WORLD NEWS 02-08-2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • DSS PRODUCES IGHOHO’S 12 AIDES IN COURT.
  • NANS PRESIDENT APPEALS TO FG TO FIND LASTING SOLUTION TO ASUU STRIKE.
  • US LAUNCHES NEW AFGHAN REFUGEE PROGRAM.
  • AUSTRALIA TIGHTENS COVID CURBS AS BRISBANE EXTENDS LOCKDOWN.

Dss/igboho

The department of the state services, dss, has bowed to the order of a federal high court sitting in abuja to produce 12 aides of the yoruba secessionist leader, sunday adeyemo popularly known as sunday igboho before the court.

Meanwhile, at the time of filing this report, the suspects were still being held in the bus at the inner car park of the court premises due to the non-arrival of the dss counsel in court.

Justice obiora egwuatu had on july 29 issued a fresh order following an appeal by the dss counsel idowu awo that the agency be given today to comply with the order.

Asuu/strike

President, national association of nigerian students, nans sunday asefon has appealed to the federal government and the academic staff union of nigerian universities, asuu to find a common ground in the interest of the future of the students in order to avert industrial action.

Asefon made the appeal in a statement issued to newsmen, noting that since the inception of the democratic dispensation in 1999, asuu has now gone on accumulated strike for over 5 years.

He lamented that another strike coming on the heels of last year’s grounding of the country’s universities would not only go down well in the education sector but also portends great danger to the national development, research, and security in nigeria.

The nans president therefore called on the federal government to consider the implication of another industrial strike and find a lasting solution to the contending issues raised by asuu.

U.S/AFGHAN REFUGEE

The President Joe Biden’s administration will launch a new program to resettle certain Afghans as refugees in the United States.

U.S government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity disclosed this, saying President Biden had faced pressure from lawmakers and advocacy groups to aid Afghans at risk of Taliban retaliation because of their association with the United States during the 20-year U.S. war.

The official explained that the program comes as fighting surges in Afghanistan ahead of the formal completion of the U.S. troop withdrawal at the end of this month, with the Taliban pushing to capture key provincial capitals, adding that new refugee program would cover Afghans who worked for U.S.-funded projects and for U.S.-based non-government bodies and media outlets.

However, the U.S. state department is expected to announce the setting-up of the so-called priority two refugee program today, Monday August 2.

U.s/covid-19 source

A report by the united states republicans has revealed that a preponderance of evidence proved that the virus that caused the covid-19 pandemic from 2020 till date, leaked from a chinese research facility.

A top republican on the house foreign affairs committee, mike mccaul who released the report by the panel’s republican staff said there was ample evidence that wuhan institute of virology scientists aided by u.s. experts and chinese and u.s. government funds were working to modify coronaviruses to infect humans, but noted that such manipulation could be hidden.

The report urged a bipartisan investigation into the origins of the covid-19 coronavirus pandemic that has killed 4.4 million people across the globe.

Meanwhile, china had denied a genetically modified coronavirus leaked from the facility in wuhan, where the first covid-19 cases were detected in 2019.

ISRAEL/BUDGET

Israel’s cabinet has unanimously approved a state budget for 2021-2022, more than three years after the government last ratified a fiscal spending package.

Israel finance minister, Avigdor Lieberman revealed this in a statement issued, saying after a marathon session running from August 1 morning through the night, cabinet ministers voted on an expected spending package of 188 billion dollars in 2021 and 173. 5 billion dollars in 2022.

Lieberman explained that the vote came after the health minister’s demands for more funds to fight the Covid 19 pandemic, adding that the extra funds is for debt servicing.

The minister who noted that the budget would encourage employment, invest in infrastructure, transport, housing, technology and reform the long-protected domestic farm sector, therefore stated that after being passed to parliament, is expected to take its initial vote in early September, with final approval for the 14-month budget set by early November.

AUSTRALIA/COVID 19

Australia’s Queensland state has extended covid-19 lockdown in Brisbane, while soldiers began patrolling Sydney to enforce stay-at-home rules.

Queensland Deputy Premier, Steven Miles told reporters in Brisbane that the extension follows the detection of 13 new locally acquired covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the biggest one-day rise the state has recorded in a year.

Miles  noted that the lockdown of Brisbane, Australia’s third-biggest city, was due to end on August 10 but would now stay in place until late on August 15 as it is becoming clearer that the initial lockdown would be insufficient to curb the outbreak.

Meanwhile, Queensland has yet to establish how a school child acquired the virus but had forced students at several schools and their families, including that of Australia’s Defence Minister, Peter Dutton to stay home for 14 days as his two sons attend a school linked to the outbreak.

RUSSIA/AFGHAN BORDER

Russia and Uzbekistan have began joint military drills near the Afghan border amid fears in both countries over a worsening security situation in Afghanistan that could spill over into Central Asia.

Russia’s defense ministry made this known in statement, saying 1,500 Russian and Uzbek 1000 troops would take part in a five-day drills exercise that began at the Termez military site in Uzbekistan and that it  would send a much bigger military contingent to Tajikistan for separate trilateral exercises due to begin in Moscow later this week.

It was gathered that security had rapidly deteriorated in Afghanistan amid A U.S. troop withdrawal as Moscow fears that could destabilize its southern defensive flank and push refugees into its Central Asian backyard.

Pakistan/police death

Unidentified gunmen have killed a police officer escorting a team of polio workers in northwest pakistan’s restive khyber pakthunkhwa province, the second such incident in 2 days.

Police officials confirmed the incident, saying the officer came under fire by the unknown gunmen riding a motor cycle while he was joining the polio workers in the tribal district of dera ismail khan bordering south waziristan.

The officials however hinted that a search operation to arrest the killers is underway.

It was gathered that polio health workers tasked to eradicate the crippling disease which have been seriously hampered by deadly targeting of vaccination teams in recent years by militants were also under the attack but were rescued by the police.

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