity and control from the hands of corrupt elites".

The politician leader did not develop on the nature and the structure of the NADAFA. But, from the sense of his call which is directed to the South Sudanese masses across the country, the new political body intends to establish a new political movement aiming to achieve a set of objectives the PDM failed to realize through the revitalized forum.

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Thousands of Child Soldiers Still Trapped After South Sudan War: U.N.
Tom Miles

GENEVA (Reuters) - Thousands of child soldiers dragged into South Sudans civil war are unlikely to be freed soon because aid agencies lack the funds to look after them, a U.N. envoy said on Tuesday.

The government signed a peace deal with rebel factions in September to end a civil war that killed at least 50,000 people, but many children who were forced into the conflict are still stuck in military camps in the bush, Virginia Gamba, U.N. envoy for children and armed conflict, said.

Gamba, who has spoken to former child soldiers in the country, said a lack of resources to re-integrate the children meant they remained at extremely high risk of abuse.

Since January, 900 child soldiers have been freed and Gamba expects a further 1,000 releases by the end of the year. But there are many more, she told reporters.

The first group of released children ... kept telling me that at least two or three of their friends were still in the bush waiting to be released or waiting to be negotiated and asking me to intervene on their behalf, she said.

We are talking of thousands still out there.

U.N. funds for reintegrating children had halved over the past seven years while needs doubled, and aid workers could not cope with a sudden mass release, she said.

For every day that a kid is in the bush they will be revictimised, theres just no question about it.

After being abducted, children might be raped or sent to attack their own families to sever their ties to home. Escape attempts were punished by hand amputation or molten plastic poured onto the skin, Gamba said: They were terrified.

Four-fifths of the violations were committed by the army, but all warring parties were guilty, Gamba said.

A South Sudan army spokesman declined to comment.

Gamba said the number of violations of childrens rights was greater than in Syria and Afghanistan.

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Buhari to labour: Dont let politicians use you Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday received a recommendation of N30,000 as minimum wage from the Tripartite Committee on the Review of National Minimum Wage where he advised labour unions not to avail themselves for use as tools by politicians. The president, while receiving the report at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, assured that he was committed to []

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New Telegraph Awards: Encouraging initiative Tambuwal Newtelegraph

Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has lauded the New Telegraph Awards, describing it as an initiative of encouragement and not just a celebration of achievement and achievers. The governor is being recognised as New Telegraph Man of the Year. Accepting his award, Tambuwal lauded his recognition, saying that such steps would []

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Congos ebola outbreak may be uncontainable, warns CDC chief "IndyWatch Feed World"

Congo's ebola outbreak may become become entrenched, warns the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Senate: Scorecard of ex-governors Newtelegraph

Performance of former  governors in 8th Senate   There is no doubt that the Senate has become a nest for former governors as the upper legislative chamber presently have 15 of them as members. CHUKWU DAVID examines how they have fared so far     Sixteen ex-governors were elected into the 8th Senate during the []

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Ekweremadu: Assassins after my life Newtelegraph

The Deputy President of the Senate, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday, alleged that he, his wife and son narrowly escaped an assassination attempt by armed men in the early hours of the day. Ekweremadu, who came by Order 43 of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 (as amended), to make personal explanation during plenary, told the Chamber []

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Okorocha sues IGP, EFCC, demands N1bn damages Newtelegraph

G  overnor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has sued the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, over alleged breach of his fundamental human rights following an invasion and ransacking of his house in Jos, the Plateau State capital.   The governor, who filed his case before Justice Musa Kurya of the Jos Federal High []

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NIBSS: 15.6m bank accounts opened in 9 months Newtelegraph

  Despite increasing concern about Nigerias capacity to achieve 80 per cent financial inclusion by 2020, deposit money banks (DMBs) in the country are making significant progress in attracting new customers, as latest data released by Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) shows that the total number of bank accounts hit 115.8 million at the end []

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Cross River guber: Parties gear for a three-horse race Newtelegraph

CLEMENT JAMES writes on the 2019 governorship in Cross River State, which seems a three-horse race between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) given the personalities the parties are fielding   Clearly, the forthcoming elections, especially the governorship election, is expected to generate enormous interest in Cross []

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AWCON 2018: Falcons players lament shoddy preparations Players Newtelegraph

Players depart for Abidjan in coat of many colours   Still in dark over bonus, allowances   The players of national women football team the Super Falcons are heading for the 2018 African Women Championship slated for Ghana later in the month but their morale is at lowest ebb if feelers from their camp is []

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Fashola to deliver YABATECHs 32nd convocation lecture Newtelegraph

  Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) will deliver this years 32nd convocation lecture of the Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH). The lecture, entitled; Sustainability of Technological Advancement A Key to Industrial Growth would be delivered at the colleges main auditorium on 19th November, 2018. Rector of the institution, Mr. []

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I killed my neighbour because I dont forgive easily Suspect Newtelegraph

A suspected murderer, Garba Maru, yesterday said he killed his neighbour, Umar Mohammed, because of accumulated grievances. He said: Im a Fulani man I hardly forgive somebody that offends me; I will always remember and ready to kill the person at any given time. I am such a person that if you wrong me in []

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Six Kogi students win Fanwos N670,000 essay competition Newtelegraph

Kingsley Fanwo, the Director General of Media and Publicity to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, has splashed N670,000 scholarship on six students from Mopamuro Local Government Area of the state. The scholarship, which was granted under the auspices of Titilayo Fanwo Empowerment Foundation, was aimed at promoting academic excellence among students from the local []

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Gunmen kill father, abduct daughter Newtelegraph

Gunmen suspected to be kidnapper have shot Alhaji Nasiru Maimasara to death before abducting his daughter at Gachi quarters in Kankia Local Government Area of Katsina State. The incident, it was learnt, occurred about 2a.m. yesterday, when the gunmen invaded the community and started shooting sporadically, while moving towards the victims house. A source told []

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Online sales to hit $124bn on mobile surge Newtelegraph

Adobe is forecasting a surge in holiday shopping, with online sales rising 14.8 per cent to $124 billion in the U.S. this season and increasing use of smartphones to browse and complete purchases. Smartphones as the preferred method of shopping has risen to 27.2 per cent of revenue, an increase of 11.6 percent year-over-year, and []

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Thomson Reuters unveils Refinitiv, awards W/Africa customers Newtelegraph

Thomson Reuters launched its new brand identity, renamed its financial and risk business unit, Refinitiv. This was disclosed at the West Africa Excellence Awards recently organized in Lagos, Nigeria, to appreciate its existing customers who have in no small measure patronized and contributed to the success of the company. According to a statement from Thomson []

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Torino prepare N4bn for Aina Newtelegraph

Italian Serie A club Torino have started working on a deal to sign Nigeria defender Ola Aina on a permanent basis when the winter transfer window opens for business in January 2019. Signed on a season-long loan from Chelsea in August 2018, The Maroons have been impressed with the performance of the versatile fullback, so []

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Three athletes represent Nigeria at Triathlon tourney Newtelegraph

Three athletes will represent Nigeria at the maiden edition of the West Africa Triathlon Championship, which will take place in Accra, Ghana from November 9 to 11. The athletes Perelate Gbagi, Williams Gbekemiye and Joy Tonjor were in camp for two weeks and are expected to do the country proud at the championship, []

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Villarreal praise Chukwuezes performance against Levante Newtelegraph

Newl- invited Super Eagles winger, Samuel Chukwueze, has received accolades from his Spanish club Villarreal after an impressive performance in his first La Liga start. Chukwueze started for the yellow submarines against Almeria on Wednesday in the Copa Dey Rey in a game that ended 3 3 and made his first start in the []

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NOC investiture of Patrons train moves to Abuja Newtelegraph

Pursuant to its resolve to reposition the Olympic Movement in Nigeria and explore new frontiers in spreading the benefits of Olympic ideals in the country, the Nigeria Olympic Committee will tomorrow(Thursday, November 8) conduct the investiture of its patrons from the northern part of the country.   The event has been sheduled for the Sheraton []

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Brazil court seizes Ronaldinhos passport Newtelegraph

A court in Brazil has seized the passports of Ronaldinho and his brother over their failure to pay a fine for building on an environmental protection area. The former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain star and his brother, Roberto, were convicted of illegal construction in February 2015 and ordered to pay 8.5 million Brazilian Real (1.7m). []

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Here are the historic wins and exciting firsts of the midterm elections "IndyWatch Feed World"

First Muslim women, first Native-American women, first Somali-American and more

The roller-coaster ride of the 2018 midterm elections is still underway, but the night has already produced some impressive results. Thanks to a record number of women running for office, the U.S. hit a few important milestones as we all continue to strive to create a government that truly represents we the people.

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204-projects-commissioned by President Goodluck Jonathan. OBLONG MEDIA

1) CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW ABUJA KADUNA RAIL TRACK: President Jonathans administration has constructed the new world class infrastructural More


Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi: The most important torture story never told "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Libyan - whose false intelligence extracted under torture was used to make the case for war in Iraq - was an embarrassment to powerful people, and Gaddafi was willing to make him disappear


Millions in Yemen are starving and UK, US & France are 'behind this' - Oxfam representative to RT "IndyWatch Feed World"

Reuters / Khaled Abdullah FILE PHOTO A man receives food ration from a charity food distribution in Sanaa, Yemen The US, UK, and French governments are behind millions of people starving in Yemen because they are "supporting this war," an Oxfam representative told RT, urging London to stop beefing up Saudi Arabia's military. "We have 14 million people starving," Richard Stanforth, Oxfam UK's regional policy officer for the Middle East, said. "British, French, American governments are all behind this, they are all supporting this war." Stanforth blamed the British government in particular, saying that London should stop its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is accused of targeting food supplies and even no-strike locations in Yemen. "We've seen attacks on water infrastructure, on hospitals, warehouses of food. This pattern is continuing. Certainly, it's the airstrikes that are killing most civilians," he said. Stanforth says Riyadh's bombing is not sparing humanitarian sites...


Did ancient people really die young? "IndyWatch Feed World"

You might have seen the cartoon: two cavemen sitting outside their cave knapping stone tools. One says to the other: 'Something's just not right - our air is clean, our water is pure, we all get plenty of exercise, everything we eat is organic and free-range, and yet nobody lives past 30.' This cartoon reflects a very common view of ancient lifespans, but it is based on a myth. People in the past were not all dead by 30. Ancient documents confirm this. In the 24th century BCE, the Egyptian Vizier Ptahhotep wrote verses about the disintegrations of old age. The ancient Greeks classed old age among the divine curses, and their tombstones attest to survival well past 80 years. Ancient artworks and figurines also depict elderly people: stooped, flabby, wrinkled. This is not the only type of evidence, however. Studies on extant traditional people who live far away from modern medicines and markets, such as Tanzania's Hadza or Brazil's Xilixana Yanomami, have demonstrated that the most...


Amid US reinforced Saudi-led bombing, Pompeo pins responsibility for Yemeni starvation on Iran "IndyWatch Feed World"

Saudi Arabia may be maintaining a blockade of Yemen and facing repeated accusations of indiscriminate bombing of civilian sites, but US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says starvation in the country is Iran's fault. Yemen has been in turmoil for years and the Saudi-led coalition was involved over three years ago. The alliance sent its troops and warplanes to put an ousted president back into power, after he fled under pressure from the Houthi rebels, a group that the Saudi sees as a proxy force of its archenemy Iran. As part of its campaign, the Saudi-led troops imposed a blockade of the country, stifling the supply of food, fuel, medicine and other essentials. Activists claimed its warplanes have also bombed civilian infrastructure like water treatment facilities, hospitals and markets. The result is what some observers openly call a man-made humanitarian disaster, with millions of Yemenis estimated by the UN to be on the brink of starvation, and dozens dying each day from...


UK: 'Millions still in poverty' reports UN poverty rapporteur "IndyWatch Feed World"

A special UN advisor on extreme poverty and human rights is touring the UK to assess the impact of austerity on people living in some of the most deprived areas of the country. UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston's primary goal is to identify examples of social inequalities and systematic neglect, which according to the United Nations, is then used to develop "constructive dialogue with governments, international organizations, civil society and other relevant actors." Since 1998, the UN special rapporteur has travelled to examine extreme poverty in places like Ghana, Yemen, Benin, Sudan, the US, Portugal and Saudi Arabia. The UK will now join these ranks thanks to concerns over its austerity measures. In a statement ahead of Alston's tour, the UN said submissions from charities, academics, and public institutions were "by far" the most they've ever received before a country visit.


Cheesecake dreams "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

I came across some interesting tidbits while putting together a post on LA mass transit over at Econlog, which Ill share with you over here.

1.  It seems that in todays election the affluent neighborhood of Eagles Landing will try to secede from the majority black city of Stockbridge, Georgia.  (BTW, dont read black as poor and affluent as white.  Stockbridge is not a poor city, and a substantial number of affluent blacks live in Eagles Landing.)  What caught my eye is the motivation for this attempt at secession:

The Eagles Landing plan seeks to merge into its boundaries the primest real estate and wealthiest households from the city of Stockbridge, leaving behind a smaller, mostly African American population with fewer resources to pay for Stockbridge city services. The Eagles Landing city proposal will be voted on via ballot referendum on November 6, but Stockbridge residents who live outside the Eagles Landing footprintthe people who will be most hampered by the divisionare not eligible to vote on it. Meanwhile, neither lawsuits nor letters from global finance agencies warning that the proposal could wreck economies across Georgia have been able to stop it.

And the reason for tearing Stockbridge apart to start this new city? It has something to do with cheesecake. Or at least cheesecake is what was emphasized in a conversation with Vicki Consiglio, the chair of the Committee for the City of Eagles Landing, held at the Eagles Landing Country Club.

 I serve on the Henry County zoning board, said Consiglio, and so I kept seeing all of these places like Bojangles, Waffle Houses, dollar stores, and all this going up in our county. And I was like, why cant we get a Cheesecake Factory, or a P.F. Changs or a Houstons? We have areas that have high incomes, so whats the deal? . . .

According to Consiglio, The Cheesecake Factory did consider coming to Stockbridge at one point, but balked after an income study revealed that the average median income was too low to justify placing a restaurant there. Consiglio blames this on Stockbridge, where median household income is $54,769. So in 2016, Consiglio and her neighborhood colleagues, some of them former Stockbridge city officials, began meeting to figure out what they could do to land if not a Cheesecake Factory, then a Cheesecake Factory-esque restaurant, because the dining halls and pubs in the country club would no longer do....



White South Africans barred from government employment initiative "IndyWatch Feed World"

A registration process on a government partnered youth employment initiative has appeared to exclude white South Africans, sparking criticism from the country's trade union. The YES (Youth Employment Service) government jobs website aims at helping unemployed young South Africans who have been jobless for longer than six months. The program is endorsed by the National Development Plan 2030, which intends to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality within the next 12 years. The registration criteria on the site require the applicants to be black, in accordance with the BEE definition (Black Economic Empowerment), between the ages of 18 - 34, and South African citizens.


PHOTOS, VIDEO: Ooni of Ife, Emir of Kano, arrive in style to meet with Prince Charles, wife Newtelegraph

Some traditional rulers have arrived the British high commissioners residence in Abuja to meet with Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived Nigeria Tuesday afternoon as part of a nine-day tour of Africa. They had earlier visited the Gambia and Ghana. Emir of Kano, Muhammed Sanusi II, []

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Yemen: Dozens of children at 'risk of death' in Hodeidah hospital "IndyWatch Feed War"


At least 59 children at al-Thawra hospital in the Yemeni port city at 'imminent risk of death,' the UN's child rights agency says


BREAKING: Buhari approves N30,000 minimum wage Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday endorsed N30,000 as the new national minimum wage. He said this while receiving the report of the Tripartite Committee on the Review of National Minimum Wage at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The report was submitted by the committees chairman, Amal Pepple. Buhari has also promised to send a bill to []

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Lagos DPO tear gassed my eye for reporting a man who raped me 15-year-old girl tells court Newtelegraph

A 15-year-old rape victim (name withheld) has told an Ikeja Special Offences and Domestic violence Court, Lagos that the Divisonal Police Officer (DPO) attached to Anthony Police Station tear gassed her eyes after reporting a rapist at the station. The victim told the court that the DPO blamed her for allowing herself to be raped []

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Battle For Yemens Al-Hudaydah On November 6, 2018 (Maps, Videos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Battle For Yemens Al-Hudaydah On November 6, 2018 (Maps, Videos)

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On November 6, clashes near the port Yemeni city of al-Hudaydah continued with forces of the Saudi-UAE-led coalition were attempting to capture more areas around it in the fraework of its wider effoort to encircle the Houthi-held city.

Intense clashes took place near the Matahin square where members of Ansar Allah (also known as the Houthis) and their allies recaptured a number of positions from coalition forces. However, they were not able to develop gained momentum immediately and to force coalition troops to retreat from nearby positions.

At the same time, coalition forces made an attempt to capture the Saleh housing, but failed to do this.

According to reports from the ground, in the period from November 4 to November 6, warplanes of the coalition carried out up to 200 strikes on positions on Ansar Allah-led forces in the area.

Battle For Yemens Al-Hudaydah On November 6, 2018 (Maps, Videos)

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So far, this very attempt of the coalition to capture al-Hudaydah city has appeared to be more sucessful than the previous ones. The Houthis have faced a number of issues, which are mostly caused by problems with anti-armour means and measure...


Global Forecast (11-05-2018) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ebola Continues to Spread in DRC

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to pick up speed.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been 298 total cases and 186 deaths as of November 3.

The aid response is being hampered by violence within the outbreak zone, particularly in and around the city of Beni, where most rebel attacks have been concentrated. Recent data from WHO showed a spike in cases in mid-October and then a lull over the second half of the month. However, the report warns that this is likely down to coverage gaps due to the inaccessibility of certain areas. In other words: the true extent of the outbreak could be far worse than is presently believed.

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Iran Sanctions: The Triumph of Short-Term Thinking "IndyWatch Feed War"

As President Donald Trump announced on Twitter last week: Sanctions are coming. He was referring Iranian sanctions which were reinstated on November 5, the day before 2018 midterm elections in the United States.

Game of Thrones Winter is coming references aside, the announcement has put a new freeze on US-Iran relations and that will bring lasting economic and political consequences to international society.

In 2015, Iran agreed on a long-term deal on its nuclear program with the P5+1 world powers: the United States, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was negotiated with the aim of limiting Iranian nuclear activities in return for lifting economic sanctions. Iran also agreed to allow inspectors into the country to monitor its internal nuclear activities.

The Obama administration was confident that the deal would prevent Iran from developing a secret nuclear weapons program. President Obamas approach to dealing with Iran was a pillar of his strategy to reshape the US role in the Middle East and to rehabilitate Iran as an actor on the international stage.

US foreign policy during the Obama era applied a different approach toward its conventional allies in the Middle East region for reasons related to both energy security and political stability. Following the boost in US shale gas production and the reduction of US dependency on Arab oil, Washington wanted to shift US policy focus toward other important areas such as Central Asia and China, disengaging from the conflict-torn Middle East. According to the President Obamas view, rebalancing relations with Iran would have been one way to rebalance Saudi Arabia influence in the region, reinforcing a more bipolar distribution of power while Washington would have slowly disengaged from its own security commitment in the Middle East.

Traditional allies like Israel fiercely criticized the Obama administrations foreign policy in the region, opposing to the JCPOA from the very beginning. The issue for Israel stems from the risk of Iranian hegemony in the region, and the threats that it might represent for Israeli security.

Since his electoral victory, Donald Trump has repeatedly argued against the deal; in his view, the terms are unacceptable and the agreement doesnt go far enough in preventing Iran from developing a nuclear program. The deal also does nothing to prevent Iran from imposing its influence on neighboring countries like Syria and Yemen.

Washington has now reinstated sanctions aimed at energy production the core area of the Iranian economy. Squeezing Iranian oil exports could lead to higher oil prices; this would be in the interest of domestic US oil production, which has boomed over the past few years. However, analysts are still not sure about the long-term...


Tough choices for Uganda landslide survivors "IndyWatch Feed World"

The land marked for relocation may be just as unsafe as the mountainside they were forced to flee


JUST IN: Buhari receives minimum wage committee report Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari has received a report of the Tripartite Committee on the Review of National Minimum Wage at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The report was submitted by the committees chairman, Amal Pepple. The committee which recommended N30,000 as the new national minimum wage also submitted a draft bill that will be sent to the []

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Washed away within minutes': Uganda's landslide survivors tell their stories "IndyWatch Feed World"

Residents recount how a huge tide of water and boulders came rushing down a mountain on a busy market day and took their homes and businesses away


Civilians Trapped as Saudi Airstrikes and Warships Pound Yemeni City of Hodeidah "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM)  Saudi airstrikes and warships continue to pound the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah on Monday, with escalating strikes coinciding with Saudi-backed ground...


Over 50k Killed In The War In Yemen Since 2015 "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Joziah Thayer According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, the death toll from the war in Yemen is 56,000 deaths and...


APC denies marginalising Olusola Oke, begs him to stay Newtelegraph

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has appealed to Olushola Oke not to dump the party for the opposition party. Mr Oke was the governorship candidate of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the last governorship election in the state. He came third in the poll. The party through its Publicly Secretary, Mr Alex []

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Buhari asks NASS to approve 2019-2021 MTEF Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded 2019 to 2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) to the National Assembly for approval. The President of the Senate, Dr, Bukola Saraki, read the letter at plenary on Tuesday. In a letter addressed to the President of the Senate, President Buhari, urged the lawmakers to []

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How Yemeni Immigrant Activists In NYC Are Changing A Whole Communitys Mindset "IndyWatch Feed War"

Riyadh Alhirdi is trying not to cry. Hes sitting in the Yemeni American Merchants Associations (YAMA) new offices in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, explaining the convoluted process of procuring asylum for his wife and five children. Alhirdi, who is 43-year-old and was born in Yemen, has been dealing with opaque immigration procedures regarding his family for over four years. They have been stuck in Egypt since 2015 because the American Consulate in war-torn Yemen is closed. Although he talks on video chats with them daily, over the past eight years, he has been with his family only once.


I am distressed, depressed by killings in Nigeria President Buhari Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is distressed and depressed by the ethno-religious killings in the country, appealing to Nigerians to learn to live together in peace and harmony. The president said this when he received leaders of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), led by Rev Dr Dachollom Datiri at the State House, Abuja, []

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Dogara condemns assassination attempt on Ekweremadu Newtelegraph

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has condemned the apparent assassination attempt on the deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, his wife and son, by unknown gunmen, adding that as the 2019 elections draw closer, the Nigeria Police and indeed all security agencies must ensure that acts of intimidation and coercion such []

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Museveni cooks up a storm with comment about men in the kitchen "IndyWatch Feed World"

Uganda's 74-year-old President, Yoweri Museveni, is accused of sexism for saying that cooking is not a man's role.


Gen. Alkali: Lalong slams community, religious leaders for hiding criminals Newtelegraph

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has chided community and religious leaders in the state for hiding and protecting criminals in their domains. Lalong spoke with State House correspondents after he and a delegation of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) had a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, []

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Kaduna killings: Nigerias Ambassador reacts, call for Peace Newtelegraph

The Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Congo Mrs. Deborah Iliya has condemn in strong terms the recent abduction and killing of the Paramount Traditional Ruler Adara Chiefdom Dr. Maiwada Galadima as well as the communal violence that occurred in Kasuwan Magani as some part of the state which claimed the lives of many residents. []

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Eurasian siskins singing, video "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video is about Eurasian siskins singing.

They live in Europe, Asia and north Africa.


United States anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-women violence and the Trump administration "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 6 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Another Extremist Conservative Attack And How Trumps Cuts To Anti-Extremist Programs Fueled Hate

A man walked into a hot yoga studio and murdered two women, injured others, and turned the gun on himself. Trumps cuts to anti-extremist right wing programs has led to a dangerous spike in domestic terrorism.

Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.


Egypt's Youth Forum ridiculed as nation mourns attack victims "IndyWatch Feed War"


Egyptian President Sisi has been reprimanded over the conference while attack on Coptic community took place on the same day


MWANGA: An experience of the senses Newtelegraph

On Sunday, the 11th of November 2018, the panoramic hall of The Civic Center Lagos will play host to the creme de la creme of the society and esteemed personalities as they gather for the hugely anticipated official grand unveiling of Mwanga Africa Home of bespoke scented candles and diffusers. Following its launch earlier []

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House of Reps pays tribute to late Anenih, observes a minute silence Newtelegraph

The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, described late Chief Tony Anenih as a true democrat. The tribute followed a letter by Rep Segius Oguns (Edo-PDP) and read by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, notifying the House of the demise of Anenih. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that late Anenih, who passed away while the National []

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Codename Cuckoo: Who was Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi? "IndyWatch Feed War"


Mystery still surrounds life and death of man whose false claim of a link between al-Qaeda and Iraq helped US and UK officials make case for war


American Wars: Were Killing Thousands of People to Enrich a Few Powerful Corporations "IndyWatch Feed World"

November 7th, 2018 By Alex Potter Guest writer for Wake Up World Ive lived in Yemen. The lives of its people are worth more than any military contract. The other day, over 20 people died in an airstrike in Yemen"s coastal city of Hodeidah. The bombs, dropped by a Saudi-led coalition, hit a farmers market, where men from []


Birds, how high do they fly? "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 6 November 2018 video says about itself:

Bird flight height comparison:

Migratory birds and birds of prey can reach substantial heights while flying. This list gives the highest recorded flights for various species (limited to observations of 4,500 metres/15,000 feet and above).

Here is the list of some of the highest flying birds in the world:

Northern pintail
White stork
Bar-tailed godwit
Siberian crane
Andean condor
Bearded vulture
Steppe eagle
Demoiselle crane
Alpine chough
Whooper swan
Bar-headed goose
Common crane
Rppells vulture

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Kenyan MP's cash-for-babies bid to save his constituency "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Kenyan MP has come up with a plan to stop his constituency from being scrapped: he will give Sh2,000 (15) to every woman who gives birth to increase the population.


'All hope is gone': Parents of deceased Yemeni girl speak out in emotional interview "IndyWatch Feed World"

The grief-stricken parents of the young Yemeni girl who died of malnutrition last week have spoken in a heart-rending interview after images of their emaciated child drew attention to the nation's worsening humanitarian disaster. Harrowing photos of the now-deceased seven-year-old Amal Hussain published by the New York Times put a human face on Yemen's famine and highlighted the impact of the Saudi-Arabia led bombing campaign on the country's vulnerable civilians, millions of whom are facing starvation. In an interview with RT's Ruptly video agency, Amal's mother, Mariam Ali said that she had lost hope since the death of her young daughter."Our situation is deteriorating, and we suffer from malnutrition. We do not have healthy nutrition," Ali said, explaining that she returned home from hospital with her sick daughter after receiving a call to say another one of her children was unwell.


EXCLUSIVE: UK spy agencies knew source of false Iraq war intelligence was tortured "IndyWatch Feed War"


MI6 officer saw Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, who later falsely told interrogators of a link between Iraq and al-Qaeda, being flown to Egypt in a sealed coffin


Kano Assembly Minority Leader dumps PDP for PRP Newtelegraph

The Minority Leader of the Kano State House of Assembly representing Kura/Garun Malam constituency, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad-Chiromawa has defected from Peoples Democratic Party to Peoples Redemption Party. The member announced his defection while briefing newsmen on Monday in Kano. Muhammad-Ciromawa also said he has resigned his position as the Minority Leader of the assembly. According []

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Proper Documentation Vital to Eradicating Statelessness in Nigeria, West Africa -Experts Newtelegraph

By: Olajide Adelana Participants at a round-table meeting organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja have harped on the need for West African countries to have robust biometric data of people living in the region. The roundtable which was on addressing statelessness []

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Ike Ekweremadu, wife, son escape assassination attempt Newtelegraph

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has escaped an assassination attempt alongside his wife and one of his sons. The incident was confirmed in a statement by Uche Anichukwu, who is the Special Adviser on Media to Ekweremadu. The statement said: The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, his wife, and son escaped []

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Yemen government eyes budget as war famine looms "IndyWatch Feed War"


Yemens government ordered tighter tax collection at ports under its control Tuesday as it began preparing its 2019 budget with no end in sight to nearly four years of war.

The government had approved just one formal budget since rebels overran the capital Sanaa in 2014, seizing most of the rest of the country and forcing President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee into exile.

AFP/File | A child suffering from severe malnutrition lies in hospital on the outskirts of Yemens government-held third Taez, on October 30, 2018

After a meeting in its interim headquarters in second city Aden late on Monday, the government announced the formation of a committee to draw up a 2019 budget, which is again expected to run a huge deficit.

This years budget, approved in January, projected a deficit of $1.3 billion. There has been no official update since then on the state of the governments finances but the actual deficit is expected to be far higher.

The value of the Yemeni rial has dived more than 36 percent since the start of the year, despite a $2 billion deposit in the central bank by Saudi Arabia aimed at shoring it up.

The rial has now lost two-thirds of its value since 2015, when a Saudi-led military coalition intervened in support of Hadis government triggering a gruelling war of attrition.

The collapse in purchasing power in an impoverished country long dependent on imports for basic foodstuffs has left most of the population dependent on humanitarian aid and nearly 14 million at risk of famine.

The government levies taxes and duties totalling 10 percent on goods entering areas under its control but the war has made collection uneven.

The cabinet approved measures to improve collection on all taxable imports at all land, sea and air ports in liberated areas, the government-run Saba news agency reported on Tuesday.

The move came as fighting flared around the Red Sea city of Hodeida home to Yemens most important port which has been under rebel control since 2014 but has been under assault by government and coalition forces since June.

There was a brief lull in the fighting as the United Nations attempted to convene peace talks in Switzerland in early September but it resumed when that effort collapsed.

Aid agencies have warned that an all-out battle for Hodeida, the entry point for nearly all UN-supervised humanitarian aid, would trigger heavy civilian casualties and a major famine.

The World Bank has said that no improve...


Tanzanias Robin Hurt on Chinese rhino horn decision Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Robin Hurt, Kenyan hunting safari operator in Tanzania and Namibia and now game rancher, with decades of wildlife experience, has commented on the Chinese decision to allow use of farmed rhino horn and tiger products in TCM. When he says CITES, that means the Parties (countries) that belong to CITES. His words:

This, after some careful consideration, is my personal take on the Chinese announcement that will be allowing legal trade of rhino horn in China .

I have mixed feelings at present about the Chinese announcement. If Cites would allow the legal and controlled harvesting of horn from rhino (a harmless process to the animal and possible for up to five times in a rhinos normal life time, as it quickly grows back) then the Chinese announcement would go hand in hand with helping to fund rhino conservation.

However if it is to be a stand alone decision for China without Cites harvesting approval for African rhino, then the current bloody slaughter carried out by illegal poachers in Africa will certainly escalate. Maybe the Chinese announcement will now hopefully force Cites to seriously reconsider their stand on harvesting horn from African rhino? We shall have to wait and see.

All I know is that everything except for harvesting has been tried and nothing has worked to stop rhino poaching. Rhino conservation is expensive. If rhino are to survive in the long term then they have to become a competitive form of land use directly benefitting those humans that steward them. Harvesting of horn is a simple and effective way of doing this.

I always ask What is better, the harmless removal of horn five times in a rhinos life time OR being killed illegally for a one off horn removal? To me the answer is obvious.

The other advantage of harvesting will be to make rhino conservation more interesting and financially worth while to a much wider range of audience including land owners and communities with wildlife user rights. Currently it is a financial burden that most rhino conservation projects struggle with and relies hugely of private funding and on the good will of donors to help support that cost.

Robin Hurt


Idris Elba named People mags sexiest man alive Newtelegraph

Actor Idris Elba, who James Bond fans are campaigning to be the next person to play 007, was named the sexiest man alive on Monday by People magazine. The London-born actor, 46, said he didnt believe it when the magazine told him. I was like, Come on, no way. Really? Elba told the celebrity publication. []

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Ebola virus infects 300 people in eastern Congo Official Newtelegraph

The deadly Ebola virus has infected 300 people in Congo since an outbreak erupted almost two months ago in the countrys east, the health ministry said on Tuesday. Ebola is a deadly disease caused by a virus, though there are five strains, and four of them can make people sick. After entering the body, it []

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2019 Elections: Corps members will not work in volatile regions NYSC Newtelegraph

To ensure safety of corps members during the 2019 elections, the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, said that corps members would not perform ad-hoc duties in volatile regions. Kazaure gave the assurance during a working visit to the NYSC 2018 Batch C Stream 1 Orientation Camp in Sagamu, Ogun on Tuesday. []

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Don't be fooled by US calls for Yemen ceasefire. It's PR spin for more war "IndyWatch Feed War"

The request for a cessation of hostilities within 30 days is yet another PR exercise designed to justify, rather than to reign in, this brutal war


Access to Justice condemns Buharis stand on Osisioma pipeline explosion Newtelegraph

A human rights group, Access to Justice, has faulted President Mohammadu Buha stand on the recent pipeline explosion at Osisioma Ngwa Area of Abia State where no fewer than 200 people reportedly lost their lives. President Buhari, speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, about the incident, had expressed regret []

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Chad two more relocated rhinos die in Zakouma Africa Sustainable Conservation News

African Parks

Statement from the CEO:
Update on Rhinos in Zakouma

Dear Friends,

Regrettably, we have further bad news to report from Chad. An additional two black rhino carcasses were discovered in Zakouma National Park last week, bringing the total mortalities to four, of the six that were reintroduced in May this year. We can confirm that none of these rhinos werepoached and we are taking all actions to determine what may have resulted in their deaths.

Post-mortems have been conducted on the rhino carcasses and various samples of blood, tissue and fecal matter were sent to specialist pathology laboratories in South Africa.Histopathological results so far have indicated that infectious diseases or plant toxicity are not the cause of death. Serological evidence has however indicated exposure to trypanosomes, a blood borne parasite transmitted by tsetse flies, but at this stage this is not suspected to be the cause of the mortalities. Low fat reserves do suggest however that maladaptation by the rhinos to their new environment is the likely underlying cause, although tests to be undertaken on brain and spinal fluid may shed additional light on the exact cause of deaths.

On the advice of a team of veterinarians experienced in working with black rhinos, the remaining two animals are being recaptured and placed in holding facilities in order to facilitate closer management; and a SANParks veterinarian was dispatched to Zakouma National Park...


How it was calculated that $1bn needed to save Africas lions Africa Sustainable Conservation News

The Conservation

November 5, 2018 3.33pm GMT
Theres a need to secure Africas 282 massive lionscapes. Shutterstock

A billion dollars. Thats approximately what it would cost, to save the African lion. Thats a billion dollars each year, every year into the foreseeable future.

The startling price tag comes from a calculation we did, starting with a new database we compiled of available funding in protected areas with lions. To our knowledge its the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of its kind.

Protected areas are the corne...


Saudi Arabia Grilled Over Human Rights Record at UN Review "IndyWatch Feed War"

Geneva (MEE Saudi Arabia has insisted that its investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be fair, amid a barrage of criticism at a United Nations meeting on Monday.
us contingent in syria Saudi special forces patrol Aden in Yemen's south 2015Flickr: AHMED FARWAN

The half-day public debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva came just over than a month after the Saudi insider-turned-critic was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish officials said last week that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate on 2 October in a planned hit, and his body was then dismembered and dissolved in acid.

The head of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Bandar Al Aiban, stressed that the country is committed to carry out a fair investigation.

All persons involved in that crime will be prosecuted, he said.

Related: WATCH: GPA Editor Delivers Statement to UNHRC in Response to Yemen GEE Report

The so-called Universal Periodic Review which all 193 UN-member countries must undergo approximately every four years came as a Turkish official charged on Monday that Saudi Arabia sent experts to Turkey to cover up the journalists murder before allowing Turkish police to search the consulate.

The murder has placed huge strains on Saudi Arabias relationship with the United States and other allies and has tarnished the image of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Calls to end Yemen war, use of death penalty

During Mondays review, several Western countries voiced outrage at the killing, with many calling for a credible and transparent investigation, and some, like Iceland and Costa Rica, went further and demanded an international probe.

The British ambassador to the UN, Julian Braithwaite, told the council his country was &...


Central Africa/Congo military training for eco-guards in Sangha Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Agence dInformation dAfrique CentraleFortunate Ibara,
November 3, 2018

The training takes place in the department of Sangha, on November 3
according to the Dispatches of Brazzaville, the World Wide Fund for Nature
(WWF) and the project Tridom Interzone Congo (Etic).

The main purpose of the internship is to provide new recruits with military
and professional knowledge so that the work of protecting and conserving
natural resources can be carried out quickly and efficiently.

The extent of poaching that is taking place today in our sub-region in
general and particularly in our country, poaching practiced with weapons
and munitions of war, the threat it engenders no longer only weighs on
wildlife but also and now, on the peace and security of our states. For
almost ten years, we have even been talking about environmental terrorism,
said Frederic Lambert Bockandza-Paco, director of the Congolese Wildlife
and Protected Areas Agency.

The modules of this training focused on the basics of different areas:
paramilitary, forestry, ecological, socio-economic, moral, ethical and
human rights, legislative, nature conservation, criminal law and general
information as they applied to environmental crime.

The knowledge acquired will increase the rangers response capacity and the
number of rangers at the Etic project sites, the Tala Tala Jua-lkie
anti-poaching monitoring unit, the Ntokou Pikounda National Park and the
cross-border migration corridors of large mammals of the transboundary
complex of the trinidad Dja-Odzala-Minkebe.

?The WWF is looking to strengthen its workforce for more deployment in the
field, including a large periphery is cross-border with Gabon and
Cameroon,? said Dieudonn? Patrice Ekoutouba Perfect Bobcela, Etic

These ecoguard students were selected following a call for applications
launched by the officials of the Ntokou-Pikounda National Park. Aged at
least 30 years, they come from the localities of Ngbala, Pikounda,
Tala-Tala, Souank?, Semb?, Ntokou and Garabizam. Their selection took into
account aspects of gender and ethnic minorities.

The holding of this internship concretizes the commitment made by the
government to ensure sustainable management of natural resources and
maintain the security of protected areas, through the Congolese Wildlife
and Protected Areas Agency in Congo.

?The sustainable management of our wildlife resources, with a view to the
development of ecotourism and the diversification of the national economy,
is considered among the fundamental points of the prospective vision of the
President of the Republic, Denis Sassou NGuesso?, said a speaker during
the training.

Recall that the northe...


Nigeria the need to protect forests Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Guardian (Nigeria)

Worried by increasing depletion of forest resources, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has stressed the need for formulation and implementation of a strategy to recover over 50per cent of lost forests to reduce effect of climate change.

Accordingly, the foundation has also canvassed for legal framework, which could aid access to global forest recovery in the continent.

Speaking during the presentation of 2017 Annual report at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Lagos, the Director-General of the Foundation, Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano said there was the need to explore series of strategies toward recovery and preservation of forest in the country.

Aminu-Kano stated that the stoppage of laudable initiatives in the past, which are aimed at restoring the nations forests by authorities, has impacted negatively on the sector.

It compounded dessert encroachment, gully erosion and other effects of climate change. A global meeting called the United Nation Forum on Forests was held in Germany and African countries made commitments to restoring the forests and had begun work but Nigeria had done nothing to that effect. Nigeria made a specific commitment of restoring four million hectares of forests by 2030. After three years, nothing has happened in Nigeria.

The DG said NCF was ready to use its knowledge and skills to help the country to meet its obligations in preservation of forests.

In his address, NCF Board of Trustees, Chief Philip Asiodu, noted that the foundations has been established in seven states to promote the agenda for trees planting.

To further strengthen its relationships with the government agencies and parastatals, embassies of foreign governments and other civil societies, he disclosed that the Lekki Conservation Centre hosted High Commissioners of Embassies; France, USA and UK, government officials and representatives of partners and sponsors as well as collaborated with corporate organisations, institutions and government agencies to tackle critical conservation matters.

In furtherance of our mission of forest conservation, our flagship project, Green Recovery Nigeria Initiative which was launched in 2016, we made progress with a meeting of stakeholders to chart...


UK animal rights campaigners try to put pressure on Botswana over hunting decision Africa Sustainable Conservation News

This is based on an animal rights PR piece and so is an account of the anti-hunt view. Time these people let the people of Botswana decide for themselves instead of dictating and taking on rights to govern African wildlife they do not have. KS

The Ecologist (UK)

Campaigners demand halt to trophy hunting plan

Marianne Brooker


5th November 2018

Trophy hunter with hippo
Celebrities speak out after Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting.[KS- this is incorrrect the ban has not yet been lifted.]

Leading conservationists [not conservationists but animal rights advocates, try to get it right, KS], celebrities and MPs have objected to plans that would allow trophy hunters to legally kill the worlds most important elephant population.

A demonstration against proposals by Botswanas government to permit the resumption of elephant hunting took place in...


2,400-Year-Old Shipwreck Believed To Be The Worlds Oldest Was Just Discovered Intact At The Bottom Of The Black Sea "IndyWatch Feed World"

  Shipwreck Black Sea

What we have in the Black Sea i extraordinary and it will allow us to reconstruct ship types over all our history.  After all, just what do we know of the ship building craft circa 1200 AD and how did it evolve. 

Much more interesting is that trade shipping existed for at least six thousand years and potentially even ten thousand years.  An extensive early society existed in the Danubian region in particular before ultimately overwhelmed by horse warriors.  This region had reason to trade as far afield as Egypt.   Thus the Western Black Sea should be a treasure trove of lost shipping and some may well be even buried in the mud.

We need to collect wood samples around the mouth of the Danube to establish how old the clear bottom actually is..

2,400-Year-Old Shipwreck Believed To Be The Worlds Oldest Was Just Discovered Intact At The Bottom Of The Black Sea

Published October 23, 2018
Evidence of a similar vessel appears on an ancient Greek vase featuring the infamous Homeric character, Odysseus, tied to its...


Community Devt: Ikpeazu adopts direct touch approach Newtelegraph

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that his administration has evolved a new strategy for rapid community development in the state to be known as Direct Touch Initiative. Speaking yesterday with the people of Ikwuano during an enlarged stakeholders meeting held at Iberenta in Ikwuano Local Government Area of the State, Governor Ikpeazu []

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Respect our mandate, 26 Ogun Assembly candidates tell Oshiomhole Newtelegraph

Twenty-six candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Ogun State House of Assembly yesterday appealed to the partys National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to respect the mandates given to them by members in the state. They asked Oshiomhole to accept the outcome of the recent legislative primaries and submit their names to the Independent []

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UI, AAUA, UNILAG, LAUTECH, FUNAAB, others join ASUU strike Newtelegraph

Academic activities in governmentowned universities across the federation will be disrupted beginning from today. Already, some of the universities yesterday began indefinite nationwide strike following Sundays directive of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Findings by New Telegraph in some ivory towers indicated that in most campuses, normal academic activities were ongoing as the []

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Unity Bank de-risks balance sheet Newtelegraph

  Unity Bank of Nigeria Plc has announced a total derisking of its balance sheet, ridding the bank of toxic legacy assets and paving the way for significantly improved return on shareholder value in the coming years. Already, signs of a return to improved performance was evident in the third quarter, 2018 result of the []

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Boundary: Surveyors seek modern mapping technologies Newtelegraph

  Land surveyors have called for the adoption of continuous reference station (CORS) to prevent land boundary overlapping in Nigeria. Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Lagos State chapter l, Mr Adesina Adeleke and Principal Consultant, Sacridion Geospatial Engineering, Mr Chika Okorocha, made these calls in Lagos. According to them, the technologies will help to []

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Primary one pupil, nine others die in auto crashes Newtelegraph

  A primary one pupil lost his life in an auto accident in Makurdi, Benue State while nine others died in another crash on Enugu-Port-Harcourt Expressway, Enugu State at the weekend. Two others were injured in the Benue accident while 12 people were wounded in the Enugu incident. The victim of the Benue accident, which []

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Defection: Obianos ex-aide appeals to APGA members Newtelegraph

A group under the aegis of United Anambra Youth Assembly (U-AYA), has passed a vote of confidence on the National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA, Chief Victor Oye. The President/General of the group, Mr Chinedu Obidigwe, who is a former aide to the state governor, Willie Obiano, stated this after a review []

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NFF, Rohr in cold war Newtelegraph

Coach groans over federations interference     The Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr is no longer enjoying a cordial relationship with his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation, after he complained about undue and constant interference with his job. Rohr started his career with the Eagles on a strong footingwith the NFF chieftains throwing their weight []

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Sapele Power, Seistechs deals turn sour Newtelegraph

  The business transaction between Sapele Power Plc (SPP), owner and operator of the 1,020MW Sapele Power Plant, and Seistech has turned sour with the former alleging that the Police was bias in reconciling the two parties. A Storage Lease Agreement dated September 6, 2016 was, according to checks by this newspaper, negotiated and executed []

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Champions League: Barcelona may unleash Messi on Inter Newtelegraph

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said captain Lionel Messi could feature against Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday, little more than two weeks after breaking his arm. Messi was a surprise inclusion in the squad list as he was expected to be out of action for three weeks after breaking a bone in his []

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Abahlali baseMjondolo: Factual Errors in Mail & Guardian Article "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Africa: Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement of Monday, 5 November 2018.

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

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.

As everybody knows our movement has been subject to sustained violence, including assassinations by the izinkabi and murders by the police, municipal security and the Anti-land Invasion Unit. On 8 October we marched, in our thousands, against political violence.

We are not the only organisation that is subject to political violence in KwaZulu-Natal. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the South African Communist Party and various political parties, including the ruling party have all had their members assassinated. Most of the people who have been killed are ANC leaders who have been killed on the orders of other ANC leaders.

On 18 October Sbu Maphumulo the ANC councillor for Ward 88 in Umlazi was assassinated. The next day the African News Agency reported that:

Maphumulo made local headlines last year when shack-dweller group Abahlali baseMjondolo accused him of intimidating one of its Silver City, uMlazi, branch leaders at a community meeting.

The group claimed Maphumulo stormed the meeting with police officers and hitmen.

Speaking to ANA on Friday after the news of Maphumulos murder, Abahlali president Sbu Zikode said: He was one of the councillors that intimidated Abahlali leaders in our Silver City branch in Umlazi.

We had opened an intimidation case against him and the police would not arrest him. He would come into Abahlali meetings with his armed men and intimidate and disturb our meetings. May his soul rest in peace.

Having said that, I do want to say, our condolences to Maphumulos family and children. No human being deserves this kind of brutality. That is why we came out in our thousands last week to say...


Uber is going to triple its Uber Eats staff across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed World"

The companys increasingly important food delivery division is looking to better take on rivals.

The company has said it plans to add an additional 600 Uber Eats staff across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East in an attempt to better take on rival food delivery services such as Just Eat and Deliveroo, reports Bloomberg. A tripling of its staff would mean that Uber will employ 900 people in its Uber Eats divisionup from 300 today.

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Civilians Trapped as Saudi Airstrikes and Warships Pound Yemeni City of Hodeidah "IndyWatch Feed War"

(ANTIWAR.COM)  Saudi airstrikes and warships continue to pound the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah on Monday, with escalating strikes coinciding with Saudi-backed ground forces advancing closer to the city, just three miles from the port itself, according to officials. This further limits the movement of aid into and out of the vital port, which before the Saudi []


Uwheru Monarch Lauds Achievements Of Oghene Egoh Of Lagos Rep Urhobo Today

Hon (Prince) Oghene Emma Egoh, representing Amuwo Odofin federal constituency in Lagos state

By Young Erhiurhoro
LAGOS NOVEMBER 6TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The traditional ruler of Uwheru Kingdom in Ughelli North LGA of Delta state, HRM, Agbaovwe Afugbeya, Oyise 11 has recently appreciated an Uwheru indigene, Hon (Prince) Oghene Emma Egoh, representing Amuwo Odofin federal constituency in Lagos state who is creating political impacts of development in both his constituency in Lagos and his home town of Uwheru.
The traditional ruler who spoke to in his palace at Uruvwigbo-Erovie Quarters, Uwheru town applauded the federal law maker saying, Our people say, when you appreciate a farmer, his cutlass becomes sharper. In fact, this is what I can do to our son, Hon (Prince) Emma Egoh. He has really proved to be a true son and a prince of Uwheru Kingdom. Why are we appreciating him? We are appreciating him because of his support to Uwheru development. As a law maker, even in another state, he has used his position to influence projects to Uwheru Kingdom. Worthy of mention, is this palace road. This road contract is awarded by the NDDC through his influence. Before now, this road was in very deplorable condition. You can see that, the project is ongoing. That one is just an example of the numerous projects he has influenced to this place.
Without doubt, Hon. Egoh is a key player in Uwheru development. Ther...


Principal, Staff Complain Of Excesses Of Vigilante Group In Unenurhie Secondary School Urhobo Today

Delta CP, Mustafa

By Young Erhiurhoro
LAGOS NOVEMBER 6TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Principal and staff of Unenurhie Secondary School, Unenurhie community, Evwreni Kingdom , Ughelli North LGA of Delta state has cried out over the excesses of the community vigilante group under wise known as Civil Defence Corps.
The Acting Principal of the college,Mrs Oghoro who spoke to alleged that they have been experiencing sporadic gun shots by the men of this security outfit which has a check point close to the school.
This regular gun shots fired by the vigilant group make the learning environment to be hostile to both students and teachers. As you can see, this is a school for young children. It ought to be a serene and conducive environment for meaningful learning and other academic activities to take place. But the activities of these security men in recent times are disturbing to us.
Since we resumed this term, they have pursued drivers and passengers into the school premises, shooting at them at different times. The first one occurred during a morning assembly session and another one occurred immediately after the students were dispatched into their various classrooms. And you know students, they would be ru...


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A Warm Embrace from the People of Pyongyang
Yesterday, around 1:00 pm local time, Cubas President arrived in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to begin his official visit

Yaima Puig Meneses |
November 5, 2018 08:11:11

Cubas President Miguel Daz-Canel Bermdez and the delegation accompanying him departed the Russian Federation Saturday night, after a busy visit, to arrive in Pyongyang, where a great multitude waited to greet them, cheering and waving the flags of the two countries.

It was around 1:00 pm local time when they reached the citys international airport where he was welcomed with full military honors by Kim Jong-un, President of the Workers' Party of Korea, and of the  Democratic People's Republic of Koreas State Committee, and Commander in Chief of the Korean Peoples Army.


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Kim Jong Un Hosts Banquet in Honor of Cuban Leader
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, hosted a grand banquet to welcome the DPRK visit by Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, president of the Council of State and president of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, on Sunday evening.

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju warmly greeted the Cuban counterparts at the lobby of the Mokran House, the venue of the banquet.

Present there were Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, Premier Pak Pong Ju, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, other senior officials of the Korean Party and government and commanding officers of the Korean People's Army.

Present there at invitation were the members of the Cuban delegation and staff members of the Cuban embassy in Pyongyang.

Kim Jong Un together with Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez entered the banquet hall to a thunderous ovation of all those present.

Kim Jong Un made a speech in welcome of the DPRK visit by Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez.

He said that the meeting with the Cuban President marked a watershed in demonstrating the will to eternally carry forward the bilateral friendship.

Saying that the two countries are in the same trench in the struggle for defending sovereignty and dignity of their countries and safeguarding international justice, he expressed invariable support and encouragement to the Cuban people building a powerful and prosperous country.

He expressed thanks to the friendly Cuban Party, government and people for extending absolute support and encouragement to the DPRKs efforts for the building of socialism and the independent reunification of Korea and expressed his will to consolidate and develop the strategic and comradely friendship with Cuba.

Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez made a speech in reply.

He emphasized t...


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Cuban President Arrives in Pyongyang, Received by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un
At the invitation of Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, president of the Council of State and president of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, arrived in Pyongyang by his personal plane on Sunday to visit the DPRK.

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un greeted him at Pyongyang International Airport.

Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju came out to the airport.

Present there were Kim Yong Nam, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, Premier Pak Pong Ju, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, Ri Su Yong and Pak Thae Song, members of the Political Bureau and vice-chairmen of the WPK Central Committee, Ri Yong Ho, member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and foreign minister, Kim Nung O, alternate member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and chairman of the Pyongyang Municipal Committee of the WPK, Deputy Premier Ri Ryong Nam and Ma Chol Su, DPRK ambassador to Cuba.

Army General Kim Su Gil, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army, Army General Ri Yong Gil, chief of the KPA General Staff, Army General No Kwang Chol, minister of the People's Armed Forces, and other commanding officers of the KPA were also present there.

Ambassador Jesus De Los Angeles Aise Sotolongo and staff members of the Cuban embassy in Pyongyang were on hand.

Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju warmly greeted Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez and his wife Lis Cuesta Perasa.

The DPRK Supreme Leader introduced to his Cuban counterpart the leading officials of the Part...


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Talks with Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez
Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, had talks with Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, president of the Council of State and president of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, on the afternoon of November 4.

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju met the Cuban President and his wife outside the talks room of the Paekhwawon State Guest House in a warm atmosphere, exchanged greetings with their hands held each other and had a souvenir photo taken.

Then, there was a tete-a-tete between Kim Jong Un and Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez.

Warmly welcoming the DPRK visit of Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, president of the Council of State and president of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Kim Jong Un said that the current visit of the delegation would offer an occasion for demonstrating the invincibility of the traditional fellowship, trust, friendship and solidarity of the peoples of the two countries and serve as a manifestation of support and solidarity to the Korean people's just cause.

Noting that he was deeply moved to receive the warm hospitality and enthusiastic welcome by Kim Jong Un, the Korean Party and government and Pyongyang citizens, the Cuban President said that the Cuban party, government and people were pleased to see the Korean people invariably advancing along the road chosen by themselves and making a rapid development under the leadership of Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong Un and Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez informed each other of the achievements and experiences gained in the party and state activities of their countries for building socialism to suit to the specific conditions of each country and expressed full support and solidarity with each other. They discussed the issue of further expanding and developing cooperation and exchanges in various fields, including the economy, culture, public health, science and technology to meet common interests.

There was an in-depth exchange of views on the crucial issues of common concern of the WPK and the Communist Party of Cuba and on the international situation and a consensus of views on all...


Ruga: A community hit by blindness Newtelegraph

Ruga, a makeshift community, located two kilometres away from the Abuja City Gate, was relatively unknown to many until recently when a strange illness that was making both children and adults go blind in an unbelievable manner came to town. CALEB ONWE reports   It was the strange illness that drew global attention to this []

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President of Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba Arrives
At the invitation of Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, president of the Council of State and president of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, arrived in Pyongyang by his personal plane on November 4 to visit the DPRK.

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un greeted him at Pyongyang International Airport.

Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju came out to the airport.

Present there were Kim Yong Nam, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK; Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee; Premier Pak Pong Ju, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK; Ri Su Yong and Pak Thae Song, members of the Political Bureau and vice-chairmen of the WPK Central Committee; Ri Yong Ho, member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and foreign minister; Kim Nung O, alternate member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and chairman of the Pyongyang Municipal Committee of the WPK; Ri Ryong Nam, vice-premier of the Cabinet; and Ma Chol Su, DPRK ambassador to Cuba.

Army General Kim Su Gil, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army; Army General Ri Yong Gil, chief of the KPA General Staff; Army General No Kwang Chol, minister of the People's Armed Forces; and other commanding officers of the KPA were also present there.

Ambassador Jesus De Los Angeles Aise Sotolongo and staff members of the Cuban embassy in the DPRK were on hand.

Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju warmly greeted Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez and his wife Lis Cuesta Perasa.

Kim Jong Un introduced to Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez the leading officials of the Party and the government and the commanding officers of the KP...


'Grim irony': Saudi attacks use British intelligence to destroy UK aid facilities in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

A vital cholera treatment center in Abs, in the Hajjah province, was hit in June in airstrikes which are supported by British intelligence, reported by the Independent. British-backed Saudi bombing destroyed Oxfam facilities in Yemen, said the United Kingdom charity. The information about the destruction of facilities of the humanitarian organization emerged during last week's parliamentary debates in the House of Commons where U.K. ministres were evaluating the impact of the country's arms sale to Riyadh. A vital cholera treatment center in Abs, in the Hajjah province, was hit in June in airstrikes which are supported by British intelligence, according to British news outlet Independent. The location of the treatment facility was notified 12 times. In April, coalition air raids damaged an Oxfam supported water supply system that provided water for 6,000 people. "On the one hand, British aid is a vital lifeline, on the other, British bombs are helping to fuel an ongoing war that is...


Tackling macro-economic measures for effective housing delivery Newtelegraph

Over 200 members of African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF), who converged on Abidjan, Cote Divoire, have affirmed their readiness to address challenges and opportunities in Africas housing finance chain. Dayo Ayeyemi reports   If some of the declarations made at the end of this years African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) are anything to []

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Stakeholders chart direction for education quality Newtelegraph

     paint gloomy picture of sector at Edu360 launch Minister: We need to reverse the ugly trend DYSFUNCTION Stakeholders, last week, rose to the challenges of fixing the education sector, which, according to them, needs to be repositioned to meet the needs of the country   Stakeholders have bemoaned the glowing dysfunction in the education []

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Concerns rise over dearth of female VCs Newtelegraph

SHORTAGE The dearth of female vice-chancellors in Nigerian universities is raising a fresh concern, but stakeholders claimed that the dynamics is a reflection of the low proportion of female to male professors in the system. KAYODE OLANREWAJU examines the development   Okebukola: Figure still alright in Nigerian varsities The dearth of female Vice- Chancellors in []

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Iyang-Eyen: Emmanuel not playing politics with projects Newtelegraph

The Commissioner for Works in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ephraim Iyang-Eyen, in this interview, speaks about on-going road projects in the state and governments efforts to complete them within the next few months. TONY ANICHEBE repors   With the time left before this administration terminates, how many of the states road projects do you think []

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Three female presidential candidates, shameful Anifowose Newtelegraph

Mrs. Jumoke Anifowose, a former Ondo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, is an ex-chairman of Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, she speaks on the 2019 elections, APC post-primary election crises and women participation in politics   What is your take on the post-primary elections crises in your []

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Another look at PIGB, NNPCs assets sale Newtelegraph

The planned listing of 40 per cent flagship asset of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) through Initial Public Offering (IPO) may be a stillbirth. Adeola Yusuf writes   Penultimate weekend, it was, that clouds thickened over the planned listing of 40 per cent flagship asset of the NNPC. The action, billed for execution through []

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Cuba, North Korea Reaffirm Historic Ties at First Summit in Thirty Years
DPRK state media hails two nations' "special friendship" and "joint struggle" against imperialism

Colin Zwirko
North Korea News 
November 5th, 2018

Cuban President Miguel Daz-Canel arrived in Pyongyang on Sunday for the first state visit by a Cuban leader to North Korea in over thirty years, joining the countrys leader Kim Jong Un in condemning the imperialists policy of aggression, DPRK state media reported on Monday.

Kim greeted Daz-Canel at Pyongyang International Airport with a ceremonial welcome, which included a surprising backdrop of painted portraits of the two leaders a first for the Kim Jong Un era.

The meeting represents Kims eighth summit with a foreign head of state this year.

The two then held an official meeting, attended an arts performance, and held a dinner banquet, where there were discussions over expanding scientific and economic cooperation and reaffirming historic ties, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

At a dinner banquet late Sunday, Kim Jong Un reportedly said Daz-Canels visit marked a watershed in demonstrating the will to carry forward forever the friendship between the two countries.

Daz-Canel also echoed recent statements from Kim and elsewhere in DPRK state media alluding to the struggle against the U.S. and others amid ongoing denuclearization negotiations.

Speaking at the banquet, Daz-Canel voiced his will to meet all challenges by the hostile forces and to invariably carry forward the traditional friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.

An editorial in Sundays Rodong Sinmun welcoming the Cuban state visit also prominently featured this idea, saying the two countries are moving forward shoulder to shoulder in the joint struggle against the imperialists policy of aggression and war and for peace and the victory of socialist cause.

Today the Cuban people hold higher the banner of anti-imperialist independence and socialism in the face of tough sanctions and pressure by the imperialists under the guidance of Raul Castro Ruz and Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez true t...


Lighting up widows, youths lives Newtelegraph

The Nigerian Air Force Officers Wives Association (NAFOWA) has continued to empower widows, youths and vulnerable women with sustainable skills. EMMANUEL ONANI writes that 220 beneficiaries were unveiled at a recent event in Abuja   The Nigerian Air Force Officers Wives Association (NAFOWA), over the weekend, selected 220 widows and youths, to participate in its []

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100 aspirants in Ondo sue Oshiomhole, INEC, APC Newtelegraph

    One hundred House of Representatives and House of Assembly aspirants under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, dragged the partys National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court, over the outcome of the primaries in Ondo State.   The grouse of the aspirants, led []

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Dont go on strike, Buhari begs Labour Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to consider the giant steps taken by his administration to uplift the economic and political fortunes of the country.   The President said this feat was possible despite the huge challenges of resources inherited by the government. Buharis plea to the NLC is connected []

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Banditry: Masari gives matching order to security chiefs Newtelegraph

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, yesterday gave a matching order to security chiefs in the state to spare no effort in arresting those behind the resurgence of insecurity in the state.   He also decried the kidnapping and other forms of banditry that had taken over the state, saying such was threatening the lives []

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Blood on their hands Newtelegraph

There is nothing more appropriate to underscore a nation with broken consciousness and moral fibre than its present army of occupation across the country. It is a sign of dithering hope, fractured nationality, broken dialogue, and a clear absence of national cohesion and unanimity of purpose. Under a democracy, the Police are vested with the []

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Woman locks housemaid inside toilet, goes to church Newtelegraph

  A 35-year-old mother of two, Mabel Prince, has been arrested for allegedly locking her housemaid inside a toilet at the Baruwa Estate, Lagos. Prince was said to have locked the girl inside the toilet and headed for church. The 14-year-old housemaid was rescued by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Ipaja Police []

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Village head, 18 others arraigned for Alkalis murder Newtelegraph

Generals killing, highly regrettable Lalong   Police in Plateau State yesterday arraigned before a Jos High Court the 19 suspects arrested in connection with murder of Major General Idris Alkali (rtd). Alkalis body was found in an abandoned well at Guchwet village in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. This was as Governor []

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Fayoses administration failed to uphold heritage, says Fayemi Newtelegraph

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday berated his predecessor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, for abandoning valuable projects while at the helm of affairs. The governor bared his mind while on the tour of the Ikogosi water spring located in Ekiti West local government area as part of his visit to tourist centres in the state. []

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Ijebu-Jesa holds monarchs first coronation anniversary Newtelegraph

On Saturday, sons and daughters of Ijebu-Jesa, popularly referred to as Ijebu Egboro, Osun State, will converge on the ancient town, for the first coronation anniversary of the monarch, the Elegboro, HRM Oba Moses Olufemi Agunsoye, Abikehin-Ekun Agunsoye II. The Chairman, Planning Committee and President of Egboro Klub of Ijebu-Jesa, M. Gbenga Abudiore (an engineer), []

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Prophet in court for duping church member of N54.5m Newtelegraph

  Founder of Power of the Holy Ghost Evangelical Ministry aka Tuesday Tuesday Church, Prophet Cletus Ilongwo, was yesterday arraigned before an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos, for allegedly defrauding a church member of N54.5 million. Ilongwo was arraigned on an 11-count charge of fraud preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission []

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NCC Tennis League: Teams Offikwu, Leadway Assurance, Tech Vibes, Goshen qualify for semis Newtelegraph

The group phase of the NCC Tennis League was concluded over the weekend in six cities with Team Offikwu of Kaduna and Team Leadway Assurance fo Lagos emerging from the White Group while Team Tech Vibes of Jos led the White Group with Team Goshen of Ilorin clinching the second spot. In their final group []

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LASG: Ambodell deliver $70m Oshodi Transport Interchange before May 29 Newtelegraph

  Amidst concerns by Lagosians over what becomes of several ongoing projects in the state, the State Government yesterday assured that the $70 million Oshodi Transport Interchange would be completed before Governor Akinwunmi Ambode leaves Office on 29th May, 2019. The government reiterated that the ongoing project was conceived and being implemented to evolve a []

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Plateau Varsity: Community, herdsmen set to end grazing crisis Newtelegraph

To tackle insecurity challenge within and around the Plateau State University, Bokkos following the spate of clashes between the university community and Fulani herdsmen, the traditional council and leaders of Fulani have agreed to sign a peace pact in order to restore sanity to the area. The Saf Butura, Dr. John Gabriel Mallo Makwal, who []

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43 Years of Green March: Moroccos Occupation of West Sahara "IndyWatch Feed War"

Nov. 6 marks 43 years of Moroccos occupation of the Western Sahara, which has forced the Saharawis to continue living in precarious conditions in the desert. On Nov. 6, 1975, a mass demonstration was held by Morocco to force Spain to hand over the disputed province of Spanish Sahara to Morocco. During the infamous Green March 350,000...


Brazil: New Fascist Rio Governor Wants Snipers and Assassins "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gabriel Deslandes Rio police killed over 1000 people last year. Now Jair Bolsonaros neofascist gubernatorial ally says he wants police snipers to assassinate low level drug traffickers in favelas. The new Rio de Janeiro Governor-elect, Wilson Witzel, from the Partido Social Cristo (Social Christian Party/PSC) was elected with a campaign focused on one of Jair...


The New Battle For Nicaragua "IndyWatch Feed War"

Western media present the unrest in Nicaragua as a black and white fight between a brutal dictatorship and peaceful student protests. redfishs on the ground investigation finds thats far from the truth Months of civil unrest in Nicaragua have left hundreds dead and wounded. The international media has chosen to put the blame squarely on...


Russia and China Invest in Infrastructure, US Instead Spends on Military "IndyWatch Feed War"

Eric Zuesse Chinas Belt and Road Initiative is famous as an extension of their domestic infrastructure investments, but Russia is also investing heavily in infrastructure. Both countries need to do it in order to improve the future for their respective populations, and both Governments have avoided the Western development model of going heavily into debt...


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Afwerki Praises Eritreans for 'Victorious Resilience'
Daniel Mumbere
Africa News

Eritreas president, Isaias Afwerki has paid tribute to the steadfastness and resilience of his people, saying they have emerged triumphant against decades-old tribulation that few other people could have withstood.

Afwerki was addressing an interview broadcast live on state television and radio, as he sought to update the nation on the significance of regional developments like the peace deal with Ethiopia.

The peace process transcends Ethiopias full acceptance of EEBC border ruling, Afwerki said.

(It) represents a new, fourth, epoch where external subterfuges of controlling the region have been vanquished through resilience of the Eritrean people,political dynamics in Ethiopia & global developments.

Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace deal in July this year, ending two decades of hostilities over a border dispute.

Last week, it also emerged that sanctions imposed on Eritrea in 2009, are set to be lifted.

Afwerki said Eritrea will consolidate the new regional developments that have included normalisation of relations with Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti.

The new reality will have its own contribution to the shared visions of cultivation of solid cooperation in the wider Horn of Africa, the Nile Basin and the Arabian Gulf that is endowed with substantial resources, huge populations and considerable human capital, said Afwerki.

Time for reforms?

The president is expected to address the impact of the regional developments on the internal politics of the country.

Eritrea, for a long time imposed stringent measures including compulsory and indefine national conscription and repression of dissenting views, in the name of protecting the nation against an aggressive and powerful enemy, Ethiopia.

With the peace deal reached with Ethiopia, many human rights advocates have called upon Eritrea to reform. READ MORE: Eritrea pledges to address human rights challenges


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Ethiopia PM Appoints Woman As Official Spokesperson
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban
Africa News

Ethiopia has a new goverment spokesperson as at Monday with the appointment of Billene Seyoum as Press Secretary at the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

She is to be assited by another woman, as Helen Yosef, was also confirmed as deputy press secretary. Both Billene & Helen have extensive experiences in communications & journalism, the independently-owned Addis Standard reported.

The new press secretary held her first briefing for local and foreign journalists on Monday with reports that she announced the issuance of access badges for media operating within the PMs office.

Until Billenes appointment, government communications had almost become the job of Abiys former Chief of Staff, Fitsum Arega. The press secretariat is a new office under Abiys new chief of staff, Shimelis Abdissa.

Former holder of the post, Arega, is taking up a new post as Commissioner of Ethiopia Investment Commission, EIC.

Since taking office in April 2018, Abiy has undertaken widespread reforms that have earned him praise at home, across the subregion and internationally.

Lawmakers questioned the inclusion of women in his first cabinet to which he promised to make amends in subsequent appointments.

Keeping with his promise Abiy announced a gender-par cabinet in October 2018. The 10 women 10 men cabinet had women holding top posts inclusing the Ministry of Peace and Ethiopias first woman Defense minister.

Before the praise could subside, he followed it up with the nomination of Ethiopias first female president in the person of Sahle-Work Zewde. Lawmakers voted unanimously for Zewde who replaced Mulatu Teshome.

On November 1, 2018; Abiy again nominated Meaza Ashenafi, as the countrys first female President of the federal Supreme Court. The recent appointment means there is no stopping the train of women empowerment with Abiy in the seat.

1 Sahle-Work Zewde President of the Republic
2 Meaza Ashenafi President of Federal Supreme Court
3 Muferiat Kamil Minister of Peace with high-security oversight
4 Aisha Mohammed Minister of Defence
5 Adanech Abebe Minister...


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Cameroon School Kidnap: More Than 70 Pupils Seized in Bamenda
BBC World Service

In the video released of the children the man holding the camera turns it on himself at the end
Dozens of people, mostly school pupils, have been kidnapped from a boarding school in the west of Cameroon.

At least 79 students and three others, including the principal, were seized early on Monday morning in Bamenda, the capital of the North-West region, a government official has told the BBC.

Regional governor Adolphe Lele L'Afrique blamed separatist militias.

Cameroon's North-West and South-West regions have been hit by a secessionist rebellion in recent years.

Cameroon's English-speaking rebels

Militias, who have been demanding the independence of the two English-speaking regions, have called for a school boycott.

But no single group has said it carried out the kidnapping at Bamenda's Presbyterian Secondary School, which has pupils aged between 10 and 14.

A video of some of the children, believed to have been filmed by one of the kidnappers, is being shared on social media.

The students, all boys and crammed into a tiny room, all look nervous as the person holding the camera orders them to say their names and where they are from.

They also repeat the phrase: "I was taken from school last night by the Amba boys, I don't know where I am."

Amba is short for Ambazonia, the name of the new country that the separatists want to create.

One student, who managed to avoid capture by hiding under a bed, told the BBC that events unfolded quickly as the kidnappers entered the school.

"One of my friends, they beat him mercilessly. All I could think about was to just stay quiet. They threatened to shoot some people... all the big boys they rounded up, and the small ones they left them behind."

A teacher at the school described what she saw as she entered the principal's office after students had been taken from different dormitories.

"The military came in and went to the principal's house where we realised that her door was bashed and entered into, the glasses are still there on the ground," she told the BBC.

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Cameroon: Over 80 People Kidnapped in Bamenda
Africa News

Cameroons military said on Monday more than 80 people, mostly children, were kidnapped from a school in the city of Bamenda, located in the Anglophone Northwest region.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the abduction in the English-speaking region where separatists are fighting to form a breakaway state.

The separatists have imposed curfews and closed down schools as part of their protest against President Paul Biyas French-speaking government.

In total 81 people were kidnapped including the principal. They were taken to the bush.

In total 81 people were kidnapped including the principal. They were taken to the bush, a military source told Reuters.

A government spokesman said it was keeping track of an event but that it could not comment further.

The separatist movement gathered pace in 2017 after a government crackdown on peaceful demonstrations. Many people have fled Bamenda and other centres to seek refuge in more peaceful Francophone regions.


US and Mauritania in dispute over slavery charge "IndyWatch Feed War"


US pulled African country's status as a preferential trade partner, accusing Mauritania of tolerating forced labour and slavery


Zulu Nation Vows To Protect White Farmers Against Land Seizures "IndyWatch Feed World"

The largest ethnic group in South Africa, Zulu, has vowed to help the countrys white farmers who are having their land violently seized by the government.  Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini said the group will stand in [...]

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If These 25 Precious Baby Elephants Dont Make You Say Awwww, You Have No Heart "IndyWatch Feed World"

When we consider the need for smiles and happiness, the usual animals to come to mind are adorable little fuzzy kittens and puppies tripping over their own floppy ears. However, we often overlook one of the most adorable little creatures out there baby elephants!

While the only elephant that comes to mind may be Dumbo, dont discount the incredible power of these giant land animals. Elephants are highly social beings, each holding their important role in the herd. While the males often wander off on their own, foraging for food and exploring the area, the females stick together with their young to teach and guide them.

There is no arguing the fact that these beings are large, with African elephants weighing on average 5,000 to 14,000 lbs and Asian elephants weight up to 5.5 tons. It should come as no surprise, then, that their young are also surprisingly large. In fact, elephant calves are born at approximately 200lbs and will grow an average of 2 to 3 lbs every day during the first year of their lives.

Unfortunately, with increased rates of poaching and dwindling habitat, it is estimated that there are somewhere between 450,000 and 700,000 African elephants and 35,000 and 40,000 Asian elephants. This number will continue to drop so long as the ivory trade continues to flourish, and we fail to take responsibility for our role in the loss of their habitat. The power is in our hands.

During the first year of their lives, before the calves grow up (because they are so small, to begin with), there is no denying that baby elephants are absolutely adorable. Their big floppy ears and clumsy movements make for some adorable moments, ones that are sure to bring a smile to your face! Dont believe me?

Check out these adorable photos of baby elephants:

#1 They enjoy playing in the water just as human babies do, as can be seen with these adorable photos of a little among the waves.


The Two Issues That Will Determine This Years Midterms "IndyWatch Feed World"

Unprecedented amounts of money have flowed into the 2018 midterm elections, and voters are being bombarded with TV commercials and mailers that use misleading and fear-based language. President Donald Trump and the Republicans, in particular, are sending a strong message to Americans that the economy has never been better, and that the GOP will protect us from all the other people looking to take away our rights and earnings: immigrants, LGBTQ Americans, Muslims, Black Lives Matter activists and more.

But if one clears away the confusing barrage of messages, there is one narrative that has the strongest bearing on reality, and that is that most Americans are financially struggling to stay afloatpeople of color more so than whitesand corporate elites are laughing all the way to the bank as politicians blame vulnerable communities for the ills facing whites.

Obscuring this reality through his virulently racist messaging, the president has been effective at using the propaganda playbook of authoritarian leaders to rally his resentful base. In the past few weeks, we have seen a confluence of the predictable outcomes of his racist scapegoating. A Republican man and ardent Trump supporter, Cesar Sayoc, threatened many of Trumps favorite targets of vitriol, from former President Barack Obama to Rep. Maxine Waters, using crudely made pipe bombs. A white man named Gregory Bush tried to enter a predominantly black church in Kentucky, and when he couldnt, he killed two African-Americans at a supermarket, remarking on his way out to another white man that Whites dont kill whites.

And of course, the worst act of anti-Semitic violence in U.S. history took place last week at the Tree of Life synagogue when a white man, Robert Bowers, whipped into a frenzied confluence between anti-immigrant and anti-Jewish sentiments, gunned down 11 people. Protesters in Pittsburgh rightly laid the blame for the synagogue attack on Trumps hate-mongering, saying, Words Matter and Its Your Fault.


Trump condemns Yemen school bus strike, lamely saying 'Saudis don't know how to use US bombs' "IndyWatch Feed World"

It wasn't the US-made bomb, but rather the Saudi military's inability to properly use the munition - despite all the American training - that led to the "horror show" bombing of a Yemeni school bus in August, Donald Trump has said. A Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a school bus, that killed 40 children and maimed dozens of others in the busy market town of Dhahyan in northern Yemen on August 9, is not Washington's fault, Donald Trump stated in an interview with Axios on Sunday. Despite the fact that pieces of a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin were found at the site of the explosion, Trump shifted the blame for the tragedy to the coalition's inability to use the US-supplied weapons properly. "That was basically people that didn't know how to use the weapon, which is horrible," Trump said, calling the widely circulated footage from the bombing a "horror show." "I think it's a terrible situation. I hated seeing what happened with the bus and...


Britain adds voice to end hostilities in Yemen and urges UN action "IndyWatch Feed World"

Britain says it will press UN Security Council members to take fresh action to end the hostilities in Yemen. Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt in a statement on November 5 said he agreed with the UN's Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths "that the time was right for the Council to act to bolster the UN-led process." He said Britain would "use all of its influence" to help get "both sides" to the negotiating table to end the deadly conflict, which has been described by many as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran and has killed some 10,000 people. He was not more specific, but UN diplomats told the Reuters news agency that Britain was working with the United States on a draft resolution to stop the fighting. Britain's call comes after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made similar remarks in recent days. Guterres on November 2 called for a halt to violence in the Gulf country to help pull it back from a "precipice" and pave the way toward peace...


Yemens Civilians Face Hell as Saudis Launch Last-Ditch Effort to Build Leverage for Looming Talks "IndyWatch Feed World"

SANAA,YEMEN Before the war started, my family used to drink traditional Yemeni coffee on the rooftop of our home next to the University of Hodeida. During those long winter days years ago, my friend and I would go to the beach to play while the adults sat around and conversed, chewing gat leaves. When the U.S. recently called for a ceasefire, I asked myself: why should we have to wait another year to return home safely?

Aisha Ahmed, a 22-year-old who lives just 100 meters from the University of Hodeida, pondered this question as she fled her home on Saturday as the Saudi-led coalition, supported by the United States, renewed its large-scale offensive on western Hodeida accompanied by heavy bombing runs on the many residential areas surrounding her home. The new offensive has thrown the port city, already suffering from an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, into despair.

So far, the violence which erupted just hours after the U.S. called for a renewed effort to restart Yemens peace talks, a move welcomed by the Houthis has been centered around Hodeida, especially in the areas near its university, its international airport, and the Kilo 16 district.

Over the weekend, over 200 coalition airstrikes using 500-pound guided bombs targeted families seeking shelter in attics near the university and the airport. 50th Street and the Kilo 16 district, home to the main highway linking Hodeida with Sanaa less than five kilometers from the citys busy fish market, have seen some of the worst destruction since the beginning of the war.

Residents living near the University of Hodeida, where smoke and fumes are rising as a result of the incessant bombing, told MintPress that the sound of warplanes dropping bombs have pierced the sky since Friday afternoon. Residents estimate that at least 24 airstrikes have hit the areas directly surrounding the university, prompting them to seek shelter indoors as they fear to venture out of their homes.

Declining to give her last name, Manah, who beseeched international organizations to rescue her four children along with her mother-in-law, has been besieged in her home on 50th Street.  

Manah told MintPress:




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UN Envoy Angelina Jolie Calls for Ceasefire in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Angelina Jolie Yemen(MEMO)  Angelina Jolie has called on the UN Security Council to expedite the ceasefire in Yemen and reach a lasting settlement of the conflict. The Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a statement distributed by the international organisation in Geneva on Sunday. Jolie said the Council should work with countries []


The Ugly Truth About the U.S.-Saudi Arms Deals "IndyWatch Feed World"

What follows is a conversation between arms industry researcher Andrew Feinstein and Sharmini Peries of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post.

SHARMINI PERIES: Its The Real News Network. Im Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore.

One of the reasons that President Donald Trump has been lenient about reining in the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the death the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi is, apparently, that Saudi arms deals are good for the American economy and to create jobs in the United States, as is the war in Yemen. Trump has put himself at the center of the arms deals with Saudi Arabia, where he often talks about the number of jobs that these deals would create for the United States and he is primarily responsible for them, these jobs that would be created. Well, how many jobs will these arms deals create in the United States, according to Trump?

The president has said:

I worked very hard to get the order for the militarys 110 billion dollars. I believe its the largest order ever made. Its 450,000 jobs.

They have a tremendous order, 110 billion dollars. Every country in the world wanted a piece of that order. Its 500,000 jobs.

We have 450 billion dollars worth of things ordered from a very rich country, Saudi Arabia. 600,000 jobs, maybe more than that.

This is equipment and various things ordered from Saudi Arabia. 450 billion dollars. I think its over a million jobs.

I think thats over a million jobs. A million to over a million jobs.

SHARMINI PERIES: Well, a recent exclusive report gathered by Reuters examines several internal reports of defense contractors, mainly Lockheed Martin in this particular report. They found that these huge, billion dollar, hundred and ten billion dollars that Trump quotes, may create perhaps a few hundred jobs, maybe a thousand. Well, what is Trump boasting about then? Well, lets get to the bottom of this with filmmaker and author Andrew Feinstein. His film, Shadow World, is based on his book and Feinstein is a former ANC member of Parliament from South Africa. But his political career abruptly came to an end when he insisted on exposing a 10 billion dollar arms deal with BAE Systems, thats British, BAE Systems and President Mbeki of South Africa to buy fighter planes for South Africa that they didnt actually need.

Well, welcome Andrew. All right Andrew, lets take up the Reuters report for us. What does it expose about the Saudi arms deals and the promised jobs that Trump is talking about.



UN Envoy Angelina Jolie Calls for Ceasefire in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed World"

Angelina Jolie has called on the UN Security Council to expedite the ceasefire in Yemen and reach a lasting settlement of the conflict. The Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a statement distributed by the international organisation in Geneva on Sunday.

Jolie said the Council should work with countries in the Middle East to reach a negotiated end to the conflict and to address international laws on the protection of civilians. She also called for a greater understanding of refugee protection laws and for all countries to play a role in alleviating the human suffering in Yemen. The film actress and director is currently in South Korea, where several hundred Yemenis who fled the conflict are being hosted.

The international community has been shamefully slow in working to end the crisis in Yemen, said Jolie. The world has seen the situation deteriorating in Yemen to a point that this country is now on the verge of a human-made famine, and is facing the worst cholera epidemic in the world in decades. When the conflict develops at this level, many people would have no choice but to flee.

The only way to enable refugees to return back home and to reduce the total number of refugees around the world is to end the conflicts themselves, she insisted. The UN Envoy expressed her hope that there will be a greater understanding of the human reality that is causing people to flee, the strict and practical legal standards under which the status of the refugees are set up by UNHCR, the work with national authorities, as well as the strengthening of joint responsibility to help refugees return to their homes.

Jolie pointed out that without a global response based on international law and collective responsibility, there would be a greater risk of long-term instability and insecurity. She warned that this would have a negative impact on all countries.

The UNHCR pointed out that its famous Envoys visit to South Korea was part of her role with the organisation, which calls for essential support for refugees worldwide. It also follows the visit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, to the Asian country last month.

During a meeting with South Korean Justice Minister Park Sang-ki, who heads the ministry responsible for local refugee policies, Grandi noted that Jolie expressed appreciation for South Koreas efforts in helping 500 Yemenis who arrived on the island of Jeju in May. He praised Seouls efforts to protect refugees until it is safe for them to return home.


Paranoid Turkey claiming that "Greece, Israel, & Egypt are part of Khashoggi's murder plot" "IndyWatch Feed World"

As we noted previously, the conflict over gas in the eastern Mediterranean is intensifying. The dispute concerns gas blocks, with Turkey furious about the energy cooperation of these Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt in the East Mediterranean Sea. While Turkish warships have been active, it appears Turkey is taking a new approach to this hybrid war. As reports, a new Turkish narrative, based on paranoia and conspiracy theories, has been launched claiming that Greece, Israel and Egypt are part of the murder plot of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, presumably in an effort to garner global opinion against their energy-hording neighbors.


Are You Syrious: Fake news and hate propaganda in Austrian media "IndyWatch Feed War"

At the border to Croatiaonly 224km from Austriamore than 20,000 people hope to break through on their way to Central Europe. An analysis from Group III (migration) in the interior ministry says the rush could happen soon. This is what fake news and hate propaganda looks like. The article, and this is only part of it, was published on Sunday by one of the most influentially daily newspapers in AustriaKronen.

Originally published by Are You Syrious. Slightly edited by Enough is Enough.

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.

The newspaper also writes that among people in Bosnia, 95 percent are male, mainly from Pakistan, Algeria, Iran and Morocco. Many armed with knives. One border police officer has already been attacked, and none of this is true.

Additionally, they write about a storm at the border, whatever that means.

On the other side of the border, thousands (but far from 20,000) of people who are looking for asylum in a safe country, or just dreaming about a better life, are deprived of their basic rights, left to live in mud with their children and families. Many of them are from war torn countries like Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, while some are coming from unstable states, where poverty, corruption and insecurity are preventing them to even hope for a better life.

Among people who are now in Bosnia, there are hundreds of unaccompanied minors and nobody takes care of them.

The government of Bosnia is weak and inefficient, and not able (or willing) to take care of asylum seekers or its own citizens who are leaving the country in large numbers. Over the last eight years, it is estimated that more than 150,000 peopl...


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Electric skies & more crop losses due to cold "IndyWatch Feed World"

Massive cold front from Canada to Mexico first week of November 2018, with colliding hot and cold air masses, electrical activity in Earths atmosphere, red sprites, roll clouds and a push of 25F below normal temperatures to the Gulf of Mexico. Cattle rustling in South Africa as crop production dwindles due to land confiscation. Cold weather crop losses in India, Peru, USA.


Chinas Newest Bid for Influence Runs Through the Wests Backyard "IndyWatch Feed War"

Beijing is constructing parallel financial and commercial networks across Central and Eastern Europe to challenge the global order

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A highway construction site in Bioce, Montenegro, on June 18. Chinese engineers are building Montenegros first-ever highway.


BELGRADE, SerbiaEurope is distracted by internal discord over immigration and its tense relationship with Russia and the U.S. Seeking to fill the void, China is taking advantage of a historic opportunity to wedge itself into the heart of the West.

Deal by deal, applying experience honed in Asia and Africa, China is constructing parallel financial and commercial networks in Central and Eastern Europe to challenge the global order. It has taken footholds in more than a dozen nations on the periphery of the European Union. Some, such as Hungary, are smaller, more marginalized members. Others, including Serbia, are on the runway for admission.

Chinese workers set a highway through Montenegros impassable mountains on pillars as tall as a 50-floor skyscraperpart of an emerging corridor of highways, ports and rail lines that outlines a new Chinese trade route between Greeces Aegean coast and Latvia on the frigid Baltic.

Chinese technology governs a new international money-transfer system in Serbia. Chinese banks gobbled up a newfangled issue of yuan-denominated bonds from Hungary. Outposts like Koice, Slovakia, are now stops for freight trains from China.



Benjamin Fulford Report (Excerpt): "Saudi Arabia to be Broken up" -- November 5, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Weekly Geo-political News and Analysis

Saudi Arabia to be broken up; Israel must choose between Netanyahu and Tel Aviv

By Benjamin Fulford, White Dragon Society

The dismantling of the Khazarian mafia control grid continues with ongoing takedown of the leadership of Saudi Israelia, say Pentagon, CIA, and other sources. In particular, negotiations are now taking place between Russia and the U.S. to divide Saudi Arabia into a Sunni zone controlled by Iran and a Shia zone controlled by Turkey, according to CIA and FSB sources.

Here is what the Pentagon had to say on this: Karmas a bitch, as Saudi Arabia may be dismembered for what it did to Jamal Khashoggi, and Mohammed bone Sawman (MBS) may be forced to end the Yemen war and lift the Qatar blockade, while the U.S. may find new partners in Turkey and Iran after the Global Currency Reset.

The other thing going on is that the long-awaited arrests of cabalists in the U.S. have already begun, the sources say. The highest-profile of these are senior Goldman Sachs bankers arrested along with former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for looting money from that country. One of the uses for the stolen money was to finance the Rothschild-glorifying film The Wolf of Wall Street.

More of the over 61,000 sealed indictments will be unsealed after the U.S. midterm elections, but already, Gitmo Air is wheels up, the Pentagon sources say.

Another visible aspect of t...


'We are waiting for death': Despite calls for peace, battles rage anew in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"


Pro-government forces have taken major areas in Hodeidah city and now stand some five kilometres from the seaport


World BEYOND War News: Opposing War in 175 Countries "IndyWatch Feed War"

People have signed the Declaration of Peace in 175 countries now!

Has everyone you know signed it? Can you ask them to? Just forward this email. You can also bring signup sheets on clipboards to events, including Armistice Day events.

In particular, can you please send this to anyone you know in any of these places where nobody has yet signed: Mongolia, Cuba, French Guiana, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Benin, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, or Myanmar.

Celebrate Peace on Armistice Day #100!

November 11 marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end to WWI. Join us in celebrating peace worldwide, and calling for the reallocation of military spending to humanitarian and environmental needs. Find an Armistice Day event near you, add one you know of to the map, or host your own.

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The first International Conference Against U.S/NATO Bases is only two weeks away! Join World BEYOND War Director David Swanson in Dublin this November 16-18 for this historic, global gathering of the top experts, leaders, and activists in the close bases campaign.

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Tourism Minister Strikes Again "IndyWatch Feed World"

So first he picks Armenia over Lebanon, which is fine as long as youre not a freaking minister and more specifically the Tourism Minister, and now he bashes Egypt in an interview with the Daily Star saying:

I mean look at Egypt is there a place dirtier than it? People are louder than us, there is more traffic than here people live in graves, OK? But there is tourism, because they know how to sell that country, he said.

I think youre the only one ruining our image Mr. Minister.


79 school pupils abducted in restive anglophone Cameroon "IndyWatch Feed War"

Gunmen kidnapped 79 school students on Monday in an English-speaking region of Cameroon where separatists are fighting an armed campaign for independence, security and government sources said.

The abductions, the worst incident so far in 13 months of unrest, came a day before longtime President Paul Biya was to be sworn in for a seventh term in office.

The students were abducted along with their principal, a teacher and a driver, the government official said.

AFP | The kidnappings come four weeks after longtime leader Paul Biya won re-election to a seventh term in office. Here paramilitary police are shown patrolling a pre-vote rally in the Northwest province

A source close to the school confirmed the kidnapping of the pupils, saying however: All we know is that the abducted students are mainly boys.

The first mass abduction in Cameroon follows two major such incidents in neighbouring Nigeria, where the Islamist group Boko Haram snatched more than 200 schoolgirls from the Borno state town of Chibok in April 2014.

Some 107 girls have since been released or found, but the Islamist group abducted scores more schoolgirls from neighbouring Yobe state in February this year.

The students kidnapped Monday were enrolled at the Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda, capital of Cameroons Northwest Region one of two regions hit by attacks by anglophone militants that have met with a brutal crackdown by the authorities.

The search for the hostages has been launched every man has been called in, the government source said, speaking after a crisis meeting.

Elsewhere in the same region, a high-ranking local official was also seized, a security official told AFP.

The schools website says that the student body numbers more than 700, drawn from all the religious and linguistic origins of Cameroon.

The kidnappings coincide with an upsurge of political tensions in the majority French-speaking country.

It comes after elections on October 7 in which 85-year-old Biya, who has ruled the country with an iron fist for 35 years, was credited with 71.3 percent of the vote.

The polls however were marred by allegations of widespread fraud, low voter turnout and violence.

Around a fifth of Cameroons 22 million people are English-speaking a minority whose presence dates back to the colonial period.

Cameroon, once a German colony, was divided between Britain and France after World War I.

The French colony gained independence i...


Battle For Yemens Al-Hudaydah On November 1-5, 2018 (Maps, Videos) "IndyWatch Feed War"

Battle For Yemen's Al-Hudaydah On November 1-5, 2018 (Maps, Videos)

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Over the past weeks, the Saudi-UAE-led coalition has deployed signficiant reinforcements in the area south of the Houthi-controlled city of al-Hudaydah in western Yemen. The reinforcements include at least 10,000 troops and a few hundreeds pieces of military equipment.

Using these fresh forces, the coalition kicked off a new offensive in an attempt to capture the strategic port city. The coalition forces advanced in three main directions: in the area west of the airport, the area east of the airport and the area east of the city itself.

Thus, the coalition is aiming to isolate the airport, which is an important stronghold of the Houthis, from the rest of the city. A wider goal is to isolate the city itself from the rest of the Houthi-controlled area.

So far, the Houthis have not been able to stop the advancing coalition forces. The Houthis lack military equipment and anti-tank weapons to counter the mechanized infantry of the coalition. However, they are now concentrating forces for a counter-attack. The fate of the battle for al-Hudaydah will depend on the ability of the Houthis to force the coalition forces to withdraw from the city countryside.

Battle For Yemen's Al-Hudaydah On November 1-5, 2018 (Maps, Videos)

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Investors Bright Future in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

For decades, risk, or at least the perception of it, has been a major impediment to Africa's efforts to attract foreign investment. But rapid economic growth and a much-improved business environment are changing how investors view the continent.


Greenpeace hits back at South African unions "IndyWatch Feed World"

Greenpeace has called for engagement after South Africa's mineworkers' union called it reckless for a report that found Mpumalanga air to be the most polluted in the world.


Worst fear came true: Israel detains young Palestinian man for 20 months in effort to expel him to Brazil "IndyWatch Feed War"

It was the moment he had been dreading his entire life. Maen Abu Hafez, 24, and his friends car was stopped by Israeli soldiers at a flying checkpoint on their way home from Tulkarem city to his hometown, Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank.

When the soldiers asked for their IDs which Palestinians must carry on them at all times in case they are stopped at a checkpoint Abu Hafez told them he didnt have one. Within a few hours he was at an Israeli detention center.

Two days later, he was taken to the Givon Prison in central Israel a prison that holds mostly undocumented asylum seekers from Africa where he has been held for 20 months as an illegal alien, while the Israeli government waits to deport him to Brazil.

Abu Hafez was born in Brazil to a Palestinian father, from the Jenin Refugee Camp, and a Brazilian mother. His family of six moved to the Jenin Camp when he was three years old, where he has lived ever since. Neither he, his two brothers, nor his mother, have Palestinian ID cards, giving them no legal status in the occupied territory.

There is no proof that he has any legal status in Brazil and the Brazilian authorities are, rightly, refusing to take in the young man against his will, Israeli Human Rights Organization Hamoked, who is handling Abu Hafezs case, said in an October press release.

Israel has held Maen in detention for the past 20 months in an effort to pressure him to agree to his own deportation, the group said.

My father had never gotten registered for an ID, and because he had been living out of the country for too long, the Israelis refused to give him one, Maens brother Ghaith Abu Hafez, 30, told Mondoweiss.

So myself, Maen, our brother Mahmoud, and my mom, none of us were able to get IDs, Ghaith said, adding that all of the familys applications for residency rights have been denied.

My sister is the only who has a West Bank ID, which she got after she married a Palestinian man with residency here, he said. But when I got married to a Palestinian woman and attempted to file for family reunification, I was denied.

Maen was just going for the day to visit Tulkarem with his friends, he usually never leaves Jenin, none of us do. He knew the risks but he just wanted to enjoy a day with his friends, Ghaith said.

And now he is facing deportation to a place he doesnt even know. He has no family, no friends there, he doesnt even know the language. We are devastated.

Stuck in bureaucratic limbo

In mid October, Hamoked filed an appeal against Abu Hafezs detention, saying that Israeli authorities are punishing him for their own failure to legalize his status.

Hamoked stated that...


As UK Introduces U.N. Resolution To End Yemen War; Pompeo Blames Iran For Saudi-Imposed Famine "IndyWatch Feed World"

At the end of the same week that the Trump administration announced a 30-day deadline to reach a ceasefire in Yemen, it was revealed the United Kingdom is planning to introduce a United Nations Security Council resolution that seeks to end of the war.

According to a Friday ABC News report, citing diplomatic sources, the British could introduce the resolution as early as this coming week. ABC reports that one source said it would call for a humanitarian ceasefire and the safe passage of food and other aid, for support for the cratering Yemeni economy, and on both sides to fully engage with the U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.

Last weeks ceasefire proposal by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been widely seen as the result of heightened media pressure and international outrage over the October 2nd killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi likely upon the direct orders of Saudi crown prince MbS.

But from the start it appeared a feeble attempt on the part of the U.S. to claim its on the side of peace at a time that the U.N. has dubbed the situation in Yemen the worlds worst humanitarian crisis  and at a time that Saudi war crimes in Yemen are increasingly being spotlighted.

However the fact remains that the Pentagon is an integral part of military operations in Yemen, and a number of analysts have pointed out that the White House could end the war with one phone call to Riyadh.

But it doesnt appear likely given the U.S. is simultaneously waging a regional proxy war against pro-Iran and Shia forces, which includes severe sanctions against Iran itself set to snap back on Monday. Significantly, Mike Pompeo told Fox News Sunday:

The Iranians are responsible for the starvation of Yemeni civilians.

Washington has long accused Iran of giving direct support to Yemens Houthi rebels, who overran the capital of Sanaa in 2015, precipitating the widespread Saudi-UAE-US bombing campaign that will soon reach four years in running, and which has resulted in tens of thousands of Yemeni casualties.

Pompeo also addressed the new round of November 5th Iran sanctions:

Ive been at this a long time. No ones going to argue that Secretary Pompeo isnt tough on Iran, and no ones going to argue that President Trump isnt doing the same, Pompeo said on Fox News Sunday.



Egypt looking to ban wearing of Niqabs in public places, used to conceal identities of criminals, terrorists "IndyWatch Feed World"

The debate over a full-face veil ban has ongoing in Egypt for some time already, ever since the Egyptian government took strong, decisive action against political Islam in the wake of the ouster of Islamist President Muhammad Morsi back in 2013. Egyptian lawmaker Ghada Ajami told Egyptian Streets in a phone interview on Sunday that she had introduced to the country's parliament a bill that would ban the face veil in public places, citing her concerns over a high percentage of crimes being committed in niqabs. In the event of non-abidance, the bill stipulates 1,000 EGP ($55) in fines being slapped on women who continue to wear the niqab in public places like restaurants, parks or social and educational institutions. Repeated offenses will carry even higher fines, if the bill becomes law.


Engraved in the flesh: Desperate Yemenis resort to branding for traumatised children "IndyWatch Feed War"


Unable to afford treatment, many Yemeni families have turned to branding with hot irons as a remedy for war-related psychological illness


History Repeating: Mohammed Bin Salman and the Khashoggi Affair "IndyWatch Feed War"

When in 1953 Saud Abdulaziz al-Saud rose to the throne of Saudi Arabia, the notion of modernization was still alien to the Kingdom. Breaking new ground, the new King pledged to devote part of the skyrocketing oil revenues to education, civil infrastructure, and even to an embryonic welfare program. As a result, Saud managed to portray himself as a fervent reformer, eliciting the sympathy of the White House. Saud didnt stop there and, defying the Saudi clergy, he made a point of opening education to women. The new monarch was shaking the Kingdoms cultural foundation to the core.

Sauds political trajectory uncannily resembles Mohammed Bin Salmans (MBS). The young Crown Princes penchant for reforms has been immediately accompanied by the not-so-guarded optimism of Riyadhs traditional allies. The Saudi anachronism, a perpetual albatross for Washingtons agenda in the Middle East, seemed on the verge of evaporating at the longed-for hands of MBS. Again, women rights lay at the heart of the reforming effort. In 1956, Saud Abdulaziz sponsored the opening of Dar al-Hanan, the first school for women in the Kingdom. Since 2018, Saudi women can drive.

The two monarchs are also united by their yearning for a dominant role in the region, even at the cost of fanning the flames of war. The Yemeni adventure, the Qatar crisis, and the increasingly vitriolic posture against Iran constituted a baptism of fire for the Crown Prince. However, this very baptism of fire demonstrated that MBS, who has yet to formally complete his accession to the throne, is already eager to sink his teeth into the traditional intricacies of the region. As the White House drunk in the Crown Princes bravado, the latter laid the foundation for a more muscular and less risk-averse reorientation of Saudi Arabias foreign policy.

Again, MBSs bold initiatives parallel Sauds groundbreaking accession to the throne. In the early 1950s, Saud wasted no time reshaping Riyadhs hitherto prudent stance in the Middle East. He embraced Pan-Arabism and rode Nassers coattails, sending shivers down Eisenhowers spine. When the King grew weary of living in Nassers shadow, he tried to convince Washington that he was the sole counterpoise to Cairos revolutionary fervor. Sauds proposal didnt cut much ice with the Oval Office. Indeed, in 1958, Nasser managed to win over Washington by suppressing communism in the newly formed United Arab Republic. As a result, the White House was now pursuing Nasser rather than Saud. Undeterred, the Saudi King orchestrated a bumbling plan to assassinate Nasser and bribe his protg al-Sarraj. When the latter informed on the Egyptian president, it was open season on the Saudi kingdom. Not only didnt...


Inertia is the strongest force in international relations "IndyWatch Feed World"

Details continue to trickle out about the horrific assassination of Saudi dissident and writer Jamal Khashoggi. This has captured the attention of foreign policy experts, who have questioned the alliances importance and suggested ways to punish Saudi Arabia. Concern about this incidents has spread beyond experts, however. My students and I have frequently debated what will happen to the US-Saudi alliance. And I recently appeared on WCAX in Burlington to discuss what comes next. To both audiencesand in contrast to some commentatorsI gave the unsatisfying answer of not much. Time after time on the  issues I follow dramatic transformations seem about to occur, only to fade as the world moves on. As a result, Im increasingly convinced that inertia drives international relations.

Lets just look at what has happened since Khashoggis murder. There was the possibility of sanctions against Saudi officials, businesses pulling out, or even an end to US support for the Saudi war in Yemen. A few things did happen. The United States withdrew the visas of a few Saudi officials. Criticism of the war in Yemen grew, and Congress invoked the Magnitsky Act. But thats about it. Trump can easily avoid acting on the Magnitsy Act and a GOP-held Congress will do little to push him on it. Calls for further investigation into the US role in Yemen havent progressed to action. Businesses have quietly kept working with the Saudis. And the visa revocation was mostly symbolic.

Some may say US inaction is due to Trumps inflated obsession with Saudi arms deals, or the Trump Administrations reliance on Saudi Arabia to combat Iran. But I think its more than that. This sort of thingdramatic event, possible widespread ramifications, and thennothinghappens a lot. Id argue that this is a sign of the power of inertia in international relations: things tend to stay in the state they are, whether in motion or at rest.


Monday, 05 November


Rights groups join landmark appeal to block UK sales to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"


After losing initial challenge to the UK's exports to Saudi Arabia, UK anti-arms group's appeal bolstered by rights NGOs


How To Do Reflexology Treating Common Ailments At Home "IndyWatch Feed World"

  The concept of reflexology can be traced back to ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilizations. It was popularized in the United States in the early 1900s when various doctors and physiotherapists began to study the extent of nerve cells in the hands and feet.  Reflexology is a safe and completely natural way for you to []


Brazil: Bill Re-Introduced Criminalizing Social Movements as Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed War"

Cristiane Sampaio After Brazils presidential elections, the countrys Congress got back to its normal activities, placing an array of conservative topics on the agenda. One of the pieces of legislation that stand out is a Senate bill that describes criminal activities classified as terrorism and could lead to the formal criminalization of peoples movements. The bill...


Lava Jato|Fascism is a Match. Whos the Matchmaker? "IndyWatch Feed War"

After arresting Brazils antifascist presidential front runner on trumped up charges to bar his candidacy, Inquisitor Sergio Moro now announces his ideological alignment with a militarized, neofascist regime. Did outside meddling lead to this marriage of convenience? Brian Mier Over the past several years, the Anglo media has gushed over neofascist president-elects new Minister of Justice,...


The Troika of Tyranny: The Imperialist Project in Latin America and Its Epigones "IndyWatch Feed War"

Roger D. Harris Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela are today threatened by US imperialism. The first salvo of the modern Age of Imperialism started back in 1898 when the US seized Cuba along with Puerto Rico and the Philippines in the Spanish-American War. The Age of Imperialism, as Lenin observed, is characterized by the competition of...


The Global US Squeeze on Iran Begins: Europe is Looking for Alternatives "IndyWatch Feed War"

Elijah J. Magnier | @ejmalrai Today the harshest and highest level economic and energy sanctions that can be imposed on any country are being imposed unilaterally on Iran. The US establishment will try its best to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees and Tehran will do its best to cross the US minefield. Whatever the...

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