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'No surprise': US ally UAE uses Guantanamo & Abu Ghraib techniques in Yemen - Vanessa Beeley to RT

21 June, 2018 - 21:22

Preview Independent investigative journalist Vanessa Beeley said that it is no shock that reports keep piling up of the UAE committing human rights violations in Yemeni prisons along with their allies, possibly including the US.
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Angola wants to have a share of the booming industry of banana production [Business Africa]

21 June, 2018 - 21:19

Banana fair prestige of agricultural activity

Almost all African countries produce a significant amount of banana, but only a few actually export them.

In Cameroon and the Ivory Coast, experimental programmes have been implemented with EU funding to increase the competitiveness of the industry while improving environmental practices.

Angola, a country that has been resilient in the midst of oil crisis, has set its sight on diversifying its economy by organising an international banana fair that attracted 150 national and international exhibitors.

Among these exhibitors is an Angolan company, Novagrolider, which exports at least 60 to 70 tonnes of banana mainly to Portugal monthly.

Senegal: Poultry farmers kick against imports

In less than 15 years, local chicken production in Senegal has increased sevenfold – this was mainly facilitated by the ban on poultry imports since 2005.
That story is about to change as the ban is to be lifted with the arrival of KFC, the American giant of fried chicken.

The Senegalese consumers’ association advocates maintaining the embargo to protect local production.

The poultry sector generates 50,000 direct or indirect jobs in Senegal, and poultry farming accounts for 17% of livestock GDP, according to the cross-industry.

End of tradition? Killing dogs for meat ruled illegal by South Korean court

21 June, 2018 - 21:11

Preview A South Korean court has ruled that it is illegal to kill dogs for their meat - a landmark decision that animal rights activists say could pave the way for legislation outlawing the practice completely.

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Congo-Cameroon fiber optic project, a medium for regional interconnectivity [Business Africa]

21 June, 2018 - 21:01

Fiber optic between Congo and Cameroon

Interconnectivity between Central African countries including Cameroon and Congo Republic is about get better as the latter launched a second phase of a fibre optic project.
This second project comes after the first phase financed by the World Bank for the interconnection of Congo with Gabon at a cost of CFAF 15 billion.
This particular phase of the project is said to be co-financed by the African Development Bank. The project is estimated at over CFAF 43 billion, with AfDB holding up 78.2%, leaving 21.8% to the Congolese authorities. Léon Juste Ibombo, Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Economy of Republic of Congo, joined us on this episode of Business Africa to shed some light on the report.

Trump eyes July meeting with Putin as Bolton expected to arrive in Moscow

21 June, 2018 - 20:42

Preview Washington and Moscow are "looking at the possibility" of Donald Trump meeting with Vladimir Putin in July, US President Donald Trump has stated.

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‘Call them yourself’: Girlfriend of Kushner’s brother in hot water for urging fans to call lawmakers

21 June, 2018 - 20:39

Preview Victoria’s Secret model and girlfriend of the brother of top Trump aide Jared Kushner, Karlie Kloss, got scorched on Twitter for urging fans to “call politicians” to support a US bill limiting the separation of immigrant families.
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Mo Salah's World Cup bid ends with a whimper

21 June, 2018 - 20:35

Mohamed Salah’s World Cup campaign arguably ended when Egypt’s talisman tumbled to the turf in the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26.

Uruguay administered the last rites on Wednesday but the Pharaohs already knew the writing was on the wall.

Salah returned to action for the first time in three weeks for his side’s do-or-die clash with hosts Russia in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday but was a pale imitation of the player who dazzled for Liverpool last season, scoring 44 goals.

Salah’s return fails to inspire Egypt who lose 1-3 to World Cup hosts Russia

He did get on the scoresheet late on from the penalty spot in Saint Petersburg but it was too little, with Russia already 3-0 up and steaming towards the last 16.

The hosts and Uruguay, both in Group A, became the first two sides into the knockout round on Wednesday after the South Americans beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Rostov.

Salah carried his country to their first World Cup since 1990, scoring five of his side’s eight goals in the the third qualifying round.
But Egyptian excitement that he was appearing on the biggest stage in club football last month turned to fear when he trudged off the field in tears after being hauled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

“This is very bad for Mo, very bad for us, very bad for Egypt,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, minutes after seeing his side lose 3-1 in the Ukrainian capital.

The Spanish captain quickly became a hate figure for furious Egyptian fans on social media, but there was no quick remedy for the damage Ramos inflicted.

Salah risk

Salah could only watch from the bench as Egypt conceded late to lose 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening game, leaving coach Hector Cuper little choice but to risk his best talent for the must-win game against Russia.

He manfully tried to carry the expectations of a nation on one good shoulder but Stanislav Cherchesov’s men were in no mood to play the role of accommodating hosts.

On the eve of the match, Cherchesov said he saw nothing wrong in Ramos’s challenge, insisting he only saw the Real skipper “holding the cup of the Champions League” at the end of an action-packed night in Kiev.

One Russia fan even attended the game with Ramos’s name and number on the back of a Real shirt. After the game Cherchesov said his mission to stop Salah had been successful.

“If he was not injured, it is very difficult to know what would have happened but we know the quality he has,” lamented Cuper, who admitted at the very least Salah’s match sharpness had been blunted.

“He wasn’t in all the preparation with us and that cost him a little bit of his physical ability. He would have worked almost three weeks with us before the first game, with the same intensity as the rest of the team.”

Salah, whose team still have a dead rubber to play against the Saudis, celebrated his 26th birthday on the day of the Uruguay defeat, meaning time is still on his side for him to return to the World Cup stage.

Chechen fans celebrate Mohamed Salah’s 26th birthday with 100kg cake

But injury at the most inopportune time has soured the season that made him a worldwide phenomenon.

Immigrant Children Forcibly Injected with Psychotropic Drugs Under Obama & Trump—Lawsuit

21 June, 2018 - 20:23

By Jay Syrmopoulos Houston, TX – A federal lawsuit filing on April 23 in an ongoing class-action lawsuit revealed that immigrant children separated from their parents—during both the Obama and Trump...

‘Mega-brothel’: Abandoned hangar will house Belgian city prostitutes

21 June, 2018 - 20:03

Preview Officials in the Belgian city of Ostend faced a pretty stark choice: turn an abandoned hangar into a museum to honour the town’s maritime industry, or refurbish the site in favour of a new mega-brothel. They chose the latter.
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‘France won the game, Peru won our hearts’ – Twitter grieves over Los Incas World Cup exit (PHOTOS)

21 June, 2018 - 19:49

Preview Twitter has reacted with an outpouring of collective grief after the popular Peruvians were knocked out of the World Cup after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat against France in Ekaterinburg.
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California cops shoot down bill restricting lethal force

21 June, 2018 - 19:44

Preview California law enforcement organizations say they won’t budge on a bill that would limit the situations in which they can use lethal force.

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Online retailers must pay state sales tax – Supreme Court

21 June, 2018 - 19:33

Preview In a blow to huge billion dollar online retailers such as Amazon and eBay, the Supreme Court has ruled that states can impose a tax on goods and services ordered online.

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Power woes hit Nigeria's football fans

21 June, 2018 - 19:26

Football-loving Nigerians had more than one reason to groan about the country’s opening World Cup game: not only did they lose 2-0, many weren’t even able to see the whole match.

Some viewers complained that seasonal rains affected the signal to the satellite television channel broadcasting Saturday’s match against Croatia.
Then, the power went off completely.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said six power plants were shut down to prevent the “collapse” of the national grid following a pipeline failure and unspecified “technical issues”.

For two days, the grid lost 1,087 megawatts of electricity. By Tuesday, generation had recovered to 3,876.9 MW following repairs of the ruptured pipeline.
The TCN said gas was “gradually building up in most generating stations and in a day or two days it is expected that gas and power supply would be back to normal”.

But the widespread blackout, which forced those who could afford it to turn to expensive diesel-powered generators, once again highlighted Nigeria’s perennial electricity problem.

Installed capacity is 7,000 MW but actual production for a country of more than 180 million has hovered between 2,500 and 5,000 MW, according to TCN data.

Economic rival South Africa in comparison generates 45,000 MW for 53 million people.
Gas thermal plants generate about 85 percent of Nigeria’s power while hydro-electricity supply the rest. Several projects are in the pipeline to boost production.But they will add only about 5,000 MW to installed capacity.

Shortages of gas, plus sabotage and vandalism of pipelines in the meantime has cut supply to the country’s 22 gas thermal power plants and three hydro plants.

Ghana govt says Niger Delta militancy partly reason for power outages

Industry bodies said it was time for a rethink as irregular power supply was compounding difficulties faced by Nigerian businesses trying to recover from recession.

“Many industries, especially the small-scale ones, are spending a lot on petrol and diesel to power their plants,” said Muda Yusuf, of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He urged the government to “revisit the privatisation model because we are not just getting it right”, accusing operators of lacking the financial and technical capacity to run them.

Beyond being deprived of watching the Super Eagles play in Russia, hard-pressed consumers say poor service and high tariffs are hitting them in the pocket.
In March, the state-run Consumer Protection Council warned DisCos against arbitrary billing, illegal charges and disconnections.

Nigeria’s next match on Friday is against Iceland, the world leader in renewable energy production.

Democrats’ obsession with Russiagate will allow ‘Republican wrecking ball’ to dismantle US – Chomsky

21 June, 2018 - 19:23

Preview The Democrats’ infatuation with Russiagate – while ignoring the Republican “wrecking ball” destroying US society – illustrates the blindness of the party’s elite, renowned linguist and political thinker Noam Chomsky has said.
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France through to World Cup last 16 after knocking out crowd favorites Peru

21 June, 2018 - 18:54

Preview France booked their place in the World Cup knockout stages after defeating Peru 1-0 in their Group C game in Ekaterinburg thanks to a Kylian Mbappe goal, sending the spirited South Americans out of the tournament.
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Study reveals reason aliens may be snatching stars & caging them in megastructures

21 June, 2018 - 18:52

Preview Alien civilizations may be forced to capture stars and harness their energy using ginormous structures – all to keep themselves alive in the cold, ever-expanding vastness of universe, a Fermilab cosmologist believes.
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Algeria goes offline to stop students cheating

21 June, 2018 - 18:46

Algeria went offline on Wednesday for the start of high school diploma exams, the first in a series of internet blackouts to stop students cheating.

Mobile and fixed internet lines were cut across the country for a total of two hours, to coincide with the start of two separate school tests, AFP journalists in Algiers said.

A third hour-long internet shutdown was planned for later on Wednesday, according to a schedule issued by public operator Algerie Telecom.

Internet services were cut “in compliance with instructions from the government, aimed at ensuring the high school diploma tests run smoothly,” Algerie Telecom said.

The pre-planned blackouts are due to continue for the whole period of exams, until Monday, to combat cheating among more than 700,000 students.

Ali Kahlane, president of telecoms association AOTA, said operators were required to conform to the government’s demands.

Ethiopia imposes 100% internet blackout to protect integrity of exams

The 2016 exam season was marred by widespread cheating, with exam questions published on social media before or at the start of the test.

Last year, authorities requested operators shut down access to social media, but the move did not entirely end the problem.

Latecomers were banned from taking the exam and instead had to attend a specially organised test.

Electronics with internet access, such as mobile phones and tablets, were this year banned from Algeria’s more than 2,000 exam centres.

Metal detectors have meanwhile been set up at the entrance to the centres, Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit said.

In a further move to prevent questions being leaked, the minister said mobile phone jammers and surveillance cameras had been installed in locations where the exam papers are printed.

Trump directs agencies to reunite separated families as Melania arrives at US-Mexico border

21 June, 2018 - 18:36

Preview Donald Trump is directing agencies to reunite immigrant families separated at the US-Mexico border, he said during a meeting with his cabinet at the White House.

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Peru crunch World Cup clash against France brings country to standstill (VIDEO)

21 June, 2018 - 18:31

Preview While Peru play a crucial World Cup game against France in Ekaterinburg, social media has shown fans 14,000km away at home bringing city streets to a standstill.
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Colombian police probe Sanchez death threats after star’s World Cup red card

21 June, 2018 - 18:30

Preview Colombian police are investigating online death threats made against Carlos Sanchez, the midfielder sent off after just three minutes of his country’s opening World Cup match against Japan on Tuesday.
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