Miss France crowned 65th Miss Universe

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Miss France, Iris Mittenaere, 24, who said she hoped more countries would open up their borders for refugees, was crowned on Monday in the Philippines as the winner of the 65th Miss Universe pageant.

Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier, 25, was named first runner up and Miss Colombia, Andrea Tovar, 23, was the second runner up.

Mittenaere, born in the northern French city of Lille,who is pursuing a Continue reading “Miss France crowned 65th Miss Universe”

President Conde of Guinea elected AU Chairman

L-R:  Chadian President, Idriss Deby and Guinean President, Alpha Conde. The Guinean President replaced Idriss Deby as AU Chairman

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President Alpha Conde of the Republic of Guinea has been elected as the new Chairman of the African Union.

He succeeds President Idriss Deby of Republic of Chad.

His election was conducted by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, during their 28th Ordinary Session holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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U.S. deploys ‘iron soldiers’ to Europe, warns Russia

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The U.S. says its Army’s 3rd Armoured Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, is ready for any mission to protect the territorial integrity of its allies in Europe, warning Russia over its invasion into Ukraine.

U.S. European Command’s Deputy Commander, Timothy Ray, Air Force Lt. Gen., gave the warnings on Monday at the unit’s consolidation and validation event at U.S. European Command, according to a statement Continue reading “U.S. deploys ‘iron soldiers’ to Europe, warns Russia”

Amnesty International slams Shell ruling against Nigerian communities

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A UK High Court ruling that two Niger Delta communities devastated by oil spills cannot have their claims against Shell heard in the UK could rob them of justice and allow UK multinationals to commit abuses overseas with impunity, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

The High Court ruled on Thursday that Royal Dutch Shell cannot be held responsible for the actions of its Nigerian subsidiary Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd. This is despite the company having Continue reading “Amnesty International slams Shell ruling against Nigerian communities”

Obama backs protests against Trump’s Refugee Order

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Breaking his silence only 10 days after he left office, former President Barack Obama has backed nationwide protests against President Donald Trump’s Refugee Order on Monday.

In a strongly worded statement issued through a spokesman, Kevin Lewis, and reported by networks, Mr. Obama said he was “heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country”.

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Trump fires acting Attorney-General for refusing to enforce travel ban

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday night fired acting Attorney-General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce his Refugee Order designed to protect the citizens of the country.

The White House, in statement obtained by the Correspondent  in New York, announced the appointment of Dana Boente as the new acting Attorney-General.

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South African prosecutor who jailed Pistorius quits

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Gerrie Nel, the South African prosecutor who obtained a jail sentence for Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend has resigned, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday.

Pistorius is the double-amputee former Olympic sprinter who killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by firing four shots through a bathroom door in his Pretoria home on Feb. 14, 2013.

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Confusion as Google recalls staff to U.S. amidst immigration order frenzy

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Following the new executive order on immigration by United States President, Donald Trump, Alphabet Inc.’s Google has told its affected staff travelling overseas to get back to the U.S immediately.

Bloomberg News reports that Google Chief Executive Officer, Sundar Pichai, slammed Mr. Trump’s move in a memo to employees, telling them that more than 100 company staff are affected by the order.

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Tourism recorded 3.9 per cent growth in 2016 – UN World Tourism Organisation

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Demand for international tourism remained robust in 2016 despite challenges, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, UNWTO, has said in its latest report.

The UNWTO, a specialised agency of the United Nations, UN, said international tourist arrivals grew by 3.9 per cent to reach a total of 1.2 billion

According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, some 46 million Continue reading “Tourism recorded 3.9 per cent growth in 2016 – UN World Tourism Organisation”