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Saturday, February 16, 2019

"I'm Going To Be Signing A National Emergency, - President Donald Trump

"I'm going to be signing a national emergency, and it's been signed many times before, by many presidents. It's rarely been a problem nobody cared," the president said during unscripted remarks Friday morning in the White House Rose Garden.

The president signed a spending and border security plan into law to keep the government running through Sept. 30, with only hours to spare before parts of the government shut down Saturday.

Before he did so, Trump also declared a national emergency to repurpose funds from other parts of the government to build his proposed border wall without congressional approval.

President Donald Trump emerged from one political crisis Friday and immediately dove into another.

Friday, February 15, 2019

President Donald Trump Is Expected To End Weeks Of Bitter Negotiations

President Donald Trump is expected to end weeks of bitter negotiations and sign a funding bill that would keep the government open, but not fund his border wall. The White House has said he will use executive powers to fund a wall instead.

Lawyers at the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and at the Pentagon have been working for weeks to iron out different options the president would have to obtain funds for his border wall.

More so, a Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment. The Justice Department has warned the White House a national emergency declaration is nearly certain to be blocked by the courts on, at least, a temporary basis, preventing the immediate implementation of the president's plan to circumvent Congress and build the wall using his executives powers.

However, a senior White House official said that the administration is confident it could ultimately win the case on appeal.

By declaring a national emergency at the border, the president could potentially free up billions of dollars to begin work on construction of a southern border wall. Much of that money would be pulled from the Department of Defense.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Vatican Spokesman Confirmed That The Order Of Nuns Dissolved Under Benedict Was The Community Of St. Jean In France.


A Vatican spokesman confirmed  that the order of nuns dissolved under Benedict was the Community of St. Jean in France. It was dissolved in 2005, the first year Benedict served as pope, though the reason it was disbanded had not previously been made public.

However, Pope Francis conceded on his flight Tuesday that it was a problem and said more action was needed – insisting that the will to confront the abuse was present.

“It’s a path that we’ve been on. Pope Benedict had the courage to dissolve a female congregation which was at a certain level, because this slavery of women had entered it — slavery, even to the point of sexual slavery — on the part of clerics or the founder,” he said.

More so, Pope Francis admitted for the first time Tuesday that nuns have been sexually abused by priests and bishops in the Catholic Church – and even held as sexual slaves. In one case, the abuse was so serious that an entire congregation of nuns was dissolved by former Pope Benedict,”

“There are some priests and also bishops who have done it,” the pontiff told a reporter during his return flight from the United Arab Emirates, where he held the first-ever papal Mass in Abu Dhabi.
His admission followed a rare outcry last week from the Vatican’s monthly magazine “Women’s Church World” over the sexual abuse of nuns and religious sisters feeling forced to undergo abortions or raise kids not recognized by their fathers.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

North Korea Establish A permanent And Durable Peace Mechanism On The Korean Peninsula

North Korea’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Han Tae-song, told the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament that Pyongyang would continue working to establish a “permanent and durable peace mechanism on the Korean peninsula”.

North Korea said on Tuesday that relations with the U.S. will develop “wonderfully at a fast pace” if Washington responds to its efforts on denuclearisation with trustworthy measures and practical actions.

“If the U.S. responds to our efforts with trustworthy measures and corresponding practical actions, bilateral relations will develop wonderfully at a fast pace through the process of taking more definite and epoch-making steps,” he said.

He referred to the joint statement issued after the Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un meeting in Singapore last year and Mr. Kim’s New Year address, adding: “Accordingly we declared that we would neither make and test nuclear weapons any longer nor use and proliferate them and we have taken various practical measures.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Aqim Claimed Responsibility For Sunday's Attack,

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack, saying it was "in reaction" to the visit to Chad by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Mauritanian Al-Akhbar news agency, which regularly receives statements from this armed group.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned what he described as a "complex attack" on the UN camp in Aguelhoc, some 200km north of Mali's Kidal region towards the border with Algeria, and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

More so, at least 10 peacekeepers from Chad have been killed and 25 others wounded in an attack on a United Nations camp in northern Mali, according to the world body.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

6.7-magnitude Earthquake Has Shaken Cities On Chile’s

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the magnitude-6.7 quake was 15.6 kilometers (9.7 miles) south-southwest of Coquimbo, and had a depth of 53 kilometers. It struck at 7:32 p.m. local time.
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A witness said there was minor damage to older buildings and power outages in the nearby coastal city of La Serena, a popular beach town about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Santiago.

“It felt very strong ... the tourists were very nervous, but nothing serious happened,” Camila Castillo, a receptionist at a hotel in La Serena said.

Chilean miner Antofagasta Plc said operations were normal at its Los Pelambres copper mine following the nearby earthquake

No damages have been reported so far, but Chile’s National Emergency Office ordered a preventative evacuation of a stretch of coast near the city of Coquimbo.

Chilean authorities said the quake didn’t have the characteristics that would generate a tsunami. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System also ruled out a tsunami.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

China Intention of Expansion in Foreign Ports

China in 2015 announced its intention to build military facilities in Djibouti, citing reasons "to help the Navy and Army further participate in UN peacekeeping operations, carry out escort missions in the waters near Somalia and the Gulf of Aden and provide humanitarian assistance".

"China is expanding its access to foreign ports, such as in Gwadar, Pakistan, to pre-position the logistic framework necessary to support the PLA's growing presence abroad, including normalising and sustaining deployments into and beyond the Indian Ocean," the Pentagon said.

China is expanding its access to strategic foreign ports like Pakistan's Gwadar and Sri Lanka's Hambantota to pre-position the logistic framework necessary to support the growing presence of its military in the Indian Ocean and beyond, the Pentagon said.

The People's Liberation Army's efforts to obtain access to commercial ports in Africa, the Middle-East and South Asia would align with its future overseas logistic needs and meet its evolving naval requirements, said the Congressionally-mandated report on the increasing Chinese military power which was released by the US Department of Defence on Tuesday.

May Overwhelmingly Lost A Crucial Vote On Her Brexit Plans

Theresa May overwhelmingly lost a crucial vote on her Brexit plans in the U.K.’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday evening.

Speaking after the announcement of the results, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party, said the result was a “catastrophic defeat” for the government.

Jeremy Corbyn further announced that the no-confidence motion will be debated in the House of Commons on Wednesday with a vote reportedly due at around 7 p.m. local time.

The U.K. opposition leader has tabled a motion of no-confidence in the government following the defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

Election Fraud in Congo Revealed

According to a trove of election data seen by the FT and representing 86 per cent of total votes cast across the country, Mr Fayulu won 59.4 per cent of the vote. Rival opposition candidate Mr Tshisekedi, who was declared the surprise winner last week, finished second with 19 per cent, according to this set of data.

An FT analysis of a separate set of voting results collected manually by the Catholic Church’s 40,000 observers and representing 43 per cent of turnout shows that Mr Fayulu secured 62.8 per cent of this sample of votes. The results gathered across 28,733 polling points match almost perfectly the more extensive set of official results seen by the FT.

The larger set of data, a spreadsheet containing more than 49,000 records, contains the true electronically-fed results that authorities have sought to conceal, according to a person with direct knowledge of how the data were obtained. The person, who is close to Mr Fayulu’s camp, asked for anonymity because the data contradict the electoral commission’s official declaration

From the statistics, Martin Fayulu was the clear winner of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential elections last month, a Financial Times analysis of two separate collections of voting data shows, contradicting claims from authorities that rival contender Felix Tshisekedi had won the historic vote.

The analysis points to huge fraud in the first change of power since Joseph Kabila took over the presidency of the mineral-rich central African nation almost 18 years ago. It is likely to embolden critics of Mr Kabila who suspect the Congolese leader is seeking to cling on to power through a deal with Mr Tshisekedi.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

USA Withdraws Some Military Equipment from Syria

Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the US-led coalition said in a statement that the coalition "has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria," but did not provide additional details.

Senior officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton have declined to put a timeline on when troops would be withdrawn.

The Defense Department wants to show progress to Trump and the public that they are following through on the President's orders to withdraw troops even though Bolton has indicated troops could remain for some time.

Moreover, the first US military ground equipment has been withdrawn from Syria in recent days, signaling the beginning of the drawdown ordered by President Donald Trump, according to an administration official with direct knowledge of the operation.

Due to security concerns, the official would not describe exactly what the cargo was or whether it had been moved out by aircraft or ground vehicles.

The official also would not say what part of Syria the equipment was in, although it's widely expected the drawdown will begin in northern Syria.

Insects Swarming Around Cleaners And Worshipers In The City’s Grand Mosque

Videos posted to social media showed the insects swarming around cleaners and worshipers in the city’s Grand Mosque, where millions of Muslim pilgrims congregate every year.

“Specialized teams have been directed to work in the fight to eliminate these insects,” authorities in Mecca said, according to trusted resource.

“We have harnessed all efforts available to speed up the eradication of the insects in the interest of the safety and comfort of guests of God’s house,” the authorities said.

Massive swarm of locusts plagued Mecca, Saudi Arabia, earlier this week, prompting authorities at Islam’s holiest site to launch a cleaning operation to remove them.

Congo Election Reactions

The Catholic Church, the rare authority that many Congolese find trustworthy, has said its 40,000 election observers in all polling stations found a different winner from the official results but it has not given details.

Diplomats briefed on the findings say they found Fayulu won easily.

The church’s findings showed Tshisekedi received just 18 percent of the vote, just ahead of ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, Fayulu’s coalition asserted.

Fayulu urged that Congo’s electoral commission publish detailed results, polling station by polling station, and said he would file his court challenge on Saturday morning. He blew kisses to the crowd.

“Those who have been silly enough to publish false results, we will challenge them,” he said.
Congo runner-up Martin Fayulu announced on Friday he will file a court challenge to the presidential election results, while his opposition coalition asserted he actually received 61 percent of the vote according to the findings of the influential Catholic Church’s observers.

Fayulu spoke to hundreds of supporters who gathered in the capital, Kinshasa, to denounce what they called “the people’s stolen victory.”

Friday, January 11, 2019

Amazon COE Faces 50-50 Prenup

Jeff Bezos, the COE of  Amazon, 54 — who sits at the top of Forbes’ world billionaires ranking with a real-time worth of $137.1 billion — and MacKenzie, 48, an award-winning novelist, live in Washington state, a “community property state,” meaning divorcing couples without a prenup split assets 50-50.

Since Amazon was founded a year after the Bezoses tied the knot, MacKenzie could fetch as much as $66 billion based on the value of the company today.

To fund a settlement of that magnitude, Bezos would have sell or pledge shares, which could dilute his ownership and control of the company.

He owns just under 80 million shares, or just under 16 percent of Amazon.

But divorce lawyers say MacKenzie will very likely want the family fortune to keep growing, so she would probably not push for a settlement that would require him to sell shares, according to the news outlet.

Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, who announced they are divorcing after 25 years of marriage, did not have a prenuptial agreement — meaning they will divide their gargantuan fortune equally.

President Donald Trump visited the Texas Border

The President Donald Trump visited the Texas border on Thursday – the 20th day of a partial government shutdown – in a publicity ploy to help make the case for funding his long-promised wall after negotiations with Democrats broke down.

As he left the White House for McAllen, Texas, Trump told reporters he would prefer to work with Congress on a deal to end the shutdown, which was triggered by his insistence on funds for the wall, but warned that he would use his emergency powers to circumvent Congress if they can’t come to agreement.

If the shutdown continues into the weekend, it will become the longest government closure in US history

However, the president has reiterated his threat to declare a national emergency if Congress does not meet his demand for billions of dollars to construct a wall along the US-Mexico border as part of a deal to end the partial government shutdown.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sex Toy for Women Has Been Withdrawn from Show

In a statement on the Lora DiCarlo website, Ms Haddock cites several examples of other female-oriented products included in the award category the vibrator was in.

"Two robotic vacuum cleaners, one robotic skateboard, four children's toys, one shopping companion robot - looks like all of women's interests are covered, right?" she said. "Ose clearly fits the robotics and drone category - and CTA's own expert judges agree."

The product had been designed in partnership with a robotics laboratory at Oregon State University and had eight patents pending for "robotics, biomimicry, and engineering feats", Ms Haddock said.

"We firmly believe that women, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQI folks should be vocally claiming our space in pleasure and tech," she said.

A sex toy designed for women has been banned from the technology show CES. Lora DiCarlo said it had been invited to display its robotic Ose vibrator at CES, after winning an innovation award.

CES organiser the Consumer Technology Association, which granted the award, said it had included the device by mistake and could withdraw any immoral or obscene entry at any time.

Lora DiCarlo chief executive Lora Haddock said the CES and CTA had a history of gender bias. In a statement the CTA said: "The product does not fit into any of our existing product categories and should not have been accepted. We have apologised to the company for our mistake."

"We firmly believe that women, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQI folks should be vocally claiming our space in pleasure and tech," she said.

Top Ten Richest Men in Africa for Year 2019

According to Forbes ranking here are the  top ten richest men in Africa. The list was released on Wednesday 9th January 2019 as follows;

S/Number and Names
Net Worth
1. Aliko Dangote
$12.2 billion net worth
2. Nicky Oppenheimer
$7.7 billion net worth
3. Johann Rupert
$7.2 billion net worth
4. Nassef Sawiris
$6.8 billion net worth
5. Mike Adenuga
$5.3 billion net worth
6. Naguib Sawaris
$4 billion net worth
7. Issad Regrab
$4 billion net worth
8. Koos Becker
$2.8 billion net worth
9. Mohamed Mansour
$2.7 billion net worth
10. Patrice Motsepe
$2.4 billion net worth

Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote has retained his place as the richest man in Africa. He remained number one on the newly released Forbes’ list of African billionaires. He, however, lost almost $2bn compared to his last year’s worth. Dangote’s estimated $10.3 billion net worth is nearly $2 billion less than a year ago.

Another Nigerian, Folorunsho Alakija was one of the billionaires, who suffered a drop in their net worth between last year and this year, as she held No 19 on the 20-man list.

The rating magazine reports that Alakija’s net worth dropped due to a decline in the value of one of Nigeria’s most productive oil fields. Mike Adenuga, the owner of Globacom, emerged Africa’s 5th richest man. He is worth an estimated $9.2 billion.

Others are Nigeria’s cement mogul Abdulsamad Rabiu, who runs and owns the BUA Group, standing at number 16 on the list for the first time since 2015.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Trump Administration Officials Admit Mistakes

Report shows,  that the number of known or suspected terrorists actually caught along the southern border by CBP in the first half of 2018 was about 1 percent of the Trump administration's claim.

According to CBP data provided to Congress, the agency encountered 41 people on the Terrorist Screening Database from Oct. 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, along the U.S.-Mexico border, with 35 of them being American citizens or lawful permanent residents and only six of them classified as non-U.S. persons.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Friday that Customs and Border Protection officials caught nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists "that came across our southern border." She repeated that claim on talk shows throughout the weekend, and Vice President Mike Pence used the same data point during an appearance on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday.

In the days leading up to President Donald Trump's televised address to the nation on Tuesday night to promote his southern border wall, administration officials have justified the proposal by claiming that thousands of terrorists are pouring across that border.

But data and analysis from his own administration have drastically undercut that message, calling into question whether the situation along the U.S.-Mexico border is truly a "national emergency" as Trump has increasingly claimed.

Finally, but in the State Department's summary of global terrorism threats published in September, analysts concluded that there was "no credible evidence indicating that international terrorist groups...sent operatives via Mexico into the United States."

Sunday, January 06, 2019

ISIS Group Poses An Existential Threat To Minorities

In a statement on Friday, the Netherlands-based Free Yezidi Foundation said the resurgence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group poses an "existential threat to minorities" such as the Yazidis.

When ISIL swept across northern Iraq and into Syria, fighters from the armed group killed 3,000 Yazidis and abducted and sexually abused nearly 7,000 Yazidi women and girls.

The United Nations has described the campaign against the Kurdish religious minority as genocide.

"Any premature withdrawal of the United States forces from Syria not only endangers religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, it vastly increases the likelihood of a resurgent Daesh militant power," the Free Yezidi Foundation said, referring to ISIL by its Arabic acronym.

"This is an existential threat to minorities like the Yazidis."
A Yazidi rights group has urged the United States to delay its plans to withdraw troops from Syria, saying the move endangers religious minorities as it could allow ISIL to stage a comeback.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Fugitive Economic Offender in India Discovered

According to the new law, a fugitive economic offender is a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued for his or her involvement in economic offences involving at least Rs. 100 crore or more and has left India to avoid prosecution.

Over the last few months, several high-profile businessmen including Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi have been under the government's radar for alleged financial crimes running into thousands of crores.

In this regard, Vijay Mallya became the first tycoon to be charged under a new anti-fraud law, with a court in Mumbai today naming him as an offender under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018.

The anti-corruption court was hearing an application by the Enforcement Directorate, seeking a direction to declare Mr Mallya a fugitive economic offender.

Friday, January 04, 2019

Trump Threatened to Keep the Government Closed

In comments delivered later Friday from the White House Rose Garden, Trump described the meeting as “very productive.” He said that he had designated a group to advance talks over the weekend.

Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi both said they urged Republicans to temporarily reopen the government while they seek a solution on border security. On Thursday night, House Democrats passed legislation to fund eight closed departments through Sept. 30, and the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8.

Bipartisan congressional leaders huddled with President Donald Trump as they try to break an impasse over the president’s demand for $5 billion to build his proposed border wall. The president threatened to keep nine U.S. departments closed “for a very long period of time — months or even years” — until he gets the funding, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

Democrats emerged from what they called a “contentious” two-hour meeting at the White House on Friday showing little optimism about ending a partial government shutdown.


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