WORLD NEWS 8TH MAY, 2021

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  • AGAIN, UNKNOWN GUNMEN ATTACK POLICE STATIONS IN RIVERS, KILL OFFICERS.
  • SOUTH AFRICA’S EMBATTLED ZULU THRONE GETS NEW SUCCESSOR.
  • WORLD REACTS AS ONGOING JERUSALEM CLASHES TURN BLOODY.
  • ON SPORTS, BARCELONA, JUVENTUS KICK AGAINST FRESH UEFA SANCTIONS.

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  • WE INFORMED YOU THAT NO FEWER THAN SEVEN PERSONS, COMPRISING POLICEMEN AND INDIVIDUALS, HAVE BEEN FEARED KILLED IN RIVERS STATE AFTER UNKNOWN GUNMEN UNEXPECTEDLY INVADED THE AREA. CONFIRMING THE DEVELOPMENT TO NEWSMEN, THE STATE’S PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, SP NNAMDI OMONI, REVEALED THAT OFFICERS HAVE BEEN MOBILIZED TO THE SCENES TO ASCERTAIN THE TRUE STATE OF THINGS.
  • WE REPORTED THAT THE ELDEST SON OF SOUTH AFRICA’S LATE ZULU KING, GOODWILL ZWELITHINI, HAS BEEN NAMED AS SUCCESSOR TO THE EMBATTLED THRONE OF THE ZULUS, SOUTH AFRICA’S LARGEST ETHNIC GROUP. THE 46-YEAR OLD PRINCE MISIZULU WAS SAID TO HAVE BEEN NAMED AFTER HIS MOTHER, QUEEN DLAMINI-ZULU, WHO WAS APPOINTED REGENT OF THE ZULU NATION AFTER THE DEATH OF HER HUSBAND, THE KING, DIED UNEXPECTEDLY LAST WEEK.
  • WE ALSO BROUGHT TO YOU THAT MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, INCLUDING THE UNITED NATIONS, THE EUROPEAN UNION AND UNITED STATES HAVE CONTINUED TO EXPRESS DISPLEASURE WITH THE ONGOING CLASHES BETWEEN PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELI POLICE OFFICIALS WHICH HAS LEFT MORE THAN 160 OFFICERS INJURED AS WEEKS-LONG TENSIONS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE OVER JERUSALEM SOAR AGAIN.
  • LASTLY, ON SPORTS, WE TOLD YOU THAT BARCELONA, JUVENTUS AND REAL MADRID HAVE DESCRIBED THE FRESH SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON THEM BY EUROPE’S FOOTBALL GOVERNING BODY, UEFA, FOR THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THE ABORTED SUPER LEAGUE AS INTOLERABLE, REITERATING THEIR COMMITMENT AND DETERMINATION TO DISCUSS, WITH RESPECT AND WITHOUT INTOLERABLE PRESSURE AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULE OF LAW.

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WHO/VACCINE

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, W.H.O, HAS APPROVED THE FIRST CHINESE VACCINE NAMED SINOPHARM FOR EMERGENCY USE.

W.H.O’S DIRECTOR GENERAL, TEDROS GHEBREYESUS, GAVE THE HINT IN A NEWS CONFERENCE, MAKING THE BEIJING’S SINOPHARM JAB THE SIXTH COVID-19 VACCINE TO RECEIVE VALIDATION FOR SAFETY, EFFICACY AND QUALITY.

IN THE MEANTIME, THE UNITED NATIONS HEALTH AGENCY HAVE SIGNED OFF ON THE TWO-DOSE VACCINE, WHICH IS ALREADY BEING DEPLOYED TO DOZENS OF COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.

REPORT INDICATED THAT THE SINOPHARM VACCINE IS ALREADY IN USE IN 42 TERRITORIES AROUND THE WORLD, FOURTH BEHIND ASTRAZENECA, PFIZER-BIONTECH AND MODERNA.

MYANMAR/ASEAN

MYANMAR’S RULING MILITARY COUNCIL HAS REJECTED A SPECIAL VISIT BY A DELEGATION FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS, ASEAN, UNTIL STABILITY IS ESTABLISHED IN THE COUNTRY.

SPEAKING IN A TELEVISED BRIEFING, SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL, MAJOR KAUNG HTET-SAN, STRESSED THAT THE COUNTRY WOULD ONLY COOPERATE WITH THE ENVOY AFTER IT HAS ACHIEVED A CERTAIN LEVEL OF SECURITY AND STABILITY.

SAN HOWEVER ASSURED THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER SUGGESTIONS MADE AT THE ASEAN SUMMIT IF THEY WERE HELPFUL TO ITS VISIONS FOR THE COUNTRY.

ASEAN LEADERS HAD LAST MONTH REACHED A CONSENSUS ON WAYS TO HELP RESOLVE THE POLITICAL CRISIS IN MYANMAR THAT WAS TRIGGERED BY THE FEBRUARY 1 COUP, WHICH INCLUDES AN END TO VIOLENCE, DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE MILITARY AND ITS OPPONENTS, ALLOWING HUMANITARIAN HELP.

INDIA/COVID-19

SEVERAL STATES IN INDIA ARE GOING INTO A LOCKDOWN AS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS STRUGGLE TO BRING THE ESCALATING COVID-19 INFECTIONS AND DEATHS UNDER CONTROL.

THIS IS SEQUEL TO INDIA’S HEALTH MINISTRY’S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT 4,187 FATALITIES WERE REPORTED OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS, TAKING THE OVERALL DEATH TOLL TO JUST UNDER 240,000, WHILE CASES ROSE BY 401,078, INCREASING THE TOTAL SINCE START OF THE PANDEMIC TO 21.9 MILLION.

REACTING, OFFICIALS IN MAJOR STATES SUCH AS DELHI, MAHARASHTRA, WEST BENGAL AND UTTAR PRADESH IMPOSED LOCKDOWN OR LOCKDOWN-LIKE CURBS AS THE NATION GRAPPLES WITH DEADLY SECOND WAVE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.

ALSO, THE STATE OF TAMIL NADU, KNOWN FOR ITS AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURING COMPANIES INCLUDING BMW, HYUNDAI, FORD, NISSAN AND RENAULT DISCLOSED PLANS TO MOVE FROM A PARTIAL TO A FULL LOCKDOWN ON MONDAY, MAY 10, STOPPING PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND SHUTTING STATE-RUN ALCOHOL RETAILERS.

JERUSALEM/CLASHES

MORE THAN 160 PALESTINIANS AND SIX ISRAELI POLICE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN INJURED IN CLASHES IN JERUSALEM AS WEEKS-LONG TENSIONS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE OVER JERUSALEM BEGINS TO SOAR.

PALESTINIAN MEDICS AND ISRAELI POLICE OFFICIALS DISCLOSED TO REPORTERS THAT MOST WERE WOUNDED AT THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE, WHERE ISRAELI POLICE FIRED RUBBER BULLETS AND STUN GRENADES AS PALESTINIANS THREW STONES AND BOTTLES.

IN HIS REACTION, A SENIOR FELLOW AT THE MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE IN CHARGE OF PALESTINE AND ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN AFFAIRS, KHALED ELGINDY, BERATED ISRAELI POLICE FOR USING FORCE TO RESTORE ORDER DUE TO THE RIOTING OF THOUSANDS OF WORSHIPPERS AFTER EVENING PRAYERS.

S.O.T

THE RECENT DEVELOPMENT COMES A DAY AFTER THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY APPEALED FOR DE-ESCALATION, AS ANGER MOUNTED OVER THE THREATENED EVICTION OF PALESTINIAN FAMILIES FROM LAND CLAIMED BY JEWISH SETTLERS.

ZULU PRINCE/KINGDOM

THE ELDEST SON OF SOUTH AFRICA’S LATE ZULU KING, GOODWILL ZWELITHINI, HAS BEEN NAMED AS SUCCESSOR TO THE EMBATTLED THRONE OF THE ZULUS, SOUTH AFRICA’S LARGEST ETHNIC GROUP.

THE 46-YEAR OLD PRINCE MISIZULU WAS SAID TO HAVE BEEN NAMED IN THE WILL OF HIS MOTHER, QUEEN DLAMINI-ZULU, WHO DIED UNEXPECTEDLY LAST WEEK.

QUEEN DLAMINI-ZULU, WHO HAD BEEN APPOINTED REGENT OF THE ZULU NATION AFTER THE DEATH OF HER HUSBAND IN MARCH, WAS HOWEVER BURIED EARLIER ON FRIDAY IN A PRIVATE CEREMONY IN THE COUNTRY’S KWAZULU-NATAL PROVINCE.

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT ALTHOUGH THE ZULU THRONE DOES NOT HAVE FORMAL POLITICAL POWER AND THE MONARCH’S ROLE WITHIN BROADER SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY IS LARGELY CEREMONIAL, THE MONARCHY REMAINS HUGELY INFLUENTIAL, AND HAS A YEARLY TAXPAYER-FUNDED BUDGET OF MORE THAN 4.9 MILLION DOLLARS.

REACTIONS/JERUSALEM CLASHES

MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAVE CONTINUED TO EXPRESS DISPLEASURE WITH THE ONGOING CLASHES BETWEEN PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELI POLICE OFFICIALS.

IN A STATEMENT POSTED ON HIS VERIFIED TWITTER PAGE, SPOKESMAN OF THE UNITED NATIONS RIGHTS OFFICE, RUPERT COLVILLE, URGED ISRAEL TO CALL OFF ANY FORCED EVICTIONS, WARNING THAT SUCH ACTIONS COULD AMOUNT TO WAR CRIMES.

ALSO, TURKEY’S FOREIGN MINISTRY BERATED THE ISRAELI FORCES’ ATTACKS ON PALESTINIAN WORSHIPPERS AND CALLED ON THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO PUT AN END TO THIS PROVOCATIVE AND AGGRESSIVE ATTITUDE.

SIMILARLY, THE EUROPEAN UNION TERMED THE VIOLENCE AND INCITEMENT AS UNACCEPTABLE, CALLING FOR PROSECUTION OF ALL PERPETRATORS, WHILE U.S STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN, JALINA PORTER, CALLED ON ALL SIDES TO WORK TO DE-ESCALATE THE RISING TENSIONS.

ON ITS PART, QATARI FOREIGN MINISTRY CONDEMNED THE ISRAELI POLICE’S STORMING OF THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE COMPOUND, DESCRIBING IT AS A PROVOCATION TO THE FEELINGS OF MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS AROUND THE WORLD, AND A SEVERE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL ACCORDS.

SPORTS

BARCELONA, JUVENTUS AND REAL MADRID HAVE REACTED TO THE FRESH SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON THEM BY EUROPE’S FOOTBALL GOVERNING BODY, UEFA, FOR THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THE ABORTED SUPER LEAGUE.

UEFA HAD EARLIER ANNOUNCED THAT THE THREE CLUBS WILL BE PROMPTLY REFERRED TO DISCIPLINARY BODIES AFTER NINE OF THE 12 SUPER LEAGUE CLUBS AGREED TO A CLUB COMMITMENT DECLARATION AND ACCEPTED A FIVE PER CENT CUT IN THEIR EUROPEAN REVENUE FOR ONE SEASON.

RESPONDING IN A JOINT STATEMENT, THE TRIO DESCRIBED THE SANCTION AS INTOLERABLE, REFERRING TO THE RULE OF LAW AND TRIBUNALS THAT ORDERED FIFA AND UEFA TO, EITHER DIRECTLY OR THROUGH THEIR AFFILIATED BODIES, REFRAIN FROM TAKING ANY ACTION WHICH MAY HINDER THE INITIATIVE IN ANY WAY.

THE CLUBS HOWEVER REITERATED THEIR COMMITMENT AND DETERMINATION TO DISCUSS, WITH RESPECT AND WITHOUT INTOLERABLE PRESSURE AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULE OF LAW, THE MOST APPROPRIATE SOLUTIONS FOR THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE WHOLE FOOTBALL FAMILY.

RIVERS/GUNMEN

NO FEWER THAN SEVEN PERSONS, COMPRISING POLICEMEN AND INDIVIDUALS, HAVE BEEN FEARED KILLED IN RIVERS STATE AFTER UNKNOWN GUNMEN UNEXPECTEDLY INVADED THE AREA.

REPORT SAYS THE GUNMEN FIRSTLY ATTACKED THE C4I POLICE FORMATION AT EMOHUA COMMUNITY, KILLING TWO PEOPLE, THEN A STOP-AND-SEARCH POLICE POINT AT OGBAKIRI JUNCTION BEFORE MOVING UNABATEDLY TILL RUMUJI, KILLING THREE POLICEMEN.

CONFIRMING THE DEVELOPMENT TO NEWSMEN, THE STATE’S PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, SP NNAMDI OMONI, REVEALED THAT OFFICERS HAVE BEEN MOBILIZED TO THE SCENES TO ASCERTAIN THE TRUE STATE OF THINGS.

IN ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT, YET-TO-BE IDENTIFIED GUNMEN HAVE LAUNCHED ANOTHER ATTACK ON ODORO IKPE POLICE STATION, IN INI LGA OF AKWA IBOM STATE, KILLING SIX OFFICERS ON DUTY.

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