Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he believes former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was wrong to leak U.S. spy secrets, but he is not a traitor. Snowden, 33, was given asylum in Russia in 2013 after leaking classified information about U.S. spy operations. His lawyer said in January that Snowden had the right to remain in Russia until 2020 and to apply for Russian citizenship in 2018. Putin, a former KGB officer and ex-head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, made his comments about Snowden in an interview with U.S. film director Oliver Stone. “Snowden is not a traitor, he did not betray the interests of his country, nor did he transfer any information to any other country that would damage his own people,’’ Putin said. However, the Russian leader said Snowden should have resigned from his job in the same way he once resigned from the KGB rather than leak secrets...
By Bukola Ogunsina, Sichuan Province, China The Vice President of Dongfang electrical corporation (DEC), Hu Weidong, has said that Africa ought to focus on power and transport to drive its economy. This he said while hosting African journalists participating at the 2017 China Africa Press Centre (CAPC) at its headquarters situated in Chengdu. “If your economy wants to take off you need power and transport,” the Vice President of the government owned company said, while adding that Africa was the heartland of the world in the future. “I think African countries should make full use of the policies given by the Chinese government as well as the bank loans.” According to the Project Manager, Thermal Power Division I, DEC, Mei Yong, DEC is poised to visit Nigeria later this year 2017, as it views the country as a potential solar energy partner. Queried on how environment friendly coal source energy is, he...
By Bukola Ogunsina, Sichuan, China Sichuan is considered the most under developed province in China. As poverty alleviation continues to be a work in progress, coupled with the region’s difficult terrain, Sichuan is determined to rise above its challenges. BUKOLA OGUNSINA writes… Sichuan’s capital Chengdu, on first impression gives the idea that all is developed in what is considered rural China. However, development in all its counties continues to be a steadfast work in progress as the government tries to ensure that its indigenes rise above the poverty line. Sichuan, according to several reports describing the province has been called, the miniature China, with China giving a bigger picture of what is happening in Sichuan. With a population of 91 million, ranking sixth for its economic volume, Sichuan lagged behind after China’s Reform and opening up policy, as coastal regions were prioritised for development. A researcher at the department of Development and Reform...
By Bukola Ogunsina, Sichuan, China The Deputy Director, Commission of Promotion of Tourism of Sichuan Province, Cui Hong, has disclosed that Sichuan will be hosting the 22nd UN World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) General Assembly this year 2017. The event will take place in the Province’s capital of Chengdu, with representatives from over 70 countries in attendance. This he said while Sichuan government officials hosted African journalists and participants of the China Africa Press Centre (CAPC) 2017 programme in Chengdu. “It’s the first UN Assembly to be held in the Western part of China,” he said. Its campaign launched in Berlin is themed ‘Beautiful China, More Than Pandas’, to show the world that China has a lot more to offer than the beautiful bears. Cui also disclosed that later this year September, 2017, the Province will host the Sichuan International Travel Expo. “Eighty percent of giant pandas of the world live in Sichuan....
A Russian warship and submarine have fired four cruise missiles from the Mediterranean at Islamic State targets near the Syrian city of Palmyra, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. The strike, which Russian news agencies said was the first of its kind since November, was carried out by the frigate “Admiral Essen” and the submarine “Krasnodar,” and targeted militants and equipment in an area east of Palmyra. The defence ministry said the hardware and forces struck had previously been deployed by Islamic State in Raqqa. “All targets were destroyed,” the ministry said in a statement. The ministry said Russia had warned the United States, Turkey and Israel before launching the missiles. It did not say when the strike took place, but Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying that Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had personally told President Vladimir Putin about the military action late on Tuesday. The RIA news agency said that...

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BY George Awuru Recently the US military dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat on an Islamic State group tunnel complex in Afghanistan. The Pentagon affirmed that the 9 meter long GBU-43IB Massive Ordinance Air Blass Bomb (MOAB) known as the mother of all bombs was first tested in 2003 but had not been used before.  The Pentagon reportedly said the 21,600IB(9,800kg) bomb was dropped from a US Aircraft in Nangarhar province, a mountainous and sparsely populated area where ISIS fighters reportedly use to move around freely, making it easier for them to target US military advisers and Afghan force area. The bomb reportedly fell on Nangarhar shortly after a US Special Forces soldier was killed in the town fighting ISIS. And hours after, Pentagon admitted an air strike in Syria mistakenly killed 18 rebels from the Syrian Democratic Force which is backed by Washington. America has once again demonstrated...
American president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim stands unopposed for a second term, with an  invaluable endorsement by the US Treasury Department. In keeping with an unbroken tradition, the US nominee will again fill the presidency at the World Bank, while the International Monetary Fund remains in European hands as Christine Lagarde, also unopposed, began a second term as managing director in July. After nominations opened,   the US Treasury offered its support for a second term for Kim, helping to discourage any other candidacy. No other country took the risk of trying to upset this established order — unlike in 2012, when the Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala threw her hat in the ring to be leader of the development behemoth, which comprises 189 member states and employs 15,000 people. A medical doctor and former president of Dartmouth College, Kim won plaudits for mobilizing the Bank against the 2014 Ebola crisis in...
By Bukola Ogunsina, Beijing, China StarTimes recently launched its 'Agenda for the 7th African Digital TV Development Seminar,' in Beijing, declaring it will assist Africa in its migration from analogue to digital. The seminar tagged, 'Universalise Digital TV and Enjoy Smart Life,' which will hold from 23rd to 24th May, saw experts in all fields of communications in attendance. The Nigerian Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed expressed his delight to be at the function, and disclosed that Nigeria was strongly considering going digital. "Nigeria's quest to diversify its economy and stimulate business and employment growth has compelled it to examine the digital economy closely and invest in it more assiduously. For example, the advent of a fast growing "digital age" in Nigeria, the growing popularity of the internet, and the establishment of various media distribution platforms have given rise to an increasing demand for content and services like animation and digital artistry." The Minister...