The most talked about United States President, Donald Trump had his much-anticipated face-to-face meeting with the three-time world’s most powerful man and the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, during the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, to discuss alleged Russian interference in last year’s US elections and other issues militating against their diplomatic relations. KINGSLEY OPURUM examines the impact of US, Russia Many pundits have continued to wonder how the world will look like if the two most powerful countries, US and Russia, resolve to end their long-running diplomatic rift and form strong alliance. The world is in the grip of economic and political turmoil, and if Donald Trump can join forces with Vladimir Putin to pitch tent against the most dreaded terrorist group, ISIS, which has been wreaking havoc across the globe, the world will certainly be free from terrorism. There are crises going on in Asia, Middle-East and Africa, which require...
President Emmanuel Macron of France says climate change action needs to go beyond the 2015 Paris agreement, reinforcing his earlier position on an international deal hit by U.S President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out. The Paris Agreement or Paris climate agreement, is an agreement within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. “The Paris agreement is a step in the right direction but it is not enough. “We need to continue to advance and show, in terms of concrete plans and financing, our ability to go beyond it,’’ Macron said. Macron is leading the charge to keep the momentum on the landmark accord that was reached in Paris in 2015, after Trump’s decision to pull out drew condemnation from world leaders. Macron was speaking during a joint briefing with the head of the World Bank in Paris and ahead...
Police say a wild leopard killed a 13-year-old girl who was sleeping with her mother at their home in a remote village in far-western Nepal. Bhim Bahadur Bani, a local police officer said the girl and her mother kept the door of their home open to allow cold air in on Tuesday when the animal attacked the teenager. “The animal dragged the girl 100 metres away from her home to a farm. “Her mother cried out for her, but when her neighbours arrived at the scene, the animal had already fled, leaving the dead girl behind,’’ Bani added. The local police handed the victim’s body to her family after an autopsy at a hospital in Mangalsen, the headquarters of Accham district, where the incident occurred. Conflict between wild animals and humans has increased in recent months in Nepal, raising concerns about the safety of people living near forests and national parks. (dpa/NAN)
President Emmanuel Macron of France sought to reassure opponents of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday after provoking concern among rebel groups by saying that he saw no legitimate successor to Assad. Former president Francois Hollande had backed the Syrian opposition and demanded that the six-year conflict be resolved through a political transition that would eventually see Assad replaced. Macron had said in June that he no longer considered Assad’s departure a pre-condition for a negotiated settlement to the conflict, which killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven over 11 million from their homes. While he described Assad as an enemy of the Syrian people, Macron a centrist elected in May, said that Paris’ priority was fighting terrorist groups and ensuring Syria did not become a failed state. He also questioned the opposition’s credibility. Hailed by some in France as a pragmatic stance to advance negotiations, the comments also caused unease among the...
The European Commission announced on Wednesday an additional five million euros (5.66 million dollars) in humanitarian aid to the crisis caused by the conflict in the Congolese province of Kasai. Eight provinces and 2.6 million people are affected by the conflict in Kasai province according to the EU, following clashes between Congolese security forces and a militia that wants the state’s presence removed. “The EU is extremely concerned by the current humanitarian crisis in Kasai, causing horrible suffering to so many people,” Christos Stylianides, the commissioner for humanitarian aid, said in a statement. No fewer than 3,000 people have been killed, nearly 1.3 million displaced and about 30,000 have fled to neighbouring Angola, according to the Catholic Church and the UN. In May, the EU added several Congolese officials to a sanctions list for “having contributed to acts constituting serious human rights violations in the DRC, by planning, directing or committing them.” In addition...
A dispute between Italy and Austria over possible controls on their shared border was a “misunderstanding”, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said on Wednesday. Kern assured Rome that Austrian army had not put tanks at a crucial frontier crossing. Austrian Defence Minister Hans Doskozil said in remarks published on Tuesday that he expected controls to be imposed “very soon” at the border with Italy, prompting a furious response from Rome. An official from his ministry added that four armored vehicles and 750 troops were ready to be deployed if necessary. “One must clear up misunderstandings like the ones that have evidently arisen with Italy,” Kern told a joint news conference with Doskozil. He said that Austria was preparing to introduce controls at the important Brenner crossing if there were a surge in migrant arrivals there, but there was no need to at present. “We are not deploying tanks at Brenner and I can emphasise again that...
Turkish police on Wednesday detained 37 IS suspects in an anti-terror operations in provinces across Turkey. The police also said another suspect was being held for carrying over five kg of explosives at the border with Syria. The governor’s office in the southern province of Hatay said the Syrian citizen was caught on Tuesday trying to cross illegally into Turkey from Syria with 5.25 kg of TNT and nine detonators. “Police detained 25 people in simultaneous raids in nine provinces including Istanbul overnight, targeting IS suspects who had been on a security watch-list for the past four months, the private. In a separate set of operations, police detained 12 individuals, two of them are children including a 12-year-old Indonesian girl in the southern Adana province with suspected links to the IS,’’ Dogan news agency reported. According to Turkish officials, Turkey has detained more than 5,000 IS suspects in recent years and deported some 3,290...
The British government is not aware of any plans for U.S. President Donald Trump to visit Britain in the next few weeks, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesperson said on Monday. British media reported that government sources had been warned Trump could visit his golf resort in Scotland at short notice, during a scheduled trip to Europe for the G20 summit and Bastille Day celebrations in France on 14 July. “I am not aware of any plans for the president to visit the UK in the next few weeks,” May’s spokesperson said. He said an invitation for Trump to come to Britain on a state visit had been accepted and details would be set out in due course. May extended the invitation to Trump during a trip to Washington in January but the date has never been announced and media have reported that the trip has been postponed over concerns over the risk of...
More facts have emerged about Dr Michael Henry Bello, the gunman who shot seven people at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Centre, New York on Friday, and identified as a Nigerian. Dr Bola Omotosho, the Community Board Chair for The Bronx 5, New York, told the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Bello hailed from Auchi, Edo State. Bello, 45, shot dead a woman on the 17th floor and injured six others on the 16th floor, before allegedly killing himself, the New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neil, said. He went into the hospital, his former workplace, wearing a white lab coat with an AR-15 machine gun hidden underneath and asked for a specific doctor on the 16th floor. However, when he was told the doctor was not there, he started shooting at everyone and tried to set himself on fire before allegedly committing suicide. Omotosho said: “He (Bello) is a Nigerian, he’s...
According to a recent study carried out by Transparency International, Somalia was deemed to be the most corrupt nation in the world. The economic and political instability of Somalia has made it the site of many human rights violations, particularly against women. Females are underrepresented in the workforce as well as education. In fact, slightly over 1/3 of the students at the primary school level are girls, and very little progress has been made in this regard. BLESSING BATURE writes. A Somali journalist and a rape survivor were both convicted on spurious charges for reporting a rape by Somali government forces. Investigating sexual abuse and exploitation - especially when those accused are soldiers - is a complex and time-consuming process that requires sensitive expert handling. But even a skillful and professionally-run investigation will fail if the women and girls most affected fear to come forward to share their experiences. And in...