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7 civilians killed in car bomb in Egypt’s North Sinai

Written by | July 25, 2017 | 0
Seven civilians, including two young children, were killed by a car bomb that exploded at a security checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula on Monday, Egypt’s army spokesman said. The military said it intercepted the vehicle at a checkpoint near the city of Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, and tried to contain the expected blast by running over the car with a tank. However, the bomb exploded after the tank had driven away and the civilians nearby were caught in the blast, according to images seen in video released by the army. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Four gunmen were inside the vehicle, the army said. An insurgency in Egypt’s Sinai region has gained pace since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s oldest Islamist

Everything we know about Salman Abedi, the Manchester suicide bomber

Written by | May 24, 2017 | 0
Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi CREDIT: FACEBOOK The Manchester Arena suicide bomber made trips to Libya as intelligence agencies combed his connections with al-Qaeda and Islamic State in his parents’ homeland. Salman Abedi, 22, who was known to the security services, became radicalised before returning to the UK to cause carnage at a gig in the city where he was born. The son of Libyan parents, who reportedly fled their native country and sought refuge in the UK, he is thought to have come back to Britain from Libya just days before the massacre. How the bomber was identified It has emerged in US media reports that the bomber was identified by a bank card in his pocket. According to NBC News, citing a US intelligence official, members of the bomber’s family

Secretary-General Appoints Independent Panel to Assess and Enhance Effectiveness of UN-Habitat after the Adoption of the New Urban Agenda

Written by | April 13, 2017 | 0
The following announcement was made today by UN Secretary-General António Guterres: We live in the century of unprecedented urban growth. For the first time in history, over half of world’s population is living in cities. This gives special significance to the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which was held last October 2016, in Quito, Ecuador. Participating states adopted the New Urban Agenda as a collective vision and political commitment to promote and realize sustainable urban development, and a paradigm change, rethinking how cities are planned, managed and inhabited. As part of the follow-up and review of the Habitat III outcome and in light of the New Urban Agenda and with a view to enhancing effectiveness of the United Nations

Nigeria negotiating with ‘foreign’ help for Chibok schoolgirls

Written by | April 13, 2017 | 0
Activists of the online movement #bringbackourgirls demonstrate during a march to the Presidential Villa in Abuja on January 8, 2017 to mark the 1000 days since the mass abduction of the Chibok school girls. By STRINGER (AFP/File) Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) – Nigeria is negotiating with the help of “foreign entities” for the remaining kidnapped Chibok girls held by Boko Haram Islamists, a presidential spokesman said Thursday. As the country prepares to mark the third anniversary of the mass kidnapping on Friday, Garba Shehu told the BBC in a radio interview there were ongoing negotiations to release the 195 girls believed still be being held by Boko Haram. “Talks are ongoing through other means with the help of some foreign entities to free more schoolgirls,”

AFP photographer held for 24 hours in eastern Libya

Written by | March 30, 2017 | 0
 0  AFP photographer Abdullah Doma took this picture of Libyans attending a candlelit concert marking “Earth Hour” in Benghazi on March 25, 2017, as iconic landmarks and skylines plunged into darkness around the world to raise awareness of climate change. By Abdullah DOMA (AFP/File) Tripoli (AFP) – AFP’s photographer in the Libyan city of Benghazi, Abdullah Doma, was released on Wednesday night after a 24-hour detention by the security services over his coverage of a public concert. “I’ve just been freed,” Doma said, adding that he had been questioned but had not been charged with any offence. Security services of eastern Libya raided Doma’s home on Tuesday night and told the family he was to be questioned over his photo coverage

You can hear a pin drop in Gambia’ – Journalist

Written by | January 19, 2017 | 0
Streets in The Gambia are deserted following reports of an ECOWAS military force ready to forcefully remove President Yaya Jammeh, who has refused to leave office after losing last year’s general elections. Gambian Journalist, Moudu Lamin told Joy FM, “you could actually hear a pin drop” in the capital Banjul as residents stay locked in doors on the orders of the President-elect Barrow. In the Islamic state where religion holds strong, residents have nonetheless refused to come out for dawn prayers despite calls from the Mosques, he said. The reports indicate the ECOWAS troops entered the West African country early Thursday dawn. This was after the failure of Mauritanian President, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, to persuade the besieged leader who has remained defiant despite defeat. ECOWAS

German City Essen Becomes Europe’s 2017 Green Capital Beacon Of City Climate Action In Year Of Cop23

Written by | January 13, 2017 | 0
The German city of Essen is Europe’s “Green Capital” in 2017, a title awarded by the European Commission, for its success in transitioning from a heavily polluting mining center to a clean and green economy. The award helps to highlight the crucial importance of city climate action in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn in November (COP23), hosted by the the UN and presided over by Fiji, with the support of the German government. Both Essen and Bonn are located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state. Commenting on the award, the Lord Mayor of Essen Thomas Kufen, said: “This is powerful recognition that Essen and North Rhine-Westphalia are a hub for environmental and climate protection. We hope that both the UN Climate Change Conference

Anti-terror and major crimes police take most sick leave

Written by | January 10, 2017 | 0
Officers in the anti-terrorism and major crimes divisions of the federal police take considerably more sick leave than the average police officer, according to figures from the medical service. Figures from January to November 2016 obtained by Le Soir show that across the whole police service, the average number of days an officer is absent through illness (excluding accidents and maternity leave) was 8.06 days in the federal police and 8.17 in the local police. In the anti-terrorism division, however, the average was 15 days in the course of 2016. According to the paper’s own estimate, 30 members of the department were sick at one time or another last month, out of a total force of 200. In the major crimes division, which also investigates organised crime, 247

The Man Who Gave Away $7.5billion: Philanthropist Who Inspired Bill Gates And Warren Buffet Wants All His Money Spent On Good Causes Before He’s Dead …First Published By Helen Lawson, Daily Mail, 22 July 2013

Written by | January 10, 2017 | 0
Philanthropist Chuck Feeney made his fortune in a duty free company He began giving his money away in secret in 1984 and was outed in 1997 His Atlantic Philanthropies foundation will give away its money by 2020 An Irish-American billionaire who kept his philanthropy secret for 15 years has given away $7.5billion (£4.9billion) – and plans for it all to go to charity before his dies. Chuck Feeney, 82, wears a $15 Casio watch, travels in coach, does not own a car is a self-confessed ‘shabby dresser’ and sensibly made his children work their way through college. He has given away 99 per cent of his fortune to health, science, education and civil rights causes around the world through his Atlantic Philanthropies foundation. Feeney, who still has a sizeable $2million left in

Nigeria’s Jonathan denies receiving oil deal kickbacks

Written by | January 10, 2017 | 0
Lagos (AFP) – Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan did not receive kickbacks from a $1.3 billion deal involving oil giants ENI and Shell which is under investigation in Italy, his spokesman said Tuesday. In a statement, Jonathan said he has not been “accused, indicted or charged for corruptly collecting monies” linked to the 2011 deal for an offshore oil block in Nigeria. Italian prosecutors late last month released court documents that outline criminal proceedings against the two oil majors and 11 people, including senior executives from the companies. Jonathan, who left office in May 2015, and Diezani Alison-Madueke, his long-time oil minister who was also the first woman president of OPEC, do not feature on the list. But the prosecutors alleged in court papers