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Turkish Man Desperate to Drop ‘Dollar’ Surname Amid U.S. Row

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Turkish on Thursday said he is desperate to drop the surname ‘dollar’ surname because he was being teased. Ferhat Dolar, 48, from Dalaman in the Aegean province of Mugla, has asked the local civil registration office to replace his surname, explaining to the Milliyet daily: “Due to the recent economic sanctions imposed […]

McCain to Be Buried Sept. 2 -Official

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Late U.S. Senator John McCain will be buried on Sept. 2 in Annapolis, Maryland, his office said. McCain died at the age of 81 of brain cancer on Saturday. “On Sept. 2 … a private memorial service will take place in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland, honouring the life […]

Pope Asks for Forgiveness of Abuses Within Catholic Church 

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Pope Francis on Sunday in Dublin renewed his plea for forgiveness for all kinds of abuse of power practised by members of the church and all its institutions. In a speech during mass before 500,000 people in Dublin on Sunday the pontiff spoke of meeting eight survivors of sexual abuse on Saturday. […]

John McCain Halts Treatment for Brain Cancer 

Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain has decided to stop treatment for the brain cancer he has been battling for over a year, his family said Friday in an announcement that precipitated a rare moment of bipartisan empathy in honor of the Vietnam war hero and Republican political veteran. Colleagues of McCain, 81, had been bracing […]

Saudi Fraudsters Defraud 8 Nigerian Pilgrims Of BTA

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Eight pilgrims from Kebbbi have fallen prey to the nefarious activities of some Saudi-based fraudsters in Madinah, losing their Basic Traveling Allowances, BTA. The fraudsters, mostly Nigerians resident in the Holy land illegally often gained access to Nigerian pilgrims outside their hotel accommodation, where they lured their unsuspecting victims into shady business […]

Saudi Arabia Considers Further Action Against Canada Amid Escalating Row

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Saudi Arabia is considering further measures against Canada, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubair said on Wednesday, amid an escalating diplomatic row between the two countries. On Sunday, Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador, and froze trade and new investments with Canada after Ottawa called on Riyadh to release detained rights activists. “Additional […]

“Uganda’s Social Media Tax Will Harm Business, Deter Investment”

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Uganda’s new social media tax will damage business and the economy and cool investor interest in its new IT sector that has wooed global giants Facebook and Google, industry executives said on Monday. Long-ruling President Yoweri Museveni, 73, has touted the levy as necessary to deter Ugandans from using social media for […]

After 15 Years Of Hostility, Eritrea, Somalia Renew Diplomatic Relations

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Eritrea and Somalia have taken up diplomatic relations after 15 years of hostility, the two East African nations said Monday. The thawing of relations comes after Somalia’s president on Saturday began a three-day visit to Eritrea in a bid to normalize relations. According to a joint statement, both countries plan to take […]

Trump Meets Rival Russian President Vladimir Putin

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – US President Mr. Donald Trump has admitted getting on with Russia is “a good thing, not a bad thing”. Trump made this assertion at the start of his first summit with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Trump affirmed he hoped for an “extraordinary relationship” as he met in Helsinki, Finland with […]

Whatsapp Announces New ‘Forward’ Feature to Combat Fake News

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Trending social media platform WhatsApp has announced the launch of a new feature globally. The new characteristic will highlight when a message has been forwarded and not composed by the sender. The platform announced the development Tuesday through its official blog following calls from various parts of the world, including India, to […]

Migrants’ Rescue Boat Arrives Spain After Rejection By Italy, Malta

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Humanitarian rescue boat, which carried 60 migrants rescued off Libya, docked in Barcelona on Wednesday. The boat was docked after being turned away by Malta and Italy, in the latest example of European divisions on immigration. Spain’s new Socialist Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, had offered, for the second time in a […]

Leftist, López Obrador Elected New Mexico’s President

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Left-wing candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador has won Mexico’s Presidential election. In his victory speech, Obrador said: “profound change”  adding “we will pursue a relationship of friendship and co-operation with the United States, always rooted in mutual respect and in the defence of our fellow Mexicans who live and work honourably in […]

Maryland: 5 Killed, Several Injured in Attack on Annapolis Newspaper Building

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) No fewer than five people were killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire inside the building that houses the Capital Gazette. Police confirmed there were five fatalities in the shooting and that the suspect was armed with a shotgun. According to police, first shots were reported at 2:40 p.m. after […]

U.S. Withdraws from UN Human Rights Commission

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  The U.S. on Tuesday withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday accusing it of a “chronic bias against Israel.” U.S. envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, who announced her country’s decision in Washington, slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting U.S. efforts to reform the council. She also […]

Jailed Russian Pilot, Yaroshenko Transferred to Another U.S. Prison

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Jailed Russian Pilot, Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a 20-year prison term in the U.S. State of New Jersey, is being transferred to another facility. The Russian Embassy in the United States stated this in a statement on Wednesday. “According to the Embassy’s information, Russian citizen K.V. Yaroshenko, unfairly sentenced in the […]

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Dies in Apparent Suicide

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – TV celebrity and food writer Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. He was 61. CNN confirmed the death, saying in a statement that Bourdain was found unresponsive Friday morning by friend and chef Eric […]

Saudi Arabia Begin Issuing Driving Licences to Women

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Saudi Arabia on Monday began issuing its first driving licences to women in decades, state media reported. “The first group of women today received their Saudi driving licences,’’ the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. “The general directorate of traffic started replacing international driving licences recognised in the kingdom with Saudi licences,’’ […]

Spain Prime Minister Forced to Quit in No Confidence Vote

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been forced out of office by a no-confidence vote in parliament. Socialist Leader Pedro Sánchez, who filed the motion after Mr Rajoy’s party was implicated in an alleged corruption scandal, will now become the new PM. “We’re going to sign a new page in the history […]

Hurricane Maria Kills 4,600 People in Puerto Rico

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Over 4,600 people have been killed by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The figure, according to estimates by a Harvard University study, was 70 times more than official toll, which toll stands at 64. Researchers said a third of deaths after September’s hurricane were due to interruptions in medical care caused by power […]

Putin Will Step Down as President After Term Expires In 2024

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Vladimir Putin said on Friday he would respect the Russian constitution which bans anyone from serving two consecutive presidential terms, meaning he will step down from his post in 2024 when his current term expires. His remarks, made to reporters at an economic forum in St Petersburg and broadcast on state TV, […]

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