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South Seattle community mourns sudden death of SeaTac councilmember Amina Ahmed

South Seattle community mourns sudden death of SeaTac councilmember Amina Ahmed

Monday December 10, 2018by Patrick Quinnphotoj1
SEATAC, Wash. – On Saturday afternoon, Amina Ahmed was killed in a head-on car crash in SeaTac.
“I am heartbroken by the loss,” said SeaTac Mayor Erin Sitterley in a statement. “S…

More than 150 governments to adopt UN migration pact in Morocco

More than 150 governments to adopt UN migration pact in Morocco


Monday December 10, 2018
ULF LAESSING AND ANDREAS RINKE MARRAKESH, MOROCCO
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More than 150 countries will join a United Nations conference to adopt a global pact to better handle migrant flows, a senior UN official said on Sunday, less than the number that initially worked on the plan.

In July, all 193 UN members except the United States finalized the so-called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to better handle migration.

Since then, the text has come under fire from European politicians who say it could increase immigration. At least six European Union members – mostly in formerly Communist Eastern Europe – have shunned the accord

UN Special Representative for International Migration Louise Arbour said more than 150 governments had registered for the event in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh set to adopt the accord on Monday, without giving details.

The pact is not legally binding but can provide very useful guidance for countries facing migration, she told a news conference.

“Many challenges will stand in the way of its implementation, not least the toxic and ill-informed narrative that too often persists when it comes to migrants,” she said.

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In the latest political turmoil over the pact, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel relaunched his government on Sunday as a minority administration after the biggest party in his coalition quit in a dispute over signing the compact.

The right-wing N-VA pulled its ministers after Michel refused its demand that he not agree to the pact.

Also on Sunday, Chile’s Interior Ministry Subsecretary Rodrigo Ubilla told El Mercurio newspaper that the country’s representatives would not attend the event, saying: “We have said that migration is not a human right. Countries have a right to determine the entry requirements for foreign citizens.”

In November, Austria’s right-wing government, which holds the EU presidency, said it would also withdraw, saying the accord would blur the line between legal and illegal migration.

Australia also said in November would not sign up to the migration agreement because it would compromise its hard line immigration policy and endanger national security. nL4N1XV663

Among other leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose 13-year chancellorship has been marked by her open-door migrant policy, will attend the event.

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is a framework for co-operation and aims to reduce illegal migration, help integrate migrants and return them to their home countries.

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Opposition parties in Tanzania say proposed law will criminalise them

Opposition parties in Tanzania say proposed law will criminalise them


Monday December 10, 2018

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli addresses a news conference during his official visit to Nairobi, Kenya October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas/File Photo

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Ten opposition parties in Tanzania say proposed amendments to a law governing political parties would criminalise their activities.

Critics of President John Magufuli, who came to power in 2015, say he is increasingly cracking down on dissent with restrictions on the political opposition, the media, bloggers and non-governmental organisations.

His government denies the accusations.

At a news conference in the capital Dar es Salaam on Sunday, Hashim Rungwe, chairman of one of the 10 parties, said the proposed amendments would curtail constitutional freedoms.

“The proposed bill is against the constitution and political parties were not involved from initial stages and even after providing our views, they were not considered,” he said.

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“If this bill is passed by the parliament as it is, it is going to criminalise political activities,” he added.

“The bill is full of criminal punishments which make political activities … crimes.”

He said the law imposed penalties of jail sentences or big fines for minor infringements.

Among its provisions, the new law would ban parties from functioning as “activist” groups. It would give sweeping powers to a government official to suspend or fire a party member for a range of reasons, and also gives the official influence over internal party elections.

The government says the law, tabled in parliament on November 16, is needed to force parties to adhere to the country’s constitution.

Reporting by Nuzulack Dausen; Writing by Elias Biryabarema; Editing by Andrew Roche

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China summons US ambassador over Huawei CFO's arrest

China summons US ambassador over Huawei CFO's arrest


Monday December 10, 2018
Simon Goodley

Meng Wanzhou was detained in Canada last week over allegations that she covered up Huawei’s links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran despite US sanctions. Photograph: Reuters

Terry Branstad urged to cancel arrest warrant for Meng Wanzhou and end her ‘egregious’ detention

China has summoned the US ambassador in Beijing to protest about the detention of a senior Huawei executive in Canada after US law enforcement officials issued a warrant for her arrest last week.

The official Xinhua news agency said the vice-foreign minister, Le Yucheng, had “lodged solemn representations and strong protests” with the ambassador, Terry Branstad, against the detention of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the Chinese technology firm.

Meng was detained last week while changing planes in Vancouver, Canada, with prosecutors saying she had committed fraud by lying about links between Huawei and a shell company used to sell telecommunications equipment to Iran in breach of US sanctions.

The Xinhua report quoted Le as calling Meng’s detention “extremely egregious”, demanding the US cancel the order for her arrest and saying China would take further steps based on Washington’s response.

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In a court filing on Sunday, Meng argued that she should be let out on bail while awaiting an extradition hearing due to severe hypertension and fears for her health while incarcerated in Canada.

In a sworn affidavit, she said she is innocent of the allegations and will contest them at trial in the United States if she is surrendered there. Meng also said she was taken to a hospital for treatment for hypertension after being detained.

In a bail application seeking her release pending an extradition hearing, Meng said she has longstanding ties to Vancouver dating back at least 15 years, as well as significant property holdings in the city.

The statement came after the summoning of the Canadian ambassador, John McCallum, on Saturday over Meng’s detention and a similar protest warning of “grave consequences” if she were not released.

Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network equipment for phone and internet companies and has been the target of deepening US security concerns over its ties to the Chinese government. The US has pressured European countries and other allies to limit use of its technology, warning that they could be opening themselves up to surveillance and theft of information.

Meng is the daughter of the company’s founder and a former officer in the Chinese military. She faces extradition to the US over the reported sanctions violations.

Her case threatens to derail a fragile truce in a trade war between the US and China. The US president, Donald Trump, and Chinese president, Xi Jinping, had agreed to give their negotiators 90 days to resolve trade disputes between the two countries.

On Sunday, the US trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, told CBS’s Face the Nation: “As far as I am concerned it is a hard deadline. When I talk to the president of the United States he is not talking about going beyond March … The way this is set up is that at the end of 90 days, these tariffs will be raised.”

After a turbulent spell for the markets last week, Lighthizer added that investors “can be reassured that if there is a deal that can be made that will assure the protection of US technology … and get additional market access … the president wants us to do it. If not we will have tariffs.”

In Argentina last weekend, Trump and Xi agreed to a truce that delayed a planned 1 January hike in tariffs on $200bn (£157bn) of Chinese goods while they negotiated a trade deal.

 

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Mandera residents mark first ever Somali cultural festival

Mandera residents mark first ever Somali cultural festival


Monday December 10, 2018
By STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Mandera governor Ali Roba clad in full somali attire during the Somali cultural festival that was held at Moi stadium

Residents of Mandera yesterday celebrated the first ever Somali cultural festival.

The event was meant to bring together all Somali speaking communities to celebrate their heritage.

The county has in the past been faced with inter-clan clashes in which several people have died and hundreds displaced.

However, yesterday was different as all the clans freely celebrated their diverse cultures.

Governor Ali Roba called for unity among the different communities.

The county is home to the Garre, Degodia, Marehan, Murulle and the Conner tribes.

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Deputy President William Ruto is expected to close the event on Tuesday.

He said his government has strived to include all communities in all employment opportunities available.

“In the past our communities have fought each other on tribal lines but never ever should this recur again,” Roba said.

The county will allocate resources for development of all clans cultural activities adding that they would seek to gazette the event for future generations to learn.

“We are lagging behind after decades of neglect from successive regimes. The only favour we can do to ourselves is to unite and work to overcome these challenges,” the governor said.

Area Senator Mohamed Mohamud said, “We should never be divided along clan lines as this only served to deter development.” The festival will be used to show case the different home products used in traditional Somali societies.

Foods, kitchen accessories, fashion and many other items will be displayed.

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AMISOM are our guest, their success is Somalia success.

AMISOM are our guest, their success is Somalia success.

by Yassin Mahi MallinSunday, December 09, 2018
When we couldn’t take care of ourselves, we turned our heads towards our AU brothers to whom we are a signatory for help.
Deployed to Mogadishu in March 2007, it was not until late May 2013 that…

Motion Filed to Impeach Somali President: Statement

Motion Filed to Impeach Somali President: Statement

Sunday December 9, 2018

MOGADISHU (REUTERS) – The top official of Somali’s parliament administration said on Sunday he had filed a motion with the speaker of parliament to impeach the country’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi, but the grounds for the mo…

China sends new naval fleet for escort mission

China sends new naval fleet for escort mission

Sunday December 9, 2018The 31st fleet from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy has left the port city of Zhanjiang in south China’s Guangdong Province for the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia to escort civilian ships.Ads By Google Composed o…

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Six Al-Shabaab militants killed in SNA operation in Lower Shabelle region

Six Al-Shabaab militants killed in SNA operation in Lower Shabelle region

Somali security forces killed six al-Shabab militants during a joint security operation in Basra, southern Somalia, on Saturday night.
“A security operation carried out by the security forces in the Basra area k…

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