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230 People Escape Death as Russian Plane Makes Emergency Landing On Corn Field

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Russian airline pilot averted disaster Thursday, safely landing an Airbus A321 jet with over 230 passengers and crew on board in a cornfield near Moscow after it struck a flock of seagulls and lost power in both engines. The Crimea-bound plane was forced to land early Thursday without landing gear deployed […]

Texas Shooting: At Least 19 People Dead, 40 Injured

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A gunman opened fire Saturday in a Walmart and around a nearby shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, leaving at least 19 people dead and 40 injured, law enforcement officials said. Employees and shoppers described scenes of confusion and fear as they realized the sudden loud noises they heard were not boxes […]

Facebook to Pay $5b Fine Over Privacy Breach

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Leading social medium-Facebook Inc is billed to pay a record-breaking 5 billion dollars fine to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices. The sanction also extends to FB is restructuring its approach to privacy. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) disclosed the fine Wednesday in Washington. FTC voted 3-2 along party lines […]

New Prime Minister, Boris Johnson Vows To ‘Get Brexit Done.’

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – New Conservative party leader Boris Johnson says he wants to “get Brexit done” by Oct. 31 and unite Britain, in his first remarks after winning the party’s leadership run-off. Johnson praised Prime Minister Theresa May, whom he is due to succeed on Wednesday, for her “extraordinary service” and for her “passion and […]

Jury Says London Bridge Terrorists Lawfully Killed By Cops

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – An inquest jury ruled  on Tuesday that police lawfully shot three terrorists after they killed eight people in the London Bridge attack in 2017. The three terrorists are Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22. The three ploughed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before later stabbing people […]

IMF Boss, Christine Lagarde to Resign September 12

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Following her nomination as the head of the European Central Bank (ECB), the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde has hinted she will step down from her present office. Ms Lagarde clarified that she would leave the IMF Thursday, September 12, 2019. “With greater clarity now on the process for […]

Malaysia Flight MH17: Prosecutors Announce Charges Against 4 Suspects

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – After four years of the crash, three Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged with the allegation of bringing a missile into the area in eastern Ukraine and shot Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The crash which occurred in July 2014 killed 298 passengers on board and crew. The Passenger flight MH17 was en route […]

UN Indicts Prince Salman, Other Officials Over Khashoggi’s Murder  

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – There is credible evidence that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high-level officials are individually liable for the killing of prominent journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. A report by special UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard says the evidence merits further investigation by an independent and impartial international inquiry. Khashoggi was killed inside the […]

US Now Seeking Social Media Details from All Visa Applicants

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  The State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. It’s a vast expansion of the Trump administration’s enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors. In a move that’s just taken effect after approval of the revised application […]

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 […]

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