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Libya’s renegade general declares ceasefire, ending nine-month attack on capital

Libya’s renegade general declares ceasefire, ending nine-month attack on capital

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
Libya's renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar has declared a ceasefire, ending a nine-month campaign to seize the capital, Tripoli.The conditional ceasefire in the western region of the country -- including Tripoli -- started at 12:01 a.m. local time Sunday, according to the general's spokesman, Ahmed al-Mismari.That's provided that the rival side -- the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) -- abides by it, the statement added."The response will be harsh to any breach of this armistice," said al-Mismari.The GNA said the ceasefire was violated just minutes after going into effect by militias in Salah al-Din and Wadi al-Rabi districts. Despite this, the GNA is still committed to the ceasefire but said if it occurs again the "response will be violent and harsh."Since April, forc...
A majority of Nigerians and Kenyans have confidence in President Trump, according to Pew research

A majority of Nigerians and Kenyans have confidence in President Trump, according to Pew research

INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Most Kenyans and Nigerians have confidence in President Donald Trump, according to data released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.While international confidence in Trump's handling of world affairs has flagged across Europe and most of the rest of the world, opinions of the US President remained mostly positive in two of Africa's most populous countries, the research finds. Sixty-five percent of Kenyans and 58% of Nigerians believe Trump "will do the right thing regarding world affairs," it finds. By contrast, trust in Trump dips in the other two African countries polled, with just 12% of those in Tunisia -- in the continent's north -- and 42% of South Africans confident of his global decisions, polls show. Kenyans, Nigerians and South Africans also fa...
Democratic debate: Warren mocks men for losing elections

Democratic debate: Warren mocks men for losing elections

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Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders did not look happy with each other at the end of CNN's Democratic debate in Iowa. The two senators had sparred over the question of whether a woman could beat Donald Trump and win the White House in November's election. Both agreed that a woman could become US president - but disputed whether Mr Sanders had told Ms Warren otherwise in a private conversation in 2018. The Massachusetts senator then used the opportunity to contrast the electoral record of the male and female candidates on the debate stage.
Iran vows to ‘punish’ those responsible for shooting down Ukrainian plane as arrests are made

Iran vows to ‘punish’ those responsible for shooting down Ukrainian plane as arrests are made

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Iran announced Tuesday authorities have arrested those responsible for accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane last week as President Hassan Rouhani said that anyone involved in the “painful and unforgivable” mishap “should be punished.” The arrests come as Iran’s judiciary also has taken 30 people into custody over street protests that have erupted inside the Islamic Republic following the plane disaster. The shootdown and the lack of transparency from Iranian officials – who initially claimed the crash was the result of a mechanical failure – has reignited anger at the country’s leadership. "The judiciary should form a special court with a ranking judge and dozens of experts," President Rouhani said in a speech televised in Iran. “This is no...
Star Wars’ icon Mark Hamill quits Facebook over political ads

Star Wars’ icon Mark Hamill quits Facebook over political ads

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Actor Mark Hamill, who played the character Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars," has deleted his Facebook account and criticized the company's policy on political ads. Hamill made the announcement Sunday on Twitter. He said he was "disappointed" with Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg. Last week, Facebook announced that it would continue to let politicians run advertisements and it would not police the truthfulness of the messages posted. "Ultimately, we don’t think decisions about political ads should be made by private companies," said Rob Leathern, Facebook's director of product management. "In the absence of regulation, Facebook and other companies are left to design their own policies. We have based ours on the principle that people should be able ...
Uganda’s Musician Halima Namakula celebrates her 60th birthday with young Musicians.

Uganda’s Musician Halima Namakula celebrates her 60th birthday with young Musicians.

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
By Ronald Kabuubi/Kma updates. Ladies hate revealing their age on birthday events but Ms Halima Namakula (middle) is seen with Rema Namakula during her 60th birthday at home recently.Right is Rechal K and Reft is Rema Namakula. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates This was  not the case for Uganda's Veteran Musician Halima Namakula. Ms Halima Namakula is seen with Rema Namakula during her 60th birthday at home recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates Infact, she was very happy for it as she organized her 60th birth with young artistes of this new generation together. Ms Halima Namakula is seen with Nantume during her 60th birthday at home recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates At the event held  at her home at Zebra House Kansanga in Kampala...
“Teach courses that address societal needs & develop country” – Museveni

“Teach courses that address societal needs & develop country” – Museveni

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Uganda,Gulu: The Country's President Yoweri Museveni has called on universities in the country to teach courses that will help address the needs of society and the development of the country. Some of the graduants attentively listening to President Museveni as he addressed them during the 15th Graduation ceremony of Gulu University at their main campus on Saturday 11th January 2020.Photo by Abu Mwesigwa/PPU The President was today officiated the 15th graduation ceremony of Gulu University in Northern Uganda where over 1,500 students graduated with Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. 226 of the students had been on government sponsorship. “Human living is about solving the needs (emikyeno) of society, like food, health, mobility, water, communication and entertainment. In the c...
Museveni explains purpose of the Galamba-Bireembo Trek

Museveni explains purpose of the Galamba-Bireembo Trek

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, TANZANIA, UGANDA, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
Birembo,Uganda: Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has explained that the purpose of the 2020 Great Trek from Galamba in Wakiso District to Birembo in Kakumiro District was not to show stamina but rather to educate the young generation about the history of their country, appreciate the veterans who fough for its liberation and do what they need to do to make sure that their country survives. “I want you to look at the history of the ones who were before you who had a deeper understanding of what Africa needs but also had the discipline to fight for it. I also wanted to expose you to your country so that you see the potential in agriculture and tourism industry. When I was looking at the hills of Kanzira, Butoloogo, I was thinking of the idea of supporting you with health tourism fac...
President urges Kakumiro District residents on prosperity

President urges Kakumiro District residents on prosperity

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Birembo,Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni has urged the people of Kakumiro District in Bunyoro Sub-Region to prioritize household income and leave issues of infrastructure development to Government to implement. President Yoweri Museveni and  First Lady and minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni, and Gen. Joram Mugume at Birembo heroes monument  Friday 10/01/2020. PHOTOS BY PPU/ENOCK KAKANDE The President, who was accompanied by the 1st Lady, Hon. Janet Museveni was this afternoon addressing a public rally at Our Lady of Africa Catholic Parish grounds in Kakumiro after the successful conclusion of the 195 Km Great Trek that started on 4th January from Galamba in Wakiso District and ended yesterday at Birembo in Kakumiro District. Before today’s rally, the President...

The US says it is “ready to engage without preconditions in serious negotiations” with Iran following the countries’ exchange of hostilities

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ran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei described the missile attacks as a "slap in the face" for the US and called for an end to the American presence in the Middle East. The US strike on Soleimani also killed members of Iran-backed Iraqi militias, who have also vowed revenge. However, US Vice-President Mike Pence told CBS News that "intelligence" indicated that Iran had asked its allied militias not to attack US targets. The US House of Representatives has scheduled a vote for Thursday on limiting President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran without specific approval from Congress. In a letter to the UN Security Council, US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft said the US was ready to negotiate "with the goal of preventing further endangerment of internationa...

Uganda to host 2024 Commonwealth speakers conference

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
Uganda has been appointed to host the Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) in 2024. The decision was made on Monday at the ongoing CSPOC in Ottawa, Canada. Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Ugandan MPs and parliamentary officials were also in attendance. At the Monday forum, issues discussed included forum CSPOC meetings; format of the said gatherings; Standing Committee Rules and venues for future conferences. It was agreed that the 2021 CSPOC would be held in Guernsey. The latter is an island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. In 2022, Australia will be the host. In 2023, the Standing Committee meeting will be held in Trinidad and Tobago. Other issues on the agenda throughout this week will be parliamentary engagement; o...

Al-Shabaab bomb kills 3, wounds 6 in Somali capital

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
A Somali official says a car bomb has killed three people and wounded six others at a checkpoint in the capital. Salah Omar, a spokesman for the Mogadishu mayor, says the blast occurred Wednesday as soldiers were conducting searches at a checkpoint. He said the bomb attached to the vehicle was remotely detonated. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility. The group often targets Somalia’s capital By Kayongo Brian Timothy

Libya rebels capture Sirte, birthplace of Gaddafi

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
Forces loyal to renegade General Khalifa Haftar are in control of Sirte, the birthplace of former ruler Muammar Gaddafi. The self-styled Libyan National Army fighters took control of the coastal city late on Monday. Sirte had been under the control of the Tripoli-based government since 2016. Forces loyal to the internationally recognised Government of National Accord said they withdrew from Sirte to avoid civilian casualties. The city of 120,000 is a strategic asset for Haftar, whose administration is based in Benghazi. It sits just west of important oil terminals also controlled by his forces. It is also located on supply routes between eastern, western and southern Libya. Haftar, who is backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and some European countries is k...

Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 crashes near Tehran, killing all 176 on board

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A Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 176 people crashed Wednesday just minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital's main airport, killing all on board. It turned farmland on Tehran's outskirts into fields of flaming debris. The crash of the Ukraine International Airlines aircraft came hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops, but both Ukrainian and Iranian officials said they suspected a mechanical issue brought down the Boeing 737-800. The carrier said the plane was built in 2016 and "underwent its last planned technical maintenance" on Monday, Agence France Press reported. Airline officials said most of the passengers were en route to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, transiting through there to other destinations. St...

Threat to US as Iran targets there troops with ballistic missiles

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Iran has carried out a ballistic missile attack on air bases housing US forces in Iraq, in retaliation for the US killing of General Qasem Soleimani. More than a dozen missiles launched from Iran struck two air bases in Irbil and Al Asad, west of Baghdad. It is unclear if there have been any casualties. The initial response from Washington has been muted. President Trump tweeted that all was well and said casualties and damage were being assessed. LIVE: Latest reaction and analysisCrude oil prices jump after missile attacks Two Iraqi bases housing US and coalition troops were targeted, one at Al Asad and one in Irbil, at about 02:00 local time on Wednesday (22.30 GMT on Tuesday). It came just hours after the burial of Soleimani, who controlled Iran's proxy fo...
New Alert to our   Fellow-Citizens living in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria

New Alert to our Fellow-Citizens living in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria

AFRICA, Business, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, UGANDA, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
Our community living in those regions is called to follow-up carefully the situation through the apps as mentioned in previous posts CANBERRA, Australia, January 7, 2020/ -- The recent fires burning on either side of New South Wales and Victoria are still expected to merge later this week despite relief, especially following yesterday’s rains, from severe weather conditions. As there is a concern over fires burning out of control in both states could form a "mega fire", our community living in those regions is called to follow-up carefully the situation through the apps as mentioned in previous posts. In case any emergency arise, our fellow-citizens are called to follow the instructions below:  
Kenya and Guinea Bissau agree to deepen bilateral ties

Kenya and Guinea Bissau agree to deepen bilateral ties

AFRICA, Business, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, TANZANIA, UGANDA, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
MOMBASA, Kenya Kenya and Guinea Bissau have agreed to work more closely to deepen their bilateral ties. President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Mombasa, met with Guinea Bissau President-Elect Umaro Cissoko Embalo.  Also in attendance was Sports Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed. Speaking today at a meeting at State House, Mombasa, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Guinea Bissau President-Elect Umaro Cissoko Embalo said the two countries will enhance their cooperation for the benefit of the citizens of the two nations.  The leaders singled out exchange of students and teachers, collaboration in technical training, trade and security as some of the key areas of focus in bolstering cooperation between Kenya and Guinea Bissau.  President Kenyatta congra...

Tito Magito Tanzanian rights activist case postponed

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, TANZANIA
The case against detained Tanzanian rights activist Tito Magoti has been postponed until 21 January. Mr Magoti, a public affairs officer at the Legal and Human Rights Centre in Dar es Salaam, was abducted by unknown men in December last year at a busy market in the city. His family and colleagues looked for him for hours before police confirmed that they were holding him for questioning. Two days later, Mr Magoti was arraigned in court alongside Theodory Giyan, an IT expert at a private company. They were both charged with economic crimes including money laundering, charges which are not bailable in Tanzania. Their lawyers deny all the charges. The Legal and Human Rights Centre has tweeted about the postponement of their case Both Mr Magoti and Mr Giyan are kno...
Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

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PRETORIA, South Africa The South African Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides grants for South African university graduates to pursue post-graduate studies at a United States university in any subject (excludes MBA and studies that require contact with patients). The following opportunities are available: South African PhD students enrolled with a South African University may apply to conduct one year’s research at a U.S. University as a Visiting Student Researcher. Post-graduate students may apply for scholarships towards Master’s or Doctorate degrees. Scholarships are awarded for two years towards one degree – Master’s or Doctorate (renewable each year). Students are selected through a rigorous application ...

Ambassador Sun Gongyi meets with the President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Mauritius

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
Mr. Lishun Che Ong Steve Chai Soon introduced the main work of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce this year and the work plan for next year PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, January 6, 2020/ -- On November 21, 2019, Ambassador Sun Gonyi met with Mr. Lishun Che Ong Steve Chai Soon, president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Mauritius and its main members. Ambassador Sun highly affirmed the important role played by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in promoting Chinese culture and the development of economic and trade relations between China and Mauritius. Ambassador Sun hoped that the Chinese Chamber of Commerce would continue to make positive contributions to the development of Sino-Mauritian social undertakings and the economic and cultural exchanges between the two...