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U.S. Pulls Some of Its Employees From Iraq

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Washington on Wednesday ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq, after U.S. repeatedly expressed concern about threats from Iranian-backed forces. The embassy said in a statement that the U.S. State Department had ordered the pullout of the employees from both the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil. […]

At Least 13 Die as Russian Commercial Jet Catches Fire on Runway

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) — A Russian passenger jet made an emergency landing and burst into flames at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport Sunday evening. Thirteen people died. The Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet, which was carrying 78 people, careened across the runway with thick, black smoke pouring out from behind, footage from the scene showed. After the Aeroflot aircraft skidded to a stop perpendicular […]

China Sentences Canadian Citizen to Death For Drug Trafficking

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – China has sentenced a Canadian citizen to death for his involvement in drug trafficking. Canada’s Fan Wei received the death penalty, similar to Wu Ziping, whose nationality was not given, a court in the southern Chinese city of Jiangmen in Guangdong province said on Tuesday. The two men allegedly headed a group […]

Ukrainian Comedian, Volodymyr Zelensky Elected President

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has scored a landslide victory in the country’s Presidential election. With almost all ballots being counted in the run-off vote, Mr. Zelensky is in the lead with not less than 73 per cent with incumbent President Petro Poroshenko who is trailing far behind with 24 per cent. In his […]

More Than 200 Killed in Sri Lanka Church, Hotel Bomb Attack

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in or near Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter Sunday — the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago. Defense Minister Ruwan […]

Japanese Blind Sailor Makes First Non-Stop Pacific Crossing

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A blind Japanese sailor Mitsuhiro Iwamoto has completed a non-stop Pacific crossing, reportedly making him the first visually impaired person to do so. Iwamoto, 52, sailed the 8,700-mile (14,000 km) crossing with the help of a sighted navigator, Doug Smith. His 12m (40 ft) yacht made port in Fukushima Saturday morning, ending his two-month […]

Ireland’s Journalist, McKee Murdered In Alleged Terrorist Melee

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A young Northern Ireland’s journalist, Lyra McKee has been shot dead during a riot which the police considered as a terrorist incident. Dissident republicans have been blamed for the killing, after violence broke out during police searches in Londonderry Thursday. Police claimed that a group known as the New IRA “are likely to be […]

Ex-Peru President Dies After Shooting Self as Police Move to Arrest Him

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Former Peruvian President Alan García has died hours after shooting himself as police arrived at his home to arrest him over bribery allegations. Garcia’s death was confirmed by the incumbent President Martín Vizcarra. In a post from his Twitter handle, President Vizcarra said he was “shocked” by the former President’s death and […]

Pledges Pour in For Reconstruction of Destroyed Paris Notre-Dame Cathedral

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Pledges to rebuild the French historic cathedral, Notre-Dame partially destroyed by a devastating fire have been pouring in droves. French President Emmanuel Macron Tuesday vowed to reconstruct the building even as the fire still burned, while a number of companies and business tycoons have so far pledged about €600m ($677m; £519m) between them. Offers of […]

New Zealand Attacks: Facebook Considers Live Video Restriction

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Two weeks after it was used during gun attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, frontline social media Facebook has promised to explore restrictions on live-streaming. Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the FB has agreed with calls it “must do more”. It would be recalled that 50 people were killed in […]

Swedish Activist Fined in Plane Deportation Protest Faces New Trial

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  A Swedish Appeals Court on Friday ordered a new trial for Elin Ersson, a Swedish woman, convicted of violating air traffic regulations by trying to stop the deportation of an Afghan man. Ersson was in February ordered to pay a fine of 324 dollars over her protest, but appealed the Gothenburg district […]

40 Killed In Iraq’s Ferry Mishap  

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – No fewer than 40 people are believed to have died after a ferry sank in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul. The head of Mosul’s civil defence agency reportedly said most of the people on board the vessel were women and children – who could not swim. Rescue teams […]

BREAKING: 49 Killed in New Zealand Mosque Mass Shooting

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – 49 people have been reportedly killed and at least 20 others injured in shootings at two mosques in New Zealand city of Christchurch in the worst attack in the Pacific country’s history. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference that the mosque shootings appear to have been a well-planned […]

British Lawmakers Back Brexit Delay

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to seek a delay in Britain’s exit from the EU, setting the stage for Prime Minister Theresa May to renew efforts to get her divorce deal approved by parliament next week. Lawmakers approved by 412 votes to 202, a statement setting out the option to request […]

Trump, Kim Meeting Ends in Stalemate

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A summit between the US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ended without agreement. This stalemate according Trump followed the US’s refusal to North Korean demands for sanctions relief. “It was all about the sanctions. They wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn’t do […]

Terrorism: Trump Refuses Return Of Ex- IS Propagandist to US

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – US President Donald Trump has declined the return of a woman Hoda Muthana who left the country and worked as propagandist for the Islamic State (IS) group. Trump in a tweet said he had consequently instructed the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “not to allow (Hoda Muthana) back into the country”. Mr Pompeo had […]

U.S. Senate Passes Border Security Bill

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to avert another partial government shutdown with bipartisan spending legislation that funds new barriers for part of the U.S.-Mexico border, but not the $5.7 billion that President Donald Trump sought for a wall. The Republican-led Senate backed the bill, which would provide over $300 billion […]

European Court Orders Russia to Pay Georgia $11.5m Over Deportations

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ordered Russia to pay Georgia11.5 million dollars over mass expulsions of Georgian citizens in 2006 and 2007. Georgia had alleged that more than 4,600 of its citizens were deported or ordered to leave Russia over several months in response to the arrest in […]

Stabbed Polish Mayor, Pawel Adamowicz Dies  

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz has died in hospital, exactly a day after being stabbed at a charity event. Adamowicz, 53, was attacked on stage in front of hundreds of people Sunday. He was after taken to hospital for stab injuries and underwent five hours of surgery at a […]

Nancy Pelosi Elected Speaker, U.S. House Of Representatives

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi was elected as Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, returning her to a position she last held in January 2011, for her  third term. The 78-year-old veteran lawmaker was nominated by New York Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries, as Democrats took control of the lower chamber. Pelosi carried […]

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