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Saudi Arabia Urges Intending 2020 Pilgrims to Delay Bookings Over COVID-19

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Saudi Arabia authority has requested Muslims intending to be part of this year’s Hajj rites to delay booking. The request follows uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, still raging in various countries across the world. Hajj Minister, Mohammed Banten said Tuesday that the Saudi Arabia kingdom was concerned about the safety of pilgrims, […]

Iran’s Health Minister Tested Positive to Coronavirus

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Iran’s Deputy Health Minister, Iraj Harirchi and an MP Mahmoud Sadeghi, have both tested positive to the new coronavirus Covid – 19. The development happened as the country struggles to contain an outbreak that has killed 15. The country is one of three hot-spots outside China causing concern that the virus could be becoming a pandemic. […]

#Coronavirus: WHO DG Arrives China As Death Toll Hits 81

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The death toll in China’s new and raging coronavirus has risen to 81, with almost 3,000 confirmed ill. Following the outbreak, the National new Year holiday has been extended by three days till Sunday, in an attempt to contain the spread. On Monday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Wuhan, the capital of Hubei […]

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 […]

Turkish President Says Video Of Khashoggi’s Killing Atrocious

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has claimed that recordings related to the killing of the Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, are “appaling” as shocked a Saudi intelligence officer who listened to them. Reports from Turkey said Erdogan told reporters on his plane while returning from a weekend visit to France that he had […]

Journalist Killing: JP Morgan, Others Pull Out of Saudi Investment Conference

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Amid growing tensions between the US and Saudi Arabia, many business executives including JP Morgan boss, Jamie Dimon have pulled out of an investment conference coming up later in the month in Riyadh. Other executives who have backed out are: Ford Chairman Bill Ford and Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi. The business conference […]

Indonesia’s Tsunami Death Toll Rises to 1,347

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The number of people believed to have died in Friday’s Indonesia earthquake and tsunami has risen to 1,347. According to disaster response officials, the death toll Tuesday jumped from a previous confirmed figure of 844. The 7.5-magnitude quake struck just off the central island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that engulfed the […]

Qatar Says First Middle East Electric Cars Underway  

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Qatar’s authority Monday confirmed that the country had plans to produce her first electric cars by 2023. The Qatari media reported that the electric vehicles will be manufactured by the factory which will be established at a cost of $9bn. The Chairman of the Qatar Quality company, which is responsible for the project, Ali […]

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,’’ […]

BREAKING: Trump Cancels US-North Korea Summit

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – US President Donald Trump has cancelled the planned summit with his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un. Trump in a letter to Kim disclosed he made the decision based on the “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent North Korean statement. Mr. Trump said it would be “inappropriate” to hold the summit as scheduled […]

Iraqi Journalist Who Threw Shoes At Bush Running for Parliament

Photo: Muntazer al-Zaidi  (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – An Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush during a news conference a decade ago is standing for parliament, campaigning against corruption and the sectarianism that has plagued his country. TV correspondent Muntazer al-Zaidi became famous across Iraq and the Middle East after throwing his […]

57 Killed, 119 Wounded in Suicide Bomb Attack at Afghanistan Voters Registration Center

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – At least, 57 people have been killed, while 119 people were injured in the Afghan capital Kabul in a suicide bomb attack at a voter registration centre. Officials confirmed that the dead include 21 women and five children – killed when the blast hit the queue outside. Voter registration began this month […]

Israeli Military Destroys Longest Tunnel In Gaza Strip

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Israeli Military claims it has disabled a major tunnel dug by militants which reached into Israel from the Gaza Strip. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the channel was the longest and deepest tunnel of its kind Israel had discovered. A Military spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus said the tunnel had been […]

49 Killed In Bangladesh Plane Crash At Nepal Airport

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A total of 49 people have been killed in a Flight BS211 crash at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport. There were 71 passengers and crew on board of the plane. Reports say rescuers pulled bodies from the charred wreckage of the plane, operated by Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla, after a raging fire was put out. […]

Kabul Hotel Attackers Target Foreigners -Witness

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – An Afghan who escaped the attack by suspected terrorists who burst into a Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel restaurant Saturday has confirmed that the attackers targeted foreigners. The man whose identity is still being kept secret for security reasons, confessed that he was spared after saying he was an Afghan, just as the suspects […]

Trump: US now Recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – US President Donald Trump has announced that his country has now recognized Jerusalem as the Israel’s capital. Trump Wednesday’s declaration automatically upturned decades of official US policy. Mr. Trump described the move as “a long overdue step” to advance the Middle East peace process. He indicated that the US would […]

Death Toll in Iraq Quake Rises to 348

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – No fewer than 348 people have been killed, while almost 6,000 injured in a 7.3-magnitude earthquake which shook the northern border region between Iran and Iraq. The majority of those who died were said to be in Iran’s western Kermanshah province. Specifically, seven people died in Iraq, where people fled […]

After Years of Research, New Great Ape Species Identified In Indonesia

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Scientists who have been wondering for years over the genetic “peculiarity” of a tiny population of orangutans in Sumatra have finally concluded that they are a new species to science. The apes were only reported to exist after an expedition into the remote mountain forests in 1997. Since then, a […]

Again, Suicide Bombers Kill 40 in Afghan’s Shia Mosque

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Again, not less than 40 people Friday were killed in two separate attacks on Shia Muslim mosques in Afghanistan According to the officials, a gunman entered the Imam Zaman mosque in the capital Kabul before opened fire and detonated an explosive, killing more over 30 worshippers. The second attack which occurred in […]

Iran President Hassan Rouhani Appoints 3 VPs

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – In line with his political campaign and persistent criticism of a lopsided cabinet, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has appointed three women as Vice-Presidents. The new appointees were: Masumeh Ebtekar, (VP) for family and women’s affairs; Laya Joneydi, for legal affairs and Shahindokht Mowlaverdi, the President’s assistant for civil rights. Iran’s […]

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