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French President Emmanuel Macron holds umbrella for Slovak leader and refuses to give it up even after an aid offered to relieve him
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French President Emmanuel Macron holds umbrella for Slovak leader and refuses to give it up even after an aid offered to relieve him

French President Emmanuel Macron held up an umbrella for Slovakia's prime minister when it started to drizzle during their joint statement.   In a video shared by Reuters, an aide is seen trying to relieve Macron of the umbrella but he declined and continued holding it over Igor Matovic.   Some viewers have reacted, praising him for his humility.  
Iraq Suspends Reuters For Three Months Over Report On Coronavirus Cases
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Iraq Suspends Reuters For Three Months Over Report On Coronavirus Cases

The Iraqi government has suspended the licence of the Reuters news agency after it published a story claiming the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country was higher than number officially reported. The Iraqi media regulator said it was revoking Reuters’ licence for three months and handing them a fine of 25 million dinars (S$29,738) for what it said was the agency’s violation of the rules of media broadcasting. In a letter to Reuters, the Communications and Media Commission (CMC) said it had taken the action “because this matter is taking place during current circumstances which have serious repercussions on societal health and safety”. In a statement by the news agency, the management said it regretted the Iraqi authorities’ decision and that it stood by the story, ...
Shell, ExxonMobil May Sign Oil Swap Deals, Says NNPC
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Shell, ExxonMobil May Sign Oil Swap Deals, Says NNPC

• Crude price steady as US grants Iranian oil waivers to eight countries Ejiofor Alike with agency reports The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has stated that it could sign crude-for-product deals with Shell and ExxonMobil, similar to one signed with BP recently. This is coming as the news of the waivers granted by the United States to eight countries to buy Iranian oil for a while helped to stabilise oil prices yesterday with the price of Brent steady at $72.83, while the US light crude was 15 cents lower at $62.99 per barrel. NNPC had announced last Wednesday that it had signed such a deal with BP and would provide more details later. “Unfortunately, Shell and ExxonMobil exited the downstream sector in Nigeria a couple of years ago but they are coming ba...
An Open La Liga Is Good For The Game, Pires Says
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An Open La Liga Is Good For The Game, Pires Says

Mumbai (India) – The current Sanish football season has been the most open in years and will only be of benefit to football, former France midfielder and World Cup winner Robert Pires says. This season more La Liga clubs are already challenging the hegemony of Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in the league. While Spanish clubs have many of the world’s leading players, including Argentina’s Lionel Messi, La Liga has often been criticised for a lack of competition. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have won all but one league title between them in the last 14 seasons, with Atletico Madrid winning in the 2013/2014 season. But after eight games in the 2018/2019 season, Pablo Machin’s Sevilla lead FC Barcelona by one point at the top of the table with Real Madrid at fourth place...
Nigerian Military Struggles Against Islamic State In West Africa – Reuters
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Nigerian Military Struggles Against Islamic State In West Africa – Reuters

Islamist militants have killed hundreds of soldiers in attacks in northeastern Nigeria in recent weeks, security and military sources say, forcing a turnaround in the course of an insurgency which the government has frequently claimed to have vanquished. The fatigued, ill-equipped government troops have reached breaking point, they said. The setback in the war against Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) and the Boko Haram insurgency from which it split in 2016 comes as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term in elections next February. Buhari came to power in 2015 on a promise to defeat Boko Haram, and security has once again emerged as a main campaign issue. In the past three weeks, according to military and security sources, ISWA killed 48 soldiers at a military ba...
Former President’s Son Charged With Corruption
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Former President’s Son Charged With Corruption

The son of a former African President might be in serious trouble after being charged with corruption by security operatives. Duduzane Zuma, the son of former South African president Jacob Zuma, was released on bail after appearing in court in leg-irons on Monday on charges of corruption, the biggest scalp so far in an attempt to get to the bottom of the graft allegations that swirled around his father. Duduzane Zuma, who returned to South Africa last week to attend his brother’s funeral, was released on 100,000 rand ($7,439.76) bail with his case postponed to Jan, 24, 2019. The charges, which he plans to contest, relate to corruption allegations made by deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, lawyer Rudi Krause told Reuters without providing further detail. Jonas said in 2016...
CBN Boosts Forex Market With Fresh $210million
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CBN Boosts Forex Market With Fresh $210million

The Central Bank of Nigeria has injected another sum of $210m into the interbank foreign exchange market. The CBN said the new supply was part of efforts to ensure liquidity in the forex market in order to meet customers’ requests in various segments of the market. According to a statement, the apex bank offered $100m to authorized dealers in the wholesale segment of the market, while the Small and Medium Enterprises segment received the sum of $55m. It said customers requiring forex for invisible such as tuition fees, medical payments, and basic travel allowance were also allocated the sum of $55m. The Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, reassured the public that the bank would continue to intervene in the interbank forex market in ...
U.S Embassy In Cambodia Fires 32 Staff After Allegedly Caught Sharing Pornography
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U.S Embassy In Cambodia Fires 32 Staff After Allegedly Caught Sharing Pornography

The U.S. embassy in Cambodia has fired 32 people after they were allegedly caught sharing pornographic material in a non-official chat group, several sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. Four sources told Reuters that pornographic videos and photographs, including some featuring people under the age of 18, were shared in a Facebook Messenger chat group. Some of the images were seen by the wife of an embassy worker who reported the incident to an official at the embassy. The matter was then forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the sources said. “They had their identification cards taken and some of their phones checked,” a former U.S. embassy staff member told Reuters on condition of anonymity. He said the 32 embassy workers included Cambodians and Cambod...
South African Police Arrest Zuma Associates Amid Influence-Peddling Probe
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South African Police Arrest Zuma Associates Amid Influence-Peddling Probe

The state broadcaster did not provide details of the two detainees. Plice raided the family home of businessmen friends of President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday amid a probe into allegations that the family used their links with the president to win state contracts and influence Cabinet appointments. The raid by the specialist Hawks police unit on the family home of the Guptas came a day after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ordered Zuma to step down as head of state after nine years in office dogged by scandal and a stagnant economy. A dozen heavily armed tactical police blocked off a street leading to the Gupta home in Johannesburg. A police officer told Reuters: “This is a crime scene.” Zuma and the Guptas, a family of wealthy Indian-born businessmen, deny any wrongdo...
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Liberia’s Ruling Party Expels President Johnson Sirleaf

Liberia’s ruling Unity Party has expelled outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, accusing her of refusing to support the party’s candidate in the last presidential election. The party accused Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf of supporting and campaigning for the eventual winner of the keenly contested poll, former football star George Weah. The party also expelled four other party officials on Sunday, Reuters news agency reported. “The behaviour of the expelled persons … constitutes sabotage and undermined the existence of the party,” the party was quoted as saying in a statement. The party said the dismissed officials had violated its rules, including a requirement to support all Unity Party candidates in elections, Reuters reported. Mr. Weah, a former FIFA world best footballer, de...
Somali Security Forces Arrest Ex-Minister, Kill 5 Bodyguards In Raid
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Somali Security Forces Arrest Ex-Minister, Kill 5 Bodyguards In Raid

Somali security forces arrested a former minister and presidential candidate in an overnight raid on his home in which they killed five of his bodyguards, police and lawmakers said on Monday. A spokesman for the Internal Security Ministry said Abdirahman Abdishakur was accused of treason. Abdishakur, who stood in the February presidential election, is an opposition politician and an outspoken critic of the weak, UN-backed government led by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. “The former minister was legally arrested by decree from the attorney general and internal security minister. He was accused of treason. “His guards fought the security forces,” spokesman Abdiasis Ali told reporters on Monday. A policeman confirmed five bodyguards were killed in the raid, while a local ...
George Weah To Face Joseph Boakai In Liberia Presidential Runoff
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George Weah To Face Joseph Boakai In Liberia Presidential Runoff

Ex-footballer George Weah is expected to face Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai in a runoff for the country’s presidency after no candidate gained an absolute majority in the October 10 election. With 95 percent of the votes counted, the National Election Commission said on Sunday that Weah led with 39 percent of the vote, while Boakai had gained 29 percent. The final results are expected by October 25. According to Liberia election rules, if no candidate gains an absolute majority in the first round of the election, a runoff between the top two candidates will follow. The runoff is expected to take place in early November. In the first round, 20 candidates sought to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is stepping down after serving the maximum two six-year terms. ...
Group Drags Shell To London Court Over 2011 Bonga Oil Spill
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Group Drags Shell To London Court Over 2011 Bonga Oil Spill

A Non-Governmental Organisation has filed a suit in a London court against Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company, SNEPCO, over a 2011 oil spill in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. The NGO, the Oil Spills Victims Vanguard, filed the case on September 21 at the TTC High Court of Justice, London, on behalf of the victims of the Bonga oil spill. The spill, said to have been caused by an operational error on the part of SNEPCO, had about 40,000 barrels of crude oil discharged into the Atlantic Ocean, and affected at least 350 communities in Delta and Bayelsa states. “The pollution from this discharge which covered a distance of 185 killometres along the Nigeria coastline compelled fishermen to desert the sea and the polluted farmlands,” the group said. About 168,000 people...
Cameroon Army Denies Shooting At Protesters From Attack Helicopters
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Cameroon Army Denies Shooting At Protesters From Attack Helicopters

Witnesses and rights groups said troops and attack helicopters opened fire on protesters at the height of separatist rallies in English-speaking areas of Cameroon over the weekend, killing and wounding people. The army dismissed the reports from sources in five towns as “completely false” and said helicopters had only been used for surveillance. Any use of air attacks would mark a major escalation in a government crackdown on separatist protests that have been rumbling in Anglophone districts of the central African oil producer for almost a year. Thousands took to the streets in towns across the Northwest and Southwest regions on Sunday, Oct. 1, calling for independence from the country’s French-speaking majority. Rights groups said they started to collect reports on ensuing vi...
Trump Denies Tillerson Threatened To Resign: Twitter
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Trump Denies Tillerson Threatened To Resign: Twitter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump denied on Thursday that Rex Tillerson had threatened to resign after a news report that the secretary of state had called him a moron and had to be repeatedly persuaded not to leave the administration. "Rex Tillerson never threatened to resign," Trump said in his most direct refutation of the resignation report. "This is Fake News put out by @NBCNews. Low news and reporting standards. No verification from me." On Wednesday, the top U.S. diplomat, whose tenure has been dogged with rumors about unhappiness with Trump's policies and rhetoric, said he was committed to the president's agenda and had never considered resigning. NBC reported that, in a session with Trump's national security team and Cabinet officials at the Pentagon, Tillerson...
Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall In Texas As Category 4
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Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall In Texas As Category 4

A mammoth storm off the coast of Texas strenghtened to a category four hurricane on Friday as the US state and surrounding areas braced for what officials warned would be a “major disaster”. Hurricane Harvey is expected to be the most powerful to hit the US mainland since 2005. Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked President Donald Trump to preemptively declare Harvey a “major disaster” in order to speed federal assistance, issuing disaster declarations for 30 counties. “We can obviously tell already at this stage this is going to be a very major disaster,” Abbot said, as more than 1,000 National Guardsmen were activated. “We’re going to be dealing with really record-setting flooding in multiple regions.” Forecasters said Harvey could hit land near Corpus Christi, a major oil hub...
Kenyan Opposition To Tell Court Technology Enabled Election Fraud
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Kenyan Opposition To Tell Court Technology Enabled Election Fraud

Kenya’s opposition will argue before the Supreme Court that technology enabled rather than curbed election fraud, as it seeks to overturn a vote this month won by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s National Super Alliance (NASA) said in a petition filed that results from more than a third of polling stations were “fatally flawed”, in some cases because of irregularities in electronic transmission of paper results forms. The documents, made available to Reuters, suggest that the opposition will link alleged irregularities to the murder of Chris Msando, the election official overseeing information technology, days before the Aug. 8 election. Election authorities said Kenyatta won a second term by 1.4 million votes. A parallel tally by independent monitors ...
Sierra Leone Mudslide Deaths Hitting 400 – Chief Coroner
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Sierra Leone Mudslide Deaths Hitting 400 – Chief Coroner

Rescue workers have uncovered nearly 400 bodies so far from a mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, its chief coroner Seneh Dumbuya told Reuters on Tuesday. He said that he expected at least 500 bodies to be uncovered as the search continues. A national emergency has since been declared by the government. The heavy flooding of Sunday evening into Monday that caused the deaths and extensive infrastructure damage is thought to be Africa’s worst in 20 years, and the country’s president has appealed for international help. “And in the worst case there was a landslide which took away a whole section of the hill, just taking homes and families with it as well. So there have just been hundreds of bodies coming out of the dirt. “Contamination is an issue we worr...
Iranian Court Freezes Asset Of 152 BBC Staff
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Iranian Court Freezes Asset Of 152 BBC Staff

A court on Tuesday barred 152 Iranian current and former BBC staff members and contributors from major financial transactions in Iran. The order bans 152 individuals from any transaction that needs to be registered, including buying or selling property or any “movable or immovable assets” in Iran, restrictions the British broadcaster said on Tuesday were effectively an asset freeze. All individuals on the list work, or have worked, for BBC Persian, part of the BBC World Service. A Reuters correspondent who was working for the BBC until 2015 was also on the list. The order was issued in July by a prosecutor’s office based in Evin Prison in Tehran and ratified by Iran’s deputy prosecutor-general in August before being announced to all registration offices in the country. The orde...
Zenith Bank Provides For 30% Of 9mobile’s Loan
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Zenith Bank Provides For 30% Of 9mobile’s Loan

Zenith Bank says it has made a provision on 30 percent of its loan to 9mobile, telecommunications company formerly known as Etisalat. According to Reuters, Peter Amangbo, chief executive officer of the bank, made this known in a conference call on Monday. “We have taken about 30 percent as a provision which we believe is very prudent as the company is undergoing restructuring to prepare for a new investor.” A lender makes provision for a loan if it perceives that the debtor will default on the loan. A provision is an allowance set aside to cover loan losses. The company, which is Nigeria’s fourth largest telecommunications company, had been in the news for its inability to repay a $1.2 billion loan it took from a consortium of 13 banks. First Bank of Nigeria (FBN), one of...
Police Kill 11 In Kenya As Post-Election Riots Flare
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Police Kill 11 In Kenya As Post-Election Riots Flare

Kenyan police killed 11 people in a crackdown on protests as anger at the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta erupted in the western city of Kisumu and slums ringing the capital, officials and witnesses said on Saturday. A security official told Reuters that the bodies of nine young men shot dead overnight in Nairobi’s Mathare slum had been brought to the city morgue. The official said the men were killed during police anti-looting operations. Separately, a young girl in Mathare was killed by police firing “sporadic shots”, a witness said. The run-down neighborhood is loyal to 72-year-old opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose party rejected Tuesday’s vote as a “charade”. A Reuters reporter in Kisumu, centre of post-election ethnic violence a decade ago in which 1,200 peo...
Stray Bullet Kills Girl As Police Shoot At Protesters
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Stray Bullet Kills Girl As Police Shoot At Protesters

A young girl was shot dead by police during operations to quell protests against the re-election of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, a witness said on Saturday. “The girl was hit by a stray bullet while she was on a balcony as police were firing sporadic shots,” the witness, who only gave his first name, Eric, told Reuters. A government official told reporters another man was killed in Kisumu county, centre of serious post-election ethnic violence in 2007 in which 1,200 people were killed and 600,000 displaced. Kisumu’s main hospital was treating four people brought in overnight with gun-shot wounds and six who had been beaten by police, hospital records showed. NAN reports that Kenyatta secured a second term in office, results showed on Friday, setting off wild street celebrat...
Kenya Election: Observers Back Kenyatta Victory
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Kenya Election: Observers Back Kenyatta Victory

Kenya’s main monitoring group has backed the official election result, which gave nearly 55% of the vote to the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta. The Elections Observation Group (Elog), which had 8,300 observers, said its tally conformed to the official result. The opposition candidate, Raila Odinga, has rejected the result, calling it a “charade”. There has been sporadic violence, with three people reportedly killed by police in areas supporting Mr Odinga. Elog’s projected outcome put Mr Kenyatta on 54%, just short of the official figure of 54.3% “We did not find anything deliberately manipulated,” chairwoman Regina Opondo said. Kenya’s acting interior minister Fred Matiang’i has urged people to return to their normal lives and called for Kenyans to use social media responsibly...
Informal Economy Not Enough To Handle Africa’s Workforce Explosion – IMF
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Informal Economy Not Enough To Handle Africa’s Workforce Explosion – IMF

Unemployment in Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest economy, is running at more than 14 percent and climbing; in South Africa, the second largest economy, it is over 27 percent. For youth in both places, it is far more. This may seem bad enough, but according to International Monetary Fund calculations the sub-Saharan Africa region’s jobs travails are in danger of reaching uncharted territory in less than two decades. That is, unless the economies can create jobs for their burgeoning, young population. “By 2035, sub-Saharan Africa will have more working-age people than the rest of the world’s regions combined,” Reuters quoted the IMF to have written in a blog post. “This growing workforce will have to be met with jobs.” This has major implications for the region’s economy, it...
Artist Stencils Hate Tweets On The Ground In Front Of Twitter HQ
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Artist Stencils Hate Tweets On The Ground In Front Of Twitter HQ

A German-Israeli artist who accuses Twitter of failing to delete hate speech tweets has taken matters into his own hands – by stencilling the offending messages on the road in front of the company’s Hamburg headquarters. A post on video-sharing site YouTube showed Shahak Shapira and fellow activists stencilling tweets saying “Germany needs a final solution to Islam” and “Let’s gas the Jews” – clear references to the Nazi regime’s World War Two genocide of Europe’s Jews. Shapira said he had reported some 300 incidents of hate speech on Twitter but had received just nine responses from the company. “If Twitter forces me to see these things, then they should have to see it as well,” he said in the video, posted on Monday, describing the comments as violations of the social network’s ...
Pakistani ‘Terrorist’ Charity Launches Political Party
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Pakistani ‘Terrorist’ Charity Launches Political Party

Islamabad, Pakistan - A Pakistani charity designated by the United Nations as a front for armed group Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) launched a political party on Monday, in a move that could see the anti-India group accused of carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, enter mainstream national politics. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) organisation that launched the party, has been designated by the UN as a "terrorist", and the United States has had a $10m bounty on his head since 2012 for his alleged role as the leader of LeT armed group. Pakistani police have held Saeed under house arrest in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore since January under local anti-terrorism laws. His detention was extended for a further two months on August 1. The UN sanctions include...
Nigerian Banks Want To Reposition 9mobile Before Sale – FBN
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Nigerian Banks Want To Reposition 9mobile Before Sale – FBN

First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) says the Nigerian Banks who took over 9mobile — formerly known as Etisalat Nigeria — are stabilising the telecommunication company before looking for new investors to buy into the company. Quoting First Bank, Reuters said the country’s fourth largest telecoms group will keep stability until they can find new investors, adding that there is no need to impair loans made to the company because of its cash flows. “On the part of lenders, we are trying to reposition the company till we find new investors. With the level of cash flow we believe there will be no need for impairment,” a bank official said on an analysts’ call. Another lender, FCMB, said on Tuesday lenders had agreed to extend a $1.2 billion loan which the mobile operator took out four years ago...
Mauritania To Abolish Senate, Change National Flag
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Mauritania To Abolish Senate, Change National Flag

Mauritania voted in favour of a referendum to abolish the senate and change the national flag. Mohamed Abdel-Aziz on Friday described the senate as “useless and too costly.” He has said the move to abolish the governing body would improve governance by introducing more local forms of lawmaking. But the county’s opposition says the exercise was just a bid by President Mohamed Abdel-Aziz to bolster power and extend his mandate. The referendum won 85 per cent of the vote, the national electoral commission said, though only a little over half of the population voted. The opposition, which boycotted the vote, said the referendum would give Abdel-Aziz too much power over decision-making and pave the way for him to scrap presidential term limits. Opposition aid the vote was marr...
Firefighters Extinguish Blaze At Dubai Skyscraper
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Firefighters Extinguish Blaze At Dubai Skyscraper

Firefighters have extinguished a blaze that swept through one of the world's tallest residential buildings in Dubai early on Friday, forcing occupants to flee their homes as burning debris showered down the sides of the 79-storey tower. Dubai's civil defence authorities said firefighting squads put out the blaze by around 4:00 am (0000 GMT) and were cooling the 337 metre-tall Torch tower. The tower was evacuated and no injuries were reported, authorities said. Flames shot up the sides of the building in the city's upscale Marina district in the second blaze at the structure since 2015. Firefighters and police sealed off surrounding streets, which were partially covered by dust and debris. By 4.00 am the exterior of the building showed no sign of fire as residents and onlooke...
Chafing Over Thwarted Rapprochement, Trump Blames Congress For Russia Chill
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Chafing Over Thwarted Rapprochement, Trump Blames Congress For Russia Chill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump chafed on Thursday over the new dive in U.S. relations with Russia, widening a rift with his own Republican Party as he blamed Congress for causing the tensions with a new package of sanctions. Far removed from his election campaign promises to improve relations with Vladimir Putin and his praise of the Russian president, Trump found himself the target of Kremlin scorn after he reluctantly signed the sanctions against Moscow into law on Wednesday. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday evening the measure showed the Trump administration was utterly powerless. The sanctions amounted to a full-scale trade war and the hope of improved relations with the new administration in Washington was over, Medvedev said in a Facebook post...
U.S. Jobless Claims, Layoffs Fall As Labor Market Tightens
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U.S. Jobless Claims, Layoffs Fall As Labor Market Tightens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week, pointing to a tightening labor market that likely keeps the Federal Reserve on course to announce plans next month to start reducing its massive bond portfolio. Labor market strength was also underscored by another report on Thursday showing U.S.-based employers in July announced the fewest job cuts in eight months. "The labor market remains tight as a drum even if it is not throwing off the sparks of higher wages and more inflation," said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG in New York. "The Fed can continue mopping up the stimulus provided to fight the financial crisis and recession." Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 240,000 for the w...
Trump, Frustrated By Afghan War, Suggests Firing U.S. Commander: Officials
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Trump, Frustrated By Afghan War, Suggests Firing U.S. Commander: Officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's doubts about the war in Afghanistan has led to a delay in completing a new U.S. strategy in South Asia, skepticism that included a suggestion that the U.S. military commander in the region be fired, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. During a July 19 meeting in the White House Situation Room, Trump demanded that his top national security aides provide more information on what one official called "the end-state" in a country that the United States has spent 16 years fighting against the Taliban with no end in sight. The meeting grew stormy when Trump said Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, a Marine general, should consider firing Army General John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanista...
Kenya Airways Cancels Flights Over Pilots’ Protest
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Kenya Airways Cancels Flights Over Pilots’ Protest

Kenya Airways said in a statement in Nairobi that the airline had, however, made alternative arrangements to take care of all passengers. Kenya Airways cancelled an unspecified number of flights on Monday after pilots refused to take up some shifts, the airline said. Kenya Airways said in a statement in Nairobi that the airline had, however, made alternative arrangements to take care of all passengers. The airline said: “We have cancelled and combined some flights to manage the situation and to ensure our affected guests are taken care of.” The disruptions at the carrier, which says it carries 12,000 passengers a day, started over the weekend. The reason for a “go-slow” action taken by the pilots was not immediately known. The union that represents them, KALPA, went on strike l...
What Will Happen To Raqqa After ISIL
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What Will Happen To Raqqa After ISIL

Outside Atma camp in Syria's northern Idlib province, Abu Mokhles has been sleeping on the street for two days. It is the second time in two months that he and his family have had no shelter. His ordeal began in Raqqa province in late May, when the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advanced on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in the town of al-Mansoura. As aerial bombardment of the area intensified, he and his family fled from their home on the outskirts of town. They spent the first days of the holy month of Ramadan hungry and terrified, sleeping out in the open in a nearby grove. Eventually they fled to Ain Issa camp, 50km north of Raqqa city, in SDF-controlled territory. But the deplorable conditions in the camp - which Abu Mokhles desc...
Senate Withdraws Report Exonerating MTN Nigeria
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Senate Withdraws Report Exonerating MTN Nigeria

Nigeria’s Senate has withdrawn a report that largely exonerated South African telecoms giant MTN of accusations of illegally repatriating $14 billion. The house also rebuked the Nigerian central bank for regulatory failures. The report, presented to the Senate on Thursday and reviewed by Reuters, was almost immediately sent back for further work because it did not capture possible infractions by all stakeholders, two people familiar with the matter said. The upper house agreed in September to investigate whether Africa’s biggest telecoms firm unlawfully repatriated $13.92 billion from Nigeria – its most lucrative market which generates a third of its revenue – between 2006 and 2016. MTN has denied any wrongdoing, but could not immediately be reached for comment. The crux of the...
Dollar Steadies After Fed Fall, Shares Bob At Record High
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Dollar Steadies After Fed Fall, Shares Bob At Record High

LONDON (Reuters) - Stocks, bonds and commodities were starting to show signs of fatigue on Thursday, having been driven higher by signs that softening U.S. inflation could see the Federal Reserve keeps its interest rates lower for even longer. MSCI's 47-country All World share index was at its latest record high as Wall Street looked set for its own fresh peak [.N] and after Asian stocks had jumped to their highest in almost a decade. European bourses struggled in comparison, eking out only the smallest of gains, as a lung cancer drug test failure sent pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca sliding 16 percent and disappointing Deutsche Bank results push its shares down 3.5 and weighed on Germany. [.EU] The broader rush for risk was still intact though, coming after the Fed left U.S. rates unm...
Filth Spreads Yemen’s Deadly Cholera Outbreak
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Filth Spreads Yemen’s Deadly Cholera Outbreak

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's cholera outbreak is so widespread that just drinking water can lead to death. Nearly 2,000 people have already succumbed to one of the worst recorded outbreaks of cholera in modern history, with over 400,000 having contracted the disease, according to the World Health Organization. Cholera, a diarrheal disease spread by ingestion of food or water tainted with human faeces, can kill within hours if untreated. It has been largely eradicated in developed countries equipped with sanitation systems and water treatment. But Yemen's devastating civil war, pitting a Saudi-led military coalition against the armed Houthi group, and economic collapse has made it extremely difficult to deal with catastrophes such as cholera and mass hunger. With stinking green watery filt...
Jobless Claims Rise From Three-Month Low
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Jobless Claims Rise From Three-Month Low

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rebounded from a three-month low last week, but remained below a level consistent with a tightening labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 244,000 for the week ended July 22, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Data for the prior week was revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims rising to 241,000. It was the 125th straight week that claims remained below 300,000, a threshold associated with a robust labor market. That is the longest such stretch since 1970, when the labor market was smaller. The labor market is near full employment, with the jobless rate at 4.4...
Putin Signs Syria Base Deal, Cementing Russia’s Presence There For Half A Century
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Putin Signs Syria Base Deal, Cementing Russia’s Presence There For Half A Century

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost half a century, official documents show. The original deal, signed in Damascus in January, sets out the terms under which Russia can use its Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province which it has used to carry out air strikes against forces opposing President Bashar al-Assad. Putin approved the agreement on Wednesday, after the two chambers of the Russian parliament backed it earlier this month, according to the government's official information portal. The document says Russian forces will be deployed at the Hmeymim base for 49 years with the option of extending that arrangement for 25-year periods. The base has been at the heart ...
Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka: Rebel Leader Surrenders To UN
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Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka: Rebel Leader Surrenders To UN

The founder and leader of a Congo rebel group who is wanted for crimes against humanity has surrendered, the UN mission in Congo has said. Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, the founder of Nduma defense of Congo, has been wanted since 2011 under a national warrant for crimes against humanity, including for mass rapes. He surrendered to UN forces in the country's North Kivu region on Wednesday. Sheka handed himself in "in full awareness of the fact that he is wanted by the government ... to stand trial for alleged crimes", the mission said. It was not immediately clear why he had turned himself in, but his forces have been locked in a losing combat in recent years with a rival armed group, Reuters news agency said. The UN mission said it would support Congo authorities in pursuing criminal...
Two Killed In Venezuela As Opposition Strike Begins
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Two Killed In Venezuela As Opposition Strike Begins

At least two people were killed in renewed clashes between police and protesters in Venezuela, where a 48-hour strike called for by the opposition is taking place. Authorities said a 30-year-old man was killed in the mountainous state of Merida, and prosecutors reported that a 16-year-old boy had also died on Wednesday. The latest casualties bring to 105 the number of people killed in four months of violent protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, the AFP news agency said. Maduro's opponents at home and abroad are attempting to pressure him into halting his plans to rewrite Venezuela's constitution with an election for a Constituent Assembly on July 30. The opposition-led two-day strike is the latest effort to bring Venezuela to a standstill. Highways wer...
EU Divided Over US Sanctions Against Russia – Diplomats
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EU Divided Over US Sanctions Against Russia – Diplomats

Diplomats said the European Commission is divided over how to answer U.S. sanctions against Russia that could affect European firms. A bill agreed by U.S. Senate and House leaders foresees fines for companies aiding Russia to build energy export pipelines. EU firms involved in Nord Stream II, a 9.5 billion euro (11.1 billion dollars) project to carry Russian gas across the Baltic, are likely to be affected. Both the European Union and the U.S. imposed broad economic sanctions on Russia’s financial, defence and energy sectors in response to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and its direct support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. However, northern EU states in particular have sought to shield the supplies of Russian gas that they rely on. Markus Beyrer, Dir...
Roadside Explosion In Egypt Kills Four Policemen
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Roadside Explosion In Egypt Kills Four Policemen

Four Egyptian policemen were killed and six wounded on Monday by two roadside explosives in the restive Sinai Peninsula, security sources told Reuters. The sources said that the four policemen were killed in the city of Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, when their armored vehicle drove past a roadside bomb and three others were wounded. Another armoured vehicle rushed to the scene only for a second roadside explosive to go off, injuring three policemen. The sources said militants planted the explosives and detonated them remotely once the vehicles drove by. There was no immediate comment from the Interior Ministry. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by Islamic State in North Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers an...
Interbank Rate Rises As Lenders Settle Debt Purchases
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Interbank Rate Rises As Lenders Settle Debt Purchases

Nigeria’s interbank lending rate rose to 12 percent on Friday from eight percent after bond and treasury bill purchases paid for by lenders drained banking system liquidity, traders said. The central bank sold N25 billion worth of 363-day treasury bills on Friday, while lenders paid for bonds bought at an auction on Wednesday. Money market rates stood at 15 percent last week. They dropped to 8 percent after the central bank injected N89.96 billion to settle matured treasury bills on Thursday. “We see interbank rate climbing to 20 percent at the start of next week because of expected central bank intervention in the foreign exchange market,” one trader told Reuters. The central bank has been using treasuries to mop-up liquidity from the banking system in a bid to also curb press...
Air Zimbabwe To Sack 200 Workers
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Air Zimbabwe To Sack 200 Workers

Loss-making Air Zimbabwe is cutting half of its 400 jobs as part of a restructuring plan to revive the ailing national carrier, its Chairwoman, Chipo Dyanda, said on Wednesday. Dyanda told Reuters that Air Zimbabwe would cut 200 jobs in its fourth round of layoffs in eight years. “We were overstaffed by a lot and we are also trying to weed out people without the right qualifications. “The retrenchment is meant to give space to the airline so that we can redeploy the money saved back into the company,” Dyanda said. She said Air Zimbabwe required a ratio of 45 workers per aircraft. The airline currently flies four planes which have forced Mugabe to hire private jets for his foreign travels at times. “As part of the strategic plan, we would like to get more reliable planes a...
Cambodia Bans Sand Exports To Singapore
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Cambodia Bans Sand Exports To Singapore

Cambodia has banned all sand exports on environmental grounds, the Ministry of Mines and Energy said on Wednesday, officially ending the sale of sand to Singapore which has for years used it to reclaim land along its coasts. The ministry said most of Cambodia’s sand had gone towards the expansion of the island city-state of Singapore, and it would now have to look for other sources. Environmental groups have been pressing the government to stop the trade, saying the digging and dredging of sand has had a serious impact on coastal ecosystems and surrounding land. Groups have complained that sand in recent months has been exported illegally following a temporary ban in November 2016. A ministry spokesman, Meng Saktheara, said the government was responding to the concerns of the c...
Mongolia Votes In First-Ever Presidential Runoff
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Mongolia Votes In First-Ever Presidential Runoff

Mongolians voted on Friday in the country’s first-ever presidential runoff after the first round of elections failed to produce a clear winner following campaigns tainted by corruption allegations. The presidential race went into a runoff after none of the three candidates won a majority in last month’s election in the resource-rich country. A populist former martial arts star, Khaltmaa Battulga of the opposition Democratic Party won the most votes, but fell short of the required majority. Voters regard Battulga as a resource nationalist who is suspicious of southern neighbour China. He faces the candidate of the ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), Miyeegombo Enkhbold, who came second. Enkhbold has stood behind the current government, pledging to stay the course for econo...
Torres Extends Atletico Contract As Real Confirm Hernandez Signing
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Torres Extends Atletico Contract As Real Confirm Hernandez Signing

Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres has signed a one-year contract keeping him in the Spanish capital through to June 2018, the La Liga club said on Wednesday. “I’m delighted to stay here for another year,” the 33-year-old Torres, who joined Atletico aged 11 and has made 294 appearances for them, told the club website. After making his first-team debut in 2001, the striker went on to become captain before joining Liverpool in 2007. Spells with Chelsea and AC Milan followed before the twice European Championship and 2010 World Cup winner returned to Atletico in 2015. Meanwhile, French teenager Theo Hernandez became the first player to cross the divide between Atletico and Real Madrid in 17 years on Wednesday, as the clubs confirmed they had reached an agreement which local m...
Crude: Nigeria’s July Surplus Gets Smaller
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Crude: Nigeria’s July Surplus Gets Smaller

A surplus of Nigerian car-go for July loading is getting smaller after a drop in differentials boosted demand, traders said on Tuesday. According to Reuters, there were six to seven cargo of Nigerian crude for July loading, down from Monday’s estimate of 10-15. The agency indicated that the number of August shipments remain steady at more than 40. “Qua Iboe, the largest export stream was valued at dated Brent plus 35 cents, the lowest since December 2015. Sellers are targeting higher numbers and August cargo are being offered at dated Brent plus 90 cents. “Angolan crude has been selling more quickly after Chinese buying re-emerged. About six August-loading cargoes are still for sale – including shipments of Dalia, Mondo, Pazflor and Hungo. Differentials for some grades have ris...
10 Killed In Bangladesh Garment Factory Blast – Officials
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10 Killed In Bangladesh Garment Factory Blast – Officials

A boiler explosion at a Bangladeshi garment factory killed 10 people and injured dozens, fire officials said on Tuesday. A fire service official, Palash Modak, said the mishap happened late on Monday at a plant owned by Multifabs Limited, a Bangladeshi company on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka. The firm supplies knitted apparel to clients in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Spain, Netherlands and Britain, including to Littlewoods, one of Britain’s oldest retail brands. Modak said: “nine people were killed in the blast and one died in hospital.” The company said the plant was functioning well and the boiler, procured from Germany, had just been serviced. The factory had been shut for 10 days for the Eid period at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and was being...

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