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Police commended for rescuing girls from trafficking

Police commended for rescuing girls from trafficking

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, Office Of the Prime Minister, PRIME MINISTER, UGANDA
Parliament Of Uganda: The Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja has praised the Police for rescuing 14 girls who were held by a local non-governmental organization. Workers MP, Hon Margaret Rwabushaija in July informed the House that she had got reports that young girls were being held and allegedly forced to to sleep with dogs in a home in Muyenga, a job they were to take on after being trafficked to European countries. Nabbanja told Parliament that the Police rescued the 14 girls from Papaya guest holiday home in Muyenga. “The Police handed them over to Uganda Network on Laws and Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET), a gazetted facility, for safe custody and later handed over to their parents,” Nabbanja said. Aged between 17 to 19 years, the girls were to be trafficked by a one Doro...
Ronald Musagala of UGAdid not finish Heat 3 of the men’s 1500m Round 1. His Olympics journey at theTokyo2020?Tokyo2020 Games is over due to a muscle problem. This was his ninth straight major championship for Uganda since the 2013 Moscow World Championships.

Ronald Musagala of UGAdid not finish Heat 3 of the men’s 1500m Round 1. His Olympics journey at theTokyo2020?Tokyo2020 Games is over due to a muscle problem. This was his ninth straight major championship for Uganda since the 2013 Moscow World Championships.

AFRICA, Atheletics, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNET, Ministry Of Education and Sports, Ministry Of Health, OLYMPICS, PRIME MINISTER, Sports, UGANDA, Uganda Athletics Federation, WORLD, World Health Organization
Photo by Reuters @Olympics journey at the #Tokyo2020 Games is over due to a muscle problem. This was his ninth straight major championship for Uganda since the 2013 Moscow World Championships.
As England prepares to lift Covid-19 restrictions, Boris Johnson goes into self-isolation

As England prepares to lift Covid-19 restrictions, Boris Johnson goes into self-isolation

HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, PRIME MINISTER, UK
British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak (L) and PM Boris Johnson, seen here on April 29, 2021, will self-isolate as England prepares to lift Covid restrictions. © Dan Kitwood, AFP As England pushes ahead with a controversial decision to lift its remaining coronavirus restrictions on Monday – dubbed "Freedom Day" by the UK press – Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are self-isolating after meeting with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who has since tested positive for Covid-19. "Please, please, please, be cautious," Johnson said in a video from isolation on Sunday. The UK government was thrown into turmoil on Sunday by its own rules on Covid self-isolation just as it controversially prepares to ditch pandemic curbs in England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson a...
Ethiopia’s Tigray forces say they freed 1,000 captured soldiers

Ethiopia’s Tigray forces say they freed 1,000 captured soldiers

AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, REBELS, WAR
Officials in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office and a government task force on Tigray did not answer calls seeking comment.Tiksa Negeri/File Photo/Reuters Forces in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have released around 1,000 government soldiers captured during recent fighting, the head of its ruling party said, as both sides prepared for a showdown over contested land in the West of the region. Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters by satellite phone late on Friday that they have released 1,000 low-ranking soldiers. “More than 5,000 (soldiers) are still with us, and we will keep the senior officers who will face trial,” he said. He said the soldiers had been driven to Tigray's southern border with the Amhara region on Fri...
UK PM warns social media sites face fines if they don’t remove racist contents

UK PM warns social media sites face fines if they don’t remove racist contents

ENGLAND, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNET, PRIME MINISTER, Social Media
Boris Johnson is talking tough against racism. The UK Prime minister condemned the racist abuse against England's football players following their Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy. "[The England footballers] really do represent the best of our country. And I repeat, that I utterly condemn and abhor the racist outpourings that we saw on Sunday night. And so what we are doing is today taking practical steps to ensure that the football banning order regime is changed so that if you are guilty, Mr Speaker, of racist abuse online of footballers then you will not be going to the match", Johnson said. While speaking in the UK Houses of Parliament, Johnson adds that social media networks will be fined if they fail to remove racist content from their various platforms. "Last night I me...
Ethiopians hope for peace, economic stability as PM Abiy Ahmed wins election

Ethiopians hope for peace, economic stability as PM Abiy Ahmed wins election

AFRICA, ELECTIONS, ETHIOPIA, PAN AFRICA, PRIME MINISTER
Residents of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa say they hope Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government can ensure peace and economic stability after the incumbent's party won a landslide victory. The election result grants Abiy a five-year term despite a brutal war raging in the country's northern region of Tigray. Abiy hailed the outcome of what he described as a "historic" election -- the first time he faced voters since being appointed prime minister in 2018 following several years of anti-government protests. The winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize had hoped to frame victory at the ballot box as a mandate for political and economic reforms and military operations. But the poll was held in the midst of the gruelling conflict in Tigray that has battered Abiy’s global reput...
Ethiopian embassy in Kenya among 30 to be closed to save money

Ethiopian embassy in Kenya among 30 to be closed to save money

AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, PRIME MINISTER
Ethiopia on Monday announced plans to cut the number of embassies it has in other countries by at least half in a bid to save costs. In a briefing to Ethiopian lawmakers, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the country will shut down several embassies, including one in Kenya, to manage costs, with most diplomats working as non-resident ambassadors. “Ethiopia shouldn’t have 60 or so embassies and consulates in the present moment. Instead of throwing US dollars everywhere … at least 30 of the embassies should be closed. The ambassadors should instead be here,” he said. He said the Ethiopian ambassador to Kenya, for example, could be based in Addis Ababa and only make field trips to meet with officials, while following events in Nairobi through the media. "The Ethiopian ambassador...
Johnson to restore freedoms as he tells UK to ‘learn to live’ with Covid-19

Johnson to restore freedoms as he tells UK to ‘learn to live’ with Covid-19

COVID-19, ENGLAND, HEALTH, LOCK DOWN, PRIME MINISTER, UK
Boris Johnson will lead a Downing Street press conference on Monday where he will tell the public that the country must “begin to learn to live with this virus” Boris Johnson is expected to tell people in England that it will be left to their “judgment” to manage coronavirus risks as he prepares to restore freedoms on July 19. The British Prime Minister will lead a Downing Street press conference on Monday where he will tell the public that the country must “begin to learn to live with this virus” in the clearest indication yet that he is preparing to do away with a swathe of restrictions on daily life. Mr Johnson will update the nation on the future of the one metre-plus rule in hospitality venues, the use of face coverings and work from home guidance, with multiple reports ...
Somalia to hold presidential vote in October

Somalia to hold presidential vote in October

AFRICA, Office Of the Prime Minister, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, Somalia
Somalia's political leaders have agreed to hold a long-delayed presidential election on October 10, the prime minister's office said Tuesday, following months of deadlock that turned violent at times. The office of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble unveiled the timetable for indirect parliamentary and presidential elections in a statement on Twitter, saying stakeholders had agreed to a roadmap for a vote following two days of talks in the capital Mogadishu. "I commend the leaders of the council and hope the election will be a peaceful and transparent one, based on the agreed-upon schedule and processes," the prime minister said. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and the leaders of Somalia's five states had been unable to agree on the terms of a vote before his term lapse...
Boris Johnson ‘confident’ lockdown restrictions will end in England on 19 July

Boris Johnson ‘confident’ lockdown restrictions will end in England on 19 July

HEALTH, LOCK DOWN, PRIME MINISTER, UK, World Health Organization
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is "confident" that no further delay to the lifting of remaining Covid restrictions in England will be necessary, and will come to an end on 19 July. The Prime Minister confirmed on Monday (14 June) that lockdown measures would remain in place until July - pushed back from 21 June - due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant. 'Now is the time to ease off the accelerator' The Prime Minister said 19 July will now be the "terminus date" for the remaining restrictions on social contact. Covid restrictions in England were due to come to an end on 21 June, but this has been pushed back by four weeks to 19 July amid the rise of the Delta variant. Limits on numbers for sports events, pubs and cinemas will remain in place, with nightclubs t...
Mali: New prime minister sets priorities towards civilian rule in 2022

Mali: New prime minister sets priorities towards civilian rule in 2022

AFRICA, African Union, GOVERNMENT, MALI, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, Security, West Africa
Mali's new transitional prime minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga set an ambitious roadmap on Sunday towards a return to civilian power in February 2022 The new transitional prime minister in Mali, Choguel Kokalla Maiga, assembled his government for the first time on Sunday. The meeting was to set as priorities for the West African nation, i.e. "the improvement of security, political and institutional reforms" -- plus the organization of highly anticipated credible elections to return civilians to power in February 2022. He takes office at a time when the country has been caught up in jihadist turmoil and violence of all kinds for years. The security crisis goes hand in hand with serious political and social crises. The Malian Prime Minister addressed his government: "We wil...
Bennett sworn in as prime minister, unseating Netanyahu after 12 years in power

Bennett sworn in as prime minister, unseating Netanyahu after 12 years in power

Asia, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, WORLD
Government approved 60-59; Yamina head heckled throughout his Knesset speech; Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid becomes alternate PM; Netanyahu derides new PM and vows: ‘We’ll be back soon’ In a history-making vote, Israel’s 36th government was sworn in at the Knesset on Sunday, installing Yamina chair Naftali Bennett as prime minister and ousting Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years of consecutive rule as premier. MKs voted by a wafer-thin 60-59 in favor of the new government, made up of right-wing, left-wing, centrist, and Islamist parties that came together to oust Netanyahu and end two years of political deadlock. One MK, Ra’am’s Saeed al-Harumi, abstained from the vote. Three MKs from the predominantly Arab Joint List — Ayman Odeh, Ahmad Tibi and Osama Saadi — stayed out of the chambe...
Biden congratulates PM Bennett in phone call as US embraces new government

Biden congratulates PM Bennett in phone call as US embraces new government

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, USA, WORLD
US leader says he looks ‘forward to working’ with premier ‘to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations;’ FM Lapid invited to Washington US President Joe Biden congratulated new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Sunday night on being sworn in as the head of a new government coalition, issuing a statement and immediately following it up with a phone call. “On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet,” Biden said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations.” US Secretary of State Blin...
Alupo, Nabbanja vetting today

Alupo, Nabbanja vetting today

AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, Parliament, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, UGANDA, VICE PRESIDENT
Vice President Jessica Alupo (left) and Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja at the reading of the National Budget at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala last week. PHOTO/PARLIAMENT arliament will sit today to vet the Vice President designate, Ms Jessica Alupo, and the Prime Minister nominee, Ms Robinah Nabbanja, after their appointment last week.Ms Alupo, the former Education minister, replaced Mr Edward Ssekandi, while Ms Nabbanja, the former State Minister for Health in-charge of General Duties, replaced Dr Ruhakana Rugunda. President Museveni said the duo is the best choice to advance his vision for the country.A notice from the Office of Clerk to Parliament to the Members of Parliament signed by Mr Paul Wabwire, the Deputy Clerk (Parliamentary Affairs),  urged all the legisl...
G7 leaders meet in Cornwall to discuss the main issues of our time

G7 leaders meet in Cornwall to discuss the main issues of our time

CANADA, France, G7, G7 SUMMIT, GERMAN, INTERNATIONAL, Italy, JAPAN, POLITICS, POWER, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, QUEEN, UK, USA, WORLD
G7 leaders met in Cornwall, in the South of England on Friday (11 June) to discuss the main issues of our time.  They are later today expected to commit to using all their resources in an effort to ensure the devastation caused by a pandemic like Covid-19 is never repeated in a declaration that sets out a series of measures intended to achieve this. The G7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation made up of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the UK and the US. The Summit is also attended by the president of the European Council and the president of the European Commission. Mr Johnson, who is hosting the three-day gathering at the Cornish seaside resort of Carbis Bay, said it was vital to learn from the "mistakes" of the 200...
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...
Central African Republic’s prime minister, cabinet resign

Central African Republic’s prime minister, cabinet resign

AFRICA, Central African Republic, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER
Firmin Ngrebada on Thursday resigned as prime minister of the Central African Republic along with his entire cabinet. Ngrebada was made prime minister in February 2019. He had served as President Faustine-Archange Touadera's chief of cabinet before the appointment. He had been one of the main architects of the Khartoum peace agreement in February 2019 between the authorities and armed groups which brought relative stability to the country that has been mired in conflict since 2013. A spokesman for the presidency said Ngrebada could be asked to lead a new government. His resignation comes after strained political and diplomatic ties with former colonial ruler France. Paris announced this week that it was suspending military assistance to Bangui, saying authorities in the...

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...