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Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated in middle-of-the-night attack at his home

Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated in middle-of-the-night attack at his home

BREAKING NEWS, HAITI, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PROTESTS, TERROR
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was “mortally wounded” and his wife shot during an armed attack in the early hours of Wednesday at their private residence above the hills of Port-au-Prince, the country’s prime minister, Claude Joseph, said. Several sources told the Miami Herald that Moïse was killed during the attack, and that his wife was shot. In a statement from the prime minister’s office, Joseph said the attack occurred around 1 a.m. Wednesday, and some of the unidentified assailants spoke Spanish. The head of state, the statement said, was “fatally injured.” Frist Lady Martine Moïse was wounded and is being treated, the statement said. The assailants claimed to be agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to videos taken by people in the area of...
Myanmar government to release 700 prisoners from Yangon’s Insein jail

Myanmar government to release 700 prisoners from Yangon’s Insein jail

Asia, BREAKING NEWS, CRIME, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, MYANNMAR
June 30 (Reuters) - Myanmar's authorities will free around 700 prisoners from Yangon's Insein jail on Wednesday, prison chief Zaw Zaw told Reuters, in a release that is expected to include some of the thousands of people detained for opposing military rule. The prison chief said he did not have a list of those being released, but BBC Burmese language news reported it would include people accused of incitement after speaking out against the coup. A crowd of people gathered ahead of the release outside the Insein prison, a colonial-era jail on the outskirts of the commercial hub of Yangon, photographs on social media showed. The Myanmar Now news portal reported that across the country about 2,000 prisoners would be released. A prisons department official declined to comment. ...
Zambia: 21 days of mourning for founding father Kenneth Kuanda

Zambia: 21 days of mourning for founding father Kenneth Kuanda

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Union, BREAKING NEWS, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, Zambia
Former president of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda died peacefully at 2:30 pm (1230 GMT) on Thursday of pneumonia at a military hospital where the 97-year-old had been receiving treatment since Monday. The news comes by way of -- as announced by the government which declared 21 days of national mourning as televised announced by Cabinet secretary Simon Miti. He expressed President Edgar Lungu’s deep regret and sorrow at the passing of the nation’s beloved founding father, icon and global statesman. "You have gone at a time we least expected," Lungu said on Facebook, describing him as a "true African icon." The government declared 21 days of national mourning with flags flying at half-mast and all forms of entertainment suspended -- in honour of the now-deceased leader who was ...
NATO to call out China’s behaviour as ‘systemic challenge’

NATO to call out China’s behaviour as ‘systemic challenge’

BREAKING NEWS, EUROPE, G7, G7 SUMMIT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, WORLD, World Bank
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan, US President Joe Biden and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talk as Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits before a plenary session at a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium Expected statement would mark a first for the Western alliance, which is historically focused on Russia. NATO is expected to formally call out China’s behaviour as a “systemic challenge” in its final summit statement, a first for the alliance historically focused on Russia. Leaders of the Western military alliance meeting in Brussels on Monday, including US President Joe Biden, will condemn China for rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, its opaqueness in modernising its forces and its military cooperation with Russia, according to the document seen by Reuters. h...
Jim White leaves Sky Sports News after 23 years

Jim White leaves Sky Sports News after 23 years

BREAKING NEWS, Football, Journalist, Sports
Jim White joined Sky Sports News in 1998; during his two decades with SSN he has interviewed everyone from Sir Alex Ferguson to Pele, being first with breaking news and pioneering SSN's groundbreaking Deadline Day coverage Jim White is leaving Sky Sports News after 23 years to focus on other media challenges. From interviewing Sir Alex Ferguson, Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, to the collapse of the European Super League, plus countless deadline day scoops, Jim has always been first with the breaking news. White donned his now-iconic yellow tie on every Transfer Deadline Day to become synonymous with Sky Sports News' coverage. "After 23 fantastic years, it's time to bid farewell to Sky Sports. After much thought and with a heavy heart I leave Sky Sports News - but what a j...
Uganda-Former Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo  bounces back as Vice President

Uganda-Former Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo bounces back as Vice President

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, Burundi, EALA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Ministry Of Finance,planning and Economic Development, Ministry Of Health, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, South African Parliament, Sports, Twitter, UGANDA
I hereby inform the country that By virtue of the Authority given to   the President of Uganda by Articles: 108(2), 108A(1), 113(1) and 114(1) of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I hereby appoint H.E. the Vice President, Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Honourable Cabinet Ministers and other Ministers as indicated below: 1.         H.E. the Vice President                      ─         HON. JESSICA ALUPO;                              &nb...
Burkina Faso vows ‘sweep’ after deadly militant attack

Burkina Faso vows ‘sweep’ after deadly militant attack

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, Burkina Faso, CRIME, CRISIS, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, West Africa
The attack that left 160 people dead last weekend in northern Burkina Faso "will not go unpunished," Burkinabe Prime Minister Christophe Dabire promised Monday. "This deadly incursion (...) will not go unpunished," Dabiré said after a meeting with the people of Solhan, who have taken refuge in Sebba, the capital of the Yagha province, where he flew in a helicopter with five members of the government. "There is hope because we will reorganize ourselves to be able to provide the appropriate response to the situation," he continued, before visiting the site of the attack. "The day after the attack, we took security measures and today this part of the territory is occupied by a number of forces that are doing a sweep," added the Prime Minister. On Friday night, armed men suspe...
Many killed as two trains collide in southern Pakistan

Many killed as two trains collide in southern Pakistan

ACCIDENT, Asia, BREAKING NEWS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, PAKISTAN, WORLD
At least 33 passengers killed and more than 120 injured after Millat Express derailed and Sir Syed Express hit it soon afterwards in Sindh province. At least 33 people have been killed and more than 120 injured after a train collision near the southern Pakistani town of Dharki, officials say, with rescue work still under way to find survivors trapped in the debris. The collision took place early on Monday morning near the town of Dharki, about 440km (273 miles) north of Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi, officials say. “The number of dead bodies has increased to 33, while the number of injured is near 120,” senior health official Dr Manzoor Jakhrani told Al Jazeera by telephone from one of the main government hospitals were the injured were being treated. Rescue work ...
Abubakar Shekau: Boko Haram leader is dead, says rival militant group

Abubakar Shekau: Boko Haram leader is dead, says rival militant group

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, CHILDREN, CRIME, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Nigeria, WORLD
The leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has killed himself, rival Islamist militants said in an audio recording. In audio obtained by news agencies, the Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) said Shekau died detonating explosives on himself after a battle between the two groups. Shekau was reported dead last month and has been reported killed before. Neither Boko Haram nor the Nigerian government have confirmed his death. What did the recording say? In the undated audio recording, a voice thought to be that of Iswap leader Abu Musab al-Barnawi said Shekau "killed himself instantly by detonating an explosive". Iswap fighters hunted down the warlord and offered him the chance to repent and join them, al-Barnawi said. "Shekau prefe...
North Korea: Kim Jong-un waging war on slang, jeans, foreign films

North Korea: Kim Jong-un waging war on slang, jeans, foreign films

Asia, BREAKING NEWS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA, PRESIDENT, UN Human RiGHTS, WORLD
Kim Jong-Un admitted recently that North Korea was going through its "worst situation" thanks in part to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: AFP / KCNA via KNS North Korea has recently introduced a sweeping new law which seeks to stamp out any kind of foreign influence - harshly punishing anyone caught with foreign films, clothing or even using slang. But why? Yoon Mi-so said that she was 11 when she first saw a man executed for being caught with a South Korean drama. His entire neighbourhood was ordered to watch the execution. "If you didn't, it would be classed as treason," she told the BBC from her home in Seoul. The North Korean guards were making sure everyone knew the penalty for smuggling illicit videos was death. "I have a strong memory of the man who was blindfolded, ...
At only 57, Temitope Balogun Joshua, a frontline Nigerian preacher and televangelist, has died

At only 57, Temitope Balogun Joshua, a frontline Nigerian preacher and televangelist, has died

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Nigeria, UGANDA
 Lagos on Saturday evening shortly after concluding a programme at his church He was The cause of death was not immediately known. Mr Joshua reigned for several decades as a fiery preacher on television, using his platform to attract a large number of Christians from across the world. Emmanuel TV, run by Mr Joshua’s SCOAN, is one of Nigeria’s largest Christian broadcast stations, available worldwide via digital and terrestrial switches. In 2014, his church was at the centre of a multi-national investigation following a section of his church headquarters in Lagos collapsed, leaving dozens killed and many more injured. Mr Joshua denied allegations of negligence and a trial over the incident was still underway prior to his demise. In 2014, his church was at the centre of a mul...
France suspends joint military operations with Mali

France suspends joint military operations with Mali

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, CRISIS, France, MALI, West Africa
The French government has suspended its joint military operations with forces in Mali on Thursday after the second coup d’etat in its former colony within nine months. The French Defense Ministry said the decision, taken after consultation with Mali’s authorities and military, would be reassessed in the coming days. “Requirements and red lines have been set by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union to clarify the framework for the political transition in Mali,” the statement said. “While awaiting these guarantees, France has decided to suspend, as a temporary measure, joint military operations with Malian forces.” It is currently unclear whether the move means French troops would remain in the West African nation until a fresh decision...
Elon Musk breaks up with bitcoin? Cryptic tweet has some crypto bulls fearing the worst

Elon Musk breaks up with bitcoin? Cryptic tweet has some crypto bulls fearing the worst

BREAKING NEWS, CARS, INTERNATIONAL, WORLD
Crypto bull Elon Musk on Thursday evening issued a cryptic tweet that many in the world of digital assets were interpreting as the billionaire’s breakup with bitcoin.About an hour later, he followed that with this tweet: A number of Musk’s recent tweets have sparked in the crypto community a mix of ebullience, confusion, apprehension and, at times, dread. His social-media missives have had outsize influence on the prices of dogecoin and bitcoin and he’s at least partly blamed for the extant slump in bitcoin and the broader crypto complex. An article last month in The Wall Street Journal described him as bitcoin’s biggest influencer. At last check Thursday night, bitcoin prices BTCUSD, -5.37% were down 2.3%, changing hands $37,762 according to CoinDesk data, slipping after the...
Meghan Markle and Harry warned over ‘poking hornets nest’ – ‘This is an ongoing saga’

Meghan Markle and Harry warned over ‘poking hornets nest’ – ‘This is an ongoing saga’

BREAKING NEWS, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, Entertainment, INTERNATIONAL, KINGDOM, POLITICS, UK
MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry are fuelling an "ongoing saga" by speaking about their decision to step down as full-time working royals, according to a royal commentator. Meghan and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to open a Pandora's box which is going to be "really difficult to close", according to royal commentator Camilla Tominey. The expert believes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to keep speaking about Megxit paves the way to endless scrutiny from the media and the public and further reactions from Buckingham Palace. In a video comment for the Daily Telegraph, Ms Tominey said: "They could have gone quietly after Megxit. "They had said they wanted to live a quieter life in LA and I think many people would have let them do that. "I think the fee...
Gen. KATUMBA WAMALA Survives Assasination In Kisaasi – Kampala

Gen. KATUMBA WAMALA Survives Assasination In Kisaasi – Kampala

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, CRIME, DIPLOMACY, EAST AFRICA, POLITICS, Security, UGANDA, Uganda Law Society, Uganda Police Force
KAMPALA, Uganda Former Uganda Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), and Transport Minister Gen. Katumba Wamala has been shot in Kiasasi on Tuesday morning. Gen. Katumba Wamala’s daughter, Brenda and their driver  have been confirmed dead in an assassination attempt on the General’s life. The car was shot seven times. It is reported that the shooting happened in Bukoto —Kisaasi, a Kampala suburb on Tuesday morning. This website has learnt that Gen Wamala has been rushed to hospital for treatment. Gen. Wamala was the commander of land forces in the UPDF from 2005 to 2013. He also served as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Uganda Police Force (UPF), the highest rank in that branch of Uganda’s government, from 2001 until 2005. Wamala was the first active UP...
Aguero: I hope to play with Messi, I think he’ll stay at Barcelona

Aguero: I hope to play with Messi, I think he’ll stay at Barcelona

BREAKING NEWS, EUROPE, Football, LA LIGA, Sports, UEFA
Argentinian became Barcelona's first summer signing of 2021 No-one is happier than Sergio Aguero on Monday night, having fulfilled his childhood dream of joining Barcelona and admitted he hopes to play alongside one of his close friends, Lionel Messi. Aguero completed a free transfer from Manchester City on Monday and became Barcelona's first signing of the 2021/22 season. "We hope to play together, but we've been negotiating for some time," Aguero said in his presentation on his companion. "But they are his decisions with the club. It's a pleasure and I'm proud to play together, I lived with him and know him quite well. "I think that yes, he will stay. I talk to him every day, but I can't say what we talk about. He congratulated me. "I've known him since I was a...
Man Utd’s shock Ronaldo bid; City’s tempting Kane swap deal: Premier League Rumour Mill

Man Utd’s shock Ronaldo bid; City’s tempting Kane swap deal: Premier League Rumour Mill

BREAKING NEWS, EUROPE, FIFA, Football, ITALIAN SERIE A, PREMIER LEAGUE, Sports
Cristiano Ronaldo could be on his way back to Manchester United after reportedly prioritising a shock comeback while doubts grow over his future at Juventus. Ronaldo currently earns almost £500,000-a-week ($920,000) in Italy and would be taking a pay cut to switch to Old Trafford. Massimiliano Allegri is the new man in charge at Juve and he is reportedly not again the prospect of letting Ronaldo leave in the summer transfer window. Paris Saint-Germain is another potential landing spot for Ronaldo although the club’s desire to tie down Kylian Mbappe means United remains in the mix. Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Juve are looking to offload Ronaldo in exchange for Paul Pogba. Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is reportedly set to meet with United negotiators on Zoom this w...
WHO Calls for 20 Million COVID Vaccine Doses for Africa

WHO Calls for 20 Million COVID Vaccine Doses for Africa

BREAKING NEWS, COVID-19, DIPLOMACY, HEALTH, WORLD, World Health Organization
The World Health Organization is asking for 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for African countries to administer second doses to those who have received their first shot.   After three weeks of declining rates of COVID-19 infections in Africa, the World Health Organization is reporting an increase in cases.  It says its latest figures of more than 4.7 million cases, including 128,000 deaths indicate a 17% rise over the previous week.    WHO regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti says she is concerned, but that it is too soon to tell whether Africa is on the cusp of a third wave.        “While it is too soon to say if Africa is seeing a resurgence, however, we are seeing increases in a number of countries, we are...
Plea for public to observe public health guidelines

Plea for public to observe public health guidelines

BREAKING NEWS, COVID-19, HEALTH, London, UK, World Health Organization
LONDON, United Kingdom Public health experts, gardaí and political figures have appealed to people to continue to observe public health guidelines. It follows gatherings of large crowds in areas of Dublin, Cork and Galway at the weekend. Crowds around South William Street in Dublin were dispersed by gardaí. Yesterday evening, crowds that gathered close to the Spanish Arch and along the Long Walk in Galway were also dispersed. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said that local lockdowns remain an option for Government, should there be a spike in Covid-19 infections. Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said he was "absolutely shocked" at the scenes in Dublin at the weekend, which said were "like a major open air party". A specialist in infectious diseases at the Royal Coll...
Boris Johnson marries Carrie Symonds in secret ceremony

Boris Johnson marries Carrie Symonds in secret ceremony

BREAKING NEWS, CHURCH, Entertainment, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, MARRIAGE, UK, wedding
LONDON, United Kingdom British Prime Minister Boris Johnson married his fiancée Carrie Symonds in a secret ceremony at Westminster Cathedral yesterday, his office said, confirming media reports. A Number 10 Spokesperson said: "The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds were married yesterday afternoon in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral. "The couple will celebrate their wedding with family and friends next summer." The Sun newspaper reported that even senior Downing Street aides were totally unaware Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds were about to tie the knot. They announced their engagement, together with the news that they were expecting their first child, in February last year. It is Mr Johnson's third marriage, having finalised his divorce from his second wife Marina...
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