Information round to clock
- Friday 09 November
US to deny asylum to illegal border crossers- 11h05
The United States will no longer allow people who enter the country illegally to claim asylum, officials said Thursday, unveiling a controversial new crackdown on immigration.
The restriction on asylum claims will seek to address what a senior administration official called the “historically unparalleled abuse of our immigration system” along the border with Mexico.
The new rule was published by the Department of Homeland Security and is expected to get President Donald Trump’s signature shortly — as well as face court challenges.
- Monday 05 November
Zimbabwe businessmen explore opportunities in Mozambique- 18h21
Zimbabwean businessmen from different areas of activity have left Mozambique after attending a seminar on trade and investment promoted by ZimTrade, aimed at exploring business opportunities with their peers in Mozambique.
At their meeting on Monday, Tete province’s permanent secretary Lina Portugal said there is a growing trend of exports from Tete to Zimbabwe, especially products such as kapenta, cotton, explosives for mining, among others.
She told APA in an interview on Monday that “from this perspective, we would like to invite all the business people present here, both Zimbabweans and Mozambicans, to
take advantage of investment and business opportunities, given that the province of Tete has a wide range of natural resources.”
Kenya to host regional conference on access to justice- 18h19
Kenya will on Monday host a regional conference bringing together legal practitioners drawn from the East African countries, to discuss obstacles that limit access to justice within the region.
The conference brings together judges and magistrates, representatives of the ministries of justice and legal aid providers from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, together with experts and practitioners from Somalia, Sudan, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia.
International Development Law Organization representatives from the headquarters in Hague will also attend the conference.
The conference will discuss strategies to improve access to justice, and increase linkages between national judiciaries and the East African Court of Justice.
W.Africa security forum opens amid concerns over G5 Sahel force- 18h17
A two-day African security forum opened in Dakar on Monday amid concerns about funding for a much-trumpeted initiative to bind five Sahel countries into an anti-terror force.
Less than a quarter of the roughly 400 million euros ($455 million) pledged for the G5 Sahel force has been forthcoming, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Sunday.
“At the moment, (pledges) are materialising very slowly,” Parly told reporters in the plane taking her to Dakar. Only “10 to 25 percent of the funds” have been disbursed, she said.
- Friday 02 November
Another earth tremor hits Nigerian capital city of Abuja- 12h57
A minor earth tremor was on Thursday experienced in some areas of the Nigerian capital city of Abuja.The Acting Director General of the Nigerian Geological Survey, Dr. Abdulrazaq Garba, told a news conference on Thursday that the tremor occurred around 12.26 pm and that it affected the vicinity of Panama Street in Maitama District.
Garba said that the preliminary findings from the technical team that conducted a spot assessment indicated that the intensity was felt indoors and lasted less than a minute.
Trump threatens to shoot migrants who throw stones at US military- 12h49
President Donald Trump on Thursday warned that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally.
Trump told journalists at the White House that a group of several thousand migrants walking through Mexico towards the US border had thrown rocks “viciously and violently” at Mexican police.
“We’re not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” he said.
- Wednesday 31 October
Austria rejects UN migration project- 15h53
Austria said Wednesday it will not sign a United Nations migration pact that is set to be adopted in December, in order to “defend its national sovereignty.”
The United States and Hungary have already rejected the Global Compact for Migration, which aims to boost cooperation to address the world’s growing number of migrants.
“The government has agreed… not to sign the United Nations pact and thus not to bind Austria,” said a statement from the ruling coalition led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of the centre-right OeVP, stressing “the importance of defending Austria’s national sovereignty”.
Africa governance gains hampered by security, job fears: study- 15h26
Security fears and a lack of jobs in African nations have hampered gains in governance across the diverse continent over the last decade, a study said Monday, warning that some promising nations had “lost momentum”.
The annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which is watched closely by the continent’s governments, also pointed to a deteriorating business climate and poor job creation.
The report ranks countries according to their development in an array of categories between 2008 and 2017.
As a whole, it showed Africa’s progress being led by a handful of nations that pulled up the average, “while in many others momentum continues to falter”.
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday urged companies to take a closer look at Africa’s “huge” economic opportunities, as Germany hopes that development of the continent will help curb illegal migration to Europe. “For many years we have been very focused on Asia. I think that in future we should turn our sights more on Africa,” Merkel said at an investment forum in Berlin, stressing Africa’s “huge potential for growth”. The gathering, attended by leaders from around a dozen African countries, is part of Merkel’s so-called “Compact with Africa” initiative launched last year during Germany’s stint as G20 president.- 15h23
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday urged companies to take a closer look at Africa’s “huge” economic opportunities, as Germany hopes that development of the continent will help curb illegal migration to Europe.
“For many years we have been very focused on Asia. I think that in future we should turn our sights more on Africa,” Merkel said at an investment forum in Berlin, stressing Africa’s “huge potential for growth”.
The gathering, attended by leaders from around a dozen African countries, is part of Merkel’s so-called “Compact with Africa” initiative launched last year during Germany’s stint as G20 president.
- Monday 29 October
Woman suicide bomber wounds 9 in Tunis: ministry- 16h55
A woman suicide bomber blew herself up Monday near police vehicles in the centre of the Tunisian capital, injuring nine people, the interior ministry said.
Ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag told AFP that all but one of the casualties were police, after a strong explosion Monday rattled the main Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis.
Ambulances arrived swiftly at the scene, which was cordoned off by security forces.
Rights group accuses E.Guinea security forces of thrashing leader- 16h53
Activists in Equatorial Guinea alleged Monday that plainclothes security forces snatched and beat up the head of their human rights and development organisation at the weekend.
Alfredo Okenve was “sequestered… (and) mistreated by security forces wearing civilian clothes”, the Centre for Studies and Initiatives for the Development of Equatorial Guinea (CEID-GE) said in a statement.
A relative of Okenve’s, Analeto Medja, told AFP: “He was taking his brother to the airport. Four people stopped his car and forced him at gunpoint to get into theirs. They took him to some wasteland and beat him hard until he was bleeding, then they left him there.”
- Wednesday 24 October
Nigeria, Benin inaugurate joint border post- 15h40
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Mr. Patrice Talon of Benin Republic have inaugurated the joint border post between their countries.The Nigeria and Benin Republic Seme-Krake joint border will increase cooperation between the two countries, Buhari said at the inauguration.
“The joint border will enhance trade facilitation by combining border clearance activities in a single location, increase cooperation and coordination of controls,” he said.
President Buhari described the project as a way of enhancing the free movement of people and goods in the region.
UK traders ‘out of time’ to cope with no-deal Brexit: govt audit- 15h38
UK businesses have run out of time to prepare for the consequences of Britain leaving the European Union in March without an exit deal, a government audit showed on Wednesday.
The findings by the National Audit Office, the government’s spending watchdog, were published with London and Brussels at loggerheads in Brexit talks.
They threaten to deal a political blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, who has made the phrase that “no deal is better than a bad deal” her mantra.
Abuja mulls dry port, truck transit parks- 15h33
Nigeria’s Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Muhammad Bello, has promised to support the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) to establish Dry Port and Truck Transit parks in the FCT.Bello, who received a delegation of Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) Board members in Abuja, said that the management of the NSC has done tremendously well in monitoring and ensuring enforcing rules in the port.
He also said that issues raised concerning the concession of the port in the FCT was already in the FCT Master plan.
Bello said that he would look into the master plan and see what would be feasible for basic infrastructure.
“We give you our full support, the Abuja Master plan actually envisages all the issues you raised and they have started implementing them.
Apple chief pushes for US privacy law to stop ‘weaponizing’ data- 15h32
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday said the United States needed a federal privacy law because personal information was being “weaponized” against internet users.
“We at Apple are in full support of a comprehensive federal privacy law in the United States,” Cook told a conference in Brussels.
Gossip, he said, had become a lucrative trade for the Internet giants.
NATO does not want new nuclear arms race: alliance chief- 15h30
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday he did not see the alliance’s member states deploying more nuclear weapons in Europe in response to a new Russian missile programme.
“We don’t want a new Cold War,” the alliance’s secretary general told reporters. “We don’t want a new arms race.
“And I don’t foresee that (NATO) allies will deploy more nuclear weapons in Europe as a response to the new Russian missile,” he added.
- Tuesday 23 October
Peruvian archeologists discover pre-Columbian statues- 10h03
Archeologists in Peru have found 20 800-year-old wooden statues in the largest pre-Columbian site in the Americas, Culture Minister, Patricia Balbuena and researchers revealed on Monday.
The statues, all but one of which were in a good condition, were found in the Chan Chan archeological site: a city that was once the capital of the Chimu Kingdom and pre-dated the Inca Empire.
Located close to the north Peruvian modern city of Trujillo, Can Chan was comprised of 10 citadels, or walled palaces, in its six kilometer squared (2.3 square miles) center of a wider city that measured 20 square kilometers.
In a London warehouse, the tools of Britain’s soft power- 10h01
In an unremarkable warehouse down a back alley in central London, thousands of paintings, prints and drawings are lined up in racks, awaiting distribution around the world in a British display of “soft power”.
The Government Art Collection comprises around 14,000 mostly British pieces amassed over the last 200 years, and displayed in consular buildings, residences and government offices around the world.
It includes portraits by Lucian Freud and a John Constable housed in Downing Street, Barbara Hepworth screenprints on the walls of the embassy in Bahrain, as well as a Damien Hirst and a William Hogarth displayed in Washington.
Cryptocurrency bitcoin marks 10 years- 09h58
October 31, 2008 marked the birth of bitcoin. Ten years on, the world’s first cryptocurrency is at the forefront of a complex financial system viewed warily by markets and investors.
From its first evocation amid a global financial crisis, in a white paper written by Satoshi Nakamoto, an unknown pseudonym, bitcoin conveyed a political vision.
The “abstract” set out in the paper for bitcoin, currently worth about $6,400 per unit from a starting point of virtually zero, was for “a purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash (that) would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution.”
German IS ‘shoemaker’ pleads to come home from Syria- 09h52
From northern Syria, Muslim convert Sufyan is imploring his native Germany to take him back, having been captured years after joining the Islamic State group’s so-called “caliphate”.
His beard neatly buzzed, Sufyan is one of hundreds of foreigners held by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in war-torn Syria, accused of fighting for IS.
The 36-year-old insists he was not a fighter, but a misguided civilian making orthopaedic shoes and prosthetics in IS territory.
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Trump says US ready to bolster nuclear arsenal after vowing treaty pullout- 09h46
President Donald Trump said Monday the United States is ready to build up its nuclear arsenal after announcing it is abandoning a Cold War-era nuclear treaty, as Russia warned the withdrawal could cripple global security.
Trump sparked concern globally at the weekend by saying he wanted to jettison the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) signed former US president Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader.
In explaining his decision, Trump told reporters in Washington that Russia had “not adhered to the spirit of that agreement or to the agreement itself.”
- Friday 19 October
Nigerian pastor’s victim saluted for her bravery in court- 12h26
An alleged rape victim and a state witness in the trial of Nigerian Pastor Timothy Omotoso of the local Jesus Dominion International Church, has been praised for her bravery and fortitude by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women Ministry in the Presidency, APA has learntThe young victim-turned-state witness, Cheryl Zondi, has for the past three days taken to the stand to testify against the pastor in the Port Elizabeth High Court, who is accused of raping Zondi and other women.
Omotoso, a 58 year-old Nigerian, was arrested by the police last year on 97 charges of racketeering activities, sexual assault and rape. He is charged along with his two alleged accomplices Lusanda Solani, aged 36, and 28-year-old Zukiswa Sitho.
The matter was among a range of matters discussed by the Portfolio Committee on Women Ministry in the Presidency led by Women Minister Bathabile Dlamini.
Turkey tops FDI in Mozambique in 2018- 12h24
Mozambique´s Promotion of Investment and Exports (APIEX) said Friday the volume of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the southern African country stood at US$193.1 million at the end of the first half of 2018, with Turkey leading the flow.”Turkish investors have injected more than $70 million into Mozambique between January and June this year, thus leading the top 10 of the largest foreign investors in the country during the period under review,” APIEX said in a statement.
It said transport, communications, industry and construction were the main sectors that received the most Turkish investment in the first six months of 2018.
WHO says Zika risk low in Pacific ahead of Meghan visit- 12h21
As Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan prepare to tour Fiji and Tonga next week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the risk of contracting Zika virus in the Pacific nations is low.
The British royals, currently in Australia, arranged their trip before Meghan’s pregnancy was known, sparking fears she and her unborn baby could be vulnerable in the island nations, where Zika is officially listed as a risk.
But WHO said the most recent case of the mosquito-borne virus in Fiji was in 2017 and there had been no recorded cases in Tonga since 2016.
“At the moment, there is really no evidence of a Zika virus outbreak in Fiji,” Dr Angela Merianos, a Suva-based communicable diseases specialist with WHO told AFP.
Nigeria to deepen relations with Canada – Minister- 12h16
The Nigerian Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that Nigeria is committed to deepen its partnership on technology with Canada to boost national development.Receiving Ms. Amy Galigan, the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja, the minister noted that a strengthened relationship would help Nigeria to grow its economy.
“Nigeria and Canada have had a long standing relationship. They need to build on the collaboration, particularly in the area of science and technology.
- Thursday 18 October
Khashoggi fallout: Saudi conference no-shows- 17h20
Three European government ministers on Thursday joined an array of corporate chiefs in pulling out of an upcoming investment conference in Saudi Arabia, following the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Company leaders risk losing lucrative business with the kingdom by shunning the conference, and countries such as the United States, Britain and France have several defence deals at stake.
But Turkish claims — denied by Riyadh — that Khashoggi was killed by a hit squad in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 have put them in an awkward spot.
Namibian boxer in USA for vacant WBO title bout- 17h12
Namibia’s Walter Kautondokwa is in the United States for the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO) middleweight title bout against American Demetris Andrade to be held in Boston on Saturday.Boxing promoter Nestor Tobias said Kautondokwa will be on a hectic schedule that include training sessions and media interviews leading to the fight.
“We need to remain focused on our final preparations ahead of Saturday,” he said.
Kautondokwa, the WBO Africa middleweight champion who is undefeated in 17 professional fights, said he is looking forward to the fight.
His equally undefeated opponent, Andrade, was originally billed to fight Billy Joe Saunders on the same date but the Massachusetts State Athletics Commission refused the Briton a licence to fight in the state for failing a drug test in August.
ECA aims to become Africa’s premier think tank-Official- 17h08
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is working hard to ensure it becomes a premier think tank that Africa can rely on to address some of its social, economic and environmental challenges, ECA Executive Secretary Vera Songwe said,Speaking at a retreat of African permanent representatives based in Addis Ababa, Ms. Songwe said most African countries were facing similar issues in an ever-more challenging global context.
ECA, working with member States through engagement and practical application of quality research and evidence generated through the organization’s work, can offer solutions to accelerate the achievement of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda, Songwe said according to a press statement released by APA on Thursday.
- Tuesday 16 October
Ethiopian Airlines to resume flights to Somalia after four decades- 15h08
Ethiopian Airlines will resume its flight to Mogadishu, Somalia, effective from 2 November 2018, the airliner said on Tuesday in a statement.The resumption of the service to Somalia came 41 years after Ethiopian Airlines Group stopped its route to Mogadishu in the 1970s.
Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said “It gives us a great pleasure to resume flights to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia after stopping the service over four decades ago.”
“I wish to express my gratitude to the Governments of Ethiopia and Somalia for making the resumption of these flights possible,” he added.
Nigeria calls for closure of safe havens for illicit assets- 15h06
Nigeria has called for the elimination of safe havens for stolen assets and illicit financial flows to free up resources for sustainable development of the affected countries.Speaking at an ‘Interactive Dialogue for Sustainable Development’ at the Economic and Financial Committee of the UN General Assembly in New York, the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Amb. Tijjani Bande, also called for the unconditional return of such assets and funds to their countries of origin.
According to the foreign affairs ministry, the Nigerian envoy said: “In this regard, it is important that safe havens that create incentives for the transfer abroad, of stolen assets and illicit financial flows, are eliminated.