By - Adedoyin Shittu
News Outside The Continent
California earthquake generates over 100 aftershocks
The strongest earthquake to hit Southern California in nearly 20 years prompted one city to declare a state of emergency Thursday, and shook residents from Las Vegas to Orange County.
The quake, with a magnitude of 6.4, was centered near Ridgecrest, a community west of the Mojave Desert and about 150 miles north of Los Angeles.
At least 159 aftershocks of magnitude 2.5 or greater were recorded after the earthquake, according to USGS Seismologist Robert Graves. It is a higher than normal number, but not unprecedented, he said. The largest of them were magnitude 4.6.
Iran exceeds Nuclear deal
Iran exceeded its internationally-agreed stockpile limit of low-enriched uranium, breaching a key tenet of the 2015 nuclear deal that the Donald Trump administration abandoned last year.
French President Emmanuel Macron called on Iran today, 2nd July, to “immediately” reduce its enriched uranium reserves, a day after Tehran announced it had breached limits under a 2015 nuclear deal to retaliate against new US sanctions.
The U.S President said Iran is playing with fire with the Uranium enrichment.
Donald Trump Says Raids On Migrants To Begin After July 4
US President Donald Trump has said that the delayed 10-city raids on illegal immigrants will begin after the July 4 holiday.
“After July 4, a lot of people are going to be brought back out,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday while signing the USD 4.6-billion border funding bill to tackle the influx of migrants from Central America at the US-Mexico border.
North of Africa
More Than 80 Migrants Feared Drowned Off Tunisia Coast
More than 80 African migrants are feared to have drowned after their boat capsized off the coast of Tunisia after setting off for Europe from Libya, a government source and the Tunisian Red Crescent said on Thursday (July 4). Tunisian fishermen rescued four people but one later died in hospital, the UNHCR said.
Airstrike hits migrant detention center in Libya, 40 killed
An airstrike was launched at the Tajoura Detention Centre in Tripoli, Libya, on Tuesday the 2nd July. The detention camp was said to be holding no fewer than 600 migrants and refugees,including women and children. At least forty migrants were killed in the attack, while another 35 sustained injuries according to the Interior Ministry in Tripoli. It has been confirmed that Nigerians were also killed in the attack.
Six Turkish sailors freed by Libya warlord Khalifa Haftar
Six Turkish sailors detained in Libya by Khalifa Haftar’s forces have been released, Turkey’s foreign ministry has said, a day after Turkey warned his Libyan National Army (LNA) militia would become a “legitimate target” unless the men were released immediately.
Military and opposition agree power-sharing deal
Sudan’s military leaders have reached an agreement with the opposition alliance to share power until elections can be held, mediators say.
The two sides agreed to rotate control of the sovereign council – the top tier of power – for at least three years.
They have also pledged to form an independent technocratic government and to investigate the violence of recent weeks, the African Union (AU) said.
News of the agreement reportedly sparked frenzied street celebrations
Establishment of Ruga Settlement
Recently, during a workshop on Regional Antimicrobial Resistance, Alhaji Mohammadu Umar, permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, announced that the federal government is set to establish farm settlement or Ruga settlement in all the 36 states in the federation strictly for the Fulani herders and in each of this state, a minimum of 6 of such settlements will be established. He also stated that the pilot project will start in 12 states namely; Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Kaduna, Sokoto, Nasarawa, Kogi, Katsina, Kebbi, Zamfara and Niger. He said the pilot programme would start on a 31,000 hectares of land in Kontagora, Niger State.
Following the general uproar, the federal government decided to suspend the idea indefinitely. However, a coalition of northern groups has issued a 30-day ultimatum to governors who are opposed to the RUGA settlement program to reconsider their decisions.
Attack on Fulani village in central Mali kills 23
At least 23 people have been killed and 300 missing after an attack on Sunday on a village of Fulani herders in central Mali where communal violence has surged in recent months, a local mayor said.
Two other Fulani communities were targeted on Sunday evening amid a string of deadly assaults between herders and ethnic Dogon farmers who have long fought over land and resources but whose rivalry has been stoked this year by the growing presence of armed groups.
Sowore, Nnamdi Kanu meet in US, discuss ‘how to fight Nigerian government
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and Omoyele Sowore, candidate of the African Action Congress in the 2019 general elections met in New York to strategize on what they describe as injustice in Nigeria.
The duo made their position known on Tuesday in New York after a series of closed door meetings.
In a Facebook live session to address the public, Sowore said, “We met to talk about things we’ve both been passionate about but on a different plane and we respect those boundaries but we’ve had very useful conversations today so that everybody that is aspiring for a fair and just society can come together and rise up now and bring an end to the sorrow and suffering and the domination and the oppression that has become almost synonymous with our generation and our genes in Nigeria.
“Those of you out there who think we have big differences and that we can’t talk, know that when people have revolutionary minds, these minds meet and bodies eventually meet.”
ECOWAS adopts ECO as name of single currency
The Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on Saturday (June 29) adopted ECO as the name of the single currency to be issued in January 2020. The leaders at their 55th Ordinary Session in Abuja endorsed the name while congratulating the Ministerial Committee on the Single Currency for the considerable progress recorded in the implementation of the revised roadmap.
Govt Lying On Insecurity, Christian Elders Tell British Parliament
The National Christian Elders’ Forum, NCEF, has again told the British Parliament that President Muhammadu Buhari has a secret jihadist agenda.
They stated this in a letter to the British Parliament on Thursday, in which it dismissed Buhari’s rebuttal of the petition it first forwarded to the Parliament over the insecurity in the country.
The NCEF which has Elder Solomon Asemota, SAN, as chairman and members such as Gen. Joshua Dongoyaro (retd); Gen. T.Y. Danjuma (retd); Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife; Dame Priscilla Kuye; Elder Shyngle Wigwe; and Gen. Zamani Lekwot (retd), among others, also disclosed in the letter that Buhari has a ‘Stealth Jihad’ agenda for the country.
Raid on army base kills 18 soldiers
At least 18 soldiers have been killed in western Niger, near Mali’s border, in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a military base.
The attack began with the detonation of two car bombs, officials said, before gunmen on motorbikes joined the raid.
Airstrikes by US and French forces helped to drive the insurgents back, the government said.
Serving senator caught on video slapping nursing mother
A serving lawmaker, Senator Elisha Abbo, has attracted criticisms from Nigerians after being caught on video slapping a nursing mother repeatedly at a sex toy shop in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja.
Abbo, who defeated Senator Binta Garba in the Adamawa North senatorial district election, was seen assaulting the woman in a video posted by Premium Times.
The assault, which reportedly occurred on May 11, 2019, was done in the presence of an armed policeman who rather than assist the victim, arrested her.
Abbo, who is the youngest senator in the country, entered the shop around 6pm. with three young women to purchase adult toys.
At least 50 dead, 101 injured in Nigeria tanker explosion
At least 50 people have died, and 101 people were injured after they rushed to scoop fuel from an overturned tanker and the vehicle exploded in central Benue State, Nigeria
The incident happened on Monday afternoon after a fuel tanker trying to avoid a pothole overturned and fell off the road in Ahumbe village in Benue State, according to Baba Aliyu, who works with Nigeria’s road safety commission.
The death toll could rise as many of the injured were in a critical state, Benue State government spokesman Terver Akase told CNN.
US Imposes Travel Ban on Malawian Official Over Corruption
The U.S. government has imposed a travel ban on a special adviser to Malawi’s president because of corruption charges.
Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested Uladi Mussa in 2017, alongside a senior immigration official, on charges they fraudulently issued citizenship and passports to people from Burundi and Rwanda.
Court documents show Mussa committed the offense in 2013 when he was minister of home affairs during the administration of former President Joyce Banda.
Mussa has denied the charges; however, in a statement Wednesday, the U.S. State Department said it has credible information connecting Mussa to corruption.
Zimbabwe runs out of passports, vehicle number plates
Zimbabwe has run out of passports and vehicle registration number plates, forcing citizens to wait for long periods to get them, fuelling another sign of a desperate shortage of U.S. dollars in the southern African nation.
Huge fire razes more than 150 homes, kills girl in DR Congo
A massive fire sparked in a house where a woman fried doughnuts near cans of petrol, has razed more than 150 homes in the eastern DR Congo, killing a seven-year-old girl, officials and residents said Monday.
The fire broke out Sunday evening in the city of Bukavu, where locals were celebrating the country’s 4-0 African Cup of Nations victory over Zimbabwe.
The fire started in a house where a woman was preparing doughnuts and where a fuel seller kept at least ten cans of petrol.
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