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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Trump says he's brought 'profound change' to Washington

Washington - President Donald Trump on Saturday marked his 100th day in office by saying he had brought "profound change" to Washington and reaffirming that "my only allegiance" is to those he governs.

Divers search for 10 missing people as 27 drown in India

New Delhi - Emergency workers were searching for the bodies of at least 10 people in India on Saturday who went missing in two separate drowning incidents that left 27 others dead, police said.
The bodies of two children were among the missing after a dinghy capsized in a small village lake in southern Andhra Pradesh state, leaving 13 people dead.
Six among the dead were children, police said.

First direct London-China train completes 12 000km run

Beijing - Laden with whisky and baby milk, the first freight train linking China directly to the UK arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu on Saturday after a 12 000km trip, becoming the world's second-longest rail route.
The journey is the latest effort in China's drive to strengthen trade links with western Europe along a modern-day "Silk Road" route.

Nigeria Will Be Out Of Recession By 3rd Quarter – Emefiele

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has said that with the current efforts by the Federal Government to revive the country’s economy, the country should be out of recession by the third quarter of this year.

Libya Repatriates Over 250 Nigerians

No fewer than 253 Nigerians repatriated from Libya arrived at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, on Tuesday. The returnees, who arrived aboard an airbus belonging to Libyan Air, touched down at the airport around 6.45pm.

It was learnt that the returnees were assisted back into the country through the intervention of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

COPE questions arrest of alleged “coup plotter”

ohannesburg - The Congress of the People (COPE) has questioned the arrest of the alleged “coup plotter”, saying that there is something 'strange' to the case. 
“It does not make sense to have one person plotting a coup and being so careless and substandard about his plans. It is not a secret that the very list of those to be assassinated is a mixed bag of warring partie,” spokesperson Dennis Bloem said on Saturday morning. 

Chemical weapons allegedly used 45 times in Syria: OPCW chief

The Hague - Experts from the world's watchdog tasked with destroying chemical weapons are probing reports that toxic arms have been used 45 times in Syria since late last year, the body's chief said on Friday.

France's Le Pen reaches out to far-left voters

Paris - French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is reaching from her far-right base across to the far left, urging voters who chose communist-linked Jean-Luc Melenchon in the first-round vote to support her in the runoff election.

Trump's tweets cooling - and the impact is fading a bit

New York - They are the 140-character bursts that helped define the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.
But Donald Trump's tweets seem to be losing some of their impact.
The president's traction on his medium of choice has slipped as his tone and button-pushing tendencies have cooled. The number of people engaging with him on Twitter - through likes, retweets, quotes and replies - has gradually declined, according to an Associated Press analysis of his feed and the users who read, react and propel his words throughout the Twittersphere.

Arkansas governor dismisses calls for full execution probe

Varner - The Arkansas governor said on Friday that he sees no reason for anything beyond a routine review of execution procedures after an inmate lurched and convulsed 20 times during a lethal injection.
Attorneys for Kenneth Williams and the American Civil Liberties Union have called for a full investigation after Williams became the fourth convicted killer executed in Arkansas in eight days. The state sought to carry out as many lethal injections as possible before one of its drugs expires on Sunday.

Facebook gearing up to fight political propaganda

New York - Facebook is acknowledging that governments or other malicious non-state actors are using its social network to influence political sentiment in ways that could affect national elections.
It's a long way from CEO Mark Zuckerberg's assertion back in November that it was "pretty crazy" to think that false news on Facebook influenced the US presidential election. It's also a major sign that the world's biggest social network is continuing to grapple with its outsized role in how the world communicates, for better or for worse.

Trump's first 100 days: a chaotic discovery of power

Washington, April 29, 2017 (AFP) -From his resounding setbacks in Congress to his stunning policy flip-flops, Donald Trump has faced a steep learning curve in his opening months at the White House.
Although the new US president has shown a capacity to change both his tone and positions, he has struggled to convey a clearly articulated worldview.
With the arrival of the symbolic milestone of 100 days in power on Saturday, a cold, hard reality is setting in for the billionaire businessman who promised supporters he would "win, win, win" for them.
At this stage of his presidency, Donald Trump is the least popular leader in modern US history -- even if his core supporters still fully back him.

Friday, 28 April 2017

40 dead in fighting near Damascus - monitor

Beirut - Fierce clashes between jihadists and Islamist rebels near Damascus left at least 40 dead and 70 wounded on Friday, a monitoring group said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the clashes pitted the Saudi-backed rebel faction Jaish al-Islam against Fateh al-Sham, al-Qaeda's former branch in Syria, and Faylaq al-Rahman, which is backed by Qatar and Turkey.

Friend of convicted church shooter begins serving sentence

Columbia - A friend with whom convicted church shooter Dylann Roof shared his plans to massacre South Carolina churchgoers, has begun serving prison time for lying to federal authorities.
Attorney Debbie Barbier tells The Associated Press Joey Meek reported to federal prison in Ohio on Tuesday.

Berlin terror cell bust after Italy arrests

Rome - Italian police said on Friday they had helped their German counterparts neutralise a Berlin-based Islamist terror cell with links to Christmas market attack suspect Anis Amri.
The dismantling of the 11-strong group was completed at the end of January after nearly two months of investigations triggered by two of them being picked up at the Italian port of Ancona on December 4 2016, according to the anti-terrorism wing of Italy's state police force.

Germany arrests 3 in darknet drug case

Berlin - German prosecutors say authorities have arrested t
wo Japanese citizens and an American on suspicion of selling millions of euros' worth of drugs online.
Frankfurt prosecutors say a 43-year-old Japanese man, a 40-year-old Japanese woman and a 39-year-old man from the US were arrested late on Thursday in Berlin. Their names weren't released.

Germany arrests 3 in darknet drug case

Berlin - German prosecutors say authorities have arrested two Japanese citizens and an American on suspicion of selling millions of euros' worth of drugs online.
Frankfurt prosecutors say a 43-year-old Japanese man, a 40-year-old Japanese woman and a 39-year-old man from the US were arrested late on Thursday in Berlin. Their names weren't released.

Trump: 'I thought it would be easier'

Washington - President Donald Trump is sounding wistful as he reflects on his first 100 days on the job.
The president says he "loved" his "previous" life.
"I had so many things going."
He says his new gig is "more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier".
The president is also lamenting his loss of privacy, describing life in the White House as being in "your own little cocoon".

Bulgarians jailed for baby sale in Greece

Sofia - Two Bulgarian men were jailed on Friday for 10 years and a woman for six years for trafficking two pregnant women to sell their babies in neighbouring Greece.
The sentences issued by a court in the Black Sea city of Burgas were among the heaviest for a crime that has become common in the region over recent years but has been tough to prove and punish, prosecutors said.

Reports: US troops deploy along Syria-Turkish border

Beirut - A Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists say US armoured vehicles have deployed in areas in northern Syria along the border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 US-backed Kurdish fighters.
Footage posted by Syrian activists online shows a convoy of US armoured vehicles driving on a rural road in the village of Darbasiyah, a few hundred metres from the Turkish border. Clashes in the area were reported between Turkish and Kurdish forces on Wednesday, a day after the Turkish airstrike.

Hungary completes 2nd border fence meant to stop migrants

Roszke - A second fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop any surge in the flow of migrants toward Western Europe has been completed, the Hungarian government said on Friday.
Interior Ministry State Secretary Karoly Kontrat said on Friday near the border town of Roszke that the new, 155km fence provides even greater security for Hungary.

Warren 'troubled' by report of Wall Street-paid Obama speech

Washington - US Senator Elizabeth Warren says she's "troubled" by reports that former president Barack Obama will be paid $400 000 to speak at a September health care conference put on by Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald.

Trump: Gun lobby has friend in the White House

Atlanta - The United States' powerful gun lobby has "a true friend and champion in the White House", President Donald Trump said on Friday in an address to the National Rifle Association.
"As your president, I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms," Trump told the cheering crowd in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Freedom is not a gift from the government. Freedom is a gift from God."
The NRA was an early supporter of Trump during his campaign for the White House, and he was speaking to its members on the eve of marking 100 days in office.
"These are dangerous times," the president warned. "To the NRA, I can proudly say, I will never, ever let you down."
"The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end," he vowed.
That referred to a constitutional protection for gun ownership, which predecessor Barack Obama had sought to bring under greater control after a string of mass shootings.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Married Women Attack Lady Sharing Her Nude Pics To Lure Married Men

A 21-year-old lady has clashed with some married women after posting her n*de photographs on WhatsApp groups in order to lure married men.
H-metro reports that Leila Nyasha is under fire from married ladies in several WhatsApp groups.
She has been accused of hooking teenage ladies and included them in her "runs" life.

Nigerian Woman Marries Lesbian Partner In US

A Nigerian lesbian woman, 53yrs old Moji Solar-Percy, walked down the aisle with her American ‘wife’ on Tuesday in the US, celebrating the freedom that she would not have had in Nigeria.
Solar-Percy, a real estate mogul, runs a company, Solar Worldwide Realty Inc. in Staten Island, New York. She gushed about her love for the woman, with whom she probably would have been arrested if the wedding had taken place in Nigeria.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Russia tried to use Trump advisers to influence election

Washington - Russian operatives tried to infiltrate Donald Trump's presidential campaign through his advisers, including foreign policy aide Carter Page, CNN reported on Saturday.
CNN said this emerged through FBI intelligence gathering, which triggered an investigation into any possible co-ordination between Trump campaign operatives and Russian officials.

Police arrest man with knife at Paris station

Paris - A man with a knife has been arrested by police at Paris' Gare du Nord station, sending a brief ripple of concern over social media a day before the French presidential vote. No one was injured.
A French police official said that a man carrying a knife walked into the station and was flagged to police, who arrested him immediately. Video online shows heavily armed police surrounding a prone man as travellers hurried past.

Romanian police find 111 migrants in back of truck

Bucharest - Romanian border police say they have stopped 111 asylum seekers hidden in the back of a large truck who were trying to leave Romania illegally and head toward Western Europe.
Border police said that they discovered the group crammed into the vehicle at the Romanian-Hungarian border. The migrant

Airstrikes knock out hospital in Syria's north: Report

Beirut - An opposition war monitor and media platform say airstrikes have knocked out a medical centre in Syria's rebel-held northern province.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Saturday's airstrikes seriously damaged the medical centre in the Abdin village in Idlib, putting it out of service. The Observatory says medical staff members were wounded in the attack, but had no further details. The activist-run Aleppo Today media group says the attack killed three of the medical staff and wounded others. The group also said the medical centre in Abdin was out of service.

Scientists take to streets to defend research

Washington - Thousands of scientists worldwide left their labs to take to the streets on Saturday along with students and research advocates in pushing back against what they say are mounting attacks on science.
The March for Science, coinciding with Earth Day, was set for more than 500 cities, anchored in Washington and to be joined by dozens of nonpartisan scientific professional societies in a turnout intended to combine political and how-to science demonstrations.

2 teens die in April avalanche in Romania

Bucharest - Romanian authorities say two teenagers have died in an avalanche in western Romania after the country was hit by a blast of wintry weather.
Emergency situations chief Raed Arafat said that rescue workers pulled the bodies of two youngsters, aged 13 and 14, out of the snow after the avalanche hit, but three others were not in danger.

Time to contest Turkey's vote results over: Minister

stanbul - Turkey's ruling party and the main opposition party kept up their fight on Saturday over the results of the referendum on expanding the president's powers.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag slammed the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for continuing to object to the results of the April 16 referendum due to voting irregularities, saying that judicial paths to reverse the ruling are shut.

Girl, 9, dies after drinking milkshake spiked with sleeping pills

Port Elizabeth – A nine-year-old Jeffreys Bay girl died after her mother allegedly put sleeping pills into her milkshake,
After the girl’s mother had a fall out with her friend, she put the pills into her daughter’s milkshake before putting the girl to bed, and then consumed the pills herself.

Friday, 21 April 2017

ISIS claims latest attack in Paris

Paris - A known terror suspect shot dead a French policeman and wounded two others on Thursday on Paris's Champs Elysees in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group days before a presidential election.
Observers had long feared bloodshed ahead of Sunday's vote in France following a string of atrocities since 2015 and the violence is likely to thrust security to the front of voters' minds.
The shooter opened fire with an automatic weapon on a police van on the world-famous boulevard at around 21:00, prompting tourists and visitors to run for their lives.

French government again reviews vote security

Paris - France's government has reviewed its already extensive election security measures and says it is "fully mobilised" in the wake of the Champs-Elysees gun attack on police officers.
Speaking after a meeting on Friday morning of the government's security council, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: "Barbarity and cowardice struck Paris last night, as they also recently struck elsewhere in Europe - in Berlin, Stockholm, in London."

Suspect turns himself in to Belgian police after Champs-Elysees attack

Paris - A suspect sought by France in the wake of the Champs Elysees attack has turned himself in to Belgian police, France's interior ministry said Friday.
"The man in the wanted notice issued by Belgian authorities presented himself to a police station in Antwerp," ministry spokesperson Pierre-Henry Brandet told AFP.

'Vive Paris!' tourists venture back to Champs Elysees after attack

Paris - Tourists were back on the Champs Elysees early on Friday with a mixture of shock and defiance, a day after a jihadist shot dead a policeman on the world-famous avenue on the eve of France's election.
"I needed to get out, to come back here and see the sunshine and that everything was OK," said Lebanese tourist Zeina Bitar, 45, who was shopping on the boulevard with her children when the gunman struck.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Yemen rebel land mines killed, maim hundreds

Cairo - An international rights group on Thursday decried the use of land mines by Yemen's Shi'ite rebels in the impoverished Arab country at war, saying they have maimed hundreds of civilians and prevented many of the displaced from returning to their homes.
Human Rights Watch said in a new report that the rebels known as Houthis, who are allied with the forces of the country's former president, have used land-mines in at least six provinces since March 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition launched its military campaign against them.

Pakistan's top court orders PM be investigated for corruption

Islamabad - Pakistan's top court ordered the prime minister be investigated for corruption on Thursday, in a highly anticipated decision that granted Nawaz Sharif a temporary reprieve as judges said there was insufficient evidence to oust him from power.
Sharif and his children had been accused of graft in an ongoing case that had threatened to topple the prime minister and captivated Pakistan after the Panama Papers leak last year linked the family to offshore business.

Fresno gunman gave police blow-by-blow account of killing 3 whites

Fresno - Five days before a rampage that left three men dead, Kori Ali Muhammad shot an unarmed security guard who he felt had insulted him at a Motel 6 when he visited a woman at the hotel, police said.
Muhammad shot the guard, 25-year-old Carl Williams, multiple times at close range shortly after 23:00, police said - an act that would set off a chain of events leading to Tuesday's mass shooting.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

France plot suspects had serial identities, multiple addresses

Paris - French investigators were trying Wednesday to piece together the backgrounds of two men arrested a few days before the presidential election as they were planning an "imminent" attack.
Clement Baur, 23, and Mahiedine Merabet, 29, were detained on Wednesday by elite police and domestic intelligence agents in the southern city of Marseille.

US man dies 'peacefully' after conned into believing Trump impeached

Los Angeles - A 75-year-old man died "peacefully" at his home in the US state of Oregon after his ex-wife led him to believe that President Donald Trump had been impeached.
Michael Garland Elliott died earlier this month after Teresa Elliott, his ex-wife and best friend, broke the false news to him, according to his obituary published in The Oregonian.

Nigeria's Economy Is Out Of Recession, Growing Strongly

The Nigerian economy is out of recession and growing strong, says United Kingdom-based World Economics. The body, dedicated to producing analysis, insight and data relating to questions of importance in understanding the world economy, said this development was reflected in the growth of its April Sales Managers’ Index, SMI, for Nigeria.

George W. Bush Pushes Back On Trump Border Policy: Immigrants Can Be Good Citizens

Former President George W. Bush pushed back against President Donald Trump’s work to deny millions of immigrants and refugees entry into America, saying such efforts would exclude many people who could someday become “good citizens.”

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

“They’ll Never Learn” Department: Trump and North Korea

As Donald Trump prepares to meet Xi Jinping, his administration is going down the old road of believing it can pressure China to solve the North Korea nuclear weapons problem—or face a US-initiated trade war.
“Well, if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will,” he said. As usual, he wouldn’t say how, but he said he was hopeful that China, for which he has “great respect,” would help. “China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don’t it won’t be good for anyone.” Asked what might motivate China to help, Trump said: “I think trade is the incentive. It is all about trade.” And if China refused? Trump said he was “totally” prepared to take unilateral action against Pyongyang.

China makes house call in Seoul as Trump and North Korea exchange threats

US President Trump has put North Korea 'clearly on notice' after the country threatened a nuclear attack

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Picture: KRT via AP
FOR nearly 70 years North Korea has been the sick man of northeast Asia infecting global security, and we just might have to get used to it.

Trump and North Korea: Climbing the escalation ladder

Nearly all U.S. presidents are tested early in their tenures, but the speed with which Donald Trump and his administration have climbed the escalation ladder toward a showdown with North Korea over its nuclear weapons has been dizzying.
A military confrontation with the heavily armed regime in Pyongyang would be frightening under any circumstances, but the dangers are multiplied by the personalities involved. As two untested and mercurial leaders face off, the world waits to see who will blink first.

Big Looters Richer Than Nigeria... now bury money to avoid being caught

The Federal Government said that there were indications that big looters had more money in their possession than all tiers of government in the country.
It however hailed its whistle-blower policy, which has led to the recovery of looted funds in major currencies which might have never been discovered.

North Korea 'will test missiles weekly', senior official tells BBC

Media captionThe BBC's John Sudworth asks North Korea's vice-foreign minister what message he has for Donald Trump.
North Korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the BBC in Pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the US.