Politics

FORMER ETHIOPIAN PRESIDENT GIRMA WOLDEGIORGIS DIES AT 95

Former Ethiopian president Girma Woldegiorgis died on Saturday, two weeks short of his 95th birthday, state media reported. Girma was president of Ethiopia for twelve years from 2001 to 2013, a largely ceremonial role. The Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) and other state media reported his death. The cause of death was not given. Girma was …

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NORTH KOREA CONDEMNS US SANCTIONS, ISSUES FRESH WARNING

Nuclear-armed North Korea has condemned the United States over its latest sanctions measures, warning Washington’s approach could “block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever”. After a rapid diplomatic reconciliation this year that capped in the Singapore summit in June between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, progress …

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THERESA MAY ACCEDES TUESDAY’S VOTE ON BREXIT DEAL

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday said she would delay a crucial vote on her Brexit deal scheduled for Tuesday, saying she had listened to the concerns of critics. May said she would seek “assurances” from other European leaders ahead of an EU summit later this week in a bid to try to win …

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EFCC DENIES ‘GOING AFTER’ ATIKU’S SONS IN APARTMENT RAID

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says there was no time it went after the sons of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar. It said this in a series of tweets on Monday, hours after a report emerged that EFCC operatives raided a building occupied by two sons of …

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PENTAGON TO RESUME SENDING GREEN CARD HOLDING RECRUITS TO TRAINING GROUND

The Pentagon will resume sending thousands of military recruits, who are Lawful Permanent Residents to basic training in order to comply with a federal court order. The recruits had been barred from joining the military because of a new Pentagon rule requiring a lengthy background check before legal permanent residents could enter the military. Legal …

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PRESIDENT TRUMP AND FIRST LADY PAY LAST RESPECTS TO GEORGE H.W. BUSH

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump expressed to the U.S. Capitol on Monday night to pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday at the age of 94. The couple visited Bush’s casket, which is lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda through Wednesday morning. They stood in …

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MEGHAN MCCAIN PENS POWERFUL NOTE ON ‘SHARP AND PRIMAL’ PAIN 3 MONTHS AFTER LOSING FATHER

The View” host Meghan McCain has penned a powerful note about her father John McCain almost three months after losing him to cancer. McCain, 34, shared an inside look into the strong bond and special relationship the father-daughter duo shared for years before his death earlier this year. Alongside a picture of McCain cooking breakfast, …

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AFTER A 181-YEAR BAN, HOUSE DEMOCRATS AIM TO ALLOW RELIGIOUS HEADWEAR ON THE FLOOR

Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women newly-elected to Congress, is helping spearhead an effort to allow religious headwear, such as hijabs or kippahs, on the House floor. The proposal would reverse a 181-year ban on headwear of any type in the House. Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, said on Twitter that wearing a …

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ATIKU CALLS FOR REFLECTION AHEAD OF BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has called for reflection ahead of his November 25 birthday anniversary. In a statement made available to journalists by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, Atiku said a time like this required a sharp focus on rescuing Nigeria from the economic crisis and global …

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INEC RESTATES COMMITMENT TO ENSURING CREDIBLE POLLS IN 2019

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is examining additional ways of safeguarding the sanctity of the ballot ahead of the 2019 general elections. The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said this on Wednesday in Abuja at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners. He also commended political parties over what he described as issue-based …

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