US freezes assets of Khashoggi’s killers

By NAN,   The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on 17 Saudi officials on Thursday for their role in the killing last month of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, the first concrete response by the Trump administration to the journalist’s death. The sanctions limit access to the U.S. financial system and freeze the individuals’ assets. They will be implemented under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which targets perpetrators of serious human rights abuses and corruption. “These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist…

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Turkey Shares Tape Of Khashoggi’s Killing

Turkey has given recordings on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday. Turkish sources, according to the newspaper Daily Sabah, have said previously that authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting the murder. “We gave the recordings, we gave them to Saudi Arabia, we gave them to Washington, to the Germans, to the French, to the English. They all know since they all listened to the conversations and everything,” Erdogan said in a…

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First two Muslim women elected to US Congress

Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar both made history Tuesday by winning their elections and becoming the first Muslim women to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Tlaib won the congressional seat for Michigan’s 13th district after former Representative John Conyers abruptly stepped down following sexual harassment allegations, leaving the seat vacant. The Palestinian-American Muslim ran under the Democratic Party, having previously served six years in the state legislature. With no Republican opponent, Tlaib defeated Etta Wilcoxon of the Green Party and Sam Johnson of the Working Class Party. “Why am I running? Because this is about electing…

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UN angry over kidnap of students in Cameroon

The United Nations is angry over the kidnap of students and staff of a secondary school in Bmenda, North-West of Cameroon and warned that there could be no justification for crimes against civilians, particularly minors. United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, condemned the Monday’s reported kidnap and called for their immediate release and return to their homes and families. No fewer than 79 students were reportedly abducted on Monday morning with their teacher, the principal and a driver. The abduction has prompted a massive search operation involving the Cameroonian army. One…

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Democrats seize control of US House of Representatives

Democrats seized control of the lower house of Congress in midterm elections Tuesday, dealing a stern rebuke to Donald Trump almost two years into his polarizing, rollercoaster presidency. Fox and NBC television networks called the result in the US House of Representatives, while confirming expectations that Trump’s Republicans will retain control of the Senate. The result upends the balance of power in Washington, where Trump has enjoyed an easy ride from Republican dominance of both houses of Congress since his shock election in 2016. Democrats will now be able to…

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Trump congratulates Pelosi

President Donald Trump called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to congratulate her party on seizing control of the lower chamber in the 2018 midterm elections, her office said in a late Tuesday statement. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders originally cast doubt on whether he would call Pelosi noting that many within her own party may not even vote for her to become the next speaker of the house. Trump, however, expressed magnanimity in the call and noted Pelosi’s call for bipartisanship. The president also tweeted earlier in the evening noting…

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Ghanaian president sacks energy minister

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana has relieved Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko, of his post with immediate effect, the presidency said. According to the presidency, Mr Akufo-Addo has asked Mr Agyarko to hand over to John Amewu, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, who would act temporarily as Minister for Energy, until a substantive appointment is made. No reason was assigned for Mr Agyarko’s sack. However, local reports say his dismissal was linked to attempts by his ministry to amend portions of the controversial 510 million dollars power deal…

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Trump admits his son met Russians for dirt on Clinton

U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged on Sunday that his son met with Russians in 2016 at Trump Tower to get information on his election opponent Hillary Clinton, saying it was “totally legal” and “done all the time in politics.” The Republican president had previously said the meeting was about the adoption of Russian children by Americans. Trump’s morning Twitter post was his most direct statement on the purpose of the meeting, though his son and others have said it was to gather damaging information on the Democratic candidate. In a…

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Polish president proposes vote on new constitution

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Friday presented plans for a non-binding vote on a new constitution to address issues ranging from giving the president greater powers to the supremacy of Polish laws over EU ones. The right-wing head of state had 10 questions for the proposed November 10-11 referendum, including whether a new constitution should replace the current one adopted in 1997 after Poland peacefully shed communism. Other issues include if the supremacy of Polish law over EU law should be enshrined and whether the preamble should refer to Poland’s…

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UNHCR welcomes EU’s deal on Mediterranean migrants’ stand-off

  The UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, has given a cautious welcome to the decision by several EU countries to take in some 450 migrants who have been stranded at Mediterranean Sea for days. The UN refugee agency chief, however, warned that a “ship-by-ship” arrangement was not sustainable, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN. The development came after the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain and Portugal ended a disembarkation stand-off involving the migrants, who had set out from the Libya coast, by agreeing…

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