Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Angry Protesters Storm UN Camp In DRConga After Deadly Attack(photos)

Angry Protesters Storm UN Camp In DRConga After Deadly Attack(photos)

Angry Protesters Storm UN Camp In DRConga After Deadly Attack

Protesters storm United Nations base and burn Mayor's office in DR Congo after armed group killed 8 people

Protesters stormed UN facilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) town of Beni on Monday, angered by the failure to stop an armed group that killed eight civilians.
Angry Protesters Storm UN Camp In DRConga After Deadly Attack

The protesters marched on to the UN base, citing the United Nations' 'inability to act' to prevent the Sunday night attacks, and kept on advancing despite several gunshots fired into the air by Congolese military forces.
Angry Protesters Storm UN Camp In DRConga After Deadly Attack

According to police, the protesters also burnt the office of the Mayor with a social media post showing flames shooting from the window and thick black smoke billowing above.

A civil society leader in Beni told Al Jazeera News;
"Several offices at the MONUSCO headquarters were set on fire and looted," Teddy Kataliko.

"Residents are demanding the withdrawal of MONUSCO from Beni because of the inaction of UN forces."
Angry Protesters Storm UN Camp In DRConga After Deadly Attack

"The UN soldiers were trying to defend themselves but it was very difficult. Two people were killed around the demonstration around the UN camp, which destroyed half of the wall of the main UN building,"  Alain Uaykani.

"The same protesters are now heading to the second military base of the UN located at the airport. This is a very, very difficult situation going on here in the town of Beni."

Reacting to the attacks, Matthias Gillman, a UN spokesman said;

''We do understand the anger and frustration of the population but ask for understanding that attacking UN or local facilities ... actually weakens the Congolese army's operations against the ADF,"

'The dense jungle terrain makes it difficult to protect every remote village, especially when the ADF tend to attack silently at night'

"We can't put a peacekeeper behind every Congolese," Gillman said, LIB reports.
Angry Protesters Storm UN Camp In DRConga After Deadly Attack

Sunday, November 24, 2019

SAD!!! Landslides Kill Atleast 36, Over 500 Vehicles Stucked In Kenya

SAD!!! Landslides Kill Atleast 36, Over 500 Vehicles Stucked In Kenya

SAD!!! Landslides Kill Atleast 36 In Kenya, Over 500 Vehicles Stucked

At least 36 people, including seven children, have been killed by landslides triggered by unusually heavy rains in northwestern Kenya, a local official says.

The downpour began on Friday in West Pokot County, which borders Uganda, and worsened overnight, causing flooding and mudslides that swept away four bridges and left the worst-affected village, Muino, inaccessible by road.

"We can confirm that the number of those dead has sadly reached 36. Some people who we thought were lost have been found dead," Samuel Poghisio, a senator from the county, told Reuters by phone.

"More people are marooned and the entire village is at risk of being wiped out by the floods," the county's governor, John Lonyangapuo, said as he waited for a helicopter to transport him to survey the damage.

He added that rescue efforts were under way in the area, where more than 500 vehicles are stuck on roads damaged by the landslides.
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Eleven of the people killed were in the same house, Lonyangapuo said.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement on Saturday that he had deployed rescue personnel from various agencies including the army and the police to try to stop the "further loss of lives".

Researchers have warned that warming oceans are causing unpredictable weather patterns in East Africa.

Heavy rains and floods have killed more than 50 people and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes across East Africa, aid groups said earlier this month.

Kenya is experiencing a heavier than usual rainy season, the Kenya Meteorological Department said in early November.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

U.S Vice President Pence Makes Surprise Visit To Iraq

U.S Vice President Pence Makes Surprise Visit To Iraq

U.S Vice President Pence Makes Surprise Visit To Iraq

Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit to Iraq Saturday to greet U.S. troops ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Montana Rebublic Radio reports.

Pence and second lady Karen Pence flew to Al Asad air base in Iraq, aboard a C-17 military plane, along with the vice president's chief of staff Marc Short, his national security adviser Keith Kellogg and a small group of reporters.

The visit was kept secret due to security concerns.

At the base Pence spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi — but by telephone rather than in person — thanking him for allowing the trip.

He and Mrs. Pence then entered a dining hall decorated for Thanksgiving where about 150 U.S. service members had gathered; the vice president was carrying a turkey on a platter, and the couple was greeted by applause.

They served the troops food and thanked them for their service.

"The armed forces of the United States are the greatest force for good that the world has ever known, and you are that force," the vice president said.

In his remarks he also chastised Congress for failing to properly fund the Defense Department, saying that "partisan politics and endless investigations have slowed things down a bit in Washington, D.C."

"I will make you a promise: this president, our administration will never stop fighting until we get you our troops the resources it needs to accomplish your mission and defend this nation," Pence said.

The trip comes as the potential for the impeachment of President Trump hangs over the administration. At the same time, questions remain about the direction of the president's policies in the Middle East.

Trump came into office promising to stop "endless wars" and bring U.S. troops home, but those efforts have been stymied by circumstances on the ground and opposition from his own party.

Last month, Trump abruptly announced he would be pulling U.S. forces out of northern Syria, opening the door for Turkey to move in and attack Kurdish fighters, who had been allied with the U.S. against ISIS.

Facing widespread criticism from U.S. allies and bipartisan pushback from Congress over the decision, Trump sent Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Turkey to negotiate a temporary ceasefire between Turkey and Kurdish forces.

The administration ultimately decided to keep some American service members in Syria to help secure the country's oil fields. Trump claims the U.S. is keeping the oil, but the administration has offered no details on how that would actually happen.

The U.S. also relocated some U.S. troops from Syria to Iraq. Iraq's military warned, however, that the additional forces would not be allowed to stay in Iraq indefinitely.

In the tumult that followed the U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria, some captured ISIS fighters were able to escape, raising security concerns.

The absence of the U.S. has also allowed Russia to further its influence in the region. Russian President Vladimir Putin reached an agreement with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling for joint patrols in the area that was occupied by the Kurdish military in Syria – patrols that were once carried out by American troops.

President Trump has defended his decision, arguing that the U.S. is not obligated to defend Kurdish forces forever and that the ceasefire negotiated with Turkey would ultimately save lives.

Back in Washington, the House has just wrapped up a series of public hearings in the impeachment probe examining Trump's conduct toward Ukraine and whether he abused his power to target political rivals.

Current and former government officials have testified that they believed President Trump was withholding military aid for Ukraine in order to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate Burisma, a natural gas company with ties to former vice president Joe Biden's son Hunter.

U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, made waves on Wednesday when he told lawmakers that Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were aware that aid was potentially being tied to these investigations.

Sondland said that he mentioned to Pence that he was worried the aid was being held up in pursuit of these probes.

Pence's office almost immediately disputed these allegations, saying that the vice president never had a conversation about "investigating the Bidens, Burisma, or the conditional release of financial aid."
US Govt Reveals How Air Peace Boss, Allen Laundered $20m

US Govt Reveals How Air Peace Boss, Allen Laundered $20m

US Govt Reveals How Air Peace Boss Laundered $20m
Airpeace Boss, Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema

The United states government has charged the Chairman, CEO, and founder of Air Peace, Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema with bank fraud and money laundering for moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes.

The international airline’s Chief of Administration and Finance, Ejiroghene Eghagha, has also been charged with bank fraud and committing aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme, according to a statement by the department of Justice.

Meanwhile Onyema has denied the allegations and said he is ready to prove his innocence in the US court.

“Onyema allegedly leveraged his status as a prominent business leader and airline executive while using falsified documents to commit fraud,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.


 “We will diligently protect the integrity our banking system from being corrupted by criminals, even when they disguise themselves in a cloak of international business.”

Robert J. Murphy, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division commented on the indictment, “Allen Onyema’s status as a wealthy businessman turned out to be a fraud.

He corrupted the U.S. banking system, but his trail of deceit and trickery came to a skidding halt. DEA would like to thank the many law enforcement partners and the subsequent prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office who aided in making this investigation a success.”

“This case is a prime example of why IRS-CI seeks to partner and leverage its expertise in an effort to thwart those seeking to exploit our nation’s financial system,” said Thomas J. Holloman, IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Office.

“With the importance of our banking system to the movement of money around the world, those attempting to use intricate schemes to commit bank fraud through the use of falsified documents and other means should know that the odds are now heavily stacked against them as law enforcement is combining its talents to protect the sanctity and integrity of the nation’s financial system.”

“Onyema setup various innocent sounding multi-million dollar asset purchases which were nothing more than alleged fronts for his scam,” said acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Hammer, who oversees HSI operations in Georgia and Alabama.

“I’m proud to be part of a team of law enforcement agencies that come together to identify and attack criminals that attempt to profit from the exploitation of our nation’s financial systems.” According to U.S. 

Attorney Pak, the indictment, and other information presented in court: Onyema, a Nigerian citizen and businessman, is the founder and Chairman of several organizations that purport to promote peace across Nigeria, including the Foundation for Ethnic Harmony, International Center for Non-Violence and Peace Development, and All-Time Peace Media Communications Limited. Beginning in 2010, Onyema began travelling frequently to Atlanta, where he opened several personal and business bank accounts.

Between 2010 and 2018, over $44.9 million was allegedly transferred into his Atlanta-based accounts from foreign sources. Onyema is also the CEO and Chairman of Nigerian airline Air Peace, which he founded in 2013.

In years following the founding of Air Peace, he travelled to the United States and purchased multiple airplanes for the airline. However, over $3 million of the funds used to purchase the aircraft allegedly came from bank accounts for Foundation for Ethnic Harmony, International Center for Non-Violence and Peace Development, All-Time Peace Media Communications Limited, and Every Child Limited.

Beginning in approximately May 2016, Onyema, together with Eghagha, allegedly used a series of export letters of credit to cause banks to transfer more than $20 million into Atlanta-based bank accounts controlled by Onyema.

The letters of credit were purportedly to fund the purchase of five separate Boeing 737 passenger planes by Air Peace.  The letters were supported by documents such as purchase agreements, bills of sale, and appraisals proving that Air Peace was purchasing the aircraft from Springfield Aviation Company LLC, a business registered in Georgia.

However, the supporting documents were fake — Springfield Aviation Company LLC, which is owned by Onyema and managed by a person with no connection to the aviation business, never owned the aircraft, and the company that allegedly drafted the appraisals did not exist.

Eghagha allegedly participated in this scheme as well, directing the Springfield Aviation manager to sign and send false documents to banks and even using the manager’s identity to further the fraud.
After Onyema received the money in the United States, he allegedly laundered over $16 million of the proceeds of the fraud by transferring it to other accounts.

Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema, 56, of Lagos, Nigeria, and Ejiroghene Eghagha, 37, of Lagos, Nigeria, were indicted on November 19, 2019, on one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, three counts of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit credit application fraud, and three counts of credit application fraud.

Additionally, Onyema was charged with 27 counts of money laundering, and Eghagha was charged with one count of aggravated identity theft.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges.  The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Senior U.S. Official Warns Pakistan Of Economic Dangers Of China’s Infrastructure Plan

Senior U.S. Official Warns Pakistan Of Economic Dangers Of China’s Infrastructure Plan



Senior U.S. Official Warns Pakistan Of Economic Dangers Of China’s Infrastructure Plan
The United States has warned Pakistan of the long-term risks to its economy if it embraces China’s massive infrastructure project and suggested that it should instead look to the U.S. business, rferl.org reports.

Alice Wells, the acting assistant secretary of state for South Asia, told a conference on November 21 that the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will only profit Beijing.

The United States and many EU countries have criticized China's project and its lending for regional infrastructure efforts, warning that it has saddled some developing countries with debts that they cannot afford to repay.

The CPEC project consists of rail, road, and energy infrastructure and is part of the wider $1 trillion Chinese project known as the "Belt and Road" initiative.

"It's clear, or it needs to be clear, that CPEC is not about aid," Wells said at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

She warned that the initiative was driven by nonconcessionary loans, with Chinese companies sending their own labor and material.

"CPEC relies primarily on Chinese workers and supplies, even amid rising unemployment in Pakistan," she added.

The corridor "is going to take a growing toll on the Pakistan economy, especially when the bulk of payments start to come due in the next four to six years," she said.

"Even if loan payments are deferred, they are going to continue to hang over Pakistan's economic development potential, hamstringing Prime Minister [Imran] Khan's reform agenda," she said.

China's planned efforts in Pakistan include the development of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea into a world-class port. Saudi Arabia earlier this year said it plans to set up a $10 billion oil refinery in Gwadar, located in the southwestern province of Balochistan.

Wells acknowledged that the United States could not come to Pakistan with offers from state-run companies, as can China, but she said private American investment, along with U.S. grants, would help Pakistan's economic fundamentals.

"There is a different model. Worldwide we see that U.S. companies bring more than just capital; they bring values, processes, and expertise that build the capacities of local economies."

Thursday, November 21, 2019

(Photos/Video) Malaysian Immigration Raids Largest Scammers' Headquarter, Arrests 1,000 Chinese

(Photos/Video) Malaysian Immigration Raids Largest Scammers' Headquarter, Arrests 1,000 Chinese


It was a busy Wednesday for Malaysian Immigration Department officials after they raided and arrested 1,000 Chinese nationals believed to be part of the largest online scam syndicate operating in the country, yahoo reports.

Taking to their Facebook account to share the details of the bust, officials say that the group was operating out of an office in the university-slash-tech town of Cyberjaya, just outside of the Malaysian capital.

A press conference on the raid is expected later today, but videos have been widely shared across Facebook over the last 24 hours.

In one clip, an individual appears to be evading police by jumping out of an office block window. (He gets up afterwards, but definitely looks a little worse for wear.)

Another clip taken from a nearby building appears to show scores of people running from the raid, fleeing down the city’s wide streets.

Another video shows an officer grabbing and wrestling back one of the individuals attempting to escape.

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1,000 Chinese Scammers Arrested Inside A House In Malaysia (Photos)
1,000 Chinese Scammers Arrested Inside A House In Malaysia (Photos)


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Who Won the Fifth Democratic Presidential Debate?

Who Won the Fifth Democratic Presidential Debate?

Who Won the Fifth Democratic Presidential Debate?

Round five of the seemingly endless Democratic debates, held at Tyler Perry Studios on November 20 in Atlanta, is in the books.

The debate was broadcast on MSNBC and was moderated by an all female panel consisting of MSNBC anchors Rachel Maddow and Andrea Mitchell, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, and Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker.

According to SPIN, Ten candidates qualified for tonight’s debate: Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey: Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana; former VP Joe Biden; California’s Sen. Kamala Harris; Minnesota’s Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and billionaire Tom Steyer.

The evening kicked off with Sen. Warren calling out the corruption in President Donald Trump’s administration and taking particular aim at impeachment hearing witness Gordon Sondland being named ambassador to the EU after making a $1 million donation to the president’s inaugural fund. Warren also laid out the tenets of her two-cent wealth tax proposal.

Booker got a good shot in at Biden over the former vice president’s opposition to the legalization of marijuana and how the drug war disproportionately targets black and brown people. “I heard Joe Biden say that marijuana should not be legal,” Booker said. “I thought he might have been high when he said it.”

Harris criticized Trump for cozying up to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and earned a laugh break right off the bat.

Sen. Sanders had several strong moments, but among the most impactful was the moment he basically called Biden a trash pile right to his face for voting for both the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War.
Also, Mayor Pete reminded everyone for the 10,000th time that he’s seen combat. Did you know Mayor Pete served in the military? He’ll be glad to tell you all about it.

The candidates took aim at each other all night. Harris confronted Mayor Pete over his seeming inability to connect with black voters, especially black women. Cory Booker took Joe Biden to task over his drug policies. Biden talked about how he’d like to repeatedly punch the problem of violence against women.

Everyone on stage displayed plenty of vim and vigor, but who seemed like the best candidate to overtake Trump in 2020?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Alleged P&ID Scam: Briton Applies For Bail Variation

Alleged P&ID Scam: Briton Applies For Bail Variation


James Nolan, a Briton, on Wednesday applied for variation of his bail at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

FreshReporters news gathered that EFCC had, on Oct. 21, arraigned Nolan and Adam Quinn (at large), both British nationals, over their alleged complicity in the 9.6 billion dollars judgment against Nigeria.

Process and Industrial Development (P&ID), an Irish engineering company, had secured the award against Nigeria following the non-execution of a 20-year gas and supply processing agreement (GSPA) the company had with the federal government.

FreshReporters News further gathered that arraignment of the two British nationals came up weeks after two P&ID directors were convicted over the deal.

The defendants, both directors of Goidel Resources Limited, a Designated Non-Financial Institution (DNFI) and ICIL Limited, were arraigned on a 16-count charge bordering on money laundering.

Justice Okon Abang had, on Nov. 7, admitted Nolan to a bail in the sum of N500 million.

Justice Abang, who granted the bail in an application filed by Nolan, ordered that the applicant must produce “a surety in like sum, who must be a Nigerian and a serving senator not standing any criminal trial in any court in Nigeria.

At the resumed trial on Wednesday, Counsel to the defendant, Paul Erokoro, SAN, prayed the court to favourably grant their application for bail variation.

The lawyer also told the court that he was not prepare for the commencement of trial due to inability to have adequate access to his client.

The EFCC, through his lawyer, had informed the court that he was ready to commence the trial earlier slated for today.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Car Bomb Explodes In Afghan Capital, Killing At Least 12

Car Bomb Explodes In Afghan Capital, Killing At Least 12



Car Bomb Explodes In Afghan Capital, Killing At Least 12


Not fewer than 12 people have been killed and 20 others wounded when a car bomb detonated during the morning rush hour in the Afghan capital, officials said.

The November 13 bombing targeted a private security company's convoy in the Qasaba area in Kabul’s police District 15.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, which came a day after the Afghan government released three key Taliban prisoners in exchange for two Western hostages.

Both the Taliban and the Islamic State militant group are active in Kabul.

The Interior Ministry said the dead were civilians and included three children.

One of them was a 13-year-old child heading to school, Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi said.

"The enemies of our people should know that our people are determined for peace. Nothing can stop them from achieving peace," Andarabi said.

Four foreign staff of the private Canadian security company GardaWorld were among those wounded, said Marwa Amini, an Interior Ministry spokesman.

Their nationalities were not given.

On November 12, President Ashraf Ghani said three high-ranking Taliban prisoners were released in exchange for two professors of the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul -- an American and an Australian -- who were kidnapped by the militants in 2016.

Ghani did not specify the fate of the Western hostages and it was not clear when or where they would be freed.

Those released included Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of Sirajjuddin Haqqani, the leader of the Haqqani network, officials said.

Neither the Taliban nor the Haqqani network, which is part of the militant group, have commented so far on the prisoner swap.

Some analysts had hoped the prisoner release could pave the way for peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The militant group has so far refused to talk to the Afghan government, which it says is a U.S. puppet.

AP, AFP, Reuters
Lightning, Heavy Rains Hit Pakistan Desert, Killing At Least 27

Lightning, Heavy Rains Hit Pakistan Desert, Killing At Least 27



Lightning, Heavy Rains Hit Pakistan Desert, Killing At Least 27

At least 27 people were killed when lightning struck amid heavy rains overnight in various locations in Pakistan's southern desert region, officials said on November 15.

A state of emergency was declared by authorities as rescue teams rushed to the Thar Desert in the province of Sindh, said Saeed Ghani, a spokesman for the provincial government.

Dozens of people, including many women and children, were being treated at hospitals after sustaining injuries caused by lightning and falling structures caused by the rain, Ghani said.

The death toll was expected to rise as rescuers reached remote villages, said Anwar Kazmi, a spokesman for the Edhi charity, which operates in the region.

Hundreds of animals have reportedly perished in the lightning strikes and the fire that followed in the affected areas, the Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported.