More survivors and remains of drowned African migrants found in yemen sea

Staff of International Organisation for Migration, IOM, have in the past three days found more survivors, as well as the remains of more victims from last week’s tragic incidents.

On August 9 and 10, 280 migrants headed toward the Gulf countries were forced from two boats off the coast of Yemen’s Shabwa Governorate and drowned.

The UN migration agency said on August 9, when 120 people were forced from a boat, that the remains of 29 individuals (12 Ethiopian males, 12 Ethiopian females and five Somali males) were found by IOM staff on the same day.

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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 order gave no explanation for the move.

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U.S. approves sale of $600 million attack planes to Nigeria

The United State government has approved the sale of 12 high-tech attack aircraft worth $600 million (N219 billion) to Nigeria’s Air Force for the fight against the violent extremist group, Boko Haram, White House officials briefed on the matter told the Associated Press.

President Donald Trump has pushed forward plan to sell the attack planes to Nigeria after it was suddenly suspended by the Barack Obama administration following the January bombing of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Rann, Borno State Nigeria.

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Head of IT at Kenya’s electoral commission murdered days to general elections

 

The man in charge of Kenya’s computerised voting system has been murdered, just days before the country goes for a general election on August 8.

Chris Msando, the electoral commission’s IT manager, had been reported missing on Friday, according to a report by the BBC.

“There was no doubt he was tortured and murdered,” said the chairperson of the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC, Wafula Chebukati.

Tension is high in the East African country as the presidential election is expected to be a close race between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his long-time opponent, Raila Odinga.

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Indonesia ombudsman finds rights violations in execution of Nigerian

The office of Indonesia’s ombudsman has unearthed evidence of rights violations in the execution of a Nigerian drug convict in 2016, an official said on Friday.

Humphrey Jefferson was still seeking clemency from President Joko Widodo at the time of his execution, which meant he still had a chance of being pardoned, said Ninik Rahayu, an official of the ombudsman’s office who is overseeing the case.

Mr. Jefferson, sentenced to death in 2004, had also sought a second judicial review of his case by the Supreme Court, but his request was denied by the Central Jakarta court without proper explanation, Rahayu said, in what she called maladministration.

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FIFA publishes report of inquiry into Russia 2018, Qatar 2022 World Cup bids

FIFA has published the Report on the Inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup Bidding Process, also known as the “Garcia Report”.

The report, which is downloadable on the FIFA website, was published Tuesday after it was leaked to a German newspaper, Bild.

The new chairpersons of the independent Ethics Committee, Maria Claudia Rojas of the investigatory chamber and Vassilios Skouris of the adjudicatory chamber decided to release the report, FIFA said.

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Here are some of the people who are affected by trumps travel ban after supreme court rule

Supreme Court Travel Ban Announcement

The Supreme Court delivered a mixed ruling on Monday that will allow President Trump to implement his travel ban against six Muslim majority nations — but only for visitors lacking ties to the United States.

The court ruled that Trump may bar people from six majority Muslim countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — if they have no “bona fide” relationship to the U.S. Those that have established ties will be allowed to continue entering the country, which covers the majority of visitors from those countries.

More than 100,000 people legally entered the U.S. from the six countries in fiscal 2016, which ended last Sept. 30, according to State Department data.

Nearly 30,000 had immigrant visas, more than 25,000 arrived as refugees and thousands more came on student, diplomatic and research visas that Continue reading “Here are some of the people who are affected by trumps travel ban after supreme court rule”

Trump says he prefers rich persons to be in charge of the economy

U.S. President Donald Trump said he wouldn’t want a poor person in charge of the economy, as he defended his cabinet, which is thought to be the wealthiest in the country’s history.

“Somebody said, ‘Why did you appoint a rich person to be in charge of the economy?’” he told supporters at rally in Iowa.

“So I said …. because that’s the kind of thinking we want… because they’re representing the country.”

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Israel ignores UN, begins construction on new West Bank settlement

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

Construction of the new West Bank settlement began on Tuesday for the first time in 25 years with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin calling it an “honour” to make good on the promised outpost.

The expansion of existing settlements on the West Bank – territory which Israel occupied during a conflict in 1967, has been a major point of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Oil prices tumble amid uncertainty over implementation of OPEC deal

Due to pressure from high global inventories and doubts about OPEC’s ability to implement agreed production cuts, oil prices dropped to six-week lows on Thursday.

Brent crude oil fell 30 cents to $46.70 a barrel, its weakest since May 5 and just above six-month lows.

It, however, recovered a little to trade around $46.90, according to Reuters.

United States’ light crude was down 25 cents at $44.48, also not far off six-month lows, the news agency added.

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