WORLD NEWS 28-07-2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • PRESIDENCY DEFENDS PRESIDENT BUHARI’S MEDICAL TRIP.
  • TOBACCO COMPANY DEMANDS BAN OF PRODUCT IN UK.
  • NORTH, SOUTH KOREA LEADERS TO RESOLVE RELATIONS THROUGH FRESH SUMMIT.
  • ON SPORTS, CANADIAN SWIMMER’S VICTORY SPURS GENDER DISCRIMINATION POLICY TALKS.

Buhari/medicals

Special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed why his principal cannot seek medical attention in Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on July 26, 2021 departed Nigeria to London to attend the global education summit on financing global partnership for education in United Kingdom which is currently on.

Adesina said the President would after the summit remain in London for two weeks to enable him to undergo his earlier scheduled medical checkup in London, noting that the president could not be treated in Nigeria because his medical team reside in U.K.

According to him, the president had used the medical team for over 40 years, hence the need to continue seeking medical help in the country.

Ouattara/ rival

Ivory Coast President, Alassane Ouattara has offered a hearty welcome to his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo as the rivals met for the first time since the West African Country’s deadly 2010-2011 conflict.

Gbagbo, 76, has leapt into the spotlight since returning last month from Europe, where he won a landmark case at the international criminal court.

In a tweet, Ouattara posted that his cordial and fraternal meeting with Laurent Gbagbo would work to build confidence for the benefit of the country.

While at a joint press conference, Ouattara said the crisis between them created differences but that is now behind them.

U.k/cigarettes ban

A Swiss-American multinational cigarette and tobacco manufacturing company, Philip Morris International has called on United Kingdom government to ban sale of its tobacco products, Marlboro cigarettes.

The Company made the call as part of its request from the U.K government, also announcing that it will stop selling of the Marlboro cigarettes in Britain within a decade.

The call was said have come amid dwindling numbers of smoker in U.K where cigarettes were sold in plain packaging since 2016 and a broader push by the UK government to reduce prevalence of smoking.

Us /leader sack

The United States has threatened to pause some cooperation with Guatemala’s criminal prosecutor.

U.S State Department Spokeswoman, Jalina Porter made this known to newsmen, afffirming that the U.S was pausing programmatic cooperation with Guatemala’s public ministry, the ministry responsible for prosecution of criminal cases.

The decision was due to Guatemala Attorney General, Maria Porras’s action of sacking an anti-corruption leader, Juan Sandoval as head of the Country’s special prosecutor’s office against impunity.

Reacting, the Spokeswoman described Sandoval’s removal as lack of commitment to the rule of law making the state to lost confidence in its government.

U.s./justice dept.

The United States justice department has declined to defend republican congressman, Mo Brooks in a lawsuit that alleged he conspired to instigate a January 6 riot at the U.S capitol.

The department made this known in a court while brooks had asked the justice department to consider him covered by the Westfall act, which protects federal employees from being sued for actions taken as part of their jobs, concerning the lawsuit brought by democratic congressman, Eric Swalwell.

The justice department’s filing could indicate it might as well not defend former president Donald Trump, who had also been sued by Swalwell for allegedly conspiring to incite the attack.

The department said in the court filing that it had determined that brooks’ appearance at the rally in which former President Trump exhorted his supporters to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory was a campaign activity and not part of his job as a congressman.

Blinken/ india

The China and its rivals, United State have intensified efforts to deepen their cooperation and iron out differences.

In achieving this, report said United State Secretary, Antony Blinken will meet his Indian counterpart and other officials before heading to see the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

Speaking to a group of civil society leaders at New Delhi, Blinken said the relationship between United States and India was one of the most important in the world.

According to report, the U.S Sectretary will meet with the Indian Foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar for discussions majorly on regional and global issues of mutual interest.

They are expected to also discuss recovery from the covid-19 pandemic, the indo-pacific region, Afghanistan and cooperation at the United Nation.

Canada/border

Canadian border guards and customs officials have voted to go on strike days before fully vaccinated United States citizens and permanent residents will be allowed into Canada.

Unions representing the workers made this known but described as a move that could potentially cause disruptions and hurt businesses emerging out of the pandemic-driven economic downturn.

A spokesperson for Canada border services agency said 90 percent of the front-line border services officers have been identified as essential and that it would continue to work in the event of a strike.

The unions however, noted that the strike would slow down commercial traffic at the land border as well as impact international mail and collection of duties and taxes.

Koreans/talks

South Korean president, Moon Jae-In and North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un have begun talks to reopen a joint liaison office that Pyongyang demolished last year.

Three South Korean government sources with knowledge of the matter disclosed this, noting that the leaders also planned to hold a summit as part of efforts to restore relations.

The sources on condition of anonymity due to diplomatic sensitivity explained that the Korean leaders have been exploring ways to improve strained ties by exchanging multiple letters since April, this year.

According to the sources, the discussions signaled improvement in ties that have deteriorated in the past year after three leaders’ summits in 2018 promised peace and reconciliation.

Sports

A Canadian swimmer, Margaret Macneil has won the gold medal in the women’s 100-meter butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics, forcing China to re-examine the legacy of its one-child policy

Report said the gold medal-winning Canadian swimmer made waves in China for her Chinese heritage, sparking heated discussions over the country’s decades-long one-child policy and gender discrimination.

Macneil was said to have shot to international fame after winning the women’s 100-meter butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics, setting an Americas continental record at her very first games.

In China, however, the 21-year-old was drawing wide attention for another reason, as news spread that the Canadian girl who beat China’s top woman swimmer, Zhang Yufei, by 0.05 seconds was actually born in China and adopted as a baby by a Canadian couple.

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