Premature but possible? Trump awaits ‘full report’ on Khashoggi murder after CIA implicates MbS

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Preview The US government has yet to reach a “final conclusion” on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and until then won’t undermine the strategic relationship with Riyadh, amid reports the CIA has linked the murder to the Saudi Crown Prince.
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Funeral held for slain U.N peacekeepers in DRC

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A funeral was held in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday for the 7 UN peacekeepers who were killed in clashes with militias.

The UN said the dead included six peacekeepers from Malawi and one from Tanzania.

“Our sympathy goes out to the families of those who lost their loved ones in such terrible circumstances. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody affected by the loss in Malawi”, said UN force commander, Gen. Patrick Dube.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York on Friday that ten other peacekeeping troops were wounded, and another is missing.

He said, several Congolese were also killed or wounded in the joint operation.

In Beni where the incident occured, locals had a plea to authorities.

“I would like the authorities and (those in) power to really help us stay in our homes. We are at home, but we are refugees”, said Beni resident, Taipa Atsongya.

The deaths mark the biggest loss by the large UN force in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the rebels killed 15 troops nearly a year ago.

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‘All out of anti-Russian stories?’ Times gets grilled for calling ‘Masha and the Bear’ propaganda

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Preview A bizarre, year-old report that described cartoon ‘Masha and the Bear’ as Kremlin propaganda for kids has been revived in The Times, prompting commenters to wonder if the publication had run out of ideas for its usual Russophobia.
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Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, November 17, 2018, #171

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Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org The true character of governments is becoming ever more visible as the walls begin to crumble on all sides. The climate engineering continues unabated and unacknowledged. Record drought and record wildfires on the West coast, record flooding and engineered winter in the US East. Will California get rain soon? Only the geoengineers know what

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Angola: operation 'restgate' submits report on public disorder

9 hours 29 minutes ago

The rescue operation set up to quell growing public disorders in Angola has completed its work and submitted its report.

The rescue team known as Operation Restgate was set up by a presidential decree to enforce state authority a few weeks ago.

Authorities said there have been public disorders within the country in recent times.

‘‘A good number of citizens have participated in denunciations related to extortion cases, corruption, illegal immigration and illegal trade. We will refer to the results of these seven days of the operation’‘, said Orlando Bernardo, spokesman for the operation.

The police which conducted the operations seized several counterfeit products including 47 firearms.

In addition, 34 churches, 3 illegal medical centres and 35 shops were closed. Spokesman for the rescue operations said their illegal activities had a negative impact on the national economy.

Traders and locals have rejected these assertions. They denounced methods used by the police and security forces.

30 year old Emilson Muene is a trader and father of two. He told Africanews correspondent, George Nsimba that authorities have not been fair to them.

“I am a salesman in this market, I sell scrap metal, I do not sell new spare parts but I sell scrap metal and that is how we work, if the government and the comrade president tell us that they will fight crime, we too want to fight to finally succeed in this fight, the president (authorities) and the national police must work in collaboration with the population,’‘ Muene lamented.

Djigui Camara is the Ambassador for Guinea in Angola.

“ Many are in an irregular situation. They do not have a working document, they do not have a residence permit. For the time being, it’s better to get in order, if you have to come back’‘, Camara said.

Beside repressing abuses, incivility and administrative misconduct, the rescue operation has put in place a communication strategy to raise public awareness.

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Media head of Boko Haram faction killed - Nigeria army claims

9 hours 55 minutes ago

The Nigerian Army, NA, on Saturday evening reported having killed a leader of a key faction of terrorist group, Boko Haram. The army via its social media handles reported the death of a media leader of Islamic State in West Africa Province, ISWAP.

The army stressed in a statement that the death was recorded during a joint operation between the army and the airforce as part of its counter-terrorism operations.

“Reports available reveal that one Sale Ahmad Sale a.k.a. Baban Hassan the leader of Al-Barnawi Media group, a faction of Boko Haram was killed by a joint operation conducted by the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Airforce,” the statement said.

It did not reveal where the attack occured or when it took place but the army stressed that it will continue targeted attacks especially against key members of Boko Haram.

“The killing of the media leader is indicative of efforts by the NA to eliminate key members of the sect. It is worthy to note that the sect is directly affiliated to the Islamic State and has carried out several attacks against own troops and innocent civilians in the past.

“Therefore, the death of the group’s media leader shows that the leadership is being targeted successfully and soon other key members would be apprehended or neutralised, thus decimating the group and its activities,” the statement added.

The army statement also reported the formation of another faction of Boko Haram, Jama’atu Nus’ratul-Islami Wal-Muslimina, adding that it had identified its leader.

The development comes barely a week after the reappearance of the most known leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau. The man the army has previously reported having been killed or fatally wounding, appeared in a new video mocking at authorities.

Shekau who is described as leader of the Jama’atu Ahlil Summah Lil Da’awatu Wal Jihad, a faction of Boko Haram in the seven-minutes video praised fighters of the group who he said had been gaining grounds on the Nigerian army.

The army and the terrorists have in the past accused each other of engaging in propaganda in their reports of combat victims.

Despite claiming there are only remnants of the group to clear from the Sambisa forest, attacks especially in northeastern Borno State has spiked in recent months.

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