Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Yahya Jammeh stole $50m

The Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh stole “at least” $50m from the state before he left the country in January.

2 men flogged 85 strokes of cane for gay s*x

Two men have been caned 85 times each in the Indonesian province of Aceh after being caught having s*x.

Journalist Went To Look For President Buhari... here's what happened

President Muhammadu Buhari may have been in and out of hospital since arriving London to see his doctors exactly a fortnight ago, if feelers from Abuja House – the

Death toll rises in suicide attack at Ariana Grande concert in Britain

At least 22 people were killed and 59 wounded in an explosion at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday, in what

Ousted South Korean leader Park goes on trial

South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye, grim-faced and brought to court in handcuffs, went on trial Tuesday over a sprawling corruption scandal that saw millions take

Monday, May 22, 2017

Exclusive: Venezuela holds 5,000 Russian surface-to-air MANPADS missiles

Venezuela possesses 5,000 Russian-made MANPADS surface-to-air

Trump, in Israel, says he has new reasons to hope for Middle East peace

U.S. President Donald Trump said in Israel on Monday he came away from a
weekend visit to Saudi Arabia with new reasons for hope that peace and stability could be achieved in the Middle East.
On the second leg of his first overseas trip since entering office, Trump is to hold talks separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a stopover lasting 28 hours.
Later on Monday, the U.S. leader will pray at Judaism's Western Wall and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and on Tuesday he will travel to Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.
Netanyahu and his wife Sara, as well as President Reuven Rivlin and members of the Israeli cabinet, were at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport to greet Trump and first lady Melania in a red carpet ceremony after what is believed to have been the first direct flight from Riyadh to Israel.
"During my travels in recent days, I have found new reasons for hope," Trump said in a brief speech on arrival.
"We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace, but we can only get there working together. There is no other way," he said.
Trump's tour comes in the shadow of difficulties at home, where he is struggling to contain a scandal after firing James Comey as FBI director nearly two weeks ago. The trip ends on Saturday after visits to the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily.
During his two days in Riyadh, Trump received a warm welcome from Arab leaders, who focused on his desire to restrain Iran's influence in the region, a commitment they found wanting in the Republican president's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.
"What's happened with Iran has brought many of the parts of the Middle East toward Israel," Trump said in public remarks at a meeting in Jerusalem with Rivlin.
"And you could say that's one of the - if there's a benefit, that would be the benefit. Because I've seen such a different feeling toward Israel from countries that as you know were not feeling so well about Israel not so long ago. And it's brought a lot of folks together," Trump said.
Earlier at the airport, Netanyahu said Israel shared Trump's commitment to peace - but he also repeated his right-wing government's political and security demands of the Palestinians, including recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.
"May your first trip to our region prove to be a historic milestone on the path toward reconciliation and peace," Netanyahu said.
Trump used his visit to Riyadh to bolster U.S. ties with Arab and Islamic nations, announce $110 billion in U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and send Iran a tough message.
Trump has vowed to do whatever is necessary to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians -- something he has called "the ultimate deal" -- but has given little indication of how he could revive negotiations that collapsed in 2014.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters en route to Tel Aviv that any three-way meeting between Trump, Netanyahu and Abbas was for "a later date".
When Trump met Abbas this month in Washington, he stopped shortly of explicitly recommitting his administration to a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, a long-standing foundation of U.S. policy. He has since spoken in support of Palestinian "self-determination".
Trump has also opted against an immediate move of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a longtime demand of Israel.
A senior administration official told Reuters last week that Trump remained committed to his campaign pledge to ultimately relocate the embassy, but would not announce such a move during this trip.
On Sunday, Israel authorised some economic concessions to the Palestinians that it said would improve civilian life in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority and were intended to respond to Trump's request for "confidence-building steps".
The United States welcomed the move but the Palestinians said they had heard such promises before.
Trump will have visited significant centres of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the end of his trip, a point that his aides say bolsters his argument that the fight against Islamist militancy is a battle between "good and evil".


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Trump called for the international isolation of Iran in a huge shift from Obama's policy

Riyadh (AFP) - US President Donald Trump on Sunday urged Muslim countries to deny sanctuary to extremists and called for international

Tillerson: The US' pressure on North Korea is still in its 'early stages'

Washington (AFP) - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Sunday that the United States was still in the "early stages" of applying pressure on

NCAA bans Ethiopian airline from unauthorised charges

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has ordered Ethiopian Airlines to stop the collection of unauthorised charges forthwith.

Trump's FBI comments to Russians were aimed at cooperation: aides

U.S. President Donald Trump raised the firing of the FBI director in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister to explain why he had been unable to find areas of

Venezuela President loses control as protests claim 47 lives

Massive demonstrations, violence and a rising death toll marked 50 consecutive days of anti-government protests in Venezuela.

Trump tells Middle East: step up in fight over 'Islamist extremism'

U.S. President Donald Trump called on Arab leaders to do their share to fight "Islamist extremism" on Sunday in a speech that put the burden on the region to combat militant

BPE partners NPA to develop maritime sector

Director-general of Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex A. Okoh, has pledged the Bureau’s collaboration with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NP

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Venezuela anti-government unrest marks 50th day with huge marches

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets on Saturday to mark 50 days of protests against the unpopular government of President Nicolas Maduro, with unrest

U.S. calls on Iran to halt support for 'destabilizing forces'

The United States on Saturday said it hoped Hassan Rouhani, Iran's newly re-elected president, will halt his country's support for "destabilizing forces", end ballistic missile

The military's special ops may try to develop 'super soldiers' with performance-enhancing drugs

US Special Operations Command is weighing the use of nutritional supplements or even performance-enhancing drugs to push the abilities and endurance of its forces beyond curren

Under fire at home, Trump launches first foreign trip in Saudi

Dogged by controversy at home, President Donald Trump

Friday, May 19, 2017

Approval of President Trump drops to lowest since inauguration: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Public approval of President Donald Trump has dropped to its lowest level since his inauguration, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, after Trump was

Trump to Russian diplomats: Firing 'nut job' James Comey took 'great pressure' off me

President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats in an Oval Office meeting last week that his firing of "nut job" FBI Director James Comey had taken