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Mali: New government sees military in key ministerial positions

Mali: New government sees military in key ministerial positions

AFRICA, African Union, CRISIS, GOVERNMENT, MALI, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, West Africa
In Mali Friday a new government has been formed. It sees the military -- which staged two coup d’états in nine months, in charge of the West African nation's key ministries. At its head -- albeit facing criticism of his position’s legitimacy, transitional president Colonel Assimi Goïta, who was sworn in on Monday. Ministerial positions of defence, security, interior and national reconciliation are all occupied by military personalities -- some of whom held these titles at the time they were also leaders of the August 18 2020 coup that removed then-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Namely, Colonel Major Ismaël Wagué who remains the Minister of National Reconciliation and Colonel Sadio Camara -- who is back as Defence Minister after being ousted in late May by the since rece...
Israel’s Netanyahu lashes out as end of his era draws near

Israel’s Netanyahu lashes out as end of his era draws near

Asia, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, WORLD
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on after a special session of the Knesset whereby Israeli lawmakers elected a new president, at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun Benjamin Netanyahu says he is victim of a ‘deep state’ conspiracy, and speaks in apocalyptic terms about Israel without his leadership. In what appear to be the final days of his historic 12-year rule, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not leaving the political stage quietly. The longtime leader is accusing his opponents of betraying their voters, and some have needed special security protection. Netanyahu said he is the victim of a “deep state” conspiracy. He speaks in apocalyptic terms when talking about the country without his leadership. ...
French President Macron declares end of Barkhane Operation In Sahel

French President Macron declares end of Barkhane Operation In Sahel

AFRICA, African Union, CRIME, CRISIS, France, MALI, PRESIDENT, TERROR, TERRORISM, WAR, West Africa
A "profound transformation" of the presence in the Sahel of the French military Barkhane forces. This will include the closure of French army bases and the establishing of the international anti-jihadist alliance, as announced on Thursday by the president of France Emmanuel Macron. "We will initiate a profound transformation of our military presence in the Sahel, the modalities and timetable of which will be specified in the coming weeks, I will do so by the end of June, and I will initiate this work in the coming days. "It will involve the transition to a new framework, that is to say, the end of the operation Barkhane, as an external operation for the implementation of an operation of support. "Support of cooperation to the arms of the countries of the region that wish it, a...
President Museveni: Every car, motorcycle to have a digital monitor

President Museveni: Every car, motorcycle to have a digital monitor

AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, UGANDA
President Museveni addressing Parliament during budget reading on June 10, 2021 President Museveni Thursday said every vehicle and motorcycle will be required to have a digital monitoring device as part of his government’s attempts to contain cases of insecurity in the country, like the recent assassination attempt at Works and Transport minister, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala. “Every vehicle and motorcycle must have a digital monitor. If you try to remove it, we shall go for you. It will show us where you are at any one time. As soon as there is a crime, we go. I don't want any wasting time in investigations. I have told Gen David Muhoozi (State minister for internal affairs) to check what has happened to that plan. We would not be wasting time on who was there,” Mr Museveni said as he...

Joe Biden Set to Warn Boris Johnson on Northern Ireland as He Arrives in UK for G7 Summit

EUROPE, G7, G7 SUMMIT, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, UK, WORLD
Earlier, as he spoke in Cornwall ahead of the G7 summit to be hosted by the UK, Boris Johnson expressed optimism over talks with the European Union on ironing out the Northern Ireland protocol issue, insisted that a compromise was “doable”, and that he was “not worried” about the issue overshadowing the G7. Boris Johnson is reportedly to face pressure from US President Joe Biden on Thursday to resolve the contentious Northern Ireland Protocol issue that has marred ongoing post-Brexit trade talks between the UK and the European Union. Biden is set to meet with Johnson in Cornwall ahead of the G7 summit scheduled for 11–13 June and hosted by the UK, which holds the G7 presidency for 2021. The US President flew to the UK on Air Force One, landing at the US airbase at RAF Mildenhall...

PICTURES: President Uhuru Kenyatta – Destruction of Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, Security
President Uhuru Kenyatta sets on fire 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County. A cache of 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons burns after being set on fire by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County. President Uhuru Kenyatta looks on as a cache of 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons that he set on fire burns at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County.

Man who slapped Macron ‘subscribes to far-right YouTube channels’

CRIME, INTERNATIONAL, Media, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, Security, Social Media, WORLD
French President Emmanuel Macron gets slapped by a member of the public during a visit in Tain-L'Hermitage, France, in this still image taken from video on June 8, 2021. BFMTV/ReutersTV via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS VIDEO WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS IMAGE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. UNPROCESSED VERSION OF THE VIDEO WAS PROVIDED SEPARATELY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. FRANCE OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN FRANCE Suspect identified as 28-year-old Damien Tarel slapped the French president during a walkabout, a moment that has gone viral on social media. The man alleged to have slapped French President Emmanuel Macron in the face subscribes to several far-right YouTube channels and is a fan of medieval swordsmanship, media reports and sources c...
Ethiopia election: Will delayed polls mirror those of the past?

Ethiopia election: Will delayed polls mirror those of the past?

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, ELECTIONS, Electoral Comission, ETHIOPIA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT
24 May 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia --- epa04765092 Male residents queue for the Ethiopian presidential elections at the Bole Subcity polling station in the capital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 24 May2015. The elections are the first since since the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and it is expected that his successor, Hailemariam Desalegn, is certain to stay in office. An estimated 37 million people are thought to vote today. EPA/Solan Kolli --- Image by © Solan Kolli/epa/Corbis Gov’t says June 21 vote will be a break away from previous polls, but critics decry detention of opposition leaders and say process is not free and fair Ethiopia’s election is less than two weeks away but various insecurity and logistical woes, as well as questions over representation, threaten to overshadow...
President Kenyatta receives credentials from new envoys

President Kenyatta receives credentials from new envoys

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT
NAIROBI, 9th June 2021 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi received credentials from six (6) ambassadors and high commissioners recently posted to Kenya. Half of the envoys will be resident in Kenya while the rest will be based in neighboring Ethiopia. Mrs Giovanna Valverde Stark (Costa Rica), Isatu Bundu (Sierra Leone) and Jeronimo Rosa Joao Chivavi (Mozambique) will be resident in Nairobi. The non-resident envoys are Nestor Alejandro Rosa Navarro (Uruguay), Jainaba Jagne (The Gambia), and Khadijetou Mbareck Fall (Mauritania). The President, who was joined by Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and Foreign Affairs PS Amb Macharia Kamau, welcomed the envoys to Nairobi and wished them a successful tour of duty in the country. Ends...
President Kenyatta: Safaricom will help transform Ethiopia’s economy

President Kenyatta: Safaricom will help transform Ethiopia’s economy

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 9th June 2021 (PSCU) — President Uhuru Kenyatta has told Ethiopians that the entry of Kenya's technology giant Safaricom will help transform their country by positively impacting most sectors of the 112 million population economy. Using the example of Safaricom's impact on the Kenyan economy over the years, President Kenyatta lauded Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and his administration for choosing to liberalize the country's telecommunications sector. “Today’s ceremony is the first step in an exciting and rewarding opportunity for Ethiopia. Kenya has seen the great gains and opportunities unleashed by Safaricom across the entirety of our socio-economic landscape. “Ethiopia now stands at the cusp of making even greater strides in Safaricom’s areas of strength...
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...
Mali: Junta leader Assimi Goita to take oath as president

Mali: Junta leader Assimi Goita to take oath as president

AFRICA, DEMOCRACY, DIPLOMACY, MALI, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, West Africa
The head of Mali's junta is expected to be sworn in on Monday as the west African country new President. Last week, Colonel Assimi Goita declared himself President, days after removing transitional leader Bah Ndaw from power. He accused Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane of appointing a new cabinet without consulting him It was the second seizure of power masterminded by Goita in under a year. Last August, he lead a group of young soldiers who moved against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, capitalizing on weeks of street protests and frustration among frontline troops. Mali has since been suspended by the African Union and regional bloc ECOWAS. France has also halted its military campaign helping the Sahel country fight militant insurgents. The new coup threat...
North Korean leader calls for meeting to review battered economy

North Korean leader calls for meeting to review battered economy

Asia, ECONOMY, INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has presided over a meeting of the ruling party in his first public appearance in about a month, calling for a larger political conference to discuss salvaging the country’s decaying economy. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Mr Kim expressed appreciation that a lot of works were being speeded up thanks to the “ideological enthusiasm and fighting spirit of self-reliance” demonstrated by the party and his people. But he also said there was a need to correct “deflective matters” and called for a plenary meeting of the Workers’ Party’s Central Committee to review overall state affairs for the first half of 2021. The party announced that the plenary meeting was set for early June. Mr Kim’s appearance at Friday’s Politbu...
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, ...
Museveni meets doctors, promises them pay rise

Museveni meets doctors, promises them pay rise

HEALTH, Ministry Of Health, PRESIDENT, UGANDA
President Museveni has reiterated government’s commitment to salary enhancement for medical practitioners and other scientists, saying the government is focused on developing Uganda using a science-led development strategy. The President made the promise on Tuesday while meeting officials of Uganda Medical Association led by their vice president, Dr Stephen Ataro Ayella at State House Entebbe.  Others on the team included the UMA secretary general, Dr Mukuzi Muhereza, the head of medical interns, Dr Irene Nabwire, the secretary general of the Federation of Medical Interns, Dr Faith Nabugasho and the former Director General of Medical Services, Prof Francis Omaswa. Also in attendance were the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Diana Atwine, and the director...
Trump suspended by Facebook for 2 years, then will reassess

Trump suspended by Facebook for 2 years, then will reassess

DIPLOMACY, Entertainment, PRESIDENT, TEENAGERS, Youth
Facebook announced Friday that former President Donald Trump’s accounts will be suspended for two years, freezing his presence on the social network until early 2023, following a finding that Trump stoked violence ahead of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. At the end of the suspension, the company will assess whether Trump’s ‘risk to public safety’ has subsided, Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, wrote in a blog post. He said Facebook will take into account ‘external factors’ such as instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest. Facebook also announced that it would end a contentious policy that automatically exempted politicians from rules banning hate speech and abuse, and that it would stiffen pe...
Politicians vote to extend martial law to Eastern DRC

Politicians vote to extend martial law to Eastern DRC

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, DRC, POLITICS, PRESIDENT
The politicians of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)P voted to extend martial law in the restive east of the country for 15 days, a month after they replaced civilian authorities with military administrations in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. Violence has been endemic in DRC’s mineral-rich eastern regions since the official end of the civil war in 2003, but insecurity has soared in the past two years. On May 6, the government imposed a state of siege to try to end the bloodshed. Violent attacks have since continued, but Justice Minister Rose Mutombo said numerous militia fighters had surrendered and the army had seized control of new areas. “Much remains to be done, and the recent volcanic eruption of Nyiragongo, which occurred in the middle of a state of siege, has...