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COP15 Conference: President Buhari Travels To Abidjan

Africa News

President Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja for Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday to attend a conference organized by the United Nations on the future of land, concerning desertification, drought, degradation, rights, restoration, and its implications on national and world economies.

Hilton Shuts Operations In Kenya After Five Decades

Africa News

The Hilton Group of Hotels has stated that it is closing the iconic 53-year-old, Hilton hotel Nairobi on December 31, and will lay off some workers, redeploy others to hotels within its portfolio, underlining a deep in sales since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic as the reason for the closure. The group stated that it will not quit Kenya totally, and will continue to operate its other brands in the country, however, Hilton hotel Nairobi which is partly owned by the government (40.57%), will close its doors for the last time on 31st December 2022 and cease operations.

Former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Dies At 90

Africa News

Kenya's former President, Mwai Kibaki, who led for over a decade has died at the age of 90, his successor, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday. Kenyatta said this in an address on state television, ordering a period of national mourning until the day Kibaki is to be buried, adding that the nation's flags will be flown at half-mast. He said, “It is a sad day for us as a country. We have lost a great leader.”

Just In: UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Has Died

Middle East & Asia News

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has passed on Friday 13th May, 2022, at the age of 73, leaving behind a £120billion fortune. According to a state media report, the leader had been battling an illness for several years. A statement from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs said it "condoles the people of the UAE, the Arab and Islamic nation and the world over the demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the UAE".

Imran Khan Ousted As Pakistan Prime Minister

Middle East & Asia News

Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan has been ousted from power following a vote of no-confidence against him by legislators on Sunday. This came after the Speaker of the lower house of parliament resigned saying he cannot preside over the ousting of his ally, and members of the ruling party (PTI) walked out of the building in solidarity with Khan, saying the prime minister was a victim of international politics. The Supreme Court had on Thursday ordered the vote to take place no later than Saturday after it dismissed an attempt by Khan to dissolve the parliament in an effort to stall the vote.

Breaking: Plane Carrying 132 People Crashes In China

Middle East & Asia News

China Eastern Airlines with 132 people on board has crashed into the mountainous region in the Guangxi province of southern China. The Boeing 737 airline was flying from Kunming to Guangzhou when it crashed and caught fire on Monday afternoon but the cause of the crash is still not yet known. According to China’s Civil Aviation Administration, 123 passengers and 9 crew members were on board.

Canada Issues Three Years Temporary Residency To Ukrainians

US & Canada News

The Immigration Minister, refugees, and citizenship of Canada Sean Fraser has revealed the lunch of the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET), an accelerated temporary residence pathway for Ukrainians fleeing country home due to war. Fraser noted that the Ukrainians and their immediate family members not minding the nationality may stay in Canada for up to three years, more so overseas applicants need to apply online for a visitor visa and provide their biometrics.

Russia Imposes Sanctions On Biden, Other Top US Officials

US & Canada News

Russia announced that the president of the United States (US), Joe Biden has been banned from entering the country. The announcement was made on Tuesday by Russia’s foreign ministry which stated that the ban “is the consequence of the extremely Russophobic policy pursued by the current US administration”. Other US officials placed on the list include Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken; Defence Secretary, Lloyd Austin, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley.

Russia-Ukraine War: US Bans Import Of Russian Oil

US & Canada News

The United States has placed a ban on imports of all oil and gas products from Russia, President Joe Biden announced. In a statement on Tuesday, Biden said the ban was aimed at pressuring Russia to end the war in Ukraine, adding that “the main artery of Russia’s economy” and aims to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine. “We’re banning all imports of Russian oil and gas and energy. That means Russian oil will no longer be acceptable at U.S. ports and the American people will deal another powerful blow to Putin’s war machine,” he said.

Russia Pulls Out Of The Council of Baltic Sea States

Europe News

Russia has on Tuesday 17th of May 2021 announced that it had decided to pull out of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), stating that the organisation has abandoned the principles on which it was created, and is turning it into an instrument of anti-Russian policy.

Russia-Ukraine: Sweden Insist On Joining NATO Despite Russia Threat

Europe News

As the Russia-Ukraine war enters the third month, Finland and Sweden are insisting on joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO amidst the Russian threat of Military consequences. Accordingly, the parliament in Finland has today voted 188-8 to approve a bid for joining NATO membership. To indicate serious commitment, Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Ann Linde signed an application form for onward submission to Brussels as an official application. This follows President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin who made the announcement on Sunday of their determination of joining NATO.

Finland To Join NATO ‘Without Delay’ – President Niinisto

Europe News

Finland’s president and Prime Minister Sauli Niinisto and Sanna Mirella Marin respectively, have called for the country to apply for NATO membership without delay. By so doing the top leaders have set the stage for an expansion of the U.S.-led alliance amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In a joint statement on Thursday, the duo expects a decision in the next few days. “NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance,” the statement said.