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Bellingcat’s Higgins likes lobbing insults on Twitter. Here are some of his favorites

22 October, 2018 - 22:11

Preview Bellingcat blog founder and Western media darling Eliot Higgins has demonstrated once and for all, in a real-life, non-Twitter debate with MIT Professor Theodore Postol, that his own expertise and credentials are severely lacking.
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#MeToo’s Alyssa Milano accused of hypocrisy over links to ‘Sharia law-supporting’ Muslim activist

22 October, 2018 - 21:12

Preview Actress Alyssa Milano has been asked to disavow her friend and fellow #MeToo movement supporter Linda Sarsour, a controversial Muslim women’s rights activist who has been accused of antisemitism and support for Sharia law.
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Trump threatens to build up US nuclear arsenal until Russia, China 'come to their senses'

22 October, 2018 - 21:05

Preview US President Donald Trump threatned Russia and China that Washington intends to build up its nuclear arsenal until “people come to their senses.”
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Instant karma: Antifa protester loses job for abusing 9/11 widow

22 October, 2018 - 20:55

Preview An Antifa protester who told a 9/11 widow that her husband should “rot in his grave” was served an instant dose of karma when he was identified and promptly fired from his job on Saturday.


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Khashoggi murder a ‘monstrosity’, no arms exports to Riyadh until incident cleared up – Merkel

22 October, 2018 - 20:34

Preview The killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate is a "monstrosity," German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated, adding that Berlin will not sell arms to Riyadh while the issue remains unclear.
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DR Congo receives shipment of controversial voting machines

22 October, 2018 - 20:11

Much hope in the Democratic Republic of Congo rests on these new voting machines.

Long-delayed elections are expected in the country later on December 23 and election officials see this technology as vital to holding those polls, believing it will cut costs, and help reduce electoral fraud.

On Saturday (October 20), Congo’s deputy prime minister said that tablet-like voting machines for December’s election had been ordered and will finish arriving this month, despite suspicions by diplomats and the opposition that they may enable fraud.

The electoral commission says the machines speed up the counting of votes in the vast central African country where past elections have been marred by voting irregularities or violence.

“We are on schedule, according to our planning, we are right on schedule, do not worry. According to our planning, the last containers will be arriving before the end of the month of October,” said Corneille Nangaa, president of Congo’s Electoral Commission (CENI).

President Joseph Kabila is due to step down after 17 years in power.

The election, which was meant to happen before Kabila’s mandate expired in 2016, has been delayed for so long that many doubted it would happen.

If it goes ahead, it will be Democratic Republic of Congo’s first peaceful transition of power since independence from Belgium in 1960.

But, doubts about the voting technology have increased fears that polls will be marred by chaos. Presidential candidates recently met with officials from CENI to express their grievances over the use of the machines, but say the answers are still not satisfactory.

“The biggest debate was around the voting machine and the voter registry, which contains some ghost voters, that was the main point of the debate, as well as the security of the candidates. But there has been no solution up until today. We were scheduled to meet but we didn’t, more meetings have been scheduled, I am now apprehensive because we have 80 days to the elections, and what will these meetings accomplish? CENI keeps saying that elections will take place on December 23, but how can we hold elections on December 23 if we keep having meeting after meeting?” said presidential candidate, Marie Jose Ifoko.

Congo’s influential Catholic bishops have called for certification of the machines by international experts, and opponents reject the machines’ use.

“We are currently facing a serious problem, because electoral campaigns are set to begin from November 22, which means it will be too late. We can already say that from mid November, elections will not be good, and that we are headed towards violence and chaos, that’s what we fear. We are now in the final days and there needs to be renewed efforts to avoid all of that,” Isidore Ndaywel È Nziem, a moderator for the Committee of the Catholic Laity (CLC).

Western governments and investors regard the election as a crucial step towards ending political instability that is impeding investment in Congo, which is rich in natural resources but mired in poverty and economic and humanitarian crises.

Reuters

Bolton: US understands Russia's position better, has yet to finalize its position on START treaty

22 October, 2018 - 19:51

Preview Following hours of talks behind closed doors in Moscow, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said that he now understands Russia’s take on things much better, and added that more consultations on arms treaties are needed.
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French Foreign Minister to reaffirm French-Tunisian friendship and trust

22 October, 2018 - 19:21

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrived in Tunisia on Sunday for a two-day visit aimed at “reaffirming French-Tunisian friendship and trust.

According to a statement by the French Embassy in Tunisia, France’s support for reforms is underway to consolidate the country’s political and economic transition”,

“The President first mentioned the security issue, the need to continue our collaboration in the fight against terrorism,” Le Drian said.

The visit is part of a bilateral commitments made in Tunisia last February by French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as preparations for the second Franco-Tunisian High Council for Cooperation, which will take place in Paris in the first half of 2019.

“Here in Tunisia, I am also mandated by the French President to ensure the implementation of all the commitments that were announced at that time to ensure that the democratic revolution that occurred in Tunisia also translates into an economic revolution,” Le Drian added.

Le Drian will be received by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, and he will also meet with Industry Minister Zied Laahari and Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui.

The French Foreign Minister is also expected to discuss the main issues of bilateral and multilateral cooperation and the political and security challenges of the region with his counterpart, including the situation in Libya.

2 US warships pass through Taiwan Strait as ‘freedom of navigation’ feud with China escalates

22 October, 2018 - 19:08

Preview Two US warships have reportedly passed through the Taiwan Strait, a move that will likely be viewed by Beijing as yet another escalation amid Washington’s ongoing operation to impose freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
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Missing Biafra leader pops up, calls for Nigeria poll boycott

22 October, 2018 - 18:40

Nigerian pro-Biafra and pro-independence leader Nnamdi Kanu, who has been missing for a year after a Nigerian army raid, on Sunday disclosed on the radio that he was in Israel and was preparing for his upcoming return.

Kanu also called on his people to boycott the elections in his country.

The former London estate agent who heads the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement and the outlawed pirate radio station Radio Biafra, disappeared on 14 September 2017, when the army deployed a troop to his Umuahia town, in the south-east invading his house.

There had been fevered speculation that Kanu was in Israel after a video live-streamed on Friday via the Facebook accounts of his known associates appeared to show him praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, sparking questions over how he had managed to leave Nigeria.

This occurs on the backdrop of preparations for the general elections scheduled for February and March in Nigeria.

AFP

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US wants to be world’s sole power & doesn’t need treaties like INF – Russian senator to RT

22 October, 2018 - 18:16

Preview Washington is ready to drop a landmark missile treaty with Moscow because it wants to become the dominant power on the globe, and that move will put its European allies in a tough spot, a senior Russian politician told RT.
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500 rubles for a tank: Russian military declassifies WWII bonus system for soldiers

22 October, 2018 - 18:07

Preview The Russian military has revealed the system of WWII-era bonuses for the Red Army servicemen, providing detail on what one could get for whacking an enemy tank single-handedly or bombing Berlin.
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Draw completed for 2018 Women's AFCON [Football Planet]

22 October, 2018 - 17:53

The 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations draw has been completed with hosts Ghana under Group A, while Group B lineup includes holders Nigeria. Ghana face Algeria in first game on November 17.

And, find out which teams will not make it to AFCON 2019 even if they win the two remaining games in the qualifiers.

Plus, some highlights on African performance in Europe… all on Football Planet presented by Raziah Athman and Philemon Mbale

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‘Important player’ Russia needed in G8 if world crises are to be solved – Italian PM

22 October, 2018 - 17:46

Preview Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte argues that Russia has to be allowed to join the G7 (to become G8), stating that some problems are currently unsolvable because President Vladimir Putin doesn't have a seat at the table.
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Artist builds replicas of Kenya’s colourful minibus matatus [No Comment]

22 October, 2018 - 17:44

Kenyan artist Maurice Njuguna wants people to celebrate the colourful mini-bus taxis or matatus that ply various routes in the capital, Nairobi every day transporting millions of commuters.

Kenya’s matatus are iconic minibuses – a regular and hard-to-miss sight, daubed in graffiti and blaring out loud music used to transport millions of commuters daily.

Autocross buggy smashes into sideline officials in Belarus (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

22 October, 2018 - 17:44

Preview A disturbing car crash has marred an autocross competition in Belarus after a buggy pilot crashed into a group of judges standing near the racing track.
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Italians slam ‘filthy’ opinion piece comparing Brexit to Germany’s Nazi regime

22 October, 2018 - 17:41

Preview A columnist in a major Italian newspaper has been slammed on Twitter as “filthy” and an “imbecile” for apparently comparing Brexit to the Nazi regime, and those choosing to leave Britain to Jews fleeing the Holocaust.
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‘Extremely dangerous’: Hurricane Willa bears down on Mexico as it nears category 5 (IMAGES)

22 October, 2018 - 17:27

Preview Hurricane Willa, a huge and life threatening storm that’s approaching category 5 status, could devastate Mexico’s western coast, forecasters warn.
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