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Friday, 23 February


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NEHAWU Currently Preparing for a Strike at the Department of Water and Sanitation
21 February 2018

The strike action comes after failed protracted negotiations with the department that lasted more than 12 months solely because the department was not negotiating in good faith. The department continued to make unfulfilled promises in the Departmental Bargaining Chamber, which resulted into the union declaring a dispute and obtaining a strike certificate in December 2017. The Acting Director General requested to meet the union on the 19th December 2017 wherein he requested time to resolve the impasse but to date he has dismally failed to even come back to the bargaining chamber to report progress.

To make matters worse the Acting Director General unilaterally decided to pay only 32% of merit bonuses and promotions to our members. The following are the issues in dispute:

Failure to Sign off new conditions of employment for construction employees which were discussed and finalized two years ago.
Full payment of merit bonuses and promotions retrospectively from 2017.
The demand for construction workers to receive their merit bonus on December 1st every year
Failure to ensure that the contracts of Project based workers are linked to the life span of the projects
Failure to provide conducive working environment and working conditions of our members in the form of clean offices and tools of trade
The department should stop the outsourcing of projects for building of dams which renders the departmental construction directorate redundant and may lead to job loses.
Address the safety challenges of water control aides/officers
Implementation of arbitration award on cleaners, drivers and groundsmans
The department must stop the unilateral process of establishing the Single Catchment Management
Agency and consult with labour

Irregular appointments must be stopped and the department must account to the money spent on a manager in Mbombela who was booked in a hotel for more than 12 months replacing a manager transferred to Pretoria from the same office.

To this effect, the national union will be commencing with lunch hour pickets effectively from the 05th March 2018 leading to the total shut down on 08th March 2018. Unfortunately...


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COSATU Really Disappointed by Governments Underwhelming 2018/9 Budget
21 February 2018

COSATU is disappointed by the governments underwhelming 2018/9 budget as presented by the Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba in Parliament today. The budget was supposed to put flesh, set targets and time frames in support of the vision articulated by SONA but it failed. It offered no concrete strategies to help us create alternatives to the neoliberal development strategy that has left many workers and poor people mired in poverty. We are not going to succeed in developing an alternative production system that is based on domestic demand and human needs with this budget.

We enthusiastically welcomed the vision and plan outlined in the State of the Nation address by President Ramaphosa last week but its obvious that he sold us a dummy and the whole vision was nothing but a false prospectus. While the President was emphatic on the need for government to kick-start the economy, create jobs to absorb the millions of unemployed and to tackle the scourge of corruption and state capture that; the budget is deafeningly silent on how is that going to be achieved.

Unfortunately, this is another disappointing occasion, where government has failed to rise to the occasion and come with a serious plan and budget to address the nations many crises. This budget bares little correlation with the SONA and it is another missed opportunity.

COSATU has continued to argue that we need to move towards a people driven and people centred development since the Neoliberal policies of the last two decades that have leaned on market forces have seen more people sliding into poverty

We need an alternative development strategy because pursuing economic growth for its own sake is not enough. Economic growth is only a means to an end and in itself; it is not enough to solve the triple crisis of unemployment, deepening poverty and inequality.

What matters to us as the workers is the quality of growth and not necessarily the quantity. We have experienced jobless growth before that increased inequality and poverty and also introduced technology in the workplace without caring about the plight of the workers at the same time ignoring and undermining our...


2018 UTME: Candidates protest exam date, seek postponement Newtelegraph

Human and vehicular movements along Bariga-Akoka road, Lagos, were, this afternoon, impeded when hundreds of candidates, who have registered to sit the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) staged a protest over what they described as the inconsiderate stance of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) by fixing the examination for March. The candidates []

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Tinubu blasts APC chairman John Oyegun Newtelegraph

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has accused the national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, of sabotaging efforts to unite the party. According to a report by Cable, Mr Tinubu in a letter written to the president, vice-president, senate president and speaker of the house of representatives said Mr []

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ANC Urges All Eligible Voters to Cast Their Votes in By-elections Today
21 February 2018

The African National Congress calls on all eligible voters to go out in their numbers and cast their votes in the by-elections to be held today in Ward 13, Overstrand Municipality and Ward 2 in Beaufort West Municipality, both in the Western Cape Province.

These by-elections are held as the ANC reaffirms its commitment to work to rebuild the people's confidence in the movement and regain all lost support in all areas of country, including in the Western Cape province. We have further committed ourselves to renew our focus on addressing the key challenges facing our people the creation of jobs, especially for the youth, as well as fighting crime and corruption.

The ANC applauds the selfless efforts by the ANC volunteers and supporters in the Western Cape for their tireless efforts campaigning for a decisive victory. As we celebrate 100 years of President Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu, it is efforts such as these - working for the good of the movement and South Africa - that inspire us to remain resolute on our mandate to renew the ANC and unite the movement and South Africans.

The ANC is confident of yet another peaceful, credible, free and fair by-election under the stewardship of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and with the commitment to political tolerance of all parties.

All those who are eligible to vote are urged to register to vote if they have not yet done so. The ANC also calls upon all South Africans to check their registration details and update their address ahead of 2019 National Elections at their local IEC offices on weekdays, during office hours, or to use the voter registration weekend on the 10th and 11th March 2018 to check and update their details.

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BREAKING: 2 Dapchi schoolgirls killed in rescue operation, 13 still missing Newtelegraph

Two dead bodies of the missing Dapchi schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists on Monday, in Yobe state, have been recovered by the Nigerian military during a rescue operation on Wednesday. According to a report by Reuters two of the girls were killed while 13 others are still missing. The report said a resident []

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ANC Welcomes "Tough But Hopeful" Budget Focused on Inclusive, Job-creating Growth
21 February 2018

The African National Congress (ANC) welcomes the redistributive and people-centered budget tabled by the Minister of Finance, Comrade Malusi Gigaba, today. The budget speaks to challenges confronting South Africa in a difficult global environment, but most importantly recognizes and embraces the opportunities offered by the sense of optimism and renewed investor confidence in South Africa.

Once again, the National Treasury has been able to balance the need for fiscal consolidation and strengthening our fiscal position on the one hand, taking into account the revenue shortfalls from last year, with our historic mission to redress the legacy of apartheid and turn the tide on exclusionary and segregationist policies benefiting a few, on the other. In this regard, the ANC particularly welcomes the allocation of almost R60 billion over the next three years to fund fee free higher education and training for children from poor and working class backgrounds.

The ANC has also noted the increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate, for the first time since 1993. The exemption of basic necessitates, including zero rated food items - and other necessitates, shield the poorest of the poor from the potential regressive nature of the tax and introduce rather a more progressive and redistributive manner of raising revenue. We further welcome the above-inflation increases in social grants, which once again affirms our commitment to a comprehensive social security net for the most vulnerable in our society.

Now is the time to harness and capitalize on the improvements in business confidence and investor sentiment in South Africa, for the benefit of all our people. The African National Congress unequivocally supports efforts by the ANC led government to consolidate the deficit and stabilize debt in the medium term. The austerity measures implemented within government must be directed to further fiscal consolidation, freeing up much needed resources to enable the ANC led government to realize its obligations in terms of our social compact.

The ANC remains committed to the mobilisation all social partners behind an economic recovery plan. Such plan must...


Another Rep dumps Labour Party for APC Newtelegraph

The gale of defection in the House of Representatives continued yesterday as the only Labour Party lawmaker, Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi representing Ogbomosho/North/South/Orire federal constituency of Oyo state defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). According to Ogunwuyis letter, which was read on the floor of the house by the deputy speaker, Hon. Sulaimon Yusuf []

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Heineken extends UCL football experience to Port Harcourt Newtelegraph

After kicking off the special live viewing of 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League knockout games on February 14 in Lagos, International Premium Lager Beer, Heineken has now extended its premium cinematic football experience to the city of Port-Harcourt, with live broadcast of the Chelsea vs Barcelona game on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018. The much anticipated clash between last []

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Prince Kazeem Eletu washes hands off crimes as he launches foundation on 40th birthday Newtelegraph

Lagos socialite and philanthropist, Ambassador (Dr) Prince Kazeem Eletu Odibo has washed his hands off the travails of the notorious serial killer, Adeola Williams famously known as Ade Lawyer, who was recently paraded in Lagos by the Nigerian Police for alleged murder. Ade Lawyer was apprehended alongside former National Union Road of Transport Workers (NURTW) []

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Corruption: TI Report Has Vindicated PDP Newtelegraph

  The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the latest report by Transparency International (TI) showing that corruption has worsened under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has vindicated its stand that the current APC-led government is inherently and overtly corrupt. The party said, by this new TI report, the African Union (AU) must have now realized []

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Declining Interest in STEM Education in Nigeria: The Need for Urgent Intervention Newtelegraph

By 2030, more than half of the jobs in the world will be STEM  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics  based. According to research from Brookings  a Washington based research institution  more STEM-oriented metropolitan economies perform strongly on a wide range of economic indicators, from innovation to employment. But how prepared is Nigeria for this reality? Are students in []

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Benue killings: Soldiers providing cover for armed Fulani herdsmen Tiv leaders Newtelegraph

Leaders of the Tiv nation has expressed displeasure over the operation of the Ayem A Kpatuma, a military exercise code-named Cat Race launched in the state by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) to restore peace in Benue State communities following attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen. The leaders accused the army of allegedly providing cover []

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Cow throws football club into crisis Newtelegraph

It appears that the issue of cows causing havoc is not limited to only Nigeria if news out of Scotland is anything to go by. According to multiple reports, a cow in that country has caused crisis for a Scottish Championship club after a runaway hit its reserve goalkeeper. Queen of the Souths Sam Henderson, []

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Thursday, 22 February


Sokoto introduces tractor hire scheme Newtelegraph

Sokoto state government said it will start a tractor hire scheme to boost mechanization in farms and assist farmers to enhance their production capacity. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this in Kware LGA when he inspected agricultural processing machines to be distributed to farmers under the states FADAMA III additional funding scheme. We are starting []

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Quinn Slobodians *Globalists* "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The subtitle is The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism.  Imagine a novel and interesting coverage of the post-war Austrian School, here relabeled the Geneva School, a well-done partial history of the WTO and EU, and a book where the central characters are not only Mises and Hayek, but also Alexander Rstow, Wilhelm Rpke, and Michael Heilperin.

And its written by a Wellsley historian who appears to be entirely sane and responsible throughout.

The main lesson, and here these are my own words not those directly of the author, is that various liberals came to realize that their dreams for a free world order in fact involved quite an extensive international legal apparatus, far removed from the traditional nightwatchman state.  The EU and the Four Freedoms are in this view the actual instantiation of historic classical liberalism, arguably more than anything the United States has done of late.  And if you dont like the over-regulation and excess bureaucracy of the EU, well maybe youd better realize those are difficult to avoid secondary consequences of having the international law be so strong as to actually constrain state power (again my words, not Slobodian, though his book may lead you to this idea).

Wilhelm Rpke it turns out is the (a?) bad guy, and I have to say I always considered him a third-rate, misguided agrarian thinker.  It turns out his views on Africa were not entirely sound, and furthermore he sought to pull the rest of the liberals away their economic libertarianism, keeping in mind that Hayek already favored a social welfare state and socialized health insurance, among other interventions.

I folded over 12 separate pages in this book, which is considerably higher than average.

That all said, I dont quite buy onto the whole story.  I read Hayek as rebelling against the vanquished Austro-Hungarian Empire, rather than keeping it as a mental model for reform.  Nor am I persuaded by the idea of a identifiable Geneva School, whether as an independent group or as a sub-branch of the Austrians.  In my view, the connections running through Geneva are historical ones (various people and institutions got put there), not intellectual in nature....


Finally, Fayose meets Buhari (PHOTO) Newtelegraph

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, a critic of  President Muhammadu Buhari has finally met the president.  Mr Fayose is among the governors who are attending the Council of State meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. Other governors in attendance are those of Sokoto, Delta, Adamawa, Imo, Benue, Lagos, Nasarawa, Abia, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kebbi, Plateau, Kano, []

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Fire razes IDP camp in Plateau Newtelegraph

The newly constructed ultra modern Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau has been razed by fire. The camp was constructed by the Presidential Committee on Flood, Relief, and Rehabilitation, which came into being after the 2012 flood disaster that ravaged 24 states in the country. Mr. Bintan Wuyep, Director, Relief, []

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BREAKING: Jonathan, IBB absent as Buhari meets Obasanjo, others in Aso Rock Newtelegraph

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, former President Shehu Shagari and former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida are have stayed away from the meeting of the Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. The meeting is currently holding at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.) and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), are []

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VIDEO: Egyptian woman fights back after sexual assault "IndyWatch Feed War"


Rania Fahmy filmed retaliating against attacker, who was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison


Sudan crisis at risk of 'falling off the world's radar' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Although more than five million people in Sudan need aid, the country is at risk of falling off international donors radar, a senior United Nations official has said.


Encounter With Uber Driver Results in FGM Arrest "IndyWatch Feed War"

A chance encounter between an Uber driver and an anti-FGM campaigner resulted in an arrest and trial of the driver for FGM offenses in the UK.

Sami Ullah, 29, a trustee for the charity Integrate, got into the car of a Somalian Uber driver. While making small talk, the conversation turned to FGM. While the driver (who cannot be identified for legal reasons) agreed with Ullah that FGM was wrong, he said that he had had his daughter cut.

I did the small one to my daughter. Other people did the big one, but I did the small one.

Ullah asked the driver if he knew that the procedure was illegal, to which the driver replied that it was custom and tradition, saying, some people did it and some people dont.

The driver then asked Ullah, Do you know why we do it? to which he answered, Its so women dont feel sexy all the time.

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After Ullah got out, he used his Uber app to identify the driver. He then called the police.

An examination by a specialist showed that the daughter had indeed been cut not in the severest form but nevertheless in a way that is classified as FGM.

Since the driver did not perform the procedure himself on his daughter, he was charged with cruelty to a child under the age of 16 years, having responsibility for a child under that age and willfully assaulting/ill-treating/abandoning the child to cause unnecessary suffering or injury.

The case in now in trial.



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Boko Haram: The Jihadist Killers Nigeria Seems Unable or Unwilling To Stop How often has the Government of Nigeria Declared Victory over Boko Haram since 2009? "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP | Suicide bomb attacks and abductions have been the hallmarks of Boko Harams bloody insurgency

LAGOS (AFP)  Nigerias Boko Haram, suspected of another mass kidnapping of school girls, started out as an Islamic anti-corruption group but mutated into an IS affiliate waging a lethal insurgency.- Fundamentalist

Boko Haram aims to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria a campaign that has cost at least 20,000 lives since 2009 and at its peak displaced 2.6 million from their homes. The name loosely translates from the Hausa language as Western education is forbidden.

Founder and spiritual leader Mohammed Yusuf pinned the blame for Nigerias ills on Western values left by colonial master Britain, criticised the countrys corrupt secular regime for neglecting development in Muslim regions and advocated a return to fundamentalist Islam.

He came to the attention of authorities in 2002 when he began to build a following among disaffected youths in Maiduguri.

Yusuf was killed in police custody in 2009 after an uprising in Maiduguri that prompted a military assault which killed some 700 people and left the groups mosque and headquarters in ruins.

Many of its supporters fled the country.

Violent turn

Boko Haram was broadly peaceful before Yusufs death.

But his successor, his right-hand man Abubakar Shekau, undertook a violent campaign of deadly attacks on schools, churches, mosques, state entities and security forces.

Some Boko Haram members are thought to have trained with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in northern Mali in 2012 and 2013.

Among the groups most notorious acts was the April 2014 kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok. A total of 107 have since been released, found or escaped.

The mass abduction brought world attention to the insurgency at a time when Boko Haram was seizing territory across the northeast, which became a largely no-go area, with the violence spilling over into Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

In August 2014 Shekau proclaimed a caliphate in the Borno town of Gwoza and in March 2015 pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.


The long-divided Boko Haram underwent a major split in 2016 when the IS recogn...


US sees Russia as adversary to be destroyed "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Russian leader needs to understand that the United States has no real intention of establishing friendly ties and would rather see Russia destroyed, says an analyst in Washington.

James Jatras, a former US Senate foreign policy analyst, told Press TV on Wednesday that Moscow had to change the mindset that one day Washington will be ready for a rapprochement.

He made the remarks while discussing statements by Russian Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov, who said earlier in the day that Moscow regretted the deterioration of ties between the two sides over US claims that Russia had interfered in its democratic affairs.

Several US congressional committees along with Special Counsel Robert Mueller have been investigating allegations of Russias interference in the 2016 election and its collusion with the campaign of President Donald Trump.

The Russians constantly refer to their American colleagues as their American partners, and they dont seem to understand that the establishment here has no intention whatsoever of ever thinking of Moscow as a partner or as colleague, Jatras said.

They look at them as an adversary to be destroyed, he said of American leaders view of their Russian counterparts. They think that they can treat them like Serbia or Libya or Iraq or Afghanistan.

Jatras argued that Washington was looking forward to either force a regime change upon Russia or at least push it back from Syria and Ukraine.

He described as absurd claims by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who charged in an indictment last week that Russia was behind a hacking campaign that sought to change the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election.

According to Muellers indictment, two Russian entities Concord Catering, and Concord Management and Consulting were in control of the Internet Research Agency, a group that coordinated the alleged meddling by directing hacking attacks that exposed Democrats secrets.



South Africa's Brand New President Wants To Confiscate Land From White Farmers "IndyWatch Feed World"

If youve been following much international news, youve probably heard that, after literally years of scandal, abuse, and incompetence, South Africas president Jacob Zuma was finally forced to resign last week.
This is a big deal for South Africa.
The country has been suffering for nearly a decade under Zumas corruption.
And people are certainly hoping that the new President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will represent a positive, new chapter for South Africa.


15 Dead After Saudi Arabia Launches Terror Attacks on Civilian Cars in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Sanaa (GPA) 15 civilians in Yemen lost their lives today after Saudi Arabia launched a series of airstrikes targeting cars in Saada province.

The recent terror attacks in Saada are just another case of Saudi Arabia attacking civilians in Yemen without remorse. The United States and western allies provide military and intelligence support to all members of the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen.

Additional airstrikes targeted Taiz, Sanaa, Dhamar, Hajjah, and Hodeidah provinces without reports of casualties.


terror attacksRescue workers at the scene of a prison attack in Sanaa in December.

Yemen Responds to Ongoing Aggression

Yemens Army and Popular Committees retaliated by launching attacks on Saudi military targets beyond the border in Jizan province.

President of Sanaas Supreme Political Council, Saleh al-Sammad, spoke today at a meeting with various governors and leaders. He e...


Accenture: Technology fast changing lifestyles Newtelegraph

Technology is now firmly embedded throughout our everyday lives and is reshaping large parts of society, Accentures Nigerias Managing Director Technology, Mr. Niyi Tayo, has said.   He said this during the presentation of a new report by the company in Lagos. Tayo explained that advancing technology is fueling intelligent enterprises and that this requires []

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Tough budgetary choices put South Africa on a fiscally sustainable path "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This is the challenge of our time, to build a South Africa in which all people have a decent standard of living, access to economic opportunities and opportunity to pursue their dreams. Malusi Gigaba Budget Speech February 2018

Minister of Finance Knowledge Malusi Nkanyezi Gigaba says South Africa must confront and overcome a number of challenges if it is to sustain growth [GCIS]

In his briefing to journalists before his budget Speech, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba was at pains to point out that the media should look at the budget holistically and not just focus on a few points such as raising taxes.

We have a positive narrative to tell and that is reflected in the raising of our gross domestic product (GDP) growth projections. We have taken the tough decisions to put us on a fiscally sustainable path while at the same time undertaking growth enhancing initiatives, he said.

After several years during which economic growth undershot our projections, we now see the improved growth projections for 2018 and subsequent years as a floor, rather than a ceiling. We are convinced that as business and consumer confidence return, and as government follows through on its commitments to enable growth with prudent, fast and decisive action, we can exceed our growth projections, he said in his Budget speech.

The toughest choice to make was raising the Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate from 14 per cent to 15 per cent, which puts it on a par with neighbouring states. This is the first VAT rate increase since 1993 and the first done by an African National Congress government. It will add R22.9 billion ($2 billion) to revenue every year.

The other tough choices involved cutting state expenditure, as programmes that were not efficient were cut. The total saving over the next three years was R85 billion, but these savings were to a certain extent offset by the additional R57 billion needed to provide free tertiary education.

The bottom line is that at the time of the October 2017 MTBPS, gross national debt was projected to breach 60 per cent of GDP in 2021/22, and continue rising thereafter. This Treasury projection reflected major revenue shortfalls, weak economic growth and a limited policy response. It prompted a sell-off in the rand in October and November 2017.

The outlook also represented a major departure from the 2017 Budget figures, which previously showed the debt-to-GDP ratio declining from 2018/19 onward.

Scenarios for growth...


Health benefits of cucumber (3) Newtelegraph

Cucumber is a creeping vine that roots in the ground and grows up trailing or other supporting frames, wrapping around supports with thin, spiraling tendrils. The plant has large leaves that form a canopy over the fruit. Face Mask: For oily skin grate 1/2 cucumber into a bowl and add one tablespoon of honey. []

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We will not condone Cattle Rustling in Kogi Government Newtelegraph

The Kogi State Government has warned cattle rustlers that their nefarious activities will not be condoned in the State. Speaking through his Director of Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja, Governor Yahaya Bello said the states hospitality should not be taken as gateway for criminal elements, assuring the people that government will protect them []

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NOGIG 2018: NLNG dominates swimming Newtelegraph

Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas yesterday proved that they were the best in swimming at the ongoing 17th Nigerias Oil and Gas Industry Games tagged NOGIG 2018, as they emerged tops in the swimming event concluded on Wednesday at Chevron Complex, Gbagada, Lagos. NLNG won five gold and one silver medals to top the medals table []

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Farmers get N1.4bn fertilizer subsidy in Sokoto Newtelegraph

Sokoto State Government yesterday expressed its readiness to spend N1.4 billion to subsidise cost of fertilizer for farmers in the state in the 2018 farming season.   Governor Aminu Tambuwal stated this in Sabon Birni Local Government Area during flagoff of fertilizer sales for dry season farming and distribution of improved seedlings to farmers across []

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Fowler urges IoD members to embrace VAIDS Newtelegraph

Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Tunde Fowler, yesterday urged members of the Institute of Directors (IoD) to take advantage of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS). He gave the advice in Lagos while making a presentation on tax amnesty scheme to IoD members. In the presentation entitled; Achieving Voluntary []

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Herdsmen: Stakeholders debunk closing of 30 primary schools in Ogun Newtelegraph

Stakeholders in Yewa North, Ogun State have described a report that 30 primary schools were shut down in the area following Fulani herdsmens attack as not only mischievous, but a calculated attempt by some people to malign the name of the local government. According to the stakeholders, the figure was exaggerated as only one primary []

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Benue: Tsav loses bid to stop trial Newtelegraph

A Makurdi Chief Magistrates Court yesterday dismissed a preliminary objection filed by a former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav to stop his prosecution by the Benue State Government for injurious falsehood. Ruling on a motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court, the Chief Magistrate, Mr. Isaac Ajim, stated that his court had []

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Sport betting has come to stay in Nigeria Brooks Newtelegraph

The publisher of Brooks Sporting Pools and Lotto, Alex Brooker, has described sports betting in the country as something that has come to stay.   Speaking at the presentation of his new sports, pools and lotto journal, Brooker said betting has taken more youths away from evil vices as they are making money from their []

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ADP blasts Ambode over refuse on the streets of Lagos Newtelegraph

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has described the heaps of refuse that have recently characterized Lagos as a disaster, an eye-sore and a shame to be associated with a strategic state like Lagos. The party has warned of a possible outbreak of an epidemic in the state. The party through its Lagos spokesman, Prince Adelaja []

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Importance of local communities and their perceptions in viable conservation and development projects Africa Sustainable Conservation News


Study delves into overlooked community perceptions of conservation impact

  • A new study measures the impacts of conservation projects on peoples lives by letting the people define what matters to them.
  • The study has adapted the Global Person Generated Index (GPGI), an index that has previously been used in the health sector to see what people consider important for their quality of life, and lets the people rate the performance of those domains.
  • The study found that overall, the local people were most commonly concerned with agriculture, health, livestock, education, jobs, and family-related activities, but more than 50 percent of the people who were interviewed said that the conservation projects had had no significant impacts on these aspects of their well-being.

Most conservation projects today must answer a key question: How does the project affect the local people? But high-quality studies that measure the impacts of conservation projects on peoples well-being remain few and far between.

Whatever rigorous research does exist tends to focus on a narrow range of economic indicators, such as household income or expenditure, serving as proxies for peoples well-being. But well-being can mean different things to different people. And indicators like income, while objective, may not capture aspects of well-being that are actually important to the people themselves, some conservationists argue. Instead, the conservationists have called for complementing the more objective methods with approaches that measure what the people think are important to them, because peoples perceptions of impacts can determine future support for conservation projects.

To that end, a new study published in World Development has found a novel way of measuring impacts on peoples lives...


British lawmakers launch inquiry into cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed War"

A global investment craze over bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in the last year has seen wild gyrations in their valuations, making fortunes for some investors, while others have lost heavily. (Reuters)



Attack on Yobe school: Army rescues abducted girls Newtelegraph

  Some of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi in Yobe State have been rescued by the Nigerian Army.   Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, Director General to Yobe State governor on Press Affairs, who disclosed this yesterday, admitted that some of the schoolgirls were actually abducted by Boko Haram []

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$2.1bn arms deal: EFCC grills ex-COAS, Ihejirika Newtelegraph

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has interrogated a former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), over his alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms procurement scandal.     Highly placed sources said Ihejirika arrived the headquarters of the antigraft agency at 11:00am yesterday. One of the sources, who spoke in []

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RMAFC: MDAs, states, LGs owe N168bn tax liability Newtelegraph

The Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of federal, state and local governments are collectively indebted to Federal Government in tax obligations of about N168 billion, New Telegraph has learnt.     The amount, which represents unremitted taxes obligations these bodies are expected to pay into the federation account, was uncovered by tax audit exercise conducted []

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Three Immigrants Arrested In Paris For Cannibalism "IndyWatch Feed World"

Three African immigrants have been arrested in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois for attacking a man by biting at his face and eating pieces of his flesh.  The men, all from Cape Verde, were arrested [...]


Heavy drinking increases risk of dementia Newtelegraph

Scientists yesterday said people who drink enough to be hospitalised were at serious risk of dementia and Alzheimers disease.   According to findings published in the Lancet Public Health journal, more than a third, 38 per cent of the 57,000 cases of early-onset; dementia were directly alcohol-related and 18 per cent had an additional diagnosis []

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Sultan: Corruption still high under Buharis watch Newtelegraph

accuses politicians of exploiting herdsmen crisis     The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar III, yesterday gave a damning report on the anti-corruption war of the present administration. He declared that in spite of the effort being made by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), cases of corruption were still very high []

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Delta Steel: Prostate from mismanagement Newtelegraph

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK   Despite efforts to revive it and restart production of steel for local and export purposes, the multibillion naira Delta Steel Company (DSC) has remained comatose, writes YEKEEN AKINWALE, who visited the firm situated at Owvian, Aladja town, Delta State, in this concluding part   When that place was flourishing, they []

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Senator in trouble over missing N70m Newtelegraph

Sani: Monkeys carted away lawmakers millions   The Northern Senators Forum, yesterday, sacked the former Governor of Nasarawa State and its Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa West), over alleged mismanagement of N70 million under his custody.   The Forum also replaced Adamu with the former Governor of Sokoto State and Senator representing Sokoto North []

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Nigerias inactive phone lines rise to 93.3m Newtelegraph

The bearish trend in the telecommunications market in Nigeria persisted last year as the number of dormant telephone lines increased significantly to over 93.3 million or 38.5 per cent since 2001, New Telegraph has learnt.   According to data obtained from the telecoms regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), from the total of 241.3 million []

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NPA: INTELS has paid $42.6m to FG Newtelegraph

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, has disclosed that Integrated Logistics Services (INTELS) Nigeria Limited has paid $28.1 million out of the original debt.   She said that another payment of $14.5 million is awaiting official confirmation. The total amount so far paid by INTELS to NPA is $42.6 []

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Demolition: Go to court, el-Rufai tells APC faction Newtelegraph

Defiant party faction erects canopy, seeks Buharis aid   Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has dismissed the outrage trailing the demolition of the secretariat of a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State as misplaced. He said his administration acted within the laws governing land use and urban development in []

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Electricity consumers decry erratic supply, crazy bills Newtelegraph

Electricity consumers in Umuahia and its environs have expressed worry over erratic power supply and crazy bills from the Enugu Electricity distribution Company (EEDC). Some of the consumers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia that the situation had deteriorated as they had been paying for energy not supplied.   Mr. Chukwudi Ikokwu, []

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After 3 Years of Neutrality, Pakistan Will Send Troops to Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Islamabad (GPA) After remaining neutral and declining involvement for the past three years, Pakistan will send troops to Yemen to fight on behalf of the Saudi invaders.

Pakistans defense minister, Khurram Dastigir, spoke to the Senate on Monday. He said 1,000 Pakistani troops would join the Saudi-led war against Yemen. Dastigir claimed the forces would provide intelligence and training support but would not see combat.


The Saudi-led war against Yemen will enter its fourth year in March. Riyadh has failed in every way, shape, and form. On the ground, Yemens resistance forces known only as the Houthis throughout western media have only grown stronger in the past three years. Now, Yemens Army and Popular Committees have domestically produced long-range ballistic missiles, improved their air defenses, and manufactured naval missiles.

Ansarullah (aka. the Houthis) gained full control of Yemens capital Sanaa following a failed coup orchestrated by the United Arab Emirates, United States, and Saudi Arabia. Yemens resistance has successfully maintained security and eliminated terror elements from groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS...


Stock market records marginal gain Newtelegraph

  Trading activities on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday sustained positive trajectory as the overall market performance indices firmed up marginally with a gain of 0.02 per cent or N4billion.     Transactions on the stock market had returned to bullish trend the previous day as stock market extended gaining streak []

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Dividend: Shareholders seek reversal of CBNs policy Newtelegraph

Some shareholders have called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to reverse its new guidelines on dividend payment for banks and discount houses to avoid erosion of banking stocks quoted on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).       CBN had on the 31st of January, 2017, released an update on []

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APC chieftain calls for credible presidential primaries Newtelegraph

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State, Alhaji Mumakai-Unagha, yesterday urged the APC caucus to conduct a democratic presidential primary ahead of the 2019 general election.     Addressing journalists in Warri, Unuagha said all aspirants in the forthcoming presidential primary of the party should be given equal opportunity during and []

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Onazi eyes victory over Alanyaspor Saturday Newtelegraph

Ogenyi Onazi is eyeing victory over Alanyaspor when they face Trabzonspor in Saturdays Turkish Super Lig outing at the Bahcesehir Okullar Stadyumu.   The Nigeria international featured for 67 minutes against Istanbul Basaksehir on Sunday but could not save the Black Sea Storm from their fifth top-flight loss this season, no thanks to Emmanuel Adebayors []

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World Cup: Iceland plans to subdue Nigeria with 66,000 fans Newtelegraph

    If support is to be used a yardstick for advan as tage, then the Super Eagles will be playing as the away team when they battle Iceland at this years World Cup as no fewer than 66, 000 Icelandics will storm Russia to support their national team.   The European countrys population is []

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Reps probe modern slavery, domestic violence Newtelegraph

The House of Representatives yesterday mandated its Committees on Human Rights and Foreign Affairs to investigate increasing cases of modern slavery, human trafficking, domestic servitude and forced labour involving Nigerians at home and abroad and proffer solutions.   The resolution was arrived at following an adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Samuel Ikon (PDP, []

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Killings: Reps urge FG to beef up security in Zamfara Newtelegraph

The House of Representatives, yesterday, called on the federal government to provide special security attention to the state by providing a coordinated and sustainable security intervention.   The lawmakers said the intervention should not be limited to land and air military operations; State Security Services and other security agencies. The advice was given following the []

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Traditional rulers seek unity among Nigerians Newtelegraph

Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty (HRM), Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Attah of Igala, His Royal Majesty, Michael Amen Oboni and Jaja of Opobo, His Royal Majesty, Dandeson Douglas Jaja, yesterday canvassed unity among Nigerians, saying all ethnic groups must promote their cultures.   Speaking yesterday at the Conference on African Origins, organised in Lagos yesterday, []

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Charley Boys group wants Buhari to resign as Petroleum Minister Newtelegraph

accuses NNPC of deceit, cover-up   A group of activists, led by Charles Oputa,(a.k.a, Charly boy) with the name, OurMumuDonDo Movement, yesterday in Abuja made real its threat to occupy the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) in protest against fuel scarcity that had lingered across the country.   The group also urged President Mohammadu Buhari to []

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Armed gangs wipe out 15 villages in mass Christian slaughter in Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed World"

Armed gangs wipe out 15 villages in mass Christian slaughter in Nigeria | 18 Feb 2018 | Armed men stormed through 15 villages to massacre Christians and destroy their churches in a violent crackdown against the religion in Nigeria. Dozens of people have been killed after the gangs ransacked towns and villages to clear them of all aspects of the Christian faith. Houses belonging to believers have also been razed with authorities doing little to help, an anti-persecution watchdog claimed. Open Doors spoke to one Christian who described the broad daylight attack carried out by a group of Fulani - one of Africa's largest ethnicities.


Au Liberia, la population veut voir enfin reconnus ses droits sur la terre "IndyWatch Feed World"

21 Feb 2018 | AFPLes organisations de dfense des populations craignent que la nouvelle loi foncire ne soit vid de sa substance, aprs avoir t considrablement amend en septembre 2017 par l'Assemble nationale, puis bloqu au Snat.


Bahrain: 5 More Years for Jailed Activist "IndyWatch Feed World"

Expand Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. 2015 Reuters (Beirut) The Bahrain High Criminal Court on February 21, 2018, sentenced the prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison for criticizing torture in a Bahrain prison and Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, [...]


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Outbreak of Optimism in South Africa May Spur IPOs, Bourse Says
By Neo Khanyile
February 21, 2018, 11:55 AM EST
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Some good IPOs in the pipeline, CEO Newton-King says
JSE Ltd. had challenging year, cut its staff by 24%

The operator of Johannesburgs stock exchange expects improved sentiment following Cyril Ramaphosas election as South African president to encourage companies to sell shares in initial public offerings this year.

Ramaphosa, who succeeded Jacob Zuma last week, is expected to oversee improved management of Africas most-industrialized economy. Bourse operator JSE Ltd., which handled 21 new listings in 2017, could see some of that positivity materialize in IPOs and new exchange-traded funds, Chief Executive Officer Nicky Newton-King said in an interview on Wednesday.

When things are more positive, then entrepreneurs and boards of directors feel more inclined to come to the public market, Newton-King said. We never talk exactly on this, but weve got some good IPOs in the pipeline and some interesting ETFs. But lets see when they come to market.

The South African rand has gained 12 percent against the dollar, more than any other major currency, since Ramaphosa won a contest to lead the ruling African National Congress in December. Last week was the Johannesburg benchmark stock indexs best in more than eight years as the new president was sworn in.

The JSE will receive a further boost when Old Mutual Plc, the insurer that started in South Africa more than 150 years ago, ends the primary listing it has had in London since 1999 in exchange for one in Johannesburg, Newton-King said. Were soon going to welcome Old Mutual, so thats going to be really nice to have them come home.

She spoke after the bourse operator reported results for a challenging year in which operating revenue fell 5 percent to 2.2 billion rand ($189 million) and it cut staff by 24 percent to 364, according to a filing.


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South Africa's Ramaphosa Promises to Accelerate Land Redistribution

South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to accelerate the redistribution of land to black populations in the country.

Ramaphosa on Tuesday insisted on the need to carry out a reform intended to heal the wounds of the past and to redistribute land to Blacks.

We will not allow smash and grab interventions, that we will not allow. We will handle this matter in the same way that we have always handled all difficult issues in our country, he said.

We will not allow smash and grab interventions, that we will not allow. We will handle this matter in the same way that we have always handled all difficult issues in our country.

According to a recent study, agriculture remains largely in the hands of the descendants of the settlers. The white farmers held 73% of the land, against 85% at the end of apartheid.

If there has ever been anything that many South Africans would like to have line of sight of , is the lifestyle audit of their public representatives. Now that is something I believe we have to do and this will be done starting with the executive of the country. Yes, we will go in that way, he added.

The new president also said he is determined to heal the wounds of the massacre of Marikana, when 34 minors were killed by the police in 2012 in a mine belonging to the society which he was an administrator.


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South Africa Just Raised Its Sales Tax for the First Time in 25 Years Amid Political Upheaval
South Africa will increase its VAT for the first time in 25 years as part of an attempt to reduce its budget deficit.

South Africa's annual budget, delivered by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday, is the first under new President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba during a pre-World Economic Forum briefing on January 18, 2018, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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South Africa is to increase its value added tax (VAT) for the first time in 25 years in order to help bridge a gap in the government's budget.

The news came as part of Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's first annual budget in the South African Parliament in Cape Town. The speech also marked the first budget under new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

South Africa's VAT, which has remained constant since 1993, will increase to 15 percent from 14 percent as of April 1 this year. This is part of the Treasury's attempt to shrink its budget deficit, which stands at 4.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in the 2017/18 fiscal year.

Last week saw momentous political change in Africa's most developed economy as Ramaphosa took over as president following former President Jacob Zuma's resignation. Ramaphosa is viewed favourably by the business community, not least for his pledge to fight the corruption that plagued Zuma's administration of which Zuma denies wrongdoing.

The U.S. dollar fell against the South African rand on news of the VAT hike, and was trading over 0.7 percent lower immediately after the news.

"This is a tough, but hopeful budget," Gigaba said, as reported by Reuters.

"We decided that increasing VAT was unavoidable if we are to maintain the integrity of our public finances," he added.

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Dont Get Ahead of Yourselves Ramaphosa to Opposition on Cabinet
20 FEB, 2018 - 03:02 

CAPE TOWN. President Cyril Ramaphosa has reined in opposition demands of a prospective Cabinet reshuffle, saying an announcement on a new Cabinet will be made by him at the appropriate time.

President Ramaphosa took to the podium in the National Assembly yesterday to address both Houses of Parliament during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) reply. This after parties debated his SONA on Monday for a marathon 10 hours.

When the time came to address one of the most common themes in the debate the composition of a new Cabinet Ramaphosa was quite critical of opposition parties in their attacks on ministers.

Whatever views one might hold about members of Cabinet, this does not justify in any way the kind of character assassination and insults we have heard, he told the House.

African National Congress MPs applauded him as he spoke. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini looked up from her desk and listened intently.

Opposition parties have made a strong call for President Ramaphosa to reshuffle his Cabinet and axe some ministers, especially those who have been linked to the controversial Gupta family. The House then fell silent in anticipation.

On the matter of the composition of Cabinet, an announcement will be made by the president at the appropriate time, he said.

Groans then came from the opposition benches, which were soon replaced by the same sense of anticipation. So, dont get ahead of yourselves, he said off speech. It will be addressed and when it is addressed, it will be addressed very carefully without any noisy interventions that I am hearing on this left-hand side, he said with a smile.

Lock them up! shouted one male Democratic Alliance MP.

As for President Ramaphosas promise to review the size and configuration of his Cabinet, he said that would be a much longer process.

Changes of this nature need to be well considered, they should be evidence-based and should not be made in haste.


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Why is Ramaphosa Hosting Private Dinner for Zuma?
20 FEB, 2018 - 03:02

JOHANNESBURG. President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to host a dinner yesterday evening in honour of his predecessor former president Jacob Zuma.

The Presidencys Tyrone Seale confirmed that President Ramaphosa would be hosting a private dinner for former President Zuma and his Cabinet, amid talks of a looming Cabinet reshuffle.

The cocktail affair, set to be taking place at Tuynhuys in Cape Town was meant to bid farewell to Cde Zuma and members of his executive. Cde Zuma resigned last week, following transitional talks between himself and the ANCs newly-elected leadership collective.

Former president Zuma was not present for President Ramaphosas election, nor his maiden State of the Nation Address. In an exclusive interview with the SABC, just hours before he resigned, Cde Zuma questioned the ANC leaderships decision to recall him as South Africas head of state and said he was not defying the movement, but disagreed with its leaders.

He also claimed he was not provided with reasons to explain why the NEC had recalled him.

Attempts to confirm Zumas attendance were unsuccessful. News24s resident analyst Ralph Mathekga said it was odd that President Ramaphosa was hosting a dinner in honour of the controversial former president.

Is this for KwaZulu-Natal? Is he trying to say, dont worry, we are throwing a party for Zuma, we will protect him, questioned Mathekga.

He said it was clear that the ANC had no intention of publicly distancing itself away from the former president, which he said could cost President Ramaphosa.

Maybe they are trying to curb the nations excitement and say there is actually no new dawn or even to deal with Zuma, to manage him, speculated Mathekga.

They might have to say he was great once in a while, even though they know he is not, the analyst said.

Mathekga said he believed the move could also be an attempt to show KZN that Cde Zuma, who is from that province, was still valued by the movement, in a bid to retain support from one of the countrys largest provinces come e...


Is Sweden complicit in Saudi war on Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV February 21, 2018 Last year, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrm told a conference that the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Yemen was one that has far too long been neglected and forgotten by the global community and what Yemeni people were going through was difficult to imagine. It is such statements that, besides []


UN Women seeks nations commitment on gender equality Newtelegraph

As report lists lack of data, poor funding as gaps for womens empowerment The UN Women recently called the world community to hold accountable for gender equality commitments those in power across different countries of the world. To this end, the international organisation, has therefore called for the institution of a vibrant civil society with []

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Somaliland journalist detained without charge "IndyWatch Feed War"

People wave flags as soldiers and other military personnel of Somalia's breakaway territory of Somaliland march past during an Independence day celebration parade in the capital, Hargeisa on May 18, 2016. Somaliland authorities detained journalist Mohamed Aabi Digaale on February 17, 2018. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP)

Nairobi, February 21, 2018--Somaliland authorities should immediately release Mohamed Aabi Digaale, the Hargeisa bureau chief for the London-based broadcaster Universal TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Mohamed on February 17 and have been holding him without charge, Guleid Ahmed Jama, chairperson of the advocacy organization Human Rights Center, and Abdullahi Hersi Kulmiye, the East Africa director of Universal TV, told CPJ.


Okorocha Is Inflicting Pains And Suffering On Imo People Archbishop Obinna. OBLONG MEDIA

The Archbishop AJV Obinna of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri on Sunday, February 18, 2018, took a swipe at Governor More


Thousands of Americans jailed for debts chased by private collectors "IndyWatch Feed World"

An estimated 77 million Americans have a debt that has been transferred to a private collection agency. Thousands have ended up in jail over debts as small as $28, with African-Americans and Hispanics the most affected.

The findings come from a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) spanning 26 states and Puerto Rico, published on Wednesday. The practice violates many US state and federal laws, which prohibit the jailing of debtors.

(Human Rights violation)

In one case cited in the report, a disabled woman who wears a prosthetic leg was shackled by her waist and feet by two armed US marshals before being put in jail overnight.

They had a warrant for my arrest and I asked them for what, he didnt say what it was for. He said, Hell tell you later, said Tracie Mozie of Dickinson, Texas.

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Law enforcement officials had entered Mozies bedroom to arrest her over a $1,500 federal student loan she took out in 1986 to pay for truck-driving school. The loan had mushroomed to $13,000 with interest and fees. Monzie was unable to pay because she is unemployed and lives on disability benefits.

The ACLU examined more than 1,000 cases in which civil court judges issued arrest warrants for debtors. In some instances the amounts were as small as $28. Letters were sent over bounced checks as low as $2, the ACLU found.

The report is the first ever to analyze the cooperation between courts and the private debt collection industry across the US, according to the ACLU. Private debt collectors use the criminal justice system to try to compel repayments, even when the debts are dis...


Somali Uber driver in UK had daughter's genitals mutilated to stop her from "feeling sexy" "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Somali heritage Uber driver allowed his seven-year-old daughter to be subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) because he said it stops "women feeling sexy all the time", a court has heard. The case represents one of the first times a prosecution for the crime - common in some migrant and Muslim cultures - has been brought to court in the UK, despite being illegal here since 1985 and hundreds of successful prosecutions in France. "The case concerns... a practice that is illegal in this country and is becoming illegal in countries around the world," Anna Vigars QC, prosecuting, told the court as the case began Monday. "But, there are communities in Africa and the Middle East where it is common," she added, according to The Guardian. The prosecution alleges that the Somali father, who speaks "broken" English, admitted allowing his daughter to be cut to charity worker and anti-FGM campaigner Sami Ullah after picking him up in his Uber in March 2016.


Somaliland journalist detained without charge "IndyWatch Feed World"

Nairobi, February 21, 2018--Somaliland authorities should immediately release Mohamed Aabi Digaale, the Hargeisa bureau chief for the London-based broadcaster Universal TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Mohamed on February 17 and have been holding him without charge, Guleid Ahmed Jama, chairperson of the advocacy organization...


New Report Claims Meat Eaters Are Destroying The Planet "IndyWatch Feed World"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Those who care about the environment may want to consider going vegetarian. According to the report Appetite for Destruction, meat consumption is impacting some of the worlds most valuable and vulnerable regions. This is largely due to the substantial amount of land needed to produce animal feed.

The Western diet, which is notoriously high in meat in dairy, is the major culprit. In fact, the growing popularity of the diet means an area 1.5 times the size of the European Union could be saved if global consumption of animal products was cut to meet nutritional requirements, reports The Independent.

The areas most threatened include the Amazon, Congo Basin and the Himalayas. There, water and land resources are already sought after.

According to the report, excessive animal product consumption is responsible for 60 percent of all biodiversity loss. The world is consuming more animal protein than it needs and this is having a devastating effect on wildlife, said Duncan Williamson, WWF food policy manager.

A staggering 60 per cent of global biodiversity loss...


Buharis sectarian agenda unravels. By Eke O Eke OBLONG MEDIA

Buhari has found himself in exactly the same position he was in 1983 before he was overthrown by Babangida. His More



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African Union Gives Zimbabwe Thumbs Up
21 FEB, 2018 - 00:02
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Zimbabwe did not experience a coup, and the world should respect the countrys decision, as the new political leadership is implementing reforms that are giving people more freedom and democracy, the African Union (AU) has said.

Addressing journalists at the end of his three-day visit to Harare yesterday, AU Commission chairperson Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat said his delegation had been satisfied with the peaceful situation on the ground. The AU, he said, would help Zimbabwe overcome the sanctions-induced economic challenges it was facing.

Zimbabweans have been asking for more freedom and more democracy and the authorities of the transition have responded positively, said Mr Faki.

You are aware that this country has been subjected to two decades of sanctions, so we need to work together so that this country can really harness the potential it has for economic development and so that Zimbabwe can play its role, not only at the regional level, but at continental level.

I am satisfied with the visit we have had and together with the authorities of Zimbabwe we have taken stock of the situation that obtains.

Mr Faki added: The authorities of Zimbabwe have committed themselves to various actions and opening up the political and democratic space so that free and fair elections are conducted in the country.

He said Zimbabwes decision to undergo a transition should be respected by everyone, as no laws were violated.

Everybody has noted that the transition has been peaceful, according to the laws of the land. It is the responsibility of the AU to support and accompany countries in such situations to ensure there is peace and stability, said Mr Faki.

All others have to respect the sovereignty and decisions of the country. If there is any unconstitutional change of Government then we also have our instruments. We have our rules that apply in that case. We are here to support the country in transition, a transition that has been publicly supported by the people of Zimbabwe.

Mr Faki said the AU...


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ED Meets Equatorial Guinea Envoy
21 FEB, 2018 - 00:02 
Fidelis Munyoro Chief Court Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

Equatorial Guinea has pledged to continue working with the new administration in Zimbabwe and take the bilateral ties to new heights.

This emerged after visiting Equatorial Guinea special envoy Mr Gabriel Lima Obiang delivered a special message to President Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare yesterday.

After the meeting, Mr Obiang told journalists that Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, had extended an invitation to President Mnangagwa to visit that country.

We also came here to congratulate the President and the people of Zimbabwe for the way they handled the transition leading to the new dispensation, said Mr Obiang.

We wish him the best and we are proud of what he is doing both in Government and internationally. As Africans we are proud of what the President has done, proud of the Zimbabweans for the way they handled their affairs.

Mr Obiang, who is also his countrys Minister of Mines, reiterated the countrys support for Zimbabwe, saying they viewed the Southern African country as a good place for investment.

In the future, we want to see Equatorial Guinea investing in various sectors of the economy in Zimbabwe, he said.

Mr Obiang said soon, both countries were expected to initiate high-level meetings as part of strengthening the bilateral cooperation.

Ties between Harare and Malabo were strengthened in 2004 when Zimbabwe foiled an attempted coup by mercenaries to topple President Nguema and replace him with exiled opposition leader and Spanish-based Severe Moto.

Zimbabwean security forces arrested British mercenary Simon Mann and 69 others at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport when they landed to pick up weapons, while on their way to overthrow President Nguemas government.


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Zanu-PF Youth League to Honor Former President Mugabe
21 FEB, 2018
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The Zanu-PF Youth League will today mark National Youth Day with various activities to commemorate former President Robert Gabriel Mugabes contribution to the liberation and development of the country.

This was said by Zanu-PF secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Pupurai Togarepi in an interview on the sidelines of an ongoing ideological training workshop for students held in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union at the University of Zimbabwe yesterday.

Tomorrow is going to be Youth Day, so youth will be doing charity work and will be associating with each other, discussing development issues, issues that challenge them and we are also going to have time to interact with these students tomorrow and reflect on this training they have gone through, he said.

We are going to be listening to the youths, they have their own issues they want to convey to the leadership of the party and we will give them a platform to talk to the leadership. That time of us going to rallies is gone, our new dispensation is going to be interactive, so tomorrow is going to be the starting point for us.

Cde Togarepi described Cde Mugabe as a hero who had done a lot for the countrys development, adding that a youth delegation is expected to visit the former President at his home today.

He is our hero, he is our icon, he said.

He is somebody who has contributed to the development of this country immensely.

So, this day came about recognising him as our leader and what he has done for this country.

So you cannot celebrate the Youth Day without including Robert Mugabe in the process, so we are going to celebrate with him in mind and where possible some of our youths will be going there to sing happy birthday with him. Toenda ne ma bhosvo ikoko kunocelebrata nemukuru wedu, tinomuda.

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Zimbabwe Government to Fulfill Pledges to Tsvangirai
19 FEB, 2018
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa consoles Mr Morgan Tsvangirais mother Mbuya Lydia Chibwe Tsvangirai and other mourners at the MDC-T leaders residence in Highlands, Harare yesterday. (Picture by Presidential Photographer Joseph Nyadzayo)

Zvamaida Murwira and Audrey Rundofa

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa yesterday assured the family of MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai that Government will fulfil the pledges he made to the politician regarding his welfare. President Mnangagwa said Government will consult with the family to see how the promises he made to the former Prime Minister could be fulfilled.

The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) said this when he visited Mr Tsvangirais Highlands residence in Harare to pay his condolences following the MDC-T leaders death at a South African hospital last Wednesday.

President Mnangagwa was accompanied by his two deputies, General Constantino Chiwenga (Retired) and Kembo Mohadi, Government ministers and senior Government officials.

He said during his visit to Mr Tsvangirais residence last month, the politician raised some concerns and requests he wanted addressed and as the Head of State and Government, he had acceded to them and would ensure that they are fulfilled.

He gave me a list of things he wanted addressed that time and I gave him my word that the issues would be addressed, said President Mnangagwa.

I will keep my promise. His requests would be honoured. When we are done with the burial, I will come and talk to my uncles the Tsvangirai family.

I will come here and explain what he requested and all that I promised him. I will explain all what I said and promised to each and every request he made. I will also come with my Vice Presidents, they shall be present when I come. I will honour those promises that I made to him.

President Mnangagwa said the Tsvangirai family were his uncles by totem, since he was a nephew of the Dziva clan.

Government, he said, would help in the settlement of the medical...


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Violence Mars Tsvangirai Burial
21 FEB, 2018 - 00:02 
Zvamaida Murwira in BUHERA
Zimbabwe Herald

VIOLENCE reared its ugly head at MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirais burial here yesterday, with rowdy party youths threatening to torch a thatched hut in which the partys co-vice president Dr Thokozani Khupe and secretary-general Mr Douglas Mwonzora had sought refuge after being assaulted.

Quick reaction by the police, who moved in to disperse the rowdy youths, saved the situation. Police escorted the pair to a nearby primary schools grounds from where they then followed the proceedings.

The youths considered Dr Khupe and Mr Mwonzora as obstacles to co-vice president Mr Nelson Chamisas road to leading the party. This came as Mr Tsvangirais uncle Mr Innocent Zvaipa assaulted a University of Zimbabwe student at the graveyard in full view of mourners for photographing Mr Tsvangirais mother, Gogo Lydia Tsvangirai.

On arrival at Mr Tsvangirais homestead, Dr Khupe and Mr Mwonzora had to scurry for cover as the youths bayed for their blood in front of mourners and dignitaries that included ambassadors from Western countries and Mr Tsvangirais close friend and Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Dr Khupe was heckled by youths who protested against her presence at the burial, when she was boycotting party meetings in Harare. Dr Khupe has boycotted meetings convened by Adv Chamisa in protest over what she feels is his unconstitutional rise to power.

She was jeered on her arrival, together with Mr Mwonzora. They were manhandled before the police intervened and whisked them away to a hut at Mr Tsvangirais homestead. That was when the youths threatened to torch the hut.

When Dr Khupe eventually joined proceedings at the school grounds, she wept uncontrollably and had to be comforted by MDC-T national treasurer Mrs Theresa Makone and the partys womens assembly chairperson Mrs Lynette Karenyi.

Away from Dr Khupe and Mr Mwonzora plight, Mr Tsvangirais uncle Mr Innocent Zvaipa assaulted a University of Zimbabwe female student at the graveyard for photographing Mr Tsvangirais...


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The Senator representing Kaduna North Senatorial district, Suleiman Hunkuyi has cried out over plans to demolish another of his property in Kaduna. In a tweet Wednesday afternoon,  Hunkuyi said the state Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai has sent a bill of N 30 Million Naira to him as ground rent to be paid within 30 days. Hunkuyi said he []

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South African President Vows To Seize White Property And Give It To Blacks "IndyWatch Feed World"

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On 18 February, Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui is reported to have stated in an address at the Munich Security Conference in Germany that ISIS will attempt to return to Libya following its defeat in Iraq and Syria. In his speech Jhniaoui called for the need for cooperative international counter-terrorism efforts, arguing to win our battle against terrorism, it has to be under the name of war of thoughts, which will eradicate extremist thinking that attempts to attract young people to ideological distortions, in addition to fighting poverty and unemployment.

isis in libyaCredit: Ministrio da Indstria, Comrcio Exterior e Servios

On 12 14 February, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD), a Geneva-based NGO, facilitated talks between a range of different Libyan actors in Geneva. CHD did not publish a list of attendees, but those invited are reported to have included Government of National Accord (GNA) Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maitig, House of Representatives (HoR) President Agilah Saleh, Central Bank of Libya Governor Sadiq al-Kabir, and former head of the General National Congress (GNC) Nuri Abu Sahmain. The organisers of the event stressed that all participants were invited in their personal capacity as individuals, not as representatives of certain institutions. HCD held a similar event in May 2017, as well as a meeting of over 90 of Libyas mayors in Tunisia in December 2017.

On 15 February, the Egyptian army announced it had foiled an infiltration attempt after reportedly destroying ten 44 vehicles loaded with arms and ammunition on the Libyan border. This is the latest in a series of similar claims by the Egyptian army to have destroyed convoys of vehicles carrying weapons and fighters into western Egypt.

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Modern tech unravels mysteries of Egyptian mummy portraits "IndyWatch Feed World"

A new exhibit explores the science of ancient funeral paintings Everybody's a critic. Even back in second century Egypt. While digging in Tebtunis in northern Egypt in the winter of 1899-1900, British archaeologists stumbled upon portraits of affluent Greco-Egyptians placed over the faces of mummies. One grave contained an ink and chalk sketch, a bit larger than a standard sheet of printer paper, of a woman from around the years A.D. 140 to 160. The sketch includes directions from an unidentified source to the artist to paint the "eyes softer." That ancient critique is now the name of a temporary exhibit at Northwestern University's Block Museum of Art in Evanston, Ill. "Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt" features the sketch, along with six more intact or nearly intact Egyptian funeral portraits, one still attached to its mummy. All were discovered more than a century ago but recently examined using modern scientific tools.


China Amman says CITES ignoring Chinese Asian and Zimbabwean elephant imports Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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By Adam Cruise

In the last two years, China has imported more than 80 live Asian elephants from across its border in Laos and almost 100 juvenile African elephants from Zimbabwe. They were all destined for zoos throughout China.

According to wildlife investigator and film-maker, Karl Ammann, the Laotian Prime Minister last year publically declared the trade in live elephants illegal under national laws. Furthermore, says Ammann, the transactions should not have been possible under current international laws outlined by the Convention in the Trade of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the global body governing the international trade.

Asian elephants are considered a species threatened with extinction CITES lists them under Appendix I, meaning that commercial trade in Asian elephants is prohibited unless the elephants are leased for non-commercial purposes or they originate from a CITES-approved facility of captive-bred animals. According to Ammann, Laos does not have a single CITES-approved breeding facility.

Zimbabwes elephants, however, are listed under Appendix II. This means that trade is allowed, provided the Zimbabwean authorities do not deem it detrimental to the survival of the species and that they are satisfied the animals are legally obtained.

There is no mention in the CITES regulations on the welfare or the ecological issues that may arise from snatching juvenile elephants from their family herds in the wild. Whats more, Zimbabwe alone determines whether the trade is detrimental or whether they are legally obtained. There arent any independent checks from the international community or CITES.

No Permits

In 2016, China officially imported 50 live elephants from Laos, as stated by the CITES trade database, while Ammanns underc...


BREAKING: 48 of 94 missing Yobe school girls return Yobe Govt Newtelegraph

The Yobe state government has announced the return of Forty-Eight out of the missing ninety-four students from Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi. This was made known by the state commissioner of education, Mohammed Lamin, who disclosed that while 28 of the missing students returned on Tuesday night, 20 more returned on Wednesday morning. This has brought []

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BBNaija 2018: I only had one-night stand with you Rapper, CDQ Olowo replies Ifu Ennada Newtelegraph

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BBNaija: Efe blasts Nigerians who regret voting for him Newtelegraph

Winner of last years Big Brother Naija, Efe Ejeba, has lashed out at Nigerians who say they regret voting for him. Efe, who has ventured into music since the show ended, took to his Twitter page to blast fans who have been criticizing his songs from the EP, AmSorryAmWinning. He wrote: For all those saying []

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Banky W shutdown EME, re-brands record label Newtelegraph

Pop artiste Bankole Wellington (aka Banky W), has announced the rebranding of his record label, Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.). E.M.E. was the starting record label for popular names in the music industry including Wizkid, Skales and Niyola. He said the E.M.E is now a full-fledged Media Agency which will focus on creative Marketing, Advertising, PR, []

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Scores injured in Kwara communal crisis Newtelegraph

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Missing Yobe School Girls: Saraki Condemns Attack Newtelegraph

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, condemned in strong terms the attack on Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, in Yobe State by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the attack as one too many even as he []

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Charlyboy, Adeyanju lead protest to NNPC HQ over fuel scarcity Newtelegraph

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Omo-Agege Begs Senate Over Utterances On Amendment Of Electoral Act Urhobo Today

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

LAGOS FEBRUARY 21ST (URHOBOTODAY)-The representative of Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on Wednesday apologized to the Senate over statements credited to him that the amendment of the Electoral Act was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Senate had on Tuesday mandated its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the statement.
Coming under point of order, Senator Omo-Agege apologized to the Senate based on the statement credited to him.
Omo-Agege and nine senators had alleged that the re-ordering of the election sequence was targeted at Buhari ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The other nine senators are Abdullahi Adamu, Abu Ibrahim, Benjamin Uwajumogu, Ali Wakil, Abdullahi Gumel, Binta Masi, Yahaya Abdullahi, Andrew Uchendu and Umaru Kurfi.
Imo-Agege said: When this bill was passed in the House of Representatives, only 36 members were present.
This cannot stand in a House of 360 members.
This amendment needs to be debated before it is passed.
There is a section in our standing rules that if a bill is sent to the House of Representatives and it makes any inputs, the Senate shall dissolve into a committee of the whole.
We are supposed to determine if the decision of the House is in tandem with what the Sena...


Scores of girls missing after new Boko Haram school attack Nigerian government spending a lot on arms, ammunitions, vehicles but it isnt clear they really want to do away with Boko Haram "IndyWatch Feed War"



BOKO HARAM/AFP / by Aminu ABUBAKAR, with Phil HAZLEWOOD in Lagos | Fourteen missing Chibok girls were seen in a video released on January 15 by their abductors

KANO (NIGERIA) (AFP)  Fears grew in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday about the fate of potentially scores of girls who have not been seen since a Boko Haram attack on their school two days ago.Militants stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening. Locals initially said the girls and their teachers fled the attack.

The jihadists gained worldwide notoriety in April 2014 when they abducted 276 girls from their school in Chibok, in neighbouring Borno state.

Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath and since May last year, 107 have either escaped or been released as part of a government-brokered deal. A total of 112 are still being held.

Mondays incident sparked fears of a repeat of Chibok and on Wednesday morning some 50 parents and guardians gathered at the school demanding information.

Our girls have been missing for two days and we dont know their whereabouts, Abubakar Shehu, whose niece is among those missing, told AFP.

Although we were told they had run to some villages, we have been to all these villages mentioned without any luck. We are beginning to harbour fears the worst might have happened.

We have the fear that we are dealing with another Chibok scenario.

Confused picture

According to school staff, there were 710 students at the state-run boarding school, which caters for girls aged 11 and above.

Inuwa Mohammed, whose 16-year-old daughter, Falmata, is also missing, said it was a confused picture and that parents had been frantically searching surrounding villages.

Nobody is telling us anything officially, he said. We still dont know how many of our daughters were recovered and how many are still missing.

We have been hearing many numbers, between 67 and 94.

Police in the state, which is one of three in the northeast Nigeria worst-affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, said they had no reports of abductions following the attack.

Yobes education commissioner, Mohammed Lamin, said the school had been shut and a rollcall of all the girls who have returned was being conducted.

It is...


Russia ready to help negotiate Afrin conflict settlement Foreign Ministry "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russia will be ready to assist in the settlement of a conflict in Syrian Afrin (65 kilometers from Aleppo) if the parties deem this necessary, Russian president's special envoy for the Middle East and Africa said on Monday. "Russia is not imposing its role on anyone," said Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister. "If somebody sees it is needed, we are ready to do a good turn so that to stop bloodshed and find common denominators," he went on to say. "The most important for us is the approaches stemming from the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and respect for territorial integrity, sovereignty and unity of Syria," the Russian diplomat said.


Onokpite Urges Deltans To Reject Okowa In 2019 Over Non- Performance Urhobo Today


LAGOS FEBRUARY 21ST (URHOBOTODAY)-Disturbed by the poor performance of Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Chairman of Ogbe Political Change( OPC), King Emmanuel Ufuoma Onokpite has called on Delta State electorates to reject him in 2019 general election.
Addressing group of journalists in Lagos on the state of affairs in Delta State, Ufuoma Onokpite who is the junior brother of late Chief Ogbe Onokpite said after spending close to three years on the seat nothing of relevance has been done by Okowa to better the life of the people of Delta State.
He alleged that under Okowas watch, the economy of the state has been hijacked by a cabal of political contractors who have captured and taken the state hostage, even as the governor appears clueless and confused on the way forward.
Onokpite alleged that the sacked 3,000 young workers of the Delta State government by Okowa is in total conflict with his prosperity for all Deltans electioneering campaign slogan, adding that the STEP, SMART and other so called prosperity programmes of the state government are bedeviled with falsehood and corruption.
He said Okowa cannot preach prosperity when evidence are bound that he has not paid local government workers and teachers back log of salaries.
How did he expect the family of the inde...


FLASHBACK: How the CIA and its Qatari partners helped create Syria's Jabhat al Nusra "IndyWatch Feed World"

A recent interview given by: an 'anonymous' Qatari security official, has shed further light on CIA-led covert arms shipments to militants fighting in Syria. In this Reuters article, the security official and several 'anonymous' rebel Commanders confirm that Qatar has "tightened coordination of arms flows [plural] to Syria," under alleged concern of weapons ending up in the hands of Al Qaeda linked Islamic extremist militants; the very militants as noted previously, that have continually formed the spearhead of the insurgency against the Syrian Government: "Rebel fighters in Syria say that in recent months the system for distributing arms has become more centralized, with arms being delivered through opposition National Coalition's General Command, led by Selim Idriss, a general who defected to the opposition and is a favorite of Washington."(my emphasis) What has been long confirmed by 'official sources' in the mainstream press, is that these arms shipments commenced in at least "early 2012. We can be sure, as with the majority of the official timeline, that leeway has been given in these statements: its highly likely smaller arms shipments/smuggling into Syria started much earlier. Statements from eyewitnesses in Libya confirm that arms shipments from the port of Libyan Islamic Fighting Group stronghold Misrata, commenced rapidly after the fall of Gaddafi. Sibel Edmonds also reported in November 2011, long before any corporate media revealed, that the CIA, along with its Turkish and NATO counterparts had been working from the "nerve centre" at the joint US-Turkish air-base in Incerlik, Turkey, since April/May of 2011, coordinating 'rebel' elements and 'activist's'. Edmonds posits the likely theory that this was one of the initial staging grounds used by the CIA and its regional partners, to smuggle weapons, fighters and materiel into Syria as the insurgency took hold.


Senate To Sanction Omo-Agege, Nine Senators For Opposing Amendment Of Electoral Act Urhobo Today

LAGOS FEBRUARY 21ST (URHOBOTODAY)-Representative of Delta Central Senatorial Zone in Federal House Of Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Age and nine other senators are to face sanctions over their stand on the amendment of the Electoral Act.
Urhobotoday learnt from Senate who did not want his names of print that it could result in sanction of the Senators.
The controversial amendment reordered the sequence of elections.
It placed the Senate and the House of Representatives elections first, followed by governorship and House of Assembly elections and the presidential election last.
Following the adoption of the conference report on the amendment, 10 senators kicked, describing it as unconstitutional and an attempt in futility.
Yesterday, the upper chamber mandated its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate alleged unsubstantiated comments credited to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central) and nine others on the issue.
The Senate said that Omo-Agege and nine senators claimed that reordering of the election sequence was done to target President Muhammadu Buhari, ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The nine other senators are: Abdullahi Adamu, Abu Ibrahim, Benjamin Uwajumogu, Ali Wakil, Abdullahi Gumel, Binta Masi Garba, Yahaya Abdullahi, Andrew Uchendu and Umaru Kurfi.
The plan to probe the conduct of the senators followed the adoption of a motion of by Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) on...


Two French soldiers killed in Mali attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

File photo for a soldier of Frances Barkhane mission patrols in central Mali, in the border zone with Burkina Faso and Niger as a joint anti-militant force. (AFP)
PARIS: Two French soldiers were killed after their armored vehicle was hit by an explosive device in Mali, the French presidents office said on Wednesday. Another soldier was injured as a result of the explosion.
France has deployed around 4,000 French troops in the West Africas Sahel region as part of Operation Barkhane aimed at tackling Islamist militants in the region. (Reuters)
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French President Emmanuel Macron, center, and Malis President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, center right, visit soldiers of Operation Barkhane, Frances largest overseas military operation, in Gao, Northern Mali, May 19, 2017.


Delta expands scope on job creation Newtelegraph

No fewer than 740 youths enrolled in the third cycle of the Delta State Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) received pleasant surprises at the weekend as the government said it had expanded the scope of their training. The government said the training programme would now include new elements []

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Monkey stole N70 million from senators farm house Senator Shehu Sani Newtelegraph

While Nigerians are still basking in the euphoria of a snake swallowing N36 million in Benue JAMB office, it has been alleged that monkeys have taken N70 million belonging to the Northern Senators Caucus. The caucus had sacked Sen. Abdullahi Adamu as its chairman on Wednesday, following allegations of misappropriating N70m belonging to the group. []

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Complicit Western Media Primps for Its China Witch Hunt Close-up "IndyWatch Feed War"

Its Chinese New Year and time for our special entertainment edition of China Watch.  We document the atrocities at the CCTV New Years Gala!  Racism! Outrage!  And the back story on why China went blackface to show its love for Africa!

Then we look at witch hunts against foreign influence.  Do you know why witch hunts arent coming back in America?  Because they never went away!  China Watch examines the US governments witch hunt machinery that was developed to root out Communist influence in glamorous Hollywood and is now gearing up for a run at Chinese influence in the United States.  No its not McCarthyism.  Its a lot, lot worse.  And scarier.

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Sokoto farmers get n1.4 billion fertiliser subsidy Newtelegraph

Sokoto state government said it will spend the sum of N1.4 billion to subsidise the price of fertilizer for its farmers in the 2018 cropping season. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this in Sabon Birni LGA at the flag-off of fertilizer sales for dry season farming and distribution of improved seeds to farmers across the []

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Election Reorder: Senator begs Senate over statement Newtelegraph

The Senate had on Tuesday mandated its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the statement The representative of Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on Wednesday apologized to the Senate over statements credited to him that the amendment of the Electoral Act was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari. The Senate had []

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Meningitis outbreak: Four die in Niger31 cases reported Newtelegraph

An outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) Serotype C has claimed four lives in Niger state. Making this disclosure, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibril said that thirty-one cases have been reported out of which there have been nine laboratory-confirmed cases. He said at a press briefing in Minna that the four deaths were []

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US preacher Billy Graham dies Newtelegraph

US evangelist Billy Graham one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century has died aged 99. Graham became one of the best-known promoters of Christianity, preaching to audiences worldwide in large arenas, beginning in London in 1954. Over 60 years, he is estimated to have personally preached to 210 million people. []

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Publish all properties recovered by EFCC, owners before selling them, Fayose tells FG Newtelegraph

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has told the federal government to publish all the properties it claimed to have recovered and their owners as well as buyers of the properties when they are eventually sold. The governor, who said Nigerians were no longer interested in being governed by propaganda, said Nigerians want to know []

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British anti-nuclear weapons movement history "IndyWatch Feed World"

British 1950s anti-nuclear weapons demonstration

By Kate Hudson in Britain:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Marking 60 years of the CND

KATE HUDSON tells how Britains foremost peace campaign came into being

THE Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament exploded into life 60 years ago. Britains most enduring mass movement, it has remained constant in its principles and determined in its action across the decades.

The world into which CND emerged was changing rapidly. Worldwide, the colonial empires were being dismantled as national liberation movements achieved the independence of their countries.

European colonial power in east Asia had been broken by the Japanese. Britain withdrew from India, partitioning the country into the two states of India and Pakistan amid a bloodbath claiming countless lives. Dutch rule in the East Indies ended. The Chinese Communist Party came to power in the worlds most populous country in 1949. Ghana was the first colony in Africa to gain its independence, named the Black Star of Africa in 1957, under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah.

Others followed rapidly. A revolution in Cuba in 1959, under the leadership of Fidel Castro, kicked out the corrupt dictator Batista and engaged in a programme of social and economic reform.

This radical wave alarmed the US and its allies to the extent that the largest conflicts in the post-war world occurred as the US intervened to try to prevent the colonial revolutions radicalising along the lines that had occurred in China. But major social change was not confined to the former colonies.

In Britain, the establishment of the welfare state by the post-war Labour government had brought...


JUST IN: Senator Abdullahi Adamu sacked as Northern senators chairman Newtelegraph

Northern Senators have sacked Senator Abdullahi Adamu as their chairman. Senator Abdullahi Adamu was accused of mismanaging N70 million belonging to Northern senators. Senator Wamakko Aliyu is now the new chairman. More details later.  

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Ondo, investors sign MoU on cattle ranching Newtelegraph

The Ondo State government and a group of foreign investors have unfolded plans to raise a new generation of millionaires through cattle ranching and livestock farming in the state. The investors, under the name of Peace Aid Project, aimed to achieve the dream through reviving the moribund Cattle Ranch at Auga Akoko. The MoU was []

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Sexual offence court: Man jailed for 60 years for defiling 12-year-old Newtelegraph

Barely three weeks after the commissioning of a Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Lagos yesterday delivered its first judgement by sentencing a 58-year-old tailor, Cobina Iziejen to 60 years imprisonment for defiling a 12-year-old girl (name withheld). The Sexual offences Court commissioned on February 1st by the Lagos State Chief judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke, convicted the []

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94 school girls missing after Boko Haram attack on Yobe school Newtelegraph

Fears grew in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday about the fate of potential scores of girls who have not been seen since a Boko Haram attack on their school two days ago. Militants stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening. Locals initially said the girls and their teachers fled the attack. The []

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Teacher flogs student to death in Zamfara Newtelegraph

A teacher at Government Day Secondary School Sankalawa in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State has allegedly flogged a student to death. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident was revealed on Wednesday by Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar-Gummi, Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly. The deputy speaker, who spoke under matters of urgent []

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France to unveil controversial migrant law immigration checks in homelss shelters? 100,000 asylum applications last year criminalises illegal border crossings "IndyWatch Feed War"



AFP/File / by Katy LEE and Claire GALLEN | France received a record 100,000 asylum applications last year.
PARIS (AFP)  The French government is set to unveil a tough new immigration bill Wednesday that is proving one of the most divisive of Emmanuel Macrons young presidency.The legislation, which criminalises illegal border crossings and aims for quicker deportation of those deemed economic migrants, has sparked widespread anger from NGOs who have branded it repressive.

The government says the law balances efficiency with humanity, offering faster asylum to refugees found to have fled conflict or repression.

But it has opened divisions in the left-right coalition that newcomer Macron set up when he came to power in May, with even some members of his Republic On The Move (LREM) party breaking ranks to criticise it.

The most vulnerable will be punished, said Jean-Michel Clement, a lawmaker who joined the centrist LREM after switching from the Socialists.

Its not forbidden to put a little humanity into a draft law.

Some workers at Frances refugee protection office Ofpra were going on strike to protest the bill on Wednesday, branding it an unequivocal departure from Frances tradition of asylum.

They join staff at the asylum court who have been on strike for nine days over their working conditions, with immigration lawyers also raising concerns over aspects of the draft law.

The bill will be presented to the cabinet Wednesday before being tabled in parliament in April.

While leftwingers see it as too punitive the right have labelled it too lax.

Macron has come under pressure to toughen his stance after winning power in an election in which far-right leader Marine Le Pen won 34 percent of the vote, capitalising on concerns over immigration.

The infamous Jungle migrant in Calais was razed in 2016 but young Africans and South Asians continue to head to the coast hoping to stow away on trucks crossing to Britain, while others are camped out on the streets of Paris.

France received a record 100,000 asylum applications last year.

Liberation newspaper noted that while polls showed voters backing tougher laws the relocation of thousands of migrants to towns and villages nationwide in 2016 went off largely without hitch.

The French say they are worried, wary and wan...


Forget the Terrorists, What about Your Own Government, Mr. Sisi? "IndyWatch Feed War"

It is one thing for Egyptian President Sisi not to be able to prevent surprise Islamic terror attacks against Egypts Christians, the Copts. But what does one make of the fact that his own government also discriminates against and persecutes the Copts? Most recently, a court sentenced 19 Muslim defendants to a one-year suspended sentence for attacking []


Dana blames bad weather for Port Harcourts mishap Newtelegraph

Dana Air has said its aircraft overshot the runway at Port Harcourt international airport due to bad weather. The incident involving a Dana Air Boeing MD-83 jet happened at about 7:30 pm (1830 GMT) on Tuesday. None of the 44 passengers and six crew on board was injured. Sam Adurogboye, the spokesman of the Nigerian Civil Aviation []

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French children being taught migration is a human right and we are all Africans "IndyWatch Feed War"

France is safe and prosperous only thanks to a lifetime of open borders, while mass migration is a universal right, according to literature being handed out in French classrooms. The madness is complete. This brazen propaganda about Frances suicidal immigration policy is embarrassing, as is the fact that people actually buy into this irrationality. Most []


Yemen PM: A unified Yemen is of interest regionally, internationally "IndyWatch Feed War"

Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr with the Charge dAffaires of the US Embassy to Yemen, Karen Sasahara. (Yemeni News)



Bahraini activist gets 5 years for opposing torture, war "IndyWatch Feed World"

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Activist in Bahrain jailed for five years

A court in the island state Bahrain has sentenced activist Rabeel Najab to five years in prison for criticizing his treatment in prison and the war that Saudi Arabia is fighting in Yemen.

The International Federation for Human Rights, based in Paris, and others have criticized the trial in Bahrain.

Rajab was arrested in June 2016 in a major operation against dissidents in Bahrain. In July last year, he was sentenced to two years in prison for spreading rumors and [so called] fake news about Bahrain. The court then accused him of undermining the prestige of the state.


After his arrest he was admitted to a hospital several times. Sympathizers of Rajab feared for his life because he shared a cell with...


Americans express shock at acts of disorganized violence and are oblivious to its organized violence "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do": Samuel P. Huntington The latest American slaughter of innocents - at home instead of abroad - has led to the usual outpourings from political leaders expressing prayers and sympathy and then switching to attacks on the evil weapons wielders that completely avoid the social system relying on massive weapons production and their wielding by military forces glorified for making wars. The bloody horror in Florida that took seventeen lives is known to everyone in the USA but that same population is kept relatively ignorant of the bloody horror being perpetrated everyday in Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Palestine/Israel - to mention only the Middle East - by people using the armaments we sell them, when they're not being used by our own military which we train to use our weapons to kill people; foreigners, until further notice.


Trump, Putin, and Nikolas Cruz Walk Into a Bar "IndyWatch Feed War"

Since the FBI never inspected the DNCs computers first-hand, the only evidence comes from an Irvine, California, cyber-security firm known as CrowdStrike whose chief technical officer, Dmitri Alperovitch, a well-known Putin-phobe, is a fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank that is also vehemently anti-Russian as well as a close Hillary Clinton ally.
Daniel Lazare, NYTs Really Weird Russagate Story, Consortium News

The masses did not mistakenly choose fascism. Rather, there is a more fundamental nonidentity between class consciousness and mass movements. Fascism was not a Falschkauf (mistaken purchase) followed by buyers remorse. The people fought for it, fiercely and stubbornlythough this desire for fascism is also a desire for suppression, a fight for servitude, if you will, or an escape from freedom, as Erich Fromm put it in the title of his 1941 book.
Ana Teixeira Pinto, Male Fantasies: The Sequel(s)

This week an angry dead end kid named Nikolas Cruz took his legally purchased AR 15 and walked into a school and opened fire. The FBI knew about Cruz because he had been reported to them. Cruz had been reported to the school, too. But nobody followed up. Cruz himself is one of those unpleasant looking young men that are visibly angry, and who exhibit, even in photographs, a quality of emotional disturbance. But nobody followed up. The FBI is too busy writing narrative fiction about Russia. The FBI is more concerned with constructing terrorist threats and then busting various patsies and making a big show of their success. This same week the US has continued to bomb Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia. This same week Mike Pence stomped around the site of the Winter Olympics and managed to insult most every foreign leader in attendance, but most acutely the hosts of this event. But then Pence is a vulgar rube from the hinterlands of Indiana. A fundamentalist Christian whose knowledge of the world is even smaller than his boss, the President.

The Hill reported.Approval of the FBI has increased among Democrats and decreased among Republicans since President Trump took office, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. So, uh, Dems and liberals are fawning over the FBI because, presumably, Mueller is after Satan-in-Chief The Donald, while Republicans are pouting because, presumably, the FBI isnt dropping the fictitious investigation of Russian collusion. Meanwhile, the FBI, famed for various cluster fucks like Waco and Ruby Ridge, not to mention COINTELPRO and countless undercover surveillances on journalists and dissidents of all kinds, is being embraced by liberal America. (C...


Unbelievable after what has happened in Iraq: US Pentagon confirms it used depleted uranium in Syria "IndyWatch Feed War"

SEE ALSO US/UK use of depleted uranium in Iraq will be killing people for decades/centuries to come Poisoning the World: after Iraq, LibyaPentagon admits and confirms the use of depleted uranium in Syria for 5,000 times Nothing learned from Iraq, USA Depleted Uranium Weapons Have Been Used in Syria US Pentagon confirms it used depleted uranium in Syria []


Bahrain activist Rajab sentenced to 5 years for tweets "IndyWatch Feed War"


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AFP/File | High-profile Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab, who has been sentenced to a further five years in jail over tweets critical of the war in Yemen, is seen here in 2015 with his daughter Malak

DUBAI (AFP)  High-profile Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to a further five years in jail on Wednesday over tweets critical of the war in Yemen, a judicial source and human rights groups said.Rajab, a leading figure in 2011 protests against the Gulf states Sunni minority rulers, was already serving a two-year sentence handed down last July for disseminating rumours and false information in television interviews critical of the government.

In the latest case, Rajab was found guilty of insulting a neighbouring country and spreading false news and rumours, a judicial source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The charges are linked to tweets and retweets, made via Rajabs account and critical of a Saudi-led coalition, including Bahrain, that has been fighting in Yemen in support of its beleaguered government since 2015.

The charges also relate to tweets critical of Bahrains treatment of inmates at the notorious Jaw prison, south of the capital Manama.

The kingdoms leading human rights groups, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, confirmed the charges and sentence.


China deploys warships to East Indian Ocean amid rivalry with India "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Chinese news portal says 11 Chinese warships have entered the East Indian Ocean this month, in what seems to have been a show of strength amid a rivalry in the region with India and a crisis in the Maldives.

A fleet of Chinese destroyers and at least one frigate, a massive amphibious transport dock, and three support tankers sailed into the Indian Ocean in February, reported on Sunday.

If you look at warships and other equipment, the gap between the Indian and Chinese navy is not large, it said.

The news portal did not say when exactly the fleet had been deployed or for how long, but Indian defense sources said on Tuesday that a Chinese flotilla of a destroyer, frigate, and tankers did enter the region around February 10 after conducting some drills in the South China Sea.

The flotilla, which according to the sources was well over 3,500 kilometers away from the Maldives, went back through the Lombok Strait after several days.

Indian satellites, warships, and long-range maritime surveillance aircraft like P-8I kept close tabs on the Chinese flotilla, which was in international waters towards Australia, The Times of India quoted a defense source as speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Chinese Defense Ministry did not respond to requests by Reuters for comment. But last week, the Peoples Liberation Army posted photos and a story on rescue training exercises taking place in the East Indian Ocean on its official Twitter-like Weibo account.

The under-construction China Maldives Friendship Bridge is pictured near the city of Male on February 8, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Regional countries, including Australia and India, associate Chinas recent naval deployment with an ongoing constitutional crisis in the Maldives, with which New Delhi has had longstanding political and security ties.

The Maldives plunged into crisis when President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and ordered the arrest of judges who had ordered the release of his political opponents.

Maldivian opposition leaders have urged India to intervene in the crisis. Despite New Delhis calls for ending the state of emergency, the Maldives extended it by another 30 days on Tuesday.

China, however, said on Tuesday that the Maldives has the wisdom and capabilities to cope with the current situation independently.

Beijing signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Maldives last year. It has also been striking deals with countries in Asia and Africa in line with its Belt and Road initiative to improve imports of key c...


Russian embassy demands better conditions for pilot jailed in the US "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Russian embassy in Washington, DC has asked the US authorities to ensure that pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko is kept in normal prison conditions, and continues to demand he be returned to his home country on humanitarian grounds.
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The Russian Foreign Ministry building Natalia Seliverstova


A source in the embassy has told TASS that Russian diplomats possessed information that the administration of the Fort Dix prison, where Yaroshenko is serving a 20-year sentence, refused him exercise and would not allow him to purchase the drugs and food he needs because of his poor state of health.

This aggravation of conditions for the Russian citizens has confirmed that the US authorities are unable to honor their international legal obligation in the Human Rights sphere, reads the text of the address released by the Russian diplomats.

We continue to insist that our citizen is returned to his motherland for humanitarian reasons, they add.

Konstantin Yaroshenko used to work as an aircraft pilot for an international cargo company. In 2011 he was sentenced to 20 years in a US jail for allegedly participating in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the country. However, the charges against the Russian are based on the testimony of US agents who launched a sting operation against him. He was arrested in Liberia and flown to the US without any official extradition procedure, despite protests from Russia and violations of the diplomatic code.

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Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko.  Sputnik



Reps move to amend revenue sharing formula Newtelegraph

The House of Representatives, yesterday, initiated a legal framework for restructuring distributable revenue to the three arms of government. The resolution came following passage through second reading of a bill for an act to amend allocation of revenue (Federation Account etc), Act Cap., A15 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to establish the excess []

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Bed sharing raises risk of baby deaths Newtelegraph

Scientists have raised the alarm over the number of babies dying of suffocation, occasioned by an increase in the number of parents sharing beds with their infants.   According to the findings of a report published in Paediatrics, babies are safest sleeping on their backs in their own cribs without any pillows, toys, blankets or []

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Aiteo applauds Pinnick, others for involvement in football Newtelegraph

Major sponsor of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aiteo, has heaped praises on the president of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, his two vice, Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko; A U Mustapha, SAN and Andrew Onyearu, for bringing it into Nigerian football.   Speaking at the inaugural Aiteo/NFF Awards in Lagos on Monday, the Deputy Managing Director []

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Proscribed IPOB blames FG for members plight in prison Newtelegraph

The outlawed Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday expressed dismay over a move by a lawyer representing Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, one of the sureties for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the ongoing case to release some of its members in prison custody to adjourn the case to a later date.   IPOB listed the members in []

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Treason: Court grants FGs request to separate Kanus trial from others Newtelegraph

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday granted an order separating the trial of the missing leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu from that of other co-defendants. The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako also agreed to a request by the Federal Government to separate the charges against Kanu from []

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Old age, not a challenge to creativity Fasuyi Newtelegraph

Pa Timothy Adebanjo Fasuyi was one of the founding fathers of Nigerian art. He established the first cultural centre, TAFAS Cultural Centre in Lagos. In this interview, he talks about development in the visual art sector, TONY OKUYEME reports   At what stage did you discover that you have talent in art (painting)? I think []

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SOMALIA: Al-Shabaab steps up extortion and indoctrination as morale dips "IndyWatch Feed War"

Intelligence papers and interviews lay bare severity of terror groups rule in Somalia Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia are extorting huge sums from starving communities and forcibly recruiting hundreds of children as soldiers and suicide bombers as the terror group endures financial pressures and an apparent crisis of morale. Intelligence documents, transcripts of interrogations with recent []



POLITICAL NOTES: Politics and the power of religion Newtelegraph

Should religious leaders play active role in politics or refrain from stepping into the political sphere?   This is one question that has defied a definite answer over the years, perhaps, because Nigeria is a country made up of diverse religions.   While it is the right of every citizen as provided in Section 40 []

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El-Rufai orders demolition of APC parallel secretariat Newtelegraph

turns factional office to recreation park   Party heads for court   Senator: Governor personally drove bulldozer to my house   Two days after the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State suspended Governor Nasir el-Rufai for six months, the state government yesterday ordered the demolition of the partys factional secretariat in Kaduna.     []

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Somali Maritime Police Hone Skills in Djibouti during annual multinational maritime exercise "IndyWatch Feed War"

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe and the United States as well as several international organizations, completed the seventh iteration of the annual multinational annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express, Feb. 7, 2018. This years exercise also included participation from the Somali Maritime Police, marking the first time in nearly 30 []



SOMALIA: Mogudishu traders protest tax hikes by shutting down main market "IndyWatch Feed War"

Somali traders boycotted business on Sunday (February 18) to protest tax hikes imposed by the government. Stalls in Mogadishus sprawling Bakara market a lifeline for the city and surrounding areas, remained closed for the day. Somalias central government imposed a 5% sales tax last month, part of its efforts to win billions of dollars []



Venezuela: Revenge of the Mad-Dog Empire "IndyWatch Feed War"

Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation of Wakanda, in the latest cultural assault on critical mass consciousness, American exceptionalism and make America great again two slogans representing both sides of the imperialist coin, ruling class interests are obscured and the people are reduced to working against their objective interests and being accomplices to imperial lawlessness.

In every part of the world, the United States is engaged in maniacal, criminal assaults on democracy, basic human decency and common sense.  From its support for armed jihadists groups in Syria and its illegal occupation of that nation, transferring heavy military equipment to its puppet regime in Ukraine, supporting unending war in Afghanistan, to the military invasion of Africa, the commitment to maintaining U.S. global dominance has moved war and militarism to the center of U.S. strategy.

But nowhere is U.S. criminality more apparent and unrelenting than right here in the Americas where the Pan-European project was born in 1492. That was the year Europe was born, emerging from its relative cultural backwardness using with terrifying efficiency the only advantage it had over the more civilized people of the regionarmor protection and steel weaponsto slaughter the people, take the land and begin the 500-hundred-year nightmare the people of the world have suffered ever since.

Today, the barbarism of the Pan-European project continues under the tutelage of what history will recordif humanity survivesas the most violent, racist, oppressive human experience ever to have emerged in the short span of human existence on Earth: The United States of America.

After centuries experiencing the horrors of genocide, slavery, military dictatorships, environmental destruction, and neoliberal exploitation, the people of Latin America began to slowly extract themselves from the clutches of the hegemon from the North. Social movements and peoples undeterred by coups, structural adjustment and death squads started to take back their history in Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, and the rest of the continent. Venezuela has led the way, proclaiming the dawn of a 21st century socialism that would create the new society and the new human in the process.

Because of imperial overreach, the same trap that has ensnared other empires in decline, the U.S. was preoccupied with attempting to manage the mess it had created for itself as a result of the disastrous belief that it could fight two major wars simultaneously. So, while it was bogged down in Western Asia and the so-called Middle East, the full force of the U.S. repressive apparatus was not deployed against the fledgling people...


USA: Somali Man sentenced to 15 years for ISIS-inspired knife attack "IndyWatch Feed War"

A man who stabbed two brothers at the Mall of America last November and later claimed he did it on behalf of ISIS was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday. As he was about to leave the courtroom, Mahad Abdiraham turned to news media cameras and held up the index finger on his right []



Apple might buy cobalt directly from miners "IndyWatch Feed World"

The mineral is used in the lithium-ion batteries that power devices ranging from smartphones to electric cars. As more things like cars go electricthus increasing the need for cobaltcompanies are increasingly worried that there could be cobalt shortages on the horizon. The average iPhone uses about eight grams of cobalt in its battery, but the

The mineral is used in the lithium-ion batteries that power devices ranging from smartphones to electric cars. As more things like cars go electricthus increasing the need for cobaltcompanies are increasingly worried that there could be cobalt shortages on the horizon. The average iPhone uses about eight grams of cobalt in its battery, but the average battery in an electric vehicle uses 1,000 times more. To help keep a steady supply of the mineral, Apple is reportedly in talks to buy it directly from miners, says Bloomberg. If the company does go ahead with its cobalt plans, it will no doubt come under immense scrutiny as two-thirds of cobalt is mined from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has a history of using child laborers as miners.

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UAE Just Overthrew Yemens Government and Nobodys Talking About It "IndyWatch Feed World"

Between a major regional confrontation on the horizon taking place in Syria between Israel, Syria, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the United States and a potential nuclear standoff with North Korea and China, it is no surprise that there are many newsworthy stories that continue to go unnoticed.


UAE Just Overthrew Yemens Government and Nobodys Talking About It "IndyWatch Feed World"

Between a major regional confrontation on the horizon taking place in Syria between Israel, Syria, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the United States and a potential nuclear standoff with North Korea and China, it is no surprise that there are many newsworthy stories that continue to go unnoticed.

One such story is what is currently taking place in Yemen, and this time around, it involves a country other than Saudi Arabia, the United States, or the United Kingdom.

In early 2015, Yemens President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi fled his palace in Aden after a takeover saw him unseated in a relatively bloodless manner (bloodless, that is, compared what followed after Saudi Arabias brutal intervention). Hadi was still recognized internationally as president even though he technically had already been overthrown. (By way of comparison, the United States insists that President Bashar al-Assad in Syria is not the countrys legitimate ruler, even as he continues to retain his office after around seven years of fighting).

Saudi Arabia, in particular, was adamant that Hadi maintained the countrys legitimate leader. Why? Because Hadi was the one who requested U.N. intervention and Saudi assistance to battle the Houthi-led insurgency. Without Hadi, their basis to bomb Yemen without a U.N. mandate becomes even more dubious than it already has been.

However, Saudi Arabia is not the only major player in Yemen. While the corporate media in tandem with the warmongering government officials who apparently have nothing better to do than to fabricate nonsense continue to blame Iran for the deteriorating situation in Yemen, the truth remains that there is one other U.S. ally heavily involved in destabilizing one of the poorest nations in the Arab world.

At the end of January of this year, the Telegraph reported that Yemens current government was preparing to flee Yemen entirely while a separatist group backed by the United Arab...


Why Pakistan is sending 1,000 troops to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed War"


Analysts say Pakistani forces are probably deployed to protect the Saudi royal family after purge of relatives left them vulnerable


Left behind when people flee "IndyWatch Feed World"

In humanitarian crises like South Sudans protracted conflict, people with physical disabilities struggle to escape when their villages are attacked.


Fuel crisis: NNPC imports $5.8bn worth of petrol Newtelegraph

Marketers demand subsidy arrears   LCCI: Modular refineries wont end scarcity   The Nigerian National Petroleum Cor p o r at i o n (NNPC) has imported 9.8 million metric tons of premium motor spirit (PMS) worth $5.8 billion to combat the fuel crisis that resurfaced since late last year.   This was disclosed yesterday []

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2019: Weve no confidence in INEC PDP Newtelegraph

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that it has no confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct credible elections in 2019.     The party also said the decision by the commission to invite the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to monitor campaign funds of political parties is part of []

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49 passengers escape death as Dana plane overshoots runway Newtelegraph

Forty-nine passengers yesterday escaped death after a Dana Air aircraft numbered 9J0363, flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt, overshot the Port Harcourt International Airport runway.   The incident was suspected to have been caused by a heavy rain, which was accompanied by strong wind and storm in Port Harcourt. The aircraft was still in the []

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Poll sequence: Senate moves to punish pro-Buhari senators Newtelegraph

The Senate, yesterday, commenced a process of punishing its members who threw the chamber into confusion last week by insinuating that the amendment to the Electoral Act, reordering the sequence of elections, was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari. Consequently, the Upper Chamber directed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate Senator Ovie []

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CCT fixes March 21 to decide Justice Ngwutas fate Newtelegraph

AbujaThe Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) yesterday fixed March 21 to decide the fate of the Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta, who is standing trial on charges of false assets declaration. The tribunal will on the day rule on the competence of the charge brought against him by the Federal Government. The tribunal fixed []

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CITES ignores illegal import of wild elephants by China "IndyWatch Feed World"

China has imported over 80 Asian elephants from Laos and almost 100 juvenile African elephants from Zimbabwe in the last two years.


BPE classifies 37% of privatised firms non-performing Newtelegraph

Thirty-seven per cent of 142 businesses privatised by the Federal Government through the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) are not doing well while 62 per cent are performing optimally. Director-General of BPE, Mr. Alex Okoh, attributed the failure of the privatised firms to the prevailing harsh business environment which has forced many private or privatised []

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Herdsmen attack: ECOWAS court to hear suit against FG May 31 Newtelegraph

The ECOWAS Court of Justice yesterday fixed May 31 for continuation of hearing in a suit filed by Rev. Father Solomon Nfah and 11 Agatu indigenes in a case of Human Rights abuse and negligence against the federal government.   The plaintiffs are seeking N1 trillion compensation over deaths and general damages caused by herdsmen []

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Financials: 33 firms get N461m fines for nondisclosure Newtelegraph

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has fined 33 quoted companies N460.7 million for failure to file their audited financial statements after the regulatory due date. Checks by New Telegraph showed that some of the firms were sanctioned for their inability to meet the regulatory requirements ranging between full year ended December 31, 2014 and 2017. []

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World Cup: Rohr shuts door on Enyeama Newtelegraph

  Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, has finally ruled out goalkeeper Vincent Enyeamas return to the national team.   The coach said the inability of the former captain of the team to secure playing time had played a huge role in his decision.   Speaking with journalists at the inaugural Aiteo/Nigeria Football Federation Awards on []

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Ayade pledges N500m loan to LG workers Newtelegraph

Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, yesterday set aside N500 million as loan to assist local government workers who wish to go into farming, saying that his government will work with officials of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) to facilitate access to such loans.   Ayade made the pledge in Calabar []

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Obasanjo, Anyaoku, ex-govs eulogise Awolowo-Dosumu at 70 Newtelegraph

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Secretary-General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, serving and former governors, among other eminent Nigerians, yesterday gathered to celebrate the Chairman of African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN) Plc, Dr Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu, who clocked 70 years.   The birthday was heralded with a thanksgiving service as well as her installation as []

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CAF Competition: Plateau, MFM set to complete job Newtelegraph

  Akwa upbeat ahead Hawk clash   as CAF approves Agege Stadium   The countrys representatives in the CAF Champions League, Plateau United and MFM FC, will look forward to completing the job they started a fortnight ago by securing passage to the next round of the competition.   Plateau, who won the Nigeria Professional []

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Joshuas chin is suspect Newtelegraph

Top Ranks CEO Bob Arum is not sold on the punch resistance of IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs).     Joshua is scheduled to take part in a unification clash with WBO champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.   In the []

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Spectators to pay N10,000 to watch Poland-Nigeria friendly Newtelegraph

Ahead of the pre-World Cup friendly between Poland and Nigeria in Warsaw on March 23, the Polish Football Association has announced the ticket prizes for the game.   It will cost Nigerian fans 160 Polish Zloty (equivalent of N17,197.20) to buy a Category A ticket, while Category B and C tickets will cost N12,895.20 and []

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Senate probes N34.5bn NNPC, Agip security account operation Newtelegraph

The Senate, yesterday, mandated its Committee on Public Accounts to investigate rationale behind a security account allegedly operated by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company.     This was sequel to an adoption of a motion moved by Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi- APC), which he entitled, Urgent need to []

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Buhari: Well continue to fight corruption, promote accountability Newtelegraph

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that the Federal Government under his leadership would continue to fight corruption, pursue openness and accountability in the management of public resources.   The President stated this while delivering in Adamawa State his key note address at the first Adamawa State Anti- Corruption summit in Yola.   He said that []

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Herdsmen attacks: Buratai launches Operation Cat Race in Benue Newtelegraph

says exercise not targeted at individuals   As part of moves by the Federal Government to curtail attacks on people of Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen and to end the incessant herdsmen/ farmers clashes, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, yesterday launched a special operation tagged: Exercise Ayem A []

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Ambode tasks workers on service delivery Newtelegraph

Ahead of the 2019 governorship election, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday appealed to workers in the state to ensure that their service delivery must impact on the lives of the residents.   Ambode said this yesterday at a 2-day training workshop facilitated by MESSR XLS Consults Limited in conjunction with the states Ministry []

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2019: No doubt Atiku is ready Newtelegraph

Permit me to add my petite voice to the euphoric voices already clamouring for Atiku Abubakars candidacy in the upcoming 2019 general elections.   And rightly so! A poorly-handled search for a presidential flag bearer by a discordance of characters over the years, has led the nation to an unfocused and unmitigated democratic debacle.   []

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Akeredolu reiterates commitment to industrialise Ondo Newtelegraph

Ondo State Governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi A k e r e d o l u yesterday reiterated his commitment to industrialise the state as he inaugurated some projects in Ondo South Senatorial District to commemorate his first year in office.     Besides, Akeredolu said his administration was committed to rapid transformation of the state by []

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Egyptian journalist reportedly disappears after arrest "IndyWatch Feed War"


HuffPost Arabi reporter Moataz Wadnan was arrested on Friday and his whereabouts are unknown, his lawyer says


UAE Just Overthrew Yemens Government and Nobodys Talking About It "IndyWatch Feed War"

UAE Yemen(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  Between a major regional confrontation on the horizon taking place in Syria between Israel, Syria, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the United States and a potential nuclear standoff with North Korea and China, it is no surprise that there are many newsworthy stories that continue to go unnoticed. One such story is what is currently taking place in Yemen, and []


UAE Ministry of Economy explores agricultural investment opportunities with Ethiopia "IndyWatch Feed World"

20 Feb 2018 | albawabaUndersecretary of the Ministry of Economy says that investments in the fields of agriculture and food industries are among the prominent sectors that attract UAE investments abroad as the country currently imports about 80 per cent of its food needs.


Kenya: Leaders demand audit of Dominion books before Siaya exit "IndyWatch Feed World"

13 Nov 2017 | Business DailyA Siaya County leader and a community lobby group have demanded a thorough audit of an American-owned rice farm's financials before it is allowed to exit the region.


Job fears as Dominion firm stops operations in Kenya "IndyWatch Feed World"

17 Nov 2017 | The StandardUS company Dominion Group could be preparing to leave Kenya after 15 years of running a multi-billion farming project at Yala in Siaya County as its CEO Calvin Burges has written letters to employees telling them of plans to close down the business.


Brazilians Fear Intensified Repression as the Militarization of Rio de Janeiro Begins "IndyWatch Feed War"

Brazilians reject the decree of militarization proposed by the de facto government, backed by the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. After the decree signed on February 16  for the militarization of Rio de Janeiro (southeast), by the de facto president of Brazil, Michel Temer, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate approved the federal...


MAS Proclaim Morales 2019 Presidential Candidate "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), proclaimed the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, as its candidate for the 2019 general elections; a feat that the Bolivian leader considered support for the process of change in the South American country. We proclaimed from Santa Cruz as our candidate for 2019 based on the Constitution of the State,...


While Venezuela Holds Presidential Elections, the Opposition Boycotts Democracy "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Venezuelan opposition is seriously divided and cannot agree on an electoral tactic much less a platform other then getting rid of Maduro. Nino Pagliccia Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave a media conference on Feb. 15 that brought us to date on the Venezuelan governments position to several important events that have occurred recently. The...


Egyptian journalist detained, disappears in state custody "IndyWatch Feed War"

In Cairo, Egypt, a woman sips on a cup of tea as she sits behind a poster of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who will run for a second term in an upcoming election. The poster reads

New York, February 20, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the detention and subsequent disappearance of Egyptian journalist Moataz Wadnan, and today called on the country's authorities to make public what they know about his whereabouts.


National hospital receives 2nd cancer treatment machine Newtelegraph

The National Hospital, has taken delivery of the second Radiotherapy machine for Cancer treatment,  in Abuja on Monday. The Elekta machine for Linear Accelerator (LINAC) is made up of several components to be coupled and installed soon. Speaking in a brief interview at the hospital, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), National Hospital, Dr. Jeff Momoh, []

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UNICEF says world is failing newborn babies Newtelegraph

Global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the worlds poorest countries, UNICEF said today in a new report on newborn mortality. Every year, 2.6 million newborns around the world do not survive their first month of life. One million of them die the day they are born. Globally, in low-income countries, the []

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BREAKING: Dana Air plane skids off runway, aircraft damaged (PHOTOS) Newtelegraph

A passenger plane belonging to Dana Airline skid off the runway of the Port Harcourt International Airport as it was landing at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The aircraft, with number 9J0363, flew into Port Harcourt after taking passengers from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.   According to an eyewitness, Layefa Walter, a []

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Oshakati Bomb Survivor Zaaruka Opens Up After 30 Years
February 20, 2018
Nuusita Ashipala
New Era

Oshakati-Multi-millionaire businessman Ben Zaaruka, who survived the mysterious 1988 Barclays Bank bomb blast at Oshakati but lost his fiance in the attack, yesterday said a white man could have been behind the deadly explosion.

Mystery continues to shroud the fatal incident, but many senior leaders in Namibia today believe the attack formed part of the brutal strategy of the colonial regime to cause confusion and sow fear among Namibian people.

Twenty-seven people died in the attack, while several others were maimed.

Zaaruka, speaking publicly about the incident for the first time in 30 years, said his fiance at the time, Johanna Onesmus, who died a week after the attack due to severe injuries, told him that she saw a white man dropping a bag in the bank moments before the deadly explosion.

She said a white man, dressed in shorts, dropped a bag in the bank and left. I am not saying the white man had a bomb in that thing [bag], said Zaaruka yesterday at Oshakati.

He made the revelation when the attack was commemorated yesterday, speaking publicly on what could happened prior to the Oshakati bomb blast on February 19, 1988.

Zaaruka said his fiance told him this two days before she passed away on February 26, 1988.
According to Zaaruka, his fiance observed a man with a bag filling in a bank receipt before he dropped the bag on the floor. But before Onesmus could tell the white man that he was leaving his bag behind, having presumably forgotten it, she was struck by the shrapnel from the explosion.

Strangely, said Zaaruka, there were no police or army personnel in sight at the bank, as they only showed up an hour later after he and other civilians had transported the injured to hospital.

I stayed away for 30 years because it was war, we could not talk about those things, said Zaaruka, who himself was at the bank but survived the explosion.

Zaaruka had met his fiance at the bank that day as she needed assistance before she would travel to Lderitz.

He said he had previously shared the story with close acquaintances.

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Namibia: Qualified Teachers Demand Removal of Unqualified Ones
By Albertina Nakale
New Era

Windhoek Over 500 qualified teachers who are roaming the streets without jobs are demanding that the government removes all the unqualified teachers in public schools with immediate effect so that they can occupy those positions.

The qualified but unemployed teachers also demand that the government, through respective regions, should conduct a survey to collect data to find out which schools have unqualified teachers and remove them "as soon as possible from those posts and call in qualified ones".

The unemployed graduates from the University of Namibia last month wrote a letter to the education ministry permanent secretary, Sanet Steenkamp, expressing their dismay that unqualified teachers occupy teaching posts at their expense.

Initially the government was concerned about the shortage of teachers when it introduced the system of In-Service Training (INSET) at Unam and awarded a five-year contract to unqualified teachers.

Currently, close to 1,000 practicing junior primary teachers are enrolled in the programme, with the same number again to be enrolled each year over the next three years.

The unemployed graduates are up in arms that the government is responsible for the study fees of those that are in INSET and yet they are earning their monthly salaries which makes it hard for the new graduates to secure employment.

They demand that the INSET programme be halted as the country is producing more qualified teachers each year.

They say those that are in the programme should go for full-time studies.

"The posts that currently have unqualified teachers should be terminated and replace them with those that are qualified. Directors must not sign recommendation forms for unqualified teachers that principals bring to them, by this reason they are taking advantage of those that are qualified, but are not related to principals, it's hard for those teachers to be recommended by principals (sic)," the teachers petitioned.

Steenkamp, in an interview with New Era yesterday, rejected these demands, saying they cannot remove these unqualified teachers because they are on a five-year contract.

"I discus...


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Ral Receives Namibian Prime Minister
The two leaders held a friendly conversation discussing the excellent relations shared by their peoples and governments, and reaffirmed their intention to work on strengthening these ties

Author: Granma |
February 16, 2018 08:02:26
Photo: Estudio Revolucin

Army General Ral Castro Ruz, President of Cuba's Councils of State and Ministers, yesterday February 15, received her Excellency Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, who is making an official visit to our country.

The two leaders held a friendly conversation discussing the excellent relations shared by their peoples and governments, and reaffirmed their intention to work on strengthening these ties. They also addressed a variety of issues on the current international agenda.

Accompanying the distinguished guest were Peya Mushelenga, minister of Yrban and Rural Development, and Namibia's ambassador in Cuba, Jerobeam Shaanika.

Also participating on the Cuban side were First Vice President Miguel Daz-Canel Bermdez; Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Daz; and First Deputy Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina Gonzlez.


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Daz-Canel Receives the Prime Minister of Namibia
During the fraternal meeting, Cubas First Vice President thanked Namibia for its support following Hurricane Irma, as well as in the fight against the U.S. blockade

Author: Granma |
February 16, 2018 09:02:39
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The First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Daz-Canel Bermdez, received on Thursday, February 15, Her Excellency Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, who is on an official visit to the island.

During the fraternal meeting, both sides agreed on the excellent state of bilateral relations and reiterated the will to promote further political ties and cooperation.

Daz-Canel thanked Namibia for its support following Hurricane Irma, as well as in the fight against the U.S. blockade.

Both politicians also exchanged on topics of interest on the international agenda.

The distinguished African guest was accompanied by Peya Mushelenga, Minister of Urban and Rural Development; Jerobeam Shaanika, Namibian ambassador to Cuba; and Elizabeth Assamany, deputy director of Policy Research of the Office of the Prime Minister, as well as other members of the official delegation.

Participating on the Cuban side were Rogelio Sierra Daz and Ileana Nez Mordoche, deputy ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Investment, respectively; Gisela Garca Rivera, director of Sub-Saharan Africa at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, and other ministry officials.


Egyptian journalist detained, disappears in state custody "IndyWatch Feed World"

New York, February 20, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the detention and subsequent disappearance of Egyptian journalist Moataz Wadnan, and today called on the country's authorities to make public what they know about his whereabouts....


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Geostrategic Shale
Numerous environmental groups have warned that the Trump administrations policy of facilitating fracking poses a serious threat to the environment

Author: Elson Concepcin Prez |
February 19, 2018 16:02:00
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Its very clear. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, acts on impulse, with sudden, melodramatic outbursts. He has even described coal produced energy as clean, ignoring the harmful effects on the environment.

We have ended the war on American Energy and we have ended the war on clean coal. We are now an exporter of energy to the world, he stated in his State of the Union Address, January 30, 2018.

Beforehand, as he took his first steps as tycoon-President, he described global warming as a lie, claiming it was irrational, and promptly turned his back on the Paris Agreement, signed by almost all countries of the world, and applauded by the international community.

He then found it inconsistent with his way of thinking and acting that the major oil-producing countries read Venezuela and Russia, fundamentally should benefit from the rising price of oil on the international market. Thus he threw all his weight behind the production of oil and gas through fracking (hydraulic fracturing), extraction from shale rock through the use of large amounts of water and chemicals that pollute the environment and have even been linked to diseases such as cancer.

According to International Energy Agency forecasts, U.S. crude oil production will reach the record figure of ten million barrels per day. It could reach energy self-sufficiency in 2035, through the accelerated extraction of shale oil and gas.

Studies have demonstrated the contamination of surface and subterranean fresh water sources in areas close to where fracking is undertaken, as well as the increase of greenhouse gas emissions.

In one of his Reflections on January 5, 2012, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, warned that exploitation of a platform with six wells can consume 170,000 cubic meters of water and even create harmful effects such as influencing seismic movements, polluting surface and groundwater and affecting the lan...


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Internet: The Same for Rich and Poor?
In a scenario in which access to information and telecommunications technologies is limited by the development of each country and peoples ability to pay for and learn to use them, the approval on December 14 by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission of the withdrawal of measures established in 2015, that favored net neutrality, opens up new digital divides between rich and poor

Author: Yaditza del Sol Gonzlez |
February 13, 2018 12:02:37
Photo: Granma

As early as the 1960s, the U.S. Department of Defense had a system that allowed multiple computers located at different universities and research centers in the country to communicate in a single network the embryo of the great interconnection of networks that we know today as the internet. However, it was not until 1993 that the World Wide Web was put in the public domain.

From then on, and with the creation of Mosaic, the first popular Web browser, and other simple graphic tools for the use of the network, the number of hosts or computer equipment connected to the internet would begin to grow rapidly. So much so that, today, the net is an unavoidable means to access information media, social networks, download files and videos, and even as a source of work.

However, the possibility of using this technology and its contents could start to change, with users having to pay internet service providers more, for the privilege of access.

In 2015, under the Barack Obama administration, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the policy known as net neutrality to regulate broadband internet providers as a public utility. The regulations prevented companies from blocking websites, or charging for a higher quality, faster service, or certain content. In July, 2017, a new law was proposed including the withdrawal of these measures, which was approved by the FCC last December 14, by three votes to two.

According to El Pas, the change presented as a victory for freedom has come from the big suppliers themselves, as telecommunications giants like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon have aligned with the Trump government to break the legal barrier that prevented them from imposing their will regarding internet traffic...


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Why is Cuba Developing a New Pneumococcal Vaccine?
The mere fact of being able to tell Cuban families that a new, effective and safe Cuban pneumococcal vaccine will soon be available, work on which has been advancing since 2006, is already more than just good news.

Author: Lisandra Farias Acosta |
February 7, 2018 13:02:07

The new vaccine is another guarantee of the well-being of Cuban children. Photo: Ariel Cecilio Lemus

The mere fact of being able to tell Cuban families that a new, effective and safe Cuban pneumococcal vaccine will soon be available, work on which has been advancing since 2006, is already more than just good news.

Its a comforting thought, after so many years of development of this vaccine candidate, which includes seven serotypes in a single vaccine and, therefore, it is as if we were developing seven vaccines in one. This singularity has made preclinical demonstrations, the pharmaceutical development and clinical demonstration more complex, Darielys Santana Mederos, biochemistry graduate and general coordinator of the Finlay Institutes pneumococcal project, told Granma at the recently concluded Cuban Pediatrics Congress, Pediatra 2018.

According to the expert, following the introduction in the country of vaccines against Haemophilus influenzae and meningococci, pneumococcus is now the fundamental pathogen to cause pneumonia and bacterial meningitis in Cuban children. Therefore, prevention with a vaccine against pneumococci would have a significant impact on reducing the incidence of bacterial pneumonia and meningitis in this population, she added.

Although there are two commercially available vaccines of this type in the world, their prices are restrictive for Cuba. Each child must be immunized with at least three doses according to what is scientifically proven today, Santana explained, noting, Each dose, at the pharmacy price, is around 50 dollars, and Cuba would have to spend an excessively high amount.

Therefore, she said, we had to devise a development strategy for our own candidate, in order to protect our children against the bacteria.

The Finlay Institute has done just that. Under the trademark Quimi-Vio, the heptavalent vaccine will reach all Cuban provinces...


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President Maduro Sends a Message of Unity and Peace to Venezuelans
Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro posted a video through his Twitter account in which he sent a message of peace and called for unity, alongside several of his ministers

Author: Gabriela vila Gmez |
February 19, 2018 09:02:15
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CARACAS. President of Venezuela Nicols Maduro posted a video through his Twitter account in which he sent a message of peace and called for unity, alongside several of his ministers.

We want a United Venezuela, we want a Venezuela in Peace... We want a Venezuela for All. We do not need to raise our voice to say so: Together everything is possible, the president tweeted.

Meanwhile, Minister of Communication and Information, Jorge Rodrguez, noted that This is an effort of young Venezuelan filmmakers to include those who for decades were excluded, to send a message to Venezuela and the world of inclusion, hope, peace and of permanent dialogue.

On Saturday the head of state said he had prepared a surprise for Venezuelans and invited them to be attentive at 8:55p.m on Sunday, when he posted the video.

The tweet and video can be seen on the Presidents twitter feed @NicolasMaduro (in Spanish) here:


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Activists Around the World Call for the Closure of All U.S. Military Bases

Various initiatives are planned to mark February 23, the 115th anniversary of the occupation of part of the territory of Guantnamo by a U.S. naval base

Author: Nuria Barbosa Len |
February 13, 2018 10:02:33

ON February 23, coinciding with the 115th anniversary of the occupation of part of the territory of Guantnamo by a U.S. naval base, several pacifist groups plan to hold a major protests worldwide to demand the closure of the military base.

With various initiatives that include mobilizations, messages in alternative and, where possible, more traditional media outlets, concerts and other cultural activities, activists will seek to call public attention to the issue, especially in the United States.

One of the actions will be to use Twitter to share clear messages under the hashtags: #ReturnGuantanamotoCubaNow; #USOutofGuanatamo; #EEUUFueradeGuantanamo; #DevuelvanGuantanamoaCubaYa!; including tagging the twitter account of President Donald Trump @POTUS.

This forms part of the agreements taken at the conference organized by the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases, held at the University of Baltimore in the U.S. state of Maryland, January 12-14, which addressed the need to close U.S. military bases located throughout the world.

The final resolution on the Guantnamo Naval Base concludes: the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Bases unanimously calls upon the global peace movement to organize, on or around February 23, 2018, Actions calling for the United States to promptly withdraw all its forces and personnel from Guantnamo Bay and immediately declare ALL agreements ceding Cuban control of Guantnamo Bay to the U.S. to be null and void.

The Cuban chapter of the International Committee for Peace, Justice and the Dignity published its January 27 bulletin, in Spanish and English, on these issues, which already has the support of valuable intellectuals and artists, among whom is Argentine Nobel Peace laureate Adolfo Prez Esquivel.

The Committee also asked other organizations around the world to screen the documentary All Guantnamo is Ours, by filmmaker Hernando Calvo Ospina, which has been translated into...


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Ral: A Tireless Promoter of Regional Integration and Staunch Anti-imperialist
Interview with Cuban researcher and essayist Abel Gonzlez Santamara, responsible for compiling the book Ral Castro y Nuestra Amrica. 86 discursos, intervenciones y declaraciones

Sergio Alejandro Gmez |
February 13, 2018 09:02:51

Rals revolutionary and integrationist thought is present in his speeches, like that given at the 2nd Celac Summit held in Havana 2014. Photo: Archive

Unlike academics and intellectuals who dedicate time to organizing their work, the ideas of revolutionaries with state responsibilities are often dispersed throughout time, among thousands of speeches, interviews, and statements.

It is therefore the researchers job to revive this legacy and organize it in such a way as to help one understand the scope of a figure, and the historic moment they were destined to live.

This is precisely what researcher and essayist Abel Gonzlez Santamara has done in his book Ral Castro y Nuestra Amrica. 86 discursos, intervenciones y declaraciones (Ral Castro and Our America. 86 speeches, remarks and statements) which was presented in the Nicols Guilln at Havanas Cabaa Fortress on February 7, as part of activities during the latest edition of Cubas International Book Fair.

Gonzlez Santamaras new book is more than a simple historical account, instead offering us Ral the statesman, whose work defined by over half a century of revolutionary efforts stands firm.

With Ral Castro y Nuestra Amrica the Cuban researcher leaves a tool for present and future generations to continue the journey initiated over 200 years ago toward achieving the unity and integration of Our America.

The book, Fidel Castro y los Estados Unidos: 90 discursos, intervenciones y reflexiones(Fidel Castro and the United States: 90 speeches, remarks and reflections) was presented during the last Havana International Book Fair; while a similar compilation dedicated to Army General Ral Castro is also being presented this year by Capitn San Luis publishers. Whats the link between the two works?

Both books share a dialectical link, because their authors, Comandante en Jef...


United States Republicans invite French racist "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 29 April 2017 video says about itself:

Is Frances National Front still fascist? UpFront (Reality Check)

Marine Le Pen, who recently resigned temporarily as leader of the National Front (FN), is now facing off against centrist Emmanuel Macron for Frances top spot.

Though she has stepped down temporarily, she remains a member of the FN, a party founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, and a former Vichy Nazi, Leon Gaultier, which now supports her candidacy.

So has the party changed at all? In this weeks Reality Check, we examine whether the party has shed its fascist past.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

CPAC 2018: Far-right politician Marion Marchal-Le Pen to address conservative conference after Mike Pence

Moderate Republicans express concern at far right leaders invite

Lucy Pasha-Robinson

Tuesday 20 February 2018 12:54 GMT

The niece of French far right leader Mari...


Arbitrary arrests and continued incommunicado detentions by Sudanese government force "IndyWatch Feed World"

Khartoum, Paris - 14 February 2018. Several Sudanese, African and international organisations, including the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) wrote to 6 United Nations Special Procedure mandate holders to draw their attention to the worrying developments concerning the excessive use of force by Sudanese authorities to disperse peaceful protests across Sudan. The Open letter signed by FIDH and its Sudanese, African and International partners concerned the crackdown on [...]


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Cuba Cannot Be Defeated
Once again the Organization of American States (OAS) has demonstrated that rather than working for a more united and prosperous region, it seeks to create divisions and tension between all its member-states

Author: Redaccin Internacional |
February 14, 2018 10:02:11

Cuba will continue along its own path, and as much as submissive and servile lackeys, like the current Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, would like to destroy us, they will never be able to do so.

This according to Cubas Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio Sierra in response to recent interventionist remarks by Almagro regarding Cubas electoral process.

According to Rogelio Sierra, the OAS Secretary General tried to misrepresent the electoral process underway (in Cuba) in an attempt to de-legitimize it, in a show of support for campaigns against the Cuban Revolution and their allies.

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), noted Sierra has no moral or ethical credibility whatsoever to judge what the Cuban government and people are doing. He is making a big mistake by failing to acknowledge, by ignoring, the Cuban peoples decision to be sovereign and independent, he stated, in reference to remarks made by Almagro in an event held recently in Miami.

The main theme of the Secretary Generals speech, with a heavily interventionist tone, was the Cuban electoral process, a subject on which he demonstrated a great lack of understanding.

During his speech Almagro noted that a non-democratic succession of power must not be permitted in Cuba - ignoring the fact that the island has a participative electoral system which ensures that the President of the Councils of State and Ministers is elected with support of the vast majority of the Cuban people. Direct elections are not they only democratic or most effective model, as the former Foreign Minister of Uruguay is well aware.

Almagro also made the most of the occasion to insult the Cuban government, which he described as a regime and dictatorship, while categorizing the Cuban Revolution as a dangero...


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Cuba Rejects Interference and Exclusion of Venezuela from Summit of the Americas
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Statement   
Author: MINREX |
February 15, 2018 09:02:33

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba energetically rejects the announcement by a group of nations in the hemisphere, released February 13 in Lima, that constitutes unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of the Bolivarian Republic de Venezuela, and at the same time categorically rejects the decision to reconsider the participation of the Venezuelan government in the 8th Summit of the Americas, to be held this coming month of April, in Peru.

A few days ago, the U.S. Secretary of State, on a tour of several countries in the region, stated that continuing in effect is the Monroe Doctrine, the most notorious interventionist policy of U.S. imperialism in our region. He called for a military coup against the constitutional government of Venezuela and advocated strengthening sanctions on the country. The decision adopted is not unrelated to these declarations and actions.

In this context, Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalls the arbitrary and aggressive U.S. Executive Order, renewed in January of 2017, that describes Venezuela as "an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy" of the superpower, and President Donald Trump's most recent warning about utilizing "a possible military option, if necessary."

It is unprecedented and incredible that now being used as a pretext is an alleged "unconstitutional rupture of the democratic order," precisely in a country which has held, within a few months time, municipal, regional, and Constituent Assembly elections, and has just called Presidential elections, precisely as has been demanded, including via external interference and unconstitutional, violent methods.

Cuba denounces this statement and the exclusion of Venezuela from the Summit of the Americas as contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, signed by heads of state and government of countr...


Big Brother Naija: Housemate Ifu Ennada Calls CDQ Scammer Newtelegraph

Housemate in Big Brother Naija 2018, Ifu Ennada has accused popular rapper CDQ of defrauding her in school. The aspiring actress said this in the house on Monday, adding that the rapper is a mad man. Ennada told her fellow housemates that she did not only give him a lot of money but sacrificed a []

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Venezuelas Ruling Party Calls for Early General Vote
Tue Feb 20, 2018 06:29PM

Member of the Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello (C) walks during a public act in Caracas January 23, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

A top official of Venezuela's ruling Socialist party on Tuesday proposed holding legislative elections more than two years early to coincide with a presidential vote in April.

The vote for the opposition-dominated parliament is scheduled for late 2020 but Diosdado Cabello, the party's number two, said the legislative polls could be held on April 22, the same day as the presidential election.

The powerful Cabello told state television VTV he would make a formal proposal to the Constituent Assembly, which President Nicolas Maduro has used to sideline the opposition and strengthen his grip on power.

"This is a decision for the National Constituent Assembly," Cabello said.

Maduro has already brought forward the presidential poll by several months despite opposition claims that conditions do not exist to guarantee a free and fair vote.

Leading opponents have been barred from standing in the election in which Maduro is seeking a second six-year term, despite a worsening political and economic crisis.

Analysts say Maduro's government wants to bring forward the legislative poll for the same reason as the presidential election, to take advantage of divisions within the opposition coalition.

The opposition wrested control of parliament in December 2015 elections, but has seen its power usurped by the Constituent Assembly, which has assumed full legislative powers in Venezuela since it was created by Maduro last year.

(Source: AFP)


Buhari must order the arrest of Ango Abdullahi over his Fulani herdsmen comment Deji Adeyanju Newtelegraph

A pro-democracy and good governance group, Concerned Nigerians, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate arrest of Professor Ango Abdullahi, a former vice-chancellor, over his recent comment on herdsmen that sparked outrage and drew condemnation, especially from the Southern leaders. In an exclusive interview with Sunday Vanguard last week, Prof. Abdullahi had []

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Claims of Delivery of Iran Missiles to Yemen 'Foolish Scenario': Qassemi
Tue Feb 20, 2018 02:19PM

A frame grab from video provided by Yemens War Media outlet shows Yemeni military servicemen beside a Qaher M-2 missile.

Iran has once again rejected the allegations about the Islamic Republic's provision of missiles to Yemeni forces, saying such claims are lies and a foolish scenario.

"Iran's missile program is for defensive and deterrent [purposes] and claims about the dispatch of missiles to Yemen despite the all-out blockade on this country are lies and a foolish scenario designed to exonerate the aggressors," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday.

He added that Britain and France have expressed their concern over Iran's defensive missile program without providing any reason or wise justification.

A group of so-called independent United Nations experts monitoring the sanctions on Yemen reported to the Security Council in January that it had identified missile remnants, related military equipment and military unmanned aerial vehicles that are of Iranian origin and were brought into Yemen after the imposition of the targeted arms embargo.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in a statement on Monday called on Iran to stop taking actions which could lead to further escalation of the Yemeni conflict.

"I call on Iran to cease activity which risks escalating the conflict and to support a political solution to the conflict in Yemen," Johnson said.

His remarks came on the same day that the French foreign ministry also said in a statement that Paris was concerned about Iran's ballistic missiles program and its activities in the region, mentioning its support for the Houthis in Yemen.

In reaction to the allegations, Qassemi said the Islamic Republic has designed its defensive missile program based on its military doctrine and valuable experience it obtained during the eight-year war imposed on it by Iraq backed by major global powers in the 1980s.

He added that Iran's missile program aims to deter any aggression by extremist powers against the country.

"In this clear path that is completely in conformity with international principles...


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Saudi Arabia Faces 'Certain Defeat' in Yemen, Says Ex-Tory Minister
Former senior minister Andrew Mitchell tells MEE the UK must press Riyadh over Yemen bombardment ahead of bin Salman visit.

Jamie Merrill, Diplomatic Editor
Middle East Eye
Tuesday 20 February 2018 16:00 UTC

LONDON - A former Conservative cabinet minister has said that Saudi Arabia faces "certain defeat" and humiliation in Yemen and has called on Theresa May to use the upcoming visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to pressure the kingdom to halt its bombardment of the country.

In an interview with Middle East Eye, the former secretary for international development Andrew Mitchell said it was now clear Saudi Arabia would "not win a war from the air" and warned that the "human misery and heartache" in Yemen would continue unless UK and international pressure was used to force Saudi Arabia to return to the negotiating table.

A Saudi-led coalition has conducted bombing missions in Yemen since 2015 with arms and military support from the US, UK and other countries. At least 10,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict, though the true death toll is potentially far higher as few organisations on the ground have the resources to count the dead.

"Saudi Arabia will not win a war from the air and the certainty of its defeat is underlined by the small scale of the Saudi forces on the ground in Yemen," Mitchell said.

"The current situation will lead to its humiliation in respect to Yemen, but also in relations to the wider region and with Iran."

The visit by the powerful Saudi crown prince to London next month, during which he will meet senior royals and the prime minister, Theresa May, is set to highlight the UK's close relationship with Saudi Arabia and its conduct in the three-year Yemen civil war.

"We are supporting of bin Salman's domestic agenda, which is really significant and vital for Saudi Arabia's future, but we would be failing in our duty as a candid friend and close ally if we didn't spell out our very clear concerns over Saudi policy in Yemen," Mitchell said.

He added that ministers must take a firm line with the crown prince over Yemen to steer him away from a "failed policy that has brought misery and heartache" to Yemen...


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Turkey Frees Top Pro-Kurdish Politician Detained Over Afrin Offensive Opposition
Tue Feb 20, 2018 04:41PM

In this file photo taken on November 3, 2017, the co-leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition People's Democratic Party (HDP) Serpil Kemalbay gestures as she speaks during an interview in Ankara, Turkey. (Photo by AFP)

Turkish officials have released the former co-leader of the countrys main pro-Kurdish party, whom they had arrested a week ago over her opposition to Ankaras ongoing cross-border offensive in Syrias northwestern region of Afrin against the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG).

The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said in a post published on Twitter that Serpil Kemalbay had been set free.

Defending peace is not a crime; it is an obligation, an honor! the post read.

An HDP official, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated that Kemalbay will have to report regularly to the authorities and cannot leave the country as she is placed under a travel ban.

Police arrested Kemalbay in the capital Ankara on February 13. She had handed over her job to Pervin Buldan at a party congress two days earlier.

Yuksekdag succeeded Figen Yuksekdag, who was stripped of her parliamentary status last May after being jailed on terrorism charges in November 2016.

Turkish media outlets reported that Kemalbay had been detained over calls for protests against Operation Olive Branch launched late last month.

Ankara views the YPG as the Syrian branch of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has been fighting for an autonomous region inside Turkey since 1984.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly said that Afrin should be cleared of terrorists, and demanded the deployment of Turkish troops there during a speech back in November 2016.

This is while US officials regard the YPG as the most effective fighting force against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in northern Syria, and have substantially increased their weaponry and technology support to the terrorist group.

The controversy over a possible Syria border force first started on January 14 when a report emerged on Reuters saying that the military coalition led by th...


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Over Dozen Civilians Killed in New US-led Strikes in Syrias Dayr al-Zawr
Tue Feb 20, 2018 01:36PM

A picture taken on September 5, 2017 shows smoke billowing out following a US-led coalition airstrike in the western al-Daraiya neighborhood of the embattled northern Syrian city of Raqqah. (Photo by AFP)

More than a dozen civilians have lost their lives when the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group carried out a series of aerial assaults in Syrias eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Local sources told Syrias official news agency SANA that 16 people, including 9 women, were killed in the US-led aerial attacks against residential buildings in al-Bahra village on Tuesday afternoon.

The sources noted that the death toll is expected to rise as some people had been critically wounded in the airstrikes.

The London-based Airwars organization, which tracks civilian deaths in US-led airstrikes, reported earlier this year that a total of at least 5,961 civilians had been killed as a result of the attacks in Iraq and Syria.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on November 23 last year that 2,759 civilians, including 644 minors and 470 women, had been killed in US-led aerial attacks against civilian areas in Syria over the past 38 months.

The monitoring group added that the US-led air raids had claimed the lives of 98 people, including four children and as many women, between October 23 and November 23 this year.

The SOHR went on to say that the civilian fatalities had been mostly recorded in the northern provinces of Hasakah, Raqqah, Aleppo and Idlib in addition to the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of destroying Daesh.

On December 14, 2017, Syrias Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stated that the US-led coalition is indeed targeting civilian facili...


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Turkish Army Shells Pro-Syrian Government Forces As They Enter Afrin
Tue Feb 20, 2018 05:35PM

Turkish-backed Syrian rebel fighters fire towards Kurdish forces from the People's Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin region on February 19, 2018. (AFP photos)

The Turkish army has attacked pro-Syrian government forces that had earlier arrived in the Kurdish-held Afrin region in northwestern Syria to defend the Syrian Kurds against Turkeys offensive.

"Turkish regime forces targeted the locations of popular forces with artillery fire as they arrived to the Afrin region," Syrias state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of popular forces from the National Defense Forces (NDF) supporting the government in Damascus began entering the Kurdish-held region of Afrin through the al-Ziyara crossing point north of the town of Nubl.

Turkish state news agency Anadolu said Turkeys army fired "warning shots" at the Syrian popular forces, noting that they retreated to about 10 kilometers from the town because of the warning shots."

The shelling marks a major escalation of tensions between the two countries since Turkey and its allied militants launched a military offensive against Afrin last month.

In a statement on Tuesday, US-backed People's Protection Units (YPG) spokesman Nouri Mahmoud said the Kurdish forces had called on the Syrian government to help fend off Turkey's assault.

"The Syrian government responded to the invitation, answered the call of duty and sent military units today, February 20, to take up positions on the borders, and participate in defending the territorial unity of Syria and its borders," the statement said.

This is the first time that Syrian government forces are deployed in the area since 2012 when the YPG held the area under its control.

Meanwhile, Turkish media say Turkeys army and its allied Syrian opposition militants are advancing in Afrin and they have reportedly taken over a key road linking the Turkish-held town of Azaz to the city of Afrin. Turkish forces are in control of nine more villages in the region.

Earlier on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the country is set to lay siege to...


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Russian Energy Minister: Russian Companies to Participate in the Rehabilitation of Oil Fields in Syria
13 February 2018

Moscow, SANA- Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak said that cooperation in the oil and gas sector between Russia and Syria provides for recovery and development of oil and gas fields in Syria.

We have signed a separate roadmap. We consider the power sector and the oil and gas industry, mostly the restoration and the development of oil fields, Novak told reporters on Tuesday.

On February 6th, Syria and Russia signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of energy and mineral resources.



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Lavrov Asserts Importance of Preserving Syrias Territorial Integrity
20 February 2018

Moscow, SANA Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov asserted the importance of preserving Syrias territorial integrity.

During a press conference with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Muhammad Asif in Moscow, Lavrov commented on the situation in Afrin and the continuing Turkish aggression on it by saying that Russia is committed to resolving all issues related to this matter, but these solutions need to be done in a manner that respects Syrias territorial integrity.

The Turkish regime has been carrying out an aggression on Afrin since January 20th, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians using different types of weapons and shells including chlorine gas, which is prohibited internationally, in addition to its forces and affiliated terrorists organizations carrying out systematic vandalism of infrastructure, properties, and historical landmarks.

Maya Dayoub / Hazem Sabbagh


Iran strongly rejects claims of delivery of missiles to Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

Press TV February 20, 2018 Iran has once again rejected the allegations about the Islamic Republics provision of missiles to Yemeni forces, saying such claims are lies and a foolish scenario. Irans missile program is for defensive and deterrent [purposes] and claims about the dispatch of missiles to Yemen despite the all-out blockade on []


Netanyahu, Israel, the Powder Keg and the Match "IndyWatch Feed World"

Netanyahu, Israel, the Powder Keg and the Match | benjamin-netanyahu1 | War Propaganda World News


While authorities explain that they have enough evidence to indict the Israeli leader, Netanyahu goes out declaring war on Syria and Iran to distract from his probable indictment.

The Israeli prime minister accuses Tehran, at the security conference in Munich, of wanting to establish an empire in the Middle East. That is a laughable claim given Israels belief in its ideological and religious right to steal land from Arab people to create the Great State of Israel.

Benjamin Netanyahu premiered at the Security conference in Munich with one of his already classic theatrical interventions.

As is also usual, Iran focused its speech. Brandishing a piece of drone in his hand, Netanyahu threatened an intervention against Iran, an incendiary threat and a decision that would set the Middle East on fire.

We will act not only against the Iranian allies, but against Iran itself, said the Israeli leader, who argued that the Tehran regime is displaying a growing influence in the Middle East.

The problem with Netanyahu is Israels growing isolation from the world and the shrinking support for its unilateral measures to destroy Gaza and dislocate its inhabitants, who Israel treats as trash.

The rest of the drone belongs, according to Netanyahu, to an Iranian device shot down last week when it entered Israeli airspace.

Do you recognize it? You should. Its yours, Netanyahu snapped at Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, also present at the Munich conference. He accused Zarif of lying with eloquence.

Netanyahu knows this practice well as he is an expert in it. He utilizes charts and drawings to fabricate threats against the people of Israel.

During question time, Netanyahu produced a map, in which Syria, Iraq, Iran and Yemen were painted in black, to...


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Former senior minister Andrew Mitchell tells MEE the UK must press Riyadh over Yemen bombardment ahead of bin Salman visit


Adult elephants thank people for saving baby elephant "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

Wild elephants salute the men who rescued their baby elephant from a ditch

28 November 2017

Wildlife officials rescue baby elephant from a ditch. Elephant herd salutes the men before leaving

In Kerala, India, a baby elephant falls into a ditch (or an abandoned well) and gets trapped there. As the family of wild elephants watches and waits on the other side of the river, local people and forest officials use an earthmover to help the baby get out.

Watch when they come running and welcoming the baby, checking whether it is fine. The incredible moment then occurs when the elephant family head turns and salutes the humans, thanking them for saving their little one.


Africas Manmade Water Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The imminent shutdown of Cape Towns piped water network should serve as a wake-up call for all of Africa to overhaul urban water-management systems. Unfortunately, like Africas water resources themselves, Cape Town's crisis seems likely to be wasted.


Africas Fallen Liberators "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

In both South Africa and Ethiopia, the dominant political party grew complacent and corrupt, and suffered decay. But whereas post-apartheid South Africa created robust institutional safeguards, Ethiopia, after the end of Mengistu Haile Mariams dictatorship, never built national institutions that could save the country from its rulers.


Renewed Hope In South Africa: Inziles vs. Exiles. "IndyWatch Feed War"

South Africa's new president Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africas new president Cyril Ramaphosa.

By Terry Crawford-Browne, February 18, 2018

Afro-pessimists were astounded when in 1994 South Africa triumphed relatively peacefully over apartheid. The world had expected a racial bloodbath. The transition was described as a miracle, and Nelson Mandela was celebrated as a saint.

There is anger amongst South Africans that so much time, energy and money have since been squandered and that, under Jacob Zuma (and Thabo Mbeki before him), the African National Congress (ANC) betrayed their expectations. Citing Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo and numerous other African disaster stories, pessimists have similarly been nonplused by the nonviolent transition in 2018 from Jacob Zuma to Cyril Ramaphosa.

In reality, the country has a long history of nonviolent resistance. More than a century ago, Mahatma Gandhi, during the 21 years that he lived in South Africa, developed his satyagraha (truth force or passive resistance) strategies before returning to India in 1914 to challenge British imperialism.

Gandhis principles became the foundation of the ANC when it was established in 1912, and that influence continued until 1960 when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Chief Albert Luthuli because of his opposition to apartheid and his refusal to resort to violence. Within the ANC however, white activists (many of them members of the Communist Party) prevailed upon Mandela and others with arguments that nonviolence was futile against the apartheid system. The armed struggle was launched in 1961, and Mandela was arrested in 1963 after a tip-off to the government by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). South Africa became a hostage of the Cold War, its liberation delayed for three decades.

Charged with treason, Mandela and the leadership of the ANC were banished to Robben Island, eight miles from Cape Town. Instead of the death penalty, they were sentenced to life imprisonment, and he spent 27 years in jail. Others, including Thabo Mbeki, Joe Modise and Zuma went into exile. There, they became increasingly authoritarian and corrupt, but also divorced fr...


Egypt adds ex-presidential hopeful Abul Fotouh to terrorism list "IndyWatch Feed War"


Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh described Egypt's upcoming presidential elections as not being 'democratic' or fair


Africa and the Problem of Foreign Military Bases "IndyWatch Feed War"

A member of the Ghanaian air force guards a U.S. Air Force C-130J Hercules

A member of the Ghanaian air force guards a U.S. Air Force C-130J Hercules

From the Afro-Middle East Centre, February 19, 2018

At the establishment of the African Union (AU) in May 2001, discourses about human security and counter terrorism were ubiquitous both globally and on the continent. In Africa, the experience of the conflicts in Sierra Leone and the Great Lakes region weighed heavily on the continents people, and on the new body. The newly-formed AU thus sought to institute measures that would enhance peace and security and ensure human development, even allowing for the possibility of the organisation intervening in member states. Article Four of the AUs Constitutive Act stated that intervention in a member country could be endorsed by the body in the event that the government of that country severely repressed its population; the prevention of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide were explicitly mentioned.

Within months of the creation of the AU, the September 2001 World Trade Centre bombings in New York took place, forcing an additional imperative onto the AUs agenda. As a result, the AU has, for the past decade and a half, focused a great deal of effort on counter terrorism (in some instances to the detriment of member state populations). Coordination on counter terrorism has thus been enhanced between member states, and, worryingly, training, skills transfers, and direct deployment of troops from foreign powers especially the US and France had been sought to address that has been, to some extent, an exaggerated threat. This has unwittingly allowed, again, the mixing of foreign interests with those of the continent, often allowing foreign agendas to dominate.

In the past few years, a new form of foreign role on the...


Venezuela's Foreign Minister Continues 'South-South Dignity Tour' with Nigeria Visit "IndyWatch Feed World"

Onyeama expressed Nigeria's solidarity towards the electoral process in Venezuela, along with opposition to U.S. and EU sanctions.


Towards a new division of Yemen "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United Arab Emirates, a member of the Saudi coalition against Yemen, wants to create a new state that will allow it to control the Yemen region of Aden. At the time we are writing this article in French (16 Feb 2018), the strategic port of Aden is being exploited by the company Dubai Ports World. The plan to divide Yemen into a Yemenite faction supported by Saudi Arabia and a Yemenite faction which would be pro-Iranian, could lead to re-establishing peace. However, it would also cement (...)


Robert Steele: Autonomous Internet (Combined with CC & OSEE) Will Bury the Deep State and #GoogleGestapo "IndyWatch Feed War"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

The plan

Here in Tokyo with Benjamin Fulford as my mentor-guide, I am meeting people who are going to charge the world. Everything Vladimir Putin is talking about both a post-Western economic paradigm and a post-Google Internet is being worked on in pieces.

I am especially fascinated by the leaders of the Chinese diaspora that I am meeting, who have direct access to Xi Jinping.

My gift appears to be in providing the comprehensive architecture for the convergence of three major programs that will be rolled out in 2018:

01 a cyber-currency backed by Asian gold;

02 the beginnings of the post-Google Internet focused on taking down Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (Amazon and Google next year); and

03 a global program for sustainable development that starts in Asia pioneering my Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) vision, and then rapidly scales to Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East, and the Americas.

I have agreed to serve on the Board of a new gold-backed crypto currency whose crypto foundation is explicitly intended to scale across the three other modules I have in mind: exchanges, tools, and data-information-intelligence.

At this time is appears that I will be in Tehran and Moscow in March, Europe in April, and Beijing in May, assembling and inspiring a team of geniuses. Let me state for the record that if Donald Trump were to give me the Open Source Agency (OSA) that CIA has opposed for 40 years, I would remain based in the USA serving Donald Trump and the American public first, and the rest of the world second. Since my own government refuses to listen to me, I am going international and will probably be based in Asia.

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Tuesday, 20 February


European's white skin did not come from Neanderthals and may be relatively recent "IndyWatch Feed World"

It has long been of interest to establish where Modern Europeans White Skin came from. But you know when you think about it, there is no way white skin came from Neanderthals. It's really a question of doing the math - but math that is supported by years of research and applying all we know about evolution. New Scientist reports that,"The people who built Stonehenge 5000 years ago were humans occupied Britain and mainland Europe who lost there darker skins of their African ancestors perhaps just 6000 years earlier, long after Neanderthals had died out" which was some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago. Below is the New Scientist Article written by Karl Gruber. For more science be sure to read the abstract provided below entitled "The Timing of Pigmentation Lightening in Europeans" written by Sandra Beleza Antnio M. Santos Brian McEvoy Isabel Alves Cludia Martinho Emily Cameron Mark D. Shriver Esteban J. Parra Jorge Rocha.

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