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Hydrogen bomb test in Pacific Ocean says North Korea

North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, revealed, on Thursday, that they may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. Ri Yong Ho disclosed this when asked what leader Kim Jong Un might do after President Donald Trump warned that the United States would “totally destroy North Korea” if it was forced to defend itself or its allies. He said Pyongyang could consider a hydrogen bomb test on the Pacific Ocean of an unprecedented scale, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. Ri said the potential test of “the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb” would be one possible “highest-level” action against the US, according to Yonhap. Ri, who was talking to reporters in New York, however said he did not know Kim’s exact thoughts, according to the report. On F...

Immigration status will now be checked by Banks – UK

UK banks set to carry out immigration checks on all account holders from January, as a means of cutting down on illegal migrants, the government said on Thursday. “From January banks and building societies will be required to carry out regular checks on the immigration status of all current account holders against the details of known illegal migrants to establish whether their customers are known to be in the UK unlawfully,” a Home Office spokesman told newsmen. Confirmation of the date comes after parliament in December approved a new Immigration Act, which requires banks to check its accounts and report customers found to be breaking immigration rules to the Home Office. “This is part of our ongoing work to tackle illegal migration. People who are here legally will be ...

Man sets himself on fire outside New Zealand parliament

A man has reportedly set himself on fire on the grounds of New Zealand’s parliament in Wellington, two days ahead of national elections, police said on Thursday. A placard could be seen on the steps leading up to Parliament House afterwards, suggesting the man was protesting. But police could not confirm this. The sign appeared to read: “Issue is not to take children’s mother away. Enough murdering father by …” Police placed a cordon around a burnt patch of grass, about a metre in diameter, on the lawn outside Parliament House. A foreign reporter, who did not want to be named, witnessed the incident and said it was unlike anything they had seen before. “I turned around and there was a man in flames on the lawn … we didn’t know it was a person to be...

Russia warns US it will target US-backed fighters in Syria if provoked

Russia said, on Thursday, that it had warned the United States it would target areas in Syria where U.S. special forces and U.S.-backed militia were operating, if its own forces came under fire from them. Russia was referring to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting with the U.S.-led coalition. The Russian Defence Ministry said the SDF had taken up positions on the eastern banks of the Euphrates with U.S. special forces, and had twice opened fire with mortars and artillery on Syrian troops who were working alongside Russian special forces. “A representative of the U.S. military command in Al Udeid (the U.S. operations centre in Qatar) was told in no uncertain terms that any attempts to open fire from areas where SDF fighters are located...

Court proscribes IPOB, declares it a terrorist group

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, declared the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)as “acts of terrorism”. This followed an application filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami. Malami had asked the court to proscribe the group. Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the legal process for the proscription of the group. According to the State House correspondents in Abuja, Mohammed explained that the procedure for proscription was that “the president must sign the proclamation after which the attorney-general will follow the procedure which he is doing”. “For those who are fixated with legality, I have good news for them: President Muhammadu Buhari has appr...

Britain signs military cooperation deal with Saudi Arabia

Britain and Saudi Arabia signed a framework deal on military and security cooperation, Saudi state news agency SPA said on Tuesday. British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon discussed military cooperation with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who serves as the kingdom’s defence minister and deputy prime minister on Tuesday.. Details of the agreement are yet to be known but according the news agency, it’s a measure to redouble efforts to counter Iran in the Gulf region and defeat Islamic State. Prime Minister Theresa May said in December that Britain would invest over 3 billion pounds (US$4.05 billion) in defence in Gulf Arab states over the next decade as it seeks to build on traditionally strong ties with the conservative, oil-wealthy monarchies before its planned departure from the...

At least 49 killed as powerful earthquake rocks Mexico

At least 49 people were killed when a powerful, 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Mexico, on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital. The preliminary toll from the authorities looked certain to rise, however, as it covered only regions close to Mexico City but not the capital itself, where 20 million people live. The US Geological Survey said the quake’s epicentre was seven kilometres west of Chiautla de Tapia, in the neighbouring state of Puebla. In Mexico City, emergency crews and hundreds of volunteers were digging through the rubble of collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies. The quake, which occurred in the early afternoon, hours after city authorities had conducted an earthquake drill, caused most of its damage in the centre and south of the sprawling city. Severa...

We did not declare IPOB terrorist organisation – Nigerian Military

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Monday evening, stated that the Defence Headquarters did not fully declare the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, a terrorist organisation. The Defence Headquarters had on Friday announced the declaration of the group as a terrorist organisation after its members clashed repeatedly with soldiers in Abia State following the launch of Operation Python Dance II in the South-east. Governors of the region also proscribed the group. But the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, criticised both declarations arguing that the military and governors lack the powers to take such actions. Many lawyers also told newsmen that the military declaraton was illegal as it did not follow the processes outlined in the terrorism act, although some other lawyers disagreed. R...

Democrats demand full review of Obamacare

Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress, on Monday, demanded that legislative analysts should examine both the budgetary and healthcare impacts of a last-ditch effort by Republicans to repeal Obamacare. In a long-running war on former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, Republicans face a two-week countdown before Senate procedural rules make it much harder for them to advance their latest bill. Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy propose replacing the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known informally as Obamacare, with a plan to give U.S. states money in the form of block grants to run their own healthcare programs. Democrats warned that the bill would be very costly for some states and urged the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to study more than the measur...

IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu and his parents are still missing

The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, on Monday raised the alarm over the whereabouts of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his parents since the alleged attack in Umuahia. IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, said in a statement that a search is on-going for its leader Mazi Kanu and his parents, since the alleged attack by the Nigerian Army, but cannot find them. The statement reads: “We the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, worldwide under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wish to bring to the notice of the whole world that the whereabouts of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his parents are still unknown to mankind since the attack in his compound last week. “IPOB have been searching for him and his parents but they are no where to be found since, last week. “We are ...

American tourists attacked with acid at French train station

Two young female American tourists were sprayed with hydrochloric acid in the French city of Marseille, on Sunday, by a woman who appeared to have psychological problems, a police source said. The attack occurred inside the Mediterranean port city’s Saint-Charles train station at around 9am. The woman sprayed the tourists in the eyes, the source said, adding that she targeted the people closest to her and that the incident “was not of a terrorist nature”. The two injured tourists, both aged around 20, were travelling in a group of four. They were not targeted because of their nationality, the source added. One of the two women was suffering from partial loss of vision. Both were admitted to hospital but were discharged in the afternoon. The attacker was born in 1976 and w...

Double suicide attack kills 15 in Borno

At least 15 people were feared killed when two suicide bombers attacked a village, near Konduga in Borno State on Monday. The twin explosions occurred in Mashalari village, near Konduga. The state emergency management agency confirmed the news of the attack to newsmen and at least 21 people were injured. “It happened during aid distribution by an NGO, when people had gathered to receive donations.” “Twelve minutes later, another bomber struck, but luckily only she died,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The rescue worker said both bombers were women but did not specify which NGO was distributing aid. Babakura Kolo, from the Civilian Joint Task Force, a militia assisting the military with security, confirmed the rescue worker’s account. “We ha...

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