Congo arrests 2 suspects over murder of UN experts, one escapes: Prosecutors

A senior prosecutor said on Friday authorities had arrested two people suspected of involvement in the murder of two UN investigators in central Democratic Republic of Congo. The senior prosecutor, however said, one of the prisoners had since escaped. The announcement was the first reported sign of progress in investigations into the deaths of American……

Amnesty International urges Arkansas to stop ‘conveyor belt of death’

Amnesty International on Thursday criticised the U.S. state of Arkansas over its plans to execute seven convicted killers in an 11-day period this month. Erika Guevara Rosas, director of Amnesty International in the Americas, said in a press statement that such a serie of executions would be unprecedented in modern U.S. history. “Especially after the……

China crude oil imports hit record, shatter expectations

China’s crude oil imports surged to all-time high in March to nearly 9.2 million barrels per day (bpd), customs data showed on Thursday, far surpassing expectations and indicating a substantial build in stocks. March imports came in at 38.95 million tonnes or 9.17 million bpd, according to the General Customs Administration. This figure compared with……

New Boeing 737 MAX 9 makes maiden flight

A new version of Boeing Co’s (BA.N) 737 jetliner,737 MAX 9, took off from Seattle, Australia for the first time on Thursday. The maiden flight marked another step in Boeing’s revamp of its best-selling product line that could see up to five new models introduced by 2020. 737 MAX 9, a fuel-efficient, long-range successor to……

Kenyan president passes law against torture in police cells

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya on Thursday signed an anti-torture law seen by human rights activists as an important step towards eliminating torture in police cells. The law, which was passed by parliament on April 6, empowers the country’s National Commission on Human Rights to investigate torture allegations and provides for reparations to victims. Human……

Yemen’s Houthi court sentences veteran journalist to death

A Yemeni security court under control of Iranian-allied Shiite Houthi movement on Thursday sentenced a veteran journalist to death over charges of spying for neighbouring Sunni Saudi Arabia. Houthi-controlled state Saba news agency reported that the court convicted Yahya al-Jubaihi, 61, of “illegally establishing contact with a foreign state which is Saudi Arabia . He……

U.S. ban on foreign abortion funds hits family planning work in Ethiopia: NGO

The U. S. government reinstatement of bans on groups that provide abortions is endangering family planning works being done in Ethiopia, according to an NGO official. Adam Zeleke, a Senior official at the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE) which at 51 years old is Ethiopia’s oldest family planning organisation, said on Thursday that up……

Kenya needs two million homes to curb slum explosion – World Bank

Kenya needs to build two million affordable city homes to meet its housing deficit and stem the growth of its sprawling slums, already home to six out of 10 urban households, the World Bank said on Wednesday. Investment in housing would also create jobs, improve economic growth and strengthen the east African country’s financial sector, it……

Crowd pelt Venezuela’s President’s convoy with eggs, stones at parade

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s convoy was pelted with objects by members of a crowd at a military parade, reports published on Wednesday revealed. The incident occurred at San Felix, a town in the southern Bolivar region, during a military parade held upon Maduro’s return from a trip to Cuba. A live television broadcast of the……

FBI got court order to monitor ex-Trump adviser in Russia probe

The FBI secured a court order in 2016 to secretly surveil the communications of Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, as the agency investigates possible ties between the campaign and Russia. The Washington Post citing law enforcement and other U.S. officials reported that the warrant for Page was obtained last……

Congo arrests 80 during protests against new prime minister

Congolese police have arrested more than 80 people during demonstrations against the choice of a new Prime Minister, Human Rights Watch and other rights groups said on Tuesday. Some estimates put the number of people arrested at 120 during rallies in the country’s main cities. Police spokesman Pierrot Mwanamputu confirmed that dozens had been detained.……

Trump restates committment to revamp Wall Street reform rules

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that his administration was reducing regulations and revamping the Wall Street reform law known as Dodd-Frank which might be eliminated and replaced with “something else.” “We’re going to reduce taxes, we’re going to eliminate wasteful regulations,” Trump said at a meeting attended by corporate leaders and members of……

Trump not asked to meet Pope during visit to Italy in May: Sources

U.S. President Donald Trump has not asked to meet Pope Francis during his visit to Italy in May for the Group of Seven summit, sources said on Tuesday, in what would be a highly unusual omission, sources say. Trump, who Francis suggested was “not Christian” if he wanted a wall on the Mexican border, is……

North Korea looking for trouble’ – Trump warns

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, warned North Korea, saying the country is looking for “trouble”. Trump, on his Twitter handle, threatened to solve the North Korean problem alone should China fail to intervene. “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the……

Zambian police raid home, detain opposition leader

Zambian police detained opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema on Tuesday after raiding his home, his spokesman said, but authorities could not immediately say why he was being questioned. Hichilema, a wealthy economist known as “HH”, was defeated by President Edgar Lungu in an election last August, which he described as fraudulent. His attempts to mount a……

Oxfam urges Australia to take in more Syrian refugees

The Australian Government should take in more refugees from Syria after it was announced that 12,000 visas were successfully provided to Syrian and Iraqi refugees in a resettlement programme, refugees advocacy group, Oxfam, said on Tuesday. “Oxfam welcomes the Australian government’s announcement that visas have been provided to all of the 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi……

Indonesia anti-graft agency condemn acid attack on top investigator

Indonesia’s anti-graft agency on Tuesday condemned an acid attack on one of its top investigators handling a corruption investigation that has implicated dozens of politicians. The agency vowed that the attack would not deter it in its fight. The corruption investigation, involving the suspected theft of 170 million dollars from a budget to procure national……

Germany demands assurances from Hungary on refugee returns

German Interior Ministry has said Germany will deport asylum seekers to Hungary only if the Hungarian authorities guarantee that they will in every case be treated in line with standards laid down by the European Union. “Without an assurance of this kind from the Hungarian authorities there will be no transfer,” the ministry said in……

Indonesia delays blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor

An Indonesian court on Tuesday adjourned the blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor until after the city’s April 19 election, a contest pitting him against a Muslim rival that has divided the city and fanned religious tension. The trial of Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, Jakarta’s first ethnic Chinese and Christian leader and an ally of……

G7 meeting: U.S. allies rule out military solution on Syria

Germany and Italy stressed Tuesday the need for a political solution in Syria, where the U.S. has intervened with missile strikes in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians. Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7), which comprises the U.S., Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada, discussed the crisis with representatives from……

Nearly half of young German voters back Merkel, poll shows

Almost half of Germany’s first-time voters back Angela Merkel, a poll by the Forsa Institute showed on Tuesday. Manfred Guellner, who heads the Forsa institute, said the poll has, however, provided a strong backbone of support for the chancellor as she prepares to bid for a fourth term in office in September. “Among all potential……

Trump plans to move ahead with Nigeria planes sale: sources

President Donald Trump’s administration is pushing forward with plans to sell up to a dozen aircraft to Nigeria’s air force for the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram. Sources said the deal could be worth up to 600 million dollars. Sources also said the Super Tucano A-29 aircraft, an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance……

China executes more people than rest of world combined – Amnesty

China executes more people each year than the rest of the world combined, with its state-sanctioned system cloaked in official secrecy, a report released on Tuesday by human rights monitor, Amnesty International, has said. “Several thousands of people were executed in 2016 by China alone, while at least 1,032 were executed in 23 other countries……

Fraud investigator attacked with acid outside mosque in Indonesia

A top investigator for Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission was attacked with a chemical on Tuesday, police said. Novel Baswedan, who works for the Corruption Eradication Commission, was leaving a mosque after a morning prayer when two men on a motorcycle threw what was thought to be acid in his face. “The injuries are consistent with those……

Malala Yousafzai made youngest UN Messenger of Peace

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been made the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace. The 19-year-old, who is doing her A-levels and has an offer from a top UK university, will take the role with a special focus on girls’ education. In 2012 Ms. Yousafzai was nearly killed by the Taliban for campaigning……

Al Jazeera highlight: ‘Julius vs The ANC’

On 26 April 2017, Julius vs the ANC will broadcast South Africa’s political turmoil to more than 310 million households in over 100 countries.   Starting with the police killing of 34 striking mineworkers at Marikana in 2012, Rehad Desai’s authored documentary condenses five years of volatile South African politics into 48 disturbing minutes. From……

United Responds To Shocking Video Showing Doctor Being Dragged From Plane

A passenger was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight via law enforcement on Sunday after refusing to give up his seat. According to a person on the flight, the airline needed room on the overbooked aircraft to reposition crew for another flight. But when it couldn’t find enough volunteers, even after offering $800, the……

DPRK accuses U.S. of trying to “maintain colonial rule” in South Korea

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday accused the U.S. of trying to “maintain its colonial rule” in South Korea by helping the conservative forces remain in power. Rodong Sinmun, the official daily of the ruling Korean Workers’ Party, said the U.S. is “displeased with the ever increasing possibility of the collapse of……

President Barrow pledges to release $25m to farmers ahead of rainy season

President Adama Barrow of The Gambia on Monday plegded to release 25 million dollars to farmers ahead of the rainy season, which is due in two months’ time, local media reported on Monday. “So far 25 million U.S. dollars is available from the Islamic Development Bank to support farmers with groundnut seeds and fertilizers for……

Zuma accuses protesters of racism after marches

South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday criticised marches on Frday that drew tens of thousands of protesters demanding his resignation, accusing some demonstrators of racism. More than 60,000 people marched in South African cities on Friday in largely peaceful protests to demand Zuma quit after a cabinet reshuffle set off the latest crisis of……

Police arrest Thai man for slashing daughter’s throat over Facebook use

The police on Monday arrested a Thai man for slashing his daughter’s throat after an argument about her Facebook and smartphone use. Sornkrai Poonperm, police commissioner of Petchburi province, some 120 kms south-west of Bangkok, said Surin Kaewrae, 41, confessed to attacking his 13-year-old daughter with a knife. “Kaewrae attacked his daughter with a knife……

Egyptian Christians weep with rage, dig graves after bombing

Christians wept with rage on Monday as they recovered the bodies of loved ones killed in twin church bombings, furious at a state they believe will no longer protect them from neighbors bent on their murder. Forty-four people were killed in the attacks on Palm Sunday, a joyous festival a week before Easter when Christians……

Another Nigerian kid accepted into all 8 Ivy schools

The son of Nigerian immigrants, Jude Okonkwo was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools, joining a growing club of Nigerian teens who have achieved the distinction; Olawunmi Akinlembola, Ifeoma White-Thorpe, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, Obinna Igbokwe, and Harold Eke. The 17-year-old Chaminade High School will have his pick of the elite schools, Brown University, Columbia University,……

U.S. condemns Egypt’s churches attacks

U.S. has condemned terrorist attacks on two churches in Egypt during the celebration of the Palm Sunday. The Department of State, in a statement issued by its Spokesperson, Mr Mark Toner, described the bombings as barbaric. “The United States condemns in the strongest terms, the barbaric attacks on Christian places of worship in Tanta and……

Nigerian Officer Arrested After Paying Teenager For Sex And Demanding Money Back At Gunpoint In USA

A Metropolitan Police Department officer was arrested on charges he engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. Anne Arundel County police arrested 27-year-old Metropolitan Police Officer Chukwuemeka Ekwonna of Glenn Dale on Thursday. Ekwonna is charged with armed robbery, firearm use, first, second and third-degree assault, third-degree sex offense, reckless endangerment and prostitution offenses,……

Woman kills paraplegic Ex by leaving him ‘stranded in the woods’

A woman allegedly killed her paraplegic ex-boyfriend by leaving him to freeze to death in the woods. Ruby Kate Coursey, 27, was charged with the murder of Troymaine Johnson, 33, after dropping him off on a dirt road near a hunting camp in Upson County, Middle Georgia, Yahoo news reports. Johnson was last seen on……

Senior Trump Adviser, Omarosa gets Married to Pastor at Trump Hotel

Omarosa Manigault, a senior staff member of President Donald Trump’s administration and a former Apprentice cast member, got married in Trump’s Washington DC hotel this morning. 43-year-old Omarosa, married Pastor John Allen Newman, 61, at the Old Post Pavilion in Trump Hotel, a stone’s throw from the White House, Politico reports. About 70 people attended……

Chris Brown and Lil Wayne linked with Drug deal, under Investigation by Feds

American singer Chris Brown and rapper Lil Wayne are under investigation for an alleged connection to a drug peddler ,Harrison Garcia, who is currently under custody and on trial for Federal drug charges. Harrison Garcia, a Miami music producer is notorious for showing off his exotic lifestyle including: stacks of cash, luxurious cars and photos……

Gifted Nigerian girl gets accepted into a Whopping 14 Colleges

A talented high school student in Prince George’s County has a big decision to make soon she was accepted to 14 colleges and universities, including Harvard, Princeton and Stanford. Olawunmi Akinlemibola, a senior at Duval High School in Lanham, Maryland, was accepted to Ivy League schools, the University of Maryland and several other institutions. With……

Malala to become youngest UN Messenger of Peace

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is to become the youngest UN Messenger of Peace, the organisation’s chief said on Friday. Yousafzai, 19, will be appointed on Monday by UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and will help to promote girls’ education around the world as part of her new role. The Pakistani……

Former Croatian PM sentenced to 4yrs imprisonment for corruption

Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader was on Friday sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment for a corruption case. He was accused of taking 17 million kunas (about 2.5 million dollars) bribes after government bought a building from a private company in 2009 when he was prime minister. According to the law, Sanader……

20 wedding guests die in boat mishap in Myanmar

Twenty people reportedly died and about a dozen were missing on Friday after a boat carrying no fewer than 60 wedding guests sank in south-western Myanmar, local officials said. This was said to be the third big marine accident in the country in many years. The wooden boat was unlit and hit a cargo ship……

Xenophobia: Nigerian mission on top of situation, says High Commissioner

The Nigerian Mission in South Africa on Friday said it had waded into issues surrounding Thursday’s renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians. In the attack in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, one Nigerian, Razak Ajao, an auto mechanic, died and five others were injured. Amb. Martin Cobham, Nigeria’s Acting High Commissioner in South Africa, told the News Agency……

Mali minister says talking to jihadists is absurd

Mali’s Minister for Diaspora and Migration, Abdramane Sylla, on Friday, said it would be absurd for government to try to negotiate with jihadists. Sylla said this when he represented the Foreign Minister, Abdoulaye Diop, at a news conference in Bamako, alongside France’s Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault and his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel. A peace conference……

Greece, lenders achieve results, but no full deal: Eurogroup head

Greece and its lenders have achieved results in talks on reforms necessary to unlock new loans but there will be no final deal on Friday, the chairman of euro zone finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem said. “We have achieved results,” Dijsselbloem told reporters on entering a meeting of the ministers devoted to Greece, adding however that……

Japan to extend sanctions against N Korea amid nuclear threat

Japanese government on Friday decided to extend unilateral sanctions against North Korea by two years amid a nuclear missile threat from the reclusive state. The government said the decision came amid virtually no progress on the issue of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s. Tokyo also condemned Pyongyang’s nuclear tests……

Hungary closes investigation into suffocation of 71 refugees in lorry

Hungarian police on Friday closed investigation into the death of 71 refugees in a smugglers’ lorry and suggested that prosecutors charge the nine people involved. The nine suspects are accused of being members of a criminal enterprise, with their illegal transport resulting in the deaths of the refugees in a refrigerator lorry in August 2015.……

Cambodian police kill rampaging elephant that trampled trainer to death

Cambodian police on Friday killed a rampaging male elephant that trampled its trainer to death earlier this week and destroyed several houses, a local environmental group said. The captive male elephant, believed to be between 30 and 40 years old, had been loose since Wednesday, when he trampled Choeung Tieng, 45, to death in the……

Vietnam arrests environmental activist on anti-state charges

The police in Vietnam on Friday arrested an environmental activist accused of demeaning the government, state media reported. Nguyen Van Hoa, 22, was brought into custody in Ha Tinh province for “abusing democratic freedom to infringe upon the interests of the state,” Viet Nam News reported. Hoa was allegedly involved in protests against the Formosa……

France confident U.S. will not cut into Mali UN mission needs: Foreign minister

France’s foreign minister said on Friday he was confident that the U.S. would not seek cuts to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Jean-Marc Ayrault told Reuters that Paris was ready to study its efficiency as Washington reviews its overall strategy. “It doesn’t mean that just because you are looking to make……

U.S. consulted UK before Syrian strike: defence minister

U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis asked for Britain’s view on whether Bashar al-Assad’s regime was responsible for a chemical attack in Syria before Washington launched a missile attack on a Syrian airbase, Britain’s defence minister said on Friday. In a sharp escalation of the U.S. military role in Syria, two U.S. warships fired dozens of……

Trump orders cruise missiles attack on Syria

The U.S. fired Tomahawk missiles into Syria early Friday in retaliation against the regime of Bashar al-Assad for using nerve agents to attack civilians, U.S. Department of Defense said. The Department said President Donald Trump ordered the attack on Al-Shayrat Air Base, the base from which the chemical attack on Syria’s Idlib province was launched.……

Donald Trump launches 50 airstrikes against Syria

The United States on Friday launched dozens of cruise missiles at Syrian government facilities in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians, US media reports. On President Donald Trump’s orders, US warships launched 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles which destroyed portions of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military infrastructure. According to reports, the……

Why I Ordered Attack On Syria – Donald Trump

The United States president, Donald Trump, has in a statement released on Thursday night revealed the reason behind the attack by the United States on Syria. The president noted that the attack on the Syrian base was in retaliation to an “affront to humanity” caused by the chemical attack in Idlib province which killed several……

South Africans to march against president Zuma on Friday

South Africans from different walks of life will take part in the countrywide protests on Friday demanding that President Zuma should resign. The march will be done in various cities including Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Those who will participate are from the political parties, civil society, business, faith-based and student organisations and trade……

Over 1000 people affected by flood in Namibia

Rising water levels and flooding in the northern parts of Namibia have affected about 1,500 people, Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said on Thursday. The PM told parliament that the water levels in Oshana were increasing from the Cuvelai source and communities in the surrounding areas have been warned to move and relocate to higher……

Senior Al-Shabaab member surrenders to government

A senior Al-Shabaab militant surrendered to Somalia Government on Thursday in Jowhar town, a government official said. Head of National Security and Intelligence Agency (NISA), for Jowhar town, Abdukadir Hayow said the Al-Shabaab militant had before communicated to government forces of his decision to abandon the group. Jowhar town is in middle Shabelle region, about……

European Parliament approves visa-free EU travel for Ukrainians

The European Parliament on Thursday approved by overwhelming majority an informal deal that would allow Ukrainian citizens to enter the European Union (EU) without visas for short stays. The agreement, approved by 521 votes to 75 with 36 abstentions, still needs to be formally adopted by EU member states. Under the new law, Ukrainians who……

Quadruplet Brothers All Accepted At Ivy League Universities

Quadruplet brothers in Ohio have all been accepted at some of the nation’s top universities, including each of them to both Yale and Harvard. The Wade brothers of the northern Cincinnati suburb of Liberty Township say they have been notified in recent days of acceptances from a number of notable schools. Lakota East High School……

Trump declares end to ‘war on coal,’ but utilities are not in support

When President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week to sweep away Obama-era climate change regulations, he said it would end America’s “war on coal”. According to Trump, it will also usher in a new era of energy production and put miners back to work. But the biggest consumers of U.S. coal, power generating……

Humanitarian ships rescue more than 700 migrants in Mediterranean

More than 700 migrants were rescued from six rubber dinghies and a wooden boat in the Mediterranean, in international waters off the coast of the Libyan city of Sabratha. Humanitarian groups operating rescue ships off the coast of Libya picked up more than 700 migrants out of seven flimsy and overcrowded boats on Wednesday, Italy’s……

S Africa opposition asks court to cancel removal of finance minister

South Africa’s largest opposition party has filed a court application against President Jacob Zuma’s decision to fire finance minister Pravin Gordhan. The Democratic Alliance (DA) described the sacking of Gordhan as a big blow to the economy. DA asked the North Gauteng High Court to cancel the decision “on the grounds that it was irrational,……

Trump Initiates Another Step In Limiting Immigrants Working In US

The United States president, Donald J. Trump ha begun to deliver o his campaign promises to Americans a the Donald Trump-led administration began to crack down on work visa programs which allow thousands of skilled overseas workers access to companies in the technology industry. In line with the campaign promises which saw him into office, Donald……

Americans are not happy with Trump’s living arrangements

The United States First Lady Melania Trump has been asked to move into the White House or foot the expense of living in New York herself in a petition signed by more than half a million Americans. Melania has continued to live at her Manhattan penthouse apartment more than two months after husband Donald Trump……

Demonstrators protest deportation of Afghan asylum seekers in Helsinki

Hundreds of protesters on Tuesday assembled downtown in Helsinki to protest forced return of Afghan asylum seekers, local media reported. The protest was the continuation of a demonstration held on Monday at Helsinki Airport to oppose the latest flight, which was transporting 10 rejected Afghan asylum seekers from Helsinki to Kabul. The local media said……

EU official says no sign Trump plans to ease Russia sanctions

Senior European Union official said on Tuesday that there is no sign that US President Donald Trump’s administration planned to lift sanctions on Russia over its activities in Ukraine He warned that unilateral American sanctions on Russia could destabilise some European energy markets. “We have had no such indication,” David O’Sullivan, the head of the……

Al-Shabaab militants abduct 4 aid workers in southern Somalia

Suspected Al-Shabaab militants had kidnapped four UN World Health Organization (WHO) workers in southern Somalia on Tuesday, police said. A police officer said the four workers, all Somalis, were working on a polio vaccination exercise underway in Somalia for the UN health agency. The officer, who did not want to be identified, said the four……

UNICEF deepens education aid for children with disabilities in Ghana

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday handed over essential devices and basic screening materials worth 100,000 dollars to the Ghanaian Government for use in assessment centres across the country. The equipment, which included child-sized wheelchairs, crutches, complete spectacles, hearing aids, Snellen charts and tossing rings, would provide the much-needed support for selected communities, especially……

German president defends EU, criticises Brexit

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier defended the European Union (EU) and criticised those who wished to undermine it as “irresponsible” in a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Steinmeier used his first major foreign policy speech as German president to emphasise the value of the EU and the importance of working hard to……

Africa’s top trade union calls on Zuma to step down

South Africa’s largest trade union confederation on Tuesday joined the ranks of President Jacob Zuma’s critics and called on him to step down. Traditionally an ally to Zuma’s African National Congress party, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) said it no longer trusted Zuma’s leadership. COSATU said it became worried about Zuma,s leadership……

Trump signs repeal of US broadband privacy rules

US President Donald Trump signed a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules, the White House said, a victory for internet service providers and a blow to privacy advocates, media reports on Tuesday. Republicans in Congress last week narrowly passed the repeal of the privacy rules with no Democratic support and over the strong objections of……

UK to reveal Nigerian property owners next year

The British Government will give the Federal Government information about Nigerians who own property in that country next year, a presidential aide has said. Prof. Bolaji Owosanoye, Executive Secretary, Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, told the correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that negotiations on this had reached advanced stage.……

Japan’s new education guidelines condemned for adding wartime military training

Japan’s recent approval of new education guidelines, including jukendo, or “way of the bayonet” in physical education curriculum, has sparked condemnation from the public. The guidelines, expected to be implemented in 2021 for middle schools, suggest that schools should provide students with martial art lessons such as judo, kendo and jukendo. The martial art lessons……

Trump tells Sisi U.S., Egypt will fight terrorists together

U.S. President Donald Trump moved to reset U.S. relations with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday after the prior Obama administration’s strained ties. Trump stated this on Monday when he welcomed Egypt’s President at the White House in Washington, “I just want to let everybody know in case there was any doubt that we……

WTO to rule on China’s market economy status

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Monday said it would rule on a case filed by China on whether the country should be treated as market economy. Diplomats said this in Geneva at a meeting. In its complaint against the European Union, China demanded to be defined as free market economy, a status that would……

Somali pirates hijack Indian cargo dhow

An Indian-registered cargo dhow has been seized by suspected Somali pirates, the European Union Naval Force and a piracy expert said on Monday. The ship is now in the vicinity of Hobyo in north-central Somalia, according to EU Navfor, which runs anti-piracy operations in the area. “An EU Naval Force maritime patrol aircraft has confirmed……

ISIS recruiting foreign students with financial inducement – FG

The Federal Government has raised alarm over the new recruitment strategy of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) of recruiting foreign students into their organisation using financial inducements . In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed urged parents and guardians to monitor the activities……

Human rights groups express concern over al-Sissi, Trump meeting

Human rights groups are expressing concern about a meeting between Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi and U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House Monday. The White House has stressed discussions with al-Sissi on security cooperation, including the fight against Islamic State, and rights groups have said they fear traditional U.S. concerns on rights may be……

UN, Zimbabwean govt launch $253m food plan to end hunger

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Zimbabwean government on Monday jointly launched a 253 million dollars five-year plan to build resilience, end hunger and boost nutrition in Zimbabwe. WFP Zimbabwe representative and country director Eddie Rowe told newsmen at the launch that the country strategic plan, running from 2017 to 2021, would see……

Cosby in criminal court on Monday as fight over evidence continues

Comedian Bill Cosby is due back in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Monday. His lawyers and state prosecutors will wrangle over what evidence can be admitted at his trial in June on criminal charges of sexual assault. The Montgomery County district attorney’s office is seeking to use excerpts from Cosby’s autobiography as well as statements he……

South Sudan drops $10,000 work permit fee for aid staff

South Sudan has suspended plans to charge foreign workers a 10,000 dollars work permit fee, the finance minister said after criticism that it would create a huge expense for aid organisations. Stephen Dhieu Dau told a news conference in Juba the Ministry of Finance acknowledged these significant issues and steps were being taken to formulate……

Vietnamese anti-corruption official defends mystery luxury villa

An embattled Vietnamese anti-corruption official on Monday said that he built a large luxury villa by working part time as a motorbike and taxi driver. Nguyen Ky, Deputy Head of the Commission for Internal Affairs in Vietnam’s Central Highlands was ordered last weekend to demolish his villa because the land had been zoned for agricultural……

Research Findings Shows Where Babies Cry More In The World

(Reuters/NAN) Babies cry more in Britain, Canada, Italy and Netherlands than in other countries, while newborns in Denmark, Germany and Japan cry and fuss the least, researchers said on Monday. In research looking at how much babies around the world cry in their first three months, psychologists from Britain have created the first universal charts…

Bangladesh upholds death penalties in blogger murder

Bangladesh’s High Court on Sunday upheld death sentences handed out to two Islamists for the murder of a secularist blogger in 2013, an official said. The court passed the judgment more than a year after the convicts challenged the penalty handed down by a lower court in the killing of Ahmed Rajib Haider, prosecutor Jahirul……

ISIS Plot: Why USA banned Laptops from Muslim countries

U.S. intelligence sources suggest ISIS and other terrorist groups can build laptop bombs capable of slipping past airport security scanners, Fox News has learned. The sources fear that terrorists have gotten their hands on sophisticated airport security equipment that allows them to properly conceal explosives in laptops and other large electronic devices, Fox News reported……

UK excited at UN resolution on Boko Haram crisis

The United Kingdom (UK) has expressed happiness at the unanimous adoption of the first resolution by the UN Security Council, addressing Boko Haram presence in the Lake Chad Basin. The Permanent Representative of UK to the UN, Amb. Matthew Rycroft, said there has been a significant focus on the Boko Haram crisis in the Lake……

BREAKING: America relaxes visa conditions for Nigerians

Sequel to the international outcries that greeted recent maltreatment of Nigerians in the Diasporas, the Federal Government has successfully secured a relaxed and more humane visa application process for Nigerians, promising to reciprocate the same for Americans who wish to visit the country. In the newly secured visa application process, Nigerians may no longer need to……

Aid groups cut death toll from migrant shipwreck off Libya

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), on Friday said five migrants were believed to have died when a rubber boat sank off the coast of Libya. Joel Millman, spokesman for the IOM added that reports earlier this week that many more had been killed were wrong. Millman said that a 16-year old Gambian boy told……

Protests begin, foreign pressure mounts on Venezuela’s Maduro

Venezuela’s opposition protests began and foreign pressure mounted on Friday over a court takeover of Congress that many viewed as a lurch into dictatorship by a leftist government grappling with a plunge in popularity. “We will not accept usurpation by the Supreme Court”, said a student group in Caracas marching to the nation’s top tribunal……