Thursday, 6 July 2017

Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group - Bahrain PM

Source: AL-Jazeera, July 6, 2017.

Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa has called the Muslim Brotherhood movement a "terrorist" group, amid an ongoing Gulf diplomatic crisis, where four countries severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.
Last month Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with Qatar – accusing it of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and harbouring "terrorism" in the region. Qatar has strongly denied the charges.

Mars covered in toxic chemicals that can wipe out living organisms, tests reveal

Mars is bathed in ultra violet light which turns the Martian soil sterile.

 Source: The Guardian, July 6, 2017

The chances of anything coming from Mars have taken a downward turn with the finding that the surface of the red planet contains a “toxic cocktail” of chemicals that can wipe out living organisms.
Experiments with compounds found in the Martian soil show that they are turned into potent bactericides by the ultraviolet light that bathes the planet, effectively sterilising the upper layers of the dusty landscape.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Extreme gardening to help tackle malaria

Prosopis juliflora

BBC, July 5, 2017

A team tested their idea in nine villages in the arid Bandiagara district of Mali, West Africa.
Removing flowers from a common shrub appeared to kill off lots of the older, adult, female, biting insects that transmit malaria.
Without enough nectar the "granny" mosquitoes starve, experts believe.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

'Half' Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered

People queue for food in Bama, Nigeria, on December 8, 2016 queue for food at a distribution point

Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria's Islamist insurgency has reportedly not been delivered, the government says.
It described it as a "diversion of relief materials", which correspondents say is a euphemism for theft.
A statement from the acting president's office added that security was being beefed up to protect the deliveries.
As a result of Boko Haram violence some 8.5 million Nigerians in the north-east need life-saving aid, officials say.

Friday, 16 June 2017

U.S. student freed from North Korea has severe brain injury

Source: Reuters

An American university student who was returned to the United States this week after being held in North Korea for 17 months has a severe brain injury and is in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness," doctors said on Thursday.
Otto Warmbier, 22, who arrived in the United States on Tuesday, is stable but "shows no sign of understanding language, responding to verbal commands or awareness of his surrounding," said Dr. Daniel Kanter, medical director of the neuroscience intensive care unit at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Islamic State leader Baghdadi 'may have been killed by Russia'

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - June 2014

Source: BBC

Russia's defence ministry is investigating whether one of its air strikes in Syria killed the leader of the Islamic State militant group (IS).
The ministry said an air strike may have killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on 28 May.
The raid targeted a meeting of the IS military council in its de-facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Nigeria on a Precipice as Northern Youths calls for Sack of Igbos residing in Northen Nigeria

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Some Northern Nigeria youth groups on Tuesday in Kaduna issued what they called a 'Kaduna Declaration' in which they declared “war” against all Igbos residing in the North, demanding they leave the area within three months.  
They also asked Northerners in the South-East to leave the area, warning that as from October 1, which happens to be Nigeria’s National Day, they will commence implementation of ‘visible actions’ to prove they are no longer part of a federal union that includes the Igbo.
The groups that signed the declaration include Arewa Citizens Action for Change, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Arewa Youth Development Foundation, Arewa Students Forum and Northern Emancipation Network, but it is unclear if known officials of any of the groups actually signed the document.