Friday 20 April 2018
(Gurtong Net 05/24/13)
Employees from Unity State’s oil field have demonstrated against the failure of Greater Pioneer Operating Company (GPOC) to issue them with working contracts over the last two years despite being promised. Early this week, a number of the employees went on a peaceful protest to the company offices and locked out all those who have been illegally given contracts from Juba. One of the company officials who asked not to be named said: “Many of us have been working in GPOC for the last two years without a contract and those who have signed their contracts were employed from Juba and sent down to the field only to occupy positions.”“The company promised us many times that our contract is on...
( 05/24/13)
(IRIN) - Two years ago Syrians in the relative security of their own country watched the unfolding crisis in Libya descend into a devastating civil war. Since then the tables have turned, and many of those same families find themselves in Libya after fleeing the Syrian conflict, which has left an estimated 6.8 million people (around a third of the population) in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Most of the Syrian community in Libya, estimated at around 110,000 by government officials, are believed to have arrived over the past 18 months after having fled the Syrian conflict. Shavan, a Syrian ethnic Kurd, arrived in Libya in January. "Alone, I left Syria at the end of 2011 leaving my wife and...
(Zambia Online News 05/24/13)
IN what was regarded as a crucial decision for the future of Zambia’s judiciary, today the Supreme Court issued a narrow and ambiguous decision allowing President Michael Sata the discretion to form a special judicial review tribunal chaired by the Malawian Judge Lovemore Chikopa. By a vote of 4 to 7, the Supreme Court ruled to advise that the judicial review tribunal was not necessary, however they did not go so far as to “order” that the president could not carry on with the initiative. President Sata acted within his constitutional powers to form the tribunal, the court ruled, although they recommended to him that he should not proceed given the constitutional issues raised by the tribunal. However, according to...
(Awoko 05/24/13)
Police personnel attached to the Lumley Division yesterday shot dead one man at Lumley Beach west end of Freetown by the Golf Club Police post According to an eye witness account a man believed to be in his 40′s only known as Donald was seen around the Lumley Beach during the morning hours of yesterday with a weapon. He has worked in the United States Criminal Investigation Department for over fifteen years, but since he was deported he has been behaving abnormally with highly angered emotion to the annoyance of his neighbors at Regent Road west end of Freetown. After a Police tip -off personnel of the Lumley division of the Sierra Leone Police went to the scene to disarm...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/24/13)
(Reuters) - European Union governments approved a mission on Wednesday to help Libya improve its border security in response to concerns that Islamist militants and weapons move freely across the North African country's frontier. The 110-member EU civilian team, expected to start deploying in Libya next month, will advise and train Libyan officials on how to strengthen the security of the country's land, sea and air borders, an EU statement said. The EU team, being sent at Libya's request, will have a budget of 30 million euros ($39 million) for its first year and be based in Tripoli. The Tripoli government has been beset by internal rifts and security remains a major concern long after a revolt and a NATO...
(The Tripoli Post 05/24/13)
Five men are under round-the-clock US surveillance in Libya, wanted for questioning in the attack last September 11 on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the killing of the US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans weeks before President Barack Obama's re-election. The White House believes there is enough proof for a military force to seize them as terrorist suspects, officials have been reported saying by Associated Press. However, the US is reported to prefer to wait until investigators have enough evidence to try them in a US civilian courtroom. AP goes on to say that the decision not to seize the men militarily underscores the White House's aim to move away from hunting terrorists as...
(Ahram Online 05/24/13)
More than 200 Egyptian expatriates in Libya are abruptly deported after Libyan authorities accuse them of entering country illegally; others accused of carrying Hepatitis C virus. Libyan authorities on Wednesday deported 238 Egyptian workers, including 28 fishermen, claiming that they had entered the country illegally. Elanani Hammouda, head of security in Egypt's Marsa Matrouh governorate (adjacent to the Libyan border), said he had received a complaint from Libyan authorities that the 238 deportees had lacked valid visas. Some of them, Libyan authorities also claimed, had been found to be carrying the Hepatitis C virus. According to the complaint, Hammouda added, the 28 Egyptian fishermen had entered Libyan territorial waters without permission. The deported workers, however, deny the claims, insisting that...
(Libya Herald 05/24/13)
Forest fires in Cyrenainca’s Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountains) are now under “total” control, thanks in part to Italian firefighting planes, according to the government. The fires broke out yesterday in different areas of the Jebel – at Lathron east of Sousa, Wasita west of Beida, as well as between Sousa and Labraq. According to Ayad Abdulhafiz of Shahat (Cyrene) firefighters, the fires that broke out in the woods near the villages of Belkna and Ahbun south of Sousa destroyed nearly fifty hectares of forest in the area. He and his colleagues were unable to put out the fire, he said, because of the lack of firefighting equipment and the difficulty of the mountainous terrain. An official with the National Safety...
(Zambian Watchdog 05/24/13)
While Rupiah Banda introduced the mobile Hospitals which have improved many people lives especially in rural area by Providing very free medical services,Mr Sata,the current Zambian President,has removed the fuel and maize subsidies,and this policy by PF has worsened the economic hardships for the poor Majority in Zambia. Here the pictures show CHIBULUMA RESIDENTS in Kalulushi queuing up for FREE medical services in line the former presidents(Rupiah Banda) dream of uplifting the lives of many poor Zambians. When this project was started in 2010,the Mr.Sata was really against it,meaning he wasnt interested in seeing poor people access free and improved medical services.His negative atttitude towards the poor is clear now after removing the Maize and fuel subsidies so that the...
(Sudan Tribune 05/24/13)
South Sudan’s justice minister on Thursday expressed disappointment with Amnesty International’s annual human rights report, arguing that it does not reflect the correct picture of governance in the world’s youngest country. Describing critical reports as lacking objectivity has been a common response from the SPLM-led government since South Sudan’s independence in 2011. The main finding of Amnesty’s 2013 report was that the "Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA, South Sudan’s armed forces) and the South Sudan Police Service (SSPS) continued to commit human rights violations with relative impunity." In terms of press freedom Amnesty said that the "environment for national and international media workers remained challenging. Security forces harassed national and international media workers, arbitrarily detained journalists and radio presenters, and...
(Mareeg 05/24/13)
Mogadishu-(Mareeg.com)-news from Beledweyne town, the capital of Hiran region confirm that a large explosion occurred targeting Ethiopian troops inside the town. News source say that the land mine was remote controlled and targeted the troops while they passed Irid Amin suburbs in Beledweyn town. Eyewitness confirmed to local radio in Mogadishu that he saw 3 Ethiopian soldiers who sustained heavy injuries. He confirm that after the explosion, the troops opened gunfire but it did not result to any casualties. Security operation is currently underway at the suburbs surrounding at the area where the incident occurred. The Hiran administration have not release any statement about the incident yet. The town of Beledweyn is in the hands of Somalia federal government troops,...
(Voice of America 05/24/13)
ABUJA — Aid organization Doctors Without Borders says it has suspended emergency health care in Borno State, Nigeria, - the heart of an insurgency now under assault by government troops. The decision comes after five gunmen hijacked an aid vehicle on Saturday. A couple of weeks ago, Doctors without Borders moved into Baga, a town where thousands of homes were burnt to the ground and hundreds of people were killed in April. Since then, the organization says it has been treating 80 patients a day, half of them children. But after five gunmen hijacked one of their vehicles, stealing it, medical supplies and other equipment, Doctors without Borders says it is abandoning the project because it is too dangerous. Vipul...
(The Guardian 05/23/13)
German chancellor tops list of most powerful women for third year running, while Queen drops 14 places to 40th. The Queen and JK Rowling are once again the only two British women to feature in the Forbes Most Powerful Women list, which has been led by Angela Merkel for the third year running. The German chancellor is ranked ahead of Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff, Melinda Gates, who co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Michelle Obama, and Hillary Clinton. The Queen dropped from 26 to 40 on the 2013 list, while the Harry Potter author JK Rowling slipped from 78 to 93. The list was heavy on top politicians, featuring nine heads of state who run nations with a combined...
(CNN 05/23/13)
Niamey, Niger (CNN) -- An Islamist militant group has claimed responsibility for Thursday's deadly attacks on an army barracks and a uranium mine in Niger, saying they were in response to Niger's cooperation with France in a "war against Sharia," CNN affiliate BFMTV reported. Nineteen soldiers and six assailants were killed, and dozens of others were injured, in attacks about 200 kilometers apart in Niger early Thursday, the African nation's minister of domestic affairs said. A spokesman for the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO, said that "thanks to Allah, we have carried two operations against the enemies of Islam in Niger," BFMTV reported. MUJAO is among the radical Islamist groups that have been fighting Malian...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/23/13)
(Reuters) - Two British men of Nigerian descent accused of hacking a soldier to death on a London street in revenge for wars in Muslim countries were known to security services, a source close to the investigation said Thursday. One man, filmed calmly justifying the killing as he stood by the body holding a knife and meat cleaver in bloodied hands, was named by acquaintances as 28-year-old Londoner Michael Adebolajo - a British-born convert to radical Islam. So frenzied was the attack, some witnesses thought they were trying to behead and disembowel the victim. The attack, just a month after the Boston Marathon bombing and the first Islamist killing in Britain since local suicide bombers killed 52 people in London...
(The Associated Press 05/23/13)
BLANTYRE, Malawi – Malawi's cost-cutting president is selling her predecessor's jet. Cabinet clerk Ernest Katchetche said Wednesday that the government has identified a buyer for the 14-passenger presidential jet, which was put up for sale. The presidential office says the buyer is a Virgin Islands company. Malawi President Joyce Banda came to power last year after the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika, who had angered the political opposition as well as Western donors to his impoverished country when he purchased the plane for an estimated $22 million several years previously. Banda had said the jet was a wasteful expense and that she would never fly in it. She is instituting austerity measures to try to revive the economy of...
(Dw-World 05/23/13)
For 42 years, Libya's toppled dictator Muammar al-Gadhafi stock piled arms and set up secret arsenals. Now all those weapons have to be safely retrieved. Germany sends its know-how and money to help rebuild the country. Two years after the revolution in Libya, men in paramilitary clothing carrying assault rifles or cannons mounted on civilian pick-up trucks remain a familiar sight:. They're a clear sign that the power in the Northern African country – and with it the control over weapons – remains in the hands of many. Nobody knows exactly just how many rifles, cannons, rockets or mines there still are in Libya. But one thing's clear: After the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar al Gadhafi was toppled, the...
(Midnimo 05/23/13)
Armed conflicts in Mali, Sudan and Congo and the communal violence in Kenya, Nigeria and South Sudan had led to the displacement of thousands of people. Human rights abuses by Islamist armed groups and security agencies in the name of “counter-terrorism” continued last year in Somalia and Nigeria. Use of child soldiers was also documented in Somalia, Mali, Congo and Chad. There were also some cases of discrimination and police brutality in Cameroon, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, and South Africa. Many governments continued their assault on freedom of expression mainly in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Gambia, Sudan and Somalia. The death penalty was imposed in several countries but applies only in a few. In a worrying move, the Gambia...
(Huffingtonpost 05/23/13)
Co-authored with Joseph Szyliowicz, a professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Piracy, like terrorism has been a scourge of mankind for centuries and, though its practitioners, real (Blackbeard, Anne Bonny and Henry Morgan) and mythical (Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribean movie stories) have achieved heroic stature in popular culture, its contemporary manifestations represent a major threat to the global economy and to national security. Significant strides have been made in recent years towards combating piracy, especially off the coast of Somalia, but a robust international grand strategy is urgently needed in order to forestall an ever more dangerous global threat as pirates develop ever more sophisticated organizational structures, many of...
(Midnimo 05/23/13)
When Aden Abdi first arrived in the United States at 9 years old, he and his family had hopes of a better life, education and success. Abdi’s family left war-torn Somalia for Kenya before making its way to Tucson in 2004. He enrolled in the fourth grade despite never attending school a day in his life and not speaking the language. Nine years later, the Pueblo Magnet High School senior is well-spoken and will graduate today with A’s and B’s. Through participation in the Pima County JTED program, he will be a certified nursing assistant. Abdi’s life is everything he thought it would be. “Knowing that I was coming here, I expected that my life would change,” Abdi said. “My...

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