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Yahya Jammeh declares state of emergency, ready for the worst

Yahya Jammeh declares state of emergency, ready for the worst Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has declared a state of emergency, just two days before he is supposed to cede power after losing elections last month. In a national TV address, Jammeh said on Tuesday the measure was necessary because of “the unprecedented and extraordinary amount of foreign interference” in a December...... more

Jammeh reaches dead end at Gambia’s Supreme Court

Jammeh reaches dead end at Gambia’s Supreme Court The top judge in Gambia’s Supreme Court declined on Monday to rule on President Yahya Jammeh’s petition to overturn his election defeat, marking a dead end for the former soldier who has refused to heed international pleas that he quit. “It is crystal clear that the justices from Nigeria and Serra...... more

Pastor arrested after prophesying Mugabe’s death

Pastor arrested after prophesying Mugabe’s death A prominent pastor in Zimbabwe, Patrick Mugadza, was arrested on Monday after prophesying that President Robert Mugabe, 92, will die on Oct. 17, 2017, police and the pastor’s lawyer said. Mugadza, from the Remnant Pentecostal Church based in the northern town of Kariba, had become famous by holding a one-man demonstration...... more

The 8 men who are richer than 3.6 billion people combined

The 8 men who are richer than 3.6 billion people combined Eight men now control as much wealth as the world's poorest 3.6 billion people, according to a new report from Oxfam International. The men – Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Amancio Ortega, Larry Ellison and Michael Bloomberg – are collectively worth $426 billion, the anti-poverty group...... more

FBI Most Wanted suspect captured

FBI Most Wanted suspect captured  A double homicide suspect on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list was captured Sunday morning after nearly six months on the run. Terry A.D. Strickland was arrested without incident during a traffic stop in El Paso, Texas, the FBI said. Strickland was wanted on an arrest warrant from Milwaukee. He is...... more

Outgoing CIA chief warns Trump to watch his words

Outgoing CIA chief warns Trump to watch his words Outgoing CIA chief John Brennan on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump, warning him to watch what he says and suggesting the president-elect doesn’t understand the challenges posed by Russia. Brennan’s stern words – which sparked a quick Twitter retort from Trump – were the latest salvo in the...... more

South Korean investigators move to arrest Samsung chief

South Korean investigators move to arrest Samsung chief South Korean investigators sought an arrest warrant for Samsung’s acting head Lee Jae-yong on Monday as the presidential office scandal took a further dramatic twist. Weeks after the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, Lee was interrogated on bribery suspicions for nearly 24 hours last week before he was released Friday morning....... more

Pound falls ahead of Theresa May Brexit speech

Pound falls ahead of Theresa May Brexit speech The pound has hit its lowest level for more than three months on reports Britain was set to quit the EU single market as part of its Brexit plans. Sterling fell more than 1% to below $1.20 before recovering slightly. The pound also sank to a two-month low against the euro,...... more

Worry over mysterious disappearance of bloggers

Worry over mysterious disappearance of bloggers Authorities in Pakistan have reported no progress in finding at least four secular activists and bloggers who mysteriously went missing a week ago from different cities, including the national capital of Islamabad. Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan told reporters Saturday that security and intelligence agencies are “fully focused” on the issue,...... more

Nearly 100 refugees missing after boat sinks off Libya

Nearly 100 refugees missing after boat sinks off Libya Nearly 100 people are missing after a boat packed with refugees and migrants sank off the Libyan coast, killing at least eight, according to the Italian coastguard. Search operations continued after nightfall in poor weather and sea conditions, officials said on Saturday. “The bodies of eight people have been recovered. Four...... more

Dying civil servant saves $55,000 to bribe God

A dying civil servant instructed his wife to bury him with $55,000, which he intended to appease God to forgive his earthly sins. The civil servant, a Ugandan was 52-year-old, when he died. His metallic coffin cost $5,500. Identified as Charles Obong, he was a senior personnel officer at the Ministry...... more

Trump’s inauguration threatened

Trump’s inauguration threatened An anti-Donald Trump group is planning massive disruptions for next week’s inauguration covering everything from “blockades” at security checkpoints to a “dance party” outside VP-elect Mike Pence’s house, according to group leaders as well as newly obtained audio of their apparent plans. The organization #DisruptJ20 already announced at a press conference...... more

Sudan’s president survives heart attack

Sudan’s president survives heart attack   Sudan President Omar al-Bashir left hospital after undergoing a cardiac catheterisation according to agency report on Friday. “The Presidency confirmed that al-Bashir has undergone an exploratory cardiac catheterisation at Royal Care hospital and the results were very reassuring,” a presidency official told the news agency, He said that the president...... more

ExxonMobil did business with state sponsors of terror: Report

ExxonMobil did business with state sponsors of terror: Report On the day of his Senate confirmation hearing, Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, is facing questions about a decade-old report that the company he led once did business with state sponsors of terrorism. A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission report from 2006 has resurfaced with claims...... more

Jammeh talks tough, vows to stay on as Gambian President until Supreme Court rules in May

Jammeh talks tough, vows to stay on as Gambian President until Supreme Court rules in May Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has said he will not step down before a Supreme Court decision on disputed elections, a ruling now not expected until May. In a nationwide TV broadcast, the longstanding ruler also reiterated his concern at “foreign interference”. Regional mediators, led by Nigeria’s president, are expected in The...... more

Smoking costs $1 trillion, soon to kill 8 million a year: Study

Smoking costs $1 trillion, soon to kill 8 million a year: Study Smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now, according to a study by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute published on Tuesday. That cost far outweighs global revenues from tobacco taxes,...... more

Tears as Obama delivers farewell speech

Tears as Obama delivers farewell speech   Barack Obama wiped his eyes as he addressed his wife and thanked Vice-President Joe Biden in farewell speech. His daughter, Malia also shed a tear as she listened to her father. Some slices of emotion were all expected in Chicago where the outgoing American president began the journey to the...... more

Ivorian President dismisses security chiefs

Ivorian President dismisses security chiefs Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has dismissed the heads of the army, police and paramilitary gendarmes following a two-day army mutiny that paralysed the country. Disgruntled soldiers mutinied in the city of Bouake on Friday, with troops in other cities joining the uprising. Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi was also briefly seized...... more

Peace returns to Ivory Coast as soldiers end revolt

Peace returns to Ivory Coast as soldiers end revolt   Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara says he has reached an agreement with rebellious soldiers to end a brief mutiny Saturday, but the deal appeared to be on the verge of crumbling less than two hours later. In Bouake, the northern city where the uprising began late Friday, soldiers denounced as...... more

President Zuma advises South Africans against visiting Israel

President Zuma advises South Africans against visiting Israel   President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to not visit Israel unless it is related to “fostering peace” in the region. Addressing thousands of supporters during the 105th birth anniversary of his ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the capital Johannesburg on Sunday, Zuma said: “The people of Palestine continue...... more

Shooting spreads to Abidjan as Ivorian soldiers continue mutiny

Shooting spreads to Abidjan as Ivorian soldiers continue mutiny The mutiny by soldiers in Ivory Coast demanding wage increases and bonuses has spread to Abidjan, the commercial capital. The shooting started in the second largest city of Boauke and Korhogo this morning, “Shooting has started in our camp too now,” said a soldier at the military base in the city,...... more

Mutiny in Ivory Coast

Mutiny in Ivory Coast Ivory Coast defence minister has explained why some soldiers mutinied in the country’s second largest city of Bouake. Alain-Richard Donwahi said the mutiny was the handiwork of disgruntled soldiers demanding salary increases and the payment of bonuses. In a statement read out on state-owned television, he said the group of soldiers...... more

U.S. Army okays beards, hijabs for Muslims

U.S. Army okays beards, hijabs for Muslims The U.S Army has giving approval for Muslim soldiers ad soldiers of other religious minorities to wear beards, head scarf or hijabs for women. Soldiers who desire to wear any of the items are to obtain approval to dress and groom themselves according to their religious customs while serving in the...... more

4 charged with torture streamed on Facebook

4 charged with torture streamed on Facebook Four suspects have been charged in connection with the attack on a special-needs teen that was streamed on Facebook Live. Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper; 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanishia Covington, 24, have each been charged with a hate crime, felony aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with...... more

Queen Elizabeth almost shot by guard

Queen Elizabeth almost shot by guard   Queen Elizabeth II of England was almost shot by one of her own guards while she took a late-night stroll through palace grounds, it has been reported. The guard is said to have shouted into the darkness when he spotted a figure walking around Buckingham Palace at 3am, believing it...... more

Gambian power struggle: Army Chief throws weight behind Jammeh

Gambian power struggle: Army Chief throws weight behind Jammeh The head of Gambia’s army has given his full backing to the country’s president, Yahya Jammeh, amid a deepening political crisis. Mr Jammeh suffered a surprise electoral defeat last month to Adama Barrow. He initially accepted the result but changed his mind days later, citing electoral “abnormalities”. In a letter to...... more

ExxonMobil sends out CEO with $180m retirement package as he gets set to start a new life as US Secretary of State

ExxonMobil sends out CEO with $180m retirement package as he gets set to start a new life as US Secretary of State Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson and ExxonMobil have agreed to a $180 million retirement deal that will see Tillerson give up several million dollars in cash bonuses and put the equivalent of two million company shares into a trust. The agreement came about as a way for Tillerson to comply with...... more

Ogoni struggle represents our agitation — Dakuku Peterside

Ogoni struggle represents our agitation — Dakuku Peterside As Ogoni people mark 2017 Ogoni Day Celebration, governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 general elections, Dr Dakuku Peterside, says he identifies with and supports their struggle because “it represents the struggle of all us.” Dr Peterside, who spoke in Port Harcourt, called on Ogonis to unite...... more

Menstruation law sparks debate in Zambia

Menstruation law sparks debate in Zambia Discussing female menstruation publicly is something of a taboo in Zambia. This is no doubt why a provision in the country’s labour law that allows female workers to take off one day a month is known as Mother’s Day, even though it applies to all women, whether or not they have...... more

Gunmen attack prison, free more than 150

Gunmen attack prison, free more than 150   Armed men with links to the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group have stormed a prison in the south of the country, killing a guard and freeing more than a 150 inmates, police said. Initial reports suggested that the gunmen responsible for Wednesday’s jailbreak were linked to the Moro Islamic Liberation...... more

 

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