Russia says spy poison claim against Sweden ‘just a guess’

Russia says spy poison claim against Sweden ‘just a guess’

Moscow’s suggestion that Sweden may have produced a deadly nerve agent used to poison a former Russian spy in Britain was just speculation and not an accusation, Russia’s ambassador to Sweden said Tuesday. Ambassador Victor Tatarintsev was summoned to Sweden’s foreign ministry to explain Moscow’s claim that Sweden as well as Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Britain were the most likely source of the ‘Novichok’ nerve agent used in the March 4 attack on Sergei…

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Nigerian Man, Iwobi Elected First Black Senator In Italy

Nigerian Man, Iwobi Elected First Black Senator In Italy

An Italian man of Nigerian origin, Tony Iwobi who is the chief immigration spokesman for the far-right League party, has been elected as the first black senator in the country. Iwobi, whose party has been accused of stirring up xenophobia in Italy, was elected in the industrial city of Brescia in northern Italy — a major immigration hub. “It is with great excitement that I can tell you I have been elected senator… A new…

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War-scarred Sierra Leone picks president

War-scarred Sierra Leone picks president

ierra Leoneans voted in a general election on Wednesday to pick a new president in the impoverished West African country scarred by the Ebola crisis and the legacy of a brutal civil war. Dozens of people joined queues at a polling station in the capital Freetown as early as 3 am, four hours before the vote kicked off, amid frustration with the two parties that have alternated since independence. “I’m going to share my vote,”…

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Netanyahu says Saudi to open airspace to India-Israel flights

Netanyahu says Saudi to open airspace to India-Israel flights

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saudi Arabia has agreed to allow Air India to use its airspace in flights to and from Israel in what could indicate a warming of ties. But Air India said on Tuesday that while it had issued such a request, the regulator had yet to give it a positive answer. The new Israel-India route was announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Israel in July. In…

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US accuses Russia of breaching treaties with ‘invincible’ weapons

US accuses Russia of breaching treaties with ‘invincible’ weapons

The United States on Thursday accused Moscow of openly breaching Cold War-era treaties by developing what Russian President Vladimir Putin called a new generation of “invincible” hypersonic weapons and submarines. Putin unveiled the new arsenal earlier Thursday in a state of the nation address, challenging Washington to a new arms race ahead of a presidential election that will all but certainly confirm his grip on power. Putin left his usual Kremlin perch to this year…

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Jerusalem holy site stays shut in Christian protest

Jerusalem holy site stays shut in Christian protest

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III delivers a statement to the press as he stands next to the Custodian of the Holy Land Fr. Francesco Patton and Armenian Bishop Siwan (L), on February 25, 2018 as they stand outside the closed doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. Christian leaders took the rare step of closing the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the site of Jesus’s burial…

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AfDB Approves $10m Loan To Boost Fund’s Portfolio In Africa

AfDB Approves $10m Loan To Boost Fund’s Portfolio In Africa

The Board of African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a 10-million dollar loan for African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCBF) to boost its portfolio in Africa. Mrs Olivia Ndong-Obiang, the Principal Communications Officer in AfDB, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday. She said that the ALCBF was also approved by the Bank to promote the development of domestic capital markets in Africa and had a tenor of seven years with a two-year…

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Gunmen kill officer, free militant in Kashmir hospital raid

Gunmen kill officer, free militant in Kashmir hospital raid

Indian paramilitary troops stand guard at a hospital in Srinagar on February 6, 2018. Two gunmen opened fire on February 6 in a hospital in India-administered Kashmir where a Pakistani militant was brought for treatment, an official said, escaping with the high-profile prisoner and killing a police officer in the daring assault. A manhunt is underway after the assailants stormed the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar and opened fire on police guarding Naveed…

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$2.20bn arms deal: Zuma asks prosecutors to drop graft charges

$2.20bn arms deal: Zuma asks prosecutors to drop graft charges

South African President Jacob Zuma arrives to attend the Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) during the 30th annual AU summit in Addis Ababa on January 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Thursday it had received arguments from President Jacob Zuma on why he should not be prosecuted for corruption. The NPA said it received…

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US cop filmed saying: ‘We only kill black people’

US cop filmed saying: ‘We only kill black people’

The officer is assigned to administrative duties after dashcam footage reveals he made the remark last year. A US police officer has been filmed on his own dashcam telling a white driver not to worry because “we only kill black people”. The footage shows officer Greg Abbott pulling over a woman in Georgia. She tells him she is frightened to move her hands because she has “seen too many videos” featuring police brutality. The officer…

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