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LONDON (Bywire News) - At least seven soldiers were killed and two others were missing in Nigeria after they were ambushed by gunmen while on patrol in the eastern state of Taraba, two military sources said on Wednesday. The 93 Battalion came under heavy fire in the village of Tati in the Takum local government area of Taraba, on Tuesday night. Sources have said that A brigadier general and his aide were missing after the attack. "Right now a search and rescue operation is ongoing," said an army source from the 93 battalion who declined to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media. An army spokesman did not immediately respond to calls for comment. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack. Taraba suffered two separate bombings last month that were claimed by Islamic State militants and killed at least three people and injured more than 30. For more than a decade, Nigeria has grappled with an Islamist insurgency that has targeted communities and security fo...
Nigerian military ride on their truck as they secure the area where a man was killed by suspected militants during an attack around Polo area of Maiduguri, Nigeria February 16, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Students across the UK are today calling on their universities to end “complicity in border violence”, in border and surveillance industry (BSI) firms, and to reveal any investments in the scandal-hit BSI.
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By Steve Scherer OTTAWA - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who fell short of a majority in last month's election, will introduce a Cabinet on Tuesday that analysts say should hone in on the fight against climate change. Trudeau's Liberals gained four seats to 159, but fell short of the 170 needed to pass legislation without the support of an opposition party. Minority governments normally last about two years instead of a full, four-year term. Trudeau, 49, has promised to spend tens of billions of extra dollars over five years to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. But analysts said Ottawa should narrow its focus and make fighting climate change a clear priority. Peter Donolo, a political strategist at Hill+Knowlton who was communications director for Liberal former Prime Minister Jean Chretien, said the campaign had "a very ambitious agenda." "I would simplify it ... on how to position Canada as a winner in the greener global economy over the longer term, and...
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By Byron Kaye SYDNEY - Facebook Inc has told Australian publishers it has stopped negotiating licencing deals, an email to the industry seen by showed, a move which came just six months after the passing of a law designed to make tech giants pay for news content. While Facebook has announced deals with most of the country's largest news outlets, some media companies including TV broadcaster SBS have been left out in the cold, raising questions about the scope and effectiveness of the law. The Special Broadcasting Service, or SBS, one of Australia's five national free-to-air broadcasters and the country's main source of foreign language news, said Facebook declined to enter negotiations despite months of attempts and that it was surprised and disappointed. It noted it had successfully concluded a deal with Google. "This outcome is at odds with the Government's intention of supporting public interest journalism, and in particular including the public service broadcasters in the Code fra...
By Hyonhee Shin and Josh Smith SEOUL -North Korea fired a pair of ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, ratcheting up regional tensions just days after testing a cruise missile https://www..com/world/asia-pacific/nkorea-test-fires-long-range-cruise-missile-kcna-2021-09-12 with possible nuclear capabilities. Pyongyang has been steadily developing its weapons programme amid a standoff over talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals in return for U.S. sanctions relief. The negotiations, initiated between former U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2018, have stalled since 2019. "North Korea fired two unidentified ballistic missiles from its central inland region toward the east coast, and intelligence authorities of South Korea and the United States are conducting detailed analysis for further information," South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement. The missiles were fi...
LONDON - Britain's National Health Service will on Monday begin the world's biggest trial of Grail Inc's flagship Galleri blood test that can be used to detect more than 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear. The Galleri test looks at the DNA in a patient's blood to determine if any come from cancer cells. Earlier diagnosis of cancers leads to dramatically increased survival rates. The NHS said it wanted to recruit 140,000 volunteers in England to see how well the test worked as part of a randomised control trial. Half of the participants will have their blood sample screened with the Galleri test right away. "We need to study the Galleri test carefully to find out whether it can significantly reduce the number of cancers diagnosed at a late stage," said Peter Sasieni, professor of cancer prevention at King's College London. "The test could be a game changer for early cancer detection and we are excited to be leading this important research." Lung cancer is by far the most common...
By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON - U.S.-trained Afghan pilots and other personnel who fled to Uzbekistan and were held in an Uzbek camp for about a month started departing the country on Sunday, a pilot told . They left under a U.S. deal that came despite Taliban pressure for the return of the pilots and aircraft. The group is at least initially heading to the United Arab Emirates, the pilot said, speaking on condition of anonymity. previously disclosed tension at the Uzbek camp, with Afghan pilots fearing being sent back to Afghanistan and being killed by the Taliban. The Taliban say they will not carry out reprisal killings after seizing control of the country in August.   (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)...
LONDON - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday not to "simply go ahead and grant the permission" for the Cambo oilfield to start production, saying its licence needed to be reassessed. The Cambo oilfield, in the North Sea off the Scottish island of Shetland, was handed licensing approval in 2001 and must now get permission to start production. Sturgeon said that initial decision should be reassessed against the background of more ambitious climate change targets. Sturgeon's Scottish National Party shares power with the Green Party in Scotland's devolved parliament. Britain wants to take a lead in efforts to cut emissions more quickly before the United Nations' Climate Change conference, or COP26, in Scotland in November, but environmental groups have accused ministers of hypocrisy in even considering giving Cambo the green light. "I've asked the prime minister not to simply go ahead and grant the permission to go ahead with pr...
LONDON -Britain's economy barely grew in July, rising by just 0.1% from June, the weakest expansion since January when the country went back into strict COVID-19 lockdown rules, official data showed on Friday. Economists polled by had mostly expected month-on-month growth of 0.6% in gross domestic product. Britain saw a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in July as the Delta variant of the coronavirus took hold, leading to hundreds of thousands of workers being ordered to stay at home under self-isolation rules which have been relaxed. The Office for National Statistics said some businesses had complained of staff being unable to come to work because they were required to self-isolate and a fall in construction output was linked to post-lockdown problems in global supply chains. Britain's dominant services sector was flat in July from June with output in consumer-facing services fell for the first time since January, driven mostly by a drop in the retail sector. Industrial output grew b...
LONDON - The stand-off between Britain and the European Union over post-Brexit trading rules for Northern Ireland threatens to create "cold mistrust" in the broader relationship between London and the bloc, Britain's Brexit minister said on Saturday. David Frost said Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government did not want to sweep away the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol, but did need to see "substantial and significant change". Those changes covered the movement of goods into Northern Ireland, standards for goods and governance arrangements. "I want to be clear that any response which avoids serious engagement with those ideas, and aims at just dragging out the process, will in the end not work for us," Frost said in a speech to the British-Irish Association. The EU began an infringement procedure against Britain in March over changes to the Northern Ireland trade arrangements that, according to Brussels, breached the Brexit divorce deal agreed with London last year. The bloc's ex...
SOFIA -Bulgaria will hold a presidential election on Nov. 14, lawmakers decided on Thursday, as the politically fractured country also gears up for a snap parliamentary election likely to take place in the same month. Bulgaria holds votes for the presidency, a largely ceremonial position, every five years. Incumbent Rumen Radev, who has maintained high approval ratings since he was elected in 2016, is running for a second five-year term. He is supported by the Socialists and the anti-establishment ITN party, and is an ardent critic of former premier Boyko Borissov, an establishment figure of the centre-right who led the Balkan country for most of the past decade until April. Inconclusive parliamentary elections in that month led to the appointment of an interim government by Radev, who in 2020 supported huge anti-graft protests against Borissov's administration. Snap national polls in July again produced a hung parliament and Bulgaria now looks set to hold its third national election...
- Celebratory gunfire resounded across the Afghan capital on Tuesday as the Taliban took control of the airport following the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops, marking the end of a 20-year war that left the Islamist group stronger than it was in 2001. Shaky video footage distributed by the Taliban showed fighters entering the airport after the last U.S. troops flew out on a C-17 aircraft a minute before midnight, ending a hasty and humiliating exit for Washington and its NATO allies. "It is a historical day and a historical moment," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a news conference at the airport after the departure. "We are proud of these moments, that we liberated our country from a great power." An image from the Pentagon taken with night-vision optics showed the last U.S. soldier https://www..com/world/asia-pacific/leaving-afghanistan-us-generals-ghostly-image-books-place-history-2021-08-31 to step aboard the final evacuation flight out of Kabul - Major General Chris D...
By Marco Aquino and Marcelo Rochabrun LIMA - Peru's leftist President Pedro Castillo is mulling a cabinet reshuffle, a source told on Tuesday, less than a month after taking office and as he faces a critical confirmation vote later in the week by the opposition-led Congress. The source, who is close to Castillo, requested anonymity to discuss decisions that have not been made public yet. The source said that the ministers on the line belong to the Marxist-Leninist Peru Libre party that propelled Castillo https://www..com/article/us-peru-election-castillo-newsmaker-idCAKCN2DS1N1 to the presidency and include the heads of the Labor, Transportation and Defense ministries. The source had said on Monday that Prime Minister Guido Bellido, who also belongs to Peru Libre, had been asked to resign. But he later said Bellido and Castillo had reached an agreement. Bellido told on Monday night that he was not resigning. Castillo came to office after a deeply divisive battle against right-wing riv...
KABUL -A firefight involving Western forces erupted at Kabul airport on Monday when Afghan guards exchanged fire with unidentified gunmen and one guard was killed, Germany's military said. Thousands of Afghans and foreigners have thronged the airport for days, hoping to catch a flight out after Taliban fighters captured Kabul on Aug. 15. Twenty people have been killed in the chaos at the airport, most in shootings and stampedes, as U.S. and international forces try to evacuate citizens and vulnerable Afghans. CNN said the clash began when a sniper outside the airport fired at Afghan guards - some 600 https://www..com/world/asia-pacific/hundreds-afghan-security-forces-help-kabul-airport-pentagon-says-2021-08-17 former government soldiers are helping U.S. forces at the airport - near its north gate. U.S. and German forces were involved in the clash, Germany's military said. Three wounded Afghan guards were being treated at a field hospital in the airport, it said. Two NATO officials at...
KABUL -Thousands of civilians desperate to flee Afghanistan thronged Kabul airport on Monday after the Taliban seized the capital, prompting the U.S. military to suspend evacuations as the United States came under mounting criticism at home over its pullout. Crowds converged on the airport seeking to escape, including some clinging to a U.S. military transport plane as it taxied on the runway, according to footage posted by a media company. Five people were killed in the chaos. The Taliban's rapid conquest of Kabul follows the U.S. withdrawal of troops after 20 years of war that cost billions of dollars. President Joe Biden defended his decision to pull out, ending the United States' longest war, arguing that Afghan forces had to fight back against the Islamist Taliban. But the speed at which Afghan cities fell in just days and the likely crackdowns on freedom of speech and women's rights gained in 20 years have sparked angry criticism. "If President Biden truly has no regrets about h...
By Stamos Prousalis and Giorgos Moutafis ATHENS -Flames swept through a town near Athens overnight as wildfires burned across Greece for a fifth day on Saturday, and hundreds of people were evacuated by ferry from the island of Evia east of the capital. The fire on Mount Parnitha on the outskirts of Athens has forced the evacuation of thousands of people since late Thursday, with emergency crews facing winds and high temperatures as they battle to contain it. Strong winds pushed the fire into the town of Thrakomakedones overnight, where it burned homes. Residents had been ordered to evacuate and there were no immediate reports of casualties. "(It's) really bad," said Thanasis Kaloudis, a resident of the town. "All of Greece has burned." Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, speaking after visiting the main fire control centre in Athens, called it a "nightmarish summer", adding the government's priority "has been, first and foremost, to protect human lives". Wildfires have erupted in man...
WASHINGTON - The White House confirmed Thursday it is considering requiring foreign visitors to be vaccinated as it plans to eventually reopen international travel but said it had made no final decision and was not immediately going to lift restrictions. White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients confirmed an interagency working group is developing plans that foreign nationals may "need to have some type of vaccine requirement." He emphasized the White House has made no final decision on vaccine requirements and said that was one path under consideration. first reported the White House effort to develop vaccine requirements on Thursday.   (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Doina Chiacu)...