Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Nigeria's Amina Yuguda wins BBC World News Komla Dumor award

Amina Yuguda

Amina Yuguda is a news presenter on local network Gotel Television, where she has reported on high-profile news stories, including the Boko Haram insurgency.
She will start a three-month placement at the BBC in London in September.
The award was created to honour Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.

Nigeria reverses Self on Biafra terrorist label

It's not surprising that the Nigerian army has changed its mind on last week’s announcement categorising the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) as a terrorist organisation.
At the time, there were quick calls for restraint from across the political divide, considering the history of ethnic tension in the country, as well as the Nigerian army’s human rights record in suppressing unrest.
It was clear that senior politicians and government officials wanted to distance themselves from any violent action that would follow.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

ABUJA: Operation Python Dance to be staged every year in South-East – Army

The Nigerian Army on Sunday said Operation Python Dance, which is currently going on in the South-East, would be staged in the region every year.
Deputy Director, Public Relations 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu, Col. Sagir Musa, disclosed this in a statement entitled ‘The objectives of exercise Egwu Eke 11 (Python Dance II).
The army spokesman insisted that the military campaign was not targeted at anybody, or group.
“Exercise Egwu Eke II (Python Dance II) is now a scheduled Nigerian Army Exercise to be conducted annually in the South-East Region and is not targeted  at any individual or group.
“Law abiding citizens need not to fear and are advised to freely go about their normal businesses,” Musa said.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Iraq Plans Kurdish Independence Referendum

 Iraqi Kurds celebrate while urging people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 8, 2017.

An oil-rich province in the north of Iraq plans to vote in a referendum on Kurdish independence later this month, prompting fears of regional conflict as tensions escalate over who owns a portion of the country's crude.
Kurdish forces have been in complete control of the province of Kirkuk — as well as other disputed areas — since the summer of 2014, when so-called Islamic State swept across parts of Iraq. In addition to being home to much of Iraq's oil, the northern part of the country forms part of Kurdistan, the unofficial but centuries-old home of the Kurdish people. The Kurds have long sought their own state and began to believe it was near their grasp after American troops overthrew Saddam Hussein's Iraqi government in 2003.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

North Korea Receiving Russian Supply Despite Sanctions

Russian smugglers are illicitly supplying North Korea with contraband energy and goods, evading sanctions and ignoring concerns about the isolated Asian country’s nuclear tests, the Washington Post reported Monday.
“As the Chinese cut off oil and gas, we’re seeing [North Korea] turn to Russia,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed senior U.S. official with knowledge of alleged Russian smuggling into North Korea on Monday.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Bitcoin's price falls sharply after report China may shut down exchanges

Bitcoin tanks after China reportedly plans further crackdown

The price of bitcoin fell sharply after a report China's regulators are planning a further crackdown on the digital currency.

Local outlet Caixin is reporting the Asian country is planning to shut down local bitcoin exchanges, according to a Google translation.
Bitcoin's price fell 7 percent midafternoon Friday after the news, according to Coindesk market data.

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Accuses FBI of Conspiring Against Russia

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has accused the FBI of planting incriminating material at the Russian consulate in San Francisco.
Zakharova said the FBI had entered the consulate without seeking permission from Russia.
“What was their goal?” she said Friday at a weekly press briefing. “Is it not an attempt by the American special services to arrange an anti-Russian provocation and perhaps either to plant compromising materials in the building or to somehow find them later?”