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South Sudan President Salva Kiir frees two political prisoners

1 November, 2018 - 10:01

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir said on Wednesday an imprisoned South African adviser to rebel leader Riek Machar and a rebel group spokesman would be released as part of the September 12 peace deal.

James Gatdet former rebel group spokesman was arrested in 2017 after his deportation from Nairobi for alleged subversive activities against the Juba administration.

Willaim Endley, a retired South African army colonel was sentenced by a court in the capital city of Juba to jail following a peace deal gone wrong in 2016. He was reported the adviser of rebel leader Riek Machar, the former deputy president of South Sudan.

This announcement comes on the heels of the return of Riek Machar to the capital Juba on Wednesday, more than two years after he fled the country. He and President Salva Kiir signed a new peace deal in the latest attempt to end the five-year civil war

"60% of world's animals wiped out by humans" - WWF [The Morning Call]

1 November, 2018 - 09:14

World Wildlife Fund WWF’s latest report shows 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been wiped out by humanity since 1970.

The rumour over FCFA currency's devaluation [The Morning Call]

1 November, 2018 - 08:46

Would the CFA Franc, the currency of six independent states in Central Africa be devalued? This question is one that has spilled many rumours. At the Chadian capital N’djamena last week, the rumours hovered around an extraordinary summit of heads of state of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community CEMAC.

At the end of the meeting, there was no announcement made as to the common currency, yet the rumours have prevailed.

So, what is it about the CFA franc and why is there so much talk about an impending devaluation?

Madagascar: Presidential campaign continues

1 November, 2018 - 08:07

Calm in the streets of Antananarivo, the Malagasy capital, a few days before the first round of the presidential elections on November 7.

As the campaign is in full swing, few candidates, such as Paul Rabary, a former minister, go out to meet voters in the streets of the capital.

A few campaign posters are visible in the streets here and there.

The election does not seem to interest the citizens, most of whom are concerned about extreme poverty and poor living conditions.

With an extreme poverty rate of 76.2%, Madagascar is among the poorest countries in the world according to the World Bank.

A situation attributed to the government by candidate Zafi-maha-leo Rasolo-fond-rasolo according to whom: “poverty in Madagascar is the result of a system of governance concentrated in the hands of a minority at the head of the country”.

36 candidates will take part in this election, including three former presidents – Marc Rava-lo-manana, Andry Rajoelina and Hery Rajao-nari-mampianina.

AFP

Further rate hikes will spark next stock market crash, Peter Schiff warns

1 November, 2018 - 07:18

Preview It's been a brutal October for stocks and the latest decision by the US Federal Reserve to raise interest rates may become the hike that breaks the camel’s back, according to market guru and Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff.
Read Full Article at RT.com

Egypt to benefit from 2 billion dollar aid from IMF

1 November, 2018 - 07:13

Cairo could benefit from a 2 billion dollar financial aid proposed by the International Monetary Fund, IMF.

The institution is happy that Egypt has continued its good performance and made enormous economic progress, according to a report by an expert mission to the country.

The payment, which is yet to be approved by the governing bodies of the international monetary institution, is part of a 12 billion dollar support program approved in November 2016.

If the disbursement is approved, the total amount paid under this plan will have reached 10 billion dollar to date.

The IMF notes the acceleration in growth to 5.3%, a decline in unemployment to below 10% and a decline in the current account deficit due to remittances from Egyptians living abroad as well as a recovery in the tourism sector.

The experts also highlight the prudent monetary policy of the central bank and the country’s profitable banking network.

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Bolton promises not to hurt ‘friends & allies’ after Trump reaffirms Iran oil embargo

1 November, 2018 - 07:09

Preview After Donald Trump issued a memorandum reaffirming his Iran oil embargo plans, his National Security Advisor has rushed to reassure allies that the measure is not intended to hurt them and even dangled the possibility of waivers.
Read Full Article at RT.com

Facebook’s vaunted transparency tool spectacularly fails to catch fake ads by ‘US Senators & ISIS’

1 November, 2018 - 06:53

Preview Facebook’s new political transparency disclosure tool failed to catch 100% of the fake ads submitted by journalists – even recycled “Russian troll” posts from 2016. Fake candidates, Cambridge Analytica and even ISIS were accepted.
Read Full Article at RT.com

Suicide bomber who attacked Russian spy agency identified as ‘anarchist-communist’

1 November, 2018 - 06:01

A teenager who killed himself with an improvised explosive device in the lobby of a regional office of Russia’s domestic intelligence agency appears to have identified himself as an “anarchist-communist” on social media.

2 asylum-seeking Saudi women found dead in the United States

1 November, 2018 - 06:00

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is investigating the deaths of two Saudi sisters after discovering the bodies of both young women washed up on the Hudson River bank last week. According to The Guardian, the corpses of Tala, 16, and her sister Rotana Farea, 22, were found on the river bank on October 24, bound to each other by a duct tape, more than 360 kilometres away from their residence in the city of Fairfax, Virginia.

Coming to a checkpoint near EU: Trials of AI lie-detector border guard underway in three EU states

1 November, 2018 - 06:00

Trials are underway of an EU-funded scheme where AI lie-detector systems will be used to scan potentially dodgy travelers coming from outside the bloc. Too Orwellian? Or just the latest step towards smoother travel? Commencing from November 1, the iBorderCtrl system will be in place at four border crossing points in Hungary, Latvia and Greece with countries outside EU. It aims to facilitate faster border crossings for travelers while weeding out potential criminals or illegal crossings.

U.S. Military’s Self-Flying Helicopter Program Passes Critical Test

1 November, 2018 - 06:00

After nearly four years of research and development, the U.S.military is closer to helicopters that can fly themselves through unpredictable terrain and execute difficult missions with virtually no human input... The test demonstrated that Sikorsky’s software, called MATRIX, could take off, fly in difficult winds and at low altitude, avoid wires and other obstacles, and even make determinations about whether or not it is safe to land in one place or another. The goal, now, is to integrate the technology onto a Black Hawk helicopter next year.

Saudi executes Indonesia maid who killed ‘abusive’ employer in self-defence

1 November, 2018 - 06:00

Saudi Arabia has come under fire once again after it executed an Indonesian female migrant worker without notifying her family or the Indonesian government. Seven years after being sentenced to death for killing her employer in an act she claimed was self-defence from sexual abuse, Tuti Tursilawati was executed on Monday in the city of Taif.

Suicide bomber who attacked Russian spy agency identified as ‘anarchist-communist’

1 November, 2018 - 06:00

A teenager who killed himself with an improvised explosive device in the lobby of a regional office of Russia’s domestic intelligence agency appears to have identified himself as an “anarchist-communist” on social media. At 8:52 am local time on Wednesday, the 17-year-old entered the regional office of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) in the city of Archangelsk, located 800 miles north of Moscow. On CCTV footage released by the Russian security services, he is seen reaching into his backpack and taking out an object, which soon exploded, killing him and wounding three others.

Former CIA Employee Accused Of Leaking To WikiLeaks Describes Inhumane Treatment In Detention

1 November, 2018 - 06:00

Josh Schulte, a former CIA employee accused of leaking “Vault 7” files to WikiLeaks, claims the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York has put him in solitary confinement. He says officials will not allow him to contact his attorney or work on his defense.

A Rules-Based Global Order Or Rule-less US Global 'Order'?

1 November, 2018 - 06:00

“It has taken the US military/security complex 31 years to get rid of President Reagan’s last nuclear disarmament achievement – the INF Treaty, that President Reagan and Soviet President Gorbachev achieved in 1987”, writes Reagan’s former Assistant Treasury Secretary

DARPA Seeks FAA Approval For Military Drones Over American Cities

1 November, 2018 - 06:00

Just a little over 10 years after drone surveillance inside U.S. borders was declared a conspiracy theory, it is now an indisputable fact of life. So, too, are military grade drones along the “border,” which in reality constitutes a 100-mile-wide swath that encircles the continental United States and 2/3 of its population.

Yemen - After 200,000 Died An Embarrased U.S. Finally Calls For Negotiations

1 November, 2018 - 06:00

The war on Yemen moved towards the most violent form of war. A siege on a whole country with the obvious intent to cause a genocidal famine of the resisting population. The attacking nations, the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Britain and the UAE, planned to grab Yemen's resources but failed in their war. They are now making first moves to end the war. They finally recognized that they are unable to win while the financial and reputational costs of the stalemate steadily increases.