Ethiopia, Djibouti sign gas pipeline deal

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Ethiopia and Djibouti have a signed a deal to build a pipeline to carry Ethiopian gas to an export terminal in the Red Sea state.

Djibouti’s Energy minister, Yonis Ali Guedi told Reuters late Saturday that the deal laid out ‘’ key terms that will serve as a basis’‘ for related concession contracts.

‘’ It is the most expensive project ever built in the Horn of Africa region’‘, he said adding that both parties have reached a deal in principle for mutual benefits.

Ethiopia found extensive gas deposits in its eastern Ogaden Basin in 1970.

China’s POLY-GCL Petroleum investments has been developing the Calub and Hilala fields there since signing a production sharing agreement in 2013.

Reuters

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Nigerians resilient despite poll delay

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In Nigeria, churches were packed on Sunday as the faithful prayed for the future of Africa’s largest democracy.

It follows postponement of the presidential elections hours before polls were scheduled to open. In the capital Abuja, congregants at the Family Worship Centre say they are unfazed.

“If they postpone the vote late again on Saturday, we would tell our followers to prepare for the next day they will give us. If they continue to postpone and cancel all the time, we will continue to prepare until voting day. The church is ready to vote”, said branch pastor, Wildon Adegbe.

Some concurred that although they feel down, Nigerians are resilient.

“Are people demoralized? Absolutely. But we are also a resilient people, so whatever it takes – as they postponed until next week . We are ready to return to the vote. If they still do, we are ready, but we will do what is expected of us,”
said banker, Doyin Coker.

The election is set to be held on February 23. In 2011 and 2015, the country’s presidential elections were also delayed over logistics and security issues.

Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari faces a tight contest against ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Reuters

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Trump EPA OKs ‘Emergency’ to Dump Bee-killing Pesticide on 16 Million Acres

19 hours 22 minutes ago

The Environmental Protection Agency reported this week that in 2018 it issued so-called “emergency” approvals to spray sulfoxaflor — an insecticide the agency considers “very highly toxic” to bees — on more than 16 million acres of crops known to

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Sala's family bids final farewell

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A coffin carrying the remains of footballer, Emiliano Sala carried from a vigil site to a hearse by the star’s friends and family on Saturday.

Sala’s coffin was at a vigil inside Sala’s childhood club, San Martin de Progreso, in Santa Fe, Argentina, during the day before being moved to a hearse.

Crowds applauded and some openly wept as the Cardiff player’s coffin was driven through the streets to a private ceremony in Santa Fe city, where Sala’s body is due to be cremated.

Sala,28, had been flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales on January 21 to make his debut for the Premier League team.

His single-engined Piper Malibu aircraft he was travelling in disappeared over the English Channel.

Wreckage was found on February 3 following a privately-funded underwater search and a body recovered on February 6.

The body was taken to southern England where it was positively identified as Sala.

Reuters

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Not-So-Veiled Threat of War as John Bolton Says Iran May Not Have ‘Many More Anniversaries to Enjoy’

19 hours 52 minutes ago

As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country’s 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn’t think they will “have many more anniversaries

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Netanyahu Calls on Arab States to Join War Against Iran

19 hours 56 minutes ago

In comments delivered to an Israeli TV news reporter at a Warsaw conference designed to unite world leaders against Iran, Bibi Netanyahu made his harshest statement yet, calling for war against the Islamic republic:

What is important about this [conference]…is

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South Africa Airways set to pay Comair $78 mln

19 hours 59 minutes ago

State-run South African Airways (SAA) will pay its rival Comair 1.1 billion rand ($78 million) to settle an anti-competition case, sending shares in the local aviation company soaring.

Struggling SAA has not made a profit since 2011 and was given a 5 billion rand bailout by government last year to shore up its balance sheet.

It is one of a handful of state firms cited by credit ratings agencies as a major risk to the sovereign rating of Africa’s most industrialised economy.

The dispute between Comair and SAA dates back more than a decade. SAA’s travel agent incentive schemes were deemed anti-competitive by a competition body, paving the way for a damages claim by Comair.

Comair said in a statement on Friday that SAA would start making payments to it from this month until July 2022, unless SAA decides to pay the full amount earlier.

Comair operates flights in southern Africa under a licence from British Airways and launched low-cost airline kulula.com.

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Trump’s State of Emergency: A Step Towards Presidential Dictatorship

19 hours 59 minutes ago

President Trump’s proclamation of a state of national emergency on the southern US border is a frontal assault on constitutional norms and democratic rights in America. It is the first time in American history that a president has sought to

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Trump Moves the World Closer to “Doomsday”

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In 1987, the United States and the Soviet Union adopted the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in an effort to eliminate missiles on hair-trigger alert for nuclear war due to their short flight times. It was the first time the

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When Considering Venezuela’s Guaidó, Remember Victoria Nuland

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As Washington’s Secret Team continues to line-up its guns against the elected government led by Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, it’s worth reminding viewers of another recently executed regime change operation – a portion of which was caught on tape –

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