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Thursday, 22 February

21:44

2019: APC governors meet President Buhari tonight "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to meet with state governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) tonight at the conference hall of the Wife of the President, Presidential Villa, Abuja. Newsmen report that the meeting might be a follow-up to the Daura meeting which was held at the presidents private resident last Friday. The Chairman []

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21:41

Missing Yobe Girls: No girl has been rescued, Govt. apologies over misleading statement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Yobe state Government, on Thursday, apologised for its earlier misleading statement claiming some of the abducted school girls at Government Girls College Dapchi had been rescued. Abdullahi Bego, Director-General, Press Affairs to Yobe state Governor, gave the apology over the statement, which turned out to be untrue. Yobe State Governor, Gaidam We issued the []

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21:38

Reps raise alarm over N11 bn extra budgetary spending at NEMA "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The House of Representatives committee on emergency and disaster preparedness yesterday raised an alarm over extra-budgetary spending amounting to N11 million at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The lawmakers said while they approved the sum of N1.8 billion for NEMA in 2017, documents presented by the agency showed that it expended over N11billion. The []

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19:35

Alberto Fujimori: the Tainted Legacy of a Remarkable Leader "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Former Peruvian strongman Alberto Fujimori is due to stand trial for the 1992 killings of six farmers, just a month after he was pardoned on medical grounds having served less than a decade of a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses and corruption. It looks set to be a forlorn and tainted end to a Continue reading "Alberto Fujimori: the Tainted Legacy of a Remarkable Leader"

19:34

South African president pledges to seize white farmers land without compensation and redistribute to black citizens "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has pledged to return the lands owned by white farmers since the 1600s to the black citizens of the country. The government plans to accelerate land redistribution through expropriation without compensation. "The expropriation of land without compensation is envisaged as one of the measures that we will use to accelerate the redistribution of land to black South Africans," said Ramaphosa, who was sworn into office to succeed Jacob Zuma as president last week.

19:18

Lightning kills one, 200 injured after downpour in Ghana "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

One person is dead with hundreds wounded at Ngleshie Amanfrom near Kasoa in the Ga South Municipality following thunder and rainstorms that accompanied the heavy downpour on Tuesday, 20 February 2018. A lightning that struck during the rains killed a 38-year-old man and the storm ripped the roofs of a cluster of schools as well as some houses at Ngleshie Amanfrom. Accra FM's Evans Darko reported that the sheets wounded scores of individuals. In other instances the roof caved-in and fell on some school children who were having lessons at the time.

18:35

JUST IN: Student killed during protest at Plateau College of Education "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Management of the College of Education Gindiri, Mangu Local Government of Plateau state has close down academic activities in the School indefinitely, following students protest, which claimed the life of a student and properties worth millions of naira also destroyed. Investigation revealed that the students had embarked on a protest demanding for the released of []

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18:30

Army appoints new spokesman "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian Army has appointed a new spokesman. He is Brig-Gen. Jude Chukwu. The new Director, Army Public Relations (DAPR), Chukwu, takes over from Brig-General Sani Usman, who has since resumed at the prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, hear Jos, Plateau State, for the Senior Executive Course 40. Good evening []

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18:29

Buhari signs law to extend FCT budget lifespan "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR has signed into law the Federal Capital Territory Appropriation (Amendment) Act 2018 that will enable the extension of the administrations budget lifespan. Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate) Ita Enang inba statement yesterday said the Act amends the FCT Appropriation Act 2017 and extends the implementation []

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18:28

Ekiti 2018: Your stolen N8bn cant buy Ekiti peoples votes, PDP tells Fayemi "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has said no amount of stolen money deployed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) will buy the votes of the people in the July 14 governorship election. State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Jackson Adebayo, made this known on Thursday, while reacting to media report that Minister of Mines []

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18:25

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

NEHAWU Response to the 2018 Budget Speech
21 February 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union [NEHAWU] note the tabling of the 2018 Budget Speech today by Minister of Finance Mr. Gigaba. The 2018 Budget speech as presented by Minister Gigaba today was uninspiring, disappointing, lacked vision and courage and has dampened the jovial mood of all progressive forces in the country that we are entering a new growth path, whose task is to address the triple crisis of unemployment, poverty and deepening social inequalities and put our country on a radical path of economic transformation, diversification of the economy and manufacturing led growth path.

This budget speech presented by the Minister who presided of the looting, plundering of our State Owned Enterprises, has today missed an opportunity, to reassure working class and poor South Africans that, the African National Congress led government has solutions to the problems confronting society at large. On the contrary, this budget constitute a frontal attack on the gains of the workers, this is demonstrated by the grand standing orthodox, conservative austerity measures presented in form of budget cuts, regressive tax regime, lowering of head counts in the public service, and an affront on workers' wages and conditions of employment.

Macroeconomic framework:

As NEHAWU, we expected that the Minister will shift the macroeconomic policy away from neo-liberal conservative approach that privileges dependency on foreign savings, fiscal discipline, a flexible exchange rate and inflation-targeting to a one whose orientation is growth through redistribution, a macroeconomic policy framework that privileges manufacturing as a driver of growth, and supports comprehensive progressive active social policy. A Macroeconomic framework that favors productive sectors, employment creation, poverty reduction whose orientation is to crush social and income inequality.

Regressive tax regime:

Today the Minister proposed to raise Value Added Tax by one percentage point from 14 percent to 15 percent; he has also proposed to increase the fuel levy by 22c/litre and the road accident fund levy by 30c/litre, effective 4th April 2018. NEHAWU, rejects this tax measures because they are a fro...

18:18

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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 to...

18:15

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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 unde...

17:53

Venezuela: Revenge Of The Mad-Dog Empire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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 coinruling 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.

17:50

2018 UTME: Candidates protest exam date, seek postponement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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17:49

British musician Stormzy attacks Theresa May on Grenfell disaster "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 21 February 2018 music video from Britain says about itself:

Stormzy at the Brit Awards: Yo, Theresa May, wheres the money for Grenfell?

After winning two of the nights biggest awards, the south London MC expressed dismay over the aftermath of the Grenfell disaster and castigated the Daily Mail. Stormzy delivered a verbal attack on Theresa May in a show-closing freestyle performance, asking the prime minister, Theresa May, wheres the money for Grenfell?, adding that the government just forgot about Grenfell, you criminals, and you got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.

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17:48

Martin Luther King, Jr., Credit Unionist "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

While reading Paul Thompson's historical novel The Credit Union Woman a while back, I was struck by an aside about how, during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, an attempt was made to form a credit union. Since then, I've been wondering about what came of that initiative, and today being Martin Luther King Day felt like a good reason to do a bit of research on the topic.

The boycott itself persisted from December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, until December 20th, 1956, when the Supreme Court ruling ending bus segregation took effect. In that time, African Americans in Montgomery got intensely organized under the umbrella of the newly formed Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA), which held regular mass meetings and brought together leaders from a broad cross-section of the community. While the impetus for that organization's establishment was handling the logistics of the boycott, it also became a vehicle for advancing other civil-rights related projects, one of which was a credit union.

The first mention I could find of the MIA advancing the idea of forming a financial institution is in a May 24th, 1956 document entitled "Recommendations to MIA Executive Board," in which King lays out a series of restructuring suggestions for the organization. Among these ideas, which were approved by the Executive Board on May 30th, includes the recommendation that:
 
In order to valuably utilize the present relaxed phase of the bus situation and capitalize on the prevailing enthusiasm and amazing togetherness of the pe...

17:46

Tinubu blasts APC chairman John Oyegun "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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17:46

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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17:41

Amnesty International says Rohingya crisis consequence of society encouraged to hate Accused President Donald Trump of poisonous rhetoric "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) The crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership on human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

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 Photo: People hold a banner with picture of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi

The human rights group said in its annual report covering 159 countries that hate-filled rhetoric by leaders was normalizing discrimination against minorities.

We saw the ultimate consequence of a society encouraged to hate, scapegoat and fear minorities laid bare in the horrific military campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people in Myanmar, said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty.

Last week, the United States urged the U.N Security Council to hold Myanmars military accountable for what it said was the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.

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A Rohingya woman breaks down after a fight during food distribution at Kutupalong refugee camp

Nearly 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine and taken refuge in neighboring Bangladesh since the Myanmar military launched a crackdown on insurgents at the end of August, according to the U.N..

More than 6,500 Rohingya are currently trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Amnesty said the international community had failed to respond robustly to crimes against humanity and war crimes from Myanmar to Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Rohingya refugees walk at Jamtoli camp in the morning in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Jan. 22, 2018.

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17:27

BREAKING: 2 Dapchi schoolgirls killed in rescue operation, 13 still missing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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17:27

Bread riots: Hundreds still in Sudan jails despite promise of release "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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Opposition leaders fear the release of activists was only to calm protests at austerity measures

17:23

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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 mu...

17:23

Protest in Istanbul against bloodshed in Syrias Eastern Ghouta Russians, you are killing Ghoutas children. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

 

Syrian opposition politician George Sabra (C) takes part in a protest in front of Russian Consulate in Istanbul on Feb. 22, 2018 during a protest against the airstrikes and shelling by the Syrian government forces in Ghouta. (AFP)
ISTANBUL: Over 200 people on Thursday protested outside the Russian consulate in Istanbul against the deadly assault on Syrias rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta.
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More than 350 civilians have been k...

17:20

Another Rep dumps Labour Party for APC "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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17:15

King penguins, male-female difference "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

This 2014 video says about itself:

Just above Antarctica, off the island of South Georgia, lies a breeding hot spot for elephant seals and king penguins known as Gold Harbour.

Filmmaker Richard Sidey captures incredible raw footage and the natural sound of this wild bounty for part of his series, Speechless. [W]ith the absence of narrative, the viewer is left to create their own narrative and their own experience, without being told what to think It gives everyone the possibility of seeing these places for what they are without the restrictions of cost and the environmental impact, he says.

From ScienceDaily:

Distinguishing males from females among king penguins

February 22, 2018

It is difficult to distinguish males from females among King Penguins, but a new Ibis study reveals that King Penguins can be sexed with an accuracy of 100% based on the sex-specific syllable pattern of their vocalisations. Using the beak length, King Penguin individuals can be sexed with an accuracy of 79%.

The new findings may help investigators understand how King Penguins choose mates, and they offer a cost-effective, non-invasive technique for researchers to sex King Penguins in the field.

The sex-specific syllable pattern in King Penguin calls is a very interesting finding, both from an evolutionary perspective as it is rare in non-passerine species, but a...

16:53

In Nigeria, A Template For Solar-Powered Minigrids Emerges "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

How a unique partnership, innovative financing and stubborn persistence created a model for localized solar and batteries. On a humid November day in the small Nigerian village of Gbamu Gbamu (pronounced bomb-ou bomb-ou), Akinola Oduola clambers down a wooden ladder propped against a minaret that overlooks a tight cluster of adobe, wood and concrete homes. This is my work, Oduola says by way of introduction, gesturing toward the mosque that is taking shape nearby. This is not hyperbole. Oduola has spent the past three years single-handedly willing this mosque into existence. Hard work is important for those who call Gbamu Gbamu home. When hes not building his mosque, Oduola is a welder and motorcycle repairman -- an in-demand profession in a town where the bulk of the population travels to and from Gbamu Gbamu along a deeply rutted 10-kilometer dirt road.

16:50

Thousands of Americans Jailed for Debts Chased by Private Collectors "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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.

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.

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 disputed or when the debtor cannot repay. More than 6,000 debt collection firms operate in the United States, collecting billions of dollars each year.

Following their arrest, debtors may remain in jail for several days until they can pay the bail. In some cases, the ACLU found some people were locked up for as long as two weeks.

This practice violates the many state and federal laws as well as international human rights standards that prohibit the jailing of debtors.

The report finds that the long-term consequences of arrests for both courts and people can be profound and scarring. Arrest warrants can be entered into background check databases which mean they can jeopardize future employment, housing applications, education, and access to security clearances.

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16:39

Egypt: Muslim TV host hands out chocolates to celebrate downing of Israeli F-16 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

We have many times seen the Palestinians celebrate the murder of Israeli civilians by passing out candies, and this is in the same vein. A culture of violence produces people who celebrate and glory in violence. Israel was, remains, and forever will be the No. 1 enemy of Egypt and the Arab world, regardless of []

16:10

Heineken extends UCL football experience to Port Harcourt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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16:08

Prince Kazeem Eletu washes hands off crimes as he launches foundation on 40th birthday "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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16:06

Pakistan tight-lipped on Saudi Arabian troop deployment "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Details sketchy on deployment of more than 1,000 soldiers on train and advise mission in the kingdom.

Islamabad, Pakistan  Pakistans government has refused to share details on the deployment of a contingent of more than a thousand soldiers to Saudi Arabia, prompting concerns that the troops could support the kingdoms ongoing military campaign in Yemen.

The Pakistani government and military both deny that the troops, whose deployment was announced last week, would operate outside the borders of Saudi Arabia.

On Monday, Khurram Dastgir-Khan, Pakistani defence minister, told the countrys senate that the troops would operate in a train and advise capacity.

The contingent, once deputed in Saudi Arabia, will perform its training and advisory mission while remaining within the geographical boundaries of the kingdom, he said.

The ministers briefing to the Senate was met, however, with dissatisfaction from Raza Rabbani, the Senate chairman, who said it failed to provide basic details on the troops role in the Gulf kingdom.

This is shedding no light on the decision that has been taken by the prime minister. I am sorry, but this statement is inadequate, Rabbani said.

The new deployment would be an addition to an existing force of 1,600 troops currently stationed in Saudi Arabia, and would be governed under a 1982 agreement between the two countries on military cooperation.

15:54

Corruption: TI Report Has Vindicated PDP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  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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15:46

Declining Interest in STEM Education in Nigeria: The Need for Urgent Intervention "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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15:11

Timeline of Attacks on US Embassies Abroad "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The attack on the U.S. embassy in Montenegro February 22, 2018, is unfortunately part of a long string of embassy attacks (see our infographic below).

Last nights attack saw an assailant throw an explosive device most probably a grenade at the embassy in the middle of the night before blowing himself outside the compound, according to the government of the Balkan country.

No embassy personnel were injured. At present the attacker has not been identified.

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15:04

Nigeria: Boko Haram jihadis attack village, seize girls 2 girls dead, 76 rescued "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Nigerian military rescued 76 schoolgirls and recovered the bodies of two others.after the students went missing during a Boko Haram attack on a village. The rescue drew cheers of relief, amid the grief and anxiety for the two girls and 13 others missing. The seizure of these girls recalled Boko Harams brazen 2014 abduction []

14:34

Obama spent 3 times more cash meddling in Israeli elections than Russian trolls spent on Facebook "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The "Russian trolls" spent a $100,000 on Facebook ads during the US election. Former POTUS Barack Obama spent $350,000 to interfere with the Israeli elections, and try to defeat incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu. Via The Gateway Pundit... Obama spent more than three times as much to interfere in the Israeli elections than the Russians spent on Facebook ads. Barack Obama also interfered in the Kenyan, Egyptian, German and British elections.

14:33

Benue killings: Soldiers providing cover for armed Fulani herdsmen Tiv leaders "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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14:33

Cow throws football club into crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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13:52

Sokoto introduces tractor hire scheme "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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13:51

Quinn Slobodians *Globalists* "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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 Wellesley 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.....

13:36

Finally, Fayose meets Buhari (PHOTO) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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13:32

Fire razes IDP camp in Plateau "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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13:09

BREAKING: Jonathan, IBB absent as Buhari meets Obasanjo, others in Aso Rock "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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13:08

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

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

13:02

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

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.

12:26

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

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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12:25

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 Africa"

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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.

Split

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

12:22

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

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.

...

11:00

I Felt Like I Was Representing Every Black And Young Person "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dionna McPhatter shares the challenges of being a young black woman in the old boys club.

Marketing has historically been one of those industries that runs on putting consumers into neat demographic boxes. As an African-American tech entrepreneur, Dionna McPhatter has spent her professional life stepping out of those prescribed boxes. Now, as cofounder of BLKBOX, a creative agency with clients ranging from Samsung, Marc Jacobs Beauty, The St. James, and Wayfair, shes using data analytics to break brands free from that outdated thinking.

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10:30

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

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.
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10:00

Im Not Taken Seriously: Teen Designer Shami Oshun Forges Her Own Path "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

African-American designer Shami Oshun, 18, doesnt see many women like her in the fashion industry. So shes busy blazing her own trail.

It didnt dawn on 18-year-old Shami Oshun that she was preternaturally talented at designing clothing until last year. She needed a dress for prom and was running out of time, so she whipped together a glorious purple gown trimmed with large fabric flowers in one dayall using $15 worth of tulle fabric.

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10:00

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

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.

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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...

09:55

Accenture: Technology fast changing lifestyles "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:44

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

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.

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09:38

Health benefits of cucumber (3) "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:38

We will not condone Cattle Rustling in Kogi Government "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:36

NOGIG 2018: NLNG dominates swimming "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:34

Farmers get N1.4bn fertilizer subsidy in Sokoto "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:32

Fowler urges IoD members to embrace VAIDS "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:29

Herdsmen: Stakeholders debunk closing of 30 primary schools in Ogun "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:29

Benue: Tsav loses bid to stop trial "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:25

Sport betting has come to stay in Nigeria Brooks "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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08:56

ADP blasts Ambode over refuse on the streets of Lagos "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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08:47

Importance of local communities and their perceptions in viable conservation and development projects "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Mongabay

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...

07:58

British lawmakers launch inquiry into cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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)

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06:00

African migrants begin hunger strike over Israel policy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Hundreds of African migrants in Holot detention center on Wednesday started a hunger strike against Israels disputed policy on them to leave the country or face imprisonment, Anadolu reports.

03:34

Attack on Yobe school: Army rescues abducted girls "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  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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03:32

$2.1bn arms deal: EFCC grills ex-COAS, Ihejirika "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:27

RMAFC: MDAs, states, LGs owe N168bn tax liability "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:22

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

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 [...]

03:12

Heavy drinking increases risk of dementia "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:12

Sultan: Corruption still high under Buharis watch "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:12

Delta Steel: Prostate from mismanagement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:12

Senator in trouble over missing N70m "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:11

Nigerias inactive phone lines rise to 93.3m "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:11

NPA: INTELS has paid $42.6m to FG "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:11

Demolition: Go to court, el-Rufai tells APC faction "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:38

Electricity consumers decry erratic supply, crazy bills "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:36

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

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.

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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...

02:34

Stock market records marginal gain "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  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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02:34

Dividend: Shareholders seek reversal of CBNs policy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:33

APC chieftain calls for credible presidential primaries "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:32

Onazi eyes victory over Alanyaspor Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:32

World Cup: Iceland plans to subdue Nigeria with 66,000 fans "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

    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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02:32

Reps probe modern slavery, domestic violence "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:32

Killings: Reps urge FG to beef up security in Zamfara "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:30

Traditional rulers seek unity among Nigerians "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:30

Charley Boys group wants Buhari to resign as Petroleum Minister "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:01

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

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.

01:24

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

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.

01:00

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

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, [...]

00:34

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Outbreak of Optimism in South Africa May Spur IPOs, Bourse Says
By Neo Khanyile
February 21, 2018, 11:55 AM EST
Africa News

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.

00:27

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

South Africa's Ramaphosa Promises to Accelerate Land Redistribution
Reuters

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.

00:19

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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.

Justina Crabtree | @jlacrabtree
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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.

South Africa's Treasury intends for its consolidated deficit to fall to 3.5 percent of GDP by the fiscal...

00:13

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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...

00:10

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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 ret...

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23:04

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

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 []

22:22

UN Women seeks nations commitment on gender equality "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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21:55

Somaliland journalist detained without charge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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.

21:40

Okorocha Is Inflicting Pains And Suffering On Imo People Archbishop Obinna. "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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

21:39

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

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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 Rebecca Cook

 

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...

21:35

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

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.

21:34

Somaliland journalist detained without charge "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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...

21:28

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

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...

20:56

Buharis sectarian agenda unravels. By Eke O Eke "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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

20:46

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

African Union Gives Zimbabwe Thumbs Up
21 FEB, 2018 - 00:02
Photo: AU Commission chairperson Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat
Felex Share Senior Reporter

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 p...

20:39

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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.

20:35

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Zanu-PF Youth League to Honor Former President Mugabe
21 FEB, 2018
Herald Reporters

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.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Service Commissions chairman Dr Mariyawanda Nzuwah has confirmed that today is a public holiday with respect...

20:29

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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.

...

20:24

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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 gravey...

20:02

The Egypt-Israel gas deal is scandalous and shameless "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Dr Amira Abo el-Fetouh | MEMO | February 21, 2018 After Al-Sisi opened the very large Zohr gas field about two weeks ago the newspapers celebrated and announced the news that Egypt will achieve gas self-sufficiency this year by means of the Zohr, North Alexandria, Nawras, and Atoll gas fields. The Egyptian citizens lived this []

19:46

Again El-Rufai threatens to demolish Hunkuyis House "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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 []

The post Again El-Rufai threatens to demolish Hunkuyis House  appeared first on Newtelegraph.

19:29

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

South Africas new president Cyril Ramaphosawidely being hailed as Africas new savior by international mediahas vowed to seize land belonging to white farmers without compensation and hand it over to blackseven though he has admitted [...]

19:13

Tunisia FM Concerned ISIS will Grow in Libya Following Defeat in Syria, Iraq "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

ISIS IN ACTION
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

WESTERN RESPONSE
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.

On 13 February, it was confirmed the UN General Assembly (UNGA) had suspended Libyas to vote at the UN for...

19:13

Syria, South Sudan and Somalia hit bottom in corruption index "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Most countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption, according to the latest Corruption Perception Index.

19:07

Catholic social teaching "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The control mechanisms in the current financial system have become so overwhelming. Quadragesimo Anno more topical than ever, by Heinrich Wohlmeyer / It's true: NATO with its eastward expansion has violated all pledges made. Russia's deepest fears have been realized, by Eric S. Margolis / The post-Mobutist Congo: The USA is betting on Rwanda. Congo kleptocracy with no end in sight? (part 4), by Peter Kpfer / No country can live with a political lie for good, by Karl Mller / Reasoning against an ice age in East-West relations. Gabriele Krone-Schmalz outlines solutions, by Carola and Johannes Irsiegler / To deny students the important literary texts means depriving them of their identity, Interview by Alexandre Devecchio / Oscar Bernhard, the founder of mountain rescue. Doctor, chamois hunter, mountain guide and pioneer of accident medicine, by Heini (...)

18:55

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

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.

18:40

China Amman says CITES ignoring Chinese Asian and Zimbabwean elephant imports "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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 o...

18:04

BREAKING: 48 of 94 missing Yobe school girls return Yobe Govt "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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17:58

BBNaija 2018: I only had one-night stand with you Rapper, CDQ Olowo replies Ifu Ennada "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Nigerian entertainer, CDQ Olowo, has responded to Big Brother Naijas housemate, Ifu Ennada, saying he only had a one-night-stand with her. Yesterday, Ifu Ennada had called out the popular rapper, accusing him of dumping her after sacrificing so much for his music career. She claimed the singer forgot about her after attaining stardom. According to []

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17:58

BBNaija: Efe blasts Nigerians who regret voting for him "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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17:52

Banky W shutdown EME, re-brands record label "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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17:38

Scores injured in Kwara communal crisis "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Clashes erupted again over land between Offa and Ijagbo communities in Kwara early on Wednesday, forcing people residing in border areas of the communities to flee. Residents, who witnessed the clashes, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Omu-Aran, Kwara that the crisis started at around 6.00 a.m. They said that trouble broke out, []

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17:37

Missing Yobe School Girls: Saraki Condemns Attack "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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17:35

Charlyboy, Adeyanju lead protest to NNPC HQ over fuel scarcity "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Charles Oputa, a.k.a Charlyboy, on Wednesday led the `Ourmumudondo group, on a peaceful protest to the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over lingering fuel scarcity across the country. Ourmumudondois a non-political coalition of Nigerians from all backgrounds that advocates national reawakening towards holding leaders responsible and ensuring good governance at all levels. []

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17:24

Omo-Agege Begs Senate Over Utterances On Amendment Of Electoral Act "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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...

17:15

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 Africa"

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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...

17:07

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

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.

16:56

Onokpite Urges Deltans To Reject Okowa In 2019 Over Non- Performance "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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...

16:56

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

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.

16:42

Senate To Sanction Omo-Agege, Nine Senators For Opposing Amendment Of Electoral Act "IndyWatch Feed Africa"


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...

16:39

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

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)
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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.
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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.

16:13

Delta expands scope on job creation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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16:10

Monkey stole N70 million from senators farm house Senator Shehu Sani "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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16:09

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

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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16:05

Sokoto farmers get n1.4 billion fertiliser subsidy "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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15:50

Election Reorder: Senator begs Senate over statement "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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15:43

Meningitis outbreak: Four die in Niger31 cases reported "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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15:42

US preacher Billy Graham dies "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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15:32

Publish all properties recovered by EFCC, owners before selling them, Fayose tells FG "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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15:03

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

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...

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14:40

JUST IN: Senator Abdullahi Adamu sacked as Northern senators chairman "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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14:13

Ondo, investors sign MoU on cattle ranching "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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14:06

Sexual offence court: Man jailed for 60 years for defiling 12-year-old "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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14:05

94 school girls missing after Boko Haram attack on Yobe school "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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13:55

Teacher flogs student to death in Zamfara "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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13:44

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

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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...

13:34

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

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 []

13:20

Dana blames bad weather for Port Harcourts mishap "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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13:08

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

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 []

12:54

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

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

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

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12:34

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

"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.

11:43

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

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.
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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...

11:19

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

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 []

10:50

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

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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.

10:50

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

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, sina.com.cn 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...

10:44

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

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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09:41

Reps move to amend revenue sharing formula "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:17

Bed sharing raises risk of baby deaths "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:12

Aiteo applauds Pinnick, others for involvement in football "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:10

Proscribed IPOB blames FG for members plight in prison "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:10

Treason: Court grants FGs request to separate Kanus trial from others "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:08

Old age, not a challenge to creativity Fasuyi "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:03

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

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 []

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09:02

POLITICAL NOTES: Politics and the power of religion "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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09:01

El-Rufai orders demolition of APC parallel secretariat "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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08:51

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

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 []

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08:40

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

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 []

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07:57

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

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...

07:07

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

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 []

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06:55

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

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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06:00

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

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.

05:52

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

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....

05:07

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

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

03:45

Left behind when people flee "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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

03:40

Fuel crisis: NNPC imports $5.8bn worth of petrol "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:40

2019: Weve no confidence in INEC PDP "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:34

49 passengers escape death as Dana plane overshoots runway "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:32

Poll sequence: Senate moves to punish pro-Buhari senators "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:32

CCT fixes March 21 to decide Justice Ngwutas fate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:30

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

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

03:21

BPE classifies 37% of privatised firms non-performing "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:11

Herdsmen attack: ECOWAS court to hear suit against FG May 31 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:11

Financials: 33 firms get N461m fines for nondisclosure "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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03:11

World Cup: Rohr shuts door on Enyeama "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  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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03:07

Ayade pledges N500m loan to LG workers "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:37

Obasanjo, Anyaoku, ex-govs eulogise Awolowo-Dosumu at 70 "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:36

CAF Competition: Plateau, MFM set to complete job "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

  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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02:34

Joshuas chin is suspect "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:32

Spectators to pay N10,000 to watch Poland-Nigeria friendly "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:32

Senate probes N34.5bn NNPC, Agip security account operation "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:29

Buhari: Well continue to fight corruption, promote accountability "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:29

Herdsmen attacks: Buratai launches Operation Cat Race in Benue "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:24

Ambode tasks workers on service delivery "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:23

2019: No doubt Atiku is ready "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:23

Akeredolu reiterates commitment to industrialise Ondo "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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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02:21

Egyptian journalist reportedly disappears after arrest "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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01:49

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

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 []

01:23

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

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.

01:23

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

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.

01:23

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

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.

01:11

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

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...

01:00

MAS Proclaim Morales 2019 Presidential Candidate "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

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,...

01:00

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

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...

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22:45

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

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.

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

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

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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Whos Afraid to Celebrate Robert Mugabe Day? "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Julian R. Cola As Cecil Rhodes boots settled into the rich, fertile soil between the great rivers of Zambezi in the northwest and Limpopo in the southeast, the Oxford-educated Englishman knew that he had struck gold. Literally. His foray was preceded by kith and kin David Livingston, with his discovery of Victoria Falls, and...

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