WORLD NEWS 20-08-2021

HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • TWITTER AGREES TO FG’S 7 OUT OF 10 DEMANDS.
  • UN CALLS FOR CEASEFIRE IN TIGRAY, ETHIOPIA REGIONS.
  • VENEZUELA PRESIDENT APPOINTS NEW FOREIGN MINISTER.
  • TALIBAN LAUNCHES MANHUNT ON PREVIOUS AFGHANS GOVERNMENT’S ALLIES.

Fg/twitter

The microblogging and social networking platform, twitter has acceded to the nigeria federal government’s 7 out of 10 demands put forward to lift suspension on its operations in the country.

The minister of information and culture, lai mohammed who disclosed this during an interview with newsmen in washington, expressed confidence that both the fg and twitter are getting nearer to an agreement as the other three outstanding demands are not really about whether they agreed or not but about timing and scheduling.

Mohammed stated that among the demands made was for the platform to register as a nigerian company, pay taxes from revenue made from the country and ensure that harmful content are regulated.

The minister however insisted that the twitter ban had been very effective in the country because the government had witnessed less harmful and injurious content on social media likely to threaten national security.

Olujare/death

The olujare of ijare, oba adebamigbe oluwagbemigun, kokotiri ii has joined his ancestors.

Ijare’s traditional prime minister and sasere, high chief wemimo made the confirmation, explaining that oba oluwagbemigun gave up the ghost on august 19, 2021 but did not disclosed the cause of his death.

High chief wemimo who desribed the monarch for being frank on issues as well as his stand against social vices and injustice in the community, noted that  the king’s death would be a great loss to the community.

It would be recalled that ijare community was the community where 36 cows were struck to death by lightening at a sacred groove in the community.

Burkina faso/ attack

The number of people who died in jihadist attack on a military convoy escorting civilians in northern burkina faso on august 18 has risen to 80.

The country’s information ministry made the confirmation in a statement released to newsmen, saying nearly 60 of the victims were civilians while others are soldiers and members of a pro-government militia.

The minisry added that eighty islamist militants were also killed in attack near the town of arbinda, due to its latest attack in the sahel region of the country, where militias linked to al-qaeda and the islamic state group operate across the borders with niger and mali.

It would be noted that thousands of people had been killed and millions displaced in jihadist attacks since 2018.

Un/ ethiopia

United nations has again called for an immediate ceasefire in the ethiopian region of tigray, where government forces and rebel fighters have been locked in conflict since november.

Un general secretary, antónio guterres made the call while speaking with newsmen in new york, describing the humanitarian conditions in tigray as dehumanizing while he also condemned the use of sexual violence against women in ethiopia.

Guterres added that conditions must be created to allow for the start of an ethiopian-led political dialogue to find a solution to the crisis, stating that there could be no military resolution to the fight which has spread to neighbouring states as such dialogue would contribute to address the underlying causes of the conflict.

It would be noted that millions of people have been displaced and hundreds of thousands are living in famine conditions due to the crisis.

Mogadishu/attack

Not less than two people have been killed and five others wounded after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device inside a cafe in somalia’s capital, mogadishu.

A traffic policeman, mohamed ali who was at the scene of the incident confirmed to newsmen that the august 19 evening bombing targeted a tea shop near a crowded junction in northern mogadishu and sent debris flying outside, killing two members of the security forces and injured five people.

Also confirming the attack, an eye witness, abdukadir sagaalle said pieces of metal and destroyed plastic seats were scattered around the whole area, causing more injury for citizens.

Meanwhile, an al-qaeda-linked group, al-shabab fighting to overthrow somalia’s internationally-backed government had however claimed responsibility for the attack.

Venezuela/cabinet

Venezuelan president, nicolas maduro has named a new foreign minister in a cabinet reshuffling that comes amid negotiations with the opposition meant to ease the country’s political deadlock.

President maduro disclosed this while addressing journalists in caracas, saying venezuela’s envoy to china, felix plasencia will now serve as venezuela’s top diplomat while the outgoing foreign minister, jorge arreaza will serve as industry and production minister.

He noted that plasencia has the immense responsibility of continuing the excellent diplomatic work carried out by arreaza, adding that everything must be put in place to  ensure the triumph of venezuelan peace diplomacy around the world, hence the need for the replacement.

The president therefore stated that the latest cabinet shuffle would bring changes to the education sector, interior and mining ministries.

New zealand/covid

New zealand prime minister, jacinda ardern has urged people in the country to adhere to her strategy to eliminate the fast-spreading delta variant as she extended a strict lockdown amid a surge in infections.

Ardern gave the charge while addressing journalists in auckland, saying the country would continue to strive harder to curtail spread of the new covid 19 delta variant until the country had no single case.

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Meanwhile, the pm had extended the lockdown for the population of 5.1 million on august 17 but the outbreak still widened beyond the largest city to the capital as 11 new cases were recorded in less than 24 hours in wellington, taking new zealand’s tally of infections to 31.

Afghanistan/taliban

Taliban forces have stepped up their search for people who worked for the previous afghan government.

United nations secretary general, antonio guterres made this known in a confidential document by the rhipto norwegian center for global analyses, which provides intelligence to the un saying anyone on the taliban’s blacklist was in severe danger and that there could be mass executions as the militants had been going door-to-door to find their targets and threatening their family members.

Guterres explained that despite the islamist group assurance not to revenge, there had been fears that the taliban have changed little since the brutal 1990s.

Reacting, head of the group, christian nellemann told newsmen that unless the people surrender themselves, the taliban will arrest, prosecute, interrogate and punish family members on behalf of those individuals.

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