....as Trump Attacks North Korea Over Death Of Wambier President Donald Trump has attacked the “brutality of the North Korean regime” following the death of American student Otto Warmbier - who had been imprisoned in the country for 17 months. The US President has offered the family of Mr Warmbier his respects after news broke that the young man had died after being transported back to the United States from North Korea. “Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing,” Mr Trump said in a statement. “There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.” The President proceeded to say that Mr Warmbier’s untimely death recommitted his administration to make sure that another tragedy like the one that surrounded Mr...
South Korean President Moon Jae-in yesterday said North Korea should swiftly return South Koreans and Americans detained in the reclusive nation and that it had “a heavy responsibility” in the death of a U.S. university student. Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old student who had been held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months, died at a Cincinnati hospital on Monday just days after North Korea released him from captivity in a coma, his family said. Three other U.S. citizens, who are ethnic Koreans, and six South Koreans remain in custody in North Korea. Warmbier was arrested while visiting as a tourist and accused of trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan, according to North Korean media. Doctors caring for him last week described him as having extensive brain damage that left him in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness.”In an interview with CBS News, Moon said that while “we cannot know for...
France voted a record number of women into parliament, election results showed on Monday, after President Emmanuel Macron’s victorious Republic on the Move (LREM) party fielded a gender-balanced candidate list. Among the 577 newly elected lawmakers, 233 were female, beating the previous record of 155 set after the last election. According to Inter-parliamentary Union data compiled at the start of June, France jumped from 64th to 17th in the world rankings of female parliamentary representation and to 6th place in Europe, overtaking Britain and Germany. LREM, which won an overwhelming majority in Sunday’s ballot, had the highest proportion of women elected, at 47 percent. “For the first time under the (postwar) Fifth Republic, the National Assembly will be deeply renewed, more diverse, younger,” the party’s acting president, Catherine Barbaroux, said. “But above all, allow me to rejoice, because this is a historic event for the representation of women in the National Assembly.” Female representation in...
A lawyer for one of two women accused of killing the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader said yesterday he was seeking the help of foreign experts to assess the evidence related to the alleged murder weapon - VX nerve agent. Indonesian Siti Aishah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vietnam, have been charged with murdering Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13 by smearing his face with VX, a chemical the United Nations describes as a weapon of mass destruction. They face the death penalty if convicted. Malaysian prosecutors have handed defense lawyers 44 documents including toxicology, autopsy, arrest reports, the suspects’ statements and photographs, the lawyers told a hearing on Friday. Gooi Soong Seng, Aishah’s lawyer, said some of the documents would be sent to experts in Denmark and other countries to get assessments on the alleged use of VX agent.”In the post-mortem ... they have confirmed...
A top Congo opposition leader who fled abroad last year vowed yesterday to return home soon to seek the presidency in long-delayed elections, while a group of former African leaders warned of an “acute political crisis” in the troubled country. Moise Katumbi’s lawyer said they would seek United Nations protection for the opposition leader when he returns to Congo. Katumbi fled the Central African nation amid legal troubles that he said were trumped-up to stop him from challenging longtime President Joseph Kabila. “I cannot wait,” Katumbi told reporters in Paris. “I am returning to prepare my campaign because I am a candidate. ... They don’t have the right to block me.” He did not give a date for his return. With little sign that presidential elections will be held this year as agreed to under a political deal reached in December, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and several former African leaders are...
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said questions will need to be answered over the safety of tower blocks after several people were killed on Wednesday when a fire engulfed a 24-storey building. Some residents said they had been advised they should stay in their flats in the event of a fire, while the block’s residents association had previously warned it was worried about the risk of a serious fire. “These questions are really important questions that need to be answered,” Khan told BBC Radio. “Across London we have many, many tower blocks and what we can’t have is a situation where people’s safety is put at risk because of bad advice being given or if it is the case, as has been alleged, of tower blocks not being properly serviced or maintained.” Fire engulfed a 24-storey block of flats in central London on Wednesday, killing some people, injuring at least 50 more and trapping...
By BUKOLA OGUNSINA, China Recognised as the least developed province in China, Sichuan has turned its challenges into an income generator for further development. In this feature BUKOLA OGUNSINA takes you on a perspective changing journey into the mountains. The weather is hot and humid, and mostly cloudy just like it would be in some parts of Africa. Light drops of rain welcome you to Sichuan, a rural part of China located in the south western hinterland region. While Sichuan, history going back to about two million years ago, is famous for its Pandas, there’s a lot more to this mysterious yet welcoming province with its population of 91 million. The journey took about three hours before arrival at the place in the mountains were visits would be made to Lixian and Wenchuan Counties. What was this region’s secret? It did not see the mountains as a challenge but rather took advantage...
Formal talks on Britain’s exit from the European Union may not begin on June 19 as that is the same date the government is due to set out its policy programme for the new parliament, Brexit minister David Davis said on Monday. Davis, whose Conservative Party is due to put its policy programme or Queen’s Speech to parliament on June 19 after failing to win a majority during Thursday’s election, said the Brexit talks would begin at some point next week. “It’s in the week of next week, basically, is the first discussions,” Davis told Sky News when asked about the practicalities of the negotiations. “My permanent secretary is actually in Brussels today talking to them about the details. “It may not be on the Monday because we’ve also got the Queen’s Speech that week and I will have to speak in that and so on.” NAN reports that with 643 out of 650...
Officials say 62 of the bodies of passengers who were aboard a Myanmar military transport plane that crashed into the Andaman Sea on June 7 have been recovered. The Chinese-made Shaanxi Y-8 aircraft was carrying 122 people, mostly soldiers and their families, from the southern coast to the commercial capital of Yangon, when it went down on Wednesday. According to a post on Facebook by Myanmar Commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing on Monday said a total of 62 bodies have been pulled from the water so far. In a post at the weekend, the army chief said there had been a “very big cloud’’ at the time of the crash. No official cause has been announced. Several countries, including China, have offered to assist Myanmar, but state media said on Sunday they had been rejected. The country has a notoriously poor aviation safety record. The last crash involving a military aircraft was in February 2016. Five people were killed...
Seven candidates of Nigerian heritage have made the country proud by emerging winners in the recently concluded United Kingdom parliamentary elections. Most notably, out of the seven Nigerians elected into the UK parliament in the Thursday poll, five are women. Some pundits are of the opinion that Nigeria should take its cue from the UK election and create a level playing field for all and sundry in its forthcoming elections, adding that the country’s politics, as currently structured, has continued to hamstring women from clinching key elective positions or excelling in the nation’s politics. The five female winners are; Fiona Onasanya, Peterborough; Chi Onwurah, Newcastle; Kate Osamor, Edmonton ; Kemi Badenock, Saffron Walden, and Helen Grant, Maidstone and The Weald. The other two winners who are male are; Chuka Umunna representing Streatham and Bim Afolami representing Hitchin and Harpenden. FIONA ONASANYA Onasanya, who ran on the platform of Labour Party, beat Stewart Johnson of...