By - Adedoyin Shittu
Outside the Africa Continent
Trump attacks UK ambassador after explosive diplomatic leak labeled US President ‘incompetent’ and ‘inept’
Over the weekend, a British newspaper published a leaked official cable from Sir Kim Darroch, an ambassador to the U.S. In the memo, he classified president Trump administration and everyone in it as both “dysfunctional” and “inept.” Following the leak, the US. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday (July 8) to cut off contact with Britain’s ambassador, speaking to reporters, Mr Trump said, “We are not big fans of that man and he has not served the UK well, so I can understand and I can say things about him but I won’t bother.“
Trump also lashed out at Mrs May in a series of tweets. “I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit,” Trump wrote. “What a mess she and her representatives have created.”
“I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way.” “The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new Prime Minister,” Trump wrote.
Shortly after Trump’s tweet, an administration official said Darroch was disinvited from a Monday night dinner hosted by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin with Trump and the emir of Qatar.
President Trump continued his criticism on Tuesday with his tweets, saying Kim Darroch is “a very stupid guy” and a “pompous fool.”
“The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled,” Trump tweeted.
Trump also again attacked British Prime Minister Theresa May over Brexit, saying he told her “how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done.”
“A disaster!” he continued. “I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool. Tell him the USA now has the best Economy & Military anywhere in the World, by far and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger…..Thank you, Mr. President!”
Sir Kim Darroch: UK ambassador to US resigns in Trump leaks row
Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as UK ambassador to the US, as a row over leaked emails critical of President Trump’s administration escalates.
Theresa May said Sir Kim’s departure was “a matter of deep regret” after the ambassador said it was “impossible” for him to continue.
US Sanctions 3 Hezbollah Officials, Including 2 Members of Lebanese Parliament
The U.S. government announced new sanctions Tuesday on three senior officials of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah for its role in undermining Lebanon’s financial system and assisting Iran’s agenda in the country.
The targeted Hezbollah officials are Amin Sherri, Muhammad Hasan Ra’d and Wafiq Safa. Sherri and Ra’d are members of the Lebanese parliament, while Safa is known to be a major Hezbollah facilitator.
23 victims killed in an overnight attack on a remote village in Papua New Guinea
At least 23 victims were shot and knifed to death in an overnight attack on a remote village in the Pacific Ocean nation’s Hela province, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The killings are thought to have been in retaliation for an earlier tribal raid that left up to seven people dead. Pregnant women and children were among dozens of people murdered in the tribal massacres in the province. “The bodies of victims including pregnant women and children were “chopped into pieces” by their killers”, a witness said
Sudan’s ruling military council foiled an attempted military coup
Sudan’s ruling military council foiled an attempted military coup and at least 16 officers were arrested, a state-run TV reported late on Thursday.
The development comes as the governing military council and protest movement leaders were in discussions on a power sharing deal.
“Officers and soldiers from the army and National Intelligence and Security Service, some of them retired, were trying to carry out a coup,” General Jamal Omar of the ruling military council said in a statement broadcast live on state television.
“The regular forces were able to foil the attempt,” he said, but did not say when the attempt was made.
Tunisia bans niqab in government buildings
Tunisia’s premier on Friday (July 5) banned the niqab Muslim face covering for women in government offices, citing security concerns after attacks in the North African country.
Prime Minister Youssef Chahed signed a government circular “banning access to public administrations and institutions to anyone with their face covered… for security reasons,” his office said.
The ban on the niqab, which covers the entire face apart from the eyes, comes at a time of heightened security following a June 27 double suicide bombing in Tunis that left two dead and seven wounded.
IOM: Migrant Deaths Globally Top 32000 Since 2014
The International Organization for Migration says more than 32,000 migrants worldwide have died or gone missing between 2014 and 2018, with most fatalities occurring on the deadly Mediterranean Sea crossing from North Africa to Europe.
The U.N. migration agency says its global figures underestimate the true nature and extent of the problem as many migrant deaths are never reported and many bodies are never recovered. Nevertheless, researchers say the statistics paint a very grim picture of the perils awaiting the hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants risking their lives in search of protection or a better life.
Sudan power-sharing agreement
Sudan’s Vice-President of the Transitional Military Council and senior military leader, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, welcomed a power-sharing agreement on Saturday (July 6).
The military council that has ruled the country since the fall of President Omar al-Bashir in April and a coalition of opposition and protest groups have temporarily agreed to share power for three years.
“The long-awaited agreement has been reached and this agreement needs unity and purity of intent”, General Dagalo said.
Four killed as car bombs target funeral in Libya’s Benghazi
A car bomb in Libya hit the funeral of a former military commander, General Khalifa al-Mismari, in the eastern city of Benghazi. At least four people are reported to have been killed and a number of others wounded in the explosion.
There are reports that leading members of the special forces that General Mismari once commanded under Colonel Gaddafi were at the funeral.
Those forces are currently allied to the rogue general, Khalifa Haftar, who for the past three months has been trying to overthrow the internationally recognised government.
Libya have released refugees and migrants from the detention centre
Authorities in Libya have released refugees and migrants from the detention centre that was bombed in Tajoura, near Tripoli, last week, the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) says. More than 50 people died in the attack and many more wounded. The attack was blamed on an air strike by forces loyal to a warlord, General Khalifa Haftar. But Gen Haftar’s forces accused the government side of shelling the centre.
Mobile internet access slowly restored in Sudan
Sudan’s telecom providers have begun restoring mobile access to the internet weeks after service was cut off following a deadly crackdown on protesters. The television news network reports that a court ordered that services be restored on Tuesday (July 9) after lawyer Abdelazim al-Hassan launched a lawsuit challenging the block.
NAFDAC bans sale of Sniper, others in the open market
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has announced the ban on sale of Sniper and other brands of agricultural formulations of Dichlorvos following rampant suicide cases and misuse of the products in a series of messages announced on Twitter on July 10. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, said from September 1, 2019, Sniper and other related products would not be sold in supermarkets and in the open market.
Nigerian Shiites Storm Parliament, Demand El-Zakzaky Release
Hundreds of members of the shiite Islamic religious sect on Tuesday (July 9) stormed the national assembly and beat the security network at the first gate in a bid to gain entrance into the premises.
Attempts by armed policemen to stop the followers of detained Ibrahim Yaqoub el ZakZaky, the founder of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) to cross the second gate was challenged by the sect members who hauled stones and other dangerous objects at the security personnel at the end of which two policemen sustained serious injuries on their head.
Nigerian Senate initiates moves to actualise capital punishment for persons convicted for rape
The Nigerian Senate has initiated moves to actualise capital punishment for persons convicted for rape. At its plenary yesterday, the Senate said that the need for stiffer penalties including death sentence for anyone convicted of rape-related offences, was imperative.
The senators warned that the rising cases of rape of minors and infants must be taken seriously by the federal government with majority of them canvassing death sentence. They argued that stiffer penalties on rapists of minors and infants in Nigeria would help curb the menace.
The Senate came to the position following a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Senator Rose Oko (PDP, Cross River North), entitled “Rising incidences of rape of minors.”
Senate fumes as number of Nigerians murdered in S’Africa rises to 127
The Senate on Wednesday warned the South African government to halt the frequent killings of Nigerians by its citizens to avoid grave consequences.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, who stated this at plenary, warned that the South African government must extend due respect to Nigeria and should not take the good gesture towards it for granted.
The killing of Ndubusi-Chukwu in June made the number of Nigerians murdered in South Africa in three and half years to rise to 127
IMF to bail out Congo-Brazzaville
Congo–Brazzaville has welcomed a bailout from the International Monetary Fund worth nearly $450m (£340m).
The oil-rich country suffered from the drop in crude prices in 2014. By 2017 its debt had risen to almost 100% of GDP.
Like many other African countries, Congo-Brazzaville is heavily indebted to China, and it had to renegotiate its obligations to Beijing before it could finalise its loan from the IMF. In April, it reached an agreement to restructure the debt, whereby the repayments it makes over the next few years will be reduced, but not the total sum owed.
Congolese rebel Ntaganda ‘Terminator’ guilty of war crimes:
The International Criminal Court has convicted Congolese former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda, dubbed the “Terminator”, as guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Ntaganda, 45, has been charged with overseeing the slaughter of civilians by his soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s volatile, mineral-rich Ituri region in 2002 and 2003. His sentence will be determined at a later hearing.
Burundi accuses bank of laundering militia money
Burundi’s state prosecutor has accused one of the country’s main commercial banks of letting money flow to militia groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, thereby threatening the security of the east African country.
Somalia cuts diplomatic ties with Guinea
Somalia has cuts diplomatic ties with Guinea because it hosted the president of the self-declared republic of Somaliland.
Somaliland declared its independence from Somalia 28 years ago but Somalia has never recognised this.
Somalia now says that Guinea has violated its unity.
No foreign government officially recognises Somaliland as a state.
Seven countries added to SA visa-free list including Ghana
South Africa on Wednesday (July 10) announced the addition of seven countries to its list of visa-free list. These countries are; Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Cuba and New Zealand.
Former Angolan footballer João dos Santos de Almeida dies
The former Angolan footballer João dos Santos de Almeida “Chinho” was found dead inside his car last Monday morning, in Luanda, he was a victim of several gun shots.
The former athlete, who gained major notoriety while playing for Petro de Luanda and in the national team, was driving a gray Range rover in Sapu ward when he was approached by two men, on a motor-bicycle, who discharged several shots on the former footballer. He passed away inside his car
Mandla Maseko: Would-be African astronaut dies in road crash
Mandla Maseko, 30, the first black African who would have travelled to space has died, his family confirmed on Sunday.
Maseko, popularly known as Spaceboy and Afronaut – beat 1 million people to become one of 23 people who won a seat sponsored by the Axe Apollo Space Academy, on an hour-long sub-orbital trip in 2014.
However, his trip to space was not meant to be after he was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle on Saturday.
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