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UAE issues updated travel advisory for Emiratis

UAE issues updated travel advisory for Emiratis

Wednesday June 20, 2018A travel advisory to 13 countries has been issued by authorities in the UAE, while warning Emiratis against travelling to three countries including Qatar, Lebanon and the mountainous area of Karabakh.The UAE Ministry of Foreign…

Kenya: North East Counties on high alert as Rift Valley Fever kills 13

Kenya: North East Counties on high alert as Rift Valley Fever kills 13

Wednesday June 20, 2018
An outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in North Eastern counties has left at least 13 people dead.
Hundreds have survived the haemorrhagic disease that leaves victims bleeding from most parts of their bodies including the eyes…

Wanted Terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar Said to Still Be Alive

Wanted Terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar Said to Still Be Alive

Wednesday June 20, 2018Late last week, a report suggested that wanted terrorist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who has been declared dead at least three times, might still be alive.In this latest twist, a Saudi magazine based in London, El Majaala, is re…

Mauritius to sell citizenship and passport

Mauritius to sell citizenship and passport


Wednesday June 20, 2018

Mauritius is offering foreigners the chance to obtain Mauritian citizenship in exchange for a non-refundable contribution of $1m (£757,400) to the national sovereign wealth fund.

Applicants’ spouses and dependents are also eligible with an additional contribution of $100,000 per family member.

The announcement was made by the prime minister and finance minister in the country’s 2018 budget.

The move has been condemned by opposition politicians.

Leader of the populist Rezistans ek Alternativ party, Ashok Subron, said:

“The notion of nationality of a country is not a product. It has no price and is in no way a commodity.”

The Economic Development Board (EDB) is to manage the scheme, and applicants will have to satisfy defined criteria subject to relevant due diligence.

Another scheme will offer Mauritian passports in exchange for the lesser sum of $500,000 paid to the Mauritius Sovereign Fund, and $50,000 per passport for family members.

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Oprah in Obama’s delegation to Kenya

Oprah in Obama’s delegation to Kenya

By BENJAMIN IMENDE and FELIX OLICKWednesday June 20, 2018

Global icon Oprah Winfrey is among 350 celebrities and notables who will accompany former US President Barrack Obama to Kenya on July 16.
Obama and his guests will attend the launch of Sauti K…

Halifax judge reserves decision in former child refugee Abdoul Abdi’s deportation case

Halifax judge reserves decision in former child refugee Abdoul Abdi’s deportation case

Tuesday June 19, 2018

Abdoul Abdi, a former Somali child refugee fighting to stay in Canada, was never granted Canadian citizenship while growing up in foster care in Nova Scotia.  (SAMER MUSCATI / INTERNATIONAL)

HALIFAX—A federal lawy…

US leaving UN Human Rights Council — 'a cesspool of political bias'

US leaving UN Human Rights Council — 'a cesspool of political bias'

By Laura Koran, CNNTuesday June 19, 2018

Washington (CNN)US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the United States is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council Tuesday, accusing the body of bias against US ally Israel and a failu…

Why Congo’s Political Peace is Crucial for its Ambitious Mega Hydropower Project

Why Congo’s Political Peace is Crucial for its Ambitious Mega Hydropower Project

photoj1Feranmi AkeredoluTuesday June 19, 2018
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has received a joint bid for its ambitious 11, 000megawatts hydropower project and expressed plans to kickstart the long-delayed project this year. But as elections d…

Somalia files its response over maritime boundary dispute with Kenya

Somalia files its response over maritime boundary dispute with Kenya


Tuesday June 19, 2018

Somalia on Monday submitted its response to the Indian Ocean (Somalia vs Kenya) maritime delimitation case at the Hague as directed by the court on February 2.

The submission was done by Somalia Ambassador to the EU Ali Faqi in the presence of Attorney General Amed Dahir.

AG Dahir tweeted: “#Somalia submitted the reply in the maritime delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia vs Kenya) case @CIJ_ICJ today at the Hague on time. Somalia Agent: Ambassador Ali Faqi made the submission on behalf of Somalia. I was present at the submission.”

The details of the response were not accessible immediately.

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The reply was necessitated by a request by Somalia to respond to emerging legal issues in the counter-memorial by Kenya in December last year. This was in a meeting with the President of the International Court of Justice in January 30.

In the reply, Githu Muigai, the then Attorney General, said Kenya maintains the maritime border remains as it is and the dispute be solved through negotiations and other existing avenues.

The legal team submitted that the maritime boundary is along a parallel of latitude as was decreed in the Presidential Proclamation of 1979.

“This position is entrenched in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and several resolutions and decisions of the African Union Heads of State and Government adopted since 1964,” the AG said through a statement.

In its case, Somalia says the maritime boundary between the two states should be at an equidistant line and that Kenya’s oil exploration activities in the disputed area are unlawful.

In February last year, Kenya lost the first round of the case to Somalia in its bid to stop the matter from going to full hearing..

Judges at the ICJ dismissed the two main reasons given by Kenya that there exists an alternative method of resolving the matter through an MoU and that the case is invalid because the alternative method had not been exhausted.

The Kenyan legal team also argued that ICJ lacked jurisdiction since the two countries had agreed on an alternative dispute settlement through the MoU signed by Kenya’s then Foreign minister Moses Wetang’ula and Somalia’s then Minister of Planning.

Kenya will file its rejoinder on December 18.

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Senegal secure Africa's first win at World Cup

Senegal secure Africa's first win at World Cup


Tuesday June 19, 2018

Poland's forward Robert Lewandowski (left) vies with Senegal's defender Kalidou Koulibaly during their 2018 World Cup Group H match at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 19, 2018. PHOTO | FRANCISCO LEONG | AFP
Poland’s forward Robert Lewandowski (left) vies with Senegal’s defender Kalidou Koulibaly during their 2018 World Cup Group H match at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 19, 2018. PHOTO | FRANCISCO LEONG | AFP


Senegal recorded the first African win at the 2018 World Cup when they beat Poland 2-1 on Tuesday thanks to a deflected Thiago Cionek own goal and a terrible error by Polish ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny.

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak got Poland back in the game with an 86th-minute header but Senegal hung on at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium.

In a match billed as a straight fight between super-strikers Robert Lewandowski and Sadio Mane, neither scored but Liverpool striker Mane set up Idrissa Gueye for the shot that took a wicked deflection off Cionek, leaving Szczesny totally wrong-footed in the Polish goal for Senegal’s opener on 37 minutes.

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The west Africans doubled their lead on the 60-minute mark when the experienced Juventus goalkeeper had a moment to forget.

Senegal's midfielder Alfred N'Diaye (left) vies with Poland's defender Thiago Rangel Cionek during their 2018 World Cup Group H match at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 19, 2018. PHOTO | PATRIK STOLLARZ | AFPAFP
Senegal’s midfielder Alfred N’Diaye (left) vies with Poland’s defender Thiago Rangel Cionek during their 2018 World Cup Group H match at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 19, 2018. PHOTO | PATRIK STOLLARZ | AFPAFP


Krychowiak put Poland in trouble with a woeful bouncing back pass, but Szczesny opted rashly to charge out of his penalty area. The speedy Mbaye Niang got in front of his defender, nicked the ball away from Szczesny and rolled it into the empty net.

The goal sparked wild celebrations among the Senegalese players and incredulity among Poland’s.

After a tight first half hour, it was the always-threatening Niang who was at the heart of Senegal’s opening goal.

The Torino winger won the ball on the halfway line and fed Mane who rolled it sideways to Everton striker Gueye, whose shot skewed off Cionek’s leg and into the net.

The ball goes past Poland's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after a shot from Senegal's midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye was deflected off Poland's defender Thiago Rangel Cionek for an own goal for Senegal's opening goal during their 2018 World Cup Group H match at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 19, 2018. PHOTO | ALEXANDER NEMENOV | AFP
The ball goes past Poland’s goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after a shot from Senegal’s midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye was deflected off Poland’s defender Thiago Rangel Cionek for an own goal for Senegal’s opening goal during their 2018 World Cup Group H match at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 19, 2018. PHOTO | ALEXANDER NEMENOV | AFP


Senegal, the 2002 quarter-finalists, could have pressed home their advantage two minutes later but Salif Sane failed to connect with a header.

Minutes after half-time, Sane was fortunate not to be sent off for a challenge on Lewandowski when he brought down the Polish striker as he charged towards goal.

He escaped with a yellow card.

Senegal's midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye (centre) celebrates after Poland's conceded a goal during their 2018 World Cup Group H match at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 19, 2018. PHOTO | FRANCISCO LEONG |  AFP
Senegal’s midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye (centre) celebrates after Poland’s conceded a goal during their 2018 World Cup Group H match at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 19, 2018. PHOTO | FRANCISCO LEONG | AFP


Lewandowski curled the free kick over the Senegal wall but Khadim Ndiaye — the only African-based player in Senegal’s squad — pushed it away.

Krychowiak connected with Kamil Grosicki’s cross to give Poland hope, but they were unable to make up the deficit despite four minutes of injury time.

On Sunday, Senegal play Japan, who beat Colombia 2-1 earlier in the day, while Poland will face the South Americans.

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