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Brooklyn witches curse Kavanaugh, but will the hex work? RT investigates (VIDEO)

22 October, 2018 - 17:26

Preview Twitter hashtags failed to stop Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court – but maybe a hex will prevent him from serving? RT met up with a group of witches in Brooklyn who seemed to think so.
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Centuries-old Arab Baths walls washed away by floods in Andalusia (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

22 October, 2018 - 17:17

Preview Flooding in the southern Spanish Andalusia region tore down the exterior walls and flooded the inside of a centuries-old Moorish bath house. The flooding is so severe that the full extent of the damage has yet to be determined.
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Ghana's tech varsity indefinitely shutdown after students riots

22 October, 2018 - 17:10

Local media portals in Ghana are reporting that the country’s top science and technology university has been indefinitely shutdown by authorities following a violent student protest on Monday.

A joint police and military team was deployed on Monday in Ghana’s Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi, to quell violent protests by students of the leading public university.

Students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, went on a planned protest which led to vandalizing of vehicles and parts of the varsity’s administration block.

The student leadership had called the demonstrations in protest against police brutality. Eleven students were arrested in a police raid late last week on charges of illegal assembly and violent behaviour.

The state-owned Daily Graphic quoted an Student’s Representative Council, SRC, statement as calling for a boycott of lectures in order for the protests to be held.

“The KNUST SRC Executive Council in joint forces with SRC Parliamentary Council and all Student leaders brings to the notice of all KNUST students that we are embarking on a demonstration tomorrow 22nd October, 2018. NO LECTURES TOMORROW. We have had enough,” the statement said.

The protests took a violent turn with students smashing over twenty vehicles on campus and setting ablaze motorbikes and bicycles. A school bus was also reportedly torched by the irate students.

The sudents held placards that called for the president’s intervention in the crisis. ‘We are students not criminals,’ ‘Students are not safe anymore, Obiri Danso (i.e. the Vice Chancellor) must go,’ ‘Is it a crime to be a student,’ were some of the messages the placard bore.

Demonstration ongoing on KNUST Campus.#JoySMS pic.twitter.com/hJWhBhA49T— Joy 99.7 FM (@Joy997FM) October 22, 2018

? from the demonstration happening on KNUST campus.#JoySMS pic.twitter.com/hmeM1tLAxQ— Joy 99.7 FM (@Joy997FM) October 22, 2018

#JoySMS pic.twitter.com/ieBFQriVIU— Joy 99.7 FM (@Joy997FM) October 22, 2018

US orchestrated unfair vote in Macedonian parliament on name change - Russian FM

22 October, 2018 - 17:08

Preview The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that the US orchestrated an “unfair vote” in the Macedonian parliament which approved the country’s name change, despite a failed popular referendum.
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China set to open world’s longest sea bridge to Hong Kong & Macau

22 October, 2018 - 16:58

Preview A $20 billion sea-crossing bridge, connecting mainland China to Hong Kong and Macau is to finally open on Tuesday. The six-lane bridge has been constructed in just nine years.
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Thousands demonstrate against Guinea-Bissau's electoral census

22 October, 2018 - 16:50

Thousands of people on Sunday demonstrated in Guinea Bissau against what they describe as the lack of transparency in the electoral census in the run-up to the November 18 legislative elections.

The march which was organised by 20 opposition parties, took place in central Bissau and ended up at the seat of government.

“All we were asking for was full compliance with the law. The law of the census, the electoral law, but above all the right of citizens,” Braima Camara, President of MADEM said.

“Thousands of people have not yet been registered, it’s too crazy. That is why we are demonstrating,” a protester Baba Diao said.

“The census is not going well. Nothing is going well,” a protester Midana said.

The month-long electoral registration in Guinea-Bissau ended on October 20.

The parliamentary elections should resolve the political crisis that the country has been going through since August 2015 when the president dismissed the Prime Minister, Domingos Simoes Pereira.

According to the Ministry of Territorial Administration, the census aims to register nearly one million voters from the country’s 1.7 million population.

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Cold shoulder! Sergio Ramos unleashes attack on youth player after flying shoulder in nose (VIDEO)

22 October, 2018 - 16:50

Preview Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was again the center of a storm involving a shoulder when Los Blancos academy product Sergio Reguilón crashed his shoulder into the veteran defender's nose during a team handball training session.
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Nigerian trade unions threaten to resume strike over minimum wage

22 October, 2018 - 16:41

Nigerian trade unions may resume a nationwide strike if the government fails to publicly agree to a proposed increase in the minimum wage and to set about putting it into law, three union federations said on Sunday.

Unions suspended a national strike on its fourth day last month, saying the government had agreed to hold talks to discuss raising the minimum wage.

Three union umbrella groups said on Sunday they would resume the strike next month if the government did not meet certain demands.

Minimum Wage: Nigerian Labour Unions Announce Date For Nationwide Strike
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) have threatened to… https://t.co/C9ckk3UdCQ— iam_youngnelly (youngnelly76) October 22, 2018

Unions had called for a rise in the monthly minimum wage to as much as 50,000 naira ($164) from 18,000 naira.

President Muhammadu Buhari has previously promised to review the minimum wage. His handling of the economy and the cost of living since he took office in 2015 has become a campaign issue used by his critics in the build-up to a presidential election scheduled for next February.

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and United Labour Congress (ULC) said in a joint statement they had agreed to a compromise of a 30,000 naira minimum wage in talks with the government since halting the strike.

NLC Announces Nationwide Strike, To Organize National Mourning Day https://t.co/FzeIOQZl8d October 21, 2018 at 11:54PM

The labour unions in Nigeria say they are set to begin a nationwide, indefinite strike from November 6 if government does not meet their demands.

The Preside…— Ariyatech (@Ariyatech1) October 22, 2018

They accused the government of failing to disclose the agreement on a new minimum wage and said procedures should be launched to put the commitment into law.

“If nothing is responsibly done by the federal government to meet our demands, on … the 6th day of November, we shall embark on a nationwide strike to compel this government to show more sensitivity to the plight of Nigerians,” they said.

“We cannot continue discussing a figure that has already been agreed procedurally within the committee,” the unions said about the possibility of further talks.

NLC General Secretary Peter Ozo-Eson told Reuters in a later telephone interview that if unions resumed the strike, it would be indefinite until their demands were met.

A spokesman for the ministry of labour did not immediately respond to a text message and phone calls requesting comment.

Evidence suggested patchy adherence to last month’s strike, and its impact on one of Africa’s largest economies was difficult to calculate. There were no signs that oil production was affected in the continent’s top crude producer.

Buhari’s vow to review the minimum wage followed a fuel price hike and currency devaluation in the last two years. Those measures were aimed at countering the effects of a global oil price plunge which in 2016 pushed Nigeria into its first recession in 25 years from which it emerged in 2017.

Labour threatens to resume strike unless govt acts on minimum wage: 22 October 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos — Nigeria’s organised labour unions have served notice of a possible nationwide strike over government’s delay on… https://t.co/C3VA7AU9Pm #CrudeOilReviews #OilAndGasResource— KDonald Resources (@KDonaldResource) October 22, 2018

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Paul Biya wins Cameroon presidential election with 71.28% (official)

22 October, 2018 - 16:37

The Constitutional Council in Cameroon has declared Paul Biya, the winner of the October 7 presidential election.

In Monday’s proclamation, the court’s president Clement Atangana declared the incumbent winner with a resounding lead of 71% of votes cast, while his closest challenger, Maurice Kamto garnered 14% of the votes cast.

voters: 6 667 754
Voters: 3 590 681
Per of Participation: 53,85 br>Blank Vote : 52 716
Cast ballot : 3 537 965
1- Biya : 71,28
2- Kamto : 14,23%
3- Libii l: 6,28%
4- Osih : 3,35%
5- NdamNjoya : 1,73%
6- Garga : 1,55%
7- Ndifor : 0,67%
8- Matomba : 0,56%
9- Muna : 0,35%— CRTVweb (@CRTV_web) October 22, 2018

He added that the election was free, fair and credible despite a few security challenges in the English speaking regions.

The widely-expected win gives the 85-year-old a seventh term in office and could see him in power until at least the age of 92. The only current African president to have ruled longer is Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Victory in the Oct. 7 poll came amid claims from opposition candidates that the election was marred by fraud, including ballot stuffing and voter intimidation. The Constitutional Council rejected all 18 petitions claiming fraud last week.

In addition, violence connected to a separatist movement in the western Anglophone regions forced tens of thousands to flee in the lead up to the vote, and kept the vast majority there from casting their ballot.

The announcement follows two weeks of political tension in the coffee and oil-producing country, during which Biya’s leading rival Maurice Kamto claimed victory based on his campaign’s figures, and as police tried to silence opposition marches in the port city of Douala.

Monday’s official results showed Kamto won 14 percent of the vote. Biya won with a big margin in nine of the 10 regions. In the South and East regions he won over 90 percent of the vote.

Hurricane Michael so powerful it revealed shipwrecks buried for 120 years (PHOTOS)

22 October, 2018 - 16:30

Preview Hurricane Michael’s wrath was so fearsome that not only did it wreck the Gulf Coast, leaving a massive trail of destruction in its wake, but it unearthed shipwrecks that had been buried for the past 120 years.
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Eritrea hosts final peace pact between Ethiopia and ONLF

22 October, 2018 - 16:30

The Eritrean capital, Asmara, played host to yet another peace pact signing between the Ethiopian government and an erstwhile outlawed rebel group, the Ogaden National Liberation Front, ONLF.

The delegation from Addis Ababa was led by by foreign affairs minister Workneh Gebeyehu and the ONLF delegation was led by the Admiral Mohamed Omar Osman.

“The two sides have reached a historical agreement regarding the political rights of the people from Somali Regional State and genuinely addressing the root causes of the conflict between ONLF and the Ethiopian government,” ONLF said in a tweet.

“A joint committee has been established for further discussions,” the tweet added. Top leadership of the SRS were also present at the talks. Ahmed Shide, finance minister and leader of the SRS’s ruling party and Mustafa Omer, the regional president were also in Asmara.

ONLF had in September 2018 held first round of talks with representatives of the Ethiopian government but last the October 21, 2018 meeting sealed a deal that will see the group peacefully pursue its activities in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali Regional State, SRS.

Key facts about the ONLF rebels:

Formed in 1984 amid a resurgence of separatist sentiment in the ethnically Somali Ogaden region on Ethiopia’s border with Somalia, many of its first members supported Mogadishu in its failed war with Addis Ababa over the region in the late 1970s.

Ethiopia accuses the ONLF of being terrorists supported by arch-foe and neighbor Eritrea, and launched an unprecedented offensive last year after a rebel attack on a Chinese-run oil field that killed more than 70 people.

The insurgents’ aims have varied over time, ranging from full-scale independence to joining a “Greater Somalia”, to more autonomy within ethnically diverse Ethiopia.

ONLF fighters, who do not wear uniforms and are estimated to number several thousand, take advantage of their close ties with the area’s largely nomadic communities. After hit-and-run attacks on military convoys, they often melt into villages and hide among herders when counter-attacks are threatened.

The Ogaden region is almost entirely populated by Muslim, Somali-speakers. The region has kept its own distinctive identity, doing the bulk of its trade with Somaliland, Somalia and the Middle East rather than the rest of “highland” Ethiopia.

The separatist cause has been fuelled by widespread resentment at the region’s low level of development. Until Chinese engineers arrived late last year, the entire region had only 30 km (20 miles) of tarmac road, all of it around the regional capital Jijiga. The area has also been battered by a succession of droughts and floods.

Source: REUTERS on JUNE 12, 2008

Picture of the day. The leader of ONLFofficial and Somali region president #Mustefe. Both suffered under the notorious Abdi and things seem to be changing for good.addisstandard AddisZeybe pic.twitter.com/AtW1mIb6eX— Abdulfetah Hadi (Abu_yasmin0) October 21, 2018

NYPD suspends body cameras for cops after device explodes

22 October, 2018 - 16:26

Preview The New York Police Department has suspended the use of almost 3,000 body cameras after one exploded, leaving some of the city’s police force unrecorded for the foreseeable future. According to studies, not much will change.

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‘Big operation’ financed by ‘rich American Jews’ brought me down – Ex-Israeli PM Olmert

22 October, 2018 - 16:03

Preview In an explosive interview, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert claimed that he was investigated and imprisoned for corruption after being targeted by a cabal largely financed by wealthy American Jews.
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Harmful for European security: Macron among first leaders to slam Trump’s plan to quit INF accord

22 October, 2018 - 16:03

Preview Macron, who not so long ago was Trump’s bro #1, appears to have become alienated from his ally. He told his US counterpart that quitting the treaty that helped end the arms race would hurt Europe’s security.
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Lenin alive? Ambulance at communist chief’s mausoleum baffles Russians (PHOTO)

22 October, 2018 - 15:59

Preview A bizarre photo of an ambulance crew rushing into Lenin’s Mausoleum triggered a wave of jokes online, with some suggesting the proletariat chief had risen from the dead. However it is thought that an ill tourist needed assistance.
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Sanctioned Russian assets attracting investment from biggest US pension funds

22 October, 2018 - 15:51

Preview Mounting political tensions between Moscow and Washington along with endless US threats to impose more and more sanctions haven't prevented America's biggest pension funds from investing in Russia.
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China slams Trump’s plans to ditch ‘crucial’ INF treaty, warns of 'multilateral negative effect'

22 October, 2018 - 15:45

Preview Beijing has become the latest to oppose Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of what it branded a “crucial” nuclear treaty with Russia, with its foreign minister warning it would have a “multilateral negative effect.”


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