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‘Russian plane downing in Syria will harm relations with Israel’

The Kremlin on Monday said the downing of a Russian plane in Syria last week following Israeli strikes will harm relations between the two countries and accused Israeli pilots of acting deliberately. “According to information of our military experts, the reason (behind the downing) were premeditated actions by Israeli pilots, which certainly cannot but harm our relations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry ... Read More »

Terrorists target Iranian military parade in Ahvaz

Unknown attackers have fired on a military parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, state television says. Scores of people were reported to have been killed and injured. At least 25 people were killed and many wounded on Saturday after gunmen attacked a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz held to mark the start of Iran’s 1980-88 war ... Read More »

Partnerships, collaboration essential for development of SADC’s blue economy

Southern African countries need to collaborate more in their quest to exploit opportunities presented by the blue economy, a ministerial high level roundtable agreed Wednesday. Premdut Koonjoo, Mauritius’ minister for Ocean Economy, Marime Resources, Fisheries and Shipping; Marie Joseph Noel-Etienne Ghislain Sinatambou, Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity, Environment and Sustainable Development; Jean Richard Payendee, Commissioner for the Environment, Forestry, ... Read More »

N/Korea’s Kim wants to denuclearise in Trump’s 1st term – Seoul

Officials on Thursday said North Korea’s Kim Jong Un wants to realise  denuclearisation during U.S. President Donald Trump’s first term, giving a timeline for the first time, and has agreed to a third summit with his South Korean counterpart. Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Pyongyang from Sept. 18 to Sept. 20 and will discuss  “practical measures” toward denuclearisation, ... Read More »

China to work with Uganda in area of poverty reduction – President XI

China stands ready to work with Uganda to strengthen exchanges of governance experience, especially in poverty reduction, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday. At a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni after the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) which held from Sept. 3 to Sept. 4, Xi said China will implement key infrastructure projects in Uganda. Xi said ... Read More »

Ugandan lawmakers appeal law allowing Museveni re-election bid

A group of Ugandan legislators have petitioned the supreme court to overturn a lower court decision that upheld a constitutional amendment allowing long-serving leader Yoweri Museveni to seek re-election. Parliament, which is controlled by the ruling party, voted overwhelmingly in December to scrap an age limit of 75 for presidential candidates. The original legislation would have effectively ruled out 73-year-old ... Read More »

Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar over secrets act

A court in Myanmar has sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison for violating a state secrets act while investigating violence against Rohingyas. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested last year while carrying official documents which had just been given to them by police. The case has been widely seen as a test of press freedom ... Read More »

Puerto Rico increases Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975

Officials in Puerto Rico now say 2,975 people died following Hurricane Maria – a devastating storm that struck the US island territory in September 2017. The revised death toll is nearly 50 times the previous estimate of 64. Governor Ricardo Rossello “accepted” the findings in a long-awaited independent investigation. Puerto Rico has struggled to repair its infrastructure and power grid ... Read More »

Despite differences, I respect McCain – Trump

U.S. President, Donald Trump, has released a statement on the death of Sen. John McCain after reports emerged that he rejected White House statement praising the late senator. Trump, in a statement issued by the White House, said in spite of the differences he had with McCain, he respected his service to the country, while U.S. flags flying at full-mast ... Read More »

Egyptian accused of hijacking plane extradited from Cyprus

An Egyptian man accused of hijacking a plane and diverting it to Cyprus has been sent back from the Mediterranean island to his homeland after a two-year extradition battle, officials said Sunday. Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa, 61, allegedly used a fake suicide belt to seize an EgyptAir airliner from Alexandria to Cairo in March 2016. “Cypriot authorities yesterday handed over ... Read More »