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Mali's Junta To Draft New Constitution

Africa News

Malian Military Junta headed by Colonel Assimi Goita is set to draft the country's new constitution. Goita has met with religious leaders, politicians, and civil society, in order to promote the newly drafted constitution.

Ghana Scraps Fuel Subsidy, Ensures Stability In Energy Sector

Africa News

The Ghana National Petroleum Authority (NPA) through its Chief executive officer (CEO) Abdul Hamid has revealed during a presentation at the ongoing Africa Refiners and Distributers (ARDA) week held in Cape Town, South Africa, that the country has implemented regulatory measures, including the removal of fuel subsidy, to make sure that there is stability across its downstream sector. Hamid stated that measures were put in place with respect to the global oil and gas market volatility caused by the Russian-Ukraine war and energy transition-related policies.

Experts Raise Alarm Of Volcanic Activity In DR Congo

Africa News

Volcanic activities have been observed since Monday by experts at the top of Nyamulagira volcano in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to latest data It’s been caused by a movement of lava at shallow depths towards the central crater. The Goma Volcanological Observatory confirmed the development late Monday. The government said there is "no risk" for the moment. "As of 6 p.m. local time, a fiery glow was observed at the top of the Nyamulagira volcano," the volcanological observatory said in a statement, adding that current seismic data indicates "a movement of magmas at shallow depths towards the central crater."

New Era: Iran, Saudi, China Now On The Same Side

Middle East & Asia News

Middle East oil-producing rivals, Saudi Arabia and Iran have ended their rift, and have agreed to restore ties and reopen embassies after China brokered a deal between both states. The giants have also agreed to reimplement the 1998 security pact where they agreed to cooperate on terrorism, drug-smuggling and money laundering, as well as reviving trade and technology. The rivalry between predominantly Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia has dominated Middle East politics in recent years, spreading into Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. It further deepened in 2016 when Iranian protesters attacked the Saudi embassy in the Iranian capital following the execution of a Shi’ite cleric in Saudi Arabia.

China's Parliament Endorse Xi Jinping Third Term Rule As President

Middle East & Asia News

China's parliament has backed the leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and head of the military, Xi Jinping a historic third term as president, making him the longest-serving head of state of Communist China since 1949. More than 2,000 members of China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), voted unanimously in the Great Hall of the People to keep President, Xi Jinping for another five years, making a three-term tenure having assumed office a decade ago.

Earthquake: Turkish Government Issues 113 Building Arrest Warrants

Middle East & Asia News

Turkish government has vowed on Sunday to investigate thoroughly all persons suspected of being part of the factors responsible for the collapse of buildings in the country's devastating earthquakes nearly one week ago and has already ordered the detention of 113 suspects. Vice President Fuat Oktay stated overnight that 131 suspects had so far been identified as responsible for the collapse of some of the thousands of buildings flattened in the 10 provinces affected by the powerful tremors early last Monday. He revealed that the justice ministry had established earthquake crimes investigation bureaus in the quake zone provinces to investigate deaths and injuries. Oktay while speaking to reporters in a briefing at the disaster management coordination centre in Ankara said, "Detention orders have been issued for 113 of them."

US Shoots Down Another Unidentified Object Over Canada

US & Canada News

US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jointly agreed to shoot down an unidentified object violating Canadian airspace, according to statements released Saturday. According to a White House statement, Biden and Trudeau made the decision to shoot down the object “out of an abundance of caution and at the recommendation of their militaries.” After the North American Aerospace Defense Command discovered the cylindrical object Friday evening, Canadian and U.S. jets intercepted it, and a U.S. F-22 — deployed for the third time this week — shot it down Saturday afternoon.

US Tracking Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon Hovering Over US Airspace

US & Canada News

The United State of America is tracking a suspected Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon moving over the continental US airspace. The Pentagon had advised President Joe Biden not to shoot down the balloon, which was potentially flying over sensitive sites, because of concerns of hurting people on the ground. According to US officials, the balloon flew over Alaska and Canada before appearing in the US state of Montana, which is home to a number of sensitive military missile sites. Meanwhile, the government prepared fighter jets in case the object had to be shot down. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken postponed his trip to China following the incident.

FBI Search President Joe Biden’s Home In Delaware

US & Canada News

FBI agents on Wednesday conducted search of the Rehoboth, Delaware, beach home of President Joe Biden as part of an investigation into the previous discovery of classified documents at other locations connected to the president, his personal lawyer Bob Bauer said. Bauer in a statement said “Today, with the President’s full support and cooperation, the DOJ is conducting a planned search of his home in Rehoboth, Delware. Under DOJ’s standard procedures, in the interests of operational security and integrity, it sought to do this work without advance public notice, and we agreed to cooperate.”

Russian/Ukraine War: ICC Issues Putin Arrest Warrant

Europe News

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his children’s rights commissioner Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, for war crimes notably, the “unlawful deportation” of Ukrainian children.

Biden Visit Ukraine, Pledges $500m In Military Aid

Europe News

US President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Kyiv today, Monday 20th Of February ahead of the first year anniversary of the Russia/Ukraine war. The president made a 10-hour train ride from the border of Poland to the embattled capital of Ukraine on Monday, to show his administration’s unwavering support to the country and President, Volodymyr Zelensky.

Jacinda Ardern Steps Down As New Zealand Prime Minister

Europe News

Jacinda Ardern has announced she will quit as New Zealand prime minister ahead of this year’s election, saying she no longer has “enough in the tank’, to lead. Speaking at a Labour Party Retreat on Thursday she said “I’m leaving, because with such a privileged role comes responsibility, the responsibility to know when you are the right person to lead and also when you are not. I know what this job takes. And I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice. It’s that simple,” she said. “I am human, politicians are human. We give all that we can for as long as we can. And then it’s time. And for me, it’s time,” she added.